Pricing

Price & Costs Guides for Chris Rudd Solicitors

Our Guideline Prices

We can offer fixed fee prices in some case. To get an idea of the prices you can expect, please select the service you are interested in below. We can also offer no win no fee agreements in some cases.

We will add more pricing guides to this page as time goes on. And, we may update or amend these prices from time to time.

To find out more about your options for making payment, please go to our Easy Ways To Pay page.

Private Client (Including Wills, Probate, and Powers of Attorney)

Wills Price List

Basic Will – £150+VAT

Basic Mirror Wills – £250+VAT

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

For a single person:

One LPA – £350+VAT + OPG fees

Two LPAs – £595+VAT + OPG fees

Fo a couple:

2x Mirror LPAs – £595+VAT + OPG fees

4x Mirror LPAs – £1095+VAT + OPG fees

Probate

Grant of Probate only – £495+VAT

Disbursements:

Probate Registry Fee £155.00

Additional Court Sealed Copies – 50p (or £10 for first copy after grant has been issued)

Oath Fee: £7.00 per executor

Probate – Administrator of Estate

Hourly rates:

Hourly rates are based on the fee earner dealing with your probate matter. High value estates will usually be dealt with by a senior fee earner and for lower value estates the work will be shared with other experienced staff and our fees will usually be lower.

We will provide free initial advice and a fixed price quote, so please call us for a tailored quote.

Family Law

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free, for any family law matter.

We can assess your case and provide initial advice, help you assess your options, and help you understand the law relevant to your situation. If you need guidance at any point in your case, we can help.

Our expertise includes:

  • Marriage breakdown, divorce, or dissolution of a civil partnership
  • Breakup of the non-married family and rights of a cohabitee
  • Legal separation
  • Matrimonial finances and fair division of assets
  • Divisions of jointly owned property for unmarried couples
  • Contact and residence arrangements for children
  • Parental responsibility
  • Domestic violence: injunctions and occupation orders
  • Forcing the sale of a property
  • Drafting your new Will after divorce

Step 1 – Get Advice on Your Family Issue

We will give you initial advice on your issue, your options, and any relevant law and procedure. This includes one letter to the other party and sending any response to you. £175 + VAT.

Step 2 – Taking Things Further

This is where you’ve had advice from step 1 but need to take further action. Whether your both agree or not, we can help and advise you.

You Have Agreed Things Together

You may have reached an agreement together, but there may be steps you should still take. That way, you can formally record what you’ve agreed.

We can draft the following documents:

  • A consent order for matrimonial finances – £180 + VAT
  • Separation agreements – £180 + VAT
  • Prenuptial agreements – £180 + VAT
  • Severance of a joint tenancy – £180 + VAT
  • Cohabitation agreements – £180 + VAT
  • Your new Will after divorce – £150 + VAT
  • Change of name deeds – £80 + VAT

We can also safely store your original documents for an annual fee of £25+VAT (single document), or £35+VAT (two documents).

More Complex Agreements

We can act for you in undefended divorce proceedings to decree absolute.

  • As petitioner – £450 + VAT, plus court fee of £550.
  • As respondent – £350 + VAT

Other court fees may arise as additional costs.

Matrimonial Finances

We can deal with your matrimonial finances by agreement with the other party up to receipt of a sealed court order:

  • As petitioner – £500 + VAT, plus £100 court fee
  • As respondent – £300 + VAT

When You Don’t Agree

Dealing with Matrimonial Finances

This includes gathering your financial information, completion of your financial statement, and considering the other party’s documents. As applicant, this includes drafting your court application and all steps up to but not including attendance at the First Directions Hearing.

  • As petitionary application – £1500 + VAT, plus £255 court fee
  • As respondent – £100 plus VAT

Arrangements for Children

This includes all steps up to but not including attendance at court at the first court appointment. But, this does include drafting of the court papers for a Section 8 application. This does not include additional applications. £750 + VAT, plus £215 court fee. 

Step 3 – Taking the Action to Court

We will represent you in all steps from the first court appointment until the conclusion of court proceedings for:

Matrimonial Finances

  • As application – £1200 + VAT
  • As respondent – £1200 + VAT

Applications to Court for Children (Any S.8 Application)

  1. For a child arrangements order – £1500 + VAT
  2. Prohibited steps order – £150 + VAT, in addition to (a)
  3. Specific issue order – £150 + VAT, in addition to (a) and (b)

Property Disputes

Price on asking by quote. This depends on complexity of the case.

