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Our fees are calculated in accordance with our Terms of Business, with reference to the time we spend on the Services and on the level of skill and responsibility. We start every piece of work with an initial 30 minute meeting or telephone conversation at no cost to yourself to know the details of your situation, and what you need help with.

We follow up with an Engagement Letter that sets out the services we will be providing, what we expect from you and provides an indication of how much it will cost, together with a copy of our standard terms of business. We are always happy to discuss this proposal if you have any queries, and you are under no obligation to instruct us to proceed.

If you choose to instruct us, we will complete the work as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and keep you informed of our progress every step of the way.

Pricing in more detail

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires law firms to publish pricing details for certain services. The following explain how we price these services. All our work is undertaken at partner level and, where appropriate with the assistance of one or more of our solicitors and or trainees – as specified in our Engagement Letter. We also provide indications of how long the work may take.

Please bear in mind that this guidance is based on typical circumstances, and situations with complex or unusual aspects may take longer to resolve. It’s always best to get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat so we can discuss your situation, and provide a bespoke cost proposal for the work.

If you want to know the price for another service simply get in touch and we can provide a proposal that is tailored to your needs. If you prefer, we can also give you a rough indication of cost based on typical circumstances.

For more information on the range of services we offer visit our Principal Areas of Work Page.

Purchase of a freehold residential property

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Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with 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.

Based on a freehold purchase of a residential property as a principle home, at a price of, say, £750,000.00, our fees and disbursements would be in the following sums, on the basis that matters proceed straightforwardly and without undue complication or delay in such transaction. If the transaction is for a higher or lower purchase price than that stated, then the fees and disbursements will vary, and in that event, please contact us for a quote tailored to your needs and circumstances.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

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  • Legal fee £3,500.00
  • Search fees £300.00
  • HM Land Registry fee £270.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee £20.00
  • VAT payable VAT payable £764.00
  • Subtotal (or just this figure) £4,854.00

Disbursements are costs 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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

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This depends on the purchase price of your property and whether you are a first time buyer, or if this is a principle home, or second home, or to let (investment). You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here..

Estimated total £4,854.00 (excl. stamp duty land tax)

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How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-10 weeks from our receipt of papers from the Seller’s solicitors.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property with a share of the freehold, or involves shared services with service charges, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 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 which will be included:

  • 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 conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

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Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Based on the purchase of an existing residential leasehold property, as a principle home, at say a price of £450,000.00, where Landlord’s consent under the terms of the Lease is not required, and matters proceed straightforwardly and without undue complication or delay, our estimated fees and disbursements would be as set out below. If the transaction is for a higher or lower purchase price then that stated, then the fees and disbursements will vary, and in that event, please contact us for a quote tailored to your needs and circumstances.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements

  • Legal fees £3,500.00
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender £500.00
  • Search fees £300.00
  • HM Land Registry fees £135.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee £20.00
  • VAT payable £864.00
  • Subtotal (or just this figure) £5,319.00

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out above, but there may be further disbursements associated with registration of the transaction with the Landlord and these are set out below (exclusive of VAT). This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms and provisions of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller's solicitors.

Anticipated Additional Disbursements for Leases – registration fees with the Landlord

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £80.00 - £100.00 on each.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £80.00 - £100.00.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100 - £120.00.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £80.00 - £100.00.

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

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This depends on the purchase price of your property and whether you are a first time buyer, or if this is a principle home, or second home, or to let (investment). You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website.

Estimated total £5,319.00 (excl. Stamp duty land tax and any registration fees payable to the Landlord)

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that will be included:

  • 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 (to include outline terms on the Lease you will be acquiring)
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Give Notice of Completion to the Landlord
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will my house purchase take?

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How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-10 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, 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 3 to 4 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply. * Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Probate and Estate Administration Work

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Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 12 and 20 hours work at £400.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at £4,800.00 - £8,000.00 (excl. of VAT & disbursements) (and excluding any additional costs on the sale of a property).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property to be transferred to the beneficiaries
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2-4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £215.00 (subject to variation)
  • £7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary)
  • Post in The London Gazette and/or post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims or unknown creditors – fees being £200.00 - £300.00 per advertisement depending on the publication.

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

Potential additional costs

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  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50p each (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale, or transfer of more than one property in the estate is not included.
  • In addition to the above will be any tax payments such as inheritance tax, income tax and capital gains tax which will have to be assessed and determined depending on the circumstances of each case, and for large value estates requiring a detailed account to be made to HMRC, then additional fees will be incurred.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 8-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-4 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-6 months thereafter. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes a further 2-4 months depending on the nature of asset or property involved. As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

Employment Tribunal (Range of costs)

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Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £5,000.00 - £10,000.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £10,000.00 - £15,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £15,000.00 - £20,000.00 (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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,600.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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

Counsel's fees estimated between £2,500.00 to £5,000.00 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

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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
  • 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 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?

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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 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12-24 weeks. 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.

Example template (Range of fixed fees) for a business to business debt that is undisputed

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Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to 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 (incl. VAT) Total
Up to £5,000 £70.00 £1,500.00 (£300.00 VAT) £1,870
£5,001 - £10,000 £455.00 £2,500.00(£500.00 VAT) £3,455
£10,001 - £50,000 5% value of the claim 2.5% value of the claim

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 X days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 4-6 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.

Fixed fee example for an application for a new premises licence (simple application)

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Fixed fee of £9,000.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements) This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £7,500.00
  • VAT on legal fees £1,500.00

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £X*
  • Advertising fee £X-X*
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices £X – X*
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £250.00 plus VAT
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary £50.00

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so. Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take x-x weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

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