After receiving some basic information from you I will usually be in a position to give you a no-obligation quote for the work that you want me to do.
You will not be obliged to accept my quote and you will be free to take your problem to another barrister (or solicitor).
My quote will more often than not be in the form of a fixed fee (which will usually be better for you than the relative uncertainty of an hourly-rate).
Factors that will influence the cost include:
- Complexity of the case;
- Volume of material (i.e. how long it will take to read, understand and research the issues in the case);
- What you want to achieve;
- How much time will need to be devoted to the case;
- Location (travel time and expenses).
I will usually require payment in advance.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Direct Access is not suitable for cases where legal aid might be available. Legal aid is now only available in very limited circumstances but where I am of the opinion that you might qualify for legal aid I will suggest that you make enquiries of a solicitor who can offer work on a legally aided basis.
Legal Expenses Cover
It is also a good idea to consider whether you might have legal expenses cover as part of a policy of insurance or through trade union membership.