Step 3

Detailed written advice

Sometimes, a problem calls for detailed written legal advice — an authoritative statement of the law, providing specific answers to specific questions.  Armed with written advice, a client has something to refer to, perhaps to share with others, and to use as a basis for discussions and decisions. In producing written advice our task is to analyse a problem and explain possible solutions, taking into account issues such as cost and risk.  We avoid legal jargon as far as we can.  In many cases we can find workable solutions to problems. 

Our quote includes any follow-up questions you may have as a result of our advice.   For written legal advice to be as effective as possible, it needs to be based on clear and detailed input from the client.  We’ve prepared some guidance which won’t be exactly right for every possible case, but which should give you a good idea of what needs to be done to maximise the value of written advice.  If we need more information or documents, in order to draft advice, we’ll let you know

Charges.  Our quote for providing written advice will depend on the complexity of the issues, the volume of information we have to consider, and the length of time involved.  Please see our Charges page for full information. Please note, however, that:

  • Most of the quotes we send out are for between £150 and £300.
  • If you’ve paid for a quick appraisal (Step 2) the £50 will be deducted from our quote for written advice.
  • If we have given a fixed quote, we will stick to it even if the work takes longer. 

Please remember that our written advice will be based on the information you supply and the issues you raise.  We’re happy to deal with follow-up queries, but they must relate to our written advice and the information on which it was based.  To put it another way, follow-up questions won’t be an opportunity to introduce more information or different issues.   It’s therefore important for your request for written advice to be as clear as possible.  


For our print publishing website, please see, and for our website which provides support for residents in private roads, see:  

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