Purchase

Sale

Remortgage

What are the estimated fees?

Our fee for dealing with a standard conveyancing freehold property purchase depends firstly on the purchase price for the property. Where VAT is charged, the rate is 20%.

Our fee for dealing with a standard conveyancing freehold property sale depends firstly on the sale price for the property. Where VAT is charged, the rate is 20%

Our fee for dealing with a standard re-mortgage on a freehold property is £600 plus VAT. For standard leasehold re-mortgages we charge £750 plus VAT. Where VAT is charged, the rate is 20%

Value

Fee

Value

Fee

We charge at least £10 + VAT on each matter for obtaining and reviewing Land Registry OS1 and Bankruptcy checks. This may be higher if there are multiple borrowers or properties being mortgaged.

Up to £500,000

£900 plus VAT

Up to £500,000

£900 plus VAT

£500,001 – £700,000

£1,000 plus VAT

£500,001 – £700,000

£1,000 plus VAT

We charge £20 + VAT per person for conducting and reviewing AML checks for new clients.

£700,001 – £1,000,000

£1,400 plus VAT

£700,001 – £1,000,000

£1,200 plus VAT

AND

Over £1,000,000

At least £1,500 plus VAT – Contact us for a bespoke quote

Over £1,000,000

At least £1,500 plus VAT – Contact us for a bespoke quote

We charge £250 + VAT for ordering and reviewing searches, if applicable.

For standard leasehold purchases, we charge an additional £300 plus VAT.

For standard leasehold sales, we charge an additional £300 plus VAT.

If we are arranging the transfer of funds electronically, we will charge a fee for our time involved in arranging each transfer, for example sending the proceeds of sale to you on completion. Our cost for this is £45 plus VAT.

For new build properties, we charge an additional £175 plus VAT with a minimum of £1,495 plus VAT.

If you will be redeeming a mortgage, we would charge an additional £200 + VAT

If your matter requires urgent attention, please let us know at the outset so we can adjust our fees accordingly.

If you will be getting a mortgage, we would normally act for the lender for an additional £250 + VAT fee.

We charge approximately £10 + VAT for obtaining and perusing freehold Land Registry documentation on each matter and a further £15 + VAT for leasehold documentation, if applicable. This may be higher if there are many registered documents for the property

In cases where matters become protracted or more complicated than initially anticipated, you will be notified and any additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £350 + VAT.

We charge at least £10 + VAT on each matter for obtaining and reviewing Land Registry OS1 and Bankruptcy checks. This may be higher if there are multiple purchasers or properties being purchased.

We charge £20 + VAT per person for conducting and reviewing AML checks for new clients.

We charge £20 + VAT per person for conducting and reviewing AML checks for new clients.

Additional fees may apply for matters that fall outside of a normal conveyancing transaction. Please see “Potential Additional Fees” section below. This is of particular significance in leasehold transactions as the lease can often reveal the need for dealing with additional documentation.

We charge £250 + VAT for ordering and reviewing searches.

Additional fees may apply for matters that fall outside of a normal conveyancing transaction. Please see “Potential Additional Fees” section below. This is of particular significance in leasehold transactions as the lease can often reveal the need for dealing with additional documentation.

AND

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If we are arranging the transfer of funds electronically, we will charge a fee for our time involved in arranging each transfer, for example sending the proceeds of sale to you on completion. Our cost for this is £45 plus VAT.

If we are arranging the transfer of funds electronically, we will charge a fee for our time involved in arranging each transfer, for example sending completion money to your seller’s solicitors on completion. Our cost for this is £45 plus VAT.

If your matter requires urgent attention, please let us know at the outset so we can adjust our fees accordingly.

If your matter requires urgent attention, please let us know at the outset so we can adjust our fees accordingly.

In cases where matters become protracted or more complicated than initially anticipated, you will be notified and any additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £350 + VAT.

In cases where matters become protracted or more complicated than initially anticipated, you will be notified and any additional work will be charged at an hourly rate of £350 + VAT.

For conveyancing matters, we will charge £100 + VAT for every additional vendor/purchaser/landlord.

Average Timescales

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your new home will depend on several factors.

How long it will take from you accepting the buyer’s offer to completing sale will depend on several factors.

The average process for a freehold property re-mortgage to complete can range between 2 to 4 weeks, dependent on when the offer of loan and searches are received.

The average process for a freehold property takes between 6 to 8 weeks to exchange, and a further 2 weeks before completion, dependent on all parties involved being agreeable to the completion date. Leasehold transactions can take longer due to the information packs that are required from the freeholder/landlord.

The average process takes between 6 to 8 weeks to exchange, and a further 2 weeks before completion, dependent on all parties involved being agreeable to the completion date.

