Our Charges

For clients who instruct us in private matters whereby a fixed fee is not charged, our maximum hourly rates are as follows:

 

Limbiate Partners: £200 + VAT per hour

Matão Consultant Solicitors: £200 + VAT per hour

Imaichi Senior Solicitors/Associate: £175 + VAT per hour

eruditely Assistant and Trainee Solicitors: £120 – £150 + VAT per hour

Please note that VAT is charged at 20% wherever it appears

*Please see our separate page, ‘Our People’, for a full list of our Solicitors and other fee-earners*

WILLS:

Straight forward Single Will: £165 + VAT

Straight forward Mirror Will: £225 + VAT

Complex Wills:  Costs will be discussed after initial instructions before you decide whether to proceed.

 

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY:

 

Single – either Health & Welfare or Property & Finance:  £350 + VAT

Double – two people or both Health & Welfare and Property & Finance: £700 + VAT

There will be an additional charge of £82 per document for registration fees for lodging with the Office of the Public Guardian. Any other third party charges such as a doctors fee for acting as Certificate Provider will be advised as necessary.

 

OBTAINING GRANT OF REPRESENTATION ONLY

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Representation on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?

Total fixed fee of £720.00 (incl. VAT).
This includes: obtaining the grant only.

Breakdown of costs:
Legal fees £600.00

VAT on legal fees £120.00

In addition the following Disbursements may be payable:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00 plus £1.50 for each additional office copy
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £100.00 (approximate) Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £160.00 (approximate) Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators
  • Accurately identify the type of Grant application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Grant Application and the relevant HMRC form IHT205
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Grant and securely send all copies obtained to you

 

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-12 weeks from initial instruction to Grant of Representation being received.

 

Exclusion from our fixed fee:

  • Identifying the beneficiaries
  • Obtaining details of the assets and liabilities
  • Payment of funeral
  • Any other HMRC forms such as IHT217 for Transferable Nil Rate Band or a full Inheritance Tax Return
  • Realisation of assets and distribution

 

APPLYING FOR THE GRANT OF REPRESENTATION, COLLECTING AND DISTRIBUTING THE ASSETS

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 20 hours work at £120.00 -£200.00 per hour depending on the level and experience of the individual solicitor/fee earner carrying out work on your matter. The solicitor/fee earner will change throughout the matter depending the complexity of the work involved. Total costs estimated at £600.00 – £4,000.00 ( plus VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the complexity of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. Costs will increase where we are appointed as Executors and in circumstances where there is a property that we need to clear and sell, as well as maintaining until it is sold.

 

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-10 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

 

In addition the following Disbursements may be payable:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00 plus £1.50 for each additional office copy
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary).
  • £100.00 (approximate) Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £160.00 (approximate) Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1.50 per sealed copy (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
  • Valuations on property or other items
  • Payment of Inheritance Tax

 

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 6-8 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks. This is an estimate, and the solicitor/fee earner will keep you updated as your matter progresses.

RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING:

 

Re-mortgage: £450 + VAT and disbursements

Council House Purchase: £450 + VAT and disbursements

Transfer (subject to mortgage – keeping same mortgage account/internal re-mortgage): £350 + VAT and disbursements

Transfer (subject to mortgage – new mortgage facility): £450 + VAT and disbursements

 

ALL OTHER SALES & PURCHASES:

 

  • Up to £75,000                   £500 + VAT and disbursements
  • £75,000 to £100,000         £550 + VAT and disbursements
  • £100,000 to £150,000       £600 + VAT and disbursements
  • £150,000 to £200,000       £650+ VAT and disbursements
  • £200,000 to £250,000       £700 +VAT and disbursements
  • £250,000 to £300,000       £750 + VAT and disbursements
  • £300,000 to £350,000       £800 +VAT and disbursements
  • £350,000 to £400,000       £850 +VAT and disbursements
  • £400,000 to £450,000       £900 +VAT and disbursements
  • £450,000 to £500,000       £950 +VAT and disbursements
  • £500,000 to £1 million       on application, subject to merits of transaction
  • £1 million plus                    on application, subject to merits of transaction

 

SUPPLEMENTAL CONVEYANCING CHARGES/DISBURSEMENTS

    • Help To Buy Loan or Shared Ownership:                           £150 + VAT
    • Help to Buy ISA or Lifetime ISA:                                         £50 + VAT
    • Leasehold Properties:                                                         £50 + VAT
    • New Build Purchase:                                                          £150 + VAT
    • CHAPS Transactions:                                                         £30 + VAT
    • Mortgage Lender/Panel Charge:                                        £15-£20 + VAT
    • Unregistered land:                                                              £50 + VAT
    • Bespoke Deed of Trust to Vary Beneficial Entitlement:      £50-£100 + VAT
    • Freehold Reversion (where lease already owned):            £200 + VAT

     

NB: Please be aware that there may be unforeseen disbursements (some of which will attract VAT) which we may not be aware of until a matter is underway.  We will keep you informed of all and any additional charges as they arise.  We have an online quotation tool on our front page which sets this out in detail when you request a quotation:  “Please note that as every conveyancing transaction is different there may be other fees chargeable dependent upon the nature of the matter. Any extra required charges will be explained at the outset where possible and clients will be kept informed during the lifetime of the transaction. All fees given are an estimate and subject to the hourly rate of the fee earner working on your matter. Timescales vary from transaction to transaction. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.”

