Our Litigation team are highly experienced solicitors and legal professionals with a strong record in successful cases in a range of areas including

  • Accident, Compensation & Personal Injury
  • Clinical & Medical Negligence
  • Employment Advice and Disputes
  • Defending Public Prosecutions
  • Motoring Offences
  • Debt Recovery Work

Katherine Flashman Kitson leads the team and has over 25 years’ experience in the area of litigation including personal injury, clinical/medical negligence, employment, criminal and general civil litigation with specialist knowledge of the court process. Her hourly rate is £217 – £375 per hour plus VAT* depending on the nature of the litigation.

Stephen Robillard is an Assistant Solicitor with over 10 years’ experience in the area of litigation including employment and general civil litigation with specialist knowledge of the Court process, some of which has been worked as a Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor and 3 years + of which has been working as a qualified Solicitor. His hourly rate is £185 – £201 per hour plus VAT* depending on the nature of the litigation.

Jack Crosley is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive and Paralegal working towards qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive with an hourly rate of £111-£130 plus VAT*

David Evans and Ryan Lemon are Trainee Solicitors working towards qualification as Solicitors with an hourly rate of £111 plus VAT*.

Other Trainee Solicitors will be charged at the same rate.

Susan Biscombe and Sam Wise are also Litigation Assistants with an hourly rate of £75 plus VAT*.

Other Litigation Assistants will be charged at the same rate.

For more information on these services, please call 01566 772375, email enquiries@parnalls.com or click here 

 

 Litigation Services Costs

We charge per hour for our services on a time spent basis in accordance with the relevant hourly rates which are set out above and below.  Disbursements, which are third party costs such as experts’ fees or court fees, that we incur in your case on your behalf are not included in our cost estimates.

The costs estimates provided below are based on the average costs that we charge for typical cases and matters. Our actual costs may vary based on the factual circumstances and complexity of your particular case. Please note that we will always give you an individual cost estimate at the outset before you instruct us.  We will also update this cost estimate throughout your matter where necessary.

VAT is payable on our fees and on some disbursements.

 

General Litigation Services

Solicitor – £185 – £217 per hour plus VAT*
Paralegal £111 per hour plus VAT*

Trainee Solicitors £111 per hour plus VAT*
Assistant £75 per hour plus VAT*

Conditional Fee Agreements providing for a Success Fee to be determined on an individual case basis (see below).

 

Clinical Negligence Services
Solicitor – £185 – £375 per hour plus VAT* depending on nature of case
Paralegal £117 per hour plus VAT*

Trainee Solicitor £117 per hour plus VAT*
Assistant £75 per hour plus VAT*

Conditional Fee Agreements providing for a Success Fee to be determined on an individual case basis (see below).

 

Accident Compensation and Personal Injury

The precise costs of bringing a claim for personal injury will depend on the circumstances of the case and how far it progresses before it is resolved. The average costs can range from £5,000 to £20,000 plus VAT* plus disbursements. Please contact us for a costs estimate in your case. Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

 What is included in our costs and what are the different stages?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, pre-action correspondence, reviewing evidence and advising on your case, drafting letter of claim, receiving letter of reply, gathering witness evidence, collating details of losses, correspondence with the Defendant, their insurers or legal representatives, preparing a Schedule of Loss, obtaining medical evidence, discussing the medical evidence with you, disclosing medical evidence, requesting settlement proposals, attempting to negotiate a settlement, possibly issue of proceedings if that becomes necessary and all relevant stages thereafter to include receiving the Defence and complying with the court directions, preparation for a final hearing, any interim hearings and a final hearing.

 What is not included?

Any work that is neither reasonable nor progressive of the main action; advising on any appeal against a final determination by the Court.

What are disbursements?

These are third party fees such as expert fees and barristers’ fees. Barristers’ fees will only be required if the matter is complex or if it results in a final hearing. Experts’ fees include medical report fees, obtaining medical notes, the cost of telephone hearings etc. They could range from £1,000 to £10,000 plus VAT* depending on the complexity of your case and how far it progresses. There are also court fees which are also disbursements and need to be paid but which do not attract VAT. The most significant disbursement is the Court issue fee which will depend on the value of your claim (see below).

Timescales

It is not possible to determine when a case will resolve because this depends on many factors including you and your injuries, instructions from you, your recovery, the reply and approach of the Defendants. It is very unlikely your case will take less than a year and it is entirely possible that it could take more. If the case is still ongoing as the three year limitation period approaches then proceedings will be necessary and then the timetable is determined by the Court. You will be advised regarding timing throughout the case as to how timing is going and what the rough timescales and estimates for the future conduct of the action are.

