Our Fees

We take our client services very seriously and use plain, jargon free language and be as clear as possible whenever we communicate with you. 

A list of our pricing structures

We take our client services very seriously and use plain, jargon free language and be as clear as possible whenever we communicate with you. We will make sure that you are kept fully informed about the progress of your case on a regular basis and will respond back to you as soon as we possibly can. We will provide you with clear and comprehensive information about our legal costs and will do everything in our power to achieve the result you are wanting.

Employment Law
 

The following costs information is in relation to claims for wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal only which might be brought against your business. Whilst the fee estimates below do not refer to discrimination claims, we can discuss fees with you for these claims on a case by case basis.

There may be instances where claims of this nature and employment claims generally are covered by an insurance policy.  We will discuss this with you where appropriate.

* On the basis that the claim is defended in full to a final hearing

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim

  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person

  • Making or defending a costs application

  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is subject to any protected characteristics, e.g. disability, race, gender etc. (if this is not agreed by the parties)

  • The number of witnesses and documents

  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee claims to have been dismissed after blowing the whistle on their employer

  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

  • Prices do not include the cost of representation at the final hearing or any hearing throughout the tribunal process if the hearing is conducted by Counsel.  Our fees for instructing Counsel and attending alongside Counsel are included in the fee estimate. Where the instruction of Counsel is necessary, we will provide you with an estimate of Counsel’s fees to approve. Counsel’s fees could be anything between £650 per day to £2,500 per day plus VAT (including preparation) depending on the complexity of the claim and the seniority of Counsel.  The hearing could be from half a day to a week or more (in complex claims).

 

Key Stages
 

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim (if we are instructed from the outset):
 

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and is subject to change)

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

  • Preparing the response to the claim

  • Reviewing and advising on the claim and related documents from other party

  • Considering a schedule of loss and preparing a counter schedule where necessary

  • Preparing for (and attending if by telephone) a Preliminary Hearing

  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process

  • Exchanging documents with the other party

  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with the witnesses

  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements

  • Preparing a bundle of documents

  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list

  • Preparation for the Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel (fees for attendance are not included if Counsel is to be used as stated above)

 

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?
 

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 3-6 months for a wrongful dismissal claim and up to 1 to 2 years for an unfair dismissal claim depending on the complexity. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Click here for details of our legal team who deal with employment matters.

Motor Offences
 

Below we provide price information for legal assistance in relation to summary only motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

We have provided price information for the above offences (e.g. speeding, excess alcohol, no insurance, careless driving etc.) dependent on whether the response to the prosecution is:  a guilty plea; a not guilty plea; mitigating circumstances/special reasons arguments or cases where no attendance is required.

If any additional disbursements are required such as travel expenses or experts fees we will let you know at the outset and give you an idea of the likely cost.

Work included in the Fees:

Guilty Pleas: 

  • Considering the evidence

  • Taking your instructions and advising you

  • Corresponding with you and others

  • Preparing for the hearing

  • Attending the hearing

 

This will usually involve between 4-5 hours work.

Mitigating circumstances/special reasons arguments:

  • Considering the evidence

  • Taking your instructions and advising you

  • Corresponding with you and others

  • Preparing for the hearing (in which you will have to give evidence)

  • Attending the hearing
     

This will usually involve between 5-6 hours work.

Cases where no attendance required

  • Considering the evidence

  • Taking your instructions and advising you

  • Corresponding with you and others

  • Preparing the written plea in mitigation on your behalf

  • Submitting this to the Court

 

This will usually involve approximately 3 hours of work.

Not Guilty Pleas

  • Considering the evidence

  • Taking your instructions and advising you

  • Corresponding with you and others

  • Preparing for the hearings

  • Attending the hearings (usually at least 2 hearings) including the trial itself

 

This will usually involve between 10-12 hours work.

Who will carry out the work

All of our solicitors in our Business Crime and Regulatory Team have the requisite experience to represent you in a summary motor offence.  All advocacy at Court must be carried out by a solicitor.  Non qualified legal staff such as Trainee Solicitors or Paralegals may assist our solicitors with the work in terms of collating evidence and taking instructions from you but they will be supervised by the solicitor.

Click here for details of our legal team who deal with motor offences.

Debt Recovery
 

Costs for the recovery of a business to business debt that is undisputed

The costs set out below apply where you wish to seek recovery of an unpaid debt which is not disputed and enforcement action is not required. If the other party disputes your claim for recovery of the debt at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary which could be on a fixed fee basis (e.g. if a one-off letter is required) or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Hourly Rates

What is included in “Our fee”:

  • Taking instructions from you and reviewing documentation

  • Undertaking appropriate searches

  • Sending a letter before action

  • Receiving payment and sending on to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing proceedings

  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgment in default

  • When Judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment

  • If payment is not received within the relevant timescale, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

 

Other points to note:

  • The VAT element of our costs cannot be recovered from your debtor

  • Interest and compensation make take the debt into a higher banding with a higher cost

  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where the debt is disputed or where enforcement action, such as instructing the bailiff, if needed to collect your debt.

 

Timescale

Debt recover matters usually take between 6 to 8 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim.  This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of the Judgment in default. If enforcement action is required then the matter will take longer to resolve and we will need to provide you with a separate quote in relation to our fees for this.  At that stage we can give an indication of likely timescale and we will discuss this with you.

Click here for details of our legal team who deal with debt recovery.