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Legal fees specified starts from the amount mentioned however may vary and is subject to change over time. Some applications are subject to VAT:
|Application for Travel Documents/BRP Replacements
|Outside the rule’s application (Applicant with no leave)
|Citizenship (naturalisation & registrations)
|Student/visit visas (entry & extensions in-country)
|Marriage, Civil Partnership, or unmarried partners
|Long Residence applications
|Settlement for dependent family members
|Business applications (investors, entrepreneurs)
|Tier 2 visas (entry & extensions in-country)
|Minister of Religion visa (entry & extension)
|Asylum application (non-Legal Aid)
|Asylum appeal – lodging & drafting grounds only
|Asylum appeal – preparing bundle & advocacy
|Fresh Asylum application
|Immigration appeal (non-asylum)
|| £2500.00- £3000.00
|Administrative Review Application
|Bail application (CIO + Tribunal) Excluding Travel costs outside Birmingham
| Application for Permission to Appeal (FTT & UT- existing client) drafting grounds only
|Application for Permission to Appeal FTT and UT- New Client
|Letter before claim Only
|Application for permission for judicial review on Papers – Excluding counsel costs
|Detained Work – Further submission, CIO bail, Tribunal application, Judicial Reviews on papers only
|Legal Notice: £350 +VAT
|Mediation: £300/hour +VAT
|Litigation: £350/hour +VAT
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.
Debt Value Court Fee Our fee:
Up to £5000 £35 – 205 £2000 - £2,500 (Plus VAT)
£5001 - £10,000 £455 £3,000 - £5,000 (Plus VAT)
£10,001 - £50,000 5% value of claim £4,000 - £8,000 (Plus VAT)
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
- The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
- Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
- The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
Our fee includes:
- Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
- Undertaking appropriate searches
- Sending a letter before action
- Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
- Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
- When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
- If payment is not received within 28 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs
Matters usually take 4-26 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.
Our pricing for representing you in bringing and defending claims before the Employment Tribunal.
Simple case: £4,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
Medium complexity case: £10,000-£20,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
High complexity case: £25,000-£50,000 (excluding VAT charged at 20%)
The above is not a cap on fees and cases can exceed these costs due to the complexity of the case. Our hourly rate is between £250 to £350 + VAT, depending upon the experience of the lawyer dealing with your matter.
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
- Any appeal to court decisions
- Whether our advice is followed
The more of these factors apply to your case, the higher the level of complexity. In more complex cases additional time will require to be spent on your matter in turn increasing the likely cost.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such expert fees (e.g. medical expert to ascertain disability). We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,000 – £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. There is likely to be a ‘brief fee’ in addition to the above attendance fees, the level of which would depend upon the complexity of your matter and the numbers of days listed. However this could be in the range of £500 + VAT for a simple case to £5,000 + VAT for a high complexity case. Generally we would allow 1-3 days for a low complexity case, 4-7 days for a medium complexity case and 8-10 days for a High complexity case.
The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
- Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
- preparing or considering a schedule of loss
- Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
- Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses preparing bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs and specific quote can be provided upon your instructions.
How long will my matter take?
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information as to the complexity of your case and as the matter progresses. As you will appreciate the Employment Tribunals are also very busy right now and so your case could take longer.
Drink driving offence, guilty pleas –fixed fee of £545.00. This does not include Vat and disbursements
- 2 hours attendance/preparation:
- Considering evidence
- Taking your instructions
- Providing advice on likely sentence
- Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
- An assumption that our travel time to and from Court will not exceed 2 hours
- That your case concludes within half a day at Court
The fee does not include:
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
- Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
- Travel time in excess of 2 hours
- Any hearing that lasts more than half a day
- Additional costs incurred by interviewing witnesses and taking statements from them
- Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
- We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
- 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.