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This refers to the things we need to pay for in order to perform your work, which are not included in our hourly rate. In other trades you might think of “Disbursements” as materials. For example, a brick layer might charge for cement, that would be a disbursement.
The main disbursement which clients incur is the court issue fee i.e. the payment due to the court when initially lodging the claim. These fees do vary and will change over time. Prior to pursuing any action, we will discuss with you what the relevant issue fee is at that time. Please view this link to the court fees payable upon starting a claim, which are contained on page 5.
Other examples are Barrister’s fees for representation or advice, an expert report and accommodation. Travel in the form of mileage. This is charged at 45p per mile. It might also include parking or tolls (such as motorway tolls).
We do not generally charge for other disbursements such as postage, or necessary secretarial support if linked to the litigation, or phone charges etc.
We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. We then add the cost on to our invoice.
Where referred to above, VAT is at 20%.