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Why it Pays to Look North for Legal Advice

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It pays to take advantage of the North South divide when appointing a solicitor to deal with your legal dispute or commercial debt recovery issue.

Recent research from the Legal Services Board has found that legal advice in the North of England is 20% cheaper and on average London firms are generally 33% more expensive.

Commercial Litigation Solicitors

In one recent case, our fees were less than a third of the London solicitors we were up against. The Judge made an order for costs in line with our costs, although this is not always passed down to the client.

“Now more than ever it makes sense for cost savvy clients to look north when appointing a Solicitor,” said litigation specialist Asa Cocker.

“With more and more of us working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, both running companies and as lawyers, we are all now used to zoom meetings with clients and dealing remotely with all aspects of our business lives.  It’s not necessary to pop into your lawyer’s offices anymore and so why would business people consider paying over the odds for legal services and shiny city centre offices when we can deal with your case via email, zoom, skype or whatever is preferable,” said Asa.

Solicitor Fees and Legal Costs

In a recent case completed by Pearson Solicitors the London solicitors had a cost budget of c.£15,000 and Pearson’s was c.£4,000 and the hourly rate differential was £400 against £180 for much the same work.

We believe our fees should be reasonable, easy to understand and with no hidden charges or extras.

“All aspects of commercial litigation can be dealt with in this way.  The law of England and Wales is the same no matter what part of the country you are in – so there is no need to pay a big firm London weighting,” added Asa.

Legal Services

Pearson Solicitors offers a full range of commercial litigation services, such as:

Get in touch now by completing the online enquiry form or for a no obligation chat call us on 0161 785 3500 or email or

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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Written by Asa Cocker


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