JFH Law are committed to providing transparent and comprehensive information to clients about our fees.
The hourly rates are currently:
- Partner – £300
- Solicitor – £175 to £250
- Paralegal/Trainee Solicitors- £125
These hourly rates do not include VAT (currently charged at 20%) and disbursements such as external barrister’s fees, experts costs, travelling, couriers and other out of office expenses. We do not usually charge for everyday postage and photocopying. However, we do reserve the right to charge for such services where a matter involves heavy demands for them.
We record time spent on clients’ matters and do not charge for time not appropriately spent and will eliminate any unnecessary duplication from our charges. We will supply records from our computerised time recording system on request.
Before instructing us, clients should check whether their liability to pay legal fees may be covered by a third party, such as through an insurance policy. The third party may wish to have an influence on the choice of solicitor and may not be prepared to cover the fees unless it has been informed at the outset. If it is agreed that a third party will be responsible for payment of all or some of a client’s fees, the client will remain liable for the full amount (or the balance, if appropriate) of the fees if the third party fails to pay.
We normally bill monthly, unless otherwise agreed. Our bills are due for payment within 28 days of their date of issue. However, we reserve the right to require money on account to cover future fees and when barristers’ fees are to be incurred. We also reserve the right to charge interest and/or to cease to act where any bill remains unpaid.
Disputes in the Courts or Tribunals may result in costs orders being made in a client’s favour or against them. The rules differ as between the Courts and Tribunals and costs orders in the Employment Tribunal are only made in limited circumstances (such as unreasonable conduct). In most Tribunal cases clients should therefore assume that they will have to bear their own costs and should always bear in mind the possibility of a costs award against them. However, we will advise further on this aspect of matters in each case.
Get in touch with our dedicated JFH Law today to see how our tailored services can help you.