Legal Costs & Case Funding

We sell our time, expertise and skill to clients often facing complex legal issues.

Clients expect transparency and certainty, and we believe we represent a fair and equitable process, that keeps everybody happy.

The majority of our work is funded privately, either by companies, individuals or various type of legal insurance schemes, if applicable.

Please note we do not work on a contingency fee basis ie ‘no win, no fee‘ for any type of legal issue or case.

We place ourselves, in terms of fee pricing, as a mid-market law firm, though we pride ourselves upon ‘punching beyond our weight‘ as far as legal expertise is concerned. We offer real value for money, with timely, cost-effective, Partner-led client services and solicitors. Our expertise easily rivals the National and City firms of lawyers without the related expense that instructing those firms entails.

We also take great pride in the testimonials and Google reviews provided by our clients.

We offer a very personal client service. Clients are not regarded as another file number or unit cost by us. The high overall client satisfaction is reflected in our excellent case results.

We are clear about legal costs and set out our terms and conditions at the beginning of the professional relationship within our Client Care and engagement letters. We also try to be as flexible with our fees as the case will allow, although some cases are simply too complex to merit a full fixed fee rate, but in those cases, we may be able to offer fixed fees per each stage of the proceedings.

Further Information

Please see below to find out about our fees and funding for specific services:

  • Employment Law Cases
  • Business Debt Disputes
  • Probate Fees

Contact KSN Solicitors today

For more information regarding our services and funding, please call us for a no obligation discussion on ​01276 788 087.

Employment Tribunal: Range of Fees 

Adrian, who is the Director and a Solicitor/Advocate has over 15 years of experience in both Employment Tribunals and Higher Courts, delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to employment law and litigation and dispute resolution.

We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Adrian Barrett, Director and Head of the Employment and Litigation Department who may work on your matter personally.

Our Employment Law Team

  • Adrian Barrett – Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate
  • Sarah Barrett - Trainee

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

  • Simple case £4,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case £8,000-£14,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case £10,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could affect the complexity of a case include:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the Claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties), whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear the case or whether the claim was brought in time
  • The number of witnesses and documents to be considered
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of approximately £1,500 per day (excluding VAT). The length of any Tribunal Hearing will depend on the Tribunal’s scheduling of the Hearing and the complexity of your case. We shall always discuss this with you in advance and advise you throughout the case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees or barrister’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel's fees are estimated between £750 to £1,500 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for preparing for and attending a Tribunal Hearing.

Key Stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

Entering into pre-claim conciliation (known as Early Conciliation) where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss or counter-schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing, including instructing Counsel
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents, if acting for the Claimant
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation for and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. 

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to us to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during Early Conciliation, your case is likely to take approximately 6 - 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 – 12 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses. The timetable is of course dependent on the Employment Tribunal or Court scheduling.

Business Debt Dispute: Range of Fees

Court Claims

We have two members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Adrian Barrett, Director and Head of the Employment and Litigation Department who may work on your matter personally.

Our Business Debt Law Team

  • Adrian Barrett – Solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate
  • Sarah Barrett - Trainee

These costs apply where your business claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value

Court fee

Our fee (incl. VAT)

Total

Up to £5,000

£35 - 205

£1,000 (£1,200 inclusive of VAT)

£1,235 – 1,405

£5,001 - £10,000

£455

£2,500 (£3,000 inclusive of VAT)

£3,455

£10,001 - £50,000

5% value of the claim

£5,000 (£6,000 inclusive of VAT)

£TBC

£50,001 - £100,000

5% value of the claim

£7,500 (£9,000 inclusive of VAT)

£TBC

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and statutory compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, when payment is received
  • If the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps for enforcement and likely costs

Matters usually take 1 – 3 months from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default and presuming that there is no delay in the Court issuing your claim, if submitted.

If enforcement action is needed, or the other side makes an application to set aside the judgement, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Probate: Range of Fees

Sonia is a Solicitor with over 13 years of experience in dealing with high quality work in all matters relating to probate and estate matters. Sonia is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Surrey Law Society.

There are two members of the team who may work on your behalf:

  • Sonia Pym – Solicitor (STEPS qualified)
  • Sarah Barrett – Trainee

Probate (uncontested cases with all assets in the UK)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

On average to obtain Grant of Probate and to administer the estate will take between 8 – 15 hours of work. Total costs/legal fees estimated at £235 per hour (+VAT).

As part of our fee we shall:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Breakdown of costs:

  • Legal fees £2,350 (on basis of 10 hours)
  • VAT on legal fees £470
  • Disbursements (£ in total):

TOTAL: £2,820 (incl. VAT) + disbursements as set out below.

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets and distributing them.

We will handle as much or as little of the process as you require for you. This estimated charge is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate
  • All assets are in the UK

Disbursements which are in addition in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155 plus £5 per additional copy
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £250 approximately, only if requested Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £250 approximately, only if requested, Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with.

We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £5.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3 to 6 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3- 6 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes between 2 – 4 weeks.

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