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Our Pricing

The prices listed below are for guidance only. We will give you an accurate quote reflecting the complexity and urgency of your case in advance of any work undertaken.

All Prices are subject to VAT @ 20%

Motoring Offences (Summary Offences)

Where pleading guilty – £2,000 plus VAT

Fee includes:
• 2 hours attendance/preparation:
o considering evidence
o taking your instructions
o providing advice on likely sentence
• Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:
• instruction of any expert witnesses or counsel (if required)
• taking statements from any witnesses
• advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
• advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

Based on the presumption that you have entered a not guilty plea and have a date for your hearing – £4,000 plus VAT
• Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
• We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
• Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary
• We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
• We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
• We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
• We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day. There will be additional expenses for counsel’s fee.
• We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Probate (Uncontested)

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours’ work at an average of £220 + VAT per hour, depending on the complexity of your case and who works on it. Our legal costs are estimated to be between £2,000 and £4,500 +VAT.

No two estates are the same; the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of your matter. An estate in which there is only one beneficiary and there is no property would incur costs at the lower end of the scale. However, if there are several beneficiaries, property, bank accounts and other assets, the costs would be at the higher end of the scale.

In each circumstance, we would prefer to talk to you about what you need us to do and then we can agree on what work we would carry out and what would be required of you. In this way we can look as setting out a clear and informed budget from the outset. Of course, events may take place during the administration of the estate and adjustments to the work that may subsequently be required, and additional fees, would be discussed with you. At all times we would aim to administer the estate in accordance with your instructions.

The estimated legal fees (above) are for estates where:

• There is a valid will
• There are no unusual funeral requests in the will
• The executors are willing and able to act in the administration of the will
• There are no claims against the estate by relatives, creditors or others and no caveats lodged at the Court
• There is no more than one property
• There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts
• There are no shareholdings (stocks and bonds) in the estate
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are no more than 10 beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries on 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
• If your case is more complex than the above example, we can give you a more accurate estimate of these costs once we have more information
• The estate is solvent

If the scope of the work required is beyond what is listed above, we would seek to provide you with an estimate after you have provided more information to us.

Additional likely expenses (for all estates):

• Probate application fee of £155 plus 50p per copy for any additional copies of the grant required.
• £5 for the swearing of the oath (per executor), plus £2 for each will and codicil.
• Between £100 – £150 for placing an advert in The London Gazette and a local newspaper
• Between £200 -£300 for valuation fees

These additional expenses are costs related to your matter that may be payable to third parties, such as court fees.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included but we do offer a Conveyancing service and so can help you with this.

Time frames

On average, estates that fall within the above range are dealt with within 6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12-20 weeks.

Collecting in the majority of the assets (i.e. closing bank accounts and selling shares) generally takes up to 12 weeks after obtaining the Grant of Probate.

After all the liabilities of the estate have been paid and any cash legacies distributed (provided we are not awaiting clearance from HMRC for either IHT or income tax) we are usually in a position to distribute the estate within 10-15 weeks of collecting in the assets of the estate.

Immigration

Our estimate legal fee range for services provided in Immigration Law are outlined below (depending on complexity). All prices are subject to VAT at 20%.

Service/Applications 

  • Initial consultation (up to 15 minutes)- No charge

British citizenship

  • Adult Naturalisation or Child Registration (under 18)- £600- £1,000
  • British Overseas- £800- £1,200
  • UK born stateless person- £1,200- £1,500

Leave to remain as a Partner or Parent 

  • UK in-country- £1,500- £1,800
  • Abroad- Entry Clearance- £1,500- £1,800

Leave to remain under other categories

  • Family or private life route- £1,200- £1,500
  • Child of a person who is settled in the UK/has limited leave to remain- £1,200- £1,500
  • UK born stateless person (not eligible for British nationality)- £1,200- £1,500
  • Outside the immigration rules applications- £1,500- £1,800
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa- £4,000- £5,000
  • Tier 2 (General) visa- £1,500- £2,000

Entry Clearance under other categories 

  • UK visitor visa- £1,000-£1,500
  • Adult Dependant Relative- £1,500- £1,800
  • Returning Resident (who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK)- £1,200- £1,500
  • Child of a person who is settled in the UK/has limited leave to remain- £1,200- £1,500

Indefinite leave to remain

  • Partner or Parent (5 year route)- £1,200- £1,500
  • 10 years’ long residence- £1,500- £1,800
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa- £1,500- £1,800
  • Tier 2 (General) Migrant visa- £1,500- £1,800

*Attendance at a one day Premium Service appointment at the Home Office (based on eligibility) – £500 plus travel expenses

EEA Applications 

  • Unmarried Partner of an EEA national- £1,200- £1,500
  • Spouse of an EEA national- £1,200- £1,500
  • Retained rights of residence- £1,400- £1,600
  • Registration Certificate as an EEA national- £1,000- £1,200
  • Permanent residence for EEA/Non-EEA nationals- £1,500- £1,800

