Legal Costs Disputes Lawyer London – Our Service
A legal costs disputes lawyer, London is a lawyer who specialises in resolving disputes between clients and their lawyers over legal fees. These disputes can arise for a variety of reasons, such as:
- The client believes that the lawyer’s fees are excessive.
- The client believes the lawyer did not provide the agreed-upon services and is at fault for professional negligence.
- The client believes the lawyer made a mistake that caused them to lose their case.
If you are facing a legal costs dispute, it is important to speak to an experienced lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options. A costs lawyer can help you to review your lawyer’s bill and identify any potential areas of dispute, negotiate with your lawyer to try to resolve the dispute without going to court and represent you in court if the dispute cannot be resolved amicably.
Our team of legal costs disputes lawyers, London at Greener Costs, have a strong track record of satisfied clients due to our high-quality legal advice and wide range of services on offer. If you would like more information about our legal costs dispute lawyers London, please contact our cost team today to discuss more.
Legal Costs Disputes
With Solicitor’s Firm
Addressing the issue directly with the firm of solicitors in an informal manner can be a cost-effective and time-saving approach to resolve concerns about perceived unfairness in their claimed costs and fees. By challenging the solicitor, there is a chance to reach a mutually agreeable solution, avoiding the need to escalate the matter to court proceedings, court orders, and associated fees.
It is important to note that there are specific time limitations for raising a complaint upon receiving an invoice or solicitor’s bill of costs. We recommend attempting to resolve the complaint within one month. If a resolution cannot be reached within this timeframe, it may be necessary to apply for a detailed assessment hearing.
With the Legal Ombudsman
If you find yourself in a legal cost dispute with a solicitors firm and are unable to reach a resolution through direct communication, it is advisable to elevate your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman is an independent organisation that handles complaints related to legal service providers. It is important to note that prior to filing a complaint with the Legal Ombudsman, you must have already lodged a complaint directly with the solicitor’s firm. The process of making a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman is free of charge.
Through Detailed Assessment Proceedings
To dispute legal costs, you can pursue a detailed assessment. This involves a thorough review of the costs by an independent costs officer or judge. They evaluate the reasonableness of the charges based on factors like complexity, time spent, and expertise required. The process requires applying to the court, exchanging information, and adhering to deadlines. Once completed, a detailed assessment certificate is issued, determining the final costs. If costs are reduced, you may receive a refund or adjustment. Seek guidance from a legal costs specialist or solicitor to navigate this complex process effectively.
Through Points of Dispute
Challenging legal costs through Points of Dispute (POD) is an essential part of the detailed assessment process. PODs are formal documents that specify the particular items or aspects of the costs under dispute.
Upon receiving the Notice of Commencement, it is important to prepare your Points of Dispute within 21 days. These documents outline the specific items in the bill that you disagree with. By submitting a POD, you are not obligated to accept the original Bill of Costs or pay the amount stated therein.
PODs can be utilised to address any inflated entries in the bill or contest the claimed amount for disbursements. Failure to prepare a POD within the stipulated 21-day period may result in the opposing party serving a Default Costs Certificate (DCC) on you. The DCC enforces payment of the entire sum specified in the Bill of Costs.
How can Greener Costs assist?
Our team of specialist Legal Costs Disputes Lawyers London has over 20 years of experience surrounding court costs and costs claims. We are able to assist clients from all backgrounds on a range of cases, from personal injury to clinical negligence claims and whether you are the paying party or receiving party.
With our extensive knowledge and highly skilled team of full-time Costs Lawyers, we can provide a wide range of law costing services to law firms throughout England and Wales, covering many different practice areas.
Greener Costs is the UK’s first net positive legal costs company, and our aim is to assist your law firm in cost services whilst also helping you become more carbon neutral. Our operations are fully paperless, and we commit to planting 25 trees per instruction. At the end of the year, we will send you a report detailing how much of your emissions have been offset by instructing our team.
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