Pricing Guidelines

The Solicitors Regulation Authority requires firms to proactively publish information about certain common services. In some cases we are able to provide either fixed fee or clarity with range of pricing.

Information about Lyons Bowe services within this category, including pricing and key service elements, as well as links to the relevant lawyers who can act on these matters, can be found on the tabs below:

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If you have any immediate questions on this topic please do not hesitate to email us at info@lyonsbowe.co.uk.

Key stages of the transaction

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 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
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • 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
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation 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 will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.

Simple case: £10,000-£18,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £18,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £25,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • 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).
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £3,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 weeks. 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.

Key stages of the transaction

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 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
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • 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
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation 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 will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Our pricing for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.

  • Simple case: £10,000-£18,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £18,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £25,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • 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 £2,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £3,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 weeks. 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.

It is essential to obtain professional legal advice whether you are looking to make an application for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or applications to vary a licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.

Key stages of the transaction

With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within their premises licence application
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany their application
  • Completing and submitting the application
  • Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities
  • Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority

The fees involved in licensing applications vary and it is not always possible to provide a fixed fee in this regard.  However, we can give you a range of fees, based on the complexity of your applications. The complexity of an application may vary depending on factors such as whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises or whether the premises are in a residential area.

Pricing will range from between £950 and £1,250. Factors influencing the price will include:

  • Nature of the premises
  • Location
  • Whether a CIP/CIZ policy is in place
  • Trading hours (in particular hours for sale of alcohol) requested
  • Timely receipt of instructions

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  These are examples of disbursements you may need to pay:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority): £100.00 – £635.00 dependant on the rateable value of your premises.
  • Advertising fee (to be agreed by you): £100.00 – £2000.00 dependant on where your premises are located and charges invoiced by the local paper.
  • Enquiry Agent fees to display public notices: £350.00 plus VAT
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application: Circa £80.00
  • AML Check £7.20

These fees may be subject to variation upon further information on the individual premises and their location.

Potential additional costs

Our fees are fixed and include items detailed above, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities and their fee for such a meeting.
  • Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • Advising on varying the licence
  • Attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required, then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will this take?

A typical application will take between 6-8 weeks, from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and that we have been provided with all the documents required in a timely manner. Where an application is more complex, as detailed above, or there is substantial opposition from other parties, it may take longer. We will discuss any changes to timescales with you as appropriate, so you always have a realistic idea of how long your licensing application should take.

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