Instructing solicitors to conduct litigation can be expensive so we have introduced a new way of limiting the cost. It is often referred to as “unbundling” or “pay as you go” agreements. It is actually a completely different way of using or accessing legal services. We want to make it as easy as possible to get the advice that you need for a price you can afford.
Obviously, the more time you spend with your solicitor the more it will cost, and the more you ask us to do the more it will cost. This also means that the more that you do yourself the cheaper it will be for you.
With access to the internet, there are some things you can do yourself. You can complete forms, communicate with the courts, the tribunals, the land registry, the probate registry, and other government bodies involved in legal processes. Of course, getting the right information to these Government bodies isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It often depends on what sort of person you are.
What Support You Want Depends On Who You Are
We all tend to be better at some things than others. It’s often a combination of experience and natural personality/talents. In law we have all types of clients. Here’s a picture of two typical cases.
Jan is comfortable with administration and form filling as she was an office manager for an accounting firm. She is organised and good at dealing with correspondence and doing her own research. She didn’t need extensive support, just a phone call from time to time to make sure she was doing the right thing.
On the other hand, Peter wasn’t confident about dealing with forms and communicating with third parties. He was very much a practical person and didn’t like paperwork. For him, the full-service litigation was the better option and it was worth paying for.
Types of Pay As You Go Support – Fixed Limits
It’s very unlikely that you’ll want to handle your legal affairs on a completely DIY basis. It can be nerve-wracking when you think you might be making a mistake or that you’ve done something that will prejudice the outcome you want.
That’s why we have a pay-as-you-go service.
This means that when you need legal advice you can call us by telephone or receive face-to-face advice either about your options generally or about a particular aspect of your case. Or
you may find that you need some legal advice and you may even need some legal documents drafted.
You pay there and then for the time spent with your solicitor or another option is we can open a file and limit our fees to a fixed amount agreed in advance with you.
You then deal with the rest of your matter yourself as far as your skills and talents allow.
This might mean that you are responsible for any correspondence, you fill in any Court forms that might be required, you deal directly with your opponent or any third parties involved.
You can of course have an on-going communication with your solicitor, but you only need to seek advice as and when you need it and pay for it at that particular time or have set agreed limits.
How To Start Pay As You Go
Typically, you would come in for some initial advice and you would pay for that fixed fee session at £95 for one hour.
You then go away and deal with your legal problem yourself, writing letters, filling in forms – whatever is required.
If you need any more advice then you simply send an email or make an appointment with your solicitor, and come in and pay for that advice which may involve the production of a legal document which you pay for and then take away.
So you will know exactly where you are in terms of costs, and you can pay for it at the time or up to a pre agreed limit.
As you can see, it is quite a different approach and it is only suitable for people who feel able to deal with most of the issues themselves.
Generally, most people prefer to have on-going help and support from a solicitor who can help them through the process because dealing with your own legal problems can be stressful.
Having an independent, rational and experience solicitor to assist with your approach can be very helpful. In any case, the value of a fixed fee initial meeting to look at your problem will be money well spent and will let you know your options and give you peace of mind about what to do next.
We offer a 1 hour fixed fee meeting for £95 including VAT where we can discuss your issue in detail and provide you with an overview of your options. For more information or to make an appointment please call 01189589711 or e-mail Justin Sadler, our Litigation Partner at [email protected].