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Price transparency: it’s about the wiggle room

New price transparency requirements have to be a positive development for law firms, but there is still an issue about unexpected costs, says Russell Conway

24 January 2019

Come 6 December 2018, every solicitors’ website was suddenly awash with costs information. There was a plethora of charts, costs schedules, calculators and costs estimates.

The SRA deemed that as of that date all solicitors firms had to publish costs information in relation to conveyancing, probate, debt, employment and immigration. Except, this wasn’t the case.

Publishing price information is quite a big ask, as looking at half a dozen or so solicitors websites on D day, they were all blissfully shy of publishing any costs information at all.

A ghostly silence rang out over all the sites which had not, as of 6 December, published any costs information of any kind. Of course I have received a deluge of emails from consultants offering to help me out and I suspect a mini industry is developing to make solicitors’ firms compliant.

After all, the SRA say t...

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