Fees

Our fees

Under the SRA Price Transparency Rule, we are required to publish our prices and service information. If you wish to enquire about these fees or those for any services not listed here, you can call us on 020 377 6804 and a member of our team will be happy to assist.

The following figures quoted are a guide only and the final fees will be agreed by you at initial instructions and you will have to sign the Fee Agreement.

Most of our Immigration matters are conducted on an Agreed Fee Basis to help ensure that our clients are aware of the costs upfront. The fees listed below are for your guidance only and these may be subject to change following your initial consultation meeting. Should the price estimate below changes, you will be provided with a new agreed fee prior to commencing any work on your matter. If you wish to instruct us hourly rate base than our hourly rates are follows:

 

A) £267 for partners and solicitors over 8 years post qualification experience

B) £229 for solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years experience

C) £165 for other solicitors and legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

D) £121 for trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

Disbursements:

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel fees, Accountant Fees, Court fees, Home Office and Immigration health charge fees (You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process, Interpreters fees, independent expert reports e.g. medical experts, Travel expenses. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Value added tax (VAT):  

All the figures given below exclude VAT.  Charging VAT in relation to immigration matters may depend on where you live and what immigration permission you have. We will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable when you instruct us and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

IMMIGRATION 

We can assist you with the preparation and submission of immigration applications. Our services include advising on your case, case preparation, presentation (submission of application and case presentation), case follow up until a decision is made by the Home Office. Our work, as a whole, will cover-

  • Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  • If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes X hours;
  • Considering the supporting evidence, you have provided, which we anticipate will take X to X hours*;
  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
  • Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take X hours;
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between X and X hours of work.
  • Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

The costs quoted below do not include disbursement and VAT at a rate of 20%, where applicable, is payable on following quoted fees

Application for entry clearance

  • Visit visa- Fixed fee of £750 – £1250 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Private medical treatment visa- Fixed fee of £750 – £1250 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode)- Fixed fee of £1000 – £15000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Representative of an overseas business – Fixed fee of £1250 – £1550 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Work visa

  • Innovator- Fixed fee of £5000 – £10,000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Start-up- Fixed fee of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Tier 1 (Investor)- Fixed fee of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Skilled worker- Fixed fee of £750 – £1250 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Intra-Company Transfer- Fixed fee of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Graduate visa- Fixed fee of £650 – £850 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Study visa

  • Tier 4 (General) student- Fixed fee between of £750 – £1050 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Settlement

  • Application for indefinite leave to enter as child- Fixed fee between of £1050 – £1350 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Application as an adult dependant- Fixed fee between of £1050 – £1350 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Application as an adult dependant parent- Fixed fee between of £1050 – £1350 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Applications for Leave to remain

Work visa

  • Innovator- Fixed fee between of £5000 – £10000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Start-Up- Fixed fee between of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Tier 1 (Investor)- Fixed fee between of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Skilled Worker- Fixed fee between of £750 – £1250 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Intra-Company Transfer- Fixed fee between of £2000 – £3000 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Study Visa

  • Tier 4 (General) Main applicant and dependant- Fixed fee between of £750 – £1050 each or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Settlement

  • Settlement based on long residence (SET-LR)- Fixed fee between of £750 – £1500 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Settlement under EUSS Scheme- Fixed fee between of £450 – £850 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Settlement as partner of a British national/ Refugee/ settled person- Fixed fee between of £850 – £1500 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.
  • Settlement as child of a British national- Fixed fee between of £850 – £1500 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Nationality

  • Application to become British Citizen- Fixed fee between of £750 – £1250 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

Application based on Human Rights (Family and Private Life, Exceptional Circumstances)

  • Our fees for any application under this category- Fixed fee between of £1050 – £1550 or at an hourly rate of the solicitor involved.

 

 

Probate

 

Applying for the grant of probate and anticipate this will take between 6-and 8-hours’ work at £260 per hour. Total costs estimated between £1500-£2500+VAT).

 

However, the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

 

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

 

There is a valid will

There is no more than one property

There are no more than two bank or building society accounts

There are no other intangible assets

There are 1-4 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

There are no claims made against the estate.

 

Disbursements not included in this fee and this will be added to the fees in addition:

 

Probate application fee

Swearing of the oath fees

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches

Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

Potential additional costs

 

If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

 

If any additional copies of the grant are required.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

 

How long will this take?

 

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 8-12 weeks.

 

Fixed fee

 

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

 

How much does this service cost?

 

Total: fixed fee of £940 including VAT.

 

This includes: obtaining the grant, collecting assets information from the asset holder.

 

Disbursements not included in our fees:

 

Probate court fee

Swearing of the oath (per executor).

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches.

Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 

As part of our fixed fee, we will:

 

Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter

Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC 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 assets in the estate

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 8-12 weeks.

 

Please note that the following expenses or disbursements are payable separately and in addition to the fees stated above (these figures are estimates only).

 

Please note that the following expenses or disbursements are payable separately and in addition to the fees stated above (these figures are estimates only):-

Wills

Our fees for a standard single Will is between £225.00 – £300 per hour plus VAT based on your circumstances. The fees for a Will depend on the areas that need to be covered in the Will, the extent of the assets and liabilities of the estate, how long or how quickly the Will is to be finalised, whether it includes any trusts and the IHT implications involved. Discounts are offered if we are instructed by you and your partner and you come to any meetings together.

