Our Fees

CONSULTANT FEES

2016

We aim to offer a cost effective package so that parents, carers, schools and Local Authorities can access a professional service with a dedicated expert named advocate. As far as possible costs will be fixed and clients will know what they will be paying for our services with no hidden extras.

Payment by instalment can be arranged if required.

Additional Costs

•           Photocopying will be charged at 8p per page
•           Postage will be guaranteed next day delivery
•           Travel will be 2nd class fare or 40p per mile.

Clients will be responsible for agreeing any additional costs with expert professionals or witnesses. For cases outside the London area travel costs will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Initial Consultation

All potential clients are invited to call or email for a free initial consultation.

Annual Subscription for Parents

Our costs (apart from Exclusion or Tribunal work) are based upon our Annual Subscription. This will give access to telephone and email advice from a named advocate, with all calls/emails returned within 3 working days.

Additional services available to families who subscribe to the Annual Subscription are:

•           Surgery appointments
•           Paperwork responses
•           Attendance at meeting with LAs, school and school visits.

If parents wish to access advice without subscribing to the Annual Subscription, an hourly rate will apply.

Tribunal Appeals

We offer a fixed fee price for each appeal, thus enabling clients to budget at the beginning of the appeal process. Each fee is divided into parts allowing clients’ flexibility and setting a maximum limit on what they expect to pay. We ask that fees be paid in advance. In the event of a case settling before a Hearing, the client will be charged for the Working Document and preparation for the Tribunal at a fixed cost, enabling a refund to be given if the cost of work is less than the fixed fee lodged with Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Limited.

Exclusion Appeals

We offer a fixed fee price for each appeal, thus enabling clients to budget at the beginning of the appeal process. Each fee is divided into parts allowing clients’ flexibility and setting a maximum limit on what they expect to pay. We ask that fees be paid in advance. In the event of a case settling before a Hearing, the client will be charged for the Working Document and preparation for the Tribunal at a fixed cost, enabling a refund to be given if the cost of work is less than the fixed fee lodged with Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Limited.

Secondary Transfer Appeals

This cost will include face to face appointments with a named Advocate at our office in Richmond, SW London lasting approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. This cost will be deducted from our Tribunal fees should the client select us to support them through the Tribunal process.

Training

All training courses will include a full training manual and set of resources.

 

Table of Costs:

Annual Subscription

Service

Cost

Included

Annual Subscription

£450 per annum

Unlimited telephone and email advice (fair usage policy applies)

In addition to the Annual Subscription:

Paperwork

 

 £250 per response

 

Request for Statutory Assessment
Response to Proposed Statement
Statement health check
Annual Review response
DLA paperwork
Request for respite provision

Attendance at meetings with school or Local Authorities with M25

£200 - £300 per meeting/visit

To include reading of paperwork
30 minute pre meeting with parent
Meeting with school/LA
Paperwork response

Out of London Meetings

 

Price on request

DLA Form

£250

Completion of Disability Living Allowance form

 

Tribunal Appeals

Service

Cost

Included

Review of paperwork and initial advice

 

Appeals against Parts 2, 3 and 4

 

 

Appeals against Parts 2 and 3

 

Working Document

 

£450

 

£1850*

 

 

£1250*

 

£320

* This is deucated from the fees below if we carry out the paperwork associated with a Tribunal

All paperwork and correspondence with LA and Tribunal.
Client meeting (excluding representation)

 

All paperwork and correspondence with LA and Tribunal.
Client meeting (excluding representation)

Appeals against Refusal to Assess/Issue a Statement

£1250*

All paperwork and correspondence with LA and Tribunal.
Client meeting (excluding representation)

Representation at Hearing for paperwork clients in London area

Representation at Hearing for paperwork clients outside London area

£850

 

£950

Representation at Hearing

 

Representation at Hearing

Representation at Hearing for new clients

£1000

Representation at Hearing

Representation at Hearing for Legal Help clients

 

Secondary Transfer Appeals Initial Meeting

 

Withdrawal of Hearing within 2 weeks of Hearing

£500

 


£225

 

£570

Representation at Hearing

 


Face to face appointments with a named Advocate

 

If an Appeal settles within 2 weeks of a Hearing, we charge for creating the Working Docmnt (£320) and  for preparing for the Tribunal, negotiating with the LA and withdrawing the Appeal (£250).

 

Exclusion Appeal

Service

Cost

Included

 

 

 

Preparation of paperwork

£250

Grounds for Appeal and young person’s Statement if required

Negotiation

£90 per hour

Negotiation of alternatives to Exclusion including school visits

Representation at Hearing for paperwork clients

£400 up to 3 hours
£90 per hour thereafter applies

Representation at Governors Disciplinary or IAP Hearing

 

For clients that come under the Legal Help Scheme, please contact our Advocacy Manager Jane Cotton on:

jane@advoacyandmediation.co.uk

 

Schools

Consultancy support is provided at a rate of £90 plus VAT per hour.

Packages of support can be agreed on request.

Service

 

Review of SEN documentation and pupil's Statements of Special Educational Needs

 

Annual review service

 

Head teacher/senior staff advice

Bespoke training

 

Parent support service

 

In-House training

 

 

Please contact us for the cost of the above services

Training

Parent

£70 per day (including lunch)

Voluntary Organisation

£100 per day (including lunch)

Schools, Professionals and Local Authorities

£140 per day (including lunch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that VAT will apply to all costs from 1st September 2010