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Price Transparency

Price Transparency


From 6th December 2018, our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), requires all firms to publish transparent pricing in certain areas of law in which we deliver legal services. For our firm these are listed below.

These figures may however vary in cases with particular complexities. That is why will always give you a cost estimate based on your individual transaction that takes into account the actual features of your transaction.

Of course, if any unexpected complications arise that have an impact on our fees, we would immediately inform you of this and would discuss with you the potential consequences before you incur any extra fees.


There are a number of types of cases where we can offer a fixed fee so you may have certainty.

However, you can use our online enquiry form on the contact page so we can ascertain the circumstances of the matter and your needs and let you have either a fixed price quotation or an estimate based on our hourly rates.

 Sometimes the nature of the matter is such that in the early stages it is very difficult to estimate the eventual cost and that can remain the case until all the facts and/or evidence become known. In such cases we give our best estimate at the outset and update that from time to time as matters progress. Obviously in such matters we can only give our best estimate at the time and cannot give a quotation or any other form of fixed price.

 

 

Hourly rates

Our hourly rates are as follows:

 

Manzoor Ahmad shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted January 2003 £300 + VAT 


Lubna Sabri – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2004 – £300 + VAT 


Khadija Khan – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2005- £250 + VAT 


Neil Blackaby – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted December 2005 – £250 + VAT 


Naseer Ahmad Shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted October 2013 – £220 + VAT


Burhan Malik – Trainee Solicitor will also assist under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah – £175 + VAT

 

Zahra Hanif – Senior Case Worker will also assist under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah – £175 + VAT

 

Mohammed Tanweer – Paralegal will also assist under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah – £150 + VAT

 

Administrative Staff – £150 + VAT

 

Fees and charges will be calculated on the time we have spent in dealing with your case. This includes advising, attending on you and your witnesses, if any, dealing with incoming and outgoing correspondence and telephone calls, travelling, waiting, advocacy and preparation times.

Preparation, or time expended in considering and dealing with incoming and outgoing communications such as Routine letters, telephone calls, emails, text messages, faxes both incoming and outgoing will be charged at 1/10th of the hourly rate. Complex and/or longer communications will be charged on the basis of the actual time involved.


Mileage for travelling is charged at a rate of £0.45 plus VAT per mile.
We will give you an estimate of how much the costs in a particular matter will be.


You may set a limit on the charges and expenses to be incurred. This means that you must pay those charges incurred up to the agreed limit without our needing to refer back to you. We will inform you as soon as it appears that the limit may be exceeded and will not exceed the limit without first obtaining your consent.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are number of factors which may increase the costs of the service in any particular matter


We will inform you if any unforeseen additional work becomes necessary (for example, due to unexpected difficulties or if your requirements or the circumstances significantly change during the course of the mater). We will also inform you of its estimated costs in writing before any extra charge and expenses are incurred. Whilst we would hope that, in such circumstances, you would continue to instruct us, at such a point you would have a right to discontinue your instructions. Whereupon we would cease to act for you.


We will only enter into fee agreements that are legal, and which we consider are suitable for your needs and which take into account your best interests.

 

Indicative Fees

Below we give you information so that you can clearly see the basis of the way we calculate our fees including some typical examples in respect of:

·         Conveyancing (Residential Sales only) 

·         Matters subject to a time/work done charge

·         Probate (uncontested)

·         Motoring offences dealt with in a Magistrates Court

·         Immigration excluding asylum matters

·         Employment tribunals where the matter relates to unfair/wrongful dismissal

Remember that we carry out other types of legal work as described elsewhere on this web-site. If in doubt give us a call on 0208 900 9529 or use our online enquiry form on the contact page.

 

Residential Conveyancing

Sales

The charges are dependent on the complexity of the case and the value of the property and also whether the property in question is Freehold or Leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our starting rate is £1000 plus VAT*, for sales and purchases up to the value £500,000. If the property is leasehold there is an extra charge of £250 plus VAT. If there is a mortgage or other charge to redeem, there is an additional fee of £150 plus VAT per charge.   If the property is more than £500,000. please contact us for a bespoke quote as our fees will be higher.

