On this page you will find all of our cost and service information that we are required to publish as part of the SRA transparency rules in price and service that came into effect on 6th December 2018.

Pricing

Purchase of a Freehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 7 hours work with hourly rates between £120 – £220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £725 – £1,950 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
LawyerCheck Search Fee £12.00 Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
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. Please see the following link: View here
Variable No
Stamp Duty Administration Fee £80 Yes
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £725 – £1,950 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £725 – £1,950 + Disbursements + Stamp Duty Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed. 20-30 mins
3. Receive and advise on contract documents. 30-45 mins
4. Carry out searches. 20 mins
5. Obtain further planning documentation if required. 30-60 mins
6. Make any necessary enquiries of sellers solicitors. 30-60 mins
7. Give you advise on all documents and information received. 30-60 mins
8. Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you. 30-45 mins
9. Send final contract to you for signature. 20 mins
10. Draft Transfer. 20 mins
11. Advise you on joint ownership. 30-60 mins
12. Obtain pre-completion searches. 10 mins
13. Agree completion date (date from which you own the property). 10-60 mins
14. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
15. Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you. 30 – 60 mins
16. Complete Purchase. 20 – 60 mins
17. Deal with with Stamp Duty/Land Tax. 30 mins
18. Deal with application for registration at Land Registry. 20 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate Yes
New build purchase £200 – £350 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Sale of a Freehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 6 hours work with hourly rates between £120 -£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £675 – £1,350 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Office Copy Entries £6.00 Yes
LawyerCheck Search £12.00 Yes
Electronic Money Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
Indemnity policies if required Varied Yes
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £675 – £1,350 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £675 – £1,350 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Take details of lender  and make contact. 20 mins
3. Order title for Land Registry and draft Contract. 30-45 mins
4. Prepare and send out Property Information Forms / Fixtures and Fittings for completion. 10 mins
5. Checking Property Information Form on return and submitting to buyers solicitors. 10 – 30 mins
6. Dealing with additional enquiries from buyers  solicitors. 30-90 mins
7. Obtaining planning / building regulation / NHBC warranty information. 30-60 mins
8. Receiving Transfer and approval. 20-45 mins
9. Go through Contract and Transfer papers with you. 30-45 mins
10.Contacting lender for redemption statements and procedures. 20 mins
11. Agree completion date. 10-60 mins
12. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
13. Arrange for all monies needed to be sent to the lender and to you on completion. 30 – 60 mins
14. Complete Sale. 20 – 60 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Preparation and completion of a Deed of Covenant £75 Yes
Voluntary first registration for a sale £200 Yes
Dealing with third party lawyers (eg on a matrimonial sale) £200 Yes
Removal of registered cautions/restrictions/charges £150 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate  
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Purchase of a Leasehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 6 and 8 hours work with hourly rates between £120 -£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
Between £725 – £1,750 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
LawyerCheck Search Fee £12.00 Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
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. Please see the following link: View here
Variable  
Stamp Duty Administration Fee £80 No
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £725 – £1,500 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £725 – £1,500 + Disbursements + Stamp Duty Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed. 20-30 mins
3. Receive and advise on contract documents. 30-45 mins
4. Carry out searches. 20 mins
5. Obtain further planning documentation if required. 30-60 mins
6. Make any necessary enquiries of sellers solicitors. 30-60 mins
7. Consider information supplied by management company. 30-60 mins
8. Give you advise on all documents and information received. 30-60 mins
9. Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you. 30-45 mins
10. Send final contract to you for signature. 20 mins
11. Draft Transfer. 20 mins
12. Advise you on joint ownership. 30-60 mins
13. Obtain pre-completion searches. 10 mins
14. Agree completion date (date from which you own the property). 10-60 mins
15. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
16. Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you. 30 – 60 mins
17. Complete Purchase. 20 – 60 mins
18. Deal with Landlord / management company requirements. 20 – 30 mins
18. Deal with with Stamp Duty/Land Tax. 30 mins
20. Deal with application for registration at Land Registry. 20 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300 – £500 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements Hourly rate Yes
New build purchase £250 – £350 Yes
Charges levied by freehold / management company on change of ownership £250 – £500 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Sale of a Leasehold Residential Property

