Are you in a business where you communicate with the public in one way or another? If so, whether you realise it or not, you are in the “media”, and could be affected by all or any of the areas of law I deal with — Publishing, Intellectual Property, Defamation, Privacy, Contracts.
Is your business online? Does your website comply with legal requirements? Are you taking on a new IT software package for your business, and do you understand the supplier’s contract? Are you a programmer/developer looking to license your software to third parties?
For some types of work, for example drafting a standard contract, I will quote a fixed fee, as long as I have sufficiently clear instructions.
Otherwise, I generally charge according to the amount of time spent in dealing with your matter. I rarely know in advance how many hours will be needed to complete a matter, but at any stage, I am happy to give you an estimate of the likely time involved and the anticipated course of the matter. I generally bill on a monthly basis, so that you can keep control of your budget and have the costs spread over the length of time of your matter.