Appeals

  • Lodging initial grounds of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal- £600
  • Representation at the First-tier Tribunal- £1,500- £2,000
  • Lodging grounds to the Upper Tribunal- £600
  • Representation to the Upper Tribunal- £1,000-£1,500
  • Representation at Case Management Review Hearing- 600

Judicial Review

  • Lodging a Judicial Review claim at the Upper Tribunal- £2,500- £,3,500
  • Representation at a Judicial Review Permission Hearing at the Upper Tribunal- £1,000- £1,500
  • Lodging a Judicial Review claim at the High Court- £1,200- £1,500
  • Representation at a Judicial Review Permission Hearing at the High Court- £1,500- £2,000
  • Judicial Review Injunction to prevent removal directions- £1,500- £2,000

Other Applications

  • Temporary Admission request- £600
  • Bail application to the First-tier Tribunal- £1,000
  • Representation at a bail hearing- £600
  • Deportation appeal- £1,500- £2,000
  • Administrative review- £800- £1,200

Conveyancing  (Residential)

Property price                                          Freehold                    Leasehold

(for Sale and Purchase)

Up to £250,000                                               £750.00                  £900.00

£250,000 to £500,000                                    £950.00                  £1200.00

£500,000 to £750,000                                    £1200.00                £1350.00

£750,000 to One Million                                £1500.00                £2000.00

Transfer of Equity                                          £450.00                  £650.00

Re-Mortgage/Mortgage                                £750.00                  £900.00

Transfer and Re-Mortgage                           £850.00                  £950.00

All prising is estimated and excludes VAT and disbursements.

For purchases, disbursements include search and Land Registry fees. Some costs vary according to the purchase price of a property. On average these amount to around £600. Stamp Duty Land Tax is payable at a variable rate, which also depends on the purchase price of the property and your own personal circumstances. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

These figures are purely for illustration based on recent instructions. Actual pricing will differ and depends on your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we may prepare a detailed quotation.

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks. 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 take 1 year. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 6 months. In such situation additional charges would apply.

Our fee assumes 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 complication 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.

Key Stages:

  • Initial instructions: we gather information about your requirements to help us plan. We must also comply with all legal formalities and you will be asked to provide identification.
  • Legal process: this involves a thorough inspection of the legal documents, liaison with the other person’s conveyancer and any mortgage lender. If buying a property, we will prepare a detailed report containing all the information you need to proceed with your purchase.
  • Exchange of contracts: the completion date is agreed and everybody is legally required to proceed. Buyers are usually required to pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase price but this can be less by agreement.
  • Completion: this is when the property changes hands. Buyers are required to pay all remaining sum at his time.

Debt recovery (business to business)

Pricing

Our fees in relation to debt recovery will depend on the amount of work that is required, and the amount. The fees will generally include; taking detailed instruction whilst reviewing the documentation, undertaking appropriate searches, sending a letter before action, receipt of payment if actioned within the letter before action or if the debt is still owed issuing a claim, where there has been no acknowledgment of service or defence, we shall write to the court to enter Judgement in default, when Judgement in default is received we can write to the other party to request payment and recover the debt, and if payment is not received within 14 days, we shall provide you advice and costs as to the next steps.

How long a matter will take from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side depends on whether it is necessary to issue a claim and whether the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement.

If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not required.

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. As an indication, the fees would be;

Debt value     Our fee (excl. VAT at 20%)
Up to £5,000     £1,300 – £2,000 +VAT
£5,001 – £10,000     £2,300 – £4,300 +VAT
£10,001 – £50,000     £5,000 (or X% value of the claim) + VAT

The amount of court fees that are applicable will be dependent on the value of the claim, and whether the case will be held on paper or oral hearing. The court fees are not included within our legal fees.

For those considering to proceed with a claim, the following should be taken into account;

  • 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 required to collect your debt.

Employment

Cases in the Employment Tribunal vary in terms of cost due to various factors such as the following;

  • The complexity of the case;
  • The number of witnesses and volume of paperwork;
  • Legal issues;
  • Number of days the matter is listed for; and
  • Preparation of key documents and witness evidence.

Pricing

One of the crucial factors for a firm to provide an indication of costs will depend on the length of the trial. This can vary from one case to another, and can range from 1-7 days, and at times even longer. However, we have based our costings on approximates according to the amount of work required.

Employment legal costs usually cover taking initial instructions, considering ACAS and preparing the claim, which includes taking detailed witness statements, list of issues, instructing Counsel etc.

A reasonably standard case of 1 day hearing for an unfair dismissal hearing can range from £3000 – £5000 plus VAT. Counsel fees for a 1 day hearing can range from £2000 – £4000 + VAT.

A more complex matter which requires a 7 day hearing will certainly cost more than £13,000 + VAT. Counsel fees can be fixed for a longer trial. However, whilst it is difficult to estimate Counsel fee, it will normally be in the same region of our fees.

Cost of Settlement

These costs are usually incurred where an employer and employee have reached some sort of Settlement Agreement, and is normally paid by the Employer. This can range from £250 – £500 plus VAT.