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
We anticipate it will take between 5 and 7 hours work with hourly rates between £120-£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used Between £695 – £1500 Yes
Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Office Copy Entries £12.00 Yes
LawyerCheck Search £12.00 Yes
Electronic Money Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
Indemnity policies Varied No
Estimated  Legal Fees Total Cost Between £695 – £1500 Yes
Estimated Disbursements Total Cost TBC  
Estimated Overall Cost £695 – £1500 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Take your instructions and give you initial advice. 30-60 mins
2. Take details of lender  and make contact. 20 mins
3. Order title for Land Registry and draft Contract. 30-45 mins
4. Prepare and send out Property Information Forms / Leasehold Information Form /  Fixtures and Fittings for completion. 10 mins
5. Contact Landlord / managing agent for freehold information pack. 10 mins
6. Checking Property Information Form / Leasehold Information Form / Management Pack on return and submitting to buyers solicitors. 20 – 30 mins
7. Dealing with additional enquiries from buyers  solicitors. 30-90 mins
8. Obtaining planning / building regulation / NHBC warranty information. 30-60 mins
9. Receiving Transfer and approval. 20-45 mins
10. Go through Contract and Transfer papers with you. 30-45 mins
11.Contacting lender for redemption statements and proceedures. 20 mins
12. Agree completion date. 10-60 mins
13. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened. 30 – 90 mins
14. Arrange for all monies needed to be sent to the lender and to you on completion. 30 – 60 mins
15. Deal with Landlord/managing agents obligations for sellers. 30 mins
15. Complete Sale. 20 – 60 mins

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If you need a simultaneous exchange and completion £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Preparation and completion of a Deed of Covenant £75 Yes
Voluntary first registration for a sale £200 Yes
Dealing with third party lawyerse (eg on a matrmonial sale) £200 Yes
Removal of registered cautions/restrictions/charges £150 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declartion where the title is defective £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300-500 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Dealing with retention of funds £200 Yes
Advice, negotiation and drafting of lockout agreements hourly rate Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for information pack £300 – 500 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Mortgages and Remortgages

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
Legal Fees
We anticipate it will take between 3 and 6 hours work with hourly rates between £120-£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used.
Between £495 – £1,250 Yes
Disbursements
Local Search Fees
Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Water & Drainage Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Environmental Search Fees Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Clay/Tin/Coal Mining Search Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Commons Registration Searches Please refer to the relevant local authorities website. Yes
Chancel Search Fees £15.79 Yes
Land Charges Searches  (bankruptcy) £2.00 per name Yes
Land Charges Searches £3.00 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Electronic Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
HM Land Registry
Fee varies depending on value of house. See following link for an estimate of cost. View here
Variable No
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £495 – £1,250 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property  
Estimated Overall Cost £495 – £1,250 + Disbursements Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

 

