Costs and Charges

Dispute resolution is not cheap, but it is possible to control the costs.

How much will it cost?

We are always ready to discuss a case on the basis that we shall not charge for that discussion unless you, and we, agree that there is something useful that we can do.

The big questions are how much work will be needed to achieve an agreement with your opponent and, if that is not possible, how much extra will be needed before you can ask a judge, tribunal, or arbitrator for a decision.  It is very rare to be able to answer those questions at the beginning because we cannot know what work will be required until we know what your opponent will want to argue about.  But we will always agree a maximum fee for this stage.

Once we have reached that stage, we will give an estimate for the costs of dealing with the case, and explain possible ways to reduce the costs if that can be done.

Loser pays

The usual rule in litigation is that the loser has to pay the winner the costs that the winner has incurred.  It is rare for this to be 100%; it is normally about 80%.  A Defendant who is prepared to pay something, but not the whole sum claimed, can make an offer which, if not beaten at trial, will result in the Claimant having to pay costs from that point onwards.

No win, no fee

We may be prepared to deal with a case on a “conditional fee” (no win, no fee) basis.  We are always prepared to discuss doing so.