The ablest lawyers are frequently (and often erroneously) associated with the biggest fees.

A lawyers services normally involve research, investigation and case preparation. Most of the work is done after the client leaves the lawyers office and it can be very time-consuming. As a result, the client is often unaware of the amount of time a given legal matter will actually take.

A client should always discuss the prospective charges at the first meeting with the attorney. At the initial meeting, the attorney and the client should discuss the time anticipated to resolve the case, the difficulties likely to be encountered and the complexity of the legal issues in such particular case. An early agreement concerning charges will prevent surprises and misunderstandings for both the client and the attorney. The client should be prepared to decide which is the amount it can afford to invest in the resolution of its legal issue. The attorney - client relationship involves a mutual commitment. Both parties have a need from the outset to have a full and complete understanding of such commitment.

Legal fees are what a lawyer charges the client for acting on its behalf. It is a service fee. The fee structure should be reasonable and affordable to both the client and the lawyer.

An attorney bases fees on such factors as the degree of difficulty of a particular legal task, the amount of time involved, the experience and skills of the attorney in the particular area of law and, also, the attorneys cost of doing business. The cost of doing business, referred to as overhead expenses, usually includes rents, equipment, salaries, insurance, professional duties, maintenance of a library and costs associated with maintaining the lawyers level of professional skills and education. A lawyers overhead expenses normally comprise 35 to 50 percent of the legal fees charged.

Disbursements are what a lawyer charges for out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. couriers, photocopying, long-distance phone calls, faxes, court filing fees, registration costs, expert reports etc.) that the client would otherwise be required to pay if it handled the transaction itself.  Because the lawyer generally pays such expenses, the client should reimburse them in full or, if quantifiable, pay them upfront.

Generally, our legal fees are determined depending on:

  • the complexity, scale and duration of the project;
  • the time and workload required to execute the mandate received or to perform the activity requested by the client;
  • the nature, novelty and difficulty of the project;
  • the time constraints in which our team will be forced to act, in order to ensure top quality legal services;
  • the financial situation of the client.

The types of legal fees that we usually charge are:

The hourly fee – represents the amount which shall be paid by the client for an hour of legal services provided by our attorneys, their hourly rates depending on the experience that each of them holds in the legal profession. The client always has the option of hourly billing, which may be used for open-ended legal work when the effort cannot be predicted.

The fixed fee – represents a predetermined amount, in return for which our attorneys shall provide to the client, on request, either a certain number of hours of legal services in a determined period of time (usually, a calendar month) or the legal services related to a determined project. The advantage of a fixed fee is that the attorney fees are quoted before starting the legal project. Consequently, the client knows the attorney fees before deciding to start the work and can budget appropriately.

The success fee – represents an amount mutually agreed, to be paid by the client when a specific project, in which our attorneys have been involved, completes successfully. The advantage of a success (or contingent) fee is that legal fees are only paid if a desired legal result is achieved.