 

Typical disbursements

·         Land registry Fee for Office copies between £6 and £12 dependant on the property

·         CHAPS Fee (Bank charge for transfer of money) £30.00

·          Landlords/managing agents pack which contains essential information for leasehold properties Approximately £250 to £650 Plus VAT

 

Purchases

The charges are dependent on the complexity of the case and the value of the property and also whether the property in question is Freehold or Leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our starting rate is £1000 plus VAT*, for sales and purchases up to the value £500,000. If the property is leasehold there is an extra charge of £250 plus VAT. If the property is more than £500,000.00 please contact us for a bespoke quote.

 

Typical Disbursements


Purchase

·         Land Registry fee – registration of title dependant on value – The fees range from from £135 to £455 (VAT not applicable).  We will include the correct amount if you ask us for a quote for the work.  Alternatively you could visit the Land registry website and use there fee Calculator – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees

·         Stamp Duty Land Tax (Government tax on the purchase of property) The cost of this depends not only upon the price but also a number of other variables such as number of properties owned or whether main residence being sold simultaneity and we will calculate this when preparing a quotation for you after having taken some information from you. Alternatively you can calculate the stamp duty payable using the  HMRC’s SDLT calculator https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

·         Search Fees have to be incurred depending on the nature and location of the property to endeavour to ensure that there will not be future issues with the property due to external factors such as future road or other building plans and anything else around, or under, the property that might affect it The typical searches and the approximate fees are as follows:

 

 

§  Local Authority Search                                    £150 -250 plus VAT

§  Water and Drainage search fee                                  £55 plus VAT

§  Environmental and Plan Search Fee               £74 Plus VAT

§  OS1 Search                                                                  £3.00

 

Other searches may be required, depending on the location of the Property.  We will include the price for any relevant searches when we prepare our quote. 

 

·         CHAPS Fee (Bank charge for transfer of money) £30.00

 

·         Notice of assignment fees on Leasehold Properties approximately £ 75 to 150 plus VAT.

 

·         There may be other charges that are payable to the managing agents on leasehold properties, such as fees for registering a deed of Covenant or to obtain a certificate of compliance – They can range from approximately £100 to £250 plus VAT, however we can only provide this information once we have reviewed the documentation

 

* These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

 

Typical timescales and key stages

Our Fees Include

1.                    Investigating title, reviewing information forms and supporting documents provided by the seller or seller’s solicitors and carry out appropriate property searches.

2.                    Negotiating and agreeing the contract and transfer deed with solicitors.

3.                     Reporting to you on title and on the contract.

4.                     Dealing with enquiries and requisitions

5.                     Exchanging contracts.

6.                     Dealing with pre-completion searches and requisitions and arranging for execution of completion documents

7.                    Completing the purchase.

If purchasing:

8.                    Filing SDLT Return online on your behalf and paying the Stamp Duty Land Tax due on the transaction.

9.                    Registering your ownership of the property at the Land Registry

10.                 Sending you the Title deeds.

 

 

Timescale In our experience these types of transactions can take anything from 6 weeks to 3 months to complete. Estimated timeframes run from when we receive your instructions to proceed and are our best estimates only as there are many aspects of this matter over which we have little or no control.

 

Complexities Which Could Increase Our Charges

It is important for you to appreciate that the costs information provided is based on a number of key assumptions, including those we set out below. If any of key assumptions are incorrect or change over time, we will provide you with revised costs estimate.

1.       The title of the property is registered at the Land Registry free of defect under a single title

2.       There will be a single contract and a single transfer in relation to the title.

3.       The title is registered in the name of the seller named in the contract.

4.       The purchase will be on the basis of an unconditional contract.

5.       The heads of terms do not materially change during the course of the transaction

6.       The parties work to the timescales agreed.

7.       You will enlist for us the support of your other professional advisers where required.

8.       You will provide or procure the provision of all necessary documents.

9.       Funding for completion is arranged.

10.   No consents are required for the purchase.

11.   You are making your own arrangements for any appropriate survey of the property and you are happy with the physical condition of the property

12.   Completion will take place on the date agreed in the contract.

13.   The transaction completes within the timescale noted above.

The following will also make the transaction more complex and increase our charges:

1.       If you require completion within 10 days of exchange

2.        In leasehold cases, the purchase or sale of a share of the freehold.

3.        Drafting any Deeds of Covenant

4.        Dealing with a Licence to Assign.

5.       Transactions involving new build or recently built properties.

6.       Problems arising from missing deeds or documents or from the title requiring additional documentation or indemnity insurance rectification or amendment to the title.

