Fixed Price Service
Fixed prices give you certainty. Where the scope of the work is clear and relatively certain then a fixed price will be very close to the price you would have paid by the hour. The more uncertain the scope of the work, complex disputes for instance, the higher the fixed price is likely to be compared to the amount you may pay by the hour if things go smoothly. The reason for this is that fixed costs have to cover the risk of the dispute costing far more than is usually the case. The greater the uncertainty the higher the fixed price. It may suit you to pay extra for certainty and for the comfort of calling or emailing whenever you like without worrying about the cost. Whether it is the right deal for you depends on your own financial constraints, need for support and appetite for risk. We will consider a fixed price at your request for complex pieces of work. For more straightforward work we already quote a variety of fixed prices:
|Small claims fixed fee||Click here to view|
|Contract of employment||£250 plus VAT|
|Staff Handbook||£500 plus VAT|
|Shareholders Agreement||£750 plus VAT|
|Possession Notices||from £100 plus VAT|
|Possession proceedings||from £325 plus VAT|
|Construction Adjudication||from £3,000 plus VAT|
No Win No Fee
Litigation is expensive and risky. A litigation solicitor is usually the person best able to understand and assess that risk. Under a normal hourly rate retainer it is the client that takes all the risk in litigation. To us that seems wrong.
We believe that we shouldn't ever recommend that our clients bring or defend a claim unless we are willing to share in the risk and only get paid if the client wins.
Offering a No Win No Fee is not a special situation for us, it is the norm.
Why would you trust a solicitor who advises you to litigate but refuses to risk their own fee on the outcome of the case?
A No Win No Fee is not always the best option and we will examine all the other funding options including a fixed fee, damages based agreement or a normal retainer.
If we get the litigation funding structure right our clients can punch above their weight and, working together, we have the best prospects of success.
Damages Based Agreements (DBA's)
DBA’s are a relatively new option for funding litigation. In simple terms we agree a percentage of the damages with you that we will receive in payment for our work.
The benefits are that you know exactly what you will pay and you only pay if you win and you get paid. We can still recover our costs from the opponent in the usual way up to the amount agreed under the DBA. Therefore if the case goes on for a long time and we spend more time than expected you may get all of your costs paid by the other side and you will keep all of your damages.
The danger for you is that if the case settles in a matter of days or weeks we will receive a windfall percentage of the damages and you will lose up to 50% (depending on what is the agreed percentage).
Whether a DBA is more suitable for you than a normal retainer, fixed fees or a No Win No Fee depends on the facts of each case. We work with you to find the best value funding structure taking into account your particular needs.
Fixed Monthly Fee
Agree a monthly fee with us and then use us like your legal department at any time and as often as you like without extra charge. We can tailor the agreement to cover HR & Employment as well as contract and litigation. You decide. This is a fantastic way to get unlimited legal advice in our areas of expertise. Any member of your team can call and email us to resolve queries, update contracts and deal with disputes and litigation without extra cost. This puts your business in strong commercial position when negotiating contracts and dealing with problems.
Negotiating from a position of strength
In business it is always better to get things right from the outset and have good relations with your customers and your suppliers. We work with you to make sure that the law does not get in the way of your commercial relationships. A dispute avoided is far more profitable than a dispute ‘won’.
Lawyers can make really good fees once a commercial problem has fully matured. Although this is good for the lawyers it is bad for all the businesses involved. In commercial litigation even the winning party can end up many thousands of pounds out of pocket. This strikes us as essentially unfair. We work closely with you to minimise your exposure to expensive disputes. We work on a fixed fee which relies on you avoiding disputes. You can call us any time at the first sign of trouble and we can advise. If a dispute develops you will always know your legal options and you can negotiate from a position of strength. Sometimes medium sized businesses threaten to 'refer this to my legal department'. 9 times out of 10 there is no 'legal department'. Helix allows you to say it and mean it.
We deal with all court proceedings without raising additional fees
Sometimes litigation cannot be avoided.
There will be times when you can’t avoid bringing or defending a claim. If you need to bring small claims we will bring them under our monthly fee. For larger claims we will enter into an agreement whereby we will only get paid if you win - in that case your opponent pays those costs.
We are your legal department
We supply continuous support and advice to maximise your businesses profits and minimise costs and the time spent in dealing with disputes. When you get Helix on your team you will get your own solicitor and unlimited telephone and email support. You can specify the level of support you you feel is necessary and we will agree fixed monthly price for that service.
We are committed to communicating in a way that suits each particular client; Telephone, letters, email, Skype or messaging - you choose.
What it may cost
We look at your business and assess how much value we can add to it and how much time it will take us to give you the level of service we believe your business needs. If we can add value we will agree to act for a monthly fee which you can cancel at any time.
The cost depends on a number of factors including:
- Industry sector
- Number of employees
- Size of contracts
- Your management systems
- Your potential
The monthly cost can vary quite widely but to give you some idea we have set out some hypothetical examples:
£100 per month
This is our minimum fee and designed for start-ups that we think have growth potential or for larger businesses experiencing short-term difficulties that we think can recover. In both cases we will invest our time in your future and our relationship. Contact us for more information >>
£100 - £250 per month
For example an online retailer with 12 employees, a strong management team, one or two small claims per year and larger litigation once every three to four years. Contact us for more information >>
£250 - £500 per month
Towards the top end of the range could be a manufacturer with 50 employees. The nature of its business requires significant HR support to deal with disciplinary and performance issues as well regular organisational changes caused by economic volatility and rapid changes in technology, plant and machinery. Contact us for more information >>
£500 - £1,000 per month
Construction firm with 100 employees. Helix acts and advises on contracting and procurement phases and is available to attend site meetings and final account meetings. The client tends to have significant litigation every 1-2 years. Contact us for more information >>