General Information About Fees And Costs Funding For Legal Fees
Our fee structure for privately funded work follows the guidelines as published by HM Courts and Tribunal Services. We undertake privately funded work in the areas of litigation, Immigration, Family, Housing, Employment, and non-legally aided Crime Work. We also undertake legal aid work in areas of family and housing. More details about legally aided work and services we provide can be found under a separate heading on our website, “LEGAL AID/FUNDING”.
In some cases, there may be a possibility that an insurer will pay your legal fees, or a proportion of them, if you have legal expenses cover included in an insurance policy.
In many cases our fee can vary depending on the complexity of the matter and the experience level of the Solicitor/or case worker conducting your matter. At the outset we will attempt to give you our best estimate of likely fees and as the case progresses, this will be constantly reviewed to ensure that there are no sudden surprises in respect of fees. Estimates are not a quotation unless this is specifically agreed in writing. During the course of your retainer, we may issue interim bills for the work that has been carried out and may ask you for further payments on account of future fees and costs/disbursements. All interim bills will be credited against the final account at the end of the matter. The appropriate hourly rate for your matter will be agreed with you and confirmed in writing in our terms and conditions letter before we agree to undertake your case. Our hourly rates are between £150 to £375 which is depending on the experience and qualifications of the fee-earner handling your case; these are in accordance with the HMCTS guidelines. All legal fees are subject to VAT, which is added to our charge.
For some legal matters we will be able to agree and quote a fixed fee in advance for carrying out work for you. Usually, we will agree a fixed fee for preparing a will, deed poll, applying for grant of probate, divorce and immigration applications or for other specific matters. Our fixed fees for Applications in the Family Courts range from £1800 to £3000 for Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Order, Specific Issue and Child Arrangement Orders. Disbursements in the form of, for example, Application fees and Counsel fees are additional fees which are separate from our fees. For Immigration Matters, a range of fees are applied depending on the Application itself which can be Passport Applications [from £450], Registration or Naturalisation Applications [£1500]. For settlement applications i.e. Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications, applications outside the Immigration Rules [between £1800 to £2,500] depending on the complexity. For Sponsor’s Licences and Business Visas, rates range from upwards of £4000-£6000 depending on the nature of the instructions.
Costs are payments that are made to third parties on your behalf when a service or goods are purchased on your behalf related to your matter. For example, if your documents have to be translated into English, or if a DNA report is required or an application fee needs to be paid. These are examples of disbursements. A disbursement may incur VAT, but if the disbursement is a court fee VAT is not applicable.