7.       If the property is leasehold, variation or extension of the lease or any consent to the assignment of the lease or preparing/reviewing any deed of covenant.

8.       Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease and is variable.

9.       Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as this is variable

10.   If you are using Help to Buy/ISA.

 

Our Fees Do NOT Include

Our charges do not include us dealing with any of the following: –

1.       Advice on the commercial viability of the transaction.

2.        Advice on SDLT planning, IHT, CGT, ATED or other tax issues.

3.        Valuation or property agency advice.

4.        Advice on the condition of the property or problems arising from survey.

5.        Advice on environmental issues.

6.        If the property is leasehold, variation or extension of the lease or any consent to the assignment of the lease or preparing/reviewing any deed of covenant.

7.       Negotiating or re-negotiating heads of term.

8.        Disputes arising on or after completion.

9.       We will not review or advise upon any financial arrangements, financial documents or financial covenants. It is your obligation to employ appropriately qualified third parties to obtain such additional advice as may be needed.


Experience and qualifications of Conveyancing Staff


Lubna Sabri – consultant Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2004 has conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing

Probate (Uncontested)

This again depends on the complexity of the matter. For a straight forward matter without any complexity, our minimum charge is £2000 Plus VAT. However, we will charge hourly rate as mentioned above if the probate is complex and/or contested. We may also charge a percentage of the estate which will range from 2 % to 5% depending on the complexity of the same.

 

 

 

Typical disbursements

 

·         Probate Court Fees of £155 plus £0.50 per additional copies of the Grant (VAT not applicable).

·         Swear Fees £5 to £7 (VAT not applicable).

·         S27 Trustee Act Notice in the London Gazette £78 plus VAT.

·         Please note that there may be inheritance tax to pay and this can only be established once we know the value of the estate.

 

Typical timescales and key stages

 

Identifying estate property, establishing a summary of the deceased’s assets as at the date of death including a valuation of the deceased’s assets and liabilities for estate and tax purposes and preparing the appropriate HMRC inheritance tax account: 3-6 months from instruction.

 

Establishing the basis for testamentary or other dispositions, preparing the relevant Oath for the personal representatives and submitting the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry of the High Court: 3-6 months.

 

Collection of estate assets, payment of estate liabilities and testamentary legacies and distribution of residuary estate: 6-9 months.

 

Estate accounts: 6-12 months.


Work Included

 

1.       Reviewing information provided by you in relation to all the assets and all the debts or liabilities of the deceased. We will rely on the information provided by you and treat it as full and complete

2.       Assess the value of the deceased’s estate by writing to banks, building societies and other asset/liability holders we are aware of to ascertain the correct market value of any accounts, holdings and assets as at the date of the death

3.       Make enquiries of and ascertain the proper beneficiaries of the estate

4.       Arrange completion of the appropriate HM Revenue & Customs Inheritance Tax form(s) on your behalf

5.       Prepare an executor’s Oath

6.       Provide you with draft Inheritance Tax forms and executors Oath for review.

7.       Once approved we will arrange for you to swear the Oath

8.        Submit the Will Oath and Inheritance Tax Form(s) to Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate/Grant of Letters of Administration

9.        Deal with any enquiries raised by HMRC in relation to the Inheritance Tax return

10.   Once the Grant has been obtained deal with the collection of all the assets and discharge all liabilities of the deceased

11.   Ascertain the balance of the estate and distribute it or hold it in trust under the terms of the Will or the rules of intestacy

12.   Prepare Estate Accounts setting out full details of the administration

13.   Time spent will include meetings with you; considering, preparing and working on papers; routine letters, e-mails and telephone calls made and received. Other letters, e-mails and telephone calls will be charged for on a time basis.

