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At the beginning of the relationship between client and solicitor, it is vital that there is a transparent process in how the fee for an engagement is agreed. Fees can be fixed, partially fixed, contingent or based on an hourly rate. If an hourly rate is agreed, the solicitor should provide a detailed budget for the case but with built-in contingencies. With the assistance of Debbie Burke of Attain Costs, UNITY will negotiate fees before the retainer is agreed.

Additionally, UNITY is often asked to resolve disputes over fees which have already been incurred.