Brumell & Sample Solicitors - Est. 1770

Fees

Our standard fee rates are as follows:

Charges and expenses

Calculation

Your work will either be:

In contentious matters our charges may be made up of:

In non-contentious matters our charges may be made up of the hourly rate (and any mark-up) together, where appropriate, with a value element. This reflects the responsibility placed upon a solicitor when dealing with something of value. In a conveyancing matter it is usually ½% of the value of the property. In a probate matter it is usually ½% of the value of the deceased's home and 1% of the value of the rest of the estate, unless a member of this firm is also an executor in which case the figures are ¾% and 1½% respectively.

When calculating our charges we start from the amount of time spent in dealing with the matter. This will include meetings with you and, perhaps, others; considering, preparing and working on papers; correspondence; making and receiving telephone calls and any time spent travelling. Routine letters that we write and routine telephone calls that we make and receive are charged as units of 1/10 of an hour. Routine letters received are charged as units of 1/20 of an hour. Other letters and calls are charged on a time basis. The time spent by a particular fee earner is charged at his/her hourly rate (see 2.5).

In each case we then consider whether a mark-up and/or value element should be added to the time charge.

Disbursements

In addition to our own charges we may have to make payments (disbursements) on your behalf. In contentious matters these could include court fees, barristers' fees and doctors' fees for medical reports. In non-contentious matters they could include search fees, Land Registry fees, Stamp Duty (conveyancing) and Probate fees. In most cases we will ask you for money to cover these disbursements before we pay them. If we do pay them first, however, we will ask you to reimburse us within 7 days and we reserve the right to carry out no further work on your behalf until we receive payment.

Estimates

Although no two cases are the same we will give you the best information possible as to the likely cost of the matter, including disbursements at the outset. Further, we will inform you if any unforeseen extra work becomes necessary - e.g. due to unexpected complexities or difficulties, or if your requirements or the circumstances change significantly during the matter - and let you have a revised estimate.

VAT

VAT is payable on our charges as well as on certain disbursements.

Capping charges and expenses

You may set a limit on the charges and expenses to be incurred. This means that you must pay those incurred up to the agreed limit without our needing to refer back to you. We will inform you as soon as it appears that the limit may be exceeded and will not exceed the limit without first obtaining your consent.

Payment on account

In addition to payment in advance for disbursements (see 2.2) it is normal practise, in contentious matters, to ask clients to pay sums of money from time to time on account of the charges which are expected in the following weeks or months. This helps to avoid delay in the progress of the case as well as helping clients keep track of the costs. Any such payments will be offset against the final bill but it is important to understand that the total charges and expenses may be greater than any advance payments.

Occasionally we may ask for payment on account in non-contentious matters, but only with your specific agreement.

Uncompleted matters

If, for any reason, this firm does not complete the work, we will charge for the work done (calculated as in 2.1 above but ignoring any value element) and expenses incurred.

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