We endeavour to provide you with a costs estimate as accurately and as early as practicable and will inform you at the outset of the hourly rate of the fee earner handling your case. There are rules governing the fees solicitors can charge and in accordance with those rules we take into account factors such as the complexity of the work, its urgency, its value and the time spent on it. For certain types of work, such as property conveyancing, we charge a fixed fee whereas for other types of work, such as litigation, we calculate fees on the basis of the time spent on the matter. Our bills include information about the work we have carried out on your behalf and how the charges have arisen. From time to time administrative work which would normally be done by a fee earner may be carried out by a secretary/legal administrator if this will reduce the costs payable by you.
We accept payment by cash, cheque, bank transfer and all major credit and debit cards.
For non-contentious work (generally, non-court cases) it is usually possible for us to quote, at the time we are given instructions, an overall charge for the work. This is particularly the case for property conveyancing, for which estimates can be obtained from this website. Such estimates are subject to variation in the event of unforeseeable complexities or an abortive transaction. If that is the case we will notify you and our charge will normally be based on the time we have spent on your case.
For contentious work (generally, court cases) we charge on the basis of time spent on the matter. We try to give an estimate at an early stage but much depends on the attitude of the opposing party and unforeseeable delays; e.g. unexpected work we are required to do as a result of court orders or the opponent's response; and court delays. The costs estimate will be reviewed periodically and we will notify you if there is likely to be a material change. You should check whether you have legal expenses insurance and, in some circumstances, we may be willing to act on a conditional fee basis.
Our current hourly rates (exclusive of VAT) are between £210 - £235 for Bill Boyes, Stephen Friday, Shobha Naik, John Selby and Naureen Matlib. The rates (exclusive of VAT) for Michael KIlbane and other Solicitors are between £160 - £210. The rates (exclusive of VAT) for Nicolette Nixon and other Paralegals are £110 - £160; for Trainee Solicitors it is £110 (eclusive of VAT); and £70 (exclusive of VAT) for Legal administrators. For complex matters our hourly rates may be higher and we will inform you if that is the case. Rates are subject to change without notice and are reviewed annually. You will be notified if there is any change. Standard telephone calls and letters out are charged at 1/10 of the hourly rate. Long telephone calls and letters are charged on the basis of the time spent on them. We charge for letters and emails received at 1/10 of the hourly rate, unless they are lengthy in which case we charge for the time spent considering them and any enclosures.
IMPORTANT NOTICE DATED 13 OCTOBER 2017
On 1st November 2017, we increased our charge out rates for all our Partners, Solicitors, Consultants, Paralegals, Trainee Solicitors and Administrative Staff by £10 per hour. The current rates are set out above.
Disbursements are payments we make on your behalf to third parties therefore as well as our fees you may have to reimburse us for any expenses we incur in dealing with your case. Generally disbursements include payments such as barrister’s fees, court fees, stamp duty and the Land Registry's fees. We aim to inform you at the outset of your case what disbursements are likely to arise and to provide best estimates of those disbursements. Usually we ask clients to provide a payment on account of disbursements, before those expenses are incurred.
Value Added Tax
Value Added Tax (VAT), at the current rate, is also payable. We add it to our fees and it may be included in the disbursements.
Public funding, Fixed fee interviews and Free initial interviews
We act for both privately paying and publicly funded clients. If you consider that you may be eligible for public funding please ask us and we will advise you whether you are entitled. For clients who, until the recent government changes, would have been eligible for legal aid funding, we are prepared to discuss funding options based on each individual case; e.g. reduced rates payable over a longer term. We also offer up to 30 minutes advice for a fixed fee from £50 plus VAT. We also offer free initial interviews under the “Lawyers for Business" scheme.
For work charged on a fixed fee basis, details of our charges are available on this website. This includes our fees for property conveyancing, making a Lasting Power of Attorney and drafting wills. If you cannot find the information you need, or if you wish to discuss our fees, please do not hesitate to contact us.