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Example of our costs: Business to business debt that is undisputed

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.

  Court fee (based on amount claimed, plus interest) Our fee (incl. VAT)
Up to £5,000
Claim up to £300.00 - £35.00
£300.01 to £500.00 - £50.00
£500.01 to £1,00.00 - £70.00
£1,000.01 to £1,500.00 - £80.00
£1,500.01 to £3,000.00 - £115.00
£3,000.01 to £5,000.00 - £205.00
£150.00 (£180.00)
£175.00 (£210.00)
£250.00 (£300.00)
£395.00 (£474.00)
£595.00 (£714.00)
£695.00 (£834.00)
£5,001 - £10,000
£455.00
£1,400.00 (£1,680.00) - £2,000.00 (£2,400.00)
£10,001 - £50,000
5% value of the claim
£10,000.00 (£12,000.00)
Please note the following
  • 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 the 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 90 days, providing you with advice on the next steps and likely costs.
How long will the process take?

Matters usually take 10-12 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.

Example of costs: Administration of an estate value

Work involved:

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing assets.

How much does this service cost?

We anticipate this will take between 9 and 18 hours work at £220.00 per hour.

Legal costs estimated are between £2200.00 - £4,000.00

Plus VAT at 20% (£440.00 - £800.00)

Plus Disbursements *:

  • Probate court fee of £215 (£0 if Estate is less than £5,000.00).
  • Fee for the swearing of the oath (per executor) £7.00
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary) £2.00.
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors £62.15 plus £12.43 VAT.
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims £185.00 plus £37.00 VAT.

* Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements as part of the transaction.

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 example is for estates where:
  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are between 1- 4 beneficiaries.
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on the 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.
Included in 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.
Potential additional costs:
  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (unit trusts, gilts, 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 each (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 10-14 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.

Example of our costs: Licensing (fixed fee)

This is a fixed fee example for an application for a new premises licence (simple application).

Fixed fee of £900.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements).

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £750.00.
  • VAT on legal fees £150.00.
Disbursements
  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)
  • This varies dependant upon the relevant licensing authority and the non-domestic rateable value of the premises and can be between £100.00 - £1905.00.
  • Advertising fee estimated between £150.00 - £250.00.
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices, estimated at between £100 - £180.00.
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application, estimated at £36.00.
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary - £75.00.

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.

*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 5-12 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.

Example of our Costs: Employment

As a part from dealing with the matter on a fixed fee basis, we may in some circumstances, be prepared to deal with the matter on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay our fees upfront but in the event that you are awarded a monetary award, we will then be entitled to a pre-agreed percentage of that award. However, if you lose, then you will not have to pay our fees.

Fixed Costs:

These costs estimates apply to the bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal only.

Simple case: £8,000.00-£10,000.00 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £10,000.00-£20,000.00 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £20,000.00–£50,000.00 (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 £750.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 -10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

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.

Counsel's fees are estimated between £3,000.00-£8,000.00 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages

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 a claim or response.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from another 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 on 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 to 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 only an indication of the work required to be completed and if some of the 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?

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 10-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12-18 months. 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 of our costs: Purchase of a freehold residential property value £500,000.00

Our fees will cover the work * required to complete the purchase of your new property, including :

  • dealing with the registration of the property at the Land Registry
  • 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

Our fees **:

  • Legal Fee for purchase £1150.00
  • Legal fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender £250.00 ( up to £500.00)
  • Legal fee for completion of SDLT Form £25.00
  • Legal fee electronic money transfer fee £25.00

Plus VAT at 20% £290.00

Disbursements **

  • Search Fees:

Fee to the local council to check whether there are any planning or local issues that might affect the property's value. £100 -£250.00

Water drainage search fee £65.00 -75.00

Ground Sure Home Buyers Report (Environmental) £60.00

Bankruptcy Search Fee £2.00 per name

HMLR Official Search Fees £3.00 per search

These search fees can between £250 to £400.00                                               

  • HM Land Registry registration Fee £270.00 by post/£135.00 by portal

Estimated total: £2410.00             

In addition to searches, you may also have to pay Stamp Duty or Land Tax on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay using the HMRC’s website or if the property is in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here:

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator

Increased costs may be incurred if additional work is required in dealing with your transaction, for example:

  • If the legal title to the property is defective or if the property or part of the property is unregistered
  • If building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents have not been provided

**Disbursements : These are costs related to your transaction that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle these costs as part of the transaction.

How long will my house purchase take?

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential freehold property vary according to the individual circumstances but the average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage that has been agreed in principle could take  8 weeks. However, a leasehold property requiring an extension of the lease can take considerably longer, between 3 and 5 months and additional charges would apply.

The Conveyancing Process

The stages involved in the conveyancing process can vary according to circumstances but the key stages can be summarised as follows:

  • We will take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check funds are in place for the purchase and contact the lender’s solicitors if we are not also acting for the lender
  • Receive and advise on the contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of the Seller’s Solicitor
  • Give you advice on documents and information received
  • Go through the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  • Draft the transfer
  • Send contract to you for signing
  • Agree on a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange Contracts and inform you when this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from you and your lender
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Register property at the Land Registry

Further information regarding the buying process can be found at:

https://www.your-move.co.uk/buy/guides/house-buying-process-england-and-wales

Example of our costs : Purchase of a leasehold residential property value £500,000.00

Our fees will cover the work * required to complete the purchase of your new property, including :

  • dealing with the registration of the property at the Land Registry
  • 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

Our fees:

  • Legal Fee for the purchase £1500.00
  • Legal fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender £250.00 (Up to £500.00)
  • Legal fee for electronic money transfer fee £25.00
  • Legal fee for completion of SDLT Form £25.00

