Funding your legal problem
As a firm we have looked very carefully into the concerns people have about taking legal advice and pursuing legal services. The feed back which we have received showed that generally people were unclear about what funding is available to them, but also that there was a lack of transparency generally from lawyers about the cost of legal services. In short people were uncertain until the end of the matter exactly how much it was going to cost.
After all you would not build a new kitchen or a conservatory without knowing exactly what you had to budget for, so why would you do that with legal services? This was a valid criticism so we developed our pricing models accordingly.
As a firm we provide cost budgets to fit every pocket. We understand that in the current climate people are more money savvy, and want value for money. With the reduction in the availability for legal aid we have devised a selection of plans to suit every pocket and level of service required. We also are one of very few firms fully committed to providing legal aid to our clients.
Please select a funding option form the list below for more information.
This is the conventional payment method used by traditional lawyers. Costs are charged at an hourly rate (see rates below) or a proportion or an hour, usually in 6 minute units. The rates applied to this will usually depend on the complexity of the matter and the seniority, type or experience of the fee earner involved. Fee earners can be solicitors, legal executives, legal assistants, trainee solicitors or paralegals. They will all have a different hourly charge ranging from £210 per hour to £95 per hour. This method of charging is best suited to the ore complex intricate areas of law where it is not possible to foresee all eventualities that may arise. It is possible to agree staged payments i.e. Agree a budgeted amount up to a certain point when the matter can be reconsidered. Under this method you will usually be billed monthly, or when a certain cost limit has been reached e.g. £500.
This method is available where a legal matter and its progression is more predictable. We can provide an interest fee payment plan whereby you will know exactly what the cost will be up to a certain point, what is expected of you and what you should expect from us. On initial consultation your matter will be assessed for suitability to this type of plan and the costs, (e.g. up to a certain point in proceedings) will be agreed with you as well as disbursements i.e. court fees experts costs. A written fixed fee agreement will be prepared to include the total cost plus VAT and disbursements split over either 6 or 10 months no interest is added to this plan and the written agreement is signed by both you and the fee earner involved. We have found this payment plan very popular with our clients.
Most people will know this as the no win no fee arrangement when you have been involved in an accident either in a car or at work, however, it is also available for many other areas of legal work. E.g. negligence issue actions against local authorities, civil actions for misrepresentation, breaches of Warranty, boundary disputes and other contractual legal problems.
In some cases after the event legal expenses insurance can be provided. Often there is legal expenses insurance associated with you home or motor insurance which can cover a variety of legal services, and this will be explored by the fee earner before ATE insurance is secured. This will allow you to pursue your case and if you were unsuccessful your exposure to paying costs will be limited.
The workings of this method of cost payment will be discussed in more detail with the fee earner at the initial interview, however it is worth noting that since changes in the law in 2013, not all the costs can be recovered from the other side in some cases and a small proportion of the damages recovered may be deducted in respect of some fees.
Increasingly we are seeing members of the public who are keen to have a go at taking matters to court themselves and there is nothing wrong with that; after all who knows the issues they are having to deal with better than they do. However, as many people are finding it is often more complicated than they thinks and standing in front of a judge or a barrister or solicitor for the other side can be a little daunting to the inexperienced advocate.
This service caters for those people who want to use our services for chunks of work without fully retaining us for the entirety of the matter so whether it is to prepare a statement to send to the court, or just attend the court to deal with the advocacy on there behalf, we can agree a fixed price for that piece of work and then hand the matter back to you.
This service covers a variety of needs. Particularly with the reduction in legal aid availability and where the person does not necessarily need or know whether they are on the right track and need some guidance with a matter which they are dealing with themselves, then this may be the option of choice.
Multiples of 15 minute slots at £30 inclusive of VAT, can be book with a fee earner who can assist with either guidance on the legal options available, help complete or check forms and generally assist the individual with the matter that they are engaged in, the opportunities are endless and no issue would be inapplicable.
There is no obligation to retain us to deal with the matter however should a person decide that ultimately they do not want to deal with the matter or it becomes too complicated then, if we are retained the fee charged for the appointment will be credited to your agreed payment option.
Legal aid is, contrary to popular belief, still available for a variety of legal issues, including family and children’s matters.
Currently we hold a family contract to provide legal aided legal services. Eligibility for legal aid is quite strict and currently to satisfy the merits criteria there must have been some form of domestic abuse, risk of harm to a child to qualify, the means test assesses the available income an capital of the applicant and generally if a person is on income support or other passporting benefits they will satisfy the means criteria for funding.
Legal aid is available if you are working on a low income though you will still need to satisfy the merits criteria and a contribution may need to be paid to the Legal ad agency. Where funding is needed to obtain an injunction for domestic abuse the upper capital and income limits can be disregarded at the discretion of the Legal Aid Agency.
Legal aid is always available free for matters relating to children and social services where you are the parent or have parental responsibility for the child. i.e. PLO meetings, Care proceedings
If you think that you may be eligible please bring you income details i.e. recent benefit letter, 6 month bank statements, 3 month pay slips with you to your appointment and we will check to see if you are eligible
If you have any further questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.