Our fees

No Nasty Surprises

Nobody likes to receive an unexpectedly large bill, particularly from their lawyers! At Hackett & Dabbs we believe that clients should know what our fees are likely to be, and when they will need to pay them.

That’s why we are transparent about our fee structure so, whenever possible, you know what each piece of work is going to cost in advance.

Bar Standards Board

As a barrister-run entity authorised by the Bar Standards Board we do not hold money on behalf of our clients. This means that our insurance is significantly lower than solicitors’ premiums – a saving which we pass directly on to you.

Fee Transparency

Our price range is between £250 and £350 per hour plus VAT, this is depending on seniority of counsel, complexity and urgency of the work required.

We are happy to discuss alternative terms including fixed prices.  We may carry out work under an agreed Conditional Fee Agreement where it is appropriate to do so.


When our barristers are instructed to provide advisory or litigation work, they will usually agree a timescale at the time the fee is agreed.  Our barristers are committed to keeping you informed of any changes that may affect the timescales, for example  due to the client not providing timely and complete instructions; illness; or urgent court work on another matter; the availability of the client or relevant third parties; the complexity of the case or need for additional information or documents or Court waiting times. 

Additional Costs

Sometimes there can be additional costs involved in legal fees.  Additional costs are likely to include court fees and any other disbursements such as an expert report,  or Local Authority Searches.