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PRIVATE FEES

Transparent Charges


‘The purposes of the new SRA Transparency rules is to ensure that you have the information about costs to help you make an informed choice of your Solicitor’

Conveyancing


Residential Fees – Sale, Purchase, Remortgages and Transfers


Our conveyancing team is led by Lynda Cobain, Director and Head of Conveyancing with over forty years of experience supported by a very experienced executive and two secretaries. All our Conveyancing Team have extensive years of experience within the field and we strive to provide the best level of service to our clients delivered with a personal touch.

We would like to display our competitive fees as set out below together with an outline of additional costs and disbursements in our easy to understand scale, as follows:-

PRICE OF CONVEYANCING SALE PURCHASE Without Mortgage PURCHASE With Mortgage
LESS THAN £100,000.00£475.00+VAT£475.00+VAT£550.00+VAT
£100,000.01 to £200,000.00£525.00+VAT£525.00+VAT£595.00+VAT
£200,000.00 to £300,00.01£575.00+VAT£575.00+VAT£675.00+VAT
£300,000.01 to £400,000.00£650.00+VAT£675.00+VAT£775.00+VAT
£400,000.01 aboveTo be provided upon request
HELP TO BUY £95.00+VAT
NEW BUILD£150.00+VAT
DECLARATION OF TRUST(FROM) £150.00+VAT Estimate will be provided on the facts of each case
RE-MORTGAGE (up to £500,000.00)(FROM) £3450.00 to £625.00+VAT
TRANSFER OF EQUITY(FROM) £350.00+VAT
TRANSFER OF EQUITY AND RE-MORTGAGE(FROM) £450.00+VAT

DISBURSEMENTS

Any necessary disbursements relevant to your transaction will be listed in our Cost Estimate, the costs below are for information purposes

STAMP DUTY Calculated cost will be provided in Cost Estimate the following is for your calculation purposesPurchase price of propertyRate of Stamp DutyRate of Stamp Duty
£0 - £500,000.000%3%
£500,001.00 to £925,000.005%8%
£925,001.00 to £1.5 mil10%13%
£1.5 mil +12%15%
www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax www.beta.gov.wales/land-tranaction-tax
BANK TRANSFER FEE £17.50 plus VAT
LAND REG FEE (ELECTRONIC ONLY)£0.00 to £80,000.00 = £20.00, £80,001.00 to £100,000.00 = £40.00, £100,001.00 to £200,000.00 = £95.00, £200,001.00 to £500,000.00 = £135.00, £500,001.00 will be provided on request, www.landregistry.data.uk/feescalculator
LOCAL SEARCH FEE£73.00 inc VAT - Road adoption (if necessary) £6.00
DRAINAGE SEARCH FEE£30.00 inc VAT
ENVIRO SEARCH FEE£32.80 inc VAT
CHANCEL SEARCH FEE£24.00 inc VAT
LAND REG SEARCH FEE£3.00 inc VAT
LENDERS PROTECTION FEE£4.80 INC VAT
BANKRUPTCY FEE Per Person£2.00 inc VAT
ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING SEARCH Per Name£4.10inc VAT
OFFICE COPY ENTRIES AND FILED PLAN£6.00 inc VAT
OFFICE COPY DOCUMENTSRange from £3.00 to £20.00
AVIVA INDEMNITY POLICYDependent on reason range from £16.88 **there will be a modest charge if we have to investigate and take out appropriate Indemnity, as agreed.
ADMIN FEES
SDLT AGENT FEE£75.00 plus VAT
ONLINE SDLT AND AP1 SUBMISSION FEE£9.60 inc VAT
LMS FEE (only with certain Mortgage)£15.00 plus VAT
**VAT is at standard VAT Rate as at time of transaction**

*Our fees are based on:-

  1. This  being a standard transaction with no unforeseen issues that the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise. 
  2. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation and that all documentation is provided in a timely manner. 

Motoring Fees


Motoring Offences


We have a specialised department dealing with the representation of our clients who have been reported for an offence, or summonsed or charged with a motoring offence. Our area of work is likely to cover:

  • Been served with a Notice of intended prosecution
  • Required to attend a police station under investigation
  • Summonsed or charged to appear in a Magistrates Court
  • To appeal to a higher Court (e.g. a Crown Court)


We are contracted to the Legal Aid Authority and can provide advice at a Police Station free of charge in many cases. We will always explain that to you at the time. In all other cases, not covered under that scheme, you will be charged for the work we carry out. The charge we make will always be agreed with you before we accept your instructions. 

The amount we charge will vary depending on the experience of the Lawyer dealing with your case, the complexity of the case and the time we expect to spend on the case. Our charging rates will vary between £110.00 per hour up to £180.00 per hour depending on the matters mentioned above. By way of guidance a guilty plea in a Magistrates’ Court in respect of a minor motoring offence concluded at one hearing will be £300.00. A more complicated matter requiring two hearings will be between £500.00  and £750.00.  A trial (not guilty hearing) covering two hearings will be between  £1200. 00 and £1500.00  where the actual trial does not exceed one day. A 2 day trial would be between £1700.00 and £2200.00.  There may be additional charges for travelling time and expenses, which we will always agree with you first. 

