CHARGES AND EXPENSES
Our charges will be calculated mainly by reference to the time actually spent by the
solicitors and other staff in respect of any work which they do on your behalf. This
may include meetings with you and perhaps others, reading, preparing and working
on papers; making and receiving telephone calls, emails, faxes and text messages;
preparation of any detailed costs estimates, schedules and bills; attending at court; and
time necessary spent travelling away from the office. From time to time, we may
arrange for some of this work to be carried out by persons not directly employed by us; such work will be charged to you at the hourly rate which would be charged if we
had done the work ourselves.
Routine letters, emails and texts that we send and routine telephone calls that we
make and receive are charged at one tenth of the hourly rate. Routine letters, emails
and texts received are charged at one twentieth of the hourly rate. Other letters, emails
and calls are charged on a time spend basis.
The current hourly rates are set out below. We will add VAT to these at the rate that
applies when the work is done. At present, VAT is 20%.
|Partners and Consultants
|Solicitors 8 year or more qualified
|Fellows of Inst. of Legal Executives, Senior Executives
|Junior Executives/Personal Assistants
These hourly rates have to be reviewed periodically to reflect increases in overhead
costs and inflation. Normally the rates are reviewed with effect from 1st January each
year. If a review is carried out before this matter has been concluded, we will inform
you of any variation in the rate before it takes effect.
In addition to the time spent, we may take into account a number of factors including
any need to carry out work outside our normal office hours, the complexity of the
issues, the speed at which action has to be taken, any particular specialist expertise
which the case may demand. An increase in the rates may be applied to reflect such
factors. In property transactions, in the administration of estates and in matters
involving a substantial financial value of benefit to a client, a charge reflecting, for
example, the price of the property, the size of the estate, or the value of the financial
benefit may be considered. It is not always possible to indicate how these aspects may
arise but on present information we would expect them to be sufficiently taken into account in the rates which we have quoted. Where an increase in the rates or a charge
reflecting any value element is to be added we will explain this to you.
Solicitors have to pay out various other expenses on behalf of clients ranging from
Land or Probate Registry fees, court fees, experts’ fees, and so on. We have no
objection to make such payments unless you have provided us with the funds for that
purpose. VAT is payable on certain expenses. We refer to such payments generally as “disbursements”.
If, for any reason, this matter does not proceed to completion, we will be entitled to
charge you for work done and expenses incurred.