When you instruct a solicitor you do so based on their legal expertise. Therefore it is extremely daunting to challenge your solicitor’s bill.
CheckMyLegalFees.com are experts in legal costs with over 60 years of experience of almost every area of law. We have successfully challenged some of the largest firms of solicitors in the country and obtained outstanding reductions to our client’s bills.
We can review your solicitor’s costs for free and if we believe we can obtain a reduction we will represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Personal Injury Success Fees
Where solicitors are instructed on a No Win, No Fee basis they often charge a success fee (which is payable by you from your damages). This success fee is based on the costs they have incurred. The level of this success fee should be based upon the specific risks of your case.
The maximum they can deduct from your damages is 25%.
Unfortunately the success fee is often set artificially high to ensure that they can deduct 25% of your damages. If your solicitor cannot provide a detailed risk assessment which justifies the success fee charged we are able to reduce the success fee charged and obtain a refund for you.
Solicitors often charge based on the time they spent on your case. If the time charged is excessive to the nature of the work completed we can obtain a reduction for you.
If the hourly rate is high and your solicitor did not advise you that it was higher than that usually charged for work of that nature we can obtain a reduction to the rate charged.
Breaching Costs Estimate
Your solicitor is required to provide you with an estimate for your costs and update you throughout your case. If your solicitor has presented you with a bill which exceeds the estimate you were provided with we may be able to reduce your fees to the level of the estimate you were provided with.
In complex cases costs can quickly get out of hand and therefore it is important that your solicitor advises you of the cost implications of recommended courses of action. If you believe you were not correctly advised and your case has not been managed effectively and excessive costs incurred we can review your solicitors file and advise you whether can reduce your costs for free. Your solicitor can only charge you reasonable fees for work reasonably completed. Often once a file is reviewed it becomes apparent that clients are being charged unreasonably.
We have successfully significantly reduced costs of employment cases against pre-eminent firms. In one case we reduced our client’s fees by over £10,000 as a result of reviewing our client’s file of papers and highlighting excessive charging and errors in billing.
How we challenge solicitor’s fees
We challenge solicitor’s fees under the Solicitor’s Act 1974. This provides that where your solicitor’s costs are reduced by 20% or more the solicitor pays our fees. Please see our guide for challenging solicitors fees at http://checkmylegalfees.com/index.php/news/a-full-guide-to-assessment-under-solicitors-act-1974
For a free review of your solicitors bill please call us on 0845 8620456. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!