We at Mountain Partnership Solicitors ensure that all our charges and fees are clear and transparent from the beginning of your instructions, and throughout the lifespan of a matter. Our fees will of course vary depending on the experience and seniority of the solicitors handling the matter and the complexity of the matter. Our fees and pricing are set out below underneath the area/s of law involved. All indicated fees relate to one application or matter for one individual only unless otherwise stated. Our fees are in addition to any disbursements that may be payable to third parties in any given matter. Some third parties may charge value added tax (“VAT”) on their costs or fees.


Commercial Leases

  • New Lease - £1,500 + VAT
  • Assignment of Lease - £1,200 + VAT
  • Other preparation of Deeds - £500 + VAT

Residential conveyance

  • Purchase - £1,700 + VAT
  • Sale - £1,500 + VAT
  • Lease extension - £1,200 + VAT


This is normally assessed on transaction value and includes the following:

Fee for searches such as Local Authority; Drainage & Environmental £650.00 inclusive VAT

HM Land Registry Fee: This will depend on the transaction.

Stamp Duty and Land Tax: This will also depend on the purchase price of the property.

Stamp Duty and Land Tax:

This will also depend on the purchase price of the property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website.

How long will my purchase or sale take?

Normally, the time between receiving papers and exchange is four weeks, as is the time between exchange and completion. However, these times can be varied to suit the requirements of the parties to the transaction. These times may also vary if complications arise, such as (but not limited to) defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction. We will keep you informed of any complications arising which could delay the purchase process and of any resulting increase in cost.

Stages of the process:

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages below:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Request from you money to cover initial searches
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contract lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract document
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of the seller's solicitors
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through the condition of the mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft transfer document
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree on completion date ( This will be the date when your ownership of the property starts)
  • Request deposit monies from you ( This will usually be 10%of the purchase price)
  • Exchange contract and inform you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with the payment of Stamp Duty/ Land Tax
  • Deal with the registration of the property at the Land Registry.

Additional Cost:

All Home Office Fees, court fees, and costs payable by client, IHS and Biometric enrolment fees, Counsel’s fee, expert witness and medical report fees.


Immigration Appeals to First Tier Tribunal up to one hearing only – (for lodging grounds, preparing the case, preparing appeal bundle but excluding Advocacy is from £1500 to £4000.

Immigration Appeals to Upper Tribunal:

  • For lodging grounds of appeal, preparing the case and lodging up to one hearing only excluding Advocacy is £1,500 to £4,000.
  • Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK – £1,500 to £2,000
  • Applications under Private Life route (20 years long residence, 7 years continuous residence by a child under the age of 18 year old, including discretionary leave) – £1,500 to £2,000
  • Judicial Review is between £2,000 to £4,000 excluding Advocacy and disbursements
  • Application for Naturalisation – £750 to £1,200
  • Application for leave to enter or remain in the UK as family members of a person present and settled in the UK – £1,500 to £2,000.
  • EEA Applications (residence card as a family member of EEA national, retaining rights of residence as a family member after divorce or death, derivative residence card as a primary career, residence card as extended family members, EU Settlement scheme applications) – £750 to £1,500
  • Extension of leave to remain in the UK (on all categories) – £1,500 to £2,000
  • Application for UK work visas (Skilled Worker route) – £2,500 to £3,500
  • Investors Visa – Hourly rate and levels of investments will determine our fees including the client status
  • Apart from our fees, there are other fees that need to be paid like Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge ( IHS).
  • The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

    is currently between £500-£1,500) depending on the nature of your application.

    Home Office

    The Home Office fees varies depending on the kind of application you are making. You can contact us prior to making the application so that we can give you the exact fee to be paid.

However , you can check for the up-to date home office fee by using the Home Office website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-11-october-2021

Others category of fees:

Other rates will apply in respect of advocacy fees. Where applicable, this will be a disbursement in your case and will be agreed with the barrister beforehand and paid in advance before we instruct barrister on behalf of the client.

What our service involves:

We recognise that some clients may find it difficult to pay our fees upfront therefore to make things easy for our client and subject to mutual agreement, we may offer instalment payment plans.

Our agreed fee covers all work relating to your matter including

  • Taking your initial instructions
  • Providing advice on which documents and information would be needed for your type of application
  • Checking the supporting documents for the application or appeal
  • Preparing the necessary application or appeal forms on your behalf
  • Preparing representations in support of your application
  • Lodging the application, representations and supporting evidence to the Home Office Representing the client at the tribunal hearings/appeals
  • All communication between the Home Office and other agencies concerning your application/appeal until we receive a written decision in your matter.
  • Please take note that should you withdraw your instructions before decision in your matter is achieved, no refund of fees paid will be made.

