Our fees

We offer a variety of fee arrangements, including fixed fees, capped fees or hourly rates, depending on the type of work that you want us to undertake.  In some limited circumstances, we can also offer a success fee arrangement, whereby you pay a heavily discounted hourly rate and then an agreed success fee if the work we undertake achieves the outcome that you wanted.

There are a number of differences between each;

 Fixed FeeHourly RateCapped Fees
Description These are a set amount, based on our estimation of how much work we think that we will need to do.As the name suggests, this arrangement means that you pay for our services based on the amount of time that we spend.A capped fee is an arrangement where we work on the hourly basis, up to a total amount that we agree.
AdvantagesYou know the amount that the described services will cost.
The amount is less than we would normally anticipate with an hourly rate.
The fees are paid after the work is complete (or at the end of the calendar month) and in some cases can be paid over a period of time.
The amount could be less than our fixed fee, if the work progresses more smoothly than we anticipated.
You know the maximum amount you will pay for the work described.
DisadvantagesThe amount of the fixed fee is paid before we start work and is non-refundable once paid.The work will normally cost more than our fixed fee.The work could cost more than our fixed fee.
We do not normally time record fixed fee work. If the matter does become more complicated or you wish to extend our instructions, we reserve the right to make an additional charge but would consult with you before doing so.Our hourly rates are charged according to the seniority of the person dealing with the work and are based on a minimum charge of 6 minutes for each item of work that we do (eg, a brief email will be 6 minutes). We use an electronic time recording system to calculate the amount of time.We only offer capped fees under certain circumstances. The cap on these types of fee are normally set at around twice the fixed fee.