All of our fees are based on the hourly charge-out rates of the fee earning staff appointed to your case and the amount of time they spend working on your case.
All of our fee earners - Solicitors, Trainees and Paralegals have standard hourly charge-out rates which are reviewed each year. The more senior and/or experienced the individual, the higher the hourly rate. The more junior and/or inexperienced the individual, the lower the hourly rate.
Although at Sharif McKenzie there can be some variation on the rates quoted below, the vast majority of our fee earners work to the hourly rates provided in Schedule A below. In some limited circumstances, we may charge a premium hourly rate in excess of the standard hourly rate. An example of these circumstances might be where you instruct us very late in the day and we are required to work to extremely tight deadlines or outside of normal office hours. In all cases, we will give you an estimate of how much our charges will be and any different options that might be available to you. We will usually confirm this with you in writing.
In most cases we will ask you for money on account of our costs, this is a sum of money that will be held in your client account until we are ready to issue you with a bill. Most clients with cases that continue for any length of time will be billed monthly. In these sorts of cases, we will account to you for the work that we have done in the month and present you with a bill for that work each month.
In some circumstances, we may be able to work for you for a fixed fee. A fixed fee is our best estimate of how much it will cost to conduct a case or a particular part of it based upon the hourly rate of the fee earner conducting the case and the amount of time we think it will take to conclude. By fixing the fee, we are in most cases letting you know exactly how much your case will cost right at the outset. Fixed fees can be attractive to those who are anxious to know precisely how much a case will cost. They tend to lend themselves to more straightforward cases that have a more predictable beginning and end.
In more complex or long-running cases we are usually unable to fix our fees because it can simply not be possible to predict with accuracy the amount of work that will be involved right at the outset.
When we do offer a fixed fee we will be very clear about the amount or type of work that the fee will cover. This will be set out in our initial letter to you and can be as simple as a list of work that is included in the fee and a list of work that is not included in the fixed fee. In almost all cases where we work to a fixed fee, we reserve the right to charge additional amounts if the circumstances of the case materially change. This would be an unusual outcome but there are circumstances where in order to progress your case or to bring it to a conclusion, we need to undertake work that was not envisaged when we first quoted the fixed fee. In these circumstances, we would always discuss and agree with you any additional charges before undertaking the additional work.
In all cases, we will do our utmost to provide the best possible information on our fees at the beginning of the case, at regular intervals throughout your matter and at its conclusion. At Sharif McKenzie, we understand that every person’s case is unique. In order to give you the best possible information on our costs and the different options available to you, we would invite you to get in touch so that we can discuss your particular case and give you the best possible information.
There are particular types of case where the Solicitors Regulation Authority require us to publish more detailed information on price and service. We have outlined some of our prices below along with more certainty around the key stages of these types of matters.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OUR FIXED FEE:
* These are approximated guide fixed fees only and may vary significantly depending on the complexities of your case, unforeseen or exceptional circumstances which may arise in your matter or any other factors which may require us to do additional work. At all times we will keep you updated and inform you in advance of any changes to your fixed fee price. The prices exclude VAT (where applicable) which is charged at 20%. Clients should be aware that these prices do not include any fees due to the Home Office, British Embassy, interpreting and/or translation of documents, costs for psychiatrists, doctors or other professional reports that may be needed as evidence.
We will normally require payment on the account upon instruction where we are able to offer a fixed fee. We charge on an hourly basis for an Initial Consultation, where we will assess your case and provide you with legal advice. This hourly rate is calculated on the basis of Guidance on Solicitors Hourly rate issued by The Supreme Court Costs Office (SCCO). At Sharif McKenzie, we are committed to offering our clients services based on their specific and special circumstances. For special cases, it is our policy to offer discounted rates on our Fixed Fee Price List or work on a Pro Bono basis.
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