About my fees

As John Ruskin noted long ago:

There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

I accept instructions in the field of costs on the basis only of a privately-paid retainer.

I do not undertake work in this field on a conditional fee basis.

I can work on an hourly rate basis and my hourly rate is £275 per hour plus VAT.

I tend to work however on a “fixed fee” basis.

After an initial enquiry, when I have been able to gauge what is involved in the work you would like to me to do, I will provide you with a fixed price quotation based on how long it will take me to do the work, the value of the case, its complexity and the responsibility you are asking me to assume.

If it takes me longer to do the work than I anticipate, then I bear that cost.

My fees are competitive with my peers at the London and Manchester Bars in this area of legal practice.