Our legal fees.

We have decided to publish price transparency information upon a number of popular areas of law such as

  • Personal Injury and Medical Negligence
  • Family Law
  • Residential Conveyancing – Sales
  • Residential Conveyancing – Purchases
  • Re-mortgages and Transfers of Property
  • Wills
  • Uncontested probate cases
  • Employment Cases for Employers
  • Employment Cases for Employees
  • Employment compromise Agreements
  • Debt Recovery for businesses

Our Team

For details of the qualifications and experience of our solicitors, our other lawyers and our administrative assistants who may work on such cases, please refer to the section of this website called “ Meet the Team”

Using this Guide

We review our prices several times a year in order to remain competitive so it is always best to contact us for a quotation or fee and expense estimate.

This is a guide only. Every case is different. Features of individual cases can affect the price of the work and the expenses which will be incurred.

The information on fees and expenses in this section is correct as at 1st December 2018.

All of our fees attract VAT at the prevailing rate which is currently 20%.

Some expenses attract VAT and some do not.

Personal injuries and Medical Negligence

We offer a first appointment free for injured claimants and in most cases can offer a no win no fee agreement. However, sometimes, in certain types of case where a lot of work has to be done before we can offer a no win no fee agreement, we may charge a reviewing  fee of £1000 plus VAT.  This is only likely to be in social services negligence cases and in some  clinical negligence cases because the amount  of paperwork to consider, which can be very time consuming.

In many personal injury cases worth less than £25,000 our fees are likely to be between  £2000 plus VAT and £10,000 plus VAT and we would probably not charge any success fee in such cases; a client would be expected to recover a proportion  of those fees most often as fixed recoverable costs which  are unlikely to cover all of the fees  incurred.  The shortfall would have to be made up from the compensation.

In personal  cases worth more than £25,000 our fees can be between £4000 plus VAT and  £50,000 plus VAT and sometimes more.  We would probably not charge any success fee  unless the case was of an unusual level of risk.  We would expect to recover most but not all of the fees in the event of a successful outcome.  A client may be expected to make up the shortfall.

In medical negligence cases  our fees can be between £10,000 plus VAT and  £50,000 plus VAT and sometimes more.  We would probably in such cases  charge a success fee  between 20% to 40%  of all lawyers’  fees capped by law  at 25% of the compensation;  we would expect to recover most but not all of the legal fees in the event of a successful outcome; a client may be expected to make up the shortfall.  We would not be able to recover from the opponent  the success fee if one is charged.

Furthermore;

  • there would be expenses to fund but we would provide an interest free personal injury loan but you would only repay this at the end of the case
  • in non-medical negligence cases, a client would need to take out an insurance policy to support the no win no fee agreement the costs of which vary. The insurance is “no win no premium to pay” and in the event of success the premium for the insurance is funded  from the compensation.  Insurance premiums attract Government imposed Insurance Premium Tax currently at 12%;
  • in medical negligence cases, a client would need to take out an insurance policy to support the no win no fee agreement the costs of which vary. The insurance is “no win no premium to pay” and in the event of success  about one quarter of the premium for the insurance is funded  from the compensation, the rest recoverable  from the opponent.  Insurance premiums attract Government imposed Insurance Premium Tax currently at 12%;

Family Law

A simple divorce can be £700 plus VAT.  There is also a court fee to pay of £550. This is if you start the divorce.

A simple divorce as a Respondent (if you are the other party) costs £500 plus vat.

Finances and children disputes are bespoke arrangements and we can either quote a likely fee or work to a set budget. We can offer fixed fees if you have agreed a financial settlement and wish to have a consent order drafted. Please call us to discuss.

Residential Conveyancing – Sales

We offer a discount scheme so it is always better to call for an accurate price but in a typical transaction our basic fees range from  £430 + VAT to £875 + VAT for sales undertaken in the period mid-2018 to mid-2019.

We review our fees several times a year to ensure that they remain competitive.

Examples of matters which might increase the fee are:-

  • Leasehold titles
  • Shared Ownership

Expenses we incur are charged in addition. These are likely to be approximately;

  • Office Copies of the Title £9 each
  • Electronic Identity checks £5 + VAT per person
  • Electronic money transfer charges £30 + VAT each

We offer a discount scheme so it is always better to call for an accurate price.

Residential Conveyancing Purchases

We offer a discount scheme so it is always better to call for an accurate price but in a typical transaction our basic fees range from  £430 + VAT to £875 + VAT for sales undertaken in the period mid-2018 to mid-2019.

