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Our Fees

The cost for Litigation work is much harder to determine than if you were to buy another product or goods from say a retailer. Litigation is often unpredictable and if not carefully handled can lead to a build up of expense. Many factors have to be taken into consideration when dealing with Litigation including the nature and complexity of the matter, how resolute your opponent is, how developed the situation is and what is required to propel the matter forward to get it resolved.

Of course a party to a case also has to consider the risk of the Litigation and the fact that one side may end up paying the other side’s legal costs. Disbursements such as Barrister’s costs or the fees for an expert should also be borne in mind when thinking about costs.

Our experienced team members will do all they can to give you the most realistic estimates of costs at every stage of your case and will help you to plan the funding of your case by advising you of when advance payments are required. The basis of our charging is pre agreed with you when we send you our ‘client care letter’ at the outset of a case together with our ‘terms of business’.

Often, as a case evolves and the ‘story’ unfolds, costs estimates may vary and you should bear this in mind, and costs will invariably be incurred when particular stages of a case approach and activities of work are required, such as before court hearings.

We aim to make your matter as cost effective as possible given the particular circumstances of the case. We are always happy to discuss our fees and the funding of your case. Generally, the following charging structures apply to the services we provide:
Hourly Rates

Our charges are generally based on the time that we spend dealing with your case. Further details are contained within our terms of business. We are very confident that our hourly rates are extremely competitive given the level and experience of the Lawyer that will deal with your matter.

Our current hourly rates that apply to office hours are:

For a Partner (Director) or Consultant :£150 – £175 per hour
For an Assistant Solicitor :£125 – £150 per hour
For a Trainee Solicitor :£100 – £125 per hour
For a Paralegal :£75 – £95 per hour
For a Barrister/Advocate :Varies depending on seniority

Fixed Fee Work

Litigation rarely lends itself to fixed fees. However, our ethos is to be as competitively priced as possible and we have formulated many Debt Recovery and Landlord and Tenant services where we charge fixed fees.

For other areas of litigation we would be pleased to offer a service where you could pay for a fixed period of time based upon our hourly rates. For example, if you wish to instruct a junior member of our team to review/check papers that you have drafted for a small claims hearing where you wish to conduct the matter yourself, you could pay for say an hour (or part of an hour) of Trainee Solicitor’s time.

Our approach is to be as versatile and adaptable to our clients’ needs and so if you wish to enquire whether we can offer a fixed fee for any aspect of your litigation matter please contact us.

Conditional Fee Work

This is also known as ‘no win no fee’ work.

We can conduct work under a ‘conditional fee agreement’ where the circumstances of the case merit so. Your case will be referred to our funding panel to see if our management team finds that conducting the case under a ‘conditional fee arrangement’ is viable.

For more information please contact us.

Other Methods Of Funding

Insurance:

In certain cases you may be covered by legal expenses insurance which covers your legal costs. Legal expenses insurance is often included in household or motoring insurance. In particular cases it may be appropriate to purchase specialist type insurance called ‘after the event’ insurance – this normally goes hand in hand with a ‘conditional fee arrangement’ – a detailed explanation of the mechanics of this type of funding is required and we would be pleased to discuss this with you over a no obligation telephone call.

Statute:

In some matters, legal costs may be met through funding that is permitted to by virtue of a statutory provision. For example in some Trusts and Probate Disputes and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975, an application may be made to the Court under section 5 of that Act for an ‘interim order’ which directs that a party may be paid out of an estate pending the final resolution of a matter.

The situations in which this type of funding may apply are highly specialist and we would be pleased to discuss this further with you.

To discuss the costs issues and your case further, please feel free to contact us on +44 (0) 1908 924 200 for a no obligation chat.