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 Judgement £60 – £80 Yes

 

Enforcing Judgement 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

 

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

 

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 judgement 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.

Useful Links
https://www.gov.uk/court-fees-what-they-are

 

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Debt Recovery – Portia Woodhouse Chartered Legal Executive £190 10 LLB; BVC; FCILEx 12 years; 10 years; 2 years
Justin Osborne Partner £220 20 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree 22 years; 24 years
Jenny Kemp Associate £195 14 Solicitor 14 years
Thomas Lewis Associate Solicitor £200 6 LLB; LPC; Civil and Commercial Accredited Mediator; Civil Higher Rights; Post Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law 9 years; 8 years; 8 years; 6 years; 4 years

 

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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

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Employment – Kerry Curd Partner £200 12 Solicitor; BA Hons Degree 15 years
James Edmonds Solicitor £190 5 Solicitor; BSc Hons Degree 5 years
Justin Osborne Partner £220 20 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree 22 years; 24 years

 

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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

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
Asses 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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Employment – Kerry Curd Partner £200 12 Solicitor; BA Hons Degree 12 years
James Edmonds Solicitor £190 5 Solicitor;Bsc Hons Degree 5 years
Justin Osborne Partner £220 20 Solicitor; LLB Hons Degree 22 years; 24 years

 

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Application for New Premises License

The Cost and Service information below is in reference to applications for a premises license under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT
Legal Fee – Fixed Fee £1,000 Yes
Disbursements
Application Fee (payable to licensing authority)*
See government website for range No
Advertising Fee* Dependant on location Yes
Enquiry agent fees to display public notices* Depends on who we instruct Yes
Special delivery fee to serve the application As per Parcel Force Yes
Estimated Total Cost £1,000 + VAT  + Disbursements

* These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Timescales 
1. Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application. 7 days
2. Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application. 7 days
3. Completing the application form and fee advice for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans. 7 days
 4. Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities. Completed at same time as point 3 above
5. Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper. 7 days
6. Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself. 7 days
7. Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority. 2 days

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT
1. Reviewing Current Licence and Advising £750.00 Yes
2. Appeals against decisions £450.00 Yes
3. Representation before the licensing committee Hourly Rate Yes

 

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.

Useful Links – https://www.gov.uk/premises-licence

 

Application for Variation of a Premises License

The Cost and Service information below is in reference to applications to vary a premise license under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003. Any proposed variation that does not fall in the remit of minor will need to be treated as a new premises license.

Cost Information

Type of Cost Cost VAT
Legal Fee – Fixed Fee £750.00 Yes
Disbursements
Application Fee (payable to licensing authority)*
£89.00 No
Advertising Fee* Depends on location Yes
Enquiry agent fees to display public notices* Depends on who we instruct Yes
Estimated Total Cost £839 + VAT + Advertising Fee + Agent Fee

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Timescales 
1. Taking your instructions and advising you in relation to your proposed variations. 7 days
2. Advising you as the type of plans and information you are required to submit with your application. 7 days
3. Completing the application form and advising on fee levels for a premises licence variation (minor) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority along with any accompanying information. 7 days
 4. Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities. Completed at same time as point 3 above
5. Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority. 2 days upon request

 

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT 
1. Appeals against decisions £450.00 Yes
2. Representation before the licensing committee Hourly Rate Yes

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.

Useful Links – https://www.gov.uk/premises-licence/blaenau-gwent/change

 

Additional Licensing Fixed Fees

Below you will find our fixed fees for additional licensing services that WBW Solicitors offer.

Licensing Service Legal Fee VAT
Variation of Licence to Specify New Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) £450.00 Yes
Transfer of a Premises Licence £450.00 Yes
Disbursement for application to licensing authority (applicable for applications to specify a new DPS and for transferring a premises license) £23.00 Yes
Application for Temporary Event Notice (TEN) £750.00 Yes

 

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Department – Ashley Bevans Partner £220 10 BSC Hons Politics with Law; PGDIP Law; PGDIP Legal Practice 14 years; 13 years; 12 years
Tracey Pearce Partner £220 34 Solicitor 31 years
Lloyd Hale Partner £220 34 Solicitor 34 years

 

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Cost Information

Below you will find our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences.

Location Cost VAT
Newton Abbot Magistrates Court £160.00 Yes
Exeter Magistrates Court £200.00 Yes
Plymouth Magistrates Court £300.00 Yes

Fixed Fee includes:

  • Considering evidence
  • Taking your instructions
  • Providing advice on likely sentence
  • Travel to the Magistrates Court
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the magistrates court

Service Information

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea at the first hearing.

