We undertake work in matters including, breach of contract, professional negligence(poor work carried out by professional, builder, surveyor), landlord and tenant disputes.

We charge on an hourly rate, of £200 plus VAT charged at 20%,  per hour. 

We have broken down the work into 2 stages, so that it is easier to understand. 

Stage 1, Pre-Action 

An average may be around £4,000 to £6,000.00 excluding VAT, and this will depend on the amount of work that needs to be done.  Matter usually takes around 4weeks to 16 weeks.

The above fees, are likely to include the following work;

  • Taking your initial instructions, and further instructions throughout the case, and reviewing your documents, and providing ongoing advise.
  • Conducting any searches
  • Corresponding with the other party, and negotiating to try to reach an agreement/settlement
  • Receiving payment if a settlement is reached, and sending teh money to you


For complex matter, there would be additional stages, such as;

  • Considering large volume of documents
  • Instructing expert/s to advise
  • Dealing with unrepresented parties
  • Considering a counterclaim


Stage 2, Proceedings

Preparing claim to the court, drafting documents,  or defending a claim. Preparation of a counter claim. Comply with court direction, preparation of witness statement, Disclosure, Court hearing, advise as to the decision. Matter usually takes around 16 weeks to 24 weeks. 

  • Services  included  within the displayed price
  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Conference with counsel to advise on case
  • preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
  • any services not included in the price are services by third parties, such as counsel, surveyors, interpreters, search fee,  that might reasonably be expected to be included

For complex matters, these may include the following factors;

  • The claim is defended
  • Making or defending an unforeseen application
  • If an Alternative Dispute Resolution method is to be used before the case goes to court
  • A large number of witnesses


Estimate of fees

 (a) Simple cases; £2,000 to £6,000, plus VAT at 20% and disbursements

(b) Medium complexity case; £7,000 to £9,000 plus VAT at 20& and disbursements

(c) High complexity case: from £10,000 plus VAT at 20% and disbursements



This will include court fee and  may also include the followings;

  • Process Server to serve legal documents
  • Counsel fee
  • Translation fee
  • Expert fee
  • Photocopying charges
  • Travel cost
  • Any other disbursement required to progress the case

Court fee is found on the link  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fees-in-the-civil-and-family-courts-main-fees-ex50

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