 

Work NOT Included

 

1.                   The sale of a property

2.                   If further assets are discovered after the submission of the appropriate HM Revenue & Customs forms, this information must be reported to HM Revenue & Customs, Inheritance Tax, BX9 1HT. This is your responsibility. If this occurs after the completion of the administration of the estate, we can assist you and a separate client care letter will be sent to you

3.                   Negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs as to the valuation of any assets

4.                   The Deceased’s Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax affairs prior to death

5.                   The estate’s Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax affairs

6.                   Claims made against the estate

7.                   Legal disputes between beneficiaries, for example on the division of assets

8.                    Disclaimers and Deeds of Variation

9.                    A Partner of the firm acting as an Executor or Trustee or Court appointed Administrator

10.                Anything else not specifically identified under Work Included above.

 

 It is your obligation to employ appropriately qualified third parties to obtain such additional advice as may be needed.

 

Complexities which could increase the time involved in dealing with the matter

· Foreign property

· Domicile issues

· Interests in Trusts or other estates

· Claiming a Transferable Nil-rate band

· Claiming the Residence Nil-rate band

· Claiming the Transferable Residence Nil-Rate band

· Intangible assets such as digital assets or intellectual property

· Investigations into missing family members

· Determining appropriate parties in intestacy

· The complexity and range of assets and debts

· The Form or Tax Return to be submitted for Inheritance Tax

· The amount of assistance the beneficiaries require of us

· The number of beneficiaries we need to communicate with

· Unforeseen complications

· The speed at which third parties respond to our request for information

· Issues raised by Inland Revenue which may cause extra work to be undertaken and so lead to increased charges

· Assets in foreign jurisdictions


Experience and qualifications of private client staff


Lubna Sabri – consultant Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2004 has experience in private client work.

 

 

Motoring offences (summary offences):

 

We can help you with a range of driving related offences. Below is an inexhaustive list of the most common offences:

1.      Fixed Penalty Tickets

2.      Speeding Tickets

3.      Congestions Charges

4.      Parking and other obstructions

5.      Pay and Display

6.      Mobile Phone Offences

7.      Drink Driving

8.      Traffic Signals and Signs violation

9.      Red Light Cameras

10.  Bus Lane and other traffic offence cameras

11.  Failing to stop and give details of the accident

12.  Careless driving and driving without due care and attention

13.  Failing to provide specimen for analysis

14.  Excess alcohol

15.  Unfit through Drink or Drugs

16.  Failing to Report after accident

17.  No Insurance

18.  Driving Licence related offences

 

Our minimum charge for a straight forward motoring offence case, which involves only 1 hearing is £1,000 plus VAT. If the case is complex and involves more than one hearing, if you plead not guilty, or if you require any expert reports, we will charge on the hourly rates as set above.

The likely disbursements in such cases can be in the form of an Expert Witness Report which may cost in the range of £1,000.00 to £2,000.00 each (plus VAT).

The fees include:

·         attendance/preparation:

·         considering evidence

·         taking your instructions

·         providing advice on likely sentence

·         Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses
  • taking statements from any witnesses
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • advice and assistance of any newton hearing
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

Key Stages

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary, this may carry an additional cost.
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We will advise you of an estimate of time for the hearing.
  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

 

Experience and qualifications of staff dealing with motoring offences

 

Mr Manzoor Ahmad Shah –Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2003 is a duty solicitor routinely appearing before the courts in driving related offences.

 

Mohammed Tanweer – Paralegal has experience in criminal matters and works under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah.