Domestic Violence

We will represent you in an application for a non-molestation order and/or an occupation order. £1000 + VAT (no court fee is payable). This does not include additional applications.

Terms and conditions apply: All prices are approximate and do not include interim or extra hearings. Additional disbursements may be payable where necessary. This list is not exhaustive and is a guideline only. The actual price for each case will depend on the facts and we reserve the right to amend pricing where appropriate.

Disputes (Including Small Claims)

We have two low cost options to get you started:

  1. Free initial call and guidance – 15 minutes only, where we give you a brief outline of what we can do for you
  2. Let’s Get Started (£110 + VAT) – We will try to give you an overview of your case and advise you what to do in your particular case. And, if there is enough time, we will send a letter to your opponent.

So, if you want to get started please call 01925 351 350. And, we can take payment over the phone.

Once we have been able to assess your case we can then decide whether you ought to go ahead with your case and how it should be funded. The options are set out below:

No Win No Fee

If your claim is an exceptionally strong one with very good evidence we may consider doing it on a no win no fee basis once our initial investigations are completed.

No Win Lower Fee

If your case is a good one and we think that you are likely to win, we may do it on a no-win LOWER fee.

This option allows you to run your claim by making payments at a much lower rate (less than half our normal price). We charge only £110 per hour for our work initially, but we require interim payments in advance before each stage of the work is completed and a higher rate is charged if there is a successful outcome.

Please see below for a schedule of payments on account which are representative of what might be charged on a simple and straightforward case on a no win lower fee basis.

Pay By The Hour (Our Standard Hourly Rates)

For Disputes of this nature we normally charge £250ph for solicitors or legal executives over 8 yrs experience; £200 for other solicitors and legal executives, plus staff with over 5 years legal experience, and £175 for all other lawyers who work on your case.

However, we may be prepared to negotiate lower fees in appropriate cases.

Fixed Fees

We can arrange to do all or part of the work on a fixed fee by prior negotiation.

Injunctions

Payment for injunction applications will quoted on a case by case basis.


Payments on account we will require in No Win Lower Fee cases:

Claims for less than £10k: These claims will usually be on the small claims track, although there are some exceptions. These claims are fast and informal, to reflect the lower value of the claims. You are only likely to recover a small part of your legal fees if you win, but you will not have to pay any more than a small part of your opponent’s legal fees if you lose. To make this work, we keep our fees low, and we always try to find a way to add value to your claim.
Value of ClaimA – Initial Call (basic guidance and explain your options)B – Let’s Get Started (interview and investigation, may include 1 letter, limited to 1 hours work)C – Conduct of File (prior to issue of court proceedings)D – Issue Claim at Court; or Draft Defence (drafting documents and advise on all issues)E – Conduct Proceedings (1 witness statement, disclosure of your documents, 1 experts report)F – Trial (prepare all paperwork and instruct advocate – does not include advocacy)
Up to £4,99915 mins advice free£110£200 – 300£300 – 400£300 – 400£200 – 400
£5,000 to £9,99915 mins advice free£110£220 – 330£330 – 550£440 – 550£330 – 550
Claims worth over £10k to £25k: If the value of the claim is £10k to £25k it is usually classified by the Court as a fast track claim. This means that your legal costs are usually recoverable if you win; but you may have to pay your opponent’s legal fees if you lose.
£10,000 to £17,50015 mins advice free£110£440 – 880£550 – 770£660 – 880£660 – 990
£17,500 to £25,00015 mins advice free£110£550 – 990£660 – 880£770 – 990£660 – 990
Claims worth over £25k: These claims will usually require more preparation due to the higher value and more complexity. Therefore our fees will be quoted individually for each case. These claims are usually placed on the Multi-track by the Court. Your legal costs are usually recoverable if you win, but you may have to pay your opponent’s legal fees if you lose.

The fees outlined above are a guideline only and each case will depend on how much information, documentation and evidence has to be assimilated or prepared. There may also be additional fees or charges levied by other’s involved, such as the courts, barristers, expert witnesses, etc.

