Fees General Litigation

DRINK DRIVING OFFENCE, GUILTY PLEA

FIXED FEE £1,500.00 (+ VAT = £300.00) = £1800.00.

Fee includes:

  • 2 hours attendance/preparation:
    • considering evidence;
    • taking your instructions;
    • providing advice on likely sentence.
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court.

The fee does not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses;
  • taking statements from any witnesses;/li>
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reason hearing;
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened;
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £300.00 + VAT (£60.00) = £360.00;
  • We will explain the court procedure to you, so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court;
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have;
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day;
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for [e.g. half a day];
  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost;
  • is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS DEBT THAT IS UNDISPUTED COURT CLAIMS – RANGE OF FIXED FEES

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed, and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Our fee (incl. VAT) Total
Up to £5,000 £205.00 (Court Issue)

£185.00 (MCOL)

£600.00 (100.00 VAT) £805.00
£5,001 – £10,000 £455.00 (Court Issue)

£410.00 (MCOL)

£1,200.00 (XVAT) £1,655.00
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim (Court Issue)

4.5% value of the claim (MCOL)

£1,800.00 (or 10% value of the claim over £30,000.00 plus VAT) Varied

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor;
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost;
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation;
  • Undertaking appropriate searches;
  • Sending a letter before action;
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim;
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default;
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment;
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

Matters usually take 6-36 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

LICENSING APPLICATIONS IN RELATION TO BUSINESSES: RANGE OF COSTS AND FIXED FEE

If you are applying for a new premises licence or to vary a premises licence to allow those premises to be used for one or more licensable activities, we cover two types of applications – applications for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 and applications to vary a premises licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

The normal range of costs for cases in the following way:

  • Simple application: £500.00 + VAT (£300.00) = £800.00 to £750.00 + VAT (£150.00) = £900.00 (based on 2-3 hours at an hourly rate of £250.00 + VAT (£50.00) = £300.00).
  • Medium complexity: £1,000.00 + VAT (£200.00) = £1200.00 to £1,500.00 + VAT (£300.00) = £1800.00 (based on 4-6 hours at an hourly rate of £250.00 + VAT (£50.00) = £300.00).
  • High complexity: £1,750.00 + VAT (£350.00) = £2100.00 to £2,250.00 + VAT (£450.00) = £2700.00 (based on 7-9 hours at an hourly rate of £250.00 + VAT (£50.00) = £300.00).

FIXED FEE EXAMPLE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A NEW PREMISES LICENCE (SIMPLE APPLICATION)
Fixed fee of £720.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements).
This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £600.00;
  • VAT on legal fees £120.00.

DISBURSEMENTS
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) is subject to change and we will discuss at time of the application;
  • Advertising fee £120.00 – £320.00;
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices £120.00 – £320.00;
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £10.00;
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary £9.00.

These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.
Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application;
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application;
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans;
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority;
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities;
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper;
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003;
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself;
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans;
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting;
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties;
  • advising on varying the licence;
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

HOW LONG WILL MY APPLICATION TAKE?
Matters usually take 2-10 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.