COMMERCIAL AND EMPLOYMENT PRICING GUIDE
Responsibility for the Work
Peter Taylor is a consultant to the Practice and is Head of the Commercial and Employment Department. This includes all contentious Probate work that may be referred to the Practice. He will deal with the day to day management of your matters. If you are unable to contact him, please speak to his PA, Mrs Corinne Wolmarans who will ask him to contact you if she is unable to deal with the matter herself.
Peter has over 40 years’ experience as a qualified solicitor in commercial, employment and contentious work and has dealt with a number of demanding and complicated matters during this period. Peter started his career working in the city of London with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in 1976 before spending 3 years working as a solicitor in Hong Kong where he dealt with a great number of varied and challenging matters. On his return to the UK in 1980 he continued to work in London before moving down to Hampshire in 1993 since when he has worked for various well-known firms. He joined Bradly Trimmer as a consultant solicitor in May 2019.
Peter is also fluent in Spanish having been born and brought up in Central America. He is currently Chairman of the Society of British and Argentine Lawyers (SOBAL) a bilateral association set up through the Law Society in 1997.
Fees and Expenses
The first 30 minutes of our initial consultation with you is free. Thereafter our charges are calculated by reference to the time spent on your matter at an hourly rate which we agree with you at the outset of your matter and which includes the overhead costs of the firm together with a care and conduct element depending upon the complexity of the matter involved. These charges are reviewed in June of each year and if your matter has not been completed before the next review then we may need to review our charge at which point we will notify you of any intended increase that will apply. The hourly rate which will apply to your matter by reference to the time spent will be between £220 and £250 per hour. These charges are exclusive of VAT which will be added to our invoices to you. In order that we can keep our costs under close review we will invoice you on a monthly basis in respect of any work carried out during that period. In the event that additional work is required on your behalf with regards to unexpected developments then we reserve the right to review any estimate we have given you at the commencement of our retainer on your behalf. Before commencing any work on your behalf, save in particular circumstances, we shall normally require the sum of £500 on account of costs together with such sum as we may need to cover the costs of any disbursements we may need to incur on your behalf.
Disbursements include a number of expenses that we may need to incur during the course of your matter such as fees with Companies House, the Land Registry and the Law Courts as well as Counsel’s fees in the event we may need to instruct them on your behalf. We will give you details of the expenses we need to incur in advance of us requesting funds from you on account to cover these disbursements,
In appropriate matters we will be happy to try to agree a fixed fee with you for your matter in advance. This will usually be with reference to matters that we will be able to conclude speedily on your behalf and normally within 1 – 2 months of the commencement of our retainer. It is not possible to give you any particular details of the type of matters that this will include but we do appreciate that clients do wish to have an indication of the fees they will incur in advance of our firm being instructed.
In relation to Settlement Agreements on behalf of clients whose employment is to be terminated, the range of our fees are between £350 and £650 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the matter. We will agree the fee with you in advance. This will include a contribution to your costs from the employer that we will seek to negotiate on your behalf. In complex Settlement Agreements which may include an international element or additional work on our part to negotiate the final terms, we may need to review these fees with you in advance of our retainer.
How long will it take?
It is impossible to give you any fixed time under which your matter can be concluded, save with regards to Settlement Agreements which can normally be completed within one month of us being instructed. Commercial and employment matters generally can and do take all sorts of forms and can be subject to delays from other solicitors, experts, officials and third parties that will impact on the time it will take us to conclude your matter. We will however, do our best to try and give you a time estimate at the outset and as matters progress inform you of any developments which may extend or impact on this period.