Conditional Fee Agreements

Please see section regarding Conditional Fee Agreements below. We may be able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement in your case. Whether we can will depend on the circumstances and the facts of the case.

 

Clinical and Medical Negligence

The precise costs of bringing a claim for clinical/medical negligence will depend on the circumstances of the case and how far it progresses before it is resolved. The average costs can range from £5,000 to £50,000 plus VAT* plus disbursements. Please contact us for a costs estimate in your case. Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

 What is included in our costs and what are the different stages?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, pre-action correspondence, reviewing evidence and advising on your case, drafting letter of claim, receiving letter of reply, gathering witness evidence, collating details of losses, correspondence with the Defendant, their insurers or legal representatives, preparing a Schedule of Loss, obtaining medical evidence, discussing the medical evidence with you, disclosing medical evidence, requesting settlement proposals, attempting to negotiate a settlement, possibly issue of proceedings if that becomes necessary and all relevant stages thereafter to include receiving the Defence and complying with the court directions, preparation for a final hearing, any interim hearings and a final hearing.

 What is not included?

Any work that is neither reasonable nor progressive of the main action; advising on any appeal against a final determination by the Court.

What are disbursements?

These are third party fees such as expert fees and barristers’ fees. Barristers’ fees will only be required if the matter is complex or if it results in a final hearing. Experts’ fees include medical report fees, obtaining medical notes, the cost of telephone hearings etc. They could range from £1,000 to £10,000 plus VAT* depending on the complexity of your case and how far it progresses. There are also court fees which are also disbursements and need to be paid but which do not attract VAT. The most significant disbursement is the Court issue fee which will depend on the value of your claim (see below).

Timescales

It is not possible to determine when a case will resolve because this depends on many factors including you and your injuries, instructions from you, your recovery, the reply and approach of the Defendants. It is very unlikely your case will take less than a year and it is entirely possible that it could take more. If the case is still ongoing as the three year limitation period approaches then proceedings will be necessary and then the timetable is determined by the Court. You will be advised regarding timing throughout the case as to how timing is going and what the rough timescales and estimates for the future conduct of the action are.

Conditional Fee Agreements

Please see section regarding Conditional Fee Agreements below. We may be able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement in your case. Whether we can will depend on the circumstances and the facts of the case.

 

Employment Advice and Disputes

The precise costs of bringing or defending a case in the Employment Tribunal will depend on the circumstances of the case and how far it progresses before it is resolved.  Average costs can range from £5,000-£20,000 plus VAT* plus disbursements.  Please contact us for a cost estimate for your case.

If you require general employment advice that does not necessarily involve an employment dispute or Employment Tribunal action the actual costs will depend on the type of advice and the amount of advice and the exact facts of your case. Average costs can range from £500 to £3,000 plus VAT*. It is unlikely disbursements will be incurred. Please contact us for a costs estimate in your case.

Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

What is included in our costs and what are the different stages?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, pre-action correspondence, reviewing evidence and advising on your case, drafting and reviewing the claim form (ET1) and (ET3) depending on whether you are bringing or defending a claim, preparing and agreeing list of issues, preparing for and attending a case management hearing at the employment tribunal, calculating and drafting a schedule of loss or responding to one, making and responding to applications to the tribunal, reviewing and preparing disclosure documents, agreeing documents bundle, drafting and reviewing witness statements, attending hearing and reviewing tribunal decision.  Liaising with you, your opponent, the tribunal, barrister and other experts and witnesses.

If you only require non-contentious employment advice, so when there is not actually a dispute or contemplation of an action, then what is included is taking your instructions and advising you at an initial attendance, possibly on the telephone and in writing.

What is not included?

Client meetings, drafting settlement correspondence and settlement agreements, raising a grievance. Liaising with ACAS, the Government Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration service. Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appeal or advice on appeal. If the case is particularly complex or if significant numbers of witnesses are involved this may have an additional cost. These matters will be quoted and charged for separately and in advance.

Disbursements are not included.

If you only require non-contentious employment advice, so when there is not actually a dispute or contemplation of an action, then what is not included is dealing with a dispute, contentious/litigious communications with your opponent and/or bringing a legal action in the Tribunal or otherwise on your behalf.

What are disbursements?

These are third party fees such as barristers’ and experts’ fees. These costs are not normally required but if they apply could range from £1000 to £5000 plus VAT* depending on the complexity of your case and how far it progresses. Court and tribunal fees are also disbursements which do not attract VAT.

If you require non-contentious employment advice it is unlikely there will be any disbursements.

