mullenders fee information

we offer different payment options:

hourly rate

This is the traditional way solicitor firms charge clients and is calculated at the solicitors hourly charging rate. We will provide you with an estimate of the overall cost of your case and provide you with updates as your case progresses. The hourly rate charged will be dependent on the seniority of the solicitor.

fixed fees

In some areas of law such as Motoring offences and Criminal law matters we are able to offer fixed fees. We will assess your case and circumstances and provide you with a fixed fee quote.

support for litigants in person

In some situations we assist clients by providing them with specific help at certain stages of their case. Depending on the circumstances and the particular work we charge by hourly rates or in some cases fixed fees.


Licensing applications – Pricing

We prepare and submit applications for new, temporary or variations of Premises licences and represent clients at Licensing sub committees.

Our fee estimates will be confirmed after we have met

Applying for a New Premises Licence or Variation to an Existing Premises Licence

1. Basic new Premises licence
estimated between £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements.

2. Applying for a major variation to an existing Premises Licence
estimated between £1,500 to £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements

3. Minor variation of an existing Premises Licence
estimated between £750 – £1,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Our charges would be based on a experienced senior solicitor hourly rate of £250 + VAT

What’s included?

  • Meeting and taking your instructions
  • Site visit to the premises
  • Advising on the application
  • Advising on the licensing objectives
  • Considering plans for the premises
  • Discussing the application with the responsible authorities
  • Completing and submission of application
  • Advising on advertising the application

Factors that could increase costs

  • Complexity of case
  • Size of premises
  • Volume of objections to the application
  • Premises in Cumulative Impact Zone
  • Where multiple applications required
  • Attendance at local authority meetings
  • Attendance at local meetings
  • Extent of consultation required with responsible authorities

What’s not included in basic fees?

  • Attending consultation meetings with the licensing authority
  • Obtaining plans for the premises
  • Attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing

Who will handle your case?

  • Roger Mullender a senior solicitor and experienced in licensing matters and appearing before licensing sub co
  • Where appropriate we will instruct specialist licensing counsel and will provide you with counsels fee estimates

Representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing – 1 day
Estimate £1,250 - £2,500 + VAT

What’s included?

  • Considering case documents
  • Case preparation
  • Attendance & representation at hearing
  • Advice on appeal if relevant


These are costs paid to third parties on your behalf

  • Application for licence fee payable to local authority. £190 to £1,905.00 . These fees vary from £100 to £1,900 depending on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises
  • Advertising of application fee – estimate £350
  • Printing and photocopying costs – estimate £20

How long will an application take?

  • In straightforward cases 1-4 weeks
  • Application for a new premises licence consultation period is 28 days
  • In complex cases the process will take longer
  • Minor variations can be dealt with by the local authority within 5 days of receipt of the application


employment law fees

fees individuals

For face to face appointments with a solicitor our fees are based on the solicitors hourly charging rate of between £230 to £250.00 + VAT per hour. We also offer telephone advice at the solicitors hourly rate.

settlement agreements

Your fees for legal advice on a settlement will normally be paid by your employer with no fees payable by you.

pricing for bringing or defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Basic case

  • Price guide £7,000 - £10,000 + vat

Medium complexity case

  • Price guide £11,000 - £30,000 + vat

High complexity case

  • Price guide – over £30,000 + vat

Who will work on my case?

Guide prices are based on Roger Mullender a senior solicitor experienced in employment law conducting your case - hourly charging rate £250 + VAT

Anne-Marie Smith a senior solicitor may also work on your case supervised by Roger Mullender.

There will be an additional charge for attending a tribunal hearing from £900 to £1,500 per day depending upon seniority

What makes employment law cases more complex?
There are many issues than can drive the costs in your case including:-

  • Defending claims by claimants acting without a lawyer (litigant in person)
  • The conduct and behaviour of the other party
  • Defending applications in the proceedings
  • Preparation and attendance at interim hearings
  • Number of witnesses
  • Extent and volume of documentation
  • Complex preliminary issues to be resolved such ie where disability is not accepted
  • Dealing with allegations of discrimination or other claims in addition to unfair dismissal
  • Applications to the Tribunal for compliance with directions
  • Requests for further and better particulars of a claim
  • Judicial mediation or other forms of mediation
  • Expert tax or pension advice
  • Cases that do not settle through negotiation

What’s included in the price guide?

