At Samuels Solicitors LLP, our fees are competitive and commensurate with the level of expertise we have in the various areas of legal practice that we undertake. In as many cases as possible, we charge in line with the guidelines on hourly rates set down by the Court, although these rates have not been revised for many years and in some cases, some uplift will be required.
Where we are dealing with matters which fall within the jurisdiction of the High Court, such as libel, slander and breach of privacy cases, our rates will tend to be higher. We have many clients who have instructed us because of our expertise in these areas, who do not wish to pay the hourly rates of London law firms.
Where we are charging on a time-spent basis, we will always tell you what our hourly rates are, and where possible, provide you with an estimate of your costs at the very outset, for the various stages of the work.
The rates for partners at the firm is higher than the rates for more junior fee earners, and we will make sure that a lawyer with the appropriate level of experience is allocated to your case.
We can set threshold levels for costs, which we will not exceed without your authority, to ensure that you have control over the fees you are incurring.
In some cases, we will be able to act for you on a fixed fee basis. This usually applies to conveyancing, wills, and other matters such as right to be forgotten applications, and appeals to the Information Commissioner's Office. In these cases, we will still tell you what our hourly rates are, but the work that we do will be charged at a fixed fee rate, which will not change unless your instructions change.
We are obliged to add VAT and disbursements (out of pocket expenses such as conveyancing search fees, expert fees, or barrister's fees) to our hourly rates for almost all of our clients.
If you would like to know more about our hourly rate charges, contact us today for a free, no obligation discussion.