Any services not included in the price that we might reasonably be expected to pay for Estimated Cost VAT 
Instruction of an expert witness £50 Yes
Taking statements from any witnesses £50 Yes
Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing £100  Yes
Travel to any Magistrates court that is not specifically listed Depends on distance  Yes
Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal £50  Yes

 

Summary offences include but are not limited to:

  • Driving while disqualified
  • Driving without insurance
  • Careless and inconsiderate driving
  • Driving, or being in a charge of, a motor vehicle with concentrations of specified controlled drugs or alcohol in excess of specified levels
  • Failing to give information as to the identity of the driver
  • Failing to stop or report
  • Speeding

 

Additional Cost and Service Information

Entering a Not Guilty Plea

  1. If a not guilty plea is entered our initial charges are still the same fixed fee of £160.00/£200.00/£300.00 plus VAT.
  2. If a not guilty plea is entered at that hearing then we can only assess costs depending upon the number of witnesses to be called by the prosecution/defence, the estimated time for a trial, the venue for the trial, and any preparation work that might be required in connection with that trial hearing.
  3. We provide a fixed fee for attendance and representation at a hearing. We charge £500 + VAT fo a half day hearing and £750 + VAT for a full day. These figures include all of the necessary preparation in connection with those hearings. Any additional day at Trial will incur a cost of £500 + VAT for half a day and £750 for a full day. No time could be estimated until we had dealt with the preparation for effective trial at that first hearing.

 

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Department – Mervyn Williams Senior Solicitor £195 44 Years LLB; Solicitor 47; 44 Years
Jolyon Tuck Solicitor £175 12 Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (Stage One) 9 years

 

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Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Cost Information

Below you will find an estimate for the cost of probate work in relation to uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK. The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter and may vary depending on the value of the estate. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

This quote is for estates where:

• There is a valid Will 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 two beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries and / Executors. 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
• There are no foreign assets

Type of Cost Cost VAT
Legal Fees
Hourly rates between £90 – £220 per hour depending on the legal expert used
£1,450 – £4,550 Yes
Disbursements
Probate application fee
£155.00 No
Swearing of the oath (per Executor) £5.00 No
Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary) £2.00 Yes
ID Verification Search (per Executor) £5.00 Yes
Further Recommended Searches
Landmark Financial Assets Search – This searches for dormant or unknown assets Approximately £135 Yes
Post in the London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors Approximately £200 Yes
Certainty Will Search – This protects Executors from the possibility that there is a more recent Will Between £30 – £100 Yes
Other Costs
Special Postage for applying for Grant of Probate £6.90 No
Estimated Total Cost Between £1,988 – £5,023 + VAT
Our legal fee if we are to deal with only obtaining the Grant of Probate (the disbursements will be applicable as above). Between £850 – £1,000

 

Service Information

Key Stages of Process Average Time Spent on Each Stage
1. Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions and receive advice. 60 mins
2. Swearing the Oath and applying for the Grant of Probate. 30 – 60 mins
3. Obtaining the Grant of Probate. 20 mins
4. Posting in local newspaper and London Gazette. 20 mins
5. Collect assets. 30 – 180 mins
6. Payment of liabilities/utilities. 30 – 120 mins
7. Bankruptcy searches and distribution of estate. 30 – 90 mins

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). £0.50 No
2. Fee for exhibits to Oath. £2.00 per exhibit No
3. Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in the price. See Conveyancing Costs Yes
4. 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.
5. Preparing tax returns and dealing with all taxation issues. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

 