We review our fees several times a year to ensure that they remain competitive.

Examples of matters which might increase the fee are:-

  • New builds
  • Help to Buy Schemes
  • Leasehold titles
  • Shared Ownership

Examples of a matters which might decrease the fee are:-

  • Rights to Buy Purchases from a housing authority

Expenses we incur are charged in addition. These are likely to be approximately;

 

   Type Amount
Electronic Identity checks  £ 5 + VAT per person
Electronic money transfer  £ 30 + VAT per transaction
Land Registry Search  £ 3
Mortgage Bankruptcy Check  £ 2 per person
Local Church Repair Insurance  £ 16
Local Search  £ 60  to  90
Mining Search  £ 51
Environmental Search  £ 50
Drainage Search  £ 54
Land Registration Fees  £ 20 to 910

 

Stamp Duty is charged in addition. This is the link to the Government stamp duty tax calculator.

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/

Re-mortgages and Transfers of Property

We offer a discount scheme so it is always better to call for an accurate price but in a typical transaction our basic fees are

  • Re-mortgages                          £ 350 + VAT
  • Transfers                                  £ 325 + VAT
  • Re-mortgages and transfers £ 400 + VAT

In addition, a typical re-mortgage transaction will involve expenses similar to those expenses incurred in a purchase, above. In a transfer the likely expenses are

   Type Amount
Electronic Identity checks  £ 5 + VAT per person
Electronic money transfer  £ 30 + VAT per transaction
Land Registry Search  £ 3
Bankruptcy Check  £ 2 per person
Land Registry Search  £9 per title
Land Registry fees  £ 20 to  910

 

Wills and Testamentary Documents

A typical will is about £120 + VAT for a single will and about £200 + VAT for two wills for a family couple. We do not charge for the secure storage of the will.

Uncontested Probate Cases

In a typical transaction with all assets in the UK, our basic fees range from  £750 + VAT to  obtain a Grant of Probate to an estate. In addition, there is a court fee which is £155. ( 2018 court fee rates)

The costs involved in us administering the estate and distributing it to the beneficiaries can be from as little at £150 + VAT but in a typical average estate our fees can range from £750 + VAT to £2000 + VAT depending on the estate value.

Employment Tribunal Cases For Employers

Our fees for initially advising on typical unfair or wrongful dismissal employment tribunal cases can range from £500 plus VAT to £1000 plus VAT.

Defending typical unfair or wrongful dismissal  cases at the Employment Tribunal range from a further £500 + VAT to £4000 + VAT.

In addition, if a typical unfair or wrongful dismissal case gets to a final contested hearing, barristers fees will be incurred which can start from as little as £500 + VAT per day and cases typically last one to two days for reasonably straight-forward cases.

Employment Tribunal Cases For Employees

Our fees for initially advising on typical unfair or wrongful dismissal cases can range from £750 plus VAT to £1000 plus VAT.

Dealing with typical unfair or wrongful dismissal cases at the Employment Tribunal range from a further £1000 + VAT to £3000 + VAT.

In addition, if a typical unfair or wrongful dismissal case gets to a final contested hearing, barristers fees will be incurred which can start from as little as £500 + VAT per day and cases usually last one to two days for reasonably straight-forward cases.

Employment Compromise Agreements for Employees

With Compromise Agreements, your employer normally agrees to reimburse the employee with some or all of the  legal costs for these but usually only if the agreement is completed.

Our fees can range from £250 + VAT to £500 + VAT  with the employer often contributing significantly to the cost if not covering it completely.

Debt recovery through the County or High Court for Businesses

There is a wide range of prices for debt recovery for businesses.

For Initial Advice work –   a typical average fee ranges from £500 + VAT to £1000 + VAT for initial advice. If a barrister is required the barrister’s  fees will be in addition and range from £750 to £1250  +VAT

Debt Recovery and Litigation Steps in simple or wholly uncontested cases – a typical fee in a simple or uncontested case  can  range from £1000 +VAT for starting the court recovery process  to £7000 plus VAT.

If the case gets to a final contested hearing, barristers fees will be incurred in addition which can start from as little as £750 + VAT per day and cases usually last one to two days for reasonably straight-forward cases.

In addition, Court fees are payable for the issuing of a court claim and range from as little as £35 up to £10,000.

Booking a Court hearing can incur a court fee of between £255 for a short hearing up to  £1090 for a trial.