For lawyers, much like other professional advisors, fees are a market issue.
As with other businesses, lawyers and law firms have to pay for their premises, for staff salaries, for professional insurance and for other business costs.
In Jersey, there is no fee schedule for legal services, and the Law Society of Jersey has no authority to control what lawyers charge.
Clients should consider comparing the legal fees from a number of different Jersey law firms. As with any other service, the lowest cost may not necessarily be the best value.
Fees between Jersey law firms vary due to differences in:
Conditional fee arrangements - where a lawyer acts on a "no win, no fee" basis but is entitled to a success fee or uplift on their normal fees - are not permitted in Jersey.
Firms may act on a “No win, no fee” basis, subject to the application of their normal or standard fee rates if they are successful.