Our Rates and Fees

Our Rates and Fees

DEBT RECOVERY

Our fees for debt recovery work are based upon time spent on matters and calculated on our hourly rates of £175 to £350, depending on the complexity of the matter and experience of the fee earners.

Disbursements that will commonly be needed to be paid by us to third parties:
  • Court fees vary depending on size of claim and are fixed and set out on www.gov.uk money claim site

  • Instruction of process server to serve demands and court orders = £95 – £150 depending on location and type of service

 

Our services are provided by our experienced solicitors with the assistance of our support team (including our trainee solicitors). All services are carried out under the supervision of a partner. Also note that our fees are subject to VAT and further details about cost information would be provided to respective clients at the time of instructions; and set out clearly in their client care letters.


PROPERTY WORK


Your matter will be handled by a fully qualified Solicitor we do not employ paralegals/conveyancer/case workers..

An estimate of our pricing is set out below for the most common transactions.

The fees quoted below are shown inclusive of VAT and cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Freehold Purchase up to £699,999
Legal Fees

Partner £895 + £179 VAT = £1074
Freehold Purchase from £700,000 up to £849,999
Partner £1095 + £219 VAT = £1314
Freehold Purchase over £850,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

Leasehold Purchase up to £699,999
Legal Fees
Partner £1045 + £209 VAT = £1254
Leasehold Purchase from £700,000 up to £849,999
Partner £1245 + £249 VAT = £1494
Leasehold Purchase over £850,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

Freehold Sale up to £699,999
Legal Fees
Partner £895 + £179 VAT = £1074
Freehold Sale from £700,000 up to £849,999
Partner £1095 + £219 VAT = £1314
Freehold Sale over £850,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

Leasehold Sale up to £699,999
Legal Fees
Partner £1045 + £209 VAT = £1254
Leasehold Sale from £700,000 up to £849,999
Partner £1245 + £249 VAT = £1494
Leasehold Sale over £850,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

Re-mortgage up to £499,999
Legal Fees

Partner £695 + £139 VAT = £834
Re-mortgage over £500,000
Please call or email us for a bespoke quotation.

The figures quoted above (which include VAT where chargeable), assume a straightforward transaction without unforeseen complexity or issues. If the matter becomes complex, there will be an additional fee, examples of which include, but are not limited to:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  • Send final Report to you with the contract for signature
  • Agree the completion date (date from which you own the property) with the sellers’ solicitor
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Disbursements (payable to third party)

Disbursements are costs (i.e. expenses), related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The following comprise the usual disbursements:

  • Search fees – between £220 and £350
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – this depends upon a variety of factors. A calculation is available through the HMRC website
  • Land Registry fee – current fees are available through the Land Registry website
  • Managing Agents pack on sale of leasehold – this can only be ascertained on receipt of documents but the average charge
  • is approximately £360.00 including VAT, but can vary depending on the Managing Agent or Freeholder
  • Notice and compliance fees on leasehold purchases – these can only be ascertained during the transaction but
  • typically can range between £240.00 to £480.00 including VAT
  • Bankruptcy search fee £2.00
  • Land Registry search fee £3.00


How long will my property transaction take?

How long it will take from offer until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 to 8 weeks.

It can be quicker or longer, depending on the number of parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage offer in place, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 to 3 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Search fees – between £220 and £350
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – this depends upon a variety of factors. A calculation is available through the HMRC website
  • Land Registry fee – current fees are available through the Land Registry website
  • Managing Agents pack on sale of leasehold – this can only be ascertained on receipt of documents but the average charge is
  • approximately £360.00 including VAT, but can vary depending on the Managing Agent or Freeholder.
  • Notice and compliance fees on leasehold purchases – these can only be ascertained during the transaction but typically
  • can range between £240.00 to £480.00 including VAT.
  • Bankruptcy search fee £2.00
  • Land Registry search fee £3.00

EMPLOYMENT

Our fees for contentious employment tribunal work are based upon time spent on matters and calculated on our hourly rates of £175 to £350, depending on the complexity of the matter and experience of the fee earners.

