GUIDANCE FOR CLIENTS ON FEES

No Property is exactly the same, and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your Sale and Purchase.  For example, dealing with a Listed Building, or a house in the countryside with additional land with rights of way over it, or a leasehold property, may because of the added complexities, cost more than dealing with a new freehold or a terraced property in an already built up area.  Because of this, we can’t give you a reliable estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of your intended transaction.  But our legal fees for conveyancing start from £850 plus VAT, plus disbursements (which are explained below) and the average price for a house purchase that does not have unexpected  complications is £1,100 plus VAT.  Of course, if one of our cases does have unexpected complications, we always inform you of that immediately, and would fully discuss the potential consequences of that before any extra charges were incurred

We give below an example of the cost of the  purchase of a residential freehold property at a price of £200,000 and also some explanation  of how those costs can vary, depending upon the individual circumstances or location of the Property

EXAMPLE

Our Legal Fees                             £850.00           VAT  £170.00

Disbursements#

Search Fees *                         £230.00 (estimated)

Land Registry Fees **            £95.00

Stamp Duty Land Tax***      £1500 ****  (NIL  – if first time buyer)

Electronic Money

Transfer Fee                            £28.80 

Total Cost (legal fees plus vat plus disbursement)       £2,753.80

Notes

#Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Land Registry Fees.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process

*Search fees include  searches of the Local Authority; Environmental Search; Chancel Check Search; Water Search. Additional Searches may be required if, for example the Property is a listed building, or is situate in a former coal mining area.

** Land Registry Fees are on a scale which depends upon the value of the Property.  We can calculate this for you without obligation

***Stamp Duty Land Tax is complicated and is not only calculated on the price paid for the Property but is subject to reliefs or even increases, depending upon individual circumstances or status of the Purchaser. 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.   We can do this for you without obligation

**** Further concessions may apply until March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic

In the case of a purchase of a Leasehold House or Flat, our fees increase by £150.00 plus vat to enable us to deal with the additional administration involved.   Also additional disbursements (paid to third parties) are likely to be incurred, of which we would advise you at the outset.  These may include:  Notice of Transfer Fee.  This fee, if chargeable is set out in the Lease. Deed of Covenant Fee – this is provided by the management company for the Property and can be difficult to estimate often it is £50 to £100.  These fees vary from property to property  and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can of course give you an accurate figure as soon as we receive  your documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout the ownership of the Property.  We will confirm this to you and the implications just as soon as we receive your documents

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 5 to 8 weeks, depending upon for example,  whether there is a chain, or whether you need a mortgage or if you are buying a new build.

Stages of the Process

*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 and check owners Title

*Carry out Searches

*Obtain further planning documents if required

*make any necessary enquiries of Sellers solicitors

*Give you advice on all documents and information received

*Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

*send final contract to you for signature

*Agree Completion Date (date from which you will 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 the Land Registry

Fee Earner Qualification and Experience

The Solicitor dealing with your case will be Raymond Green LLM,  who  has  over 30 years experience in dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing  including freehold and leasehold flats and houses, smallholdings, historic listed buildings, barn conversions and newbuilds. Raymond is assisted by Solicitor Natalie Jones  LLB MSC who has  over four years experience working alongside Raymond and who has been trained in all aspects of residential conveyancing, Raymond is also assisted by Joanne Hunter  a  highly trained conveyancing secretary of over 15 years experience in the field of residential conveyancing and who also reports to Raymond, who is responsible for all work in the department

Help Line

The process of moving house can be stressful and clients, especially those new to the process,  often need sympathetic  guidance at the outset,  and throughout the transaction.   Calls can be made to Raymond at any time on 07740 617900 who will cut through the jargon and give immediate, straightforward and helpful advice.

We have many years experience in dealing with the administration of the estates of deceased persons and we set out below details of our costings for the carrying out of this work which is dealt with in a timely and sensitive manner

Example of our fees:

Applying for the Grant, Collection and Distributing the Assets

In this example, we anticipate that this will take  6 hours work at £270 per hour. Total fees  estimated at £1620 plus VAT plus disbursements (which are explained below)

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

*There is a valid will

*There is no more than one property

*The are no more than  two bank or building society accounts

*There are on other intangible assets

There are no more than 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

In addition to our legal fees there will be payable to third parties (disbursements)

Disbursements:

There are additional costs when applying for a Grant of Probate and these include (but are not limited to):

  • Probate Registry Fee – £155.00
  • Copies of the Grant – £1.50 per copy
  • Bankruptcy Search – £2.00 per search
  • Land Registry Disbursements – £6.00 (estimated)
  • Telegraphic Transfer – £12.00 plus VAT

There may be additional disbursements, for example, the cost of entering an advertisement in the Local Paper/London Gazette or taking out missing beneficiary insurance.