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
If you are acting using a Power of Attorney £150 Yes
If we need to prepare a general Power of Attorney £150 Yes
Approving or arranging an indemnity insurance policy (per policy) £60 Yes
Dealing with an unregistered title £250 Yes
Where there is a separate leasehold garage £200 Yes
Dealing with a second lender £145 Yes
Preparation of a simple Deed of Trust Joint Ownership form for Land Registry £100 Yes
Preparation of a short Deed of Trust for joint ownership £300 Yes
Preparation of a detailed Deed of Trust for joint ownership £500 – £750 Yes
Where funds are coming from a third party by gift or loan £125 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Covenant £100 Yes
Transfer of Legal Aid charge or other current loan £195 Yes
Buy to Let (where an existing tenant) or the property is an HMO £150 Yes
Preparation of a statutory declaration where the title is defective £125 Yes
Negotiating for access before completion and arranging necessary undertakings £100 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Easement £200 Yes
Preparation of a Deed of Variation to a Lease £300 – £500 Yes
Where your lender has separate solicitors £500 Yes
Help to Buy £350 Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for information pack £300 – £500 Yes
Charges levied by freeholder / management company for notice of new lender £100 – £175 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Department – Sarah Witheridge Partner £220 Solicitor
Alexandra Croft Solicitor £175 Solicitor
Anne Keate Licensed Conveyancer £150 CLC
Anthony Fripp Partner £220 Solicitor
Anju Newcombe Associate £210 Solicitor
Ashton Partridge Solicitor £175 Solicitor
Brian Maxwell Solicitor £195 Solicitor
Carla Eagleson Chartered Legal Executive £175 Chartered Legal Executive
Carlie Broome Property Advisor £110 Studying CLC
Carly Kingdon Legal Assistant £110 No formal qualifications yet
Caroline Jennings Associate £185 CILEX
Cheryl Bolt Solicitor £200 Solicitor
Clive Williamson Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Darren Heard Solicitor £200 Solicitor; Chartered Legal Executive
David Wheaton Partner £220 Solicitor
Debbie Hamzij Partner £210 Solicitor
Emma Pearce Residential Conveyancer £110 No formal qualifications yet
Frances Griffiths Partner £195 Solicitor
Giselle Sayed Legal Advisor £150 ACILEx
Gill Bratcher Partner £185  
Helen Davies Partner £220 Solicitor
Joanne Hayes Partner £210 Solicitor
Julie McDermott Solicitor £190 Solicitor
Katrina Short Solicitor £140 LLB; Solicitor
Lloyd Hale Partner £220 Solicitor
Louise Crockford Associate £185 Chartered Legal Executive
Louise Evers Property Advisor £175 Associate Chartered Legal Executive
Louise Garnsey Chartered Legal Executive £180 Chartered Legal Executive
Lucy Oldacre Solicitor £175 BA/BSc Hons Law Degree; Solicitor
Marie Cude Property Advisor £120
Marie Moore Licensed Conveyancer £175 Licensed Conveyancer
Mark Carlisle Partner £190 LLB
Mark Ollier Partner £190 LLB; Solicitor
Paula Land Chartered Legal Executive £190 Chartered Legal Executive
Philip Mole Associate £220 Solicitor
Pippa Bruce Licenses Conveyancer £125 Licensed Conveyancer
Rachael Jones Residential Conveyancer £175
Richard Glanville Solicitor £190 CPE Law; Solicitor; LLM Environmental Law
Rod Lewis Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Samantha Thompson Partner £185 Solicitor
Sanjeev Harash Partner £190 LLB Law; Post Grad Diploma in Legal Practice
Suzy Seaby Residential Conveyancer £175 ILEX
Tracey Pearce Partner £220 Solicitor
Valerie Silverthorne Consultant £220 Solicitor
Yvonne Kellow Associate £185 Chartered Legal Executive
Category: Pricing

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Cost Information

The exact costs in administering an estate will depend on the individual circumstances and vary depending on the value and complexity of the estate, the number of assets and liabilities and the number and type of beneficiaries. No estate is the same, and so it is very difficult to accurately predict costs. For example, if there is only one beneficiary and no property, the costs will be lower than if there were several beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts. For this reason, we ask that you contact us so that we ascertain full details of the estate and advise you of the scope of work required. By way of an example, below is an estimate of costs for dealing with the full administration of an uncontested estate with the following variables: –

• There is a valid Will with no Codicils and WBW Partners are not Executors
• There is no more than one property
• There is no more than one bank or building society account
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are no more than two beneficiaries and both are living in the UK.
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries and / Executors. If disputes arise this will lead to an increase in costs
• There is no inheritance tax payable and the Executors are submitting an Inheritance Tax Form 205 to HMRC.
• There are no claims made against the estate
• There are no foreign assets

