No. Stage £0 -10,000 £10,001 – 25,000 £25,001 – 50,000 £50,000 +
1 Normal track at court Small claims Fast Track Multi-track Multi-track
2 Meeting client and taking instructions 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours 5 hours
3 Reading and considering initial documentation 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours
4 Considering issues such as jurisdiction/security for costs/enforcement 18 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
5 Preparing initial advice and recommendations 1 hour 1 hour 30 minutes 2 hours 3 hours
6 Instruct Counsel 0 0 2 hours 4 hours
7 Letter before action 30 minutes 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours
  Settlement Subtotal 3.3 hours 6 hours 12 hours 20 hours
8 Evaluating and advising re response 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours 4 hours
9 Negotiations 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours
  Settlement Subtotal 5.3 hours 9 hours 17 hours 28 hours
10 Preparing proceedings 1 hour 2 hours 0 2 hours
11 Instructing Counsel to prepare proceedings 0 0 2 hours 4 hours
12 Conference with Counsel to discuss proceedings and travel 0 0 0 4 hours
  Court fees £25 – £455 £450 – £1,250 £1,125 – £2,500 £2,250 – £10,000
13 Receiving and advising about acknowledgement 6 minutes 6 minutes 12 minutes 30 minutes
14 Issues re extension of time for defence/counterclaim 6 minutes 12 minutes 18 minutes 30 minutes
15 Considering and advising re the defence to include summary judgment/ Request for Information (RFI) issues 18 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
16 Considering and advising re any counterclaim to include summary judgment/RFI issues 18 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
  Settlement Subtotal 7.1 hours 12.3 hours 21.5 hours 43 hours
17 Preparing a reply/RFI 42 minutes 1 hour 0 30 minutes
18 Instructing Counsel to draft reply/RFI 0 0 30 minutes 2 hours
19 Preparing a defence to the counterclaim/RFI 1 hour 1 hour 0 30 minutes
20 Instructing Counsel to draft defence to counterclaim/RFI 0 0 30 minutes 2 hours
21 Advising as to Counsel’s drafts 0 0 30 minutes 1 hour
22 Making amendments to Counsel’s drafts 0 0 18 minutes 30 minutes
23 Serving/filing reply/defence to Counterclaim/RFI 6 minutes 6 minutes 6 minutes 18 minutes
24 Dealing with allocation issues 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours
25 Preparing for CMC, to include liaising with experts/Counsel as to availability/checking costs 0 12 minutes 24 minutes 1 hour
26 Travelling to and from CMC 0 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
27 Attending CMC 0 12 minutes 18 minutes 2 hours
28 Advising client before and after CMC 12 minutes 12 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour
  Settlement Subtotal 10.1 hours 17 hours 27.6 hours 57.8 hours
29 Attending client for disclosure 24 minutes 24 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour
30 Preparing list of documents 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours 4 hours
31 Considering and advising re list from opponent 12 minutes 24 minutes 36 minutes 1 hour
32 Inspection – copies 18 minutes 24 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour
33 Inspection – originals 0 0 2 hours 4 hours
34 Advising re outcome of inspection 6 minutes 6 minutes 12 minutes 1 hour
  Settlement Subtotal 11.6 hours 19.3 hours 33.4 hours 69.8 hours
35 Preparing witness statements 2 hours 5 hours 10 hours 20 hours
36 Meeting witnesses to discuss statements and amending same 1 hour 2 hours 4 hours 8 hours
37 Preparing instructions to Counsel to advise on witness statements 0 0 1 hour 2 hours
38 Discussing amendments with Counsel 0 0 30 minutes 1 hour
39 Finding and Instructing expert (s) 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours
40 Dealing with expert(s) evidence 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours
41 Discussing expert (s) evidence with Counsel 0 0 1 hour 1 hour
42 Receiving and service of statements 12 minutes 12 minutes 12 minutes 12 minutes
43 Considering opponent’s statements 1 hour 1 hour 2 hours 5 hours
44 Instructing Counsel to consider and advise on evidence 0 0 1 hour 2 hours
45 Discussing counsel’s advice with client 0 0 6 minutes 1 hour
  Settlement Subtotal 17.8 hours 31.5 hours 59.2 hours 118 hours
  Court hearing fees £25 – £335 £545 £1,090 £1,090
46 Preparing bundles 1 hour 2 hours 5 hours 15 hours
47 Issues re level of payment on account of trial costs with client 30 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 3 hours
48 Issues re payments into Court and Part 36 Offers/ without prejudice offers 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours 4 hours
49 Preparing and delivering brief 0 1 hour 2 hours 5 hours
  Settlement Subtotal 19.8 hours 36 hours 69.2 hours 145 hours
50 Travelling to and from trial 1 hour

(1/2 day trial)

1 hour

(1 day trial)

4 hours

(2 day trial)

10 hours

(5 day trial)

51 Conference at trial with client and/or Counsel 18 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 3 hours
52 Negotiations at trial 30 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
53 Attending trial 2 hours

30 minutes

5 hours 10 hours 25 hours

(5 day trial)

54 Reporting to client re outcome and enforcement options if appropriate 18 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
55 Contingency (1) Alternative Dispute Resolution 1 hour 2 hours 10 hours 20 hours
56 Contingency (2) Interim Application (s) 2 hours 4 hours 8 hours 16 hours
  Application Court Fee £255 £255 £255 £255
  Total estimated time (to nearest hour) 28 hours 49 hours 103 hours 223 hours

(Does not include payment of disbursements due to counsel, experts, travel etc…)

Justin Sadler Partner £250 + VAT per hour
Chris Miller Solicitor £170 + VAT per hour
Trainee Solicitor £125 + VAT per hour