In respect of ALL the types of funding discussed in this document:

  • All fees are PLUS VAT
  • All fees quoted are guidelines only and are subject to confirmation upon acceptance of instructions
  • We will charge extra for additional fees charged by other parties: Examples of additional Fees: Land registry fees, credit report on the other party; Expert report; Court Issue fee; counsel’s fees; court hearing fee; Advocate’s fee; Expert witness trial fee; witness attendance. These are called disbursements
  • Advocacy fees are NOT covered
  • Appearances at interim applications or hearings are not covered, and adjourned hearings are charged extra
  • We will charge for travel to hearings for time spent travelling and waiting
  • If the case is settled by negotiation we reserve the right to charge for negotiations, drafting of any settlement agreement and for concluding the claim and handling any money, plus the cost of winding up any court proceedings
Commercial Disputes & Debt Recovery

Free Letter of Claim for Undisputed Debt Recovery

If we are satisfied that the debt (single) is not contested, we will send a free letter of claim demanding payment of the whole debt, plus any contractual charges or interest due, within 14 days. If the debt is paid, we take payment of 18.5% + VAT of the sums recovered, subject to a minimum of £85 + VAT.

This is a free letter of claim as we will not take payment if the debt goes unpaid.

However, if the debt is contested or remains unpaid then we can help you take things further, possibly issuing court proceedings, we can help. In that case, it will be treated as a contested debt and will be dealt with using the procedures set out below.

General Commercial Disputes

We have two initial, low-cost options for you:

  1. Initial call and guidance: up to 15 minutes free advice, where we give you a brief outline of how we can help
  2. Let’s Get Started: we will try to give you an overview of your case can advise you what to do in your particular case. If there is enough time, we will also send a letter to your opponent. (£110 + VAT)

So, to get started, please call 01925 351 350. We can take your initial payment over the phone.

Once we have been able to assess your case, we can decide whether you ought to go ahead and how your case should be funded. That could be by no win no fee, no win lower fee, pay by the hour, or by fixed fees, as described below.

With commercial disputes, we may also be able to act on a DBA agreement. Meaning, for certain cases we only charge a percentage of damages recovered. You will be advised about this in more detail when discussing funding options.

Payment for injunction applications will be quoted on a case by case basis.

No Win No Fee

If your claim is an exceptionally strong one with very good evidence, we may consider working on a no win no fee basis once our initial investigations are completed.

No Win Lower Fee

If your case is a good one and we think that you are likely to win, we may offer to work on a no-win LOWER fee basis.
This option allows you to run your claim by making payments at a much lower rate (less than half our normal price). We charge only £110 per hour for our work initially, but we require interim payments in advance before each stage of the work is completed and a higher rate is charged if there is a successful outcome.
Please see below for a schedule of payments on account which are representative of what might be charged on a simple and straightforward case on a no win lower fee basis.

Claims for less than £10k: These claims may be on the small claims track, although there are some exceptions, and we may be able to get the matter transferred to the fast track below on grounds of complexity. On the small claims track you will recover only a small part of your legal fees if you win, but you will only pay a small part of your opponent’s legal fees if you lose. To make this affordable, we keep our fees low, and we always try to find a way to add value to your claim.by adding interest, fees additional claims etc. Alternatively, you may be entitled to payment of your fees if there is a provision for this in any contract you have with the other party.
Value of ClaimA – Initial Call (basic guidance and explain your options)B – Let’s Get Started (interview and investigation, may include 1 letter, limited to 1 hours work)C – Conduct of File (prior to issue of court proceedings)D – Issue Claim at Court; or Draft Defence (drafting documents and advise on all issues)E – Conduct Proceedings (1 witness statement, disclosure of your documents, 1 experts report)F – Trial (prepare all paperwork and instruct advocate – does not include advocacy)
Up to £4,99915 mins advice free£110£200 – 300£300 – 400£300 – 400£200 – 400
£5,000 to £9,99915 mins advice free£110£220 – 330£330 – 550£440 – 550£330 – 550
Claims worth over £10k to £25k: If the value of the claim is £10k to £25k it is usually classified by the Court as a fast track claim. This means that your legal costs are usually recoverable if you win; but you may have to pay your opponent’s legal fees if you lose.
£10,000 to £17,50015 mins advice free£110£440 – 880£550 – 770£660 – 880£660 – 990
£17,500 to £25,00015 mins advice free£110£550 – 990£660 – 880£770 – 990£660 – 990
Claims worth over £25k: These claims will usually require more preparation due to the higher value and more complexity. Therefore, our fees will be quoted individually for each case. These claims are usually placed on the Multi-track by the Court. Your legal costs are usually recoverable if you win, but you may have to pay your opponent’s legal fees if you lose.

