Services, Timescales and Pricing Information for Immigration, Employment, Debt Recovery, Probate and Residential Conveyancing
The information below is intended to provide an overview of the fees likely to be incurred in a small range of services that the firm offers. If you require further fee information in relation to any of our services, please contact the firm direct for a personalised quote tailored to your specific requirements.
(Main Applicant Only)
As part of our representation in your matter, we will carry out some or all of the following work:
• Providing you with expert advice throughout the process of preparing the application with respect to the requirements of the Immigration Rules.
• Providing you with advice as to alternative options should you not fulfil the relevant criteria for an application to be successful.
• Providing you with a detailed schedule of supporting documents specific to your application.
• Considering the documents which you provide to us and then advising you on whether these documents provided are sufficient to comply with the Immigration Rules or whether they need to be amended or substituted for alternative documents.
• If appropriate, providing assistance with obtaining further evidence needed in support of an application.
• Drafting and providing templates for supporting documents required under the rules for you to use as part of your application.
• Drafting and preparing your application, whether online or in paper format, based on your response to our detailed questionnaire, as well as a detailed letter of representations to be submitted in support.
• Providing advice about the outcome of your application and any further steps that you will need to take.
The fees shown below will not include the following and will be charged separately:
• Initial advice provided as part of any consultation that you may have with us. We would usually have an initial chargeable consultation so that we can obtain detailed instructions from you regarding your specific circumstances and objectives in terms of obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Nationality, prior to us deciding which application is the most appropriate to make or to assess whether you actually meet the basic requirements of a specific application.
This initial consultation will be based on a fixed fee of between £495 to £750 plus VAT, if chargeable, and will cover up to a fixed amount of time of between 1 and a half hours to 2 hours.
• Representing you in relation to any appeals or administrative reviews should your application be refused.
• Any post-submission work such as contacting UK Visas and Immigration about the progress of your application.
Timescale for work to be completed
On average, an application for either Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain takes around 6-10 weeks from the date of the initial instructions to the submission of the application.
However, please note that these timescales depend upon the type of application, how quickly we receive instructions, the complexity of your case and the relevant documents and information that needs to be obtained and then considered. Applications may also take longer to prepare in readiness for submission if you have dependants applying with you and there being a large volume of documents which we have to consider. We can provide you with a more accurate estimate of the time it takes for us to prepare and submit your application once we have more background and information about your case.
Whilst we can provide you with an estimated time for a decision to be made on your application, we cannot guarantee how long UK Visas and Immigration will take to process your application, or indeed that it will be approved. However, please use the links below to see the published visa and application processing times for the UK:
Our Legal Fees
Please note that the applications listed in this information sheet are not exhaustive and this is merely a list of applications which we most commonly represent. If the application you wish to obtain representation on is not listed below, please feel free to contact us and, assuming that it is an application which we do provide advice and representation on, we will provide you with a fixed fee quote once we have had an initial consultation with you.
The range of prices given is intended to be a guide and our fees may increase beyond this range depending on a number of factors which include:
1) Whether you have been previously refused an application for entry clearance, Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK;
2) Whether you have any criminal convictions;
3) The amount of documentation required to be reviewed and considered;
4) Whether you will be applying with dependants;
5) In the case of applications for British Nationality, whether you meet the residence requirement and, if not, by how much you have exceeded them.
Applications under the Points-Based System – Main Applicant Only
(1) Tier 2 (General) Migrant
- Initial Visa and Extension
Range between – £1,275 - £1,975
- Indefinite Leave to Remain
Range between – £1,895 - £2,500 plus VAT
(2) Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant
- Initial Visa and Extension
Range between – £1,275 - £1,675
- Indefinite Leave to Remain
Range between – £1,895 - £2,500 plus VAT
(3) Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant
- Initial Visa
Range between – £13,750 - £19,750
Range between – £12,000 - £15,000 plus VAT
- Indefinite Leave to Remain
Range between – £15,000 - £19,750 plus VAT
(4) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant
- Initial Visa and Extension
Range between – £7,725 - £9,995
- Indefinite Leave to Remain
Range between – £9,995 - £12,995 plus VAT
Application to join a Spouse in the UK
(1) Entry Clearance and Extension Application
Range between – £2, 750 - £3,725 plus VAT if chargeable
(2) Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications
Range between – £3,500 - £5,500 plus VAT
Applications under the current EEA Regulations (valid until 29 March 2019)
(1) EEA Family Permit
Range between – £1,950 - £2,495
(2) EEA Residence Card
Range between – £1,995 - £2,895 plus VAT if chargeable
(3) EEA Permanent Residence Card
Range between – £2,250 - £2,950 plus VAT if chargeable
Applications for British Nationality
(1) British Naturalisation
Range between – £1,995 - £3,995 plus VAT if chargeable
(2) Registration of a British child
Range between – £2,250 - £3,125 plus VAT if chargeable
Applications for UK Ancestry
Range between – £2,500 - £3,995 plus VAT if chargeable
Applications for Long Residence
Range between – £3,500 - £5,500 plus VAT
Please note that the fees above cover our advice and representation up to the submission of your application only and do not include any work which we may carry out post-submission of the application. Any post-submission work will be charged at our hourly rate, which will be advised at the beginning of the matter, of £375 to £450 plus VAT (if chargeable) depending on the application, and will be subject to a minimum charge of 1 hour, which is due and payable on submission of the application.
