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Pricing & Processes

As solicitor's, we realise that every case is different, whether you have been wrongfully dismissed by your employer or simply purchasing your new home. As each case is different, it can be difficult to navigate through the legal processes and how much your case may cost.

At FBCMB, we are all about uncomplicating the legal process and being as transparent as possible. This page aims to help you understand  more about the legal process and the costs involved for some of the legal services we provide.

This page explores the following: Buying and Selling a residential property (both Freehold and Leasehold), Mortgages & Re-mortgages, Employment Tribunals, Probate, Motoring Offences, Debt Recovery & Licensing.

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Purchasing a Freehold Residential property

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new freehold home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Assumed Purchase Price: £200,175

  • Legal fees are usually between £550 - £1500 | Average £800
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0.00
  • VAT payable fee ranges between £110 - £300 | Average £160

Estimated total: £960

 

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid: Where we pay a referral fee, it is no more than £100 and we will disclose this at the time of taking your instructions.
  • The recipient of the referral fee will only ever be your estate agent

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The fees involved are usually:

  • HM Land Registry fee - range between £20-£135 | Average £95
  • Search fees - range £178-£350 | Average £250
  • VAT on search fees -  £50

Estimated Sub Total: £395

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you need pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Estimated total: £2914

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6–12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6-18 weeks.

Stages of the process

The key stages of the process include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  • Send you our letter of engagement and confirmation of instructions;
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  • Receive and advise on contract documents;
  • Carry out searches;
  • Obtain further planning documents if required;
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitors;
  • Check enquiries have been answered satisfactorily
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received;
  • Check mortgage offer if required
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  • Send final contract to you for signature;
  • Prepare Transfer Deed
  • Send final Transfer Deed to you for signature;
  • Prepare Stamp Duty Land Tax Return;
  • Send Stamp Duty Land Tax return to you for signature;
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property);
  • Prepare completion statement and obtain deposit monies from you;
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you;
  • Complete purchase;
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax;
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry;
  • Notify you once registration has been completed and supply you with updated register


Selling a Freehold Residential property

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your  home.

Assumed Purchase Price: £200,175

  • Legal fees are usually between £520 - £1250 | Average £700
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0.00
  • VAT payable fee ranges between £110 - £300 | Average £160

Estimated total: £846

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid: Where we pay a referral fee, it is no more than £100 and we will disclose this at the time of taking your instructions.
  • The recipient of the referral fee will only ever be your estate agent

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Our experience is that 10% of all properties sold as Freehold have a Management Company maintaining the grounds. This cost could be between £100-£500.

Estimated Sub Total: £300

How long will my house sake take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6–12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 4-6 weeks.

Stages of the process

The key stages of the process include:

  • Take your initial instructions and provide initial advice;
  • Send you our letter of engagement and confirmation of instructions with Property Information Forms and Fixtures and Fittings and Contents form;
  • Obtain a copy of the title to the property and prepare a Contract.
  • Send the draft Contract, copy title documents, Property Information Forms and Fixtures, Fittings and Contents form to the Buyer's Solicitors.
  • Deal with enquiries the Buyers solicitors raise liaising with you as necessary;
  • Agree the terms of the Contract; 
  • Send the Contract to you to sign;
  • Prepare completion statement giving details of payments due to any existing mortgage lender, agent, legal fees etc;
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened; 
  • Complete sale;
  • Deal with redemption of any mortgage;
  • Deal with payment to estate agent for marketing fees;
  • Account to you with the sale proceeds;
  • Send Transfer Deed and any other documentation necessary to Buyers solicitors;

 


 

Leasehold Purchase or a Residential Property

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees* cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new leasehold home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Assumed Purchase Price: £135,000

  • Legal fees are usually between £750 - £1700 | Average £1000
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender: £0.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0.00
  • VAT payable fee ranges between £150 - £340 | Average £200

Estimated total: £1200

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid: Where we pay a referral fee, it is no more than £100 and we will disclose this at the time of taking your instructions.
  • The recipient of the referral fee will only ever be your estate agent

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • HM Land Registry fee - range between £20-£135 | Average £95
  • Search fees: £250
  • VAT on search fees -  £50

Estimated Sub Total: £395

Anticipated disbursements

  • Notice of Transfer fee—this fee if chargeable is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50 - £250;
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged)—this fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50 - £250;
  • Deed of Covenant fee—this fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 - £250;
  • Certificate of Compliance fee—to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 - £250

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you need pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Estimated total: £1800

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8–12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8-18 weeks.