 An appeal on a motoring case in the Crown Court is likely to cost between £1500.00 and £2000.00 but may exceed this depending on the level of barrister or advocate instructed. We will always obtain an accurate estimate of fees before instructing an independent barrister. 

We will always advise you of the experience and qualifications of the lawyer or lawyers assigned to your case, and provide you with details of the key stages and typical timescales.

The above figures are exclusive of VAT and the appropriate amount of VAT will be added to your invoice at the rate applicable at the date of invoice.


Licensing Fees


Licensing Applications for Business premises


We have a specialised department dealing with the provision of advice on The Licensing Acts relating to:- 

  • Making an application for a personal licence
  • Making an application for a premises licence
  • Advice relating to Late Night Refreshment, supply of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and associated activities
  • Liaison with the Authorities involved in making such applications
  • Appearances before a Licensing Committee
  • Appeals to a Magistrates or Crown Court 


The applications are likely to include an "off' licence application for a corner shop up to a major supermarket; temporary event notices; pubs and restaurants or any other type of premises wishing to provide a supply or service regulated under the Licensing Acts. 

We will always agree with you in advance the likely legal costs and likely disbursements, for acting for you, and also provide full details of the qualifications and experience of the lawyer together with details of key stages and typical timescales. Our charges will vary depending on the time involved and the complexity of the case. We will base our charges on hourly rates but will always agree a ceiling figure with you, or in many cases we can provide a fixed fee for a particular case. Our hourly rates based on a senior licensing lawyer will be between £180 per hour up to £220 per hour. An application for a Premises Licence without the need for a hearing before a Committee is typically £900 + vat plus disbursements such as the fee payable to the Licensing Authority (£190 on average) and public notice advertising (£300 on average.) The cost of appearing before a Licensing Committee on one occasion is likely to add £500 + vat to the overall charges. 


Wills & Probate and more


Wills & Probate


Our Wills and Probate team is led by Lynda Cobain, Director and Head of Private Client with over forty years of experience supported by Jo-Ann Mason, a Solicitor with over 17 years’ experience and a specialised  assistant.  All our team strive to provide the best level of service to our clients delivered with a personal touch.

We would like to display our competitive fees as set out below together with an outline of additional costs and disbursements as follows: 

A single basic Will£150.00 + VAT
Mirror Wills£250.00 + VAT
A single trust Will£300.00 - £375.00 £ + VAT
Mirror trust Wills£450.00 - £550.00 + VAT
Obtaining a Grant of Probate only [below IHT threshold]£675.00 + VAT
Obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration only£750 + VAT

Estate Administration: 

It is difficult to give an exact fee to administer an estate as each one is different 

in each case we will provide you with our fees estimate based on the actual assets and terms of the will/intestacy

The following are only examples illustrations where there are no unusual or complex features

 

Example 1 

An estate below the inheritance tax allowance consisting of a house and 2-3 bank accounts and 1-2 beneficiaries of the estate

Fees: To administer the whole estate, obtain the grant, collect in the assets, pay liabilities, distribute to the beneficiaries and prepare Estate accounts             

£1,500 + VAT to £2,000 +VAT

 

Example 2 

An estate where there is no Will, below the inheritance tax threshold which consists of 3+ bank accounts and investments such as shares, 4+ beneficiaries 

Fees: To administer the whole estate, obtain the grant, collect in the assets, pay liabilities, place the Trustee Notices, ascertain and  distribute to the beneficiaries and prepare Estate accounts                                                                                  

£2500 + VAT   to £3,000 + VAT 

 

Example 3

An estate that is over the inheritance tax threshold where a claim for the transferable nil rate band and/or the residence nil rate band is made but no inheritance tax is required to be paid. The estate consists of a house, 2-4 bank accounts and up to two beneficiaries: 

Fees: To administer the whole estate, obtain the grant, apply for necessary IHT claims, collect in the assets, pay liabilities, place the Trustee Notices, distribute to the beneficiaries and prepare Estate accounts                                                               

£2500 +VAT  to  £3500 + VAT 

 

Example 4 

An estate over the inheritance tax threshold, claiming any appropriate reliefs or exemptions and paying the inheritance tax liability 

Fees: To administer the whole estate, obtain the grant, calculate and pay the inheritance tax, collect in the assets, pay liabilities, place the Trustee Notices, distribute to the beneficiaries and prepare Estate accounts                                                           

£4,000 + VAT  to  £10,000 + VAT 

 

DISBURSEMENTS 

In addition to all of the above fees the following will be required to be paid: 

HMCTS Probate Court fee(from) £155.00
Copies (additional)£1.50
HM Land Registry title fees£3-£6
Trustees Notices£90 - £240

What is not included: 

The conveyancing fees for the sale or a transfer of a property will be separately quoted on a fixed fee basis as per our conveyancing fixed fees. 

If there is a claim made against the estate, for example by the DWP or a family member not included in the Will the costs of dealing with such a claim would be dealt with on a time basis, agreed in advance of any further work being carried out. 

 

Lasting Power of Attorneys 

To include 2 x meetings with client, the certificate of capacity and the registration of each document: -

1 x LPA£500 + VAT
2x LPA£750 + VAT
4 x LPA£900 + VAT

This could be any combination, for example one Property and Affairs and one Health and Welfare or two property and Affairs for a couple.