Disbursements that will commonly be needed to be paid by us to third parties:

  • Court fees vary depending on size of claim and are fixed and set out on www.gov.uk court claim site
  • Instruction of process server to serve demands and court orders = £95 – £150 depending on location and type of service
  • Instruction of barristers to attend court on your behalf, fees vary based on seniority of barrister chosen and complexity of case.
    Further details will be provided at the time of instructions on the suggested choice of barrister and fee guide

Our services are provided by our experienced solicitors with the assistance of our support team (including our trainee solicitors). All services are carried out under the supervision of a partner. Also note that our fees are subject to VAT and further details about cost information would be provided to respective clients at the time of instructions; and set out clearly in their client care letters

PROBATE MATTERS

Our costs for non-contentious probate matters are:

  1. Fixed fee of 0.5% to 3% depending on the value of the estate, complexity and circumstances of each matter; and/or
  2. Hourly rate of £175 to £350, depending on the complexity of the matter and experience of the fee earners.

Our services are provided by our experienced solicitors with the assistance of our support team (including our trainee solicitors). All services are carried out under the supervision of a partner. Also note that our fees are subject to VAT and further details about cost information would be provided to respective clients at the time of instructions; and set out clearly in their client care letters. Costs are very difficult to predict in probate cases but in a fairly straightforward case, we generally estimate it should take between 7 to 30 hours, plus 0.5% to 3% of the gross value of the estate, as the case may be, plus VAT.

Costs are very difficult to predict in probate cases but in a fairly straightforward case, we generally estimate it should take between 7 to 30 hours, plus 0.5% to 3% of the gross value of the estate, as the case may be, plus VAT.

Disbursements that will commonly be needed to be paid by us to third parties:

  • Probate application fee, currently £155 plus 50p for each copy Grant
  • Swearing of Oath = £7 – £11 per executor
  • Bankruptcy searches = £2 per beneficiary
  • Notice in London Gazette and in local newspaper – approximately £300 – £400. This is protection against unexpected claims
    Depending on how many hours it takes to complete, our fees will be calculated on the amount of time spent on the matter to that date.



We cannot anticipate the eventualities of all and every scenario. However, if we do suspect that we are reaching our estimate of costs and will exceed it, you will be notified of this and the reasons why.

How long will it take

In a straightforward case, from the time you instruct us to the distribution of the Estate, the average process can take between six to twelve months. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties involved and the time it takes to ascertain the value of the Estate, for example, if the original documentation is not obtained and searches have to be undertaken. In such a situation, additional charges may also apply.


Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in a Probate matter can vary according to the circumstances, however, we have listed some key stages below:
  • Take your instructions, ID, money on account and provide you with some initial advice.
  • Determine the value of the Estate, contacting institutions and obtaining the value as at the date of death.
  • Verifying the terms of the deceased’s Will, or where there is no Will, proceeding in accordance with intestacy laws, and
  • obtaining the necessary identification documents for the beneficiaries.
  • Preparing the account for Inheritance Tax to HMRC, where applicable, paying the tax and submitting the correct
  • Inheritance Tax return(required whether or not there is tax due).
  • Applying to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Representation, this being the document confirming the legal authority
  • to administer the Estate.
  • After the Grant of Representation has been issued by the Probate Registry, liquidating (selling or calling in) the deceased’s
  • assets and settling any debts and all their liabilities.
  • Paying the final Estate administration expenses and accounting to HMRC for any further Inheritance Tax, any Income Tax or
  • Capital Gains Tax due to or from the Estate.
  • Preparing the Estate Accounts showing all payments into and out of the Estate, and the balance left for distribution to the beneficiaries.
  • Sending the Estate accounts to the Personal Representatives (such as the Executor in the Will) for approval.
  • If there are no challenges or complicating factors that have arisen preventing distribution, the final phase will involve transferring any assets that the beneficiaries wish to retain and distributing the balance of the Estate funds.



IMMIGRATION

Our fees for contentious immigration work are based upon time spent on matters and calculated on our hourly rates of £175 to £350, depending on the complexity of the matter and experience of the fee earners.

Disbursements that will commonly be needed to be paid by us to third parties:

  • Court fees vary depending on size of claim and are fixed and set out on www.gov.uk court claim site
  • Instruction of barristers to attend court on your behalf, fees vary based on seniority of barrister chosen and complexity of case. Further details will be provided at the time of instructions on the suggested choice of barrister and fee guide



Our services are provided by our experienced solicitors with the assistance of our support team (including our trainee solicitors). All services are carried out under the supervision of a partner. Also note that our fees are subject to VAT and further details about cost information would be provided to respective clients at the time of instructions; and set out clearly in their client care letters