Seen an enquiry and think you’re the perfect lawyer for the job? Great! The next step is to submit a quote.
Open the enquiry by clicking View. Within the enquiry, click the Quote tab. Once you’re in that tab you can submit the details of your quote.
- First off, you’ll need to choose the quote type. We’re sure you know what all these types mean already, but just to make sure we’re all on the same page your options are:
- Fixed fee – this is the total fee the client will pay for the job, regardless of time spent (but subject to variation if your instructions change later on).
- Estimate – an estimate of your fee based on the details provided. The final fee could be more or less than the estimate.
- Hourly rate – a simple hourly rate fee for doing the work with no estimate or cap.
- Initial consultation – a quote for an initial consultation (whether by phone or in person) to narrow down the details of the job, following which you can discuss fees again.
- Next, you’ll need to give the amount of your quote (exclusive of any VAT – we’ll make this clear to the client).
- Think there may be any disbursements? Complete this box and let the client know what you expect the disbursements will be (exclusive of VAT). The disbursement amount isn’t included in your fee quote, so don’t worry about it artificially inflating your quote.
- Got a timeline? Let the client know what you think it’ll be. This is optional and only an estimate, but it’s worth being realistic here as the client may rate you on your ability to stick to deadlines!
- Finally, pass on a comment to the client. This is a great place to distinguish yourself and explain why you're the best lawyer for the job (e.g. it's your area of specialism, you've dealt with 50 cases, etc.). If there's something important they need to know, e.g. they have a deadline to act, you can also let them know. You don’t have to give a comment, but it can help sway the client and win the job.
Please note: the comment facility is to allow you to pass on simple comments to the client (e.g. which may help persuade them to choose you, or to explain the basis of your quote). It is a violation of our Terms to use this facility to pass the client your name and/or contact details and/or to encourage them to contact you directly rather than via our platform. Doing so may result in withdrawal of your quote and/or suspension/deletion from our platform.
Once you’ve completed the form, click the Quote button and that’s it, your quote’s in the mix!
Your quote is indicative only and you won’t be held to it if/when your quote is accepted by the client.
Your quote should be a best estimate based on the details provided. We do appreciate that sometimes circumstances change (e.g. clients don’t provide enough details, the right details or things beyond your control occur) and where this is the case, we fully understand that you may need to revise your quote.
However, lawyers who quote for work at unrealistically low levels which they don’t intend to honour and in order to win an instruction may be:
- in breach of our Terms and liable to suspension/removal from our platform;
- in breach of the SRA Code of Conduct and, in some cases, we may report them to the SRA;
- liable to face bad client feedback, jeopardising their ability to win future work.
Moral of the story - make sure your quote is a genuine best estimate based on the details available!
Amending/withdrawing a quote
We send your quote to the client as soon as you submit it, meaning there's no way to amend or withdraw it. So do make sure you're happy with your quote before submitting it.
What do clients see?
For each quote you submit and which is shortlisted, the client will see:
- your details (taken from your profile);
- the quote you submitted;
- details of any estimated disbursements, any estimated timeline and/or comment you left;
- your average rating; and
- a link to your full profile.