What will it cost you?
I take a proactive approach to the costs to ensure you are aware and agreed before I start then proceed. I find this works for clients and for me.
- The actual costs that will be incurred with me depend on what I am asked to do and how we have agreed to charge/fund the instruction.
- Hourly Rates: My legal costs are normally charged to you on a time basis i.e. how many hours multiplied by my agreed hourly rate plus VAT. I have extensive experience and expertise (which means we can work quickly and efficiently) and as I am based outside of London with lower overheads, we are able to pass the overhead savings onto you.
- Fixed Fees: However, I do also offer fixed fees for work where the scope of the work is clear and there will be no surprises e.g. cease & desist letters, letters before claim, interim applications, issuing proceedings.
- Estimates and Credit Limit: Where the scope of the work is unclear e.g. the matter will likely be long term and/or comprises multiple strategies /scenarios which may change depending on how your opponent or Court reacts as we progress. In that case it is difficult to predict costs other than to provide “ball-park estimates”. What I find works best is to provide estimates for likely scenarios, and work up to agreed and re-settable credit limits as we go along. This way my clients know how much spend they are committed until notified that the limit is reached. They can decide whether to proceed and to re-set the credit limit at that stage, or not.
- No win no fee or conditional fee arrangements: I will always consider whether or not I can act on your behalf on a no-win no-fee basis. To assess this I must consider the ability of your opponent to pay any costs agreed or ordered by the Court if we are successful. I will also consider merits of your case, the commercial aspects and all the factors. It may be the case that an initial fee is required to review the background papers before I can decide if I can offer a no win no fee arrangement or not. I will discuss this with you if your matter is suitable and you are unable to pay privately.