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In order to pursue this matter through the courts, you would be expected to make a claim in the County Court. Usually you can make a claim for financial compensation online by using the MoneyClaim Online service, however the limit for this is £100,000 and as your claim is for more than that you would need to submit your claim in writing to the courts.
The fees you are required to pay will vary depending on the amount you are pursuing. For example, the claim fee for a claim between £100k - £150k is £885 and for claims between £150k and £200k it is £1,080. This is the fee you would need to pay to submit the claim and engage the courts.
After that there will be a fee to allocate your claim to the most appropriate track, which in your case will either be the fast track or the multi track and for either the fee is £220.
Then there is a pre-trial checklist fee of £110 and a hearing fee which is either £545 for the fast track, or £1,090 for the multi track. You can get a refund of the hearing fees if the claim is withdrawn or settled within a specified time before the hearing is due.
So this is a general outline of the fees you may be expected to pay. In addition, if you lose the claim the other party can make an application for costs against you which could require you to pay all or a proportion of their legal fees incurred in defending your claim.
Before you commence formal legal proceedings, I suggest you follow these steps:
Finally, it is also strongly advisable to keep copies of all correspondence in relation to this, in case it is needed at a later stage.
Ben-thanks.But it does not provide the costs for a legal expert to help(ie the letter before action coming from a lawyer and suitably worded.Regards
The costs of engaging a lawyer to assist with the claim can vary considerably, depending on who you use, how much time they spend on the case, the seniority of the people used, whether you will engage a barrister for the hearing, etc. Hourly rates for solicitors would be in the range of £13
£130 - £200 per hour, increasing to £200 - £400 for senior lawyers.
there will be standard charges for letters, depending on their length, we would usually charge in 6 minute blocks for drafting the letter so it would depend on how long the letters are on how much you would be charged for them
So as you can see your legal costs will very much depend on how much you decide to use your lawyer in the claim
For a full involvement you are easily looking at a few thousand but it is best to 'shop around' first and get quotes from solicitors to get a better idea as to what you may be expected to pay for your specific claim