Most frequently, I charge a fixed fee for each piece of work, which is agreed with the solicitor or the client before any work is undertaken. No additional fees will be charged without prior agreement. In all cases, professional, licensed access and/or lay clients (as appropriate) may contact me to obtain a quotation for legal services.
I am prepared to undertake a preliminary review of paperwork, with a view to providing a quotation and/or to determine whether the substantive work required falls within my areas of practice, free of charge, provided that such review is not likely to require more than 2 hours of time. I will advise the solicitor or the client, in advance of any such review, if the time necessary to complete such review is likely to require more than 2 hours of time, and the fee for such review (if any).
By charging a fixed fee, I will charge a set amount of money for the work that is required. Each fixed fee is based upon either my standard hourly rate or my higher hourly rate. My standard hourly rate is £275.00. My higher hourly rate is £375.00. All fees exclude VAT (if applicable).
When seeking to agree a fixed fee, I aim to agree a fee that is based upon my standard hourly rate, taking into consideration the work required: an Advice or other written material such as an agreement or submission, any attendance in conference, whether in person or remotely, the time necessary to read the instructions and any other material, preparation and writing time, and the complexity of the work required.
Only if you have a particularly complex or urgent matter, will the fee be based upon my higher hourly rate, also taking into consideration those matters applicable to fees calculated at my standard hourly rate. I will advise the solicitor or the client upon whether the fixed fee is calculated according to my standard hourly rate or my higher hourly rate.
Any disbursements, such as cost or expense for administration or other logistical matters such as photocopying, bundling and couriers, travel and/or hotel, will be payable in advance.
In all cases, my fees and any disbursements will be set out in my client care letter.
Solicitors or clients with regular or ongoing work (from day to day or week to week) of a same or similar nature (Repeat Work) will be charged a fee based upon my standard hourly rate. Repeat Work will mean work comprised of 2 or more pieces of work of a same or similar nature per week.
I will not provide a continuous indication of each fee as part of Repeat Work: to do so would not be practicable and would interrupt business flow for the solicitor, clients and myself. An update upon any accumulating fees as part of Repeat Work can be requested at any time.
Only where, in the ordinary course of Repeat Work, a particular piece of work is out of the ordinary compared to Repeat Work, will consideration be given to my higher hourly rate for that particular piece of work only and only in circumstances, where that particular piece of work is more complex or urgent.
Fees for continuation work, namely work of a nature that by necessity requires further work beyond the initial work (most often an agreement that passes through a number of rounds of negotiation), will be charged at the fixed fee for which the initial work was agreed, plus any additional work based upon my standard hourly rate. The additional work will be capped in 3 hour blocks of time (3 x the standard hourly rate). Upon the expiry of the first block of time, I will advise the solicitor or the client, and seek to agree any further block of time necessary.