Litigation

Litigation can be not only lengthy but also personally distressing and expensive. We find practical legal advice at an early stage can often help to speed up procedures and resolve issues at an early stage. Our lawyers will go through your claim with you and advise the best way of action, with the goal to always support you through the whole of the dispute resolution adequate to your claim.

We deal with civil litigation, commercial litigation, property disputes, business and commercial disputes, debt collection, defective goods and services, insurance claims and professional negligence.

We Anne Cuthbert Solicitors are committed to our clients dealing with both, contentious or non-contentious litigation. This means that we are specialized in matters that involve attendance at court, and those that can be dealt with in an amicable settlement without the need for Court hearings.

We understand that each case and each person is different, regardless of the particular area of law being dealt with, and we therefore tailor each case based on its particular facts to the individual.

The Department’s ethos is to resolve matters using the Pre-Action Protocols without the need for unnecessary expenses involved of Court Hearings. However, matters involved in this particular area of law can unfortunately and occasionally end with hearings at Court.

We understand that disputes arise from time to time, sometimes because mistakes have been made, issues overlooked, or somebody has simply done the wrong thing. We deal with both private and commercial litigation and will ensure that you are given effective and appropriate advice.

We believe in being proactive when it comes to dealing with these types of cases and use every method of resolving disputes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration as well as litigation. We will do what we can to provide an alternative to actually going to court, therefore reducing stress, time and costs.

If a particular case has to be resolved at Court, we have a specialized panel of Barristers to help with your case. Our Civil Litigation department currently handles several areas of Law:

If a particular case has to be resolved at Court, we have a specialized panel of Barristers to help with your case. Our Civil Litigation department currently handles several areas of Law:

  • Bankruptcy Proceedings
  • Housing (Eviction and Possessions)
  • Breach of Contracts
  • Breach of Leases
  • Debt
  • Negligence
  • Injunctions
  • Negotiations

Each matter is unique

Each matter is unique, and this is a guideline only. The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter and when we know the size and likely complexity of the matter and the amount of work involved, we shall then be able to inform you of the likely cost and also time involved.

Each matter is dealt with by an individual Fee Earner, so that you will know who to contact when any queries arise. Our approximate charges are set out below:

 

Unless we agree a fee, our fees are charged on an hourly basis as set out below:

Senior Solicitor over 10 years (Head of Private Client)                £260.00 + VAT per hour

Solicitors over 5 years                                                                       £240.00 + VAT per hour

Trainee Solicitors                                                                                £175.00 + VAT per hour

Legal Assistants                                                                                  £75.00 + VAT per hour

 

Amount of Charge Description
£75+ VAT (30 min)

Charged in units of 1/10th of an hour

Initial consultation

Routine Letters and Routine Telephone Calls (made and received)

Fee Earner’s Hourly Rate + VAT Other work on considering and drafting documents, meeting with you, attending experts or counsel, attending court
Court Fees Fee to start claim – on a sliding scale up to claims of £9,999, or 5% of value of claim over £10,000, subject to maximum fee of £10,000; other fees are payable in accordance with online Document EX50 of HMCTS
Barristers’ & Experts’ Fees Payable in addition to our fees – to be agreed with you in advance
£60.00 + VAT / Per Annum Storage Fee

 

Our fee includes:

• Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
• Undertaking appropriate researches
• Sending a letter before action
• Drafting and issuing claim, dealing with the defence and conducting further work
• Where no Acknowledgment 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

Disbursements

All disbursements will need to be paid in addition to the fees charged. These costs are related to your matter which are payable to third parties such as Court and Barrister’s fees etc. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Timescales

This depends very much on the complexity of each case. A typical disputed matter can take between 6 months and 2 years or more to reach a conclusion.

However, we do recommend that you telephone us to discuss your matter further as the above schedule on Costs and Time should be used as a guide only.