Our Fees When You Are the Defendant or the Respondent

If you are the Defendant to a dispute, this is usually an indication that the issues are hotly contested. For this reason, it is less likely that we will work on a no win no fee or no win low fee basis. We will often work for you based on our standard hourly rates, but we will be as flexible as we can and will discuss all funding options with you.

We could try to persuade the Court to move all small track matters onto the fast track where counterclaims have been pleaded or complex applications are necessary, due to the complexity of your case. This will enable you to recover your legal costs if you win, but will require careful thought as the opposite is true of you lose – you are likely to have to pay you opponents costs.


The fees outlined above are a guideline only and each case will depend on how much information, documentation and evidence has to be assimilated or prepared. There may also be additional fees or charges levied by other’s involved, such as the courts, barristers, expert witnesses, etc.

In respect of ALL the types of funding discussed in this document:

  • All fees are PLUS VAT (please note that our VAT charges will not be recoverable from your opponent
  • All fees quoted are guidelines only and are subject to confirmation upon acceptance of instructions
  • We will charge extra for additional fees charged by other parties: Examples of additional Fees: Land registry fees, credit report on the other party; Expert report; Court Issue fee; counsel’s fees; court hearing fee; Advocate’s fee; Expert witness trial fee; witness attendance. These are called disbursements
  • Advocacy fees are NOT covered
  • Appearances at interim applications or hearings are not covered, and adjourned hearings are charged extra
  • We will charge for travel to hearings for time spent travelling and waiting
  • If the case is settled by negotiation we reserve the right to charge for negotiations, drafting of any settlement agreement and for concluding the claim and handling any money, plus the cost of winding up any court proceedings
Motoring Offences

If you’ve been faced with a motoring offence, such as a speeding ticket a charge of drink driving, we have 3 levels of service to help you. We have the Basic, Intermediate, and Special Service.

For more details about any of these service packages, please get in touch by calling 01925 351 350.

Basic Services

First of all, we can offer a FREE basic initial consultation. Here, we can give up to 15 minutes free, no obligation advice.

Beyond that, we offer a detailed initial consultation for a further 30 minutes, on top of the basic consultation. With this, one of our specialist solicitors we can go over particular details of your case and, if needed, review documents you have been served with. We can also advise on how to response to those documents. This level is available for £100+VAT.

Intermediate Services

Our intermediate services have a few steps to them, with separated charges to help you understand what exactly you’re paying for.

We offer initial advice and remote assistance (telephone and written submission), but without representation at court. This includes the details initial consultation above, plus written representations and written mitigation.

With written representations we will work to discourage the police from issuing court proceedings.

Witten mitigation, if needed, includes a full statement from you which we will analyse alongside other evidence. Then, we will mitigate on your half to tray and dissuade the court from imposing a ban.

Sometime, it is possible to avoid your motoring offence going to court. This can be done with written representation as we offer at this level of service. Or, as an alternative to attending court we may be able to write a detailed letter in mitigation to the court. This letter could, for example, argue Special Reasons or Exceptional Hardship.

The cost of this service is £400+VAT and includes:

  • Initial consultation and advice
  • Review of documents served and providing advice
  • Further consultation and written mitigation

This service does not include:

  • Attendence at court
  • Third party/expert fees
  • Inquiries of witnesses

Special Services

Our special services include initial advice, any required written submissions, and representation at court. There are 4 options, depending on your circumstance and how you wish to proceed.

Guitly Plea: £900 – £1,500 + VAT (1-3 Offences)

If you admit to committing a motoring offence, your best option might be pleading guilty and putting forward a strong plea mitigation to minimise your penalty.

Not Guilty Plea: £1,200 – £2,500 + VAT (1 Offence)

If you decide to enter a plead of not guilty, rather than guilty, we can work with you to prepare a thorough case. This includes further advice in addition to initial consultations and reviews. And, we will represent you at the trial.

Special Reasons Argument: £1,200 – £2,500 + VAT

Though you might accept that you are guilty of a motoring offence, you might have reasons for avoiding a penalty. These are called a special reasons argument.

