A fee may be a fixed fee or an hourly rate.
A case in which a fixed fee is appropriate is one where I have a clear understanding of its complexity and the time it will take to resolve. I will quote a fee covering taking instructions, advising, preparing for court and court appearances.
Fixed fees are good for client and lawyer as they give certainty to all concerned. The client knows where he or she is financially and knows that a fixed fee is a powerful incentive for me to resolve matters promptly and to their satisfaction.
With complicated and time consuming matters the fee will usually be calculated at a rate per hour times the number of hours it takes to carry out your instructions. Sometimes I can quote or estimate a fee for each stage of the case.
Work which needs to be done urgently may cost more than non-urgent work.
Disbursements are expenses that I incur on your behalf such as copying and printing, court filing fees and travel and accommodation. Disbursements are additional to fees.