Our Fees

Wills & Probate

Wills start at £350 plus VAT for a simple single Will, £525 plus VAT for a couple, more complicated Wills are covered by our Succession Planning Service and all the fees are set out in this brochure.

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Estate Administration

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed that, from December 2018, it will require regulated law firms to publish information on pricing to help consumers make informed choices.

Our fees

We will calculate our fees based on the amount of time we spend carrying out your instructions as per our terms & conditions. For your information, our hourly rates are currently:

                                             Non – estates              Estates

Directors / ADs                       £300                            £350

Associate Solicitors / LEs       £275                            £325

Senior Solicitors / LEs            £250                            £300

Solicitors / LEs                        £230                            £280

Senior Trainees                      £200                            £250

Trainees                                  £175                            £225

Secretaries                              £125                            £175

VAT will be added to these amounts at the prevailing rate (Currently 20%)

It is always difficult to provide projections of costs in estate administrations at the outset as each one has its own issues and you are of course free to instruct us to do as much or as little of the work as you wish. However, in our experience, where we are instructed to carry out the whole administration from start to finish, in estates which are worth up to around £750,000 our fees tend to work out between 2% to 3% of the gross probate value and for estates worth in excess of £750,000 the fees fall between 1% and 2.5%. This is not however the basis of charging.

For example, if the gross probate value of the estate is around £380,000 our fees may fall between £7,600 plus VAT and £11,400 plus VAT. However, we should be able to give you a more accurate estimate when we get to the point of applying for the grant of probate.

Please note however, that circumstances may change or unforeseen events may occur which will impact on this estimate. If this happens, we shall let you know as soon as possible and explain why. We shall also then give you a revised estimate of our total fees and seek your approval to proceed on that basis.

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Other expenses

During the administration, there will be other expenses we shall have to pay called “disbursements”. The most common disbursements will be:

  • The probate application fee of £155
  • Sealed office copies of the Grant of Probate at £1.50 each
  • Accounts fee of £60 plus VAT
  • Unclaimed Assets Register search of £25 or a Landmark search of £135 plus VAT
  • Creditors’ search advertisements or insurance alternative – variable amount
  • Executors’ Bankruptcy searches at £2 each
  • Deceased Bankruptcy search at £2
  • Beneficiaries’ Bankruptcy searches at £2 each.

There may also be others which we will advise you of if necessary.

Conveyancing

Please see below a breakdown of our conveyancing fees.

Our freehold scales are as follows:

Purchase

Up to £250,000 = £800 - £1000 + VAT

£250,000 - £350,000 = £900 - £1100 + VAT

£350,000 - £400,000 = £1000 - £1200 + VAT

£400,000 - £500,000 = £1100 - £1350 + VAT

£500,000 - £600,000 = £1200 - £1500 + VAT

£600,000 - £700,000 = £1500 - £1650 + VAT

£700,000 - £800,000 = £1650 - £1750 + VAT

£800,000 - £900,000 = £1500 - £1850 + VAT

£900,000 - £1,000,000 = £1850 - £2000 + VAT

Over £1,000,000 = +0.25%

Sale

Up to £250,000 = £750 - £950 + VAT

£250,000 - £350,000 = £850 - £1050 + VAT

£350,000 - £400,000 = £950 - £1150 + VAT

£400,000 - £500,000 = £1050 - £1250 + VAT

£500,000 - £600,000 = £1150 - £1350 + VAT

£600,000 - £700,000 = £1350 - £1500 + VAT

£700,000 - £800,000 = £1500 - £1650 + VAT

£800,000 - £900,000 = £1650 - £1800 + VAT

£900,000 - £1,000,000 = £1800 - £2000 + VAT

Over £1,000,000 = +0.25%

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Our leasehold scales are as follows:

