Guideline Hours and Reasonable Timescales

Our Guideline Hours and Reasonable Timescales state the maximum time our experts will need to complete a piece of work, as well as the time it will take to deliver that work to you.  You will only be billed for the hours taken by the expert to complete the piece of work.  

Timescales are calendar days and are based on the date the instruction is received in the office (from the date stamp).  If an expert has holiday booked when instructions are received, the timescales will be increased to incorporate the additional days.  Most additional work will be billable at our standard hourly rates.  If you believe your additional work instructions should not be billable, please notify the office immediately.  If additional work is required inside of the reasonable timescales given below, urgent rates may apply but, in any case, only for work requiring longer than 4 billable hours. Current updated 2020.

 

 

Additional Work Type Guideline Hours Reasonable Timescales

 

Minor report amends

(corrections not chargeable)

3 hours

10 days

 

Standard response letter

 

2 hours

 

10 days

 

 

Supplementary / Addendum report

(up to 3 new pieces of evidence to review)

 

 

 

5 hours

 

 

17 days

 

Revised / Updated report – Standard

(up to 3 new pieces of evidence to review and/or modest revisions to report due to date change)

 

 

Revised / Updated report – Substantial

(more than 3 pieces of new evidence and/or significant changes due to date change)

 

5 hours

 

 

 

 

66% of initial report writing time

 

17 days

 

 

 

 

28 days

 

 

 

Re-assessment and Revised / Updated report

(Assessment to be booked and completed within 14 days)

 

 

 

75%  of initial assessment and report writing time

 

 

28 days

 

 

Comments report – Standard

(review and comment on up to 3 pieces of new evidence, or view and comment on surveillance footage)

 

 

4 hours

 

15 days

 

Comments (costs) report

 

 

up to 8 hours

 

22 days

 

 

Converting Slimline to Slimline Plus Care report

 

 

Converting Slimline Plus Care to Full report

 

 

Converting Slimline to Full report

 

 

 

15% of initial report writing time

 

15% of initial report writing time

 

 

30% of initial report writing time

 

 

 

15 days

 

 

15 days

 

 

22 days

 

Meeting of Experts

 

up to 12 hours

 

 

28 days

 

Response to Part 35 Questions

 

up to 4 hours

 

19 days

 

 

Court – Preparation

 

 

6 hours