Civil Law

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civil lawCivil law involves relationships between individuals or organisations and therefore encompasses a wide range of legal issues. Open Counsel has strong experience in advising and representing in cases in involving breach of contract, negligence, including professional negligence, property law, commercial law, probate and trusts. Through Open Counsel you will be given an initial conference which will provide crucial advice on procedure and strategy when preparing your case. The Civil Procedure Rules provide details of the correct procedure that should be followed when conducting civil law cases and it is important that an expert is consulted before considering litigation.

 Our Specialisms Include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Negligence
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Personal injury
  • Nuisance
  • HM Revenue and Custom Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Compensation
  • Wills & Probate

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Fees

Consultation – 30 Mins

 


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- If you are unsure about your legal position, want advice on the merits of your case or an opinion on what next steps to take we recommend that you book a consultation. In this consultation you are guaranteed a minimum of 30 minutes of advice directly from an expert barrister. Often this advice will provide you with everything you need to continue alone. Alternatively, at the end of your conference you may request a quote from your barrister on completing any further advice, drafting or representation for your case

 

Civil law cases may relate to breach of contract, negligence, property and many other types of case. They will either be heard in the County Court or High Court.

County Court Fees

County Courts are where the majority of civil litigation occurs including actions for breach of contract, negligence, property cases and even some family cases. There are vast amounts of codes, regulations and procedures that should be properly understood if victory is to be achieved and instructing an expert barrister is recommended.

 
£160/£80 per hour - Case preparation involves drafting witness statements, skeleton arguments, grounds of appeal, orders and communications with the opposition or courts. Case preparation is the most crucial aspect of victory in court. £160 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£400 - Directions hearings are very important to the outcome of cases as they often determine what types of evidence are to be admitted before a full hearing and how costs are to be managed. This quote includes representation at the hearing plus 1 hour case preparation. If more than 1 hour is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed.
£700 - Many full hearings will be listed for half a day and will likely include examination and cross examination of witnesses and closing speeches. Our fee includes representation at the hearing plus 2 hours case preparation. If more than 2 hours is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed. 
£1000 - Full hearings are often listed for a full day where there are several witnesses and closing speeches to get through. This fee includes representation at the hearing plus 3 hours case preparation. If more than 3 hours is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed.

High Court Fees

The high court is used for high value or complex civil claims and for judicial reviews against government decisions. Due to the increased seriousness of high court cases a greater level of expertise and legal research is demanded. Open Counsel provides a barrister with solid experience of drafting grounds and advocating within the high court.

£175/Hour - Case preparation involves drafting witness statements, skeleton arguments, grounds of appeal, orders and communications with the opposition or courts. Case preparation is the most crucial aspect of victory in court. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£175 / Hour – When challenging a government decision at the high court the claim must be accompanied with grounds for judicial review. These grounds are required to be in a particular format and require real expertise to strengthen the prospects of victory. Drafting grounds can take from anywhere between 2 – 6 hours depending on the complexity.
£650 – Cases are often listen in the high court for 1 hour only. However, they are often complicated matters which require extensive legal research and expertise. This quote includes 2 hours of case preparation. If your hearing requires longer then this will be calculated extra before the fee agreed.
£1000 – Representing in the high court requires a greater degree of sophistication in legal argument and more thorough research. This quote includes 3 hours of case preparation time. If your hearing is likely to require more time then this will be calculated as extra before a fee is agreed.
£1800 - Representing in the high court requires a greater degree of sophistication in legal argument and more thorough research. This quote includes 4 hours of case preparation time. If your hearing is likely to require more time then this will be calculated as extra before a fee is agreed.