We are a Firm registered with the Law Society of Scotland. Among many legal practice requirements, the Law Society has issued Guidance on what is called Transparent Pricing. This is information to be made available to clients and potential clients about fees, outlays and costs that may be incurred when instructing solicitors. The Guidance is in place for all firms in Scotland that offer legal services to consumers/private clients.
Here we provide some examples of pricing for the range of services in which we practise. These are, as required, only illustrations, not definitive costs. This is because a legal case or transaction is like a fingerprint – no job is the same as any other job, and the uniqueness of the work is thus matched by the charges for it. Some kinds of work carry a fixed fee, others are calculated by a scale or unit cost varying with the amount of time or other efforts appropriate for the completion of the case or transaction. Over and above fees, outlays are charges and costs paid out by the Firm on behalf of the client to other companies, offices, organisations – e.g. the sheriff court, Registers of Scotland, search companies, local authorities and others. These charges are incurred by the client as a necessary part of the work being done. The Firm makes no margin or profit on outlays; they are simply passed on to the client at whatever cost is charged to us. We always seek the best deal and economy for the client.
So while we have outlined these examples, and hope they help describe the kind of charges for your work, you can be almost sure that none of them exactly matches it - except by chance in a few limited cases. But this unavoidable mismatch is dealt with by another Law Society of Scotland requirement. All work to be carried out by solicitors in any firm must be preceded by a written estimate or quotation of fees, VAT and outlays. This costing is part of an obligation to issue clients with Terms of Engagement – a set of relevant information made up of a formal letter and other related documentation.
Areas of work
- Criminal Law
- Power of Attorney (Incapacity)
- Family Law
- Executry (Deceased person)
- Commercial Leasing