Knowledge, Skill, Judgement and Experience: the cornerstones of our legal practice for over 100 years
We are a long-established firm, based in Woking.
But, despite our history of more than a century, don’t expect quill pens to litter our desks. Instead, we use contemporary information technology to provide the full range of services expected from a modern commercial and private client firm.
Our dedicated staff become highly involved with our clients and their requirements. By listening to you, we aim to communicate effectively and give sound practical advice.
Our firm has a reputation for dealing with City-type work. This is largely earned by our employing several ex-London solicitors. However, our size and location means less expensive operating costs. This leads to lower charges for the client.
We are a multi-lingual firm, with members of staff who can speak French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi and Gujarati.
HistoryW. Davies & Son was founded in 1910, as a general high-street practice. It has been involved with Woking life ever since. For example, it has been honorary solicitor to Woking Chamber of Trade and Commerce since 1919 and has acted for Woking Hospice since the charity was formed.
From the 1960’s onwards the practice moved away from criminal matters to specialise in commercial property, litigation and private client affairs.
In the Spring of 2006, W. Davies & Son merged with another long-standing Woking legal firm - Tilbrook Turner Foster – to become W. DAVIES.
In 2010, we extended our practice to include a new Family Law Department
We believe you, the client, come first.
This embraces the heart of our philosophy. It leads to clients staying with us for many years, through a number and variety of business and personal matters.
We respond to your needs.
By listening to our clients, we understand that their main requirements include:
Once we know what you need, we give answers, not legal theory. We pride ourselves in discussing matters in Plain English, not 'legalese'.
We aim to ensure that all telephone calls, e-mails, faxes and letters are dealt with promptly.
Continuity of service:
We assign a solicitor to your matter to see it through to its conclusion. Although specialist team members may be required to contribute at times, our structure aims to provide a stable and seamless service.
We ensure our fees are fair.
Our prices are structured to give value for money.
We will inform you what work we will undertake as the work starts. We will inform you in writing the basis of charging clearly stated.
Usual fee structure
Our lawyers have their own hourly rate. The more senior the lawyers, the higher the rate. Our fees may also reflect the complexity of the individual matter, the value involved or the special skills required.
Any necessary disbursements payments to third parties made on your behalf will be charged to you. This could include search fees, court fees, and fees paid to barristers and expert witnesses. As we are obliged to ensure that disbursements are paid, we ask clients to provide us with funds for such costs, in advance.
We will provide you with a costs update at any time, on request.
With a few exceptions, VAT is payable on fees.
Alternative fee structures
A fixed fee may be possible for some work. However, we generally indicate our hourly rate and give an estimate of our total charges. Should the amount of work be unclear, the estimate of charges will be an approximation. With the progress of the issue, we can tell you whether the initial estimate is likely to be exceeded in reasonable time. Obviously, this would apply where the amount of work is greater than expected, or if you have asked us to engage in extra work.
No win no fee:
When appropriate, and when compliant with Solicitors Regulation Authority, this may be offered by our Litigation Department. Although the end charge will be higher to you if you win your case, if you lose there is nothing to pay.
Percentage of value of estate
This is a normal part of the fee structure for the Private Client Department. The firm's charges will be calculated according to the time spent dealing with the matter. An additional percentage charge (normally ½ to 1½ per cent) may be added to reflect the responsibility element in relation to the size of the estate.
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