Type of Cost Cost VAT*
WBW Solicitors Legal Fees
Hourly rates between £90 – £220 per hour depending on the legal expert providing the service
£1,450 – £4,550 Yes
Disbursements
Probate application fee
£155.00 No
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary) £2.00 Yes
ID Verification Search (per Executor) £5.00 Yes
Land Registry Office Copy Entries £3.00 Yes
Special Postage for Grant Application £7.00 No
Further Recommended Searches    
Landmark Financial Assets Search – This searches for dormant or unknown assets Approximately £135 Yes
Post in the London Gazette and Local Newspaper – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors Approximately £200 Yes
Certainty Will Search – This protects the Executors from the possibility that there is a more recent Will Between £30 – £100 Yes
Estimated Total Cost Between £1,988 – £5,023 + VAT  
Our legal fee if we are to deal with only obtaining the Grant of Probate (disbursements will be applicable as above). From £850 + VAT  
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Service Information

Our factsheet which is available here, provides information on the likely key stages undertaken and an estimate of the timescales.

Any services not included in the price that you might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT*
1. Additional copies of the grant (if required, usually one per asset). £1.50 No
2. Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in the price. See Conveyancing Costs Yes
3. 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.    
4. Preparing tax returns and dealing with all taxation issues. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.    
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the probate application fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Please note that the estimated costs quotation above is based upon the variables mentioned above. It may be that not all of the steps listed are necessary to be carried out. An administration requiring all of these steps will not therefore comply with the variables and costs will need to be amended as necessary.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Department – Catherine Causey Partner 250 Solicitor; Full Member of STEP
Amy Read Partner 250 Solicitor; ACTAPS; Full member of SFE
Miriam Saxl Partner 250 Solicitor
Victoria Smyth Partner 250 Solicitor
Susannah Bower Partner 250 Solicitor; Full Member of STEP
Laura Brutti Partner 250 Full Member of STEP
Matthew Cooper Partner 250 Solicitor
Paul Watkins Partner 250 LLB Law; Solicitor; STEP
Victoria Emmett Partner 250 LLB Law – 2:1; Solicitor
Will Vine Partner 250 Solicitor
Natalie Bowers Associate 215 Solicitor
Stephen Craig Associate 215 Associate Member of ILEX
Emma Davey Associate 230 Fellow Legal Executive; Solicitor; Full member of STEP
Donna Rowland Associate 230 Solicitor; Student Member of STEP
Caroline Maunder Associate 220 Solicitor; Solicitors for the Elderly
Helen Goodwin Associate 220 Chartered Legal Executive; Solicitors for the Elderly; Associate member of STEP
Lisa Stanton Associate 220 Chartered Legal Executive
Lucy Steven Associate 220 Solicitor
John Whiting Senior Solicitor 230 Solicitor
Catherine Hegarty Solicitor 215 Solicitor
Karen Denham Solicitor 215 Solicitor; Affiliate Member of STEP
Liz Heron Solicitor 215 MA Law (Oxon) 2:1; LPC; Solicitor
Natalie Tonkins Solicitor 195 LLB Law; Solicitor
Penny Jenner Solicitor 215 English Degree; DIP Law; Solicitor; Full member of STEP
Penny Wood Solicitor 185 Solicitor; Affiliate Member of STEP
Robert Mitchell Solicitor 215 MA (Oxon); Solicitor
Tracey Granger Chartered Legal Executive 195 Chartered Legal Executive
Roxanne Turner Chartered Legal Executive 215 Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Karen Woodbridge Chartered Legal Executive 195 Chartered Legal Executive
Portia Woodhouse Chartered Legal Executive 215 Chartered Legal Executive
Melissa Down Chartered Legal Executive 215 Chartered Legal Executive
Jacqui Neate Graduate Member of CILEX 170-180  
Stephen Toft Senior Private Client Advisor 195 Full Member of STEP
Billie Richards Tax and Trust Administrator 195 Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
Tanya Jegorovskaja Tax and Trust Administrator 130 Student of Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT)
Peter Richards Litigation Advisor 190 LLB; LLM Gen.; BPTC
Fiona Luscombe Notary 195 Solicitor; Notary
Kathryn Boyes Private Client Advisor 180 Affiliate Member of STEP
Jane Porritt Private Client Advisor 195 LLB; Solicitors for the Elderly
Emma Oakley Private Client Advisor 180 CILEX Level 3
Amanda Angus Legal Assistant 120
Amber Jennings Legal Assistant 120 Currently studying CILEX
Rachel Worthington Legal Assistant 120 – 130  
Penny Tomlinson Legal Assistant 120 Currently studying CILEX
Shana Broaders Trainee Solicitor 150 BSc Graduate Diploma in Law; Lpc Llm
Malcolm Emery Consultant 300

