Many of our services can be carried out for fixed fee, or where future costs depend on how things will develop, often a clear indication of the costs for the initial stage can be fixed or agreed up-front. We recognise that managing costs is important and therefore a staged approach will help our clients and us work together in achieving a cost-effective solution to their issue or the project they are undertaking. Further details about our services can be found under the What We Do tab above; further information about the options available for costs can be found here.

Business and Personal Debt Recovery

Despite the availability of Money Claims online, in fact businesses and individuals are required to comply with steps prior to issuing court proceedings, known as pre-action protocols. This involves setting out clearly the details about the debt and how it came about; often an initial letter compliant with these rules from a solicitor will lead to payment or an agreement around payment via instalments, rather than incurring the additional costs of a court claim. An initial letter on your behalf, compliant with these rules, is only £90 plus VAT, even if the debt owed is £20,000. If a response is not received, you can then confidently pursue court action without the risk of having to pay the other side’s costs for non-compliance. We always approach litigation in stages, ensuring the costs are proportionate and worthwhile; fees will be based on our usual hourly rates, charged in real-time; details about our hourly charging rates and the qualification and experience of the individuals undertaking your work are included at the foot of this page.

Wills

A simple will or mirror wills (between partners or spouses that reflect the same wishes) start from a fixed price of £150 plus VAT; however, if your circumstances require more bespoke provisions, to best protect your interests or that of your family, then additional fees will apply and we will always confirm these up-front before starting the work for you. More bespoke provisions may include putting your assets in a trust, creating life interests, hotchpotch clauses – contact us if you would like to known more; any initial discussions are free.

Certain charities offer free will or discounted will schemes to help encourage those who don’t have a will to make one; we are proud to be a part of two of these schemes involving Cancer Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society; it may therefore be that we can help you with your will without any costs to you at all.

Probate and Estate Administration

Certain cases can be carried out based on the time that we spend carrying out the work on behalf of you and your family and we would provide you with an estimate of our likely charges and any other expenses, such as registration fees, which are anticipated, up-front. You may, however, prefer a fixed fees given the certainty this brings and therefore this will often be based on a percentage of the overall value of the estate; between 1% and 3%.

It will also be necessary to cover certain other costs or expenses and the likely charges for these are as follows:
Disbursements that are not included in this fee include the following estimates:
◾Applying for Probate – ranging from £155 to £6,000
◾Obtaining copies of the Grant of Probate – £10
◾Swearing of the oath – £7
◾Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches – £5 per beneficiary
◾Posting a Notice in The London Gazette and local paper; intended to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £150 plus VAT and the charge applied by your local paper, usually in the region of £30 to £50
◾Undertaking a Will Search – £350 plus VAT
◾Tracing Beneficiaries £60.00 per person
◾Valuing the Contents of a Property – difficult to estimate but may be in the region of £400 to £900 plus VAT
◾Application and Notice fees for transfers of properties to the Land Registry (these do not include standard conveyancing costs – see further below)
◾Funeral costs and death certificates
◾Ongoing charges related to Gas, Electric, Telephone, council tax and Insurance
◾Mileage and travel
◾Costs of Estate Agents, including for valuations
◾Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax plus the costs of preparing and filing returns or dealing with HMRC, to include charges of Accountants in assisting with this

What does our work Cover?

As part of our probate service, for a non-taxable, simple estate, we will:
◾Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
◾Obtaining the grant of probate on your behalf
◾Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries based on the information provided to us
◾Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require based on the information provided to us
◾Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
◾Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC Inheritance Tax 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 known assets in the estate

Timescales

On average, simple estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of Probate takes 4-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows which can take 4-6 weeks but if there are for example properties to be sold, then the timescale for the conveyancing process to complete will also be applied. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes a further 4-6 weeks.

Residential Conveyancing

Almost all of our work in this area can be undertaken for a fixed fee, except where title issues or other problems arise which if not resolved may jeopardise your transaction successfully completing.

Property
Price Band Up To £150,000 £250,000 £350,000 £500,000

Freehold:
Acting for Seller £695 £750 £850 £925
Freehold:
Acting for Buyer £725 £825 £925 £975
Leasehold:
Acting for Seller £725 £850 £895 £975
Leasehold:
Acting for Buyer £795 £875 £950 £999

If you require a quote for a Newbuild, Shared Ownership, a Transfer of Equity, a Remortgage or for Conveyancing of a property over £500,000 please call us for a tailored quote.

Typical Disbursements When Purchasing

Standard Compulsory Searches (Local Authority, Water, Environmental, PlanSearch Plus and Chancel Repair Indemnity) – in the region of
£237 (inc VAT)

Stamp Duty Tax Return Preparation and Submission Fee
£60 (inc VAT)

Land Registration Fees
(for unregistered land, HM Land Registry make a double charge – though over 95% of properties are now registered meaning these lower charges are payable):

Value of the Property: Land Registration Fee
£0-80,000 £20
£80,001 to £100,000 £40
£100,001 to £200,000 £95
£200,001 to £500,000 £135
£500,001 to £1,000,000 £270
£1,000,001 + £455

Other Disbursements:

Land Registry Priority Search £3
Land Charges Searches (per name) £2
Bank Transfer Fee £30 (inc VAT)
Electronic ID Checks £6.60 per person (inc VAT)

Typical Disbursements When Selling:

Land Registry Office Copies £6
Bank Transfer Fee £30 (inc VAT)
Electronic ID Checks £6.60 per person (inc VAT)

Up-front Information at the Start of any Work

The above provides an indication only of likely costs for a range of our services but assumes that there are no complications or particular aspects which might make the work more complex.

Our usual charging rates, where our fees will be based on the time spent on the work are £250 plus VAT for Partners, £220 plus VAT for senior solicitors and £125 plus VAT for Legal Executives (trainee) and paralegals, with experience in the relevant area of work.

Our actual fees and charges will be as set out in an initial engagement letter that we send to you, at the start of your case or matter, providing detailed information about costs, the individuals that will work on your matter and their qualifications and experience.