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Simon Taylor


Partner & Head of Sport and Entertainment

Simon qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 and joined Bermans in October 2018 as a partner and head of our Sport & Entertainment team.

Simon has over 30 years’ experience and specialises in representing clients in the motorsport and music festival industries providing a full range of legal services.

He has an international reputation within motorsport acting for national governing bodies & their insurers, circuits, clubs, teams, drivers and motorcycle riders. Since joining Bermans, Simon has negotiated contracts for the 2019 season for F1 drivers and team personnel. He also has unrivalled experience of representing clients at hearings before the FIA International Court of Appeal and National Motorsport Courts worldwide.

Simon is also a nationally recognised expert in the entertainment industry and pre-eminent figure in the licensing and organisation of outdoor festivals, events and concert tours. He acts for and is retained by the majority of the country’s largest promoters and organisers.


Tel: 0161 827 4613


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Residential Conveyancing: range of costs

Bermans property team offer a personal conveyancing service for the following types of residential property:

  • Freehold sale or purchase
  • Leasehold sale or purchase
  • Mortgages or re-mortgages

Our conveyancers are experts in guiding you through the legal process and you can be safe in the knowledge that they are supported by our larger commercial property team.

Whether you are buying or selling or refinancing we can provide you with cost certainty and confidence that you are in safe hands.

We provide a list of our headline rates below but we like to provide a specific quote to suit your needs so do get in touch and we will provide a fixed fee quotation.

Description Value/Amount of Property (£) Fees
Purchase or Sale 60,001 – 120,000 £650.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 120,001 – 250,000 £795.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 250,001 – 350,000 £895.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 350,001 – 500,000 £995.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 500,001 – 600,000 £1,195.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 600,001 – 800,000 £1,295.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 800,001 – 1,000,000 £1,495.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 1,000,001 – 2,000,000 £1,795.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 2,000,001 – £3,000,000 £1,995.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 3,000,001 – 4,000,000 £2,495.00 + VAT
Purchase or Sale 4,000,000 – 5,000,000 £3,500.00 + VAT


Description Value/Amount of Property (£) Fees
Re-mortgage 60,000 – 250,000 £250.00 + VAT
Re-mortgage 250,001 – 500,000 £350 + VAT
Re-mortgage 500,001 – 750,000 £550 + VAT
Re-mortgage 750,001 – 1,000,000 £750 + VAT
Re-mortgage 1,000,000 £1,000 + VAT


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Employment tribunal: Range of costs

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (excluding disbursements and Counsel’s fees).

Simple case: £8000 to £10,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £10,000 to £20,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £20,000 to £75,000 (excluding VAT).

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee is dismissed after ‘blowing the whistle’ on his/her employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as medical experts. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees

We would generally instruct a barrister to represent you at the Employment Tribunal hearing. Barristers’ fees are broken down into two areas: i.) a Brief fee, which covers their preparation for the hearing and the first day of the hearing and ii.) a Refresher, which covers each additional day after the first day of the hearing. Brief fees are estimated to be between £850 to £5000 plus VAT (depending on the level of experience of the Barrister, the complexity of the case and the length of the hearing). Refreshers are estimated to be between £700 to £1250 plus VAT (depending on the level of experience of the Barrister).

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Preparing bundle of documents for the Tribunal hearing
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at the Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take four to six weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between six and twelve months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Contact us to speak to a member of the employment team.

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Hannah Dowd


Hannah joined Bermans in November 2018 and is currently working in Bermans Employment team as a solicitor.

Before joining Bermans, Hannah was a trainee solicitor in high street practice dealing with all aspects of Civil Litigation and Respondent Employment work.

Hannah studied Law at University of Chester, graduating in 2012. She then went on to study at the University of Law in Manchester where she completed the LPC in July 2014.

She then worked as a paralegal for a number of years before obtaining her training contract and qualifying in August 2018.

Hannah is an avid Everton fan, she enjoys watching and playing live music and getting out and about enjoying time with her young family.


Tel:  0151 224 0534


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Debt recovery: Range of fixed fees

Court Claims

These costs apply where for a basic template based claim for an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Our fee (excl. VAT) Total
Up to £300 £25 £95 £120
Up to £500 £35 £95 £130
Up to £1,000 £60 £115 £175
Up to £1,500 £70 £125 £195
Up to £3,000 £105 £125 £230
Up to £5,000 £185 £125 £310
Up to 9,999.99 £410 £145 £555
Over £10,000.00             Request Quote

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 7 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 6-8 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Please contact us for more information.