Our expert solicitors can present a special reasons argument to the court, explaining why they should make an exception in your case to reduce your penalties based on your specific circumstances.

Application to Remove a Ban Early: £1,000 – £1,500 + VAT, and Court Fees

After being disqualified from driving, there are occasions when you can apply to have the ban lifted. But, you have to have been banned for at least two years. But, this is not an easy application so you will need help. We can completely prepare and list the application, as well as send an advocate to court with you.

Housing & Property - Acting for Landlords

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free. Whatever the issue, we will get the basic facts and advise you as to the best way forward.

Let’s Get Started

Most of our service start with a full interview to offer advice, agree funding, and plan a way forward at a cost of £150 + VAT.

Eviction of Residential Tenants (Possession Proceedings)

Full Interview and advice on the best way forward (£150 + VAT)

We will interview you in full and review the lease and the circumstances and advise you accordingly.

Full Review & Diagnostic Check (£195 + VAT)

We would recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to make sure that all the technicalities have been complied with, such as:

  • Correct management of deposits
  • Gas safety compliance
  • Service of notice on change of Landlord address
  • Change of Landlord
  • Compliance with HMO regulations

If you ask us to take any of the following steps without undergoing a full diagnostic check and there is any defect in your paperwork then you may find that the court will adjourn the proceedings, or may find against you, or they may even order you to pay a large sum in costs.

If you invite us to take over your case after you have served the notices yourself, we would still recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to ensure that your time and money won’t be wasted.

Serve Section 8 and/or Section 21 Notice

We draft and serve the notice and perform the whole process on your behalf. (£195 + VAT)

If we serve a s.8 notice for reasons other than rent arrears additional fees may apply.

For service of both s.21 notice and section 8 notice (arrears only). (£275 plus vat)

Issue Accelerated Section 21 Proceedings (£395 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will draft all the necessary paperwork, issue possession proceedings in the County Court and ask the court to complete service on the tenants, provided that the process goes through on a routine standard basis without the need to attend a court hearing.

If a defence or counterclaim is received, you will need to pay us extra if you want us to contest the Defence or counterclaim on your behalf.

Also, if the matter goes to a hearing or is subject to adjournment or unexpected issues arise then additional charges will be payable.

Issue possession proceedings (section 21 with claim for arrears; or section 8 proceedings) (£695 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will draft and issue court proceedings and manage the whole process for you. However, advocacy fees will be extra if the matter reaches a hearing, or more than one hearing.

If the tenant files a defence or counterclaim, and you wish us to contest the Defence or counterclaim on your behalf, then we will need to agree an additional fee with you.

Application for a warrant of possession (£150 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will arrange for the court bailiff to secure possession of the property for you.

Examples of Additional Tasks & Fees

Full review & Diagnostic Check – If you ask us to become involved during court proceedings or after service of the notices, we would always recommend that you allow us to complete a full review and diagnostic check to ensure that you will not encounter problems due to failure to comply with procedure or a rule or regulation. (£195 + VAT)

Section-48 Notice – If the landlord address changed or was not stated in the tenancy or any documentation to the tenant then a section-48 notice must be served before notice can be served. (£90 + VAT)

Section-3 Notice – If property was bought by a new landlord and is occupied by a tenant who wasn’t notified correctly, a section-3 notice and letter must be served before a section-8 notice can be served. (£90 + VAT)

Both Section-48 and Section-3 Notice. (£150 + VAT)

Guarantor’s agreement – If there is a guarantor agreement and we need to establish that it is enforceable. (£110 + VAT)

Statement of Service – If you served your own notice and we need to prepare a statement of service for you to sign. (£75 + VAT)

Witness Statement (Starting at £300 + VAT, but will depend on the length/complexity of the statement) – A witness statement is likely to be needed in the following circumstances:

  • The tenancy agreement was changed orally, or by service of a document
  • The tenancy agreement is missing
  • The Landlord can’t make the hearing
  • More than two years arrears are being claimed
  • Where In s.8 proceedings Landlord is pursuing grounds other than rent arrears
  • Where we need to make things right due to defects in paperwork
  • Where we need to excuse your non-attendance at court

Preparing a Schedule of Arrears. (£100 + VAT)

Process server witness attendance at court. (£480 + VAT)

Landlord requires us to check compliance with Deposit Scheme. (£160 + VAT)

Advocacy – For attending preliminary applications, or the possession hearing, or any application to stay or suspend the warrant or any adjourned hearing. The following prices are estimates and actual prices may depend on the availability of the advocate in your area and their specific fees.

Hearing listed for up to 30 mins:

  • £150 plus vat (legal clerk)
  • £250 – £350 plus vat (solicitor / barrister / Chartered exec)

Hearing Listed for over 30 mins and up to 2 hours:

  • £275 plus vat (legal clerk)
  • £350 – £450 plus vat (solicitor / barrister / chartered exec)

Hearings listed for over 2 hours will require a specific quote.

Recovery of Costs from the Tenant

In theory you may be entitled to recover your legal costs from a defaulting tenant. But in cases where the tenant has not filed a counterclaim or defence, the court is likely to order fixed costs only, which may be a lot less than the costs you have paid. Many judges will not order the tenant to pay costs at all.

However, if the tenant puts in a defence or counterclaim which the court does not accept, you may be able to get an order for your full costs to be assessed. But this is much more likely if you have instructed a solicitor to do the work. We are aware of all the rules and regulations which will allow you to recover your costs and we will work hard to ensure that you get an order for full reasonable costs to be assessed wherever possible. This is unlikely to happen if you conduct the proceedings in person.

Landlord Defence

You may find yourself on the wrong end of a claim brought against you by your tenant. We specialise in defending Landlords against the following claims:

  • Unlawful Eviction
  • Housing Disrepair
  • Fitness for Human Habitation
  • Personal injury
  • Failure to register or return a deposit

If you’re being sued by a tenant for any of the above, this could result in you having to pay damages and legal costs and could seriously harm your reputation.

We can provide:

  • An initial review of the letter of claim and the lease and discussion of the best way forward (£150 + VAT)
  • Detailed letter of response (£250 + VAT)

We can then quote you for the best approach as to contesting or settling the claim. However, if you instruct us after court proceedings have been issued we will give you a specific quote

Recovering your legal Costs and / or arrears and damages from the tenant

You may think that there is little hope of recovering your costs from the tenant, however many tenants who bring such claims do so with the backing of Legal Expenses insurance, or they may have the resources to pay your costs from their own resources or wages. So if you successfully defend the claim it is entirely possibly that you could recover all of your legal costs in some cases but, of course, the likelihood of recovering your costs would depend on the circumstances of the tenant in each case.

Also, if the tenant is in arrears or has caused damage or loss at the property or is in breach of the terms of the lease for some other reason, your damages or arrears of rent can be set off against the amount the tenant is claiming if your defence is handled properly and these amounts are properly counter-claimed or set-off.

All our prices are guideline prices only, based on the normal and expected amount of work and an average amount of documentation. If required we will try to provide a specific quote prior to commencing work. But we reserve the right to charge extra if the work we are asked to do work over and above that which was expected or agreed. Things such as an excessive number of calls or emails to the office or a lot of documentation to review will increase the price.

Remember that we may have to charge extra for Disbursements such as court fees, process servers, Land registry fees, etc. but you will be notified of any significant disbursements.

Travelling expenses may be charged if we aren’t able to use an advocate withing 15 miles of the court and an attendance is required. We will try to cover all appointments from staff from our own office where the appointment is reasonably local. However sometimes we will use an advocate from our trusted network of law clerks and barristers where our own staff are not available or the distance is too great. However, many clients prefer that our own staff attend the hearing even where it is a considerable distance, and in order to provide a quality service to our clients we will do this where available by providing a specific quote based on 50p per mile, parking and hotel costs if the appointment is more than 2 hours travel from our office.

Housing & Property - Acting for Tenants

Initial Interview

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free. Whatever the issue, we will get the basic facts and advise you as to the best way forward.

Defending Proceedings for Eviction, or Debt Recovery for unpaid rent, or damage to the property or if you have any other problems

Full interview and Diagnostic Check

We can enter a valid defence or commence a counter-claim to enforce your rights!