Any additional disbursements will be discussed as the matter progresses.

Potential additional costs in this example:

*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.

*Dealing with the subsequent  sale or transfer of any property in the Estate is not included

For larger estates the costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.  For example if there are multiple beneficiaries,  two or more properties, multiple bank accounts, stocks and shares,  inheritance tax to calculate and pay, or trusts contained in the Will, which may need to be administered or advised upon, costs will be higher because of the length of time taken at the above charging rate.  A written estimate will be given at the outset when we have details from you of the estate before work commences, and  if further work becomes apparent that could not be anticipated at the beginning this would be discussed with you before that additional work was undertaken.

How long will this take and what are the stages of the work?

On average, estates that fall within the  example quoted above  are dealt with within 4 to 6 months.  Typically, obtaining the grant of Probate takes 8 weeks once the application has been signed and sent to the Probate Registry. Collecting the assets then follows, which can take between 4 to 8 weeks.  Once this has been done we can then distribute the assets which normally takes a further two to three weeks.

In the example quoted above, we would

*Take your instructions and schedule all the assets of the deceased and have them valued

*Prepare the Application for the Grant of Probate to the Estate (in which the executors promise to administer the Estate according to the Will and the Law)

*Attend you  to sign the above

*Lodge the Application for the Grant of Probate with the Probate Registry

*Deal with any queries from the Probate Office

*On receipt of the Grant of Probate, notify you and send you a copy and proceed to register the Grant with all interested parties e.g. banks and buildings societies in which the deceased had investments and proceed to encash the investments on your behalf for retention in our Clients Account,  in readiness for distribution in accordance with the Will

*Pay any debts due from the Estate and the funeral account on your behalf

*Prepare the Estate Accounts and Distribution Accounts for your approval prior to distribution of the Estate

*arrange to conduct the necessary bankruptcy searches against any beneficiaries before distribution and to advertise the intended distribution

*Distribute the Estate on your behalf

On larger estates than the one given in this example this process may take considerably longer, if there is inheritance tax to calculate and agree with the Revenue and clearance certificates for tax needs to be obtained, and if there are multiple beneficiaries and properties and investments.  Detailed estimate would be provided at the outset and be ongoing in this scenario.

Fee Earner Qualification and Experience 

The Solicitor dealing with your case will be Raymond Green LLM who has over 30 years experience  in dealing with all aspects of Wills Probate and the Administration of Estates. Raymond is assisted by Solicitor Natalie Jones LLB MSC who has over four years experience working alongside Raymond and who is familiar with all aspects of this work. Raymond is also assisted by Joanne Hunter a highly trained secretary of over 15 years standing in this field and who also reports to Raymond who is responsible for all work in the department

Whether we are acting for you as the Claimant or the Respondent, no tribunal claim is exactly the same, and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of the claim.  For example, dealing with a complex discrimination claim with multiple strands of alleged discrimination is highly likely, because of the added complexities, to cost much more than dealing with a straightforward claim of unfair dismissal.  Because of this, we can’t give you a reliable estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of the specific employment tribunal claim.  But our legal fees will typically range between the fees set out in the table below, depending on whether the claim is a simple claim, medium claim or a complex claim.  Of course, if the claim we are dealing with on your behalf does have unexpected complications, we always inform you of that immediately, and would discuss the potential consequences of that with you fully before any extra charges are incurred.  In addition, many claims in the employment tribunal settle prior to reaching the hearing stage, in which case some of the fees stated below would not be incurred at all.

Complexity of claim*

Description

Fee range

Simple

A simple claim is any claim which is listed for a hearing of up to half a day, with one witness, such as unlawful deduction from wages or breach of contract.

 

Medium

A medium claim is any claim which is listed for a hearing of up to 2 days, typically with up to 2 or 3 witnesses, such as unfair dismissal and very straightforward discrimination claims.

 

Complex

A complex claim is any claim which is listed for a hearing of 3 or more days, such as complex discrimination and equal pay claims.   This can also include unfair or constructive dismissal claims where there is in excess of 3 witnesses required.

 

* Note:  Sometimes, claims will fall within a different complexity of claim because of the facts involved.  For example, occasionally an unfair dismissal claim may be classed as a simple claim, for example, where the employee has short service and the employee has clearly been guilty of very serious misconduct, and a claim for unlawful deductions may be classed as a claim of high complexity, for example, where it involves complicated rules regarding commission payments and calculations spanning a significant period of time.

In order to break down the fee ranges given above, we have set out the typical stages in each type of claim below, together with the range of fees and disbursements charged for each stage.  The fees in brackets include VAT.

