Fixed Fee or Free Initial Interview
We offer an interview with a Solicitor and follow up advice in writing at the following rates:
- Half hour interview: £75 plus VAT
- One hour interview: £150 plus VAT
- Free Interview for Personal Injury Cases
We have legal aid franchises in Mental Health and Community Care please see our services page to see the type of cases these franchises cover. There are three types of Legal Aid funding. All are means tested. To see if you are eligible for legal aid please use the legal aid calculator.
The ‘Legal Help’ Scheme
This is for initial or one off advice and representations on your behalf. It cannot be used to take your case to court, if you are eligible for legal aid this level of help is free. If your case needs to go to court then you would need a ‘Public Funding Certificate’.
Public Funding Certificate
This is the funding you need if your case needs to go to court or is complex and needs more in depth investigation that can be done on the legal help scheme. This is means tested but is not always free.
It maybe that the Legal Services Commission decide that you have to pay a contribution each month towards your legal fees. If you are certain benefits such as income support, jobseekers allowance and pension credits you will be eligible for legal aid and will not have to make a contribution to your fees.
Mental Health Tribunals
For a patient who is detained under the mental health act or a nearest relative who wishes to bring their own application to the tribunal legal aid is always free and is not means tested.
Your solicitor will still need you to sign a legal aid form and must always consider whether it is value for money to instruct experts or incur other expenses out of public funds.
Other Funding Arrangements
Few people realise that they may have legal insurance as part of their buildings or contents insurance. If you bring your policy to your first interview we will check your documents and make a claim on your behalf without charge, if you want to instruct us to take your case. If you are lucky enough to have this cover this also insures you if you have to pay your opponent’s costs.
No Win, No Fee
There are two types of arrangements:
- Contingency Fee’s: for use in an employment tribunal – this is where the lawyer can charge up to 35% of any damages that you win at tribunal – however you would still have to pay for what are called ‘disbursements’ expenses such as experts or travel fees.
- Conditional Fee Agreements: this is where the lawyer charges their normal hourly rate plus a percentage uplift if they win your case but no lawyer’s fees if they lose. However you would still need to pay expenses such as experts or court fees. You would also need to obtain a policy to insure against you having to pay the other side’s costs but this can be bought in a way that no premium is due unless you win your case.
If your case is straightforward we may be able to offer you a fixed fee for solicitor costs either for your whole case or each stage, so you know exactly what you have to pay. For example for small claims in the county court we can offer a fixed fee of £350.00 plus VAT for solicitors costs.
Our Prices: Private Rates
We charge the ‘county court rates’ for the area these are set by depending on the location of the office your case is in and the level of experience of the person working on your file. For example if you instructed Miss Davies at the Ealing or Heathrow branch then the fee would be £162 plus VAT.
After your initial appointment we would give you a costs estimate, this is often difficult but we would revise it at each stage of the litigation.
A Guide to Court Fees
If you make a claim in the Tribunal generally you do not have to pay fees for making the claim. However in the County and High Court and above you do and you need to take this into account when budgeting for your case. If you are on legal aid or on a low income you may not have to pay court fees and can apply for a ‘fee remission. Otherwise you will have to pay a claim fee, allocation fee, pre-trial checklist fee, a trial fee and pay £40 or £75 every time you make an application in the case.
It is worth mentioning that your case may be deemed suitable for mediation and unless your case is a small claim this would also be payable by you, although split between you and the other side. This can cost between £500-£1,500.
A full list of court fees for the county and high court can be found HERE.