The areas which are most fraught with difficulty in accurately assessing the total legal cost are claims and compensation, and dispute resolution. There are a number of reasons for this which include:
the potential liability for your opponent’s costs
the prospect of having costs awarded in your favour
the fees of barristers and expert witnesses
the approach of your opponent which makes it difficult to predict how long the matter will take
These problems have been substantially overcome by the increase in the jurisdiction of the County Court to £30,000. Statistically most cases for damages/compensation are resolved below that limit. As solicitor and barrister fees in the County Court are measured on a scale, it is now much easier advise on the potential cost of a case.