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Our time is charged at hourly rates that depend upon the seniority of the caseworker involved. All caseworkers are accredited by the Legal Services Commission to levels 2 or 3 so you can be assured of a quality service whoever has conduct of your case.
At the initial meeting we will advise you of your rights and any course of action that is available to you. We will advise you as to the merits of pursuing the matter and the prospects for success. We will also give you an estimate of the costs that will be incurred including any disbursements such as the fees of interpreters, the court and counsel (where instructed). VAT will be applied to our costs and the disbursements where appropriate.
We offer competitive hourly rates but understand the wish of clients to have certainty as to their total liability in respect of costs. In many cases we will therefore offer a fixed fee in respect of our costs and this will be tailored according to the work that we anticipate will be involved and the complexity of the matter.
We also offer a fixed fee in respect of the initial appointment so that you can explore with one of our caseworkers the merits and cost of making an application or initiating proceedings. As at June 2011 this fee is £150 (plus VAT where it applies) which will allow you a meeting of one hour to explore your case and to decide whether you wish to proceed further. You will have incurred no further financial liability to us at that point. If you do then instruct us to proceed further on your behalf on a fixed fee basis the fee for that initial meeting will be deducted from the fixed fee agreed for conducting the case.
Public funding (known as legal aid) is available in some cases subject to a merits test and to financial eligibility. If you wish to be considered for legal aid then do not hesitate to ask a member of our staff to make an assessment as to whether you qualify.