Our Litigation Costs

Litigation costs

Navigating litigation costs is essential for informed decision-making. This guide by our team of litigation solicitors provides clarity on potential expenses, offering insights to prepare for legal proceedings effectively.

The costs you incur are dependent on the complexity of your transaction.

You will be liable to pay court costs in instances where your claim relates to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed.

If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary.

These costs may be based on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Want to find out more? Our dedicated team of litigation solicitors in Birmingham are here to assist you.

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Helen PreeceHelen Preece
18:43 01 Feb 24
I was involved in a complicated case involving Tennants in Common, a poorly written Deed of Trust (not written by this company). The solicitor dealing with the matter joined RLK at which point the now prolonged case began to go forward. We worked with Simon Thompson who had to work through a considerable number of communications.He grasped the basics quickly.Since then the case has progressed to a successful conclusion.Throughout they have been excellent communicators clarifying legal issues for us. Clear with their advice and support. Never made any false promises being honest where any doubts arose.I intend to continue to use this company for the now possible sale of my property.I would highly recommend this company.
Sally Coles-RobertsonSally Coles-Robertson
11:03 01 Feb 24
Jacqueline grahamJacqueline graham
19:49 22 Jan 24
Great solicitors, keep you updated every stage of the way.
Charlotte DwyerCharlotte Dwyer
16:48 22 Jan 24
Thank you, excellent service and lovely staff. Dealt with Simon regarding passport applications.
michelle Yatesmichelle Yates
17:31 17 Jan 24
Rlk are doing an amazing job, they are continuously fighting to get the payouts we deserve from our insurance companies. I’ve been kept updated the whole way through the process, and they have put so much hard work and determination into it from day 1. Would 100% recommend Rlk.
18:05 05 Jan 24
I highly recommend WilsonHe is always polite, patient, and responsible. He took the time to understand my case and explain the process to me in a clear way. He was always available to answer my questions and provide me with updates on my case. I am very grateful for his help and I would definitely recommend him
Stephanie MossStephanie Moss
09:17 04 Oct 23
I whole heartedly can’t recommend RLK solicitors enough. Their commitment and communication throughout my case has been second to none. Lucy has kept me informed, and updated me every step of the way. Whatever the outcome of the arbitration, I know that they have put their heart and soul into my case and I am beyond grateful for their dedication and determination. Great work team.
17:18 28 Sep 23
RLK have been and continue to be amazing working hard for my business. Lucy keeps me up to date with all the information. Very friendly and professional, who know their stuff!!Thank you for fighting for us all in the beauty and hair industry

What fees do I need to be aware of?

We will add VAT to our fees at the rate that applies when the work is done.  The current applicable rate is 20%.  The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from the debtor. Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.

Please note that the costs quoted below do not include matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Debt Value Court Fee Our Fee (excl. VAT)
Up to £5,000 £205 £1,000
£5,001 – £10,000 £455 £1,000
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value
of the claim
£50,001 – £200,000 5% value
of the claim
£3,500 (or 6% value
of the claim)
Over £200,000 £10,000 £3,500 (or 6% value
of the claim)

VAT is not payable on disbursements such as court fees, but other disbursements such as barrister’s fees or transcript services may be subject to VAT at the applicable rate by the provider.

What is included in your fee?

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received, applying to the court to enter judgment in default
  • When judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

How long will my case take?

Matters usually take between 6-12 weeks from receipt of your instructions to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim.

This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of judgment in default.

Please be aware if enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Get in touch, for more information on how we can help you

I have been extremely satisfied with the service you provided me regarding a civil dispute. I found Chris Guy to be very diligent, efficient and professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and his firm in the future.

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