We will interview you in full and review the lease and the circumstances and advise you accordingly. (£150 + VAT)

We would recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to make sure that all the technicalities have been complied with, such as correct management of deposits, gas safety compliance etc. as this may allow us to find a loophole or shortcut to success. (£195 + VAT)

Drafting a Defence if your Landlord has already brought a court claim against you

We will draft all the necessary paperwork and comply with court orders and directions and we will give you a specific quote for any work we do but as a guideline we might expect to charge around. (£350 + VAT)

We would then Have to quote for all other additional work like, drafting witness statements, preparing for any hearings and any advocacy.

Bringing Your Own Claim or Counterclaim

Don’t forget that you can bring your own claim against your Landlord if the Landlord has done something wrong themselves. This could be for:

  • Housing disrepair in that repairs which are covered are not done
  • If the house is unfit for human habitation or is unsafe
  • Threats and harassment
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Failure to correctly register your deposit

The above types of claim can be pleaded as what’s called a ‘counterclaim’ to any claim brought by your Landlord for eviction or rent arrears. This will, if proven, usually persuade the court to halt the eviction proceedings and / or to order the Landlord to pay costs or compensation.

Alternatively, you can bring these types of claim independently regardless of whether you are being sued by your Landlord.

You can bring more than one type of claim at the same time. As well as stopping the Landlord from evicting you or making you pay arrears, you may be entitled to compensation.

These types of claim or counter-claim can often be run on a no win no fee basis, subject to our consideration that the claim has very good prospects of success.

All our prices are guideline prices only, based on the normal and expected amount of work and an average amount of documentation. If required we will try to provide a specific quote prior to commencing work. But we reserve the right to charge extra if the work we are asked to do work over and above that which was expected or agreed. Things such as an excessive number of calls or emails to the office or a lot of documentation to review will increase the price.

Remember that we may have to charge extra for Disbursements such as court fees, process servers, Land registry fees, etc. but you will be notified of any significant disbursements.

Travelling expenses may be charged if we aren’t able to use an advocate withing 15 miles of the court and an attendance is required. We will try to cover all appointments from staff from our own office where the appointment is reasonably local. However sometimes we will use an advocate from our trusted network of law clerks and barristers where our own staff are not available or the distance is too great. However, many clients prefer that our own staff attend the hearing even where it is a considerable distance, and in order to provide a quality service to our clients we will do this where available by providing a specific quote based on 50p per mile, parking and hotel costs if the appointment is more than 2 hours travel from our office.

Business Advice & Start-ups

We offer several stages of advice and support for when you are setting up your business. From help with your very first steps, through to ongoing support, we can help you.

Let’s Get Started

Get help and advice on how to constitute your business, company, or patnership. We can give advice on business names and ideas, accountants and bookkeeping, plus your VAT and tax obligations. And we can advise on raising finance and getting loans. This starter pack also includes construction of a simple, single page website for your business. This is available for £299+VAT.

Let’s Go Further

In addition to the above, on Let’s Go Further we can advise on drafting partnership or shareholder agreements, registering your company, and give basic employment advice. With this package, we can build a 4 page website to get you started online. This Let’s Go Further solution is available for £499+VAT.

Let’s Talk Specifics

With Let’s Talk Specifics, we can also advice about other more complex issues, which are specific to your business. While this can include those described above, we can also offer advice on planning applications, licences to trade, your duties as a director or partner, and any duties specific to your trade. And, we can help with applications to trademark your logo and branding, as well as with drafting trade contracts and employments contracts specific to your business. In short, we can tailor this package to your specific needs and cut out whatever you don’t need. And, we can discuss building a website to suit your business’ needs. For more details on this package, please get in touch.

In addition to these three packages, we can also introduce you to experienced and respected professionals to give you financial and accounting advice, as well as help with loans and banking. And we can connect you to other professionals such as property agents, landlords, and surveyors.

Also, if you take one of the above packs you are entitled to become a member of our Business Helpline with a 10% discount. Our Business Helpline can give advice about day-to-day problems, unpaid debts, business disputes, and more. Again, to find out more about this service please get in touch.

 

No Win No Fee & No Win Low Fee

In some cases we can work on a no win no fee basis. So, you might not have to pay as many legal costs as you may have thought. Instead, we would be paid a success fee. You can read more in our post All About No Win No Fee.

Or, in other cases we might be able to work on a no win low fee basis. With this, if we lose your case you will only need to pay reduced legal costs.

To find out more about our no win no fee and no win low fee arrangements, please contact us on 01925 351 350.

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