The fees above also do not include any disbursements incurred on your behalf. Disbursements are costs that are payable to third parties which you will have to pay for in order to process your application. We may assist you in the process for making payment of these disbursements should you wish, provided we are first placed in cleared funds to do so.
Disbursements include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Visa Application fee or Home Office fees (which is dependent upon the country that you are applying from);
• Immigration Health Surcharge – currently GBP £200 per year per applicant but is due to be increased to £400 per year sometime in December 2018, for each year of leave granted;
• Additional User-Pay Services which you may opt to take advantage of such as a Priority Visa Service or Walk-In Without Appointment Service (depending upon whether the service is available) or appointments at a Premium Service Centre or new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service point.
Debt Recovery Services
Solicitors providing debt recovery services
Kate Bowen has specialised in litigation since her qualification in March 2007. Kate is categorised as a ‘Grade A’ litigator (the highest grading), which is defined by the courts as a solicitor with more than 8 years’ litigation experience. Kate’s hourly rate ranges from £300 to £350 per hour plus VAT depending on the complexity and urgency of the case.
Caroline Gibbs is a consultant solicitor who qualified in 1987. Caroline is also a ‘Grade A’ litigator. Caroline’s hourly rate ranges between £350 and £400 per hour plus VAT depending on the complexity and urgency of the case.
Kate is assisted by Joseph Choudhury, a trainee solicitor who is due to qualify in January 2021. Joseph's hourly rate is £125 plus VAT.
If the matter requires urgent attention, for example over a weekend, then the hourly rates may be towards the higher end of the range.
Regardless of the value of a claim, before you issue a claim the court rules provide that you must send a letter of claim setting out the details of your claim and allow the debtor an opportunity to respond (usually around 30 days). Most cases are settled before proceedings are issued during this pre-action stage.
In order to prepare a letter of claim a full analysis of the case including consideration of the documentary and witness evidence will be required. We will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate of costs upon receipt of the documentation and following our initial discussions with you. We are prepared to agree fixed fees for the preparation of the letter of claim and will discuss this on a case by case basis. The minimum that we would usually charge for a letter of claim is £1,200 plus VAT (this is on the basis of around 4 hours’ work). If your case is complicated and there is a large amount of evidence to consider then this initial stage could cost upwards of £10,000 plus VAT.
If your case reaches trial then the legal costs will range from £15,000 to in excess of £100,000 plus VAT (excluding court issue fee and other disbursements – see below). These fees will include the following:
• Drafting and issuing the claim form and particulars of claim.
• Considering the defence.
• Completion of a costs budget if required.
• Advising on disclosure obligations and completing disclosure as ordered by the court.
• Liaising with witnesses and preparing witness statements.
• Preparing for and attending all court hearings listed by the court including trial.
• Advising you as appropriate in terms of the merits of the case and strategy throughout.
The time that must be spent on a matter will depend on a number of issues including but not limited to: the complexity of the claim; the existence of a written agreement and evidence generally; the location of the debtor; the strength of any defence that the debtor might raise and the number of witnesses.
The fee ranges indicated above do not include enforcing any judgment that might be obtained, dealing with any counter claim/Part 20/or third-party claims, instructing experts or dealing with experts generally; the making of or responding to any interim applications; or third party disbursements such as process server fees.
Claims usually take between 1 – 18 months from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.
