Can a Judge review a Taxing Master’s decision to disallow counsels’ fees?

In the case of Ally and Others v Taxing Master and Others 1954 (3) SA 728 (W), the court had to determine the correctness of the Taxing Master’s decision to disallow the fees of a second counsel in motion proceedings and the fees of counsel generally as a result of a premature delivery of a brief. The court noted that disallowing fees of a second counsel and the fees of counsel generally as a result of a premature delivery of a brief entails an assessment of the complexity of the case and the heaviness thereof. The court held that, in line with the decisions expounded in Wellworths Bazaars Ltd v Chandlers Ltd and Others 1947 (4) SA 453 (T) and Mahomed v Bezuidenhout and Others 1948 (4) SA 369 (T), in an application for a review of taxation, a judge, whether he tries the case or not, owing to his experience at the bar and on the bench, is in a better position than the taxing master to form an estimate of the difficulty and importance of the matter.