Summary of key stages:

Whilst we cannot be specific in respect to timetables we do try to provide a plan of order in which stages can be reasonably expected to occur.  Please note though that these stages can sometimes happen all at once or at different times and no two transactions are the same.  If one of these stages is delayed by, for instance, provision by the seller’s solicitors of their Contract pack, this can have a knock-on effect on the remaining stages.  The timetable below shows how a typical matter could expect to progress but is merely a guide and not a guarantee:

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY


Our fees for commercial property matters are based upon the hourly rate of the fee earner dealing with your matter. For standard freehold commercial purchases, our estimated fees begin at £1000 + VAT and disbursements and increase depending on the purchase price, the nature of the matter and the work involved. For a more accurate estimate, please contact the firm direct.

 

 

NON-FIXED FEES:

 EMPLOYMENT

For Employees:

When acting for an employee in an Employment Tribunal we have three funding options available; private paying, contingency fee agreement (based upon prospects of success) and funding by insurers.

 

For private-paying cases, including insurance-funded cases, the estimated costs in bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal are as follows:

 

  1. Simple case, such as unfair dismissal/wage claims : £2,500.00 – £3,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
  2. Medium complexity case, such as discrimination and/or more complex unfair dismissal:  £3,500.00 – £5,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
  3. High complexity case, such as those involving multiple types of discrimination, whistleblowing: £5,000.00 – £10,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)

 

These fee estimates are based on preparation for and attendance at a one-day final hearing, which covers the majority of cases.

For longer final hearings, there will be an additional charge for attending the Tribunal hearing of £750.00 per day (excluding VAT, charged at 20%) plus one day of preparation at £750.00 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%). Generally, we would allow 2-4 days for the majority of more complex cases.

There is a number of factors that could make a case more complex, such as:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Issuing claims against litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer; or dismissed due to pregnancy, to give two examples.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

Funding arrangements:
The charges above are calculated on an hourly rate. In our employment department the hourly rates are £175.00 per hour for work done by Rachel Elliott and £200.00 per hour by Jonathan Barker. Occasionally, a trainee solicitor may be involved in work on the file at a rate of £125.00 per hour. All private paying work will be charged at those rates in line with the estimates above.

If an employee has home and contents insurance, they sometimes can benefit from the use of the “Legal Expenses” cover to pay legal costs incurred in an Employment Tribunal claim. The estimate provided to the insurer will be in accordance with the above. Where a claim is funded by an insurer, it is likely that Counsel will be required to provide advice and representation. This cost will be incurred as a disbursement, outlined below.

Where a case has sufficiently high prospects of success we may offer to pursue it under a Contingency Fee Agreement. These are sometimes known as “No-Win, No Fee agreements”. Under such an agreement an employee will not be liable to pay us if their claim is unsuccessful at Tribunal. If an employee is successful at Tribunal then they would pay us 35% (inclusive of VAT) of any award received. If the matter is settled prior to the Tribunal hearing we will take 35% (inclusive of VAT) of the award or the cost of the work to date, whichever is less. We will continue to record our time throughout the matter for this purpose. The offer of a Contingency Fee Agreement is at the Firm’s discretion and will be considered on a case by case basis. Full terms and conditions of the Contingency Fee Agreement will be provided at the time we decide to offer to work on the case on this basis and prior to the commencement of any work on the matter. Payment of any disbursements is not covered by the Contingency Fee Agreement and will be the client’s cost to pay.

Disbursements:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Whilst disbursements are rare in Employment Tribunal cases, those that are occasionally required include:

  • GP Record request fee – usually between £40.00 – £100.00 (no VAT)
  • Experts Report – usually between £150.00 – £500.00 (VAT sometimes charged up to 20%)
  • Counsel’s fees – usually estimated between £350-£500.00 per day depending upon the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing, including a day of preparation (exclusive of VAT charged at 20%).

Key Stages:

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim
  • Reviewing and advising on response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing a schedule of loss –
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents –
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

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.

