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Our Fees

 

Taylor Law is a nationally recognised Law firm with offices in Leeds, London and Middlesbrough.

We focus on solving your legal problems and meeting your legal requirements in an efficient,
practical way. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our fees.

Our Employment Fees and Costs

Our employment solicitors are:

Scott Taylor (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)

Ben Tighe (Solicitor with at least 8 years’ experience)

Max Hornigold (Solicitor)

Angela Giannotti (Solicitor – London)

Chris Bennett (Junior Executive – London)

 Our hourly charges are as follows:

 Private (Leeds and Middlesbrough) :

Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience – 265.00

Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience – 230.00

Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives – 200.00

Trainee Solicitors – 140.00

Junior Executives/Assistants – 140.00

Private (London) :

Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience – 450.00

Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience  – 325.00

Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives  – 250.00

Trainee Solicitors – 150.00

Junior Executives/Assistants – 150.00

Lesser complexity case

This would tend to be a case where unfair dismissal is the sole claim and the matter is limited to a one-day hearing.
It would be in the region of £15000-£18,000 plus VAT and disbursements (if we instruct counsel).

Medium complexity case

This would be a case where there are additional claims to unfair dismissal, such as discrimination. This would also apply where the case for unfair dismissal requires a Preliminary Hearing or where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or three days’ duration.

This would be in the region of £20,500- £23000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of approximately  £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the refreshers for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing.  .

Higher complexity case

This would be a case where the unfair dismissal claim involves multiple discrimination complaints or complex matters such as whistleblowing/making of protected disclosures and where the case is listed for a Final Hearing of two or more days’ duration.

From £20,000 to £25000 plus VAT, plus counsel fees of £1,500 for the first day of the Final Hearing and £1,000 for the second and subsequent days of the Final Hearing.

The following factors can have an impact on the complexity of a case:

  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.  For example if the reason for dismissal is because of a protected disclosure or an employee’s pregnancy or maternity leave

 

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits and likely compensation
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation
  • Preparing a claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for and attending a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements, and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation for the Final Hearing or instructions to Counsel

 

The stages are not fixed and guaranteed, and we will adjust our costs accordingly when some stages are not required.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 9-18 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf. Disbursements incur a VAT charge of 20%.

 

Price and Service Information: Motoring Offences

Introduction      

As part of our professional rules, we aim to ensure that anyone wishing to use our services has the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.

Why instruct Taylor Law?

Taylor Law specialise in criminal defence in all areas of Criminal Law. We only undertake privately funded work. We strive to ensure our clients have expert assistance at the point of arrest, the Magistrates and Crown Court as well as appeals in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Based in London, Leeds and Middlesbrough, our approach to clients is one of friendliness and efficiency. Our clients are made to feel welcome but also confident that their legal issues are dealt with in a manner that both expedient and competent. We strive to create the right impression by being as available and as approachable as possible. We can offer appointments outside normal working hours and are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for emergencies and clients who have been arrested. We feel it is important that our clients to have access to a solicitor at all times and we ensure that as a firm we work as efficiently as possible to deliver an excellent service to all our clients.

There are many driving offences which can vary from minor offences to major offences and so can the punishments. We can help with drink/drug driving, mobile phone offences, speeding, dangerous driving and driving without insurance to name a few.  These laws are in place to protect you, however if you have fallen victim too such an offence then we are here to help you get out of it.  At Taylor Law, we are trained to handle every issue promptly and professionally, to help put your mind at ease.

Our Motoring Offences Team

Scott Taylor

Director/ Solicitor and Head of Motoring Offences Team – qualified 1/7/1998

 Mark Lake

Solicitor – qualified 1/11/1989

 Ben Tighe

Solicitor – qualified 1/8/2011

 Julian Gaskin

Consultant Solicitor – qualified 1/5/1997

 Imogen Cox

Consultant Solicitor – 15/7/1998

Motoring offence, summary only1, Guilty Plea

 

Our Fees

Fixed Fee:        From £800 plus VAT at 20%

What is included?

