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How we calculate the cost of your translation

Translation costs are based on the number of words to be translated or keyed in the original (source) text. We will ask to see a document first before giving a firm price, as the cost of translation will vary depending on the languages concerned, the type of document, the subject matter, and whether it is highly specialised, repetitive, urgent or requires extensive formatting. Once we receive a copy of the text for translation we will provide a written quotation, which will remain valid for 30 days.

However, we can usually give a rough estimate in advance provided that we are given basic information regarding the language, subject matter and size of the document – click here for a free quotation. For very large bundles of documents, we can give you an estimate if you can supply us with a few sample pages.

What our quotation includes

The translation will be carried out and proofread by a single translator as standard, with a further check carried out in house for formatting, spelling/typos, completeness, etc. Should you require a second check by a second qualified translator, we can arrange for this for an additional charge.

Discounts may be available on assignments in excess of 5000 words or for regular work, and will vary according to word count, format and timescale. Please contact us with details of any specific assignment for further information.

Pricing for Law Firms

We will always try to be flexible to help you work within the constraints of the Legal Aid Agency.

To assist you in obtaining authority to incur fees, we will supply a written quote and delivery time before commencing work, and will allow 2 months’ credit when advised in advance that a case is funded by the Legal Services Commission.

Certification Rates

Statement of Truth [Electronic]
£9.50 plus VAT

Statement of Truth [Hard copy by post]
£25.00 plus VAT

Certification by Affidavit
Affidavit sworn before a solicitor
Solicitor’s fees approx
£7 – £10 plus VAT

Translator’s time & travel
approx £35 – £60 plus VAT

Affidavit sworn before a notary public
Notary’s fees
approx £50 – £120 plus VAT

Translator’s time & travel
approx £35 – £60 plus VAT

Legalisation (Foreign & Commonwealth Apostille)
£30 administration fee
plus £32 FCO fee per document to be legalised
plus £12 postage charges (Special Delivery to and from Legalisation Office)

Editing & Proofing Rates for existing translations

Dependant on language, usually between £35 and £60 per hour.

Transcription Rates

Dependant on language, usually between £35 and £60 per hour (excludes translation rate of transcribed text). Each hour of tape will usually take between 5 and 10 hours to transcribe – the time taken will vary according to the quality of the recording, the audibility of the speakers and how fast they speak.

How we calculate the cost of interpreting

Interpreting is usually booked on a minimum half-day basis (to cover up to 4 hours attendance and travel time). However, depending on language and location, we may be able to book shorter periods at an hourly rate to match your requirements. In addition, we may be able to offer reduced rates for assignments lasting several days if we are given reasonable notice. A tiered system of cancellation charges may apply if a booking is moved or cancelled.

Our price list covers interpreting between English and those languages we handle most frequently, and assume that we have an interpreter based locally to the interpreting venue. Please call us if you need a price for a language combination not listed.

We are also able to offer telephone and video interpreting for most languages, when face to face meetings are not possible. This is charged on an hourly basis (usually with a minimum 2 or 3 hours), and rates vary according to language. Please contact us for a quotation.

Terms of Business

VAT is added at the current rate for UK clients. Non-UK clients will be invoiced without VAT but those based overseas should supply their VAT/IVA number.

Payment is due within one month of the date of invoice or on completion if a credit limit has not been agreed. Payment is preferred by BACS, but on occasion payment by cheque may be possible.

One additional month’s credit will be allowed where we are advised in advance that a case is funded by the Legal Aid Agency. However, our fees are not subject to taxation and remain the responsibility of the company or individual placing the order.

Payment must be made on or before the due date, regardless of whether reimbursement has been received from the Legal Aid Agency, any client or third party.

We apply the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 as amended and supplemented by the Late Payment of Commercial Debt Regulations 2002 and 2013; therefore interest at the rate of 8.5% per annum will be charged on overdue invoices, and we reserve the right to claim Compensation as allowed under the above Regulations.

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