 

Immigration

The following table will explain our fee structure regarding Immigration matters:

 

Fees

We can assist with the various applications as shown below, together with our range of applicable fees:

Application type

Approximate total fees (please note that VAT is payable in addition to the fees below)

Tier 2 Minister of Religion

£2,000

Tier 4 Student

£1,500

Tier 5 Visa

£1,500

Tier 1 Investor

£10,000

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

£7,500

Tier 1 Innovator

£7,500

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

£2,500 – £3,500

EEA Family Permit / Residence Card / Registration Certificate

£1,000 – £2,000

EEA Permanent Residence

£1,000 – £2,000

Retained right of Residence

£1,200 – £1,500

Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Partner

£1,000 – £2,500

Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Partner

£1,500 – £2,500

Indefinite Leave To Remain – Partner

£1,500 – £3,000

Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Parent

£1,500 – £2,500

Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Parent

£1,500 – £2,000

Indefinite Leave To Remain – Parent

£1,500 – £2,000

Entry Clearance – Child

£1,000 – £3,000

British Citizenship

£1,000 – £2,000

British Passport

£1,000 – £3,000

British Registration

£1,000 – £3,000

Initial Representations (Deportation)

£1,500 – £5,000

Business Visa – Sole Rep

£3,000 – £5,000

Asylum

£2,500 – £7,000

Visitor Visa

£1,000 – £2,000

Adult Dependant Relative

£2,000 – £3,000

Discretionary leave to remain

£1,500 – £3,000

Domestic worker

£1,000 – £2,000

Private Life

£1,000 – £2,000

UK Ancestry

£1,000 – £2,000

ILR – Long Residence

£1,500 – £2,500

ILR (Refugee)

£1,000 – £2,000

SET(DV)

£1,500 – £3,000

 

In the vast majority of cases we are able to offer our clients a fixed fee to prepare and submit their applications. However, in circumstances where this is not possible our fees will be calculated on the following hourly rates as stated above.

If the matter is refused and proceeds to appeal, the charges for submitting the appeal range from £1,500 to £3,000 plus VAT

We will provide you with a cost estimate based on the number of hours we reasonably expect to spend on your case and the disbursements that are likely to be incurred.

Typical Disbursements

We will advise you at the outset of all government fees relevant to your application.

The Home Office publish a comprehensive list of their application fees which it would not be appropriate to publish here, but which can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-29-march-2019

Please note, the list does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge which we will calculate according to your personal circumstances and include among the disbursements payable.  The cost is £400 per year of leave applied for, with the exception of student application which is £200 per year of leave.

In addition, where translation and/or interpretation services are required, we will provide you with a quote for you to consider before we engage the third-party supplier.

If the matter is refused then the disbursements will be

Court fee Oral hearing £140.00

Court Fee Paper hearing £80.00

Barristers fees £500 to £3,000 depending on experience of the barrister and complexity of the case.

Typical timescales and key stages

 

What service is included in the price

 

1.       Assessing your circumstances in detail and confirming which is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you.

2.       Giving you advice about the requirements of the law and assessing whether you meet the criteria.

3.        If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.

4.        Providing you with a detailed and tailored checklist of documents for your particular application and certain templates.

5.        Considering your supporting evidence and providing feedback and advice.

6.        Preparing the application covering letter with legal representations on our firm’s letterhead.

7.       Liaising with any 3rd parties such as your accountants or business consultants to obtain the required evidence.

8.        Completing the application form following your instructions and offering advice on completion and booking of visa appointments in the UK or abroad.

9.        Preparing your application package for submission to the Home Office and advising on processing timelines.

10.   Liaising with the Home Office on any further enquiries.

11.    Giving you advice about the outcome of the application, conditions of your visa and any immediate further steps you need to take

 

 

 

Costs quoted here exclude

 

1.       Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.

2.        Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge.

3.        Where the Home Office refuse your application, any advice and assistance in relation to any appeal or further application.

4.        Applications for Dependants such as partner and children under 18.

5.        Costs for English language tests, tuberculosis tests, criminal record certificates, biometrics.

6.       Attendance at a Home Office interview: Interviews are rare in most categories, if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we can give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. We can give you an additional quote for this if required.

7.        Translation costs for documents which must be provided to the Home Office in English

 

 

Processing times

 

We follow Home Office guidance for the completion of an immigration application. The Home Office standard service times are currently 3-6 months. However, if your case is complicated, it may take longer than the stipulated timeline.

