If you’re like most consumers you run into the need for some good legal advice every now and then. The problem is that legal assistance doesn’t come cheap. However at My brief Solicitors we try to ease the worry of uncertain , never ending ,legal costs by giving you where ever possible the opportunity to have fixed price costs. We recognise that seeing a solicitor often comes at a difficult and stressful time in our clients’ lives. We aim to provide high quality legal advice combined with value for money, and believe our rates are very competitive. Our costs commitment to our clients is: • A transparent fee structure, agreed in advance • Regular, fully itemised, billing • Value for money • No hidden extras If your problem does not fit within a fixed fee structure, then our fees are calculated on an hourly basis, depending on the seniority of the lawyer working on the case, and the complexity of the matter. For straightforward and routine cases, our hourly rates are: • Partner/solicitor – £150 per hour • Letters and telephone calls – 10% of hourly rate All fees exclude VAT and disbursements such as medical or interpreter fees if appropriate. Complex cases may attract an uplift on the hourly rate, but this will be discussed and agreed with you in advance. Reduced fee – Diagnostic Consultation For all potential new clients we offer an initial diagnostic one hour consultation with a solicitor for a fixed fee of £100 plus VAT (and the costs of an interpreter if required). At this meeting we will: • Identify and understand your legal problem • Identify possible solutions and strategy • Give you an estimate of cost and timescale to resolve your problem. The diagnostic consultation is very popular with prospective clients. Some use it as an opportunity to simply get a second opinion from an expert. Sometimes people proceed to take action themselves on the basis of advice given in the diagnostic interview and incur no further legal costs. Others instruct us to do further work and we agree fees with them. Diagnostic Consultations usually take place in our office but we are able to conduct them over the telephone or via email for those who live some distance from our office. Fixed Fees In straightforward cases we can agree a fixed fee for the whole case or certain stages in a case. We will be able to give you an indication as to whether your case is suitable for a fixed fee after an initial Diagnostic Consultation. Please see the tabs on the left for the fixed costs we can provide.