Timescales:
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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months. 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.  The average timescales for each stage are as follows:

 

For Employers:

When acting for an employer in an Employment Tribunal our estimated fees are as follows:

 

  1. Simple case, such as unfair dismissal/wage claims : £2,500.00 – £3,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
  2. Medium complexity case, such as discrimination and/or more complex unfair dismissal:  £3,500.00 – £5,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
  3. High complexity case, such as those involving multiple types of discrimination, whistleblowing: £5,000.00 – £10,000.00 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)

 

These fee estimates are based on preparation for and attendance at a one-day final hearing, which covers the majority of cases.

For longer final hearings, there will be an additional charge for attending the Tribunal hearing of £750.00 per day (excluding VAT, charged at 20%) plus one day of preparation at £750.00 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%)  . Generally, we would allow 2-4 days for the majority of more complex cases.

 

There is a number of factors that could make a case more complex, such as:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Issuing claims against litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

Hourly Rates:
The charges above are calculated on an hourly rate. In our employment department the hourly rates are £175.00 per hour for work done by Rachel Elliott and £200.00 per hour by Jonathan Barker. Occasionally, a trainee solicitor may be involved in work on the file at a rate of £125.00 per hour. All private paying work will be charged at those rates in line with the estimates above.

Disbursements:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Whilst disbursements are rare in Employment Tribunal cases the most applicable to an employer are Counsel’s fees which are usually estimated between £350-£500.00 per day depending upon the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing, including a day of preparation (exclusive of VAT charged at 20%).

Key Stages:

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Considering a schedule of loss and/or preparing a counter schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

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.

Timescales
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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months. 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.

 

 

PERSONAL INJURY & GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION:

Clients are liable for paying disbursements for Court fees, obtaining medical records, medical reports, engineer reports or other expert evidence where necessary. We would discuss with them the likely cost, whether we would pay it up front, and the likelihood of recovering the money from the opponent. Details of Court fees are available from Gov.uk website, and costs vary depending on the value of the claim*.

*If you are on low income you may receive government assistance with some or all court fees*

 

In Contingency Fee cases clients pay a fixed percentage of any amounts they recover – normally 25% for Criminal Injuries claims and 35% for Employment Tribunal work. They also pay any disbursements, the costs of which would be discussed at the outset and throughout the life of the case.

In Conditional Fee work clients do not pay us a success fee with the exception being Personal Injury claims. In Personal Injury matters we ask for a success fee of a maximum of 10% in no-fault Road Traffic Accident claims, and a maximum of 25% in all other claims.

If we are on a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), we will invite Counsel to act on a similar footing, but if they refuse then this is a further disbursement for which client is liable. Those fees are negotiated on a case by case basis with Counsel.

We will consider a Conditional Fee Agreement in all cases that are suitable, i.e. not in cases in which we are prevented from using a CFA.  If we are unwilling to enter into a CFA, we will explain our reasoning and the likely cost to undertake each stage of the work. If we might consider a CFA in the future, for example after disclosure of documents by the opponent, once we can assess or re-assess prospects of success we will inform the client of this and keep it under review.

 

NB:  Please note that timescales vary from case to case.  Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.

 

PRIVATE LAW FAMILY (CHILDREN ACT/FINANCIAL REMEDIES):

As Legal Aid is no longer available in Private Law Family matters, the fee-earner in charge of a matter will charge up to a maximum of their hourly rate, and the list below provides an indication of some of the more common disbursements/court fees* which might be expected during the lifetime of proceedings, depending on the nature of the matter:

 

  • Divorce Petition: £550 (no VAT)
  • Children Act Application: £215 (no VAT)
  • General Application within Proceedings: £155 (no VAT)
  • Application for Financial Order by Consent: £50 (no VAT)
  • Application to Issue Proceedings for Financial Matters: £255 (no VAT)
  • Request for Bailiff Service: £110 (no VAT)
  • Judicial Separation Application: £365 (no VAT)
  • Second or Subsequent Petition: £95 (no VAT)
  • Filing an Answer: £245 (no VAT)
  • Adoption Application: £170 (no VAT)
  • Injunctions: £no charge

*If you are on low income you may receive government assistance with some or all court fees.

 

  • For clients who are privately paying intervenors in Public Law Children matters, the hourly rate of the fee earner will apply along with any disbursements/court fees payable.

 

NB: Timescales vary from matter to matter, no two Private Law cases are the same. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.

With respect to Public Law Children matters a mandatory, court imposed time limit of 26 weeks is applied for the matter to reach conclusion.

DEBT RECOVERY:

Typically we estimate costs of £1,500.00 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%, and disbursements),  for bringing/defending a debt recovery claim. Unfortunately, in small claims matters, we cannot recover legal costs from our Opponent unless they are deemed to have acted unreasonably towards the Court.

 

Where a matter involves a debt of £10,000.00 or more the costs involved are significantly greater, although you would expect to recover a portion, if not all of your legal costs. We estimate costs of multi/fast track claims to cost in the region of £5,000.00 – £10,000.00 (excluding VAT, charged at 20%, and disbursements).