Court costs and structure
If it is necessary to commence a claim at court, the court charges a fee. The fee is dependent upon the value of the claim. Below is a table issued by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service which sets out the court fees applicable when starting a claim at court. It is often possible to utilise one of the court’s online portals to issue claims known as Money Claim Online (“MCOL”) or County Court Business Centre (“CCBC”). The court issue fee for using these portals is discounted as set out below:-
Starting proceedings to recover a sum of money which:
|Starting proceedings to recover a sum of which which:||At Court||
|does not exceed £300||£35||£25|
|exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500||£50||£35|
|exceeds £500 but does not exceed £1000||£70||£60|
|exceeds £1,000 but does not exceed £1,500||£80||£70|
|exceeds £1,500 but does not exceed £3,000||£115||£105|
|exceeds £3,000 but does not exceed £5,000||£205||£185|
|exceeds £5,000 but does not exceed £10,000||£455||£410|
|exceeds £10,000 but does not exceed £200,000||5% of the value of the claim||4.5% of the value of the claim|
|exceeds £200,000 or is not limited||£10,000||N/A|
The value of the claim issued will determine which one of the 3 tracks of the court the claim will be allocated to.
The small claims track is a simplified procedural system for dealing with lower value claims with a financial value of under £10,000.
The fast track is the usual track for any claim:
• Which is worth between £10,000 and £25,000.
• Where the trial is estimated to last not more than a day.
• Where oral expert evidence at trial will be limited to:
- one expert per party per field; and
- expert evidence in two fields.
The costs recoverability for the successful party in respect of small claims and fast track claims is very limited. It is for this reason parties usually represent themselves as it is often not cost effective to instruct solicitors to conduct the cases.
The Civil Procedure Rules defines the multi-track as the track for all cases not suitable for allocation to the small claims track or the fast track. This means that the multi-track is the right track for any case:
• Worth more than £25,000.
• Where the trial is estimated to last for more than a day.
• Where each party will need to adduce oral expert evidence either from more than:
- two fields; or
- one expert in a particular field.
Multi-track claims can be heard in either the High Court or the County Court. Usually claims worth below £50,000 are appropriate for the County Court and those worth more than £50,000 are appropriate for the High Court.
The general rule is that the winner pays around two thirds of the winner’s costs, however the courts have a wide discretion in terms of costs allocation and we would advise on a case by case basis.
If you start a claim at court, there will be at least one hearing before a judge; sometimes there are several hearings. You will need to be represented by an advocate and for this we will instruct a barrister on your behalf. Barristers also often assist with the drafting and preparation of your claim and other key documents. We will negotiate and agree barrister’s fees on your behalf. The cost of a barrister will depend on the experience of the barrister, the length of the hearing and the amount of work/preparation required. As a rule of thumb barrister’s fees usually represent around one third of the total legal fees incurred by a claimant during the course of proceedings.
Our employment department, headed up by Peter Jones, provides a full range of services to support employers, employees and consultants.
These services include advice on employment disputes and terminations, settlement agreement consultations and drafting, whistle-blowing and related claims, protecting confidential information, all forms of unlawful discrimination, corporate and commercial transactions (including due diligence and transfer of undertakings), individual and collective redundancy consultation, director and senior executive service agreements (including bonus and profit-sharing arrangements and restrictive covenants), long-term absence and disability, performance management and also drafting consultancy and contractor agreements with service companies and individuals. We can bring and defend claims in the employment tribunals and issue and defend High Court proceedings dealing with confidential information, restrictive covenants and other contractual disputes in conjunction with our dispute resolution team.
Peter started practising employment law in 2004, after a career in music and a senior management position at a national charity. He has been responsible for high value whistle-blowing and discrimination cases brought and defended in the employment tribunals, as well as ordinary unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims. Peter gained experience in the Court of Appeal while still a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He has always specialised in employment law and related commercial practice.
Peter’s fees for employment and commercial work range from £290 to £350+VAT per hour, depending on the complexity of the case. Other fee earners at the firm may also be involved, depending on the necessary levels of experience and expertise.
We are required to provide specific information about the cost of bringing and defending employment tribunal proceedings for unfair and wrongful dismissal, which is difficult to assess, as each case is very different, but we hope that the following information will be helpful.
Defending proceedings for employers
If you are an employer and you receive a claim from the employment tribunal, it is essential that you respond to the claim on the designated form (ET3) by the date stated in the documents. This is usually 28 days after the employment tribunal has issued the claim to you. If you miss the response date, it is likely that your defence will not be accepted and the claimant will win; subject to any hearing on the level of compensation, or other remedy.
