Pricing and Stages

Our fees are made up of the base price, additional fees and disbursements. There may also be other additional fees dependent upon each matter which will be made apparent either at the outset or throughout the course of the matter; we will notify you of these in advance.

If the matter becomes protracted due to unforeseen circumstances, we may have to increase our fees accordingly.

The fees listed are for non-urgent matters. Our fees in cases of particular urgency would be subject to consideration on an individual basis.

Abortive fees are charged on a percentage basis of the work we have conducted and any disbursements we have incurred.

For details of who will be conducting the work on your matter, please see here.

Residential Property Purchase

Stages

Every transaction is a different and the time taken depends on complexity, with the average purchase taking around 6 – 10 weeks from contacting us to completion. Things may take longer if, for example, the title to the property is defective or planning permissions has not been obtained. A brief outline of the stages are below:

  • 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

We do not get involved with negotiating a sale price or arranging a mortgage.

Our Fees

Purchase Price Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< £200,000 750 150 900
£200,001 – £400,000 850 170 1020
£400,001 – £600,000 950 190 1140
£600,001 – £800,000 1100 220 1320
£800,001 – £1,000,000 1250 250 1500
£1,000,001 + 1500 300 1800
Additional Fees In a Normal Transaction
Telegraphic Transfer Fee
(per transfer). Required in all transactions
30 6 36
Leasehold Fee
If the property is leasehold
100 20 120
Stamp Duty Land Tax Form Fee
If the purchase price is greater than £40,000 and we need to completed a Stamp Duty form
75 15 90
Mortgage Fee
If the property is to be mortgaged
100 20 120
Other Possible Additional Fees
Help To Buy
If the purchase will be with the assistance of the Help To Buy scheme
100 20 120
Share of Freehold
If the purchase also contains a share of the freehold.
295 59 354
Fee for dealing with indemnity insurance
If the property requires taking out indemnity insurance. There will also be a fee for the indemnity insurance itself which depends upon for what the insurance is required.
50 10 60
Disbursements
Bankruptcy Check
When getting a mortgage, each borrower is required to undergo a bankruptcy check.
2 2
OS1 Property Priority Search
This is required for all purchases.
3 3
Search Fees
We highly recommend obtaining searches for the property. The search pack we order includes the Local Authority Search, Water and Drainage Search, Planning Search and the Environmental Search
195 195
Surveyor’s Fees In rare cases, it may be advisable to have the property assessed by a surveyor, for example if there is subsidence. A surveyor would normally charge around £700 to £1,200 to provide a report.
Registration Fee (dependent upon purchase price)
All purchases will require this. Details of the Land Registry’s Registration fees are available under the Scale 1 table – “Apply using the portal for transfers” column here
20 – 455 95 – 540
Stamp Duty Land Tax This is dependent upon the purchase price and the purchaser’s situation. To find out how much tax would be due, visit HMRC’s SDLT calculator
Landlord’s fees These are only applicable if the property is leasehold and are paid to the landlord. Notice of assignment fees are payable when a leasehold property is purchased and notice of charge fees are paid when a leasehold property is mortgaged. These normally cost around £50 to £200 each. In some cases, these fees would need to be paid to both the landlord and the managing agent.

Some landlords, particular those of large blocks of flats, charge additional charges for providing consent to the property transfer, accepting a deed of covenant and providing a stock transfer form if the purchase includes a share in the freehold company. These fees are normally in the region of £75 to £150 each.

Residential Property Sale

Stages

The average sale takes around 6 – 10 weeks from contacting us to completion, though this is highly dependent upon external factors. A brief outline of the stages are below

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Draft and send contract documents to purchaser’s solicitor
  • Reply to purchaser’s enquiries
  • 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
  • Complete purchase
  • Redeem any mortgages on the property
  • Send the balance to you

We do not get involved with negotiating a sale price or arranging a mortgage.

