When your solicitor says something like “if you take this to final hearing it is likely to cost you another £10,000”, he is talking about the total costs involved: his own costs and the costs involved in instructing a barrister. The figure includes all preparation work, correspondence, meetings, conferences and court attendances.
Is this stating the obvious? Possibly, but it is not unheard of for a client hearing that advice on costs to think that if the case goes to a final hearing he will have to pay a court fee of £10,000.
The solicitor should always ensure that such advice on costs is understood.
(Male includes female).