The work involved in preparing an ET3 response can range from a relatively short denial, possibly including a challenge to the validity of the claim for technical reasons, to a detailed review of the facts and evidence, followed by a carefully constructed reply that addresses complex legal points at length. This means that responding to a claim can take from 2 – 3 hours, at a cost of about £1000+VAT to in excess of 20 hours. The cost can also include advice about the merits of the claim and the possibility of settlement, before and after the response is submitted. In some cases a second opinion from a barrister may be advised before submitting a response or as a matter progresses. The additional cost of a barrister would depend on the complexity and value of the case and the seniority and experience of the barrister you choose.
Thereafter, defending a case can take a few weeks, if the case is to be struck out for jurisdictional reasons, but normally it would take several months and sometimes over a year to reach a merits hearing, final judgment and any remedy hearing. The time involved and the eventual cost depends on the number and complexity of any preliminary issues that might need to be resolved, the size and complexity of the case and the speed and efficiency of employment tribunal administration.
Unfair dismissal claims range from challenges to the fairness of redundancy and disciplinary dismissals, in which compensation is capped at 12 months’ pay, to extremely complex and/or high-value, uncapped whistle-blowing ‘automatic unfair dismissal’ claims. The overall cost of defending unfair dismissal claims up to and including a hearing can therefore range from an estimated £15,000 to over £100,000 (plus VAT), including the cost of a barrister. In practice, most claims are settled before a hearing becomes necessary, so the cost of defending a claim until it is resolved is often significantly less than these indications.
Wrongful dismissal claims are based on contractual principles, rather than unfairness. The most common claim is that an employee’s employment was wrongly terminated summarily for gross misconduct without notice or payment in lieu of notice or the employee was forced to resign with immediate effect due to a fundamental breach of contract by the employer. Wrongful dismissal claims can also be brought where a notice term has not been complied with fully or where there was a breach of a contractual disciplinary or redundancy procedure, or due to the termination of a fixed-term contract or a "specific task" contract before its expiry.
High value wrongful dismissal claims are always brought in the High Court because there is a damages cap of £25,000 in the employment tribunal. If it is necessary to defend a breach of contract claim in the employment tribunal, this is often tied in with the cost of defending an associated unfair dismissal claim. In the relatively rare circumstance of a free-standing claim for wrongful dismissal proceeding all the way to a hearing in the employment tribunal, the cost could be in excess of £10,000 plus VAT. The cost of instructing a barrister (a disbursement) would be additional to our fees for drafting the defence and other case management steps.
Bringing claims for employees
If you have been dismissed, you may have claims for unfair and/or wrongful dismissal, whether or not you have over 103 weeks’ continuous employment. Some ‘automatic’ unfair dismissal claims can be brought from ‘day one’ of your employment, for example if the reason for your dismissal was because you raised certain concerns, in the public interest, or about your statutory employment rights, or for health and safety reasons or for asserting certain employment rights.
If your employment was terminated in breach of contract (including by forced resignation) and you did not receive your full notice or payment in lieu of that notice or other contractual payments, you may have a claim for wrongful dismissal or breach of contract.
If you intend to bring a claim in the employment tribunal for wrongful dismissal or other breach of contract with a value under £25,000, or for unfair dismissal, you must make the application within the ordinary time limit of 3 months of the breach or termination date, unless the time is extended by conciliation. You should take advice well in advance of the deadline, as there are administrative requirements, including obtaining an ACAS Early Conciliation Certificate and lodging the claim, usually online, using the necessary information and details of the claim set out in the designated ET1 claim form and in a schedule to it, in the correct file format.
The cost of bringing and pursuing proceedings can vary considerably, depending on the complexity and value of the claim and also whether you have insurance that might cover some or all of the cost. Your costs may also depend on the amount of preparation you can do yourself and the efficiency with which you can collect and present evidence and information.
Advising you on the viability of bringing a claim, and drafting and lodging a simple ET1 can cost from about £1200+VAT. Sometimes it is necessary to work through considerable amounts of documentary and other evidence, to weigh up the evidence that might be available from witnesses and your former employer and work through the events that led to your dismissal, meaning that more complex and high value cases can cost several thousands of pounds to prepare. We consider that it would be misleading to give an indication of costs for such cases, but we will always seek to provide realistic and timely estimates of costs at the outset and as matters progress.
