We know that clients worry about the costs of lawyers and litigation. Legal costs are high, reflecting the training and experience of the lawyer, high overheads and the degree of responsibility we accept on behalf of our clients.
We do our best to keep our costs to a minimum without compromising the end result for you.
If you call us, a solicitor will discuss your matter with you for free, to gain a broad understanding of your legal problem and ensure we have the expertise to assist you. In some cases, we will agree not to charge for the first 30 minutes of your initial appointment so that we can meet with you and gain a better understanding of your matter before you incur any costs (not available with Tim Bourne).
In most cases we charge for our services in accordance with the Supreme Court Scale and do not require payment of our professional fees until your claim is resolved.
We are often prepared to act on a 'no win, no fee' basis in personal injury matters. However, this is not always the case. 'No win, no fee' costs agreements are not always appropriate - and not always in your best interests. If you want us to act for you on a 'no win, no fee' basis, you need to discuss this with your solicitor at your first appointment.
We are also willing to act in matters funded by the Legal Services Commission and, where appropriate, will assist you to make an application for legal fees and/or disbursements funding from the Law Society's Litigation Assistance Fund.
We welcome clients to discuss costs issues with us at any time. We will send you a costs agreement at the commencement of any matter. We will explain how our costs will be calculated, when we expect them to be paid and the prospects of recovering those costs from other sources. As best we can, we will provide you with an estimate of our likely fees for each stage of a matter.