 

For Out of country applications please refer to the Home Office guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk

 

 



Experience and qualifications of immigration staff


Manzoor Ahmad Shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted January 2003 has experience in Immigration matters

 

Zahra Hanif – Paralegal has experience in immigration matters since 2013.

 

Mohammed Tanweer – Paralegal has experience in immigration matters and works under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah.

 

Employment Tribunals (Unfair/Wrongful dismissal, Discrimination and/or Victimisation)

Fees

For a straightforward unfair or wrongful dismissal claim lasting 2 days, the typical period for these claims, in an Employment Tribunal, which would involve many or all of the key stages as mentioned below, we would anticipate our fees (for either employer or employee clients) to total between £10,000-15,000 (plus VAT).

For more complicated or longer cases (such as those involving an element of unlawful discrimination or whistleblowing), our total fees will be significantly more than stated above and could amount to £40,000 – £50,000 plus VAT.

Disbursements

In light of the decision of the UK Supreme Court, the issue fee and hearing fee for Employment Tribunal claims has been abolished. As such, there is no fee payable to the Tribunal to start and proceed with a claim.

Usually the only disbursement that would be payable are Counsel’s fees for a barrister to represent you at the Tribunal.  Typically, an employment claim entails 2 hearings. The first hearing is usually a preliminary / case management hearing where the Tribunal considers the preliminary matters between the parties and issues directions as to case management. This hearing usually lasts 3-5 hours and does not usually involve giving evidence. The second hearing is usually a substantive hearing which may last more than 1 day depending upon the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses involved, the nature of the allegations etc. It is usual for a substantive hearing to last 2-3 days but it may exceed more than a week depending on the witnesses.  Counsel fees vary depending on the level of experience of the barrister and the complexity and length of the case but can usually be expected to range, £850 to £1200 (plus VAT) for a preliminary/case management hearing and between – £1,550 to £6,250 (plus VAT) for a substantive hearing lasting 1 to 3 days respectively.  Counsel’s fees cover the barrister’s preparation for the hearing as well as attendance at the Tribunal.

Sometimes it may be necessary to instruct a Counsel at the early stages of the claim to advise and/or draft on the pleadings due to potentially complex nature of the claim, which will incur fee of £600 to £1000 (plus VAT) depending upon the seniority of the Counsel involved.

It may also prove necessary to instruct a medical expert, particularly when ‘injury to feelings’ and other medical health issues are pleaded as a result of the Employer’s actions. The medical expert’s report may cost in excess of £1000.00 + VAT depending upon the nature of the report required and the specialism of the expert.

Typical timescales and key stages

Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair or wrongful dismissal typically involve the following stages:

•          Taking client’s (whether employer or employee) initial instructions, reviewing documents and advising on merits and likely compensation.

•          Entering into ACAS Early Conciliation process (where mandatory) to see if settlement can be reached.

•          Drafting and filing a claim form (known as an ET1) for a claimant (employee) or a response form (known as an ET3) for a respondent (employer).

•          Drafting and calculating a schedule of loss.

•          Preparing and attending a Case Management Discussion or Preliminary Hearing (either in person or via telephone conference call).

•          Complying with document disclosure process and agreeing a bundle of documents for any hearing(s).

•          Meeting/discussing evidence and drafting witness statements.

•          Liaising with the other party regarding a List of Issues and/or Chronology.

•          Preparing for and attending a Final Hearing, including instructing Counsel and attending Counsel in conference.

Disbursements incurred in Enforcing Employment Tribunal Award

•          Enforcement of any monetary award made by the Tribunal (if unpaid within the stipulated timeline) by registering the award as a County Court Judgment Debt and seeking further means of enforcement as may be relevant and necessary. Registering an award with the County Court for enforcement incurs a fees of £44.00.

•          Once registered, the enforcement proceedings relating to a court debt, ordinarily pursued in the County Court or High Court are subject to varying court fees, depending on the enforcement method chosen by the client, as illustrated in the following schedule:

o          Application to court to order the debtor to attend court to provide information: £55.00

o          Application to issue warrant of control: £110.00

o          Application to issue warrant of possession: £121.00

o          Application for attachment of earnings order: £110.00

o          Application for Third party debt order: £110.00

o          Application for Charging Order: £110.00

 

This is purely a guideline and the actual disbursements incurred in each case are usually case specific and will vary between case to case. A more precise detail of the costs and disbursements that are likely to be incurred in a particular case are usually listed in our Client Care letter.