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Escalate case study one : contract dispute client (£107,000)


We recently engaged a contract dispute case in which the client was owed £107,000. The dispute was a few years old and originally the client thought it was delayed/bad debt so they instructed their local solicitor to deal with the dispute. This was unsuccessful and resulted in the defendants counter claiming for £300,000 in attempt to scare the client.

The client tried to negotiate with the defendants and they were prepared to accept a 50% discount to get the matter resolved, but the defendant was unprepared and instead stated ‘take us to court then if you can’. At no point during the last few years has the claimant made any attempt to pursue the counter claim indicating that it was nothing more than a scare tactic.

The client then engaged a well known law firm in Birmingham to help them recover their £107,000 and this was taken on with the client being charged circa £25,000 in fees before the law firm advised that there was nothing more they could do for them and did not litigate because ‘the costs vs returns didn’t stack up’. So the client was left with no recovery, 2 years of lost time and fees incurred equal to 25% of the original claim.

How did Escalate help?

The client heard about Escalate and made contact with the team and we have subsequently engaged the case and are now pursuing. On the basis the client is happy for a 50% recovery (we are looking for 100% plus historic costs if possible), we are hopeful that we will be able to negotiate this through in path A, however we are very certain that if we can’t then the moment it drops into Path B then mediation/settlement will happen.

Why Escalate?

If you have a unresolved dispute, Escalate can help you to avoid wasting your time and money pursuing disputes with unsuccessful outcome.

Click here for more information or email to contact a member of the team.

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Escalate case study two: sports club construction dispute (£450,000+)


A sports club sold off part of its land to a developer in return for the construction of a new club house on the remaining club’s land.

Construction costs over-ran, the developer walked off-site and would not return until additional funds were provided by the sports club to support the club house build. This resulted in a ‘stand-off’ that then saw lawyers instructed from both sides to try and resolve.

The case got stuck in a 12 month plus legal process that didn’t progress, other than to highlight the original weaknesses in the contract drafting which meant both sides had some form of potential argument to keep the lawyers going ‘backwards and forwards’.

The case had gained over £50,000 in legal costs before it stalled due to the sports club running out of money to pursue further. Their incumbent lawyer (national firm) was not comfortable in offering a conditional agreement but certainly were not prepared to cover disbursements. It was also unlikely that the case would have been able to get insurance for the adverse costs (After The Event Insurance) below £100,000 which would have made it prohibitive.

How did Escalate help?

The sports club heard about Escalate through their local accountant and transferred the case to us. Within 6 weeks a heads of term agreement was reached.

Through Escalate we were able to demonstrate that the case was now funded and insured to high court meaning the developer needed to do a deal or risk a significant cash gamble under the court.

Why Escalate?

If you have a unresolved dispute, Escalate can help you to avoid wasting your time and money pursuing disputes with unsuccessful outcome.

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Escalate case study three: marketing company share sale (£220,000)


An entrepreneur sold her marketing company to a UK business with an American parent with the sum to be paid in three stages over a two year period. The final instalment of £220,000 was due in October 2016 but was never received. The previous 2 instalments had been received and there was no prior indication that there would be a problem with the final one.

Upon failure to receive the final payment, approaches were made to the American parent for justification and none were given accept a generic line of ‘breach of contract’.

The entrepreneur engaged legal support in the UK and also appointed lawyers in New York to explore ‘breach of contract’ and non-payment. Approximately £20,000 was spent in legal costs trying to understand the problem and recover the money, but nothing further than an extended previous position which now said ‘multiple breaches of contract’ but none were evidenced despite requests.

The entrepreneur had taken the view of not ‘throwing good money after bad’ and had decided to write off their final payment and sought advice from their accountant in relation to the tax treatment.

How did Escalate help?

The clients accountant informed them of Escalate and the case was engaged. Within 6 months the entrepreneur secured a recovery of £290,000.

Why Escalate?

If you have a unresolved dispute, Escalate can help you to avoid wasting your time and money pursuing disputes with unsuccessful outcome.

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