Different fee types
We understand that trying to understand how legal costs are calculated can be quite complex. At Slater and Gordon we have a number of flexible payment options to suit you.
We will ensure that we fully explain:
- How we calculate our fees
- The likely costs involved to prepare and run your case
- Any additional costs that may be incurred
- Any costs that may be recoverable from, or payable by you to the other party.
Depending on your issue we may offer the following funding options:
Conditional fee agreement (commonly known as No Win No Fee)
With this option there is no financial risk to you. If you lose your case you will not have to pay for Solicitors fees and this is the risk we take on your behalf. If we win your case we take a percentage of the damages (up to 25%).
On some matters we have fixed fee options available. This means that a lawyer will assess your situation and provide you with a fixed fee to assist with your case. This gives you a level of cost certainty to get you to a particular resolution. For some areas we are able to do this in stages of your case which gives you even more flexibility.
Agreed hourly rate
This is the traditional fee structure which means that a lawyer will assess your case and provide a fully flexible option on an hour by hour basis. You will be given information about the likely overall cost of your matter and you will be updated as to these costs.
Legal expense insurance
We will investigate the possibility of funding your case through a legal expense insurance policy. This is a service which comes with some insurance policies and other financial products. It can be used to cover part or all of your costs. Your lawyer can take you through this option if it is available.
Some union and membership organisations offer legal cover within the membership benefits. If you are a member of such an organisation you should inform your lawyer who will be able to give you assistance and advise on the options available.