Our Fees

Sale Price Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< £200,000 700 140 840
£200,001 – £400,000 800 160 960
£400,001 – £600,000 900 180 1,080
£600,001 – £800,000 1,000 200 1,200
£800,001 – £1,000,000 1,100 220 1,320
£1,000,001 + 1,250 250 1,500
Additional Fees In a Normal Transaction
Telegraphic Transfer Fee (per transfer)
This will be required when sending money to you or your existing lender to redeem the mortgage.
30 6 36
Leasehold Fee
If the property is leasehold.
100 20 120
Mortgage Redemption Fee
If you have an existing mortgage on your property.
100 20 120
Other Additional Fees
Share of Freehold
If you are also selling a share of the freehold.
295 59 354
Disbursements
Office Copies (freehold)
We will be required to get these in all transactions.
6 6
Office Copies (leasehold)
These will only be needed if the property is leasehold.
9 9
Additional Office Copies
In some cases, there may be additional documents relating to the property that need to be downloaded.
3 each 3 each
Management Pack / LPE1 (leasehold) This is set by the landlord and would normally range from around £100 – £300.

Residential Mortgage

Stages

A normal mortgage takes around a month from obtaining instructions to receive the mortgage advance. The stages are as follows:

  • Obtain your instructions
  • Review mortgage offer and ensure the lender’s requirements are met. This step can take varying amounts based on which company will be lending.
  • Obtain a redemption statement for the old mortgage, if applicable.
  • Write to the lender with a date for completion.
  • Receive the money, pay off the old mortgage (if applicable) and forward the balance to you.
  • Register the lender’s interest at the Land Registry

Our Fees

Remortgage amount Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< £200,000 350 70 420
£200,001 – £400,000 400 80 480
£400,001 – £600,000 450 90 540
£600,001 – £800,000 500 100 600
£800,001 – £1,000,000 550 110 660
£1,000,001 + 600 120 720
Additional Fees In a Normal Transaction
Money Transfer Fee
(per transfer)
30 6 36
Leasehold Fee
If the property is leasehold
100 20 120
Mortgage Redemption Fee
If you have an existing mortgage on your property
100 20 120
Disbursements
Office Copies (freehold) 6 6
Office Copies (leasehold) 9 9
Additional Office Copies
In some cases, there may be additional documents relating to the property that need to be downloaded.
3 each 3 each
Registration Fee (dependent upon mortgage amount)
All mortgages will require this. Details of the Land Registry’s Registration fees for mortgages are available under the Scale 2 table – “Apply using the portal or Business Gateway, for transfers of whole, charges of whole” column here
20 – 125 20-125
Notice of Charge Fee This is only payable if the property is leasehold. It is paid to the landlord or the landlord’s agent and normally cost from around £50 to £200.

Residential Lease Extension (landlord)

Stages

The length and steps of a lease extension depends largely upon whether a formal notice is served or not. Our fees are based on a lease extension initiated by notice. If the lease extension is dealt by way of notice, the tenant can be made to the pay the landlord’s costs and disbursements.

  • Get instructions from you
  • Serve a counternotice on the tenant after obtaining a valuation of the property from a surveyor.
  • Once the premium is agreed, either by notice or not, the lease extension deed can be prepared and completed.

Our Fees

Premium Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< 50,000 1,250 250 1,500
£50,000+ 1,500 300 1.800
Additional Expected Fees
Surveyor’s Fee In the process of most lease extensions, both parties instruct a surveyor to assess the value of the property. This usually ranges from around £700 – £1,200. The tenant is usually required to pay this.

Residential Lease Extension (tenant)

Stages

The length and steps of a lease extension depends largely upon whether a formal notice is served or not. Our fees are based on a lease extension initiated by notice.

  • Get instructions from you. This would be after you have appointed a surveyor is the extension is to be initiated by a notice.
  • Serve notice on the freeholder, if applicable
  • Wait up to two months for a counternotice with a different offer
  • Either agree to or dispute the premium for the lease, if applicable. This can be referred to the Property Tribunal after six months of receiving the counternotice if no response is received. In this eventually, we will charge additional fees
  • Once the premium is agreed, either by notice or not, the lease extension deed can be prepared and completed.