However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 4-8 weeks. In such a situation, additional charges would apply such as the landlords solicitors fees.

*Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Stages of the process

The key stages of the process include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  • Send you our letter of engagement and confirmation of instructions;
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  • Receive and advise on contract documents and management information;
  • Carry out searches;
  • Obtain further planning documents if required;
  • Make any necessary enquiries if seller’s solicitors;
  • Check enquiries have been answered satisfactorily
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received;
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  • Send final contract to you for signature;
  • Prepare Transfer Deed
  • Send final Transfer Deed to you for signature;
  • Prepare Stamp Duty Land Tax Return;
  • Send Stamp Duty Land Tax return to you for signature;
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property);
  • Prepare completion statement and obtain deposit monies from you;
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you;
  • Complete purchase;
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax;
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry;
  • Notify you once registration has been completed and supply you with updated register

 


 

Leasehold Sale for a Residential Property

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees* cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your leasehold home.

Assumed Purchase Price: £135,000

  • Legal fee: £670-£1,450 Average £900
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender: £0
  • HM Land Registry fee (Office Copy Entries: £6-£15) Average £12
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0
  • VAT payable fee: £180

Estimated total: £1092

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid: Where we pay a referral fee, it is no more than £100 and we will disclose this at the time of taking your instructions.
  • The recipient of the referral fee will only ever be your estate agent

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease.

Anticipated disbursements

Leasehold Sales/Management Pack fee—to be confirmed but can range between £100 - £500 per pack required.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the range given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

Estimated Sub Total: £350

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you need pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Estimated total: £1800

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8–12 weeks.

 

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if your property is vacant and your purchaser is a cash buyer, it could take -6-8 weeks. However, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3–6 months. In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

 

*Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Stages of the process

The key stages of the process include:

  • Take your initial instructions and provide initial advice;
  • Send you our letter of engagement and confirmation of instructions with Property Information Forms and Fixtures and Fittings and Contents form;
  • Request sale/management pack
  • Obtain a copy of the title to the property and prepare a Contract.
  • Send the draft Contract, copy title documents, Property Information Forms and Fixtures, Fittings and Contents form to the Buyer's Solicitors.
  • Send the sale/management pack to the Buyer's Solicitors
  • Deal with enquiries the Buyers solicitors raise liaising with you as necessary;
  • Agree the terms of the Contract;
  • Send the Contract to you to sign;
  • Prepare completion statement giving details of payments due to any existing mortgage lender, agent, legal fees etc;
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  • Complete sale;
  • Deal with redemption of any mortgage;
  • Deal  with payment to estate agent for marketing fees;
  • Account to you with the sale proceeds;
  • Send Transfer Deed and any other documentation necessary to purchasers solicitors; 

 

Mortgages & Re-mortgages

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your leasehold home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees

  • Legal fee: £400 - £1,500 (Avg £800)
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender: £0
  • Search fees: £306
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0
  • VAT payable fee: £120

Estimated Sub Total : £1,026

Referral fee (if any)

  • Amount of referral fee paid: Where we pay a referral fee, it is no more than £100 and we will disclose this at the time of taking your instructions. 
  • The recipient of the referral fee will only ever be your estate agent

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • HM Land Registry fee: £6 - £12 – Average £6
  • HM Land Registry registration fee – Average £20
  • Search fees: £178 - £350 – Average £300
  • VAT on search fees: £35 - £70 – Average £60
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £0
  • VAT: £0

Estimated Sub Total: £386

Anticipated disbursements (Leasehold only)

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged)—this fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £50 - £250;
  • Deed of Covenant fee—this fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 - £250;
  • Certificate of Compliance fee—to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 - £250

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

Estimated Sub Total:  £1,046

Stages of the process

These are the key stages of the process:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  • Send you our letter of engagement and confirmation of instructions;
  • Check contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  • Check title to property;
  • Check mortgage offer
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  • Arrange signature on Mortgage Deed;
  • Agree completion date;
  • Complete mortgage/re-mortgage;
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry;
  • Notify you once registration has been completed and supply you with updated register

How long will my re-mortgage take?

How long it will take from your offer being issued to your mortgage completing will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4–6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the terms of the mortgage offer.

*Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

 

Employment Tribunal : Our pricing for bringing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £3,000 – £6,000 (plus VAT)

Medium complexity case: £6,000 – £12,000 (plus VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000 – £20,000+ (plus VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • if it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide information about an existing claim;
    making or defending a costs application;
  • complex preliminary issues such as whether the client 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 generally be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1,500 per day (plus VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 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. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £850 – £1,500 (plus VAT) 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 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 for and 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 the 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 application 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 1- 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 - 52 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.


 

Employment Tribunal : Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal

Simple case: £3,000 – £6,000 (plus VAT)

Medium complexity case: £6,000 – £12,000 (plus VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000 – £20,000+ (plus VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • if it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide 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 employee  is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties);
  • the number of witnesses and documents;
  • if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, eg if the employee was  are dismissed after blowing the whistle ;
  • allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

There will generally be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal hearing of £1,500 per day (plus VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-5 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. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £850 – £1,500 (plus VAT) 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 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 response;
  • reviewing and advising on claim;
  • exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
  • 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 the 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 application 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 1- 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 - 52 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 and Estate Administration Costs

We are able to offer a range of services and pricing options. 

The average charging rate for team members is £185 plus VAT.  Full details of individuals’ charge out rate are included in the confirmation of instructions that are sent to you following instruction.

Option 1 – Obtaining the Grant of Probate only for Executors

In the majority of cases when you provide valuations and relevant information to us to enable us to obtain the Grant of Probate we charge a fixed fee which will depend on the complexity of the estate.

Our fees range between £750+ VAT and £1,250 + VAT.  The average fee is £750 plus VAT for an estate which will not pay Inheritance Tax and will not require a transferable nil rate band application or a full Inland Revenue account (IHT400)

If the estate is liable to pay Inheritance Tax or a full Inland Revenue account (IHT 400) is required our fees range from £1,750 + VAT to £3,000 + VAT.  The average fee is £2,000 + VAT but in order to provide a fixed fee or estimate we will require further information about the estate as there may be investigations to be carried out by HMRC.

Once the Grant of Probate is obtained this is forwarded to the Executors to enable them to administer the estate. 

Option 2 – Full Estate Administration

We are able to offer this work to be done on a fixed fee basis which provides certainty for the Executors. 

We do not offer this for an estate under £100,000, this is charged at an hourly rate on a time recorded basis. 

Fixed fees for estates are as follows (all fees are subject to VAT):-

  • Between £100,000 and £325,000 – £4,500
  • Between £325,000 and £650,000 – 2.25% of the value of the estate
  • Between £650,000 and £1 million – 2% of the value of the estate
  • Over £1 million – 1.75% of the value of the estate.

On occasion it may not be possible to offer a fixed fee if for instance:-

  • there is the possibility of someone challenging the Will.
  • there are Overseas assets.
  • there are complex assets.

Other Costs

Other costs referred to as disbursements are payable.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Probate fee - £155 plus additional copies of the Grant 50p each.
  • Swearing of the Oath - £5 for each Executor plus £2 for each document.
  • Bankruptcy searches - £2 for each beneficiary if based in the UK.
  • Statutory advertisements – approximately £220 plus VAT.
  • Valuation fees. 

Dealing with the sale of any property which forms part of the estate is not included in the costs.

Timescale

Obtaining the Grant of Probate will usually take between 2-4 weeks once all information has been received to enable the application to be prepared.  The estate administration can take between 2 - 18 months depending on the complexity of the estate.  During this period we will where possible make interim distributions to beneficiaries without delay.


 

Motoring Offences

Initial advice upon Notice of Intended Prosecution (‘NIP’)

Fixed fee: £750.00 plus VAT

Fee includes:

  • initial meeting with you;
  • considering evidence;
  • taking your instructions;
  • providing advice upon your response to the NIP.

Entering guilty plea and preparing for plea and sentencing hearing

Between £1,500.00 and £2,000.00 plus VAT

Fee includes:

  • preparation for and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court to enter plea and mitigate sentence.

Entering not guilty plea and preparing for trial preparation

Up to £5,000.00 plus VAT

Fee includes:

  • attendance and representation at the plea hearing;
  • sourcing and instructing your trial advocate;
  • arranging to take witness statements (if necessary);
  • considering initial prosecution disclosure, and any other evidence;
  • attendance and representation at a single, half day trial.

Representing you at a voluntary interview with the police under caution

Fixed fee £1,000.00 plus VAT

Fee includes:

  • initial meeting with you;
  • considering any prosecution evidence;
  • taking your instructions and providing initial advice;
  • representation at the interview under caution.

