Pricing

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new 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 and disbursements

• Legal fee £495 – £3000 + VAT
• Search fees approx. £165
• HM Land Registry fee £20 – £910
• Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT
• Lawyer Checker £12
• SDLT submission fee £40 +VAT
• Land registry searches £7

Estimated total: £565 – £3070 + VAT and disbursements between £204 – £1094

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.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here: https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator

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 6-8 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 8-12 weeks.

However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances but generally include:
• Take your instructions and give you initial advice
• 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 documentation if required
• Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
• Send final contract to you for signature
• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
• 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

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new 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 is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

• Legal fee £595 – £3000 + VAT
• Search fees £165
• HM Land Registry fee £20 – £910
• Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT
• Lawyer Checker £12
• SDLT submission fee £40 + VAT
• Land registry searches £7

Estimated total: £665 – £3070 + VAT and disbursements between £204 – £1094

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 term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

Anticipated Disbursements*

• Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease
• Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease.
• Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate.
• Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease.

*These fees vary from property to property and can vary. 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 this we receive this information.

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: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website: https://lttcalculator.wra.gov.wales/

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances but generally include:
• Take your instructions and give you initial advice
• 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 documentation if required
• Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Go through conditions of mortgage offer
• Send final contract to you for signature
• Draft Transfer
• Advise you on joint ownership
• Obtain pre-completion searches
• Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
• 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

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 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 X weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 6 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Our fee assumes that:
a. 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
b. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
c. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your home, including dealing with enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor, repaying the existing mortgage and obtaining official copies of the register from the Land Registry.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

• Legal fee £450 – £3000 + VAT
• Official copies for Land Registry £6
• Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT

Estimated total: £480 – £3030 + VAT And disbursements of £6

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.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting an offer until the sale is complete will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances but generally include:
• Take your instructions and give you initial advice
• Obtain Official copies from Land Registry
• Send contract documents
• Answer any necessary enquiries from seller’s solicitor
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Send final contract to you for signature
• Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property)
• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
• Complete sale
• Deal with Transfer of property

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your home, including dealing with enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor, repaying the existing mortgage and obtaining official copies of the register from the Land Registry.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

• Legal fee £595 – £3000 + VAT
• Official copies of the leasehold title £6
• Official copies for Land Registry £6
• Cope lease if required £3
• Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT

Estimated total: £625 – £3030 + VAT and disbursements of £15

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.

We will provide Replies to leasehold property enquiry form from Managing Agents/landlord and a fee is normally charged by the agents/landlord for this.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting an offer until the sale is complete will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.
It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances but generally include:
• Take your instructions and give you initial advice
• Obtain Official copies from Land Registry
• Send contract documents
• Answer any necessary enquiries from seller’s solicitor
• Give you advice on all documents and information received
• Send final contract to you for signature
• Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property)
• Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
• Complete sale
• Deal with Transfer of property

Estate Administration: Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We charge 2% of the gross value of the estate plus VAT or an hourly rate based on the experience of the fee earner handling your case:
The charging rate is: Director: £210 per hour, Solicitor: £185 to £200 per hour, Fee earner: £125 to £175 per hour and secretarial work £99 per hour, where it is fee-earning work. Routine letters written/received, and telephone calls made/received are charged at unit’s of 1/10 hour. All charges attract VAT.

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 50 hours work at the above rates per hour. Total costs estimated at £1,000-£10,000 (+VAT and disbursements).

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 10 banks or building society accounts
• There are no other intangible assets
• There are 1-10 beneficiaries
• There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. 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
Disbursements included in this fee:
• Probate application fee of £155
• £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
• Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

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.

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 50 pence each (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 3-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-4 weeks.

Obtaining a Grant of Probate only

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate only on your behalf.  

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of £600 (inc. VAT).

This includes: obtaining the grant and completing the necessary paperwork relating to the Court application.

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees £500

VAT on legal fees £100

Disbursements (£165 in total assuming one acting executor and 6 sealed office copies):

  • Probate court fee of £155
  • £0.50 for each court sealed office copy of the Grant (generally one per asset is required)
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor).

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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate practitioner to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send it to you so that you can administer the estate yourself.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 1-3 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 weeks.

Debt Recovery

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed, and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Our fee Total
Up to £5,000 £35-£205 £700-£1000 (+VAT) £735-£1205
£5,001 – £10,000 £455 £700-£1000 (+VAT) £1155-£1455
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim £700-£1000 (+VAT) £Variable

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

• The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor. For claims up to £10,000 costs paid to your solicitor are irrecoverable.
• Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
• The costs quoted above do not include enforcement action.

Our fee includes:

• Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
• Undertaking appropriate searches
• Sending a letter before action
• Receiving payment and sending on to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
• Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
• When Judgement in default in received, writing to the other side to request payment
• If payment is not received within 28 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 12-20 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether 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.