The following fees will apply to medico-legal work, with effect from 1 April 2014:

 

Standard Medical Report £500.00

Includes notification of appointment, interview and examination of client. Does not include cost of any X-rays, or other investigations, and does not include time spent examining medical records, over and above the first hour.

 

Medical Report (Clinical Negligence) £750.00

Includes notification of appointment, interview and examination of client. Does not include cost of any X-rays, or other investigations, and does not include time spent examining medical records over and above first hour.

 

Failure to attend appointment (any reason) £100.00

At least five working days notice is required of any cancellation to avoid this fee being payable.

 

Examination of medical records and/or X-rays (per hour) £300.00

 

Court attendance per day, or part thereof £1500.00

This fee is payable regardless of whether actually called into Court, and therefore specifically includes time spent waiting outside Court.

Cancellation fee for Court attendance

  • If Court date is cancelled, with 14 days notice or less, the whole fee for the warned dates is payable.
  • If Court date is cancelled with notice of 2 – 4 weeks, half of fee is payable.
  • If Court date is cancelled with notice of 4 – 6 weeks, 25% of fee payable.
  • If Court date is cancelled with greater than 6 weeks notice, no fee is payable.

 

Attendance at legal conference (per hour, or part thereof) £300.00

Motoring expenses extra. Time measured from leaving city centre of Liverpool or 1st class travel.

 

Telephone conference (per hour or part thereof) £300.00

Correspondence (per letter) £50.00

Additional fee payable if more than four weeks since previous correspondence, at a rate varying with the amount of re-reading of material that is required.

 

Payment

PAYMENT FOR MEDICAL REPORTS IS EXPECTED WITHIN THREE MONTHS FROM DATE OF ISSUE.

 

Notes For Instructing Solicitors

 

  • Solicitors instructions should be complete, and should contain an outline of the complaint.
  • I have a subspeciality interest in shoulder and elbow surgery.
  • It is helpful to have a contact telephone number for the client, in case of late cancellation of the arranged appointment.
  • Appointment times will be notified to clients directly whenever appropriate details are provided in letters of instruction.
  • It is the referring solicitors responsibility to ensure that the client attends at the instructed time and date. Defaulting from appointments will always result in a bill, unless five working days notice is received to telephone number 01744 416466.
  • If medical records are to be examined as part of the medical report, they must arrive in advance of the notified client appointment. Later arrival prevents incorporation of details into the report and will result in analysis in later letters.
  • Priority in correspondence is given to the preparation of reports, all other correspondence will be dealt with in date order received. This may result in delays in processing correspondence.
  • Medical reports are usually available within six weeks of the appointment date, but this time may be increased if an undue amount of correspondence is received that requires urgent processing.
  • Correspondence sent by a client directly to myself will be forwarded, unread, to the solicitor concerned.