Simple claims

 

Task

Fee range

Initial review and advice on the merits of the claim

£250 to £750 (£300 to £900)

Drafting a claim form

£375 to £1,000 (£450 to £1,200)

Drafting a response form

£375 to £1,000 (£450 to £1,200)

Disclosure (the process of allowing each party to see the documents the other party has in its possession which are relevant to the claim)

£250 to £1,500 (£300 to £1,800)

Preparing and agreeing a Tribunal Bundle (usually the Respondent’s responsibility)

£375 to £1,250 (£450 to £1,500)

Drafting a witness statement

£1,000 to £1,500 (£1,200 to £1,800)

Drafting Instructions to Counsel and preparing you for the Hearing

£250 to £750 (£300 to £900)

Various correspondence between the parties and the Employment Tribunal

£750 to £1,250 (£900 to £1,500)

Settlement negotiations

£500 to £1,000 (£600 to £1,200)

Counsel’s fees (typically, Counsel is instructed to represent you at the Hearing)

£450 to £1,000 (£540 to £1,200)

Photocopying charges (typically only applicable to Respondents as they are responsible for producing sufficient copies of the Tribunal Bundle for the Hearing)

£16 to £24 (£19.20 to £28.80)

Total cost (legal fees, plus disbursements, plus VAT)

£5,509.20 to £13,228.80

Medium claims

 

Task

Fee range

Initial review and advice on the merits of the claim

£500 to £1,000 (£600 to £1,200)

Drafting a claim form

£500 to £1,500 (£600 to £1,800)

Drafting a response form

£500 to £1,500 (£600 to £1,800)

Disclosure (the process of allowing each party to see the documents the other party has in its possession which are relevant to the claim)

£500 to £2,000 (£600 to £2,400)

Preparing and agreeing a Tribunal Bundle (usually the Respondent’s responsibility)

£375 to £1,250 (£450 to £1,500)

Drafting witness statements (up to 3)

£3,000 to £9,000 (£3,600 to £10,800)

Drafting Instructions to Counsel and preparing you and/or the witnesses for the Hearing

£500 to £1,000 (£600 to £1,200)

Various correspondence between the parties and the Employment Tribunal

£375 to £1,750 (£450 to £2,100)

Settlement negotiations

£250 to £1,250 (£300 to £1,500)

Counsel’s fees (typically, Counsel is instructed to represent you at the Hearing)

£700 to £3,450 (£840 to £4,140)

Photocopying charges (typically only applicable to Respondents as they are responsible for producing sufficient copies of the Tribunal Bundle for the Hearing)

£20 to £60 (£24 to £72)

Total cost (legal fees, plus disbursements, plus VAT)

£8,664 to £28,512

Complex claims

Complex claims vary drastically depending on the facts of the case and so it is very difficult to give a meaningful range of fees.  Therefore, by way of example, we have included below a range of fees for a typical multi discrimination claim where the Respondent does not accept that the Claimant is disabled for the purposes of claiming disability discrimination, there are 4 witnesses, the Claimant is relying on one disability, and the Hearing is listed for 5 to 7 days.

 

Task

Fee range

Initial review and advice on the merits of the claim

£1,000 to £1,500 (£1,200 to £1,800)

Drafting a claim form

£1,000 to £2,000 (£1,200 to £2,400)

Drafting a response form

£1,000 to £2,000 (£1,200 to £2,400)

Representing you at a Preliminary Hearing (at which the parties will agree the issues which are in dispute and agree a timetable for the Hearing)

£750 to £2,000 (£900 to £2,400)

Disclosure (the process of allowing each party to see the documents the other party has in its possession which are relevant to the claim)

£1,000 to £2,000 (£1,200 to £2,400)

Disputing that a claimant is disabled (if the respondent does not accept that the claimant is disabled, the Tribunal will usually order the parties to obtain medical evidence by way of an expert’s report)

£2,000 to £2,500 (£2,400 to £3,000)

Expert’s fees (these fees will depend on whether the expert simply prepares a report or if they are required to attend the Hearing to give evidence on the Claimant’s medical condition.  The cost of the expert is usually split equally between the claimant and the respondent)

£1,000 to £2,000 (£1,200 to £2,400)*

 

*normally you will only be responsible for 50% of this fee

Preparing and agreeing a Tribunal Bundle (usually the Respondent’s responsibility)

£500 to £1,000 (£600 to £1,200)

Drafting witness statements (assuming 4 witnesses)

£8,000 to £12,000 (£9,600 to £14,400)

Drafting Instructions to Counsel and preparing you and/or the witnesses for the Hearing

£750 to £1,250 (£900 to £1,500)

Various correspondence between the parties and the Employment Tribunal

£1,000 to £2,000 (£1,200 to £2,400)

Settlement negotiations

£750 to £1,250 (£900 to £1,500)

Counsel’s fees (typically, Counsel is instructed to represent you at the Hearing).  Counsel’s fees increase according to the number of days the Hearing has been listed for.  We have included a range of Counsel’s fees below. 