  • Taking your instructions of what has happened
  • Obtaining relevant evidence in your possession
  • Drafting and submitting the Claim form (ET1) and a schedule of losses incurred to be claimed
  • Reviewing the Response form (ET3)
  • Considering the merits of your case ie strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring settlement and negotiations throughout the case
  • Preparation of a list of relevant documents
  • Agreeing a list of issues, chronology and a bundle of documents with the other party
  • Taking witness statements
  • Considering the other parties witness statements
  • Instructing a barrister


These are costs in your case payable to third parties on your behalf such as court fees, experts or barristers fees. The level of disbursements can vary greatly from case to case depending on the specific requirements in the case. Where these are payable we will ask you to put money on account in advance before we make the payment on your behalf.

Barristers fees

If your case goes to a full merits hearing to determine the outcome to the claim we will instruct a specialist employment law barrister to conduct the advocacy. Barristers fees are likely to be between £1,500 and £5,000 per day plus VAT depending on the seniority of the barrister, complexity of the case and volume of documents. We may seek a barristers opinion on specific issues in your case and as a guide counsels opinion or advice would be around £750.00 to £1,500 + VAT depending on complexity.

How long will my case take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved and how busy the regional tribunal centre is. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-9 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.


Vat is currently charged at 20%


fees for motoring cases

Initial Advice Fixed Fee Appointment – 1 hour

Face to face appointment, video conferencing or phone consultation
Appointments with Roger Mullender, Senior Solicitor extensive experience in Motoring cases

What’s included at this price?

  • Considering evidence
  • Taking your instructions
  • Advice re plea
  • Considering special reasons arguments or exceptional hardship where applicable
  • Advice re mitigation
  • Advice re sentencing and appeal where applicable

Price £230 + VAT

Representation at a single Magistrates Court hearing

What’s included?

  • Taking full instructions
  • Preparation of case for court
  • Representation at hearing
  • Up to half a day attendance & representation

Average £500 to £1,000 + VAT

A full day attendance & representation

Average £750 to £1200 + VAT

Factors that could increase costs

  • Complexity of case
  • Where your case is heard
  • Seniority of advocate
  • Court delays

These prices do not include

  • taking witness statements,
  • instruction of experts,
  • contested trials.

We will quote you separately on these on hearing more about your case

Standard / typical disbursements
Mileage £0.45 per mile
Train fare where applicable

Motoring trial at a Magistrates Court - 1 day

What’s included?
Our services include: -

  • taking full instructions
  • advising on evidence
  • Case preparation for court
  • Attendance & representation at hearing

Average fees are around £1,500 to £2,500 +VAT.

Factors that could increase costs

  • Complexity of case
  • Number of witnesses
  • Length of trial
  • Location of court

Key stages

  • Take your instructions and advice
  • Liaising with witnesses and taking statements
  • Case preparation for trial
  • Representation at court

Time scale average
2 months

Exceptional hardship hearing at a Magistrates Court
Average fees between £750 to £1,000 +VAT.

What’s included in this price?

  • Taking full instructions
  • Preparation for court
  • Advising on supporting evidence for hearing
  • Representation at hearing

Other factors that could increase or decrease costs

  • Nature & complexity of exceptional hardship submission

Key stages
1.Take your instructions and give you initial advice
2.Assist in the preparation of letters in mitigation
3.Attend court as your advocate

Time scale average
Up to 4 weeks

Standard / Typical Disbursements:
Mileage - £0.45 per mile
Train fares

These fee estimates do not include taking witness statements, instruction of experts and contested trials. We will quote you a fixed fee upon hearing more of your case circumstances.

Please note if you win your case you may be entitled to some or all of your legal costs returned to you through an application for costs from central funds.

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