The cost of bringing an unfair dismissal claim up to and including an employment tribunal hearing could be from about £15,000 to in excess of £100,000 (plus VAT). However, as most claims settle without the need for a hearing, particularly once the grounds have been set out and evidence exchanged, the cost of resolving an unfair dismissal claim can be considerably lower than these indications.
The cost of bringing a freestanding wrongful dismissal claim in the employment tribunal for unpaid notice pay and/or benefits during a notice period is generally much less than for unfair dismissal, as the legal and evidential issues are often less complex. Even here, the circumstances leading to a constructive dismissal (i.e. a forced resignation, irrespective of length of service) can be complex and drawn out, so it is difficult to give a clear indication of likely cost.
As a claim proceeds through the various stages of case management, the costs are incurred incrementally and we seek to provide detailed costs information at each stage. It usually takes a few months for a claim to reach a hearing and sometimes judgments take a few weeks or months to be produced in writing. If a claim is successful at a merits hearing, a further hearing to determine the appropriate remedy is usually listed, incurring further preparation and cost, possibly including representation by a barrister.
We can also assist with discrimination claims and ‘in work’ discrimination, detriment and other employment rights claims.
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 raising concerns in the public interest (whistleblowing)
• Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as barristers and experts. There are currently no application or response fees in the employment tribunals. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel's fees can range between £150 to £500+VAT per hour (depending on the experience of the barrister) for providing interim advice, drafting documents, preparing for and attending meetings and hearings. We will negotiate and agree barrister’s fees on your behalf. The cost of a barrister will depend on the experience of the barrister, the length of the hearing and the amount of work/preparation required.
Key stages in unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
The fees estimated above cover work that includes the 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 be subject to change)
• Entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached
• Preparing a claim or response
• Reviewing and advising on a 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(s)
• Obtaining your documents and other evidence and advising on disclosure
• Listing and exchanging documents and other evidence with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
• Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
• Preparing a bundle of documents, including review and redaction
• Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
• Preparing and agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
• Preparation and attendance at final hearing, including instructions to a barrister
• Preparation and attendance at remedy hearing, including instructions to a barrister
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, our fee and disbursements will reflect this. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only take our advice in relation to some of the stages. However, we can only accept such instructions if we have an opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge of the case to provide proper advice on the relevant stage(s).
Costs and damages
There is a general rule that each party bears their own costs in employment tribunal litigation. However, on an exceptional basis, awards for some or all of a party’s costs can made against the other because a party, or their representative, has acted vexatiously, abusively, disruptively, or otherwise unreasonably in the bringing or conducting of the proceedings, or a part of them, has been in breach of an order or practice direction or has postponed or adjourned a hearing inappropriately. Weak parts of claims can also be subject to deposit orders and the employment tribunal has power to penalise inappropriate conduct by representatives or the parties, by awarding wasted costs and aggravated and exemplary damages.
Insurance and sources of funding
You may have insurance to cover some or all of the cost of bringing or defending an unfair and/or wrongful dismissal claim. For individuals, insurance may be bundled with other financial products, such as home contents or mortgage payment protection insurance. It is important that you comply with any policy terms in full and it is advisable that decisions about dismissal are taken with the benefit of legal advice from a specialist solicitor. Individuals may be able to obtain advice and support without incurring costs, as a member of a union or other organisation that provides these membership benefits.
The statements above do not amount to legal advice or any commitment to a specific fee, rate or timescale. The fee ranges indicated above do not include enforcing any judgment that might be obtained or dealing with any counter claim. Fee, costs and time estimates will be provided upon our review of relevant information and the nature of your instructions.
The time and costs for assisting with the administration of an Estate will vary depending on such matters as the assets of the Estate and the deceased’s individual circumstances. Generally the work involves identifying the assets and liabilities of the Estate, obtaining probate valuations and contacting creditors. We will also advise on beneficial entitlement and intestacy if applicable. We prepare the Inheritance Tax Account for submission to the Revenue, including any Inheritance Tax calculation, and the documents necessary to apply for the Grant of Probate. We assist in collecting in assets, paying liabilities and distributions to beneficiaries.
Our fees are based on an hourly rate (£300) and will depend on the time involved. As a general guide, our fees for dealing with a straightforward Estate will be in the region of £3,000 + VAT plus disbursements. The Probate Registry fees will be approximately £160. The disbursements for a probate matter also include any charges made by third parties for providing asset valuations and processing transfers. Any Inheritance Tax due in respect of the Estate is payable in addition to fees and charges.