 Timescales

Many cases do settle before they reach the Employment Tribunal and sometimes this can occur within weeks.  If cases proceed to final hearing they can take from 6 months to over a year to be heard from when the initial Claim Form is submitted, depending on the complexity of the case and the efficiency of the tribunal dealing with the claim. Pre-action correspondence can also take from a couple of weeks to several months, depending on the willingness of the parties.

If you only require non-contentious employment advice the timescale will depend largely on you and any time limits imposed by any other parties involved in the matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defending Public Prosecutions

The precise costs will depend on the circumstances of the case and how far it progresses and the volume and complexity of the prosecution case against you but can range from £3,000-£15,000 plus VAT* and any disbursements.  Please contact us for a no commitment cost estimate for your case. Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

What is included in our costs and what are the different stages?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, reviewing any summons and prosecution evidence and advising on your case including plea and sentencing options and representation throughout. If we are instructed prior to any prosecution we will liaise with the prosecutor to try and avoid a prosecution on your behalf. If we are instructed at the time the prosecution has already commenced then the amount of time spent will depend on how the prosecution progresses.

What is not included?

Any advice as to appeal against conviction or sentence, instructing experts, Crown Court cases or advice regarding appeals. If the case is particularly complex or if significant numbers of witnesses are involved this will increase costs. Disbursements are not included.

What are disbursements?

These are third party external fees such as barristers’ and experts’ fees, if required. These may be required depending on the facts of your case for example expert evidence may be required if there are complex liability issues to be determined by the Court. These could range from £2,000 to £5,000 plus VAT* depending on the complexity of your case. There will also be travelling expenses for going to and from Court for legal representation. There will also be barristers’ fees if a barrister represents you at any hearing. If this is an interim hearing it is likely to be between £1,000 and £3,000 plus VAT*. If it is a final hearing it will be between £2,000 and £10,000 plus VAT* depending on the length of the trial.  

Timescales

When any hearings on your prosecution takes place will depend on when it is listed by the court and we are not in control of that.  Sometime availability of yourself and witnesses and the lawyers will be taken into account but not always. There is also the prosecution timetable to consider and expert’s availability if experts are involved. It is not possible to give precise information as to the timing of these issues as they depend on third party factors.

Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

 

Motoring offences (summary only)

The precise costs will depend on the circumstances of the case and how far it progresses but can range from £800-3000 plus VAT* and any disbursements.  Please contact us for a no commitment cost estimate for your case.

Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

 What is included in our costs and what are the different stages?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, reviewing evidence and advising on your case including sentencing options, representation at first hearing. This is likely to cost approximately £800-1000 plus VAT*. If there is a fully contested trial on a 2nd hearing date we will take a witness statement from you and any other witnesses and represent you at the trial.  This may cost approximately a further £1500-2000 plus VAT*.

 What is not included?

If the case does not proceed to trial on the date it is set this will incur additional costs. If there is a conviction and the court decides to deal with sentencing at a later hearing this will cost approximately a further £800 plus VAT*.

Other matters that are not included in the costs estimate are instructing experts. Crown court cases. Appeal or advice on appeal. If the case is particularly complex or if significant numbers of witnesses are involved this may have an additional cost. These matters will be quoted and charged for separately and in advance.

Disbursements are not included.

 What are disbursements?

These are third party external fees such as barristers’ and experts’ fees, if required. These are not normally required but could range from £1000 to £2000 plus VAT* depending on the complexity of your case and how far it progresses.

Timescales

When your hearing takes place will depend on when it is listed by the court.  A first hearing matter that goes no further can take approximately 6-8 weeks. This is dependent on how quickly the Court can list the hearing.

If a matter proceeds to a contested trial then it can take approximately 8-12 weeks again, dependent on how quickly the Court are able to list a trial.

 

Debt recovery work

The precise costs depend on the circumstances of the case and how far the matter progresses, but can range from £1,000-£15,000 plus VAT* plus disbursements.  Please contact us for a no commitment cost estimate for your case.

Our hourly rates for general litigation services will apply.

What is included in our costs and what are the different stages and timescales?

Liaising with you and taking your instructions, reviewing evidence and advising on your case, carrying out relevant searches, drafting a Letter before Action.  In some cases payment from the debtor may be received at this point. This stage may take approximately 2-4 weeks.

Where the debt is not settled, drafting a Claim Form and Particulars of Claim, issuing the claim at court, serving the documents. This stage may take approximately a further 2-4 weeks, depending on how long it takes the court to process the issued claim.

Where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received from the other side, making an application to the court to enter into judgment in default. This stage can take a further 3-6 weeks.

