We understand that affordability is a concern for anyone needing the services of a lawyer. As a result we pride ourselves on providing good value for money to all of our clients. We will always investigate with you the most cost-effective way of funding your case, whether that be through legal aid, personal insurance, fixed fees or private funding. We will agree our costs with you beforehand with a clear explanation of the work that we will undertake on your behalf.
Advice and assistance in the police station will always be free of charge to you.
We will always investigate whether you are able to have the benefit of legal aid for additional work undertaken during the investigation stage, or for representation before the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
In the Magistrates’ Court both a merits and means test is applied, and in the Crown Court simply a means test.
In the Crown Court we will always consider whether legal aid is the most appropriate way of funding your case, bearing in mind the potential expense of legal aid contributions. A fee based on the legal aid fee that would be payable is often a helpful starting point.
We offer fixed fee arrangements in Road Traffic Cases and other cases in the Magistrates Courts where clients either wish to pay privately or fail any means test.
If the matter is a Guilty plea case in a court local to one of our offices and is likely to be disposed of in one hearing at court:
Fixed fees of between £250 and £600 exclusive of VAT and Disbursements, dependent on the complexity and other features of the case. Additional court appearances in the same case will be £200 exclusive of VAT and Disbursements.
If the matter is a Guilty plea case in a court not local to our offices and is likely to be disposed of in one hearing at court:
Fixed fees of between £350 and £700 exclusive of VAT and Disbursements, dependent on the complexity and other features of the case. Additional court appearances in the same case will be £250 exclusive of VAT and Disbursements.
We apply different sets of charging rates per hour for time spent on cases [including via telephone, letters and emails] depending upon the seniority of the lawyers decided upon in conjunction with the client in any given case. In addition, charges are made where a disbursement is incurred on behalf of a client.
Different rates apply for Senior Solicitors, Associate Solicitors and Paralegals.
At the very start of your case we will assess with you how much we believe our charges, disbursements and VAT will cost. We will set out the steps we believe we will need to undertake on your behalf, the hourly rates involved, the number of hours it will take us to deal with the case and the anticipated total cost.
Should any extra work arise we will not undertake any of this without revising our estimate and, of course, gaining your consent.
Having agreed our fees we would hope that the totality of the monies can be paid on account at the start of the case. We understand, however, that not everyone will be able to settle the monies straight away. As such we will arrange to take payments on account from you to meet the cost of your case.