For clients who are not covered under Legal Aid and instruct our firm on a private basis, our fee structure is shown opposite.
Our fees will continue to apply even where, during the course of your criminal proceedings; the prosecution decide to offer no evidence, discontinues your case, or you are acquitted (found not guilty) after your trial. Where an application is made for your Defence Costs — for example, when you are found not guilty after trial and the court agrees to award your costs, you will be entitled to recover your legal costs, However, the amount awarded would be limited to the amount payable under specified Legal Aid rates which are lower than our private client rates.
This means that you are unlikely to recover the full legal representation costs you have paid to us. In some circumstances, the court may order you to pay the other party’s legal charges and expenses; for example court and prosecution costs. Our agreed hourly rate charges will cover all necessary preparation, research, and attendances (including correspondence, telephone calls, travel, and waiting). Please note that if any additional disbursements are necessary, like instructing a barrister, experts, or other expenses, we will advise you and discuss these charges with you before incurring them as they will be charged in addition to the fixed fees set out above.
We will make sure to update you after each hearing of our estimate of the
costs on your case.
Fixed Fees:If your case is not considered to be eligible for fixed fee then our fees will be as follows:
In most cases, we are able to provide an agreed fee quote. These fees are based on the standard work required in most cases which includes:
- Attending clients
- Taking instructions
- Considering documents
- Providing advice on merits, timelines and outcome of application.
- Preparing statements of case (if necessary)
- Preparing and submitting application.
The price quoted will usually be within the range provided above. If your
matter is complex then it usually will be the higher end of the range. For straight-forward matters (such as those where the evidence is promptly provided and does not involve lengthy correspondence between parties), the lower end will usually be quoted.
The above prices do not include any disbursements. Disbursements are expenses paid out on behalf of clients. These would include, but are not limited to, IJKVI immigration fees, translation/interpretation fees, travel costs, barrister fees etc.
The work in the Immigration Department will normally be conducted by a qualified Solicitor or an accredited caseworker from the Law Society. These caseworkers will usually be assisted by paralegals or trainee solicitors.
All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
We are also able to provide on-demand advice which includes consultation. This usually charged at a rate of £ 180 for the first hour and £ 350 thereafter for a senior solicitors and £ 250 per hour for Solicitor or Accredited caseworker.
Private Family Matters
Fixed fee opportunities are available for;
- Petitioner in an uncontested divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnership
- Respondent in an uncontested divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnership
Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders:
Initial consultation; preparation of the application to Court and attendance at the on notice first hearing Initial Consultation; preparation of the application to Court on an urgent basis and attendance at the ex-parte hearing.
Initial consultation (up to 30 minutes); letter to the other side setting out your position; referral to mediation and follow up advice (up to 30 minutes)
Initial consultation (up 30 minutes); letter to the other side setting out your position; referral to mediation and follow up advice (up to 30 minutes).
Initial consultation (up to 1 hour); preparation of the Child Arrangement application to
Court and attendance at the First Appointment
If your case is not considered to be eligible for fixed fee then our fees will be charged hourly. However, an estimated cost will be provided before taking instruction.