Where judgment in default is entered into by the court, writing to the defendant and demanding payment. Providing advice on next steps if payment is not received. This stage can take approximately 2-6 weeks depending on when the judgment is received from the court.

If the matter is contested by the Defendant, then the matter will proceed towards trial, this can take up to a year and includes reviewing the defence, complying with case management directions, preparation of witness statements and documentary evidence. 

 What is not included?

Dispute correspondence with the debtor, settlement correspondence and settlement documentation.  Alternative Dispute Resolution. Service outside of the jurisdiction if the debtor is based abroad. Representation if the debtor applies to set aside judgment in default. Enforcement action in the event that a judgment is obtained but remains unpaid.  These matters will be quoted and charged for separately where required.

Disbursements are not included.

What are disbursements?

These are third party fees such as barristers’, experts’ fees and mediation fees. We are unlikely to incur these costs in your claim but will advise you in advance if we consider it is likely. Court fees and search fees are also disbursements which do not attract VAT and may range from £35 – £10,000.

To issue a claim for money, the fees are based on the amount claimed, including interest. The court fees to issue a debt recovery claim are as follows:

Value of your Claim                                        Court Issued Claim     

Up to £300                                                                       £35

Greater than £300 but no more than £500      £50

Greater than £500 but no more than £1,000   £70

Greater than £1,000 but no more than             £80

£1500 

Greater than £1,500 but no more than             £205

£3,000

Greater than £5,000 but no more than            £455

£10,000

Greater than £10,000 but no more than         5% of value of claim

£200,000

Greater than £200,000                                            £10,0000

 Conditional Fee Agreements

Conditional Fee Agreements providing for a Success Fee to be determined on an individual case basis.

If you win your claim, you pay our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and a success fee together with the premium for any insurance you take out.  You are entitled to seek recovery from your opponent of part or all of our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, but not the success fee or any insurance premium.

In the following circumstances, you may have to make payment yourself for our services when we are acting for you on a conditional fee agreement basis:

  • If you win your claim, you pay our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and a success fee together with the premium for any insurance you take out. You are entitled to seek recovery from your opponent of part or all of our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, but not the success fee or any insurance premium. We may deduct from your damages any insurance premium and any costs, expenses and disbursements including the success fee due to us.
  • If the amount agreed or allowed by the court does not cover all our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, then you pay the difference up to any maximum agreed with you.
  • If your opponent is receiving Community Legal Service funding, we are unlikely to get any money from him or her. So if this happens, you have to pay us our basic charges, expenses and disbursements and success fee.
  • If you receive interim damages, we may require you to pay our expenses and disbursements at that point and a reasonable amount for our future expenses and disbursements.
  • If you receive provisional damages, we are entitled to payment of our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and success fee at that point.
  • If on the way to winning or losing you are awarded any costs, by agreement or court order, then we are entitled to payment of those costs, together with a success fee on those charges if you win overall.
  • If you lose, you do not pay our charges but we may require you to pay our expenses and disbursements.
  • Any inaccuracy or exaggeration by you or on your behalf in relation to any part of the claim will lead to the whole claim being thrown out with you being ordered to pay the other side’s costs. You will then be responsible for my firm’s costs as well as the other side’s costs. Such conduct on your behalf will invalidate any insurance policy.
  • If you end the conditional fee agreement before you win or lose, you pay our basic charges and expenses and disbursements. If you go on to win, you also pay a success fee.
  • You can end the agreement at any time. Unless you have a right to cancel this agreement under Schedule 3 and do so within the 14 day time limit we then have the right to decide whether you must:

– pay our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements including barristers’ fees but not the success fee when we ask for them; or

– pay our basic charges, and our expenses and disbursements including barristers’ fees and success fees if you go on to win your claim for damages.

  • We can end this agreement if you do not keep to your responsibilities. We then have the right to decide whether you must:

– pay our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements including barristers’ fees but not the success fee when we ask for them; or

– pay our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements including barristers’ fees and success fees if you go on to win your claim for damages.

  • We can end this agreement if we believe you are unlikely to win. If this happens, you will only have to pay our expenses and disbursements. These will include barristers’ fees if the barrister does not have a conditional fee agreement with us.
  • We can end this agreement if you reject our opinion about making a settlement with your opponent. You must then:

– pay the basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, including barristers’ fees;

– pay the success fee if you go on to win your claim for damages.

  • If you die before your claim for damages is concluded we will be entitled to recover our basic charges up to the date of your death from your estate.

 

*the standard applicable VAT rate is currently an additional 20% of this fee

For more information on these services, please call 01566 772375, email enquiries@parnalls.com or click here