Purchase

Up to £250,000 = £950 - £1300 + VAT

£250,000 - £350,000 = £1150 - £1400 + VAT

£350,000 - £400,000 = £1250 - £1500 + VAT

£400,000 - £500,000 = £1350 - £1600 + VAT

£500,000 - £600,000 = £1450 - £1700 + VAT

£600,000 - £700,000 = £1700 - £1800 + VAT

£700,000 - £800,000 = £1800 - £1900 + VAT

£800,000 - £900,000 = £1900 - £2000 + VAT

£900,000 - £1,000,000 = £2000 - £2200 + VAT

Over £1,000,000 = +0.25%

Sale

Up to £250,000 = £900 - £1250 + VAT

£250,000 - £350,000 = £950 - £1350 + VAT

£350,000 - £400,000 = £1050 - £1450 + VAT

£400,000 - £500,000 = £1150 - £1550 + VAT

£500,000 - £600,000 = £1250 - £1650 + VAT

£600,000 - £700,000 = £1350 - £1750 + VAT

£700,000 - £800,000 = £1750 - £1850 + VAT

£800,000 - £900,000 = £1850 - £1950 + VAT

£900,000 - £1,000,000 = £1950 - £2050 + VAT

Over £1,000,000 = +0.25%

If you are purchasing a New Build / Shared Ownership Property or utilising the Help to Buy Scheme, additional fees will be payable. Please call us to discuss your proposed purchase and we will provide you with a bespoke quote. Transfers of Equity and Re-Mortgages are quoted on a case-by-case basis as follows;

  • Transfers of Equity - £750 - £1,000 + VAT.
  • Re-Mortgages £800 - £1,000 + VAT (for advances under £400,000) and £1,000 - £1,250 + VAT (for advances over £400,000). If you are intending to borrow over £1,000,000 please call us for a bespoke quote.

The above legal fees do not include disbursements. Disbursements are fees payable to 3rd parties during the course of the transaction (such as search fees, land registry registration fees, land registry search fees etc). Please contact us for a full quote and we will provide confirmation of the disbursements payable for your specific transaction(s).

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Litigation

Debt Recovery Procedure

 

The debt recovery process starts with our simple instruction form that can be completed very easily and sent to us by fax or email.  This provides us with all the information we need to commence work and prepare a formal letter of claim to the debtor.  On receipt of the completed instruction form, we aim to send the letter of claim to the debtor within 24 hours.  It will give the debtor 14 days in which to make payment in full of the debt.

 

If court proceedings are necessary, we will prepare the claim promptly.  If Judgment in default is obtained and it is necessary to take enforcement action against the debtor, then we again undertake this work at minimal cost to our clients and a full schedule of those fees and the Court fees is available on request.

 

If the claim is undefended our fixed fee system will apply, but if defended it will not.  This is because it becomes difficult to predict in advance how much time will have to be spent in dealing with the dispute and we have found that the fairest way to calculate our charges is to do so on an hourly rate basis from the time the defence is filed.  However, there will be no charge for any work done up to that point except for the Court fees which have been paid.

 

Our fixed fees are charged according to the stage at which payment is made and the amount of the debt.  The only other charges will be the court fees for commencing the claim if it is necessary to do so.  Our fixed fees are as below; (exclusive of VAT)

 

Standard fees

 

Amount of Debt

Payment after 1st letter

Payment before Judgment

Payment after Judgment

Up to £1,000

£50

£100

£150

£1,000-£5,000

£50

£150

£200

Over £5,000

£50

£200

£250

 

This service is not offered for all debt collection work. The service is offered on a discretionary basis where the firm considers it appropriate to do so.

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Employment For Individuals

Employment work is usually charged at the applicable hourly rate.

For example:

Our trainee rate is £150 plus VAT per hour

Our Associate rate is £250 plus VAT per hour

It is likely that the majority of your case will be conducted by a Senior Solicitor or an Associate Solicitor at a rate of £200 - £250 plus VAT per hour.