 

Both estimates are based upon a straightforward debt recovery matters but may be increased if the matter is more complex. There IS a number of factors that could make a case more complex, such as:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Issuing claims against litigants in person
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether any additional parties should be added/substituted
  • The number of witnesses and documents

 

Please note that the estimates above do not include subsequent appeals of judgments or enforcement of judgment debts.

Hourly Rates:
The charges above are calculated on an hourly rate. In our Litigation Department the hourly rates are £175.00 per hour for work done by Rachel Elliott and £200.00 per hour by Jonathan Barker. Occasionally, a trainee solicitor may be involved in work on the file at a rate of £125.00 per hour. All private paying work will be charged at those rates in line with the estimates above.

Disbursements:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. In any debt recovery matter the Claimant will be expected to pay both an issue fee and a hearing fee. A table showing the range of fees payable in both instances can be found below:

Issue Fee:

Claim amount Fees
Up to £300 £35
£300.01 to £500 £50
£500.01 to £1,000 £70
£1,000.01 to £1,500 £80
£1,500.01 to £3,000 £115
£3,000.01 to £5,000 £205
£5,000.01 to £10,000 £455
£10,000.01 to £200,000 5% of the claim
More than £200,000 £10,000

 

Hearing Fee:

Small Claim Track where the amount claimed is:

Fast track claim – £545

Multi track claim – £1,090

You may however be entitled to Help with Fees, depending upon your financial position. We will explore this with you when taking initial instructions.

Other costs may also be payable during a debt recover matter for example:

  • Expert reports (ranging from £100.00 -£500.00, may be subject to VAT)
  • Counsel’s fees – We will always suggest using Counsel in a multi/fast track claim. Counsel’s fees are estimated between £350-£500.00 per day depending upon the experience of the advocate for attending a Tribunal Hearing, including a day of preparation (exclusive of VAT charged at 20%).
  • Additional applications as required to the Court – £255.00.
  • Enquiry Agent – £100.00 – £250.00 (may be subject to VAT)

 

Key Stages:

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Preparing a letter before action where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim
  • Reviewing and advising on response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel if so required

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.

 

Timescales
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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4-12 months. 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.


Enforcement:
We are also able to assist with the enforcement of judgment debts through a range of enforcement methods. We typically estimate costs of a maximum £500.00 (exclusive of VAT charged at 20%, and disbursements) to assist, dependent upon the method of enforcement selected.  We will provide initial advice as to the most appropriate method of enforcement and the likely costs involved upon reviewing judgment and Defendant’s known assets.

Each method of enforcement is subject to a Court Fee, payable as a disbursement, as outlined below:

CRIME:

We offer 24 hour on-call emergency police station cover.  We are happy to confirm that our attendance at the police station for the purpose of interview is non means tested and the costs of the same are met by the Legal Aid Agency.

We are happy to offer a free initial 30 minute consultation and will advise on your eligibility for Legal Aid within the same.  You may be asked to bring financial documentation with you to the appointment.  You will be advised when making your appointment of which documents to bring.

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, fees up to a maximum of the fee-earner’s hourly rate will be applied and you will be kept informed of costs as the matter progresses.

Please note, dependent upon your means, you may not be financially eligible for Legal Aid in a Magistrates Court, but may be financially eligible for Legal Aid in the Crown Court (which may be subject to a financial contribution – which will be assessed by the Legal Aid Agency). We will continue to monitor your Legal Aid eligibility and costs as the matter progresses.

On occasion, Expert reports may be required to assist with your defence.  If this is the case we will obtain a written quotation from the Expert or Experts concerned. Please be aware that any Experts’ fee would depend on the Expert concerned and their own, set fee-scale.  A quote would be obtained and agreed with you prior to instruction of any Expert. Please note Expert fees would need to be paid, in full prior to the instruction of the Expert.

 

MOTORING OFFENCES:

Magistrates Court:

Early Guilty plea: £300 + VAT fixed fee.  Solicitors’ travelling expenses are included within the fee.

Trial: – £700-£1,000 + VAT. This is dependent upon length of time the trial is listed.  This will be confirmed upon listing of trial. Solicitors’ travelling expenses are included within the fee.

Please be aware that any Experts’ fee would depend on the Expert concerned and their own, set fee-scale.  A quote would be obtained and agreed prior to instruction. Please note Expert fees would need to be paid, in full prior to the instruction of the Expert.

NB: Timescales vary from matter to matter, no two cases are the same. You will be  informed of an approximate timescale at the outset. We will keep you informed at regular intervals thereafter as matters progress.  Please note that court listing and trials are entirely at the mercy of the court listing system.  We are happy to liaise directly with the court listing system on your behalf.