  • Attendance and/or preparation;
  • Considering evidence;
  • Taking your instructions;
  • Providing advice on likely sentence;
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court.

What is not included?

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses;
  • Taking statements from any witnesses;
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a Special Reasons2 or exceptional hardship hearing3;
  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Key stages involved

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing. They typically include:

  • Meet with you to provide instructions on what happened;
  • Consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice;
  • Arranging to take any witness statements. This would be charged on an hourly rates basis at the charging rates set out in the table below;
  • Explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the Court;
  • Conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you, if necessary, and answer any follow up queries you have;
  • Attend court on the day, meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
  • Discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

 

Hourly rates (not including VAT):

Leeds and Middlesbrough:

Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience – 265.00

Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience – 230.00

Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives – 200.00

Trainee Solicitors – 140.00

Junior Executives/Assistants – 140.00

London:

Partners/Solicitors with at least 8 years’ experience – 450.00

Solicitors with at least 4 years’ experience – 325.00

Solicitors, Legal Executives, Senior Executives – 250.00

Trainee Solicitors – 150.00

Junior Executives/Assistants – 150.00

 

Not Guilty Pleas and Trial and other hearings

  • Trials at the Magistrates Court from £2,000 plus VAT (this includes all the preparatory work attendances upon and witnesses and attendance at Court);
  • Special reasons or exceptional hardship hearing from £1,500 plus VAT (this includes all the preparatory work attendances upon and witnesses and attendance at Court.)

 

The above estimates for trials and special reasons/ exceptional hardship arguments that involve a single court hearing. All subsequent hearings attract a further fee of £500 plus VAT.

Please note we cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.

Notes

  1. A summary only offence is an offence which can only be tried in the magistrates’ court. There are exceptions. Under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA 1988) offences specified in the Act can be tried on indictment by a jury if they are linked to an offence triable only in the Crown Court. The principal summary only offences are:
  • driving whilst disqualified
  • careless and inconsiderate driving
  • failing to give information as to the identity of the driver
  • failing to stop or report, and
  • speeding
  1. Special Reasons pertain exclusively to situations where the accused has been found or has pleaded guilty and now faces disqualification unless he/she can persuade the Court that there are ‘special reasons’ not to impose penalty points/ disqualification
  2. An exceptional hardship hearing is where the accused has been found or has pleaded guilty and now faces disqualification unless they can    persuade the Court that a disqualification would cause them or others exceptional hardship

 

 

 

Updated: September 2020

 

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Motoring Offences

This work is carried out by:

Scott Taylor – Director of Taylor Law – Supervisor
Mark Lake – Senior Solicitor
Imogen Cox – Senior Solicitor
Ben Tighe – Solicitor

Our current hourly rates are £201 plus VAT per hour, with routine letters/telephone calls/emails (less than 6 minutes) costing £20.10 plus VAT. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and are able to establish how complicated your case is. There are also likely to be disbursements to pay. These are costs associated with your matter paid to third parties such as expert fees, travel costs, copying charges etc. These will depend on your individual case.

Due to the experience of our criminal solicitors (both of whom are ex-duty solicitors), unlike many firms that deal with motoring offences, we do not routinely instruct barristers to attend court on your behalf, thus minimising costs.

In some cases, we are able to offer fixed fee representation. However, this depends upon various factors, such as the likely plea, how long any trial will take and the factual/ legal complexity of the case.

Usually, a guilty plea to a simple matter, at a court local to one of our offices, can be dealt with by way of a fixed fee. If we are required to travel to a court in a different town or city, if the case is likely to be lengthy or will involve complex factual disputes or legal points, then the fixed fee will be higher.

In some cases, for instance where a not guilty plea is intended, or where the precise amount of work required cannot be accurately estimated or is unusually complex, then we are likely to deal with your matter by way of an hourly rate. Not guilty plea cases, which result in trials, are likely to start from £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Our guideline fixed fees, based on attendances at local courts, are as follows:
Guilty pleas (requiring a single attendance at court) – from £800 plus VAT*
(*Additional attendances, for instance following an adjournment, are charged at £400 plus VAT)
Please note that the above fees relate solely to Magistrates’ Court cases. Appeals against sentence
or conviction, or privately funded Crown Court matters, can only be quoted upon a full assessment
of the case papers.

The typical key stages of dealing with a motoring case are as follows:

In guilty plea cases:

– Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers, advising on plea and likely sentence and, in not guilty cases, the likely issues for trial;
– Attending the Magistrates’ Court for the first appearance; dealing with plea and sentence.

In not guilty plea cases, as above, plus:

– Dealing with case management at the first court appearance;
– Taking a proof of evidence from you, taking statements from witnesses, instructing experts, drafting statements;
– Considering further evidence served by the prosecution and taking your instructions on it;
– Considering unused material;
– Drafting legal arguments (in complex cases)
– Preparation for and attendance at trial.
– The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the costs will be reduced.

As to timescales, for guilty pleas, cases typically conclude on the same day as the first appearance. In not guilty cases, it usually takes between 2 to 3 months to conclude, although if the trial is vacated and re-fixed for any reason, then it may take around 4 to 6 months.

Price and Service Information: Probate Services

Introduction

As part of our professional rules, we aim to ensure that anyone wishing to use our services has the information they need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be.

Why instruct Taylor Law?

At Taylor Law we offer a friendly and efficient service in helping you to plan for the future. Based in London, Leeds and Middlesbrough, our approach to clients is one of friendliness and efficiency. Our services include advice about preparing a Will, creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, Estate Planning, or the creation of Trusts. We are also able to assist with estate administration after a loved one has died. We understand that this is a very difficult time and our aim is to make the administration of an estate as easy for our clients as possible. We are regularly instructed by executors to administer and distribute estates or the firm itself is appointed as the executor. We are also instructed by insurers to represent clients in this process.

Occasionally clients feel comfortable distributing the estate themselves and seek our assistance in obtaining the Grant of Probate only. We can also help in situations when someone dies without a Will or where a Will has not been located. The administration of an estate in these circumstances is often more complicated but it is our aim to make this as straightforward for you as possible.

Likewise, we also deal with Inheritance Act claims and in circumstances where the validity of a loved one’s Will is in dispute. We offer a committed service and strive to provide grounded and robust advice to ensure that you do not enter into any unnecessary proceedings.

To assist our clients, we have set out below an indication of the likely costs involved in Probate matters along with an indication of the timescales.

Estate Administration

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

What the service includes

We will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application and liaise with all relevant organisations
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Deal with closure of accounts, collect in estate funds and pay any liabilities
  • Prepare a final estate account and distribute legacies to beneficiaries

 

Anticipated charges and expenses

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 20 hours work at £200.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at between £1,600.00 – £4,000 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This above applies for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-9 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements1 in addition to this fee include:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £5 Swearing of the oath (per executor) plus £2 per exhibit (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette –  Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

1 Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

Please note:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

It is difficult to estimate with any precision how long a Probate matter will take as it will be influenced by many factors, some of which are outside of our control. However, on average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-5 weeks.

Probate

Application for Grant only

What the service includes

We will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

Anticipated charges and expenses

We can help our clients through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on their behalf.

Legal fees:  Fixed fee of £750.00 to £1,000 plus VAT + disbursements

Disbursements1 in addition to this fee include:

  • Probate court fee of £155.00.

1 Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

There will be additional costs if it is necessary to prepare a full IHT account and we can provide a more accurate quote upon receipt of further information.

How long will this take?

It is difficult to estimate with any precision how long such a matter will take but, on average, such applications are dealt with and finalised within 3-5 weeks. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 3-4 weeks.

Taylor Law has a mission

  •  Excellence in everything we do
  • Remain leaders in our field of expertise
  • Deliver outstanding quality and service to our clients.
  • Offer straightforward and accurate advice
  • Provide a supportive and friendly environment
  • Retain well trained and motivated staff that are proud to work for Taylor Law

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