Leasehold transactions can take longer due to the information that is required from the freeholder/landlord.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could several months. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling to a buyer involved in a chain, or a first-time buyer.

However, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply. Leasehold matters often take longer due to the additional parties involved in the transaction, including landlords/managing agents/companies.

The service

Work will be conducted by Nazmin Choudhury, the principal of the firm who was admitted as a solicitor in 1992

Work will be conducted by Nazmin Choudhury, the principal of the firm who was admitted as a solicitor in 1992

Work will be conducted by Nazmin Choudhury, the principal of the firm who was admitted as a solicitor in 1992

In acting for you in respect of your purchase of a freehold residential property, we will:

In acting for you in respect of your sale of a freehold residential property, we will:

In acting for you in respect of a re-mortgage of freehold residential property, we will:

  • Take your initial instructions and give you initial advice
  • Take your initial instructions and give you initial advice
  • Take your initial instructions and give you initial advice
  • Conduct anti-money laundering checks and where necessary make further enquiries in respect of source of funds
  • Obtain title documents from the Land Registry and prepare the contact pack once you have completed the initial property information forms for the property you are selling
  • Receive and advise on offer of loan and any special conditions and provide you with a report.
  • Receive and advise on draft contract and related documents
  • Draft your contract for sale and issue to the buyer’s solicitors
  • Carry out the requisite searches required by your lender
  • Carry out the requisite searches, applicable to the property you are purchasing
  • Take your instructions on any enquiries raised by your buyer’s solicitors
  • Send mortgage deed to you for signature
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Obtain an interim redemption statement if you have a mortgage on the property
  • Agree a completion date
  • Provide you with an initial report on title and a search report on all documents and information received
  • Send you the final contract and arrange for you to sign in readiness for exchange
  • Complete the certificate of title and request draw down
  • If you are buying with an aid of a mortgage, we shall review your offer of loan and advise you on the terms of the conditions or special conditions and provide you with a report, to include the mortgage deed
  • Agree completion date (date from when you will no longer own the property and will have had to vacate the premises)
  • Advise you of the monies needed or surplus for completion
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete the matter
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Approve transfer from the buyer’s solicitors and send to you for signature and witnessing
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Request your estate agent’s commission account for settlement on completion
  • Send you your registration documents once the registration formalities have been concluded
  • Advise you of the monies needed for completion
  • Request a final redemption statement from your lender
  • Please note the fee is based on all documents and communications being sent to you electronically
  • Submit the certificate of title to your lender in order to request the mortgage advance
  • Complete your transaction and send you the proceeds of sale once all fees and balances due have been paid, to include the redemption of your mortgage

In relation to leasehold properties we will also:

  • Complete purchase
  • Send the executed transfer to the buyer’s solicitors
  • Review your lease and report on the terms of the lease in accordance with the Council of Mortgage Lender’s Handbook
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Obtaining discharge documents and sending to the buyer’s solicitors following completion
  • Advise you of any additional costs required pursuant to the Lease in respect of landlord/ managing agents/management company involved, as appropriate
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Please note the fee is based on all documents, communications being sent to you electronically
  • Request and review your buildings insurance policy
  • Send you your registration documents once the registration formalities have been concluded
  • Make enquiries with the Landlords or their agents via the seller’s solicitors in respect of any outstanding service charge or ground rent arrears
  • Please note the fee is based on all documents and communications being sent to you electronically

In relation to leasehold properties we will also:

In relation to leasehold properties we will also:

  • Review your lease and report to you on the terms of the lease
  • Obtain a copy of your Lease from the Land Registry/ you
  • Advise you of any additional costs required pursuant to the lease in respect of landlord/ managing agents/ management company involved, as appropriate
  • Contact the landlord/managing agent for replies to standard leasehold enquiries and raise any specific enquiries raised by your buyer’s solicitors to the landlord or their agents
  • Advise on service charge and ground rent pursuant to the lease
  • Advise you of any additional costs required pursuant to the lease in respect of landlord/managing agents/ management company involved, as appropriate
  • Make enquiries with the landlord or their agents via the seller’s solicitors in respect of the arrangements for management/maintenance of the building in which your property is located, including common parts
  • Advise on service charge and ground rent pursuant to the lease

Information on Estimated Fees

Your fee will reflect work involved in your transaction. Our fee assumes that:

Your fee will reflect work involved in your transaction.

  • This is a normal conveyancing 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.
  • There may be additional documents and requirements of your specific sale, be it based on the documentation required to transfer the title into the buyer’s name, or to deal with specific parties involved in your transaction.
  • If a leasehold purchase, this is the assignment of an existing lease and not the grant of a new lease in leasehold matters.
  • We have set out in the “Potential Additional Fees” section situations that may arise which would require us to charge you additional fees. We will of course notify you of any additional costs and disbursements before they are incurred.
  • The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arises
  • Please note that if for any reason we are unable to proceed, or you choose to close your matter after you have instructed us, you will still be charged for any work (including additional work) that we have carried out.
  • All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • No indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Preferential rates may apply to returning clients and those that are recommended to us by one of our business partners. Please contact us to find out more about any discounts that may be applicable.

  • There may be additional documents and, requirements of your specific purchase, based on the documentation required to transfer the title into your name, or to deal with specific parties involved in your transaction.

We have set out in the “Potential Additional Fees” section situations that may arise which would attract additional fees. We will of course notify you of any additional costs and disbursements before they are incurred.

Please note that if for any reason we are unable to proceed, or you choose to close your matter after you have instructed us, you will still be charged for any work (including additional work) that we have carried out.

Preferential rates may apply to returning clients and those that are recommended to us by one of our business partners. Please contact us to find out more about any discounts that may be applicable.

Likely disbursements and expenses (these are payable to third parties by us on your behalf

  • Land Registry Fee – this will depend on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the fee on the Land Registry’s website
  • Landlord’s Property Enquiries form. This usually ranges between £100 – £500 plus VAT
  • Land Registry fee – this will depend on the value of the mortgage you are obtaining. You can calculate the fee you will on the Land Registry’s website
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax – this will depend upon the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay on HMRC’s website

Potential Additional Disbursements

In leasehold matters, there are additional payments that may need to be made, which vary depending per property. These are:

In leasehold matters, there are additional payments that may need to be made, which vary depending per property. These are:

In leasehold matters, there are additional payments that may need to be made, which vary depending per property. These are:

  • Notice of assignment/notice of charge (if the property is to be mortgaged). These normally cost from £30 to £100 each and additional VAT may be payable.
  • Landlord’s consent. The landlord/management company/agent may charge a fee for preparing this document and provide additional requirements. We will advise you of this cost, if appropriate, however the cost could range between £25 to £200 plus VAT
  • Landlord’s Property Enquiries form. This usually ranges between £100 – £500 plus VAT
  • Deed of Covenant. If required by the lease, this normally costs from £30 to £150 and additional VAT may be payable.

Other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of your lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • Certificate of Compliance. If required by the lease, this normally costs from £100 to £250 and additional VAT may be payable.
  • Stock transfer form. If proprietor for the freehold is a limited company and a share in the company is being transferred.

Other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of your lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

You may wish to instruct a surveyor and this will be a separate charge to whomsoever you choose to instruct.

Potential Additional Fees

We always provide clients with a fee estimate at the start of each new matter, therefore if you would like a bespoke estimate for your matter, please contact us to discuss.

We always provide clients with a fee estimate at the start of each new matter, therefore if you would like a bespoke estimate for your matter, please contact us to discuss.

We always provide clients with a fee estimate at the start of each new matter, therefore if you would like a bespoke estimate for your matter, please contact us to discuss.

If your case involves unexpected complications, we will always inform you, including any additional fees that may apply, so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed. You should be aware that additional fees will apply in the following situations:

If your case involves unexpected complications, we will always inform you, including any additional fees that may apply, so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed. You should be aware that additional fees will apply in the following situations:

If your case involves unexpected complications, we will always inform you, including any additional fees that may apply, so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed. You should be aware that additional fees will apply in the following situations:

Fees are listed without VAT (20%) which will be payable.

Fees are listed without VAT (20%) which will be payable.

Fees are listed without VAT (20%) which will be payable.

Additional Work

Fee (excluding VAT)

Additional Work

Fee (excluding VAT)

Additional Work

Fee (excluding VAT)

Acting for an additional lender

£250

Acting for an additional lender

£250

Approval of a tenancy Agreement in accordance with your lender requirements.

£250

Administering service charge retentions in leasehold matters

£75

Administering service charge retentions in leasehold matters

£75

Additional bank transfer costs (per transfer)

£45

Administration fees if you require your documents by post

£25

Administration fees if you require your documents by post

£25

Additional bank transfer costs (per Faster Payment transfer)

£45

Conducting additional source of funds/source of wealth checks

From £75

Dealing with lease extension

From £200

Administration fees for unpaid cheques

£50

Approving a lease extension

£300

Approval of a tenancy agreement

£250

Administration costs for cheques stopped at client request

£50

Approval of a tenancy agreement

£250

Additional bank transfer costs (per transfer)

£45

Dealing with sitting tenants or occupiers

£200

Additional bank transfer costs (per transfer)

£45

Additional bank transfer costs (per Faster Payment transfer)

£45

Dealing with trust property

£200

Additional bank transfer costs (per Faster Payment transfer)

£45

Administration fees for unpaid cheques

£50

Dealing with solar panel leases and unusual leases

£125

Administration fees for unpaid cheques

£50

Administration costs for cheques stopped at client request

£50

Dealing with private charge holders

£150

Administration costs for cheques stopped at client request

£50

Dealing with sitting tenants or occupiers

£250

Dealing with ground rent or service charge (if you are not up to date)

£125

Dealing with share of freehold involving a transfer

£250

Dealing with share of freehold for a leasehold property involving a transfer

£250

Drafting RX3/4 form to remove a restriction on the title

£125

Dealing with share of freehold involving a share certificate

£125

Dealing with share of freehold for a leasehold property involving a share certificate

£100

Drafting and dealing with deed of covenant

£150

Dealing with off-plan or new build purchases

£250

Dealing with trust property

£200

File retrieval from storage

£50

Dealing with sitting tenants or occupiers

£250

Dealing with solar panel leases and unusual leases

£125

General power of attorney

£100

Dealing with trust property

£200

Dealing with private charge holders

£150

Liaising with third party solicitor/conveyancer (including those acting on a related transaction or in a matrimonial dispute)

£200

Deed of covenant

£200

Dealing with ground rent or service charge (if you are not up to date)

£125

Mutual deed of covenant for flying freehold

£150

Deed of easementv

£200

Drafting certificate of consent/ compliance

£125

Obtaining or approving indemnity insurance

£75

Deed of gift

£100

Drafting RX3/4 form to remove a restriction on the title

£125

Redeeming a lender’s charge (per redemption)

£150

Deed of grant or variation

£200

Drafting/dealing with deed of covenant

£150

Removal of registered restriction from the Land Registry records

£75

Deed of guarantee

£150

Drafting and dealing with deed of easement (to grant or reserve rights)

£150

Removal of the registered caution from the Land Registry records

£75

Drafting statutory declaration or statement of truth

£100

Drafting additional contract packages for sale contract race

£175

Repaying a legal charge/ mortgage over another property

£150

File retrieval from storage

£50

Drafting statutory declaration or statement of truth

£100

Returning original documents

£10

General power of attorney

£100

File retrieval from storage

£50

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be additional fees. In addition to our legal fees for some items above you may incur an associated disbursement, such as additional Land Registry fees, or landlord fees (if appropriate). We will inform you accordingly.

Investigating bankruptcy entry

£125

General power of attorney

£100

Dealing with Land Registry restriction(s)

£75

Liaising with third party solicitor/ conveyancer (including those acting on a related purchase or in a matrimonial dispute)

£200

Letter of postponement or deed of postponement

£75

Matrimonial disputed sale

£250

Liaising with third party solicitor/ conveyancer (including those acting on a related sale or in a matrimonial dispute)

£200

Mutual deed of covenant for flying freehold

£150

Liaising with trustee in bankruptcy

£100

Obtaining or approving indemnity insurance

£75

Mutual deed of covenant for flying freehold

£150

Removal of registered restriction from the Land Registry records

£75

Obtaining or approving indemnity insurance

£75

Removal of the registered caution from the Land Registry records

£75

Purchase at an undervalue

£200

Repaying a legal charge/ mortgage over another property

£150

Registration at Companies House

£75

Returning original documents

£10

Reviewing a surveyor’s report

£75

Sale at an undervalue

£150

SDLT supplemental fee

£100

Share equity / Help to Buy

£300

Shared equity / Help to Buy

£150

Shared ownership

£250

Shared ownership

£150

Staircasing

£250

Staircasing

£200

Unregistered land

£250

Unregistered land

£250

Updating your name and address on the Land Registry records

£75

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be additional fees. In addition to our legal fees for some items above you may incur an associated disbursement, such as additional Land Registry fees, or landlord fees (if appropriate). We will inform you accordingly.

Voluntary first registration for a sale

£200

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be additional fees. In addition to our legal fees for some items above you may incur an associated disbursement, such as additional Land Registry fees, or landlord fees (if appropriate). We will inform you accordingly.

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.

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.

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.

273

-

273

Additional copies of grant of probate.
We normally get 5 to 10 of these.

1.50

-

1.50

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

Value Element

Where a solicitor is acting as an executor (either solely or jointly with someone else) in addition to charging for the time spent on the matter our charges may include a value element to reflect the personal responsibility undertaken, depending on the complexity and size of the Estate (but if we do include a value element then we would reduce the hourly charging rate for the time spent).

If we were to include a value element where a solicitor is acting as executor, we would normally charge 3-5% of the gross value of the Estate.

A decision on the value element would be made in the course of the matter.

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.

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 Fees

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