The Basic Principles

At TheTurkish Legal Centre we recognise that no client - whether a private individual or a business - has money to waste We minimise our charges by being specialists and by the sensible use of modern technology. We aim to provide cost effective solutions to your international legal problems. We operate an open and simple system of charging for our work. We offer 4 main methods of charging:

· Fixed Fee

Whenever possible we offer you a fixed fee for dealing with the whole of your case. This fee will only be revised if the nature of the work changes substantially - for example, if we discover title problems when dealing with the purchase of a property and you decide to continue with the purchase and ask us to fix the problems before you do so. Often it will not be possible, at the outset, to quote a fixed fee for the whole of your case. If this is so then we will try to give you a fixed fee for carrying out a preliminary investigation into the case. At the end of that investigation we will advise you generally about the case and the likely cost and timescale involved in dealing with it.

· No Win, No Fee

In some cases we are able to offer a "no win, no fee" scheme. In these cases if we do not achieve an agreed outcome we will not be paid! Usually we will need to carry out some research into the case before deciding whether we can offer a "no win, no fee" arrangement. We will usually agree a FIXED FEE for carrying out this research. Under a "no win, no fee" scheme you will usually remain liable for the payment of court fees and other outgoings and, if a court case is involved, you may be liable to pay the winning party's costs if you lose. Insurance may be available to cover these payments.

· À La Carte

Very often only part of our legal work needs the skill of a trained lawyer. The rest of our time is spent doing things that you could, if you wanted, do yourself. Our "a la carte" menu allows you to pick only the things you want us to do - at a fixed price - and to do the rest yourself.

· Hourly Charges

Where the amount of work is impossible to predict we will have to charge you on the basis of the time spent dealing with the case. We will tell you the charging rates of the people likely to be dealing with the case and we will report to you regularly as to the progress of the case and the build-up of charges. You will always be given a written estimate of our likely charges. That estimate will not be exceeded without your prior consent.

Whichever way we charge, you will be secure in the knowledge that, as specialists, we will deal with the case as quickly and efficiently as possible. Less time usually means less money. Our fees may be subject to UK or overseas VAT.

In addition to our charges you will have to pay for any expenses we incur on your behalf, including the fees of any overseas lawyers or notaries involved in the case. We will give you an estimate of these expenses as soon as possible after we start work on the case.We usually require a payment on account of our fees (except in "no win, no fee" cases) and expenses. We accept payment by most major credit cards.