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SRA Transparency Rules – Fee Guidelines for certain areas of law we provide services in

 

Please note the below does not constitute a binding offer but is provided for the purpose of providing information only and to comply with Rule 1 of the SRA Transparency Rules.

Please further note, that we deal with several additional areas of law which are not stated in the table below. You can check the full list of areas of law on our webpage under “Areas of Law”.
 
Hourly Rates and Fee Earners
 
Our hourly rates amount to GBP 170 - 290 (excl. VAT) and depend on the fee earner working on the case and the complexity of the matter.

The current hourly rate for Rechtsanwalt/Solicitor Mr Zimmer (Senior Partner) is GBP 290/hour [Grade A] plus VAT. For Rechtsanwalt/Solicitor Ms Liebe (Partner) the hourly rate is GBP 270 [Grade B]. The rates for other colleagues are as follows; depending on experience: GBP 230 [Grade C], GBP 210, and GBP 170 plus VAT (currently at 20%). Hours worked are measured in 6-minute units. We may not issue VAT if the client is Vat exempt and is able to provide us with a VAT number.
 
Depending on the complexity and nature of the matter, we will choose a suitable fee earner based on their experience and seniority to deal with your matter, for instance, Gunter Zimmer is a Grade A Fee Earner with more than 15 years’ experience and Katharina Liebe is a Grade B Fee Earner with 7.5+ years’ experience. The lawyer working on your case may be assisted by another colleague in our firm whom we consider suitable for this task, for instance a Paralegal or Trainee Solicitor.

Other factors and Expenses

The fees do not include any expenses, for instance for postage, barrister, expert reports, address search, Liquidity Asset checks, Enforcement proceedings or court fees. We will discuss the additional expenses in advance with you. You are required to reimburse us for all expenses incurred on your behalf.

Other matters can be taken into account when calculating our fees such as the speed of response required, the size, complexity and novelty of the work and any specialist knowledge required or place of performance. We always charge a lump sum of GBP 20 for postage and communications.

Expenses are always shown separately in the invoice.
 
Estimated Time Exposure
 
The time estimated for the work stated in the table below is only a rough estimate and obviously depends on the matter (in particular the complexity, the volume of the documents, the claim value and the other side’s conduct).
 
This means the time frames given below can be less or more hours of work. It is advisable to contact our office to discuss your case and any funding arrangements. This first call will not be charged unless agreed otherwise between you and ZIMMERs.

 

Area of law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial advice on Chances of success

(limited review of documents)/ Erstberatung bezüglich Erfolgschancen (beschränkte Durchsicht der Unterlagen

First Pre-action letter/ erstes

 

außergerichtliches Schreiben (review documents, 20 pages, and writing letter; Durchsicht von 20 Seiten und Aufsetzen des Schreibens)

Complete pre-action procedure (after issuing first pre-action letter)


(exchange correspondence, also with third parties (ACAS) including settlement negotiations)

Motoring Offences
Driving Offences (RTA causing Death/ Injury by dangerous driving)

Circa 1 hour

Circa 1 hour Circa 3 hours
Employment Circa 1.5 hours Circa 1 hour

Circa 4 hours

Debt Recovery Circa 1 hour Circa 1.5 hours Circa 2 hours

Area of law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drafting Settlement Agreement/Part 36 Offer/ Instalment Agreement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuing proceedings

(completing claim documents and reviewing relevant documents)

 

 

 

After issuing proceedings

(procedure complying with CPR and court directions: directions questionnaire, disclosure, witness statements etc.)

Defending issued Claim

(complying with CPR and Court’s directions)

 

 

 

 

Motoring Offences
Driving Offences (RTA causing Death/ Injury by dangerous driving)

Circa 1 hour

Circa 2 hours Circa 15 hours Circa 14 hours
Employment Circa 3 hours Circa 3 hours Circa 15 hours Circa 14 hours
Debt Recovery Circa 1.5 hours Circa 2 hours Circa 8 hours Circa 7 hours

 

 

Queries about costs

If you have any queries about our costs and we cannot deal with your query to your satisfaction, you have the right to refer the query to the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman is the independent complaints handling body of the Law Society established by the Office for Legal Complaints.
You may also have the right to have your costs assessed by the court under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. Please refer to the Solicitors Act 1974 for more information.