London

London
Duane Morris
Citypoint, 16th Floor
One Ropemaker Street
London, UK EC2Y 9AW


Phone:+44 20 7786 2100
Fax:+44 20 7786 2101

In London, Duane Morris represents all types of businesses, from startups to multinationals. Our clients are active in almost every industry and commercial area, including manufacturing, mining, fashion, financial services, commodities, construction, hotels, healthcare, sports, science, technology, heavy engineering, retail and resources. The London-based partners have specific industry knowledge and interdisciplinary skills and are admitted as solicitors or barristers in England, Wales and other jurisdictions, advising on UK, EU and international matters.

Range of Services

Corporate & Commercial

Duane Morris advises companies, shareholders, investors and funders at all stages of the corporate life cycle on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. We represent clients in connection with critical commercial contracts, such as joint ventures, licensing, distribution, franchising, research and development, contract manufacturing, partnering, logistics, sponsorship and branding—everything needed to leverage business value.

Our team regularly assists private companies with shareholder agreements, succession planning, equity incentives and return of value strategies, and proactively supports clients daily on corporate governance matters.

Duane Morris represents banks, financial institutions and other providers of financial services, including investment banking and brokerage firms, commercial finance companies and insurance companies, around the world.

Information Technology and Telecommunications

Duane Morris deals with the transactional, finance, regulatory and dispute resolution aspects of structuring and implementing a variety of information technology and telecommunications projects, and advises on a full range of data privacy and cyber security issues.

Employment Law

Duane Morris represents large institutional clients, medium- and smaller-sized companies, start-ups and high-net-worth individuals on employment matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions, refinancing, TUPE transfers, large scale re-organisations, Employment Tribunal and High Court claims, implementation of employment contracts and benefits, regulatory matters, share option and profit-related pay, employee severance, layoffs and downsizing, confidentiality, and non-compete issues. Duane Morris also provides day-to-day human resources advisory services to clients, together with formal annual employment training, and bespoke, in-house training for all clients via the Duane Morris Institute (DMi) London.

Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group represents clients in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including risk audit, litigation avoidance strategies and, when settlement proves impossible, litigation, arbitration and mediation of disputes. Our litigators have considerable industry knowledge in automotive, engineering, finance, professional partnerships, insurance and real estate. They handle disputes involving product liability, consumer law, intellectual property, information technology, insurance, employment, banking, real property, injunctive relief and letters of request (letters rogatory), often with cross-border elements.

Real Estate

Duane Morris’ real estate solicitors represent a broad range of corporate, developer, investor and individual clients in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, real estate backed financings, development and related planning, environmental and construction issues.

Mergers and Acquisitions

The firm represents clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions, defense against takeover attempts, management buy-ins and buy-outs and joint ventures. We develop and implement creative strategies to help our entrepreneurial clients accomplish their objectives, whether they are a buyer, seller, lender or intermediary. We regularly work on complex cross-border transactions and represent UK companies in acquisitions abroad, as well as foreign companies in connection with acquisitions in the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the globe.

Capital Markets

Duane Morris’ Capital Markets Group advises companies at all stages of the company life-cycle (e.g., early-stage, growing and mature companies) on strategies and initiatives for raising funds and exit. We represent companies in connection to private placements, accessing venture capital and private equity, and preparing for and making public offerings of securities (e.g., AIM IPO’s and secondary fundraisings) and counsel them on applicable UK/EU securities law compliance, ongoing reporting obligations and corporate governance issues.

For Additional Information

For more information, please contact Alexander M. Geisler, Susan A. Laws or any of the lawyers referenced in the Attorney Listing.

Duane Morris is a partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (number 310992). The rules of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, including the SRA Code of Conduct, can be accessed at www.sra.org.uk. The firm's VAT registration number is 744 3570 30.

Required pricing information for consumers and businesses on Employment Tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and debt recovery for businesses (up to £100,000), as well as our complaints procedure and your rights, can be found on our Notices/Regulatory tab. 

A list of the partners and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the above address. The partners are all lawyers who are also partners in the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP.

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Duane Morris is a partnership authorised and regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (number 310992). The rules of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, including the SRA Code of Conduct, can be accessed at www.sra.org.uk. The firm's VAT registration number is 744 3570 30.

Duane Morris
Citypoint, 16th Floor
One Ropemaker Street
London, UK EC2Y 9AW

A list of the partners and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the above address. The partners are all lawyers who are also partners in the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP.

For Court Claims re: Debt Recovery:

These costs are an estimate where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Stage

Common tasks

Fee range

Possible disbursements

Pre-action

  • Debtor searches
  • Drafting and sending letter before action

£1,000-£1,500

Credit check/D&B report

Proceedings

  • Drafting proceedings
  • Issuing claim in appropriate court

£1,000-£2,000

Court fee (varies according to amount of debt)

Post-judgment in default

  • Correspondence with debtor

£500-£1,000

 

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within X days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take two to eight weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

For Employment Tribunal Cases:

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are usually in the region of:

Simple case: £15,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £25,000-£75,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £75,000 - £200,000 (excluding VAT)

  • Factors that could make a case more complex:
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of in the region of £515-£600 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 5-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees and barrister’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process and we may ask for payment on account to ensure these disbursements are covered.

Counsel's fees estimated between £2,000 to £5,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing. Preparation will be charged separately.

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all usual work in relation to the following key stages of a claim but additional work may need to be undertaken depending on the nature of the case:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
  • Any appeal against a Decision or defending an appeal
  • Ensuring payment of compensation is provided, or arranging for compensation to be provided

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 25-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Duane Morris is committed to providing a high quality service. If you are not happy with our service, or the bill for our service, please raise the problem with the lawyer responsible for your matter or, if you prefer, one of our complaints partners, Alex Geisler or Susan Laws. This will help us to sort out any mistakes or misunderstandings.

What will happen next?

  1. We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint in writing within three days of receiving it.
  2. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve one of our complaints partners reviewing your file and speaking to the member of staff who acted for you.
  3. Within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter one of our complaints partner will invite you to a meeting to discuss and resolve your complaint. If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, you may instead be offered a chance to discuss the matter by telephone.
  4. Within three days of the meeting, or any telephone conversation we have with you instead of a meeting, one of our complaints partners will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions we have agreed with you.
  5. In any case, they will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including their suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the written acknowledgement of your complaint referred to in paragraph 1 above.
  6. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for another partner unconnected with the matter at the firm to review the decision.
  7. We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
  8. However if you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint you may be able to ask the Legal Ombudsman (address: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ, Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk, Telephone: 0300 555 0333) to consider your complaint.

    Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint (or if we do not respond within eight weeks).

    Note that the Legal Ombudsman service cannot be used by businesses or most other organisations, unless they are below certain size limits.
  9. If we have to change any of these timescales we will let you know and explain why (but we must respond within eight weeks).

    As well as your right to complain about any of our bills under our complaints procedure, you can also apply for the bill to be assessed by the court under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974, in which case the Legal Ombudsman may not consider your complaint. Further details are available from the Legal Ombudsman.

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