What Costs Are Covered By Solicitor's Fees?
The hourly rate is designed to cover the costs of the solicitor, office overheads and a profit element. Where an item is included within office overheads it should not be charged separately to a client on top of the hourly rate. Despite this we have come across solicitors who seek to charge administration costs, postage and for copying.
Travel to a local Court less than 10 miles away is usually regarded as included within the overheads, as are postage, telephone calls, faxes, couriers and the such like. However, where the expenses are exceptional or excessive such as photocopying, where an amount exceeds 1,000 pages, these costs are usually recoverable as an extra expense.
With the advent of the Internet, it is becoming less common for there to be excessive overheads which are payable by the client. However, if you refuse to allow your solicitor to communicate by e-mail, there is a risk you will face the additional charges caused by this.