OUR FEE STRUCTURE

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

Disbursements

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

Fee for searches such as Local Authority; Water Authority; Drainage Environmental Search and Chancel Search £650.00

Electronic money transfer fee: £20.00

HM Land Registry: This will depend on the transaction.

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.

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
  • 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.

Immigration

  • Entry Clearance application (eg visiting visa, Family reunion Spouse Visa £1,400.00 to £2,500.00
  • Settlement Application - £1,500 to £2,500).
  • Application for Further Leave to Remain ( FLR (FP) ' FLR (M ) EEA £1,200 to £1,500
  • PBS Applications ( Tier 1, 2 and 4 £1,800 to £2,500.00
  • PBS Dependant's Application £1,000.00 to £1,500
  • Student Extension visa from £1,000.00
  • Asylum £1,500.00 to £2,500.00
  • Appeal cases - from £1,800 + VAT
  • Judicial Review to lodge application - £3,000 + VAT
  • Naturalisation ( eg AN1, MN1, Form T- £1,000.00 to £1,500.00
  • Student Extension of leave - £1,500

Additional Cost:

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

How long it takes for a Matter to be concluded.

The length of time it takes for an Immigration matter to be concluded is determined by the Home Office. We cannot control how long it takes however we shall continue to keep the client updated. In the case of a matter at the Tribunal, the court diary determines when a matter is listed for hearing or the decision made by the Judge. It is therefore not possible to give a definite timescale for the conclusion of a matter.

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.

Key stages of the process:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • 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 all assets in the estate
  • Discharge all debts of the estate
  • Draw up Estate Accounts
  • Distribute legacies to the beneficiaries of the Will

THE BASIS FOR OUR CHARGES

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:

VAT

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.

THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR SOLICITORS

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.

EMPLOYMENT MATTER

We can agree on a fixed fee if it a non-contentious issue.

  • We shall take client instructions on the subject matter of the case whether settlement agreement, employment contract, wrongful dismissal, redundancy. We take attendance notes and prepare for the matter and confirm costs as agreed.
  • • We shall confirm any advice and instructions within 7 days of instructions.

What is Not Included in our fixed fee agreements for a non contentious employment matter?

Additional costs for:

Counsel’s fees and opinion, etc.

The key stages for a typical non contentious employment matter are as follows:

  • Solicitors is allocated the matter who meets with client
  • Relevant documents are considered and perused and client is given advice based on the documents and facts.
  • Issue of costs is agreed and within 7 days, client is sent a client acre letter confirming instructions, advice and costs.
  • Matter is engaged with the employers to negotiate for settlement. Client is updated
  • Advise the client on whether or not to accept any offer put to us
  • The matter is settled or referred to ET depending on the client’s ability to accept or reject offer.

How long the matter will take

The length of time it takes for an Employment matter to be concluded is determined by several factors like the conduct of the employer or the Employment Tribunal. We cannot control how long it takes however we shall continue to keep the client updated. In the case of a matter at the Tribunal, the court diary determines when a matter is listed for hearing or the decision made by the Judge. It is therefore not possible to give a definite timescale for the conclusion of a matter.

FIXED FEE

We may agree fixed fees in some cases we think are straightforward and non contentious. If the matter becomes protracted, then we shall review the fees structure with your agreement.

PRIVATE FUNDING

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.