 

Experience and qualifications of employment department staff

 


Manzoor Ahmad shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted January 2003 has experience in employment Law

 

Burhan Malik – Trainee Solicitor has experience in Employment Law matters

Personal injury (Road Traffic Accident, Employer’s Liability, Public/Occupier’s Liability) and Clinical Negligence

Shah Law Chambers operates a “No Win, No Fee” policy, meaning we do not get paid unless we win your claim. If for any reason the claim fails you will not have to pay us for the work we did thanks to our “No Win, No Fee” policy.
If you win your claim, you pay our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and a success fee together with the premium for any insurance you take out. You are entitled to seek recovery from your opponent of part or all of our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, but not the success fee or any insurance premium.


There is a maximum limit on the amount of the success fee which we can recover from you.


That maximum limit is 25% of the total amount of any:

1.      General damages for pain suffering and loss of amenity; and

2.      Damages for pecuniary loss, other than future pecuniary loss;

which are awarded to you in the proceedings covered by this agreement. The maximum limit is applicable to these damages net of any sums recoverable by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Department of Work and Pensions. The maximum limit is inclusive of any VAT which is chargeable. The maximum limit includes any success fee payable to a barrister who has a CFA with us.


However, this maximum limit applies only to a success fee for proceedings at first instance and not to a success fee on other proceedings (such as, for example, an appeal against a final judgement or order).


Should you subsequently abandon your claim or change solicitors after we have carried out work on your behalf, you will be liable to pay our standard costs and disbursements until that stage and your Conditional Fee Agreement will be terminated.

Expenses and Disbursements

If you receive interim damages, we may require you to pay our expenses and disbursements at that point and a reasonable amount for our future expenses and disbursements.


If you receive provisional damages, we are entitled to payment of our basic charges our expenses and disbursements and success fee at that point.
If you win overall but, on the way, lose an interim hearing, you may be required to pay your opponent’s charges of that hearing, but usually only up to the amount of damages awarded to you.


If on the way to winning or losing you are awarded any costs, by agreement or court order, then we are entitled to payment of those costs, together with a success fee on those charges if you win overall.

 

Disbursements incurred in personal injury claims vary significantly from case to case, however, in the ordinary course of events the following disbursements are likely to be incurred: 

·         After the Event Insurance Premium:

o   Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims – £90.00 + VAT

o   Employer’s Liability claims – £295.00 + VAT

o   Public Liability/ Occupier’s Liability claims – £375.00 + VAT

o   Clinical Negligence claims – £500.00 + VAT

·         Engineer’s Report (for RTA claims) – £100 + VAT

·         Cost of obtaining medical records – no more than £50.00

·         Medical Expert Reports from:

o   GP Expert- £180

o   Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (inclusive of a review of medical records where applicable) – £420.00

o   Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine: £360;

o   General Practitioner registered with the General Medical Council: £180;

o   Physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council: £180;

o   Other specialist experts may quote a fee relevant to their experience and the level of work required but ordinarily exceeds £1000.00 + VAT.

 

·         Barrister’s fees for advice on quantum/liability and merits also varied depending upon the seniority of the Counsel and the complexity of the case: £600 + VAT (approx.)

 

Manzoor Ahmad shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted January 2003 has experience in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Matters

 

Burhan Malik – Trainee Solicitor has experience in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence matters


Our hourly rates will be reviewed on 12th February every year. In addition to the time spent, we may take into account a number of factors which include the complexity of the issues and the speed at which action must be taken, the expertise of the specialist knowledge that the case requires and if appropriate the value of the property or subject matter involved.


Our legal fees are reviewed each year and thus if this matter is not concluded prior to the next review date takes place, then we will notify you of our new revised charges which will apply to all work done from the review date.

 

 

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