Estimated costs for appearing for you at a CIVIL COURT or TRIBUNAL HEARING.
The prices set out below (* all excluding VAT) for me to attend at a CIVIL COURT/ TRIBUNAL, includes me dealing with a reasonable number of phone calls and emails from you and reviewing the papers for the hearing.
The prices set out below do not include me preparing your case for the hearing (that price starts at £750*).
The prices below may vary if you need to speak me on a large number of occasions or you have been to a number of hearings on your own and the matter is very complex and time consuming at a late stage in the proceedings for me to read and understand the issues.
Advocate at Court / Tribunal – up to 2 hours – £300*
Advocate at Court / Tribunal – over 2 hours and up to 1/2 day hearing – £550*
Advocate at Court – full day hearing – £1,200*
If I have to travel over a 60 mile round trip, I will also have to charge train or petrol costs.
If over 80 miles – one way and the matter is to go into a 2nd day (or more), I would also need to charge B&B costs to enable me to be on site for the start of the 2nd day (and any other ongoing days).
If your case is complex and goes on for several days/weeks, I may seek (at an additional cost) to have a litigation assistant also attend Court to assist me. That will always be agreed in advance.
The cost for me to prepare a SIMPLE CIVIL case, starts at £750*, which includes a full phone, video, or face to face consultation, the drafting of any statements, and corresponding with the other side. It does not include paying for any expert report or any transcripts. It also does not include any court fees which you will have to pay, or ancillary costs e.g. postage, and if I have to prepare a bundle for the court and the other side in the proceedings which has more than 50 pages, I will have to charge you for ink consumables.
As an estimate: for John to prepare a SIMPLE CIVIL CASE and then ATTEND a 1/2 day court hearing, your fees will be £1,300*.
I have fixed fees on my website for me to represent you at a CRIMINAL TRIAL – CLICK HERE
There are many reasons why you may seek to pay privately for representation at a CRIMINAL TRIAL:
i) you may not rate the local firm in your area who hold the legal aid contract;
ii) the firm of solicitors who have the legal aid contract say they only use in house lawyers for their trials and they will not use one that has been recommended to you;
iii) you are not able to speak directly to your trial lawyer as often as you request;
iv) you have not been told who is to be your Barrister at trial as you have seen several different ones as the case progresses;
v) you may have lost faith in your solicitors and you are told you cannot transfer your legal aid to another firm;
vi) you want experts instructed and legal aid will not fund that;
vii) you are not entitled to legal aid, or
viii) your contribution to the legal aid agency will be very high and you find that you can pay privately for far less cost than the contribution will be.
Fees for Criminal Cases will depend on the complexity of the case, the amount of evidence provided by the prosecution, whether any experts will be giving evidence, whether you have any co-defendants, how long the trial is set for and how many witnesses you may have.
If a Criminal Case is listed for 3 or more days it will be prudent to for you pay extra for me to bring a litigation assistant in court so that a comprehensive note of the proceedings can be taken and that litigation assistant can address any issues you may have whilst I am dealing with matters in Court.