Our Fees

Premium Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< 50,000 1,250 250 1,500
£50,000+ 1,500 300 1.800
Additional Expected Fees
Surveyor’s Fee In the process of most lease extensions, both parties instruct a surveyor separate from the solicitor to assess the value of the property, though when a notice is served, it is the tenant’s responsibility to pay for both sets of surveyor’s fees. The fees usually ranges from around £700 – £1,200 per surveyor.
Deed of Substituted Security Fee
If you have a mortgage on your property, we will need to obtain a deed of substituted security from your lender. Your lender may also charge a fee for this. It is normally less than £120.
75 15 90
Tribunal Application fee
If we cannot reach an agreement with the landlord, we will be required to make an application to the Property Tribunal
200 40 240
Landlord’s Legal Costs When a notice is served to obtain a lease extension, the tenant would normally pay the landlord’s costs as well as their own.
Disbursements
Office Copies (freehold) 6 6
Office Copies (leasehold) 9 9
Management Pack / LPE1 (leasehold) This is set by the landlord and would normally range from around £100 – £300.

Probate

Stages

For the base price, we will obtain the grant of probate, close the accounts of the deceased, sell or transfer any shares and arrange for payment of Inheritance Tax from the assets of the Estate. These fees could be higher if there are a considerable number of distribution payments to make or the deceased has a large number of shares or accounts. The sale of any properties of the deceased are not dealt with within the estimate. These fees are only for uncontested probate.

The length of a probate matter is heavily dependent upon the size of the estate. For a small estate, the matter could complete in around 3 to 6 months. For larger estate with, the process could take 2 years or more. The stages in a probate matter are as follows:

    • Obtain instructions from you
    • Create a schedule of assets of the deceased
    • Complete the relevant IHT forms
    • Pay the whole or first instalment of IHT
  • Prepare an oath to be sworn by the executors.
  • Apply for the grant of probate
  • Once probate is received, the estate can be distributed. This involves closing bank accounts, transferring or selling shares and selling or transferring any properties.

Our Estimated Fees

Our fees are dependent upon the number of assets in the estate and the number of beneficiaries. In order to provide a more accurate estimate, we would need to discuss the estate with you.

Estate Size Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
Small
An estate with a few bank accounts, no shares and no property.
1,500 300 1,800
Medium
An estate with several bank accounts, some shares and some property.
3,500 700 4,200
Large
An estate with many bank accounts, many shares and several properties.
5,500 1,100 6,600
Disbursements
Probate Fee
This will be required in all cases and is paid to HMCTS.
155 155
Additional copies of grant of probate.
We normally get 5 to 10 of these.
50p 50p
Swearing the oath
Each of the executors need to have the oath sworn by an independent solicitor
7.00 each 7.00 each
Bankruptcy searches 2.00 per beneficiary 2.00 per beneficiary
Notice of Death
A notice published in the local paper and London Gazette of the death to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
The fee for this is normally around £200
Potential Additional Costs
Accountant Costs The costs of an accountant to prepare Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax return
Accountant Costs The cots of an accountant to prepare Estate Accounts of required

Business debt recovery

Our fee is based on the sum of money being claimed.

Stages

The work we would do in a normal debt recovery case are:

  • 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, writing to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Our Fees

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.

Sum Claimed Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
< £5,000 950 190 1,140
£5,001 – £10,000 1,250 250 1,500
£10,001 – £50,000 1,500 300 1,800
Other Fees
Court Fees This will be required in all cases and are paid to HMCTS. The fee is based on the sum of money being claimed. Details are available here

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.

Unfair Dismissal

Our fees for unfair dismissal are based upon the complexity of the case, ranging from a simple defence to lengthy hearings.

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

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 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

Our Fees

Case Complexity Base Price (£) VAT (£) Total (£)
Simple 1,500 300 1,800
Medium 2,250 450 2,700
Complex 3,000 600 3,600
Other Costs
Counsel’s Fee If we need to instruct counsel, they will charge a fee for reviewing the matter. This could be roughly between £400 and £1,250 + VAT