Litigation and Dispute Resolution Fees and Costs
Our litigation team have a breadth of experience across a wide range of litigious matters. It is our aim to provide an initial fee estimate once we are in possession of all the key facts relating to the claim or issue. We may however be able to offer a fixed fee for certain limited advice such as initial advice setting out the type of claim and applicable law and viability of any claim; any pre-action protocol; other options available such as without prejudice offers; alternative dispute resolution or arbitration or even enforcement advice. We provide individual quotes upon enquiry. Details of the lawyers likely to be handling your claim and their experience can be viewed on our Litigation main page.
For privately funded litigation work, our fees are usually based on the amount of time required to carry out the work.
The timescales involved in litigation will vary depending on many different factors such as the type of claim being brought; whether a pre-action protocol must be exhausted; the number of parties involved; the extent of evidence required and the actions or inactions of third parties. We will discuss the timescales that are applicable to your matter with you at the outset and during the course of our instructions.
Conditional Fee Agreements
For some matters we may offer Conditional Fee Agreements (‘CFA’) subject to the claim’s prospects of success meeting our requirements. We will look at various factors including whether the opponent is insured or any damages are otherwise secured; the likely length of time and work required to bring the claim to a conclusion and the nature and complexity of the claim. In all cases whether to accept a claim on a CFA basis is at our absolute discretion. Where we agree a CFA, we will usually ask you to pay any disbursements (third party costs such as court fees or counsel’s fees for advice or search fees) in advance or we will require an adequate After the Event insurance linked with the claim to pay the disbursements on your behalf. We prefer to discuss the needs of each case at the outset to consider the costs/benefit and enable you to make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed.