Paying for your legal fees

Paying for your legal fees

Private payment

 

Not eligible for legal aid 

If you do not qualify for legal aid and there are no other means of paying for your legal matter, then it is likely that you will have to pay for it yourself.

 

Fixed fees & hourly rates 

Solicitors are free to agree with you whatever payment levels you, and they, wish. Generally solicitors will either charge by the hour or a fixed fee.

It is important to be clear about the difference between a fixed fee and a quote. A fixed fee is a fixed amount that the Solicitor will charge for the work undertaken on your case; however long it takes. We will specify in detail what is covered in the fixed fee and if events or steps occur outside those specifications then further fees will be payable. In short, there are no hidden costs.

A quote or an estimate is the solicitors estimation of what something may cost based on their hourly rate. It does not mean that the solicitor is contractually obliged to deliver the services for that fee. Our fees are extremely competitive. Book a free consultation to see how we can help you.

Expertise 

The traditional way for solicitors to charge is an hourly rate taking into account the number of hours spent on a matter. Generally the more experienced a solicitor or person dealing with a case the higher the hourly rate. In theory a more experienced person should take less time, so sometimes even if the hourly rate is higher the time spent maybe less leaving a smaller bill than with a solicitor quoting a lower hourly rate. So a lower fee can on occasion be a false economy. More importantly, a higher hourly rate means the more experienced your Solicitor is and you cannot underestimate the value of using a Solicitor with a wealth of experience dealing with your type of issue. We deal with family law only and we are experts in this area of law.