The service we offer
We offer a free half hour initial consultation. During this initial meeting we gather from you as much information as we can regarding your position and or the work you wish us to consider undertaking.
Once we have received full information, understand what your priorities are, and have a clear understanding of the aspects you would like help with, we can provide a fee estimate based on our hourly rates displayed.
We will also advise you, depending on your case type whether you may have other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy. We would consider this at the time of your initial consultation and dependant on subsequent information supplied we would advise what cost implications there may thereafter be.
We would then give you in writing what you may be able to expect from us and within what time frames we may be able to achieve those requirements.
We may offer fixed fees in certain cases but in general terms work will be costed on a time basis and you will be given an estimate at the outset of any retainer. If the hourly rate is different to those listed for any reason you will be advised at the outset. If you are in any way uncertain in relation to fees, the retainer or any other element of the case please contact the Fee earner dealing with your matter or our practice manager by email or telephone details of which can be found on our website.
Whilst this will be a difficult time, as any legal matters generally involve an element of stress, the firm will seek to make your case run as smoothly as possible.
Experience shows that it is important that clients understand from the outset that the legal process can be expensive, and we estimate as best we can the likely cost of the case to conclusion. Remember that factors such as whether the case succeeds, whether you brought or defended a case and many other factors may combine to shorten/lengthen cases and consequently reduce or increase costs. The fees of the solicitor with conduct of your case will vary but generally they will be at A grade fee earner.
Our rates are listed below: –
Grade A fee earner
Preparation/attendance/advocacy £221 per hour
Travel/waiting £221 per hour
Routine Calls £22.10 per item
Letters written £22.10 per item
If it is possible for some case work to be delegated to a less senior fee earner we will do so to try to keep costs incurred to a minimum. The costs for other fee earners work varies according to their experience and skills:
Grade B fee earner
Preparation/attendance/advocacy £194 per hour
Travel/waiting £194 per hour
Routine Calls £19.40 per item
Letters written £19.40 per item
Grade C fee earner
Preparation/attendance/advocacy £163 per hour
Travel/waiting £163 per hour
Routine Calls £16.30 per item
Letters written £16.30 per item
(Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals and other Fee Earners)
Preparation/attendance/advocacy £120 per hour
Travel/waiting £120 per hour
Routine Calls £12.00 per item
Letters written £12.00 per item
All grade fee earners: –
Disbursements* (travel per mile) 45p per mile
Fax sent £6 per item
Copying (more than 5 sheets) 10p per page
All costs are excluding VAT.
*Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and other legal fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Any anticipated disbursements will be discussed with you & confirmed in writing at the outset of your instructions.
Fixed Fee work
We also offer fixed fee work. This type of work is offered on various types of matters & again would be discussed with you at any initial free consultation and confirmed in writing with your instructions.
Please see below for specific costing:
Guilty plea at Bristol Magistrates Court = £500.00
Guilty plea at Bath or North Somerset Magistrates Court = £600.00
Guilty plea at Newport or Cardiff Magistrates Court= £700.00
The fee includes:
Attendance & Preparation
Considering evidence & taking your instructions
Advice on likely sentencing
Attendance & representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
The fee does not include:
Instruction of any expert witnesses
Taking statements from any witnesses
Advice & assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of X).
We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for [e.g. half a day].
We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.