Fees will be higher for instance if the Estate includes a large number of assets or beneficiaries, trust matters or an overseas element. Please also note that the probate fees do not include fees charged for dealing with the sale of any assets such as property or chattels, nor for dealing with income tax matters.
A typical timescale for obtaining a Grant of Probate is 6 months, although this period may be shorter or longer depending on the nature of the Estate. If you would like to consider instructing us to act for you then we will give you a specific quote for fees, disbursements and timescale based on the individual circumstances.
Residential Conveyancing Services
Our fees are based on the fee earner’s hourly rates (which range from £200 - £300) and our experience of the time that will be involved for the type of transaction. Our fees will vary depending on the complexity, requirements and value of the particular transaction. If you would like to consider instructing us to act for you then we will give you a specific quote for fees and disbursements tailored to your individual transaction.
Our work for a purchase transaction includes investigating title, reviewing information provided by the seller, carrying out relevant property searches, raising appropriate enquiries, preparing a report on title and agreeing the form of contract and transfer documents. If you are using mortgage finance then we will either act for your lender on the mortgage arrangements, or if they require a separate firm to act for them, we will liaise with the lender’s solicitors. We will deal with exchange of contracts, completion of the purchase, preparation and submission of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Return and then registration of the transfer and any legal charges at the Land Registry.
A typical purchase transaction can take anything from 6 weeks to 3 months to complete but each matter will depend on the individual circumstances and other parties involved.
As a general indication, the legal fees for a straightforward purchase of a freehold house with a market value of £1 million would be in the region of £1500 + VAT plus disbursements, and for a leasehold flat would be around £1600 + VAT plus disbursements.
Disbursements are additional charges you must pay and are set by, and paid to, third parties. For a purchase transaction these will usually include – search fees (ie Local Authority Search, Water & Drainage search, Environmental Search and Chancelcheck search) of approximately £400 + VAT, bankruptcy and land registry search fees of around £10 + VAT and a bank transfer fee of £15 + VAT. In addition, the most significant disbursements will be the Land Registry registration fee and the Stamp Duty Land Tax due on the transaction – these amounts will depend on the value of the property and your circumstances, and we can provide you with a calculation of these figures at the outset of your transaction. If your lender requires a separate firm to represent them for the mortgage arrangements, any fees charged by them are also payable by you.
If you are purchasing a leasehold property there are likely to be additional disbursements required under the terms of the lease such as a Deed of Covenant fee and a Notice of Transfer/Charge fee – those amounts will be set by the landlord’s solicitor and we will obtain those figures at the earliest stage of the transaction.
A typical sale transaction will involve us collating title documents, obtaining information from the landlord and preparing the draft Contract package. We will deal with enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors, liaise with the landlord’s solicitors/managing agents and your lender where applicable. As a general indication, the legal fees for a straightforward sale of a freehold house with a market value of £1 million would be in the region of £1400 + VAT plus disbursements, and for a leasehold flat would be around £1500 + VAT plus disbursements. For a sale transaction, the disbursements are generally limited to copy title documents at approximately £10 + VAT and a bank transfer fee of £15 + VAT. If you are selling a leasehold property there are likely to be additional disbursements for fees charged by the landlord/managing agents for providing replies to standard enquiries – those amounts will be set by them and we will obtain those figures at the earliest stage of the transaction.
For a remortgage/mortgage only transaction, the work involved will depend on the lender’s requirements but this will usually involve us reviewing the title documents, carrying out the relevant property searches and obtaining general information regarding the property from you, and your landlord/managing agent as applicable. As a general indication, the legal fees for a straightforward mortgage of a freehold house with a market value £1 million would be in the region of £1000 + VAT plus disbursements, and for a leasehold flat £1100 + VAT plus disbursements. For a mortgage transaction the disbursements are usually – search fees of approximately £400 + VAT, bankruptcy and land registry search fees of around £10 + VAT and a bank transfer fee of £15 + VAT. In addition any charges made by a landlord/managing agent if applicable, plus there will be a Land Registry registration fee which will depend on the value of the loan.
Please note that our services do not include advice on financial matters, mortgages, tax, valuation issues or surveys. You will need to separately instruct appropriate professionals to deal with such matters if required.