We are commited to providing clear and understandable advice. Part of that commitment is to be clear about costs. Below are details of our costs - we understand that every case is different and we tailor all quotes to the amount of support you need.
Your first contact with us will be a free telephone conversation. During this conversation we will discuss your options, what you can do yourself, whether you really need further advice and possible costs.
If you need further advice we can offer an initial meeting to discuss your case in more detail. The initial meeting is normally between 1 and 1 ½ hours for which we charge £300 + VAT.
Once you have had a chance to consider all available options, you can then decide to instruct us to do as little, or as much, as you want.
We will charge on the basis of an hourly rate which is £200 - £250 + VAT (as of 1 January 2017).
As we only do what you want us to, the cost of your matter is entirely in your control. We are happy to discuss your budget and what we can do to help you within that budget.
Disbursements are any costs associated with your case which are not our fees. They can be costs for securing schools records or costs of independent experts.
We only advise that you seek expert advice when it is absolutely necessary to your case. As such, your case may not require all the experts.
As we are highly experienced and specialised special educational needs solicitors, we do not use barristers to present your case at the SENDIST. This will save you fees, make sure that you have consistent support and that you are represented by a solicitor who fully knows your case.
We make sure that your costs stay under control.
If you decide to instruct us, we will normally ask for up to £2,000 on account. We place this in your ‘client account’ and we only use it when we raise an invoice for work we have done.
Every month, we will send you an invoice detailing the work completed, the cost of that work, and the balance left in your client account. If appropriate, we will also suggest further payment into client account for future work.
We understand that costs are one of the biggest concerns when approaching a solicitor. We do as much as possible to help you achieve your desired outcome within your budget.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer advice funded by legal aid. There is an online calculator to work out whether you would be eligible for legal aid.
If you are seeking advice via legal aid, you must do so by contacting Civil Legal Advice on 0845 345 4345.
If you would like to talk about your child’s special educational needs then please contact us at [email protected] or call 0800 884 0723 - our specialist SEN solicitors are here to help.
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