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Settlement Agreements

Our charge for providing advice and providing a signed advisor’s certificate in respect of a straight forward settlement agreement for a junior employee is typically £350 plus VAT.

The costs associated with advising on a complex settlement agreement and / or advising a more senior employee will exceed this level. We are happy to talk to you to give you a more detailed quote depending on the circumstances. Typically, the cost of such work will be between £500 - £1,000 plus VAT.

Please note that if we are required to negotiate with a view to obtaining enhanced / better terms than those put forward by an employer, then this work will exceed the guide prices set out above and any such work will be billed at our hourly rate. We should be able to give you a guide to the likely cost of such work, at the outset. However, such a cost will depend on factors beyond our control, such as how protracted negotiations become and how much you wish to fight for an increase.

  • The event that we are required to put an employment tribunal claim to protect your position, further costs will apply. We are able to discuss likely costs with you as and when this looks likely.
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Wrongful and unfair Dismissal Claims

We represent individuals / employees who have wrongful and / or unfair dismissal claims. We always look to advise our clients in their best interests, which will usually mean looking to obtain a reasonable settlement as early on as possible.

Our involvement in such matters usually involves the following steps:

  • Initial advice – which usually includes a meeting with you and a review of relevant paperwork etc
  • Negotiations - Pre-litigation correspondence / ACAS Early Conciliation / Negotiation. (Please note that attempts to negotiate are often ongoing throughout the process)
  • If there is no resolution reached, submission of an Employment Tribunal Claim
  • Attendance at a Preliminary Hearing – which is often conducted on the telephone but sometimes in person. This is usually conducted by Counsel
  • Preparation for hearing, including agreement of issues, preparation and review of documentation, preparation of witness statements
  • Ongoing Correspondence / case management
  • Full Hearing of the matter at an Employment Tribunal – usually 1 to 3 days
  • If successful – Remedy Hearing – usually no more than a day

Costs for representation vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • the complexity of the case
  • the volume of paperwork involved
  • the stage at which the case is concluded (i.e. whether the matter is settled prior to litigation or if it proceeds to a full heating)
  • the length of the hearing
  • the clarity of instructions provided by our client
  • the conduct of the other party involved
  • whether settlement discussions are become protracted
  • the complexity of settlement documentation
  • whether there is a formal Judicial Mediation

Likely costs

Our costs for work in these sorts of matters typically range between £1,000 - £8,000 plus VAT. Please note that this range of costs would not include disbursements, such as Counsel’s fees. It is not a maximum limit on our costs in such matters

Example costs:

  • Costs for an initial meeting, perusal of documentation (up to one lever arch) and initial advice about options / next steps - £500 - £1,000 plus VAT
  • A letter to the ex-employer (as approved by you) - £150 - £250 plus VAT
  • Negotiations including the initiation of ACAS Early Conciliation – follow up phone calls with ACAS– submission of one proposal of settlement - £200 - £400 plus VAT
  • Submission of Employment Claim - £1,000 - £1,500 plus VAT
  • Preparation of Documentation / Witness Statements / Schedule of Loss - £1,200 - £3,000 plus VAT (depending on case)

(Please note that the above estimates are based on matters which do not include: the writing of grievance letters, advice in respect of protracted grievances; advice in connection with data subject access requests; consideration of large volumes of documentation (e.g. obtained by data subject access requests), claims involving allegations of discrimination; claims involving protected disclosure / whistleblowing, and / or travel to and from client’s home or chosen meeting venue).

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Disbursements

The main disbursement in these types of cases will be for Counsel’s fees. Counsel is not usually involved until a decision has been made to lodge an Employment Tribunal Claim. These are discussed with clients before they are incurred but typically range from £600 - £4,500 plus VAT, depending on the extent of Counsel’s involvement. Counsel is usually engaged in the drafting of pleadings and to attend hearings.

