Solicitor’s charges are known as their ‘costs’. Although solicitors are under a professional duty to keep their clients fully informed on the costs which are being incurred, much confusion can occur. Understanding the costs you will be asked to pay if you instruct a solicitor is essential, and this law guide attempts to dispel much of the mystique which attaches to solicitor’s charges and legal fees.
Lawyers have different ways of charging, and the various methods, from hourly charges to fixed fees, are explained with advice as to which may be more suitable for a particular case. The advantages and pitfalls of no win/no fee are discussed. The procedure to query a bill is explained.
The guide also explains court costs and how costs between parties in litigation are decided, and the orders available to the courts.