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How we charge for our work

Our charges

We usually charge based on the amount of time our lawyers and other professional staff spend on your case. We record the time and then calculate our charges using an hourly rate and the actual amount of time spent working on particular tasks. To make recording the time we spend on your case simple, we divide an hour into ten blocks of six minutes. You will see our time broken down that way in our time records and the invoices we send you.  

In appropriate cases (for example, when carrying out advisory work), we are also happy to do specific pieces of work at a fixed fee, agreed with you in advance. 

VAT is added to our charges, unless you are resident outside the European Union.

Expenses

In some cases we will have to pay out expenses and fees on your behalf. For example, if we need to instruct subject matter experts from outside the firm, who will charge fees for their time for preparing a report, answering questions or attending a meeting or hearing. VAT is added to most expenses unless you are resident outside the European Union. We will only instruct an expert on your case once we have advised you about the need to do so and the likely charges involved, and once you have instructed us to do so. 

Barristers’ Fees

We may also need to instruct one or more barristers to work on your case. We will only instruct a barrister once we have advised you about the need to do so and the likely charges involved, and once you have instructed us to do so. Barristers’ fees will be payable in addition to our own charges. Barristers may charge by the hour like we do, or they may charge a set fee which we agree in advance with them. Barristers will also charge VAT on their fees, unless you are resident outside the European Union. 

If you have any questions about the information on this page, you can contact us on 020 3780 0406 or at RDteam@leighday.co.uk 

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