Askews Legal LLP – Litigation Solicitors in Warwick
Askews Legal LLP is a Legal 500 recommended law firm widely respected for our litigation expertise. Our highly professional Warwick team covers a wide range of civil litigation for individuals and businesses alike. Always putting our clients’ needs first and supported by the UK’s best barristers and Queen’s Counsel, forensic accountants, and other industry experts, we strive for the fastest, most cost-effective results to ensure minimal stress and maximal outcomes.
Trusted Litigation Solicitors in Warwick
Askews’ has built an experienced team of litigation solicitors in Warwick committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients. Covering disputes in Insolvency (Bankruptcy), wills and probate, debt recovery, property, professional negligence, and defamation and media, we achieve settlements in the majority of cases but also have an outstanding reputation for litigation where that becomes necessary. Our professional, friendly team is proud to provide the highest quality service to our clients in Warwick and across Warwickshire.
Frequently asked questions
Below are some of the most common questions we are asked about Litigation.
What are the main components of litigation costs?
The costs of litigation vary depending on the complexity of the matter and the amount of disclosure involved, but can include:
- Solicitor and Barrister fees
- Court fees
- Expert opinion and reports
- Other disbursements (defined as costs that cannot and do not include any element of profit for that party or for the solicitor acting for them)
- Costs associated with seeking permission to apply for Judicial Review
Appealing a decision can, of course, further add to the costs of litigation; however, costs at the Court of Appeal tend to be lower than the High Court, as a bulk of the work has already been done. But if permission to appeal is not granted by the High Court and must be sought, appeal costs can ratchet upwards.
What is a Part 36 offer?
Part 36 offers refer to case settlement offers made pursuant to Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). Lord Justice Moore-Bick described Part 36 offers in Gibbon v Manchester City Council  EWCA Civ 726,  2 All ER 258 as:
“to encourage settlement and to enable those who make sensible offers to protect themselves against liability for the costs incurred in the continuation of proceedings to no ultimate advantage.”
Part 36 offers can be entered into at any time during the claim proceedings, including throughout the trial. They are usually related to monetary claims but can be used in other scenarios, such as dealing with declaratory actions.
Part 36 offers must state a ‘relevant period’ in which it can be accepted. The ‘relevant period cannot be less than 21 days. If the Part 36 offer is accepted within the ‘relevant period’, the Claimant can recover most costs (legal fees and expenses relating to the case, such as expert fees) up until the acceptance date. If the offer is accepted after the ‘relevant period’ has expired, the Court can decide on liability for costs if the parties cannot reach an agreement between themselves.
Will my dispute go to Court?
It is unlikely as most civil litigation cases are resolved outside of Court. Of course, we are ready to litigate; however, this is never our first response. We start by listening – understanding how your dispute came to be and do everything possible to settle the argument through Alternative Dispute Resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation, adjudication (in relation to construction disputes), or arbitration.
Our Civil Litigation Solicitors do not fall back on off the shelf solutions, our approach is always value-based. We constantly balance the value of the result you could achieve with the costs of accomplishing such an outcome and advise you on whether it is in your best interests to pursue a particular course of action.
Depending upon the complexity we are able to offer fixed fees in some cases. In other cases our solicitors chargethe following hourly rate:
- Partner/Member SolicitorHourly rate of £250 + VAT
- Senior Solicitor or Head of Dept: (PQE 8yr+)Hourly rate of £225 + VAT
- Assistant Solicitor/Fee Earner (PQE 3/7yr)Hourly rate of £200 + VAT
- Newly Qualified Fee Earner (PQE 1/3yr)Hourly rate of £170 + VAT
- Paralegals/TraineesHourly rate of £120 + VAT
- Support ParalegalsHourly rate of £100 + VAT