VAT at 20% £360.00

Disbursements**

  • Search Fees:

Fee to the local council to check whether there are any planning or local issues that might affect the property's value. £100 -£250.00

Water drainage search fee £65.00 -75.00

Ground Sure Home Buyers Report (Environmental) £60.00

Office Copy Entries

Bankruptcy Search Fee £2.00 per name

HMLR Official Search Fees £3.00 per search

These  search fees can cost between £250 to £400.00                               

  • HM Land Registry Fee £270.00 by post/£135.00 by Portal
  • Notice of Transfer fee – (This fee, if chargeable will be set out in the lease ) Often the fee is between £50.00 and £150.00
  • Notice of Charge fee (If the property is mortgaged. This fee will be set out in the lease) Often the fee is between £50.00 and £150.00
  • Deed of Covenant fee (This fee is provided by the management company for the property and is difficult to estimate.) Often it is between £250.00 and £350.00
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – (The Landlord may be required to provide this to confirm to the HM Land Registry that the change of ownership requirements in the lease have been complied with and this will be confirmed upon receipt of the lease) This fee can range between £50.00 and £150.00

Estimated total: £3630.00             

In addition, you may also have to pay Stamp Duty or Land Tax on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay using the HMRC’s website or if the property is in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator

Increased costs may be incurred if additional work is required in dealing with your transaction, for example:

  • If the legal title to the property is defective or if the property or part of the property is unregistered
  • If building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents have not been provided

**Disbursements : These are costs related to your transaction that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of 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 have been set out in the above example but this list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitor.

These fees and disbursements may vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you a more 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 we receive this information.

How long will my house purchase take?

This will depend on a number of factors but the average process takes between 8 -12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage that has been agreed in principle could take 8 weeks. However, a leasehold property requiring an extension of the lease can take considerably longer, between 3 and 5 months and additional charges would apply.

The Conveyancing Process

The stages involved in the conveyancing process can vary according to circumstances but the key stages can be summarised as follows:

  • We will take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check funds are in place for the purchase and contact the lender’s solicitors if we are not also acting for the lender
  • Receive and advise on the contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of the Seller’s Solicitor
  • Give you advice on documents and information received
  • Go through the conditions of the mortgage offer with you
  • Draft the transfer
  • Send contract to you for signing
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange Contracts and inform you when this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from you and your lender
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Register property at the Land Registry

Further information regarding the buying process can be found at:

https://www.your-move.co.uk/buy/guides/house-buying-process-england-and-wales

Our fees assume 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 complications 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.

Example of our costs: Sale of a freehold residential property value £500,000.00

Our fees will cover the work * required to complete the sale of your new property, including :

Our fees & disbursements**:

  • Legal fee for sale £850.00                                
  • Legal fee for redeeming a mortgage £150.00
  • Legal fee for electronic money transfer £25.00

VAT at 20% £205.00

Disbursements:

  • HMLR Official Search Fees £3.00 per search

 

Estimated total:       £1236.00

Increased costs may be incurred if additional work is required in dealing with your transaction, for example:

  • If the legal title to the property is defective or if the property or part of the property is unregistered
  • If building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents have not been provided

**Disbursements : These are costs related to your transaction that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

How long will my house sale take?

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the individual circumstances  but the average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. However, a leasehold property, requiring an extension of the lease can take considerably longer, between 3 and 5 months and additional charges may apply.

The Conveyancing Process

The stages involved in the conveyancing process can vary according to circumstances but the key stages can be summarised as follows:

  • We will take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Draft and advise on the Contract
  • Send contract to you for signing
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange Contracts and inform you when this has happened
  • Complete the purchase
  • Receive proceeds of sale and redeem any mortgage or charge on the property and pay any outstanding fees or disbursements
  • Account to you for the balance

Further information regarding the conveyancing  process can be found at:

https://www.your-move.co.uk/buy/guides/house-buying-process-england-and-wales

Example of our costs: Sale of a leasehold residential property value £500,000.00

Our fees will cover the work * required to complete the sale of your new property, including:

Our fees:

  • Legal Fee for sale £1.250.00                                            
  • Legal fee for redeeming a mortgage £150.00
  • Legal fee for electronic money transfer fee £25.00

VAT at 20% £285.00

Disbursements**:

  • HMLR Official Search Fees £3.00 per search
  • Seller’s Leasehold Pack - this is usually between £300.00 - £500.00
  • Fee for Landlord/ Landlord’s Solicitors to sign the Licence to Assign the lease. This is usually between £300.00 - £500.00

Estimated total:       £2,713.00

Increased costs may be incurred if additional work is required in dealing with your transaction, for example:

  • If the legal title to the property is defective or if the property or part of the property is unregistered
  • If building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents have not been provided
  • If a lease extension is required

**Disbursements : These are costs related to your transaction that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of disbursements as part of the transaction.

How long will my house sale take?

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the individual circumstances  but the average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. However, a leasehold property, requiring an extension of the lease can take considerably longer, between 3 and 5 months and additional charges may apply.

The Conveyancing Process

The stages involved in the conveyancing process can vary according to circumstances but the key stages can be summarised as follows:

  • We will take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Draft and advise on the Contract
  • Draft & Advise on the Sellers Leasehold Pack and Licences to Assign
  • Send contract to you for signing
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange Contracts and inform you when this has happened
  • Complete the purchase
  • Receive proceeds of sale and redeem any mortgage or charge on the property and pay any outstanding fees or disbursements
  • Account to you for the balance

Further information regarding the conveyancing  process can be found at:

https://www.your-move.co.uk/buy/guides/house-buying-process-england-and-wales

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