Our Fees

We presently have expertise in the following areas. Please note that this list will grow as we have more solicitors joining the Firm:

  • Immigration.
  • Employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal)
  • Probate (uncontested cases with all assets in the UK)
  • Motoring offences (summary only offences)
  • Debt recovery (up to £100,000).
  • Housing
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Residential Leases
  • Commercial Leases
  • Divorce & Family

As required by our regulators, we publish our price guides for the services we offer:

Immigration

On average, this type of work takes an average of between 5-8 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1,000.00 and £1,600.00. We are not VAT registered.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

What services are included

The work will involve:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 2 hours;
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 to 4 hours;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 3 hours;
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 5 and 8 hours of work.
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such

  • visa fees. We will advise you on the method to make the payments.
  • Interpreters fees (where applicable) at £120.00 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 3-6 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
  • Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal)

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £2,000.00-£3,000.00. We are not registered for VAT

Medium complexity case: £5,000.00-£8,000.00. We are not registered for VAT

High complexity case: £15,000.00 -£20,000.00X. We are not registered for VAT

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750.00 per day We are not registered for VAT Generally, we would allow 2-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750.00 to £1,500.00  per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take x-x weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take x-x weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Probate (uncontested cases with all assets in the UK)

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 7 hours work at £200.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,000-£1,400.00. We are not VAT registered/

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. 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.

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

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-3 beneficiaries who can be easily contacted
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs fi the matter becomes contested. In this case, we would not be able to continue to act for you
  • 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

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £215.00 if the value of the estate is £5,000.00 or over. Where the estate is less than £5,000.00 there is no fee
  • £5.00-£7.00 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary)
  • £TBA Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £TBA Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We will advise on who to make cheques payable to as we do not have a client account. .

Potential additional costs

  • 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £.50p (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-6 w weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 weeks if the beneficiaries are easily located

Motoring offences (summary only offences)

Drink driving offence, guilty plea – fixed fee £600.00

Fee includes:

  • 3 hours attendance/preparation:
    • considering evidence
    • taking your instructions
    • providing advice on likely sentence
  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses
  • taking statements from any witnesses
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

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

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
  • We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost, of £200.00).
  • We will explain the court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
  • We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for [e.g. half a day].
  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Debt Recovery:

We help our client recover debts owed to them.

Our fee is a percentage of the amount we recover. This fee is for undisputed claims.:

  1. Up to £5,000.00 ………………….15%
  2. £5,001- £10,000.00 ………………10%
  3. £10,001 – £50,000.00 …………….7.5%

Our fees includes

  1. Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Undertaking appropriate searches
  3. Sending out pre-action letters
  4. If debt not paid, drafting and issuing claim. Please note that there is a fee to pay to the court.

Please note that where a claim is disputed and likely to proceed to court to recover the amount owed, the fee would be different and will be calculated on the hourly rate of £200.00 and estimated time to be spent on carrying out your instructions.

Please note that disbursements such as court fees and barristers fess are payable by you in addition to our fees.

It is not possible to give an estimate how long debt recovery can take. Note that if we are unable to conclude your matter within 180 days, we reserve the right to cease acting in regards to the recovery of the debt.

Housing

We have a strong housing team. We represent persons who are subject to eviction; whether as a tenant or a mortgagor of mortgaged property.

We are able to offer some services on legal aid for those who qualify for legal aid assistance.

Where a person does not qualify for legal aid, our fees will be based on the amount of time we spend on the matter. The average hourly rate for the team is £210.00 per hour

It is not possible to give an accurate time estimate of how long the matter would take as a lot of the work would be done with the court. The courts determine the order in wish matters are heard.

Our fees includes

  1. Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Advising you on the most appropriate steps
  3. Preparing your defence and or entering into negotiations with the opposite party to resolve the matter without incurring further costs.

Residential Leases

We are able to advise and prepare templates for residential leases.

We charge a fixed fee for the template: £300.00 per property.

Our fees includes

  1. Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Undertaking appropriate searches and preparing reports of the report.

Commercial Leases

We have an experienced solicitor in commercial lease: acting for Landlords in grant of lease and for tenants. We are also experienced in application for extension of leases under Part II of the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act.

Please note that we cannot act for a landlord and a tenant in the same transaction.

We charge a fixed fee of £1,500.00 when acting for Landlords and £900.00 when acting for tenants.

Matters usually take about 6-8 weeks from receipt of instruction to completion. If a matter is likely to take longer we would inform you and tell you the reason,

Our fees includes

  1. Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Undertaking appropriate searches and preparing reports of the report.
  3. Preparing the relevant paperwork for signature.

Please note that in some cases, there is the requirement to register the lease with HM Land Registry. There is a registration fee and in some cases stamp duty to be paid. The fees is dependent on the value of the lease. A visit to HM Land Registry and the HMRC websites will show the amount to be paid.

Divorce and Family

Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage.

We charge a fixed fee for uncontested divorce: £750.00; we are not VAT registered.

Where a divorce is contested, our fees would depend on the number of hours we spend on the matter.

There is disbursement, presently £550.00, being the fee payable to the Courts

Family include application under the Children’s Act for contact with children, non-molestation order applications, forced marriage applications etc.

Our fee depends on the number of hours we spend on doing your work, typically about 8-15 hours including attendance at £200.00 per hour.

Our fees includes

  1. Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Preparing and filing the relevant forms and paperwork with the court.
  3. Attending court to present your case

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