Our Costs

Conveyancing Fees

Purchase, Sale and Lease extensions

Fee quotes on residential sales and purchases for non business purposes 

Property Price BSG Fees
Upto £250,000 £725.00
£250,001 – £500,000 £850.00
£500,001 – £750,000 £950.00
£750,001 – £1m £1,200.00

Any sale or purchase over £1m is subject to agreement.

Additional Fees

We will charge an additional £125 where the property being purchased is leasehold

We will charge an additional £150 where the purchase process includes taking a mortgage

*Please note all fee quotes above are exclusive of VAT*

Lease extensions 

£800 plus VAT and disbursements to be advised.

Disbursements

Pre-Contract Searches (approx) £500.00
Land Registry Priority Search £3.00
Land Registry Bankruptcy Search (per name) £2.00
Identity Checks (per name) £6.00
Bank Transfer Charges £35.00
File Storage Charges £25.00

 

* Please note all fee quotes above are exclusive of VAT*

Additional Information

  • Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees which can also be self calculated at http://landregistry.data.gov.uk/fees-calculator.html . However, this is a complex website and you should speak to us about Land Registry fees which will in due course be set out in our client care letter. There may also be fees for obtaining copies of documents from the Land Registry (currently £3 per document). We will deal with the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

 The standard Land Registry fees for a purchase are

£0-£80,000 £20.00
£80,001-£100,000 £40.00
£100,001-£200,000 £95.00
£200,001-£500,000 £135.00
£500,000-£1,000,000 £270.00
£1000,001 and Over £455.00

 

These fees will be higher if the property is a new build or a first registration

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (on purchase). This depends on the purchase price of your property. In most purchases you can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro  or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.  Not every transaction is straightforward and in some situations it may be necessary to take advice from accountantsStamp Duty Land Tax is a form of taxation which can be complex and as solicitors we are not tax advisers
  • There may be additional fees such as Landlord’s fees for providing a Leasehold pack which is a process relating to the sale of leasehold property where the managing agents or landlords have to provide essential information to provide to your purchaser’s solicitor.
  • On the purchase of leasehold property there may be fees for serving notices on your Landlord which may include notice of transfer.  This will depend on details set out in the lease you will purchase.
  • We will aim to provide a full estimated total upon formal request (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.)
  • How long will my house purchase take? On average we aim to complete purchases within 6-12 week from receipt of contract pack. 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 6-12 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 28 days. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.
  • Please note all fee quotes are to be assessed subject to the complexity of the transaction.
  • Please note we reserve the right to charge additional fees outside of the quotations provided based on that complexity.
  • Please note that clients are to be notified in advance of any additional charges.

Litigation Fees

Court Claims

Court Claims

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.

However, please note that for debt claims of £10,000 and below, these are known as ‘small claims matters’ in which case, generally whether or not the other party disputes your claim, you will not be able to claim back any of your legal costs apart from a small, fixed amount plus your court fees, in the event of your having issued court proceedings and your claim succeeding.

Accordingly, I just set out below, fees/likely costs involved for claims of over £10,000.

 

Debt value

Court fee

Our fee (incl. VAT)

£10,001 – £200,000

5% value of the claim

£1,000 to £2,000 plus VAT (and depending on whether or not payment is received sending a ‘letter before action’ and therefore whether or not court proceedings are required following that letter if no response is received to it).

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 fee includes:

  • 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, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 7 to 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take from two to three weeks to several months from receipt of instruction from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. By way of example, if the matter pays up promptly in response to a letter before action, then the matter will usually only take a few weeks. If it is necessary to take court proceedings and the other side pays in response to those court proceedings but before we have to apply for judgement and default, then the matter will usually take at least two months. If the other party does not pay in response to the court proceedings prior to the entry of a judgement in default against that party and only then pays after receipt of the judgement in default, then the matter may take at least three or so months. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take even longer to resolve.

 

Bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Our prices for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal (exclusive of VAT, disbursements, and Counsel’s fees as explained below)

Simple case: £5,000 to £10,000

Medium complexity case: £10,000 to £30,000

High complexity case: At least £30,000 upwards

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

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of at least £2,000 per day (again excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow at least 1 to 5 days, possibly more, depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £2,000 to £5,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key 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

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take at least 6 to 12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take at least 6 to 12 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

 

Our offices

With offices in Finchley, Bushey and Mill Hill, we are always available to listen to your requirements in a professional and sound manner.