Solicitors, good or bad will be billing you anywhere between £180.00 - £350.00 per hour depending on where they are located around the country. You may also have to pay for a Barrister depending on your case and that can run from £200.00 - £350.00 per hour.
And there are some pretty bad ones at that. There are around 5% of Solicitors who cannot obtain indemnity insurance, and for them to continue to practise, their only recourse is to join an indemnity scheme with the Law Society, whereby that firm of Solicitors must pay 25% of their gross income to that scheme.
Be aware that Solicitors attain different "Grades" dependant on how long they have been in practise. So you will pay different rates from a Senior Partner, Grade "A" Solicitor, Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor to a Legal Executive.
You will be billed in blocks of 6 minutes, so, for example, if they spend 7 minutes on a phone call, you will be billed for 12 minutes.
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If you win your case, be prepared that you will not recover all your legal costs. The Judge will decide whether under summarily assessment ( where he can take a global view) on the value of those costs, or whether those costs are "taxed" which means they are scrutinised by a Costs Draughtsman.
With reference to Billing, you must keep on top of the situation. Your Solicitor must sit with you al least once a month to advise you on the likelyhood of future costs.
You must ask how you will be charged for any immediate work they're going to undertake.
I had one Client that came to me to take on a firm of Solicitors, for grossly overcharging, in London's West End that were billing £350.00 per hour. This firm were a bunch of crooks! They charged my Client £90.00 on his first phone call to book an appointment !
I obtained redress for my Client on his billing which was thousands.
You must ask for a breakdown of every Invoice you receive at the time you receive it. It should detail time spent on documentation, calls, emails, etc.
You should also note the date and time you spend on the phone with your Solicitor and keep a log and compare your notes to your detailed bill from your Solicitor.
Then you are talking Professional Negligence. If your Solicitor has caused you unnecessary losses, then contact me.
PLEASE REMEBER YOU ONLY HAVE 6 MONTHS TO COMPLAIN TO THE SOLICITORS' REGULATORY AUTHORITY, failing which, contact me for further advice.