Cost Information

Our pricing (see below) for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal is based upon a simple case.
It should be expected that the cost will increase as the complexity of the case increases.

There are a number of factors that could make a case more complex, including but not limited to:

  • 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 up 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
Legal Fee Cost VAT*
We anticipate it will take between 4 and 16 hours work prior to the hearing with hourly rates between £190-£220 per hour depending on the legal expert used £760 – £3,520 Yes
Our fee for attending the hearing (per day)
Please note that sometimes counsel will agree to waive the need for our attendance as well at the hearing
£500 – £1,760 Yes
Disbursements
Counsel Fee for representing you at the Hearing. Brief Fee
(N.B. Additional charges of £650 – £950 per each additional day)
£1,500 – £2,500 Yes
Estimated Total Cost Between £2,260 – £6,460  Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Medium – High Complexity Cases
For more complex cases you could reasonably expect additional costs upwards of £2,000.00 depending on the circumstances of your case and the length of the hearing.

Other funding options available

Contingency Fee Agreement (CFA) Available
CFA available dependent on merit. This type of agreement is often referred to as a no win no fee agreement. For employment claims we would normally agree a percentage of a 35% inc of VAT.

Fixed Fee
Fixed Fee’s can be arranged by speaking to one of our legal experts and disclosing all important information pertinent to the case. We will then assess the complexity of the case and give you a fixed fee based on what you have told us.

Insurance
Often there is insurance funding available through your home buildings or contents insurance policy which we can assist with putting in place. If insurance cover is available and can be put in place, then the cost to you would be modest. There might be an excess to pay to the insurance company and our costs for assisting with putting the cover in place might be 2-4 hours work, so £380 – £880 plus vat

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage Timescales 
Starting a claim  1 – 4 hours  7 – 14 days
Assess the response to your claim  1 – 2 hours  7 – 14 days
Preparing for the hearing  4 – 8 hours  2 – 6 months
The Hearing  1 – 10 days depending on complexity  4 – 8 months

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Employment – Kerry Curd Partner £200 Solicitor; BA Hons Degree
James Edmonds Solicitor £190 Solicitor;Bsc Hons Degree
Justin Osborne Partner £220 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree

Cost Information

Our pricing (see below) for defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal is based upon a simple case.
It should be expected that the cost will increase as the complexity of the case increases.

There are a number of factors that could make a case more complex, including but not limited to:

  • 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 up 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
Legal Fees Cost VAT*
We anticipate it will take between 4 and 16 hours work prior to the hearing with hourly rates between £190 – £220 per hour depending on the legal expert used £760 – £3,520 Yes
Our fee for attending the hearing (per day)
Please note that sometimes counsel will agree to waive the need for our attendance as well at the hearing
£500 – £1,760 Yes
Disbursements
Counsel Fee for representing you at the Hearing. Brief Fee
(N.B. Additional charges of £650 – £950 per each additional day)
£1,500 – £2,500 Yes
Estimated Total Cost Between £2,260 – £6,460  Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Medium – High Complexity Cases
For more complex cases you could reasonably expect additional costs upwards of £2,000.00 depending on the circumstances of your case and the length of the hearing.

