Fees & Legal Costs
This section sets out in general terms our approach to fees. If you have any questions, just ask. It costs nothing for a quote or to answer any question you may have about our fees & legal costs.
In Personal Injury* cases we will meet with you, discuss whether or not you have a case, advise you of the next steps to be taken and the expenses and/or costs you are likely to incur. We generally advise clients to consider everything that has been discussed at our first meeting and then make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to proceed with a case and whether or not we are the law firm for you.
In Employment Law* cases, we charge a fee for a first consultation which is payable in advance of the consultation. The fee depends on the type of work involved. In straight forward cases, a small fee of €250.00 inclusive of VAT at 23% for the first consultation is charged. In more complex cases, where it may involve reviewing documentation or where we believe a significant advices may be required, we will quote for the consultation on a case by case basis. If you have a good employment law case, this payment goes towards any deposit you would have to pay for your case. We generally advise clients to consider everything that has been discussed at our first meeting and then make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to proceed with a case and whether or not we are the law firm for you. This fee structure is in place because the demand for appointments is very high and, in the past, some people failed to attend for appointments. This resulted in us being unable to meet other people with good cases. In cases involving us having to look at and review a large amount of paper or documentation, or where there may be complex advices required, a higher fee may be chargeable. In such circumstances, once we obtain information relating to your case, we will advise as to the fees which would be payable for such a consultation.
When you telephone our office, you will be advised what documentation you need to bring to a first consultation. If your case relates to an employment matter, you will also be advised on how to transfer the first consultation fee. For regulatory purposes, we cannot do telephone consultations. We must personally meet you before we can give any initial advice. After a first consultation, we can discuss your case with you by telephone or through written correspondence.
Our approach is to provide solution based legal services which are cost effective and agreed with you up front before you formally engage us. We will never start a case for you without agreeing the basis of our fees first. Our role is to provide you with advice. We are there to support you. While we are there to support you, our first duty is to give you independent unbiased advice on the law, even if it is not the advice that you want to hear.
If we come to a conclusion that you do not have a case or a case is likely to be unsuccessful or we are not in a position to provide legal services for you, we will not take your case. In those circumstances, you are perfectly entitled, and we will encourage you, to seek a second opinion. Our most valuable asset is our integrity and self-respect. We are not going to take a case which we do not believe is valid.
A solicitor may not, by law, calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. We therefore charge on an hourly basis. In some cases, we will work on a set fee.
Fees in Redundancy Claims
Our fees in Redundancy cases will be €100 for a first consultation to advise on whether or not you have a Redundancy claim and / or to take instructions on issuing the claim. If after the consultation you wish to bring a claim, a deposit of €900 will be requested. This would be a total fee of €1,000 inclusive of VAT for bringing a Redundancy claim. If other claims are identified by us an agreed fee will be discussed with you. If booking a consultation dealing with Redundancy, a formal notice relating to the work that we will be doing will be furnished to you in advance of any consultation for your prior approval.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement