Prices

OUR FEE CHARGES

We set out below pricing information in relation to the work we do helping people buy, sell and mortgage houses, administer the estates of people who have died, deal with employment disputes and recover debts.

All of the fees noted below are exclusive of valued added tax (“VAT”), which will be added at the prevailing rate.

The prices below are indicative only.  Before proceeding with work for you, we will provide you with a quote which may differ from the prices below. 

 

Residential property

We generally charge fixed fees for buying and selling residential property (not including farms).  The fee charged depends on the purchase/sale price of the property.  The table below sets out our pricing for purchases and sales of properties up to £550,000.  For purchases and sales of properties in excess of that value, additional time costs will apply.

Purchase / Sale price

Sales

Purchases

£0 - £75,000

£595 plus VAT

£645 plus VAT

£75,001 - £150,000

£645 plus VAT

£695 plus VAT

£150,001 - £250,000

£745 plus VAT

£795 plus VAT

£250,001 - £350,000

£845 plus VAT

£895 plus VAT

£350,001 - £450,000

£945 plus VAT

£995 plus VAT

£450,001 - £550,000

£1,045 plus VAT

£1,095 plus VAT

 

Re-mortgages are charged at £400 plus VAT for properties whose market value is up to £550,000.  For properties in excess of that value, an hourly rate will apply.

These prices do not include the costs of searches nor Land Registry fees, which will be charged in addition.

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax may also apply when you purchase a property.

Where a property is leasehold, an additional £150 plus VAT is chargeable for the additional work involved.

A money transfer fee of £30 plus VAT is applicable to each transfer of funds.

We provide a “start to finish” service, including advising on title issues, dealing with the mortgage lender (if any), registering title at the Land Registry and dealing with stamp duty land tax / land transaction tax returns.  Your matter will be dealt with throughout by the same person.  All of our property team are solicitors who specialise in property work - our partners each have at least 20 years’ experience; our assistant and associate solicitors each have between 5 and 10 years’ experience.

Typically, it takes 8 weeks to complete a purchase or sale and 2 weeks to complete a re-mortgage but that will depend on the progress of your matter, and of any other sale/purchase in the chain.

If the property value is more than £550,000 or if your other requirements make it necessary, we may charge additional fees on the basis of time spent.  A partner’s time would be £200 plus VAT per hour; an assistant or associate solicitor’s time would be at least £150 plus VAT per hour. 

 

Obtaining a grant of probate and administering the estate of someone who has died

We charge for this work on the basis of time spent, and in relation to complex matters we may in addition charge a “value element”, being a percentage of the value of the assets in the estate. 

The work will either be carried out by a partner, who will have at least 10 years’ experience in the field, and/or by an assistant or associate solicitor or legal executive, who will range in experience from newly-qualified to 20 years’ experience.  A majority of the solicitors in our estate administration team also hold the full Diploma issued by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.  Our partner rates for this work are £190 plus VAT per hour; an assistant or associate solicitor’s time would be at least £150 plus VAT per hour.  Members of our property team may assist (at the same rates) if there is property to sell.

Where we charge a value element this is charged at between 0.5% to 1% of the value of the estate, depending upon the assets in the estate, the size of the estate and whether the partners in the firm are acting as executors, either jointly with another person or as the only executors.

We provide a “start to finish” service, including advising on the terms of the will (if relevant), dealing with all inheritance tax returns and claims for relief from inheritance tax, dealing with income tax or capital gains tax during the administration (or asking an accountant to do so), dealing with the Probate Registry, and arranging distributions of monies and dealing with estate accounts.

We find that typically, our fees amount to between 1.25% and 2% of the value of the estate.

Different fees will apply if there is a dispute about the estate. 

 

Bringing or defending claims for “unfair dismissal” and “wrongful dismissal”

We charge for this work on the basis of time spent.  We act for both employers and employees.

We provide a “start to finish” service, including advising on the legal position, dealing with the other party / their advisers, acting on your behalf in relation to any mediation, drafting and advising on the terms of any settlement agreement, and if necessary, taking or defending legal proceedings on your behalf at the Employment Tribunal or in court.

The majority of the work will be carried out by one of our two specialist employment solicitors, each of whom has at least 5 years’ experience in the field.  They will be supervised by a partner who specialises in dispute resolution.  Our partner rates for this type of work are £200 plus VAT per hour; the solicitor’s hourly rate will range between £190 plus VAT per hour and £170 plus VAT per hour.

These fees do not include any Employment Tribunal fees that may be payable, nor the costs of engaging a barrister to appear for you at Tribunal, nor any expert evidence which may be relevant (e.g. medical evidence), which may be charged in addition.

In practice, our fees range from the low hundreds to thousands of pounds - but each case is different.  We aim to achieve resolution of employment disputes as quickly as we can and without the need for legal proceedings.  This can typically take several months.  If it becomes necessary to launch or defend legal proceedings, this will increase the time it takes to deal with the matter to a year or more. 

 

Debt recovery (up to £100,000)

The work will be carried out by a partner who has in excess of 20 years’ experience specialising in commercial dispute resolution, acting for large and small businesses as well as individuals.  For court work her hourly rate is £200 plus VAT (the court approved rate).  She may be assisted by either a more junior solicitor or by a trainee/paralegal, whose hourly rates are between £100 and £150 per hour, plus VAT.

We charge for debt recovery work (prior to the issue of proceedings) on the basis of a percentage of the debt recovered.  The percentage will range between 5% and 15% depending on the size of the debt.

We provide a “start to finish” service, including advising you on your position, engaging with the debtor / their advisers, to try and persuade them to settle, acting in mediations and if necessary, taking legal proceedings on your behalf.  Our aim is always to persuade debtors to settle quickly – but it may take longer if mediation or legal proceedings are necessary. 

 

COMPLAINTS INFORMATION

We work very hard to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, please contact Myles Davies who is a partner with the practice.  Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

Contact details

Visit: www.sra.org.uk

Call: 0370 606 2555 inside the UK

Opening hours: 08.00 to 18.00, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 09.30 to 18.00, Tuesday

Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN

What do to if we cannot resolve your complaint

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

  • within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint; and

  • no more than six years from the date of act/omission; or

  • no more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

    If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.

    Contact details

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