Michelle Castle, a member of 13th Floor St James Hall, recently appeared as junior counsel in the High Court in the matter of Bell Lawyers v Pentelow  HCA29. In an historic decision, the High Court held that the Chorley exception is not part of the common law of Australia.
A recent article co-authored by Michelle for publication in the LSJ can be found here: Chorley Abolished! High Court has final say
Further comment from the High Court on Chorley
On 4 September 2019 the High Court delivered judgment in Bell Lawyers v Pentelow  HCA 29. The judgment abolished the Chorley exception, ie, the rule that permitted lawyers to recover costs for their own time spent on litigation if they were awarded costs. An article discussing this case can be found here: https://13stjames.net.au/papers/uploads/2019/09/Chorley-abolished.pdf
In a further development, In Coshott v Spencer, 11 September 2019, unreported, the High Court (Keane J) has made obiter comment about whether an incorporated legal practice is to be treated in accordance with the rules about costs of employed solicitors or whether “’no significance’ should be attributed to the circumstance that, pursuant to the Uniform Law, an incorporated legal practice is interposed between the individual who is the client in litigation and the same individual who renders legal services”: at . His Honour concluded that the applications before him were not the occasion to examine these competing views. The judgment can be obtained here: https://13stjames.net.au/papers/uploads/2019/09/Coshott-v-Spencer-S182-2017-and-S4-2018-judgment-on-review-of-taxation.pdf