The above fees do not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses;
  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing;
  • advice and assistance for any hearing other than those specifically included within the above cost estimates;
  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

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 or our representative will attend court on the day and meet with you before going to the court. We anticipate being at court for half a day.

We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.


 

Business Debt Recovery up to £100,000

Our costs are set out below for each stage of advice that we provide to our business clients when collecting debts on their behalf.

Pre Court Issue Charges

Letter Before Action (“LBA”) (“Solicitor’s Letter”) for Limited Companies/ PLCs and confirmation of your instructions: £12.50

Letter Before Action (“LBA”) (“Solicitor’s Letter”) for Individuals/ Sole Traders and confirmation of your instructions: £75.00

Each subsequent letter, e-mail or telephone call: £12.50

Court Costs

Once we begin Court Proceedings you are entitled to claim from the debtor not only your debt but also either contractual or statutory interest, the Court Fee you must pay on the issue of proceedings and the standard Fixed Costs. These items are all recovered on your behalf if the Claim is paid in full.

Our charges up to the stage of default Judgment are set out below.

Court Fees are payable at each stage of the proceedings and these are in addition to our costs. We reserve the right to ask for substantial amounts of Court Fees to be paid to us in advance of our incurring the Fees with the Court.

Standard Fixed Costs, from the issue of proceedings to Judgment (Assuming no defence filed).

Issue of Claim
Fixed Cost
Our Charges
 Under £500
£50
£85
 £500 - £1000
£70 £85
 £1000 - £5000
£80
£125
 Over £5000
£100
£125

 Court Fees payable on issue

Claim Size
Court Fee
£0 - £300.00
£35
£300.01 - £500.00
£50
£501.01 - £1000.00
£70
£1000.01 - £1500.00
£80
£1500.01 - £3000.00
£115
£3000.01 - £5000.00
£205
£5000.01 - £10,000.00
£455
£10,000.01 - £200,000
5% of the value of the claim
Exceeds £200,000 or is not limited
£10,000

 

Our costs of entering judgment on your behalf are based on further standard Fixed Costs.

  To £5000
Over £5000
By Default
£25 £35
By Admission & Acceptance
£45
£60
By Admission / Court
£60
£75

Charges After Judgement

  Our Charges
Order for Questioning
£75
Warrant
£50
High Courth Enforcement Officer
£55
Attachment of Earnings
£100
Charging Order
£250
Third Party Debt
£250
Statutory Demand
£300 - £400 + Process server*
Personal Bankrupcy or Winding Down
£1000 + Process Server & Court Fees*

Except in the case of the HCEO the above charges include all related correspondence with you and the debtor unless alternative arrangements are agreed).

(*Court Fees, Statutory Deposits, Affidavit Fees and Statutory Advertisement costs are also payable in insolvency cases).

All our charges (but not standard Fixed Costs) are subject to VAT at the applicable rate in force.Defended Cases.

If and when the case becomes defended our charges become based upon an hourly rate which will be discussed with you should the need arise. Our hourly rates vary depending on the level of personnel needed to manage your case.  Our Paralegal rate is £125, Solicitor rate is £185 and Partner rate is £240.  All prices are exclusive of VAT.

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • the VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor;
  • interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost;
  • the costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • taking your instructions and reviewing documentation;undertaking appropriate searches;
  • sending a letter before action;
  • receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim;
  • where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default;
  • when Judgement in default is received, write to the other side to request payment;
  • if payment is not received within 7 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

Matters usually take up to 8 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.


 

New Premises License - Fixed fee example for a simple application

Fixed fee of £1,800 to £4,800 (including VAT but excluding disbursements).

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal Fees - £1500 - £4000
  • VAT on Legal Fees - £300 - £800

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf (once you have paid the disbursements to us) to ensure a smoother process:

  • application fee (payable to licensing authority) -  £100 to £1,905 (assuming capacity of venue is under 5,000)*
  • advertising fee - £400 to £800*
  • enquiry agent fees to display public notices - £150 to £300*
  • special delivery fee to serve the application - £18 to £50*
  • printing additional copies of plans if necessary - £50*

*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.

Fee includes:

  • taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application;
  • advising you as to the type of plans you are required to submit with your application;
  • completing the application form 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;
  • providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority;
  • preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities;
  • drafting the notices advertising the premises license application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper;
  • arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003;
  • providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself;
  • checking the licence once granted and correcting any minor errors with the licensing authority.

Fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans;
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting;
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties;
  • advice on varying the licence;
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 4-8 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example if there is substantial opposition from interested parties or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

 

 

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