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Fees & pricing

 

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Client Service

A Transparent and Innovative Approach to Fees

We are passionate about service quality and every member of the team takes a proactive approach to meeting the needs of the most demanding situation. We will work hard to build a long-lasting, service driven relationship with all law firms, irrespective of the frequency or value of instructions.

We will always give you advice on a suitable barrister and we will provide you with an accurate assessment of the cost.

Hourly Rates

We are committed to delivering financial confidence through innovative and mutually beneficial approaches to alternatives to the “billable hour”.

We will always tell you what the first stage of your case will cost or is likely to cost before any work is done on your behalf.

Wherever possible we will give you an exact price, known as a fixed fee; this pricing is not based on time estimates or trying to reverse the billable hour equivalent cost into a fixed price.

Instead, we will agree a price with you for a clearly defined scope of work from the outset before we start.

If you then decide to change this scope of work materially, we will agree a reasonable revised price with you; again, in advance.

You can expect to be charged a fixed fee to have your barrister represent you in court.

However, fees sometimes do need to be based on hourly rates. The rates vary according to how senior your barrister is, how urgent your case is and how complicated it is. The hourly rate, and an accurate estimate of the likely total cost, will be given to you before work is begun.

If we do not give you an exact price your barrister will put in writing all of the hours that he/she has worked. These hours will be on the invoice or fee note that is sent to you.

Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs)

A CFA is often referred to as a “no win, no fee” arrangement.

If your case has a good prospect of success a CFA may be an option worth considering. If your solicitor is working for you under a CFA it is likely our barristers will be willing to do so as well.

Under a CFA your barrister agrees a higher hourly or daily rate on the basic fee. If you and your barrister are ultimately successful, the other side pay your barrister’s fees in total. If you and your barrister are not successful, your barrister does not get paid.

You will need to take out an “after the event” insurance policy to cover your liability to the other side in the event they win. Essentially CFAs allow you to proceed with a claim although you are not in a position to fund the litigation.

Each individual barrister will make his own decision whether to enter into a particular CFA.

The barrister concerned will consider the merits of a case including the legal, evidential and practical risks involved and decide whether he is willing to act.