At Prime Solicitors, Social responsibility and transparency are part of our culture and we demonstrate these in the way we charge for our work. We therefore aim to provide good and qualitative professional services at reasonable and affordable prices to our clients.
The SRA Transparency Rules 2018 require us to publish our charges in certain services we provide.to the public.
At police station, free legal representation under the legal aid scheme is available for advice and assistance, except if the client declines representation under the legal aid scheme but elect to pay privately.
At the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and other appellate Courts, you may either qualify for full legal aid representation under legal aid or be required to make contributions towards your defence costs. You are entitled to have your case conducted on private basis, outside the legal aid scheme. This can be on agreed fees or charged according to the time spent on your case, in other words, on a hourly basis.
Work not covered under legal aid maybe charged on hourly basis, exclusive of VAT and disbursements.
Our hourly rates are as follows:
Circumstances may require us to charge a fixed fee. Fixed fee charges may include the following:
Advice on appeal will attract an additional cost, based on our hourly rates.
The fee does not include: Instructing expert witnesses, Advice and Assistance in relation to a Special Reasons hearing in a Road Traffic case. Advice on appeal, Barrister’s fees if we have to instruct one in your case.
For more information on our fees and how we can help you can contact us.
What our service involves:
We offer a professional service with very reasonable fees and flexible payment terms for all our clients. We can also accept payment plans subject to suitable guarantees of payment. Whatever fees we agreed, this covers all work relating to your matter including:
We do not offer refund once we accept your instructions either verbally or in writing. The prices we have published are exclusive of both the Home Office and court fees. Clients will be responsible for these fees as separate costs to our charges. Home Office fees vary depending on the type of the application you are making
It is difficult to estimate how long it will take before the Home Office can reach a decision in your matter. This will depend on a case by case and caseworker dealing with the application. However, we can only give a rough estimate that most straightforward cases can take between 3 to 6 months for the Home Office to provide a decision, and complicated cases can take between 6 to 24 months for the Home Office to reach a decision.
Employment Law Services:
For each new instruction, we would commence with an initial consultation, which usually lasts for 1 hour, and in which we obtain the background to your matter. Our charges for this are usually £150.00 plus VAT per hour. Should we require information and/or to conduct further work after the meeting before advising you on your position, we would provide you with an estimate of the likely costs. Our hourly rates for such work are usually between £190.00 and £250.00 per hour plus VAT.
Employment Tribunal Representation
Where we are instructed to act on your behalf in respect of an employment tribunal matter, we would always provide you with the clear scope of our instructions, and a guide as to costs for the various stages thereof. Our hourly rates for such work are usually between £200.00 and £275.00 per hour plus VAT.
Advice on Settlement Agreements
Your employer may offer you a settlement agreement when your employment is coming to an end and, where this is the case, your employer will make a contribution to your legal costs in obtaining advice on the terms. Our minimum charge for advising on settlement agreements is £350.00 plus VAT, which is subject to the complexity of the terms being proposed. Our fees cover a meeting with you, advising on the terms of the agreement, including any minor amendments (but not negotiation of the offer from your employer) and returning a duly signed copy of the agreement to your employer.
Should you require further advice or for us to enter into discussions with your employer, we shall provide an indication of costs.