I have received my solicitors’ bill but I don’t understand it?

When you receive the bill from your solicitor, it will usually consist of three elements: fees, disbursements and VAT.

Solicitor’s fees

Fees relate to the professional services that your solicitor has carried out on your behalf. There are no guidelines to regulate the amount a solicitor can charge for non-court work but it should be fair and reasonable. For court related work, fees are governed by court rules and are on a scale, depending on the area and experience of the solicitor.


Disbursements relate to the expenses a solicitor has had to pay during the course of providing you with their services. This can include such things as fees paid to the courts and charges for access to police reports or medical reports.

If you are looking to dispute the bill from your solicitors or would like to pursue a claim for solicitors negligence please contact us on 0800 783 6191.

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