    Furthermore, please note that the fees quoted do not include monies due to third parties like the Immigration Health Surcharge, Home Office fee, Barrister’s fees… Clients will be responsible for paying the Home Office fees/appeal/court fees (Home Office fees vary depending on the type of the application and are subject to changes. Please ask us about current Home Office fees at the time of your application or appeal.

    Time Estimate

    It is difficult to estimate how long it will take before the Home Office can reach a decision in your matter. This will depend on a case by case and caseworker dealing with the application.

    However, we can only give a rough estimate that most straightforward cases can takes between 3 to 6 months for the Home Office to provide a decision, and complicated cases may take between 6 to 24 months for the Home Office to reach a decision.

Key stages of Immigration work

  • Client gives instructions for a matter and matter is evaluated and allocated to the most appropriately qualified solicitor.
  • Client has conference with solicitor to obtain specific instructions on the facts and evidence
  • Solicitor’s advices client on the matter based on facts and evidence before him and the application or appeal procedure and discusses costs.
  • Within 7 days client care letter confirming instructions and advice given sent to client
  • If client confirms and puts solicitors on funds as agreed matter progresses and client kept updated.
  • Client will have the opportunity to review the application or appeal before it is sent out to the appropriate authority.
  • Client will be contacted to review any decision
  • Supervisor’s reviews file every 2-3 months and requests for further information where necessary.

Anticipated Disbursements:

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.

  • HM Courts and Tribunal Services probate application fee - £155
  • Fee for each additional copy of the Grant of Probate - £1.50
  • Fee for swearing of the Oath - £5 (per executor) plus £2 per exhibit (if applicable)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches - £2 per UK beneficiary
  • £87.84 (inc. VAT) to post a Notice in The London Gazette – this protects executors against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
  • Approximately £100 to £200 to post a Notice in a Local Newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims
  • Fee for electronic transfer of monies to creditors or beneficiaries – £30 plus VAT per UK transfer.

Probate – uncontested cases with all assets in the UK

Our probate solicitors will help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf and will then collect and distribute the assets.

The cost of handling an estate will depend on the complexity of the matter and the time needed to be spent on it by the solicitor acting in your case. Every probate is different. Please Contact us to discuss the estate details and to receive a quote based on your individual circumstances.

Applying for the Grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We will handle the full process for you. The costs guidance below covers work in a straightforward estate where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • The deceased was domiciled in the UK
  • There is no more than one freehold property
  • There are no more than three bank or building society accounts
  • There are no intangible assets
  • There are no overseas assets
  • There are no more than three beneficiaries
  • The Will does not contain any trusts
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets
  • 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
  • There is no income tax or capital gains tax issues

Our estimated legal fees for handling a straightforward estate as outlined above would be between £7,750 to £10,750.

VAT will be payable on our fees at the current rate.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within six to twelve months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes approximately three months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between one to three months. Once this has been done, we can discharge the estate debts/liabilities, prepare the Estate Accounts and distribute the asset, which normally takes two to six months.

Potential additional costs:

If there is no Will or the estate consists of any share holdings, stocks and bonds, there are 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.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included, but we can provide a separate quote for this work on request.


The basis for our charges includes:

  • Taking instructions, preparing for the matter or application, evaluating the evidence
  • Advising on the success rate of the matter and probability of matter getting to Tribunal.
  • -Completing relevant application forms
  • Preparation, drafting witness statements, lodging forms and appeals
  • Making and Receiving correspondences on client’s behalf
  • Attendance and Preparation, including obtaining instructions, considering the papers and evidence;
  • Taking statements from the client and any relevant witnesses;

Additional costs for:


The current VAT rate is 20% as set by the HMRC. However, VAT will not be charged for works carried out for clients without leave to remain in the UK. The Government determines the rate of VAT. Clients may be charged VAT by other agencies acting for the Home Office therefore disbursements may attract VAT.


We would allocate the immigration work to the appropriate solicitor depending on the complexity. All Immigration works are supervised by the most experience solicitor usually has over 8 years’ experience.


Our firm does not undertake legal aid work and therefore, all our services are privately funded cases.

We usually charge hourly rate if it is unclear how long a case will take and the complexity of the case. Example is when we deal with complex litigation matters. Our hourly rates depend on the level of solicitor’s experience and the location of the matter or court if contentious. Depending on the complexity of the case, any of our solicitors with the following will be in charge of the matter and charge the following fees.

      (i) Grade A Fee Earners (8 years+ experience): £250.00 p/hour.
      (ii) Grade B Fee Earners (4 years – 8 years’ experience): £225.00 p/hour.
      (iii) Grade C Fee Earners (less than 4 years+) £150.00 p/hour.
      (iv) Grade D Fee Earners (Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals): £120.00 p/hour

    Making Payments: We receive payments by BACS and in person. What is not included in the above charges is VAT and Disbursements. Disbursements are payment to third-parties that may be involved in your matter.