How much do the services of DDS lawyers cost?
Doctors Defence Service lawyers will always give clear indications as to the likely fees payble for a particular stage of work or the whole case (where possible). Our lawyers charge hourly rates or fixed fees according to the nature of the work to be undertaken. Fees are commensurate with the experience and seniority of a particular lawyer. A client care letter will always be sent to a client prior to any work being undertaken.
Initially, a Doctors Defence Service (DDS) lawyer will need to have a broad discussion with a doctor in order to be able to understand the case or legal issue that the doctor is seeking advice about, in order to assess the amount of likely legal work that will be needed. Initial ballpark figures are just that and a more accurate assessment of likely costs can usually be provided where the doctor sends relevant case papers to the DDS lawyer. DDS lawyers can provided during an initial discussion by telephone of up to 45 minutes a ballpark estimate of fees, where possible. For a more detailed assessment of the likely fees involved, the DDS lawyer will need to see the relevant case papers.
DDS lawyers can provide a verbal and/or written advice in most cases, following a short face-to-face conference. Fixed fees are usually charged for conferences with specialist counsel and court and tribunal hearings.
Some doctors may be entitled to legal aid if they are not working or they are on a low income. For more information on legal aidassistance for doctors see the relevant FAQ.
For a clearer understanding of the fees that may be charged for legal services provided by DDS lawyers, call us without obligation and in strict confidence on: 0800 10 88 739