Employment

The fees set out here 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

 

The fees for any Employment matter will be carried out on an hourly rate of the solicitor involved. The hourly rates are:

A) £267 for partners and solicitors over 8 years post qualification experience

B) £229 for solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience

C) £165 for other solicitors and legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

D)  £121 for trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

Family Matter

  • Non- molestation/Occupation order between – £850 – £1050 per hearing plus VAT
  • Child Arrange Order between – £850 – £1050 per hearing plus VAT

All other family matter will be carried out on an hourly rate of the solicitor involved. The hourly rates are:

 

A) £267 for partners and solicitors over 8 years post qualification experience

B) £229 for solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years experience

C) £165 for other solicitors and legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

D) £121 for trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience

Landlord & Tenants

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the commercial lease, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

Commercial lease’s fees and disbursements

  • Legal fee between £1200 – £1800

Disbursements will be added in addition to our Legal Fees as follows:

  • Search fees
  • HM Land Registry fee
  • Electronic money transfer fee
  • VAT payable
  • Subtotal (or just this figure)

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid
  • Recipient of referral fee

Estimated total fees: Between £1500 to £2100

 

Licence to assign and disbursements

  • Legal fee £1000 – £1200

Disbursements will be added in addition to our Legal Fees as follows:

  • Search fees
  • HM Land Registry fee
  • Electronic money transfer fee
  • VAT payable
  • Subtotal (or just this figure)

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid
  • Recipient of referral fee

Estimated total fees: £1300 to £1500

Lease Transfer

  • Legal fee £1200 – £1800

Disbursements will be added in addition to our Legal Fees as follows:

  • Search fees
  • HM Land Registry fee
  • Electronic money transfer fee
  • VAT payable
  • Subtotal (or just this figure)

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid
  • Recipient of referral fee

Estimated total fees: £1500 to £2100

We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • HM Land Registry fee:
  • Search fees:
  • VAT on search fees
  • Electronic money transfer fee
  • VAT £X

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Grand total £1500 to £2500 (This will give clients a clear understanding of the total cost of the transaction and so the full funds the client will need to complete it.)

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • 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
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • 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

How long will my house purchase take?

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 12 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Disbursements

Type of Matter Our Fee
Different searches fees: Approximately £300 – £450
Land registry search £4.00
Bankruptcy Search per name fees £2.00
Bank Transfer Fee £20 – 60

Complain

If you are unhappy with your solicitor or our firm, you have the right to complain.

Under the SRA Transparency Rule 2,  we have to provide  Complaints handling  procedure including, details about how and when a complaint can be made to the Legal Ombudsman and to the SRA.

We must follow the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Code of Conduct. It’s a set of rules to make sure we treat you fairly and professionally.

You can complain if you are not satisfied with issues such as:

  • how we handled your case
  • the cost for our services

What to do first

Firstly, you should complain to your solicitor. All solicitors have a process for handling complaints.

When you make a complaint, you should:

  • complain as soon as possible
  • be clear on what the issue is and how you would like it to be resolved
  • give them up to eight weeks to resolve your complaint

Download a formal complaint letter template from the Legal Ombudsman website to complain to your solicitor.

When to complain to the Legal Ombudsman

If you have complained to your solicitor about poor service and you are not satisfied with their response, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman.

The Legal Ombudsman deals with poor service, such as:

  • delayed or unclear communication
  • problems with your bill
  • loss of documents

You can contact the Legal Ombudsman by:

They will keep in contact with you and make sure your case is passed to an investigator for assessment.

When to report a solicitor to the SRA

If you have complained to your solicitor about breaching the SRA Code of Conduct and you are not satisfied with our response, you can report them to the SRA.

Solicitors must follow the code of conduct. Examples of a breach include:

  • dishonesty
  • fraud
  • discrimination

  Complaints Handling Procedure

How to complain

You must always try complaining to your solicitor or firm first before take your complaint further—whether to the Legal Ombudsman or to SRA.

You may find that approaching the problem informally at first will resolve things. However, if this does not work, we should always give you information on our official complaints procedure and your right to take the complaint to the Legal Ombudsman.

When you make your complaint, you should

  • make a complaint as soon as possible, once you are clear what the issue is and while it is fresh in your mind;
  • be clear on what your complaint is about and how you would like it to be resolved—keep a note of the relevant points that you would like to address;
  • make a note of who you spoke to, and what was said—this will come in handy if you need to chase your complaint up or take it further;
  • keep calm, and be polite—even though you may be very frustrated, it is much easier to get the result you want by being reasonable; and
  • give us some time to resolve your complaint within eight weeks.

How to follow up your complaint with the Legal Ombudsman

If you have already complained to the solicitor or our firm that you have a problem with, and we have not resolved the complaint to your satisfaction within eight weeks of your complaint, you can then take your case to the Legal Ombudsman. You must usually have complained to your solicitor or firm or they will not accept your complaint.

The Legal Ombudsman deals with all aspects of poor service, such as

  • delayed or unclear communication
  • problems with your fees, or
  • loss of documents.

The Legal Ombudsman can

  • order the lawyer or firm to apologise,
  • order the lawyer or firm to refund all or part of your fees
  • order the lawyer or firm to return your documents, and
  • pay compensation if you have lost out due to poor service.

The Legal Ombudsman’s investigators aim to resolve cases quickly and informally by helping you and the firm or lawyer to come to an agreement. If they are unable to do that, an Ombudsman will be asked to make a decision. Those decisions are legally binding and they can enforce them through the courts if necessary.

You can contact the Legal Ombudsman by

You have six months from the date of this (our final) letter in which to complain to the Legal Ombudsman.

Legal Ombudsman

PO Box 6806

Wolverhampton

WV1 9WJ

Telephone: 0300 555 0333

Email address: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

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