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Our fees

We charge for the time taken to provide you with advice. We will tell you in our letter of engagement whether this is a fixed fee or it is based on an hourly rate.

How we charge

The amount we charge is the number of hours worked for you, multiplied by the hourly rate of the members of our team doing that work. Our hourly rate is divided into “units” of 6 minutes. There are 10 units in an hour (10 x 6 minutes = 60 minutes). It is important to note that when we do something for you that takes less than six minutes, then it is rounded up to the nearest unit.

Our hourly rates vary according to the seniority of the person working for you and the nature of the work done for you.

You should note: The smallest unit of time we record 6 minutes. Therefore, if you engage in a 2-minute conversation, that will be recorded as one unit. A call lasting 3, 4, 5 or exactly 6 minutes is still one unit and charge the same as a 2 minute call. If you spend 6-12 minutes on a call, then it counts as two units. So a seven minute call is twice the cost of a five minute call.


Example

A 3 minute phone call = one unit = 10% of an hourly rate
A 33 minute meeting = six units = 60% of an hourly rate

We charge VAT

VAT is chargeable on all our services. Currently, the VAT rate is 20%. If you are a consumer (not VAT registered) then this will be an increase over our hourly rate that you cannot reclaim.

Hourly Rates

We may agree different rates with you in a letter of engagement, or a fixed fee. However, our average hourly rates for consumer advice are:

Rate (excluding VAT)Rate (including VAT)
Partner/ legal director:£295£354
Senior associate:£231£277.20
Associate:£231£277.20
Senior solicitor:£216£247.20
Solicitor:£208£249.60
Trainee:£175£210
Paralegal:£175£210

Things we charge for

We charge for the time we spend on your advice. We try to break this down into certain categories, although there is sometimes crossover between one type of work and another. What is key is the time spent on your advice. We will record time working on any aspect of your advice, including:

1

Telephone calls

With you or with other parties, and whether making or receiving a call – this includes you checking on progress.

2

Letters or emails

Both writing and reading.

3

Research

This refers to time spent considering specific legal issues that affect the work we do for you.

4

Drafting

This is writing, or amending, legal documents (eg an employment contract, or an offer to buy a house, or a court writ).

5

Noting

This is the preparation of notes relating to your advice.

6

Attendance

This is time in court or a tribunal.

7

Meetings

This is time spent attending meetings.

Specific pricing

Below are more details of our most common consumer services:

Estate Agency

Residential Conveyancing

Family Law

Private Client

Employment