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Department – Catherine Causey Partner £220 30 Solicitor 14
Lisa-Marie Baker Para Legal £
Naomi Blackwell Solicitor £195 5 BSc; GDL; LPC 13; 10; 9
Natalie Bowers Associate £195 6 Solicitor 6
Kathryn Boyes Private Client Advisor £165 7 Affiliate Member of STEP 4
Laura Brutti Associate, Tax and Trusts £
Shirley Cole Private Client Advisor £190 17
Matthew  Cooper Associate £195 3 Solicitor 3
Stephen Craig Associate £195 35 Associate Member of ILEX 35
Emma Davey Associate £
Karen Denham Solicitor £195 11 Solicitor 9
Melissa Down Chartered Legal Executive £175 12 Chartered Legal Executive 7
Stuart Edwards Solicitor £200 4 BA (Hons); Postgraduate Diploma in Law; Solcitor 20; 16; 8
Sarah Gilbert Trainee Solicitor £
Helen Goodwin Chartered Legal Executive £195 19 Chartered Legal Executive; Solicitors for the Elderly; Associate member of STEP 13; 9; 6
Tracey Granger Chartered Legal Executive £175 7 Chartered Legal Executive 2
Sarah Greenland Solicitor £
Catherine Hegarty Solicitor £195 10 Solicitor 10
Alison Hill Partner £220 25 BSc (Hons) Combined Science; Common Professional Exam; Solicitor 39; 32; 31
Amber Jennings Legal Assistant £110 Currently Studying Cilex
Fiona Luscombe Notary £195 36 Solicitor 36
Caroline Maunder Solicitor £195 10 Solicitor; Solicitors for the Elderly 10; Less than 1
Jacqui Neate Graduate Member of CILEX £
Emma Oakley Legal Advisor £
Jane Porritt Private Client Advisor £190 44 Solicitor; Solicitors for the Elderly 44; 15
Amy Read Partner £220 11 Solicitor; ACTAPS; Full member of SFE 10; 4; Less than 1
Peter Richards Litigation Advisor £180 3 LLB Law; LLM Gen.; BPTC 3; 3; 1
Billie Richards Tax and Trust Administrator £150 17 Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) 5
Ann-Marie Rossin Associate £195 14 LLB Law; Solicitor; Full member of STEP 19;14;12
Donna Rowland Associate £195 13 LLB; Dip Law; Solicitor (2005)
Conall Ryan Legal Executive £
Miriam Saxl Partner £220 26 Solicitor 26
Victoria Smyth Partner £
Lisa Stanton Legal Executive £195 9 Chartered Legal Executive 5
Lucy Steven Solicitor £195 10 Solicitor 10
Stephen Toft Senior Private Client Advisor £195 20 STEP 20
Penny Tomlinson Legal Assistant £110 Currently studying CILEX
Sarah Tregale Partner £
Roxanne Turner Chartered Legal Executive £195 13 Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives 6
John Whiting Senior Solicitor £220 43 Solicitor 43
Anne Winders Legal Executive £
Karen Woodbridge Chartered Legal Executive £180 13 Chartered Legal Executive 13
Portia Woodhouse Chartered Legal Executive £190 10 LLB; Chartered Legal Executive 12; 2
Rachel Worthington Legal Assistant £110

 

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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 £695 – £1,500 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 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 £695 – £1,500 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property
Estimated Overall Cost £695 – £1,500 + Disbursements + Stamp Duty Yes

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

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 £695 – £1,325 Yes
Other Disbursements
Electronic ID fee
£5.00 Yes
Office Copy Entries £6.00 Yes
LawyerCheck Search £10.00 Yes
Electronic Money Transfer Fee (TT) £35.00 Yes
Indemnity policies if required Varied Yes
Estimated Legal Fees Total Cost Between £695 – £1,325 Yes
Estimated Disbursements and Stamp Duty Total Cost Varies depending on value of property
Estimated Overall Cost £695 – £1,325 + Disbursements Yes

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

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

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

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 £10 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

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

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

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

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.

Fee Earner Status Hourly Rate Years Practising  Qualifications Years Qualified
Head of Department – Sarah Witheridge Partner £220 24 Solicitor 22
Anthony Fripp Partner £220 19 Solicitor 19
Anju Newcombe Associate £210 Solicitor
Anna Bomford Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Ashley Bevans Partner £220 Solicitor
Aston Partridge Solicitor £175 Solicitor
Carly Kingdon Legal Assistant £110.00 Less than 1 year No formal qualifications yet
Caroline Jennings Associate £185 9 CILEX 9
Clive Williamson Solicitor £210 Solicitor
Courtney Brown Legal Assistant £120 1 ongoing
Damien Pedley Residential Conveyancer £175 ILEX ongoing ongoing
David Wheaton Partner £220 Solicitor
Debbie Hamzij Partner £210 15 Solicitor 15
Dawn Owen Residential Conveyancer £175 12 Associate Legal Executive 12
Giselle Sayed Legal Advisor £150 36 ILEX ongoing
Gill Bratcher Associate £185 ongoing
Helen Davies Partner £220 31 Solicitor 29
Joanne Hayes Partner £210 Solicitor
Julie Huntington Legal Advisor £150 2 ongoing
John Byne Partner £220 50 Solicitor 45
Julie McDermott Solicitor £190 34 Solicitor 33
Kim Hall Associate £185 30 Chartered Legal Executive 16
Lara Mitchell Legal Advisor £150 1 ongoing
Lloyd Hale Partner £220 34 Solicitor 34
Louise Crockford Associate £185 22 Chartered Legal Executive 16
Louise Garnsey Chartered Legal Executive £185 Chartered Legal Executive
Paula Land Chartered Legal Executive £185 Chartered Legal Executive
Michael Setter Partner £220 44 Solicitor 44
Matthew Scott-Tucker Partner £220 Solicitor
Marie Moore Licensed Conveyancer £175 9 Licensed Conveyancer 9
Robin Hunton Solicitor £210 43 Solicitor 43
Rod Lewis Partner £210 38 Solicitor 38
Suzy Seaby Residential Conveyancer £175 13 ILEX ongoing
Samantha Thompson Partner £185 10 Solicitor 10
Tracey Pearce Partner £220 34 Solicitor 31
Trevor Pugsley Legal Assistant £175
Valerie Silverthorne Consultant £220 42 Solicitor 42
Yvonne Kellow Associate £185 33 Chartered Legal Executive 31

 

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