£5,200 to £35,750 (£6,240 to £42,900)

Photocopying charges (typically only applicable to Respondents as they are responsible for producing sufficient copies of the Tribunal Bundle for the Hearing)

£40 to £160 (£48 to £192)

Total cost (legal fees, plus disbursements, plus VAT)

£28,188 to £79,692

Whilst we do conduct advocacy on behalf of our clients, the majority of clients are represented by a barrister at the main Hearing.  We work with a range of Chambers to provide Counsel for your hearing, and we will discuss and agree with you the appropriate level barrister for your case.  In order to provide an indication of fees, we have included below tables from London based barristers and Outside London based barristers to give you some indication of the type of fee you may incur for Counsel’s fees.  Counsel’s fees are based on a brief fee, which includes the first day of Hearing and all prior preparation, plus a refresher fee for each subsequent day at Hearing.  Therefore, a 3 day Hearing using Counsel based outside London in Band C would cost £3,100 to £3,350 plus VAT (£3,720 to £4,020).

 

Example Counsel’s fees using barristers based outside London

 

 

LEVEL OF CALL

PH- Case Management

1 -2 HOURS

1/2 DAY

BRIEF FEE

1 DAY BRIEF FEE

2 DAY BRIEF FEE

3 DAY BRIEF FEE

4 DAY BRIEF FEE

5 DAY BRIEF FEE

DAILY REFRESHER

HOURLY RATE

 

16 YEARS + CALL

Band A

£850

£1000-£1250

£1750 – £2000

£2,000-£2500

£2,500- £2750

£2750- £3000

£3000- £3500

£1,250

£200

 

10-15 YEARS CALL

Band B

£750

£750-£1000

£1,500-£1750

£1,750-£2000

£2000-£2500

£2,500 – £2750

£2,750-£3000

£1000

£175

 

5-9

YEARS CALL

Band C

£550

£600-£750

£900

£1,250-£1500

£1,500 – £1750

£1750-£2000

£2000-£2500

£800

£150

 

1-4 YEARS CALL

Band D

£350

£450

£700

£850 – £1000

£1000-£1250

  

£600

£100

Example barrister’s fees using London based Counsel

 

Indicative Counsel fee for Unfair Dismissal and Wrongful Dismissal Claims

Type of claim

Estimate of barrister’s Brief fee 

Estimate of barrister’s daily refresher

Simple case

Generally this will result in a 1 – 2 day hearing.

Counsel 1 – 3 years call

£1,250 – £2,500

£950

Medium complexity case

Generally this will result in a 3 – 5 day hearing.

Counsel 4 – 7 years call

£3,500 – £5,000

£1,250 – £1500

High complexity case

Generally this will result in a 6 – 10 day hearing.

Counsel 8 – 12 years call

£8,500 – £20,000

£1,750 – £2,250

 

How long will my claim take to progress to full Hearing?

The time it takes for your claim to progress to full Hearing will depend on a large number of factors, including how busy the regional Tribunal is where you bring your claim, how many days are needed for the Hearing and the parties’ availability.  However, from submission of the Claim Form, it typically takes around 5 to 6 months to progress to full Hearing in a simple claim, 8 to 10 months to progress to full Hearing in a medium claim and 12 to 18 months to progress to full Hearing in a complex claim.  This can take much longer where the respondent does not agree that a claimant is disabled and the Hearing is listed for 7 or more days.

Fee Earner Qualification and Experience

The solicitor dealing with your case will be Karen Fletcher, who is recognised as a leading expert in employment law in Legal 500 and has over 15 years’ experience in employment law, acting for Respondents and Claimants in the Employment Tribunals.  Karen may be assisted by a Trainee Solicitor or paralegal for more straightforward aspects of the claim, such as the preparation of the Tribunal Bundle.  Karen’s standard hourly charge out rate for employment tribunal work is £250 plus VAT (£300). 

 

Contact details

Karen Fletcher is always available to give initial guidance to you on the prospects of your claim and the strategy that is right for you.  Calls can be made to Karen at any time on 07941 956340 who will give immediate, straightforward and helpful advice.

Contact our expert legal team.

Calls can be made to Raymond at any time on 07740 617900 who will give immediate sympathetic and straight forward advice.

As trusted legal advisers we will ensure that your matter is handled promptly, efficiently and in your best interests.

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