Other funding options available

Fixed Fee
Fixed Fee’s can be arranged by speaking to one of our legal experts and disclosing all important information pertinent to the case. We will then assess the complexity of the case and give you a fixed fee based on what you have told us.

Insurance
You may have your own insurance arrangements in place such as through your business insurance or employers liability.

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage Timescales 
 Initial assessment of the claim  1 – 3 hours  7 – 14 days
 Prepare and issue a response to the claim  1 – 3 hours  7 – 28 days
 Preparing for the hearing  2 – 10 hours  4 – 6 months
 The Hearing  1 – 10 days depending on complexity  4 – 8 months

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the council fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Employment – Kerry Curd Partner £200 Solicitor; BA Hons Degree
James Edmonds Solicitor £190 Solicitor; BSc Hons Degree
Justin Osborne Partner £220 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree

Cost Information

Below you will find our legal fees and likely disbursements for Debt Recovery up to £100,000.

Legal Fees Cost VAT*
Failed Pre-Action £50 – £150 (dependent on claim amount) Yes
Issue Proceedings £75 – £500 (dependent on claim amount) Yes
Obtaining Judgment £60 – £80 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.
Enforcing Judgment Legal Fees Cost VAT*
Order for Questioning £200 Yes
Attachment of Earnings £200 Yes
Third Part Debt Order £200 Yes
Charging Order £500 Yes
Warrant of Control £150 Yes
Writ of Control £150 Yes
Statutory Demand £150 Yes
Bankruptcy Petition £600 Yes
Winding Up Petition £700 Yes
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.
Disbursements Cost VAT*
Court Fees Please refer to HMCTS website (dependent on claim amount) No
Tracing Fees From £75 No
Office Copy Entry Fee £3 Yes
Process Server Fees £100 No
Writ Enforcement Officer Abortive Fee £90 Yes
Advocate fees http://www.lpc-law.co.uk/media/255986/Fee-Card-2018-v1-030818.pdf Yes
Affidavit fee £5 plus £2 per exhibit Yes
Official Receiver’s fee Please refer to HMCTS website No
Estimated Overall Cost £3,308 – £3,853 + VAT + Disbursements without the cost listed
*VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Time Spent on Each Stage
Pre-action checks 1 hour
Sending a letter before action 30 minutes
Issuing legal proceedings 1 hour
Obtaining and enforcing judgment 30 minutes
Recovery of interest 30 minutes
Telephone collections 1 hour
High Court Enforcement / bailiffs 3 hours
Third party debt orders 3 hours
Attachment of earnings orders 3 hours
Charging Order 4 hours
Warrant of Control 2 hours
Writ of Control 2 hours
Statutory Demand 2 hours
Bankruptcy Petition 5 hours
Winding Up Petition 7 hours

Legal Terminology and Definitions
Disbursements – Costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the court fee. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Personnel Information

Private Charging Rates, Experience and Qualifications
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Contingency Fee Agreement basis or fixed fee matter, we will charge you with the following schedule of fees, all charges listed below are subject to VAT. VAT is charged at 20% on Services and Disbursements.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Qualifications
Head of Debt Recovery – Portia Woodhouse Chartered Legal Executive £215 LLB; BVC; FCILEx
Justin Osborne Partner £220 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree
Jenny Kemp Associate £195 Solicitor
Kate Maslen Partner £220 BA Hons; Solicitor
Thomas Lewis Associate Solicitor £200 LLB; LPC; Civil and Commercial Accredited Mediator; Civil Higher Rights; Post Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law
Stephanie Wintle Chartered Legal Executive £150 FCILEx