Alternative ways to fund your matter

Tribunals are devised so that parties can represent themselves without lawyers. However, in recent years employment law has become increasingly complex and we would always recommend that individuals obtain at least some legal advice, wherever possible.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

The CAB have offices across the south east and are usually able to provide employment related advice free of charge:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Law Centres

Law Centres can often provide advice in relation to employment claims:

Kent University offer a Law Clinic from October to March and can be contacted at:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/clinic/

01227 823311

Queen Mary, University of London also have a Legal Advice Centre:

http://www.lac.qmul.ac.uk/advice/

Free Representation Unit (FRU)

FRU may be able to help you (free of charge) with an Employment Tribunal claim:

http://www.thefru.org.uk/can-fru-help-you

Trade union membership

If you are a member of a trade union, you may be entitled to free legal representation. You should contact your trade union directly for advice.

Legal Expenses Insurance

Legal Expenses Insurance is often provided with insurance (including household) and banking products. You should check the relevant policies and details / conditions of cover. You should usually contact / notify your insurer without delay and they will be able to tell you what you need to do.

We are sometimes able to provide advice which paid for in whole or part by a legal expenses insurer, depending on their terms.

No win no fee type arrangements

We are unable to offer such types of arrangements but some solicitors do. You can find these firms via Google.

Employment For Business

Wrongful and unfair Dismissal Claims

We regularly advise and represent Employers with respect to potential or actual wrongful and / or unfair dismissal claims. We always look to advise our clients in their best interests, which will usually mean looking to resolve the matter amicably (without recourse to litigation) at an early stage.

Our involvement in such matters usually involves the following steps:

  • Initial advice – which usually includes a meeting with you and a review of relevant paperwork etc
  • Negotiations - Pre-litigation correspondence / ACAS Early Conciliation / Negotiation. (Please note that attempts to negotiate are often ongoing throughout the process)
  • Defence to any Employment Tribunal Claim
  • Attendance at a Preliminary Hearing – which is often conducted on the telephone but sometimes in person. This is usually conducted by Counsel
  • Preparation for hearing, including agreement of issues, preparation and review of documentation, preparation of witness statements
  • Ongoing Correspondence / case management
  • Full Hearing of the matter at an Employment Tribunal – usually 1 to 3 days
  • Depending on the outcome – Remedy Hearing – usually no more than a day

Costs for representation vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • the complexity of the case
  • the volume of paperwork involved
  • the stage at which the case is concluded (i.e. whether the matter is settled prior to litigation or if it proceeds to a full heating)
  • the length of the hearing
  • the clarity of instructions provided by our client
  • the conduct of the other party involved
  • whether settlement discussions are become protracted
  • the complexity of settlement documentation
  • whether there is a formal Judicial Mediation

Likely costs

Our costs for work in these sorts of matters typically range between £1,500 - £9,000 plus VAT. Please note that this range of costs would not include Disbursements, such as Counsel’s fees. It is not a maximum limit on our costs in such matters.

Example costs:

  • Costs for an initial meeting, perusal of documentation (up to one lever arch) and initial advice about options / next steps - £500 - £1,000 plus VAT
  • Initial negotiations including - £200 - £400 plus VAT
  • Defence of Employment Claim - £1,000 - £1,500 plus VAT
  • Preparation of Documentation / Witness Statements / Schedule of Loss - £1,200 - £4,000 plus VAT (depending on case)

(Please note that the above estimates are based on matters which do not include: advice in respect of protracted grievances; advice in connection with data subject access requests; consideration of large volumes of documentation, claims involving allegations of discrimination; claims involving protected disclosure / whistleblowing, and / or travel to and from client’s premises).

Disbursements

The main disbursement in these types of cases will be for Counsel’s fees. Counsel is not usually involved until a decision has been made to lodge an Employment Tribunal Claim. These are discussed with clients before they are incurred but typically range from £600 - £4,500 plus VAT, depending on the extent of Counsel’s involvement. Counsel is usually engaged in the drafting of pleadings and to attend hearings.

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