Our Charges and Costs

We are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide pricing information to potential clients in relation to certain types of work. However, we encourage our clients to contact us for more detailed information based on their specific situation and needs and not to base any decision solely on price. We strive to provide our clients with clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

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Probate Costs

Our fees on estates vary hugely, depending on the value of the estate, the complexity of the case, and the amount of time required.

Our fees are usually settled from the estate so there are no up-front costs to the executors.

Property sales are subject to a separate fee quote.

We offer a free initial telephone consultation. We can then arrange a meeting where we discuss matters in a bit more detail and give you a guidance on our fees.

Simple estates

Our legal fees are based on the value of the estate and the amount of time spent working on the case. Our fees will range between £1,500 and £6,000 plus VAT and disbursements (see below) for small and simple estates. If you require a “Grant only” application they may be at the lower end. Simple estates are ones where:

• There is no more than one property in the sole name of the deceased
• There is a valid Will appointing executors
• The Executors in the Will are able to act
• There is no requirement for Deeds of Renunciation
• There is no Inheritance tax payable and there is no requirement to submit a full account (IHT400) to HMRC
• There are no more than three bank or building society accounts
• There are no debts (other than utility bills)
• There is a single beneficiary, or few beneficiaries
• There are no other assets
• There are no complications, disputes and the Will is not contested

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable by us to third parties. Typical examples are as follows:

Item Amount
Probate Registry Fee £155.00
Office copies for the grant of probate (per copy) £0.50
Advert in the local newspaper £150.00
Advert in the London Gazette £92.00
Bankruptcy searches (per beneficiary) £3.00
Land Registry search fee (if property involved) £6.00

For further advice and information please email a member of our team who would be happy to help.

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Our Charges for Employment Work

Settlement Agreements

If the employer and employee reach settlement of a claim the employer may request that the employee enters into a written Settlement Agreement. The employee will need to obtain independent legal advice on the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

Settlement Agreement Scope of Work Estimated Charges
Acting for Employer For preparing a Settlement Agreement, to include liaising with the employee (or their solicitors) and making minor amendments £500 – £750 plus VAT
Acting for Employee Independent legal advice for an employee on the terms of a Settlement Agreement £250 – £600 plus VAT
i.e. normally limited to the employer’s contribution with no additional cost to the employee.
If there are prolonged negotiations or additional complications we will discuss any further anticipated additional charges before further work is undertaken.

Bringing or Defending Employment Claims

Below you will find pricing information for employers or employees involved in an Employment Tribunal Claim.
Unlike many firms who specialise in acting only for employers or only for employees, we have extensive experience of acting for both employers and employees. With that wider perspective, we have a better ability to anticipate and address the issues which will be raised by the person with whom you are in dispute in what is a potentially complex process with a number of key stages.

How Do We Charge?

The fees set out below cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of an Employment Tribunal Claim:

• Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the 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 an agreement can be reached
• Preparing a claim or response from the other party
• Reviewing and advising on a claim or response from other party
• Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
• Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
• Exchanging documents with the other party in agreeing the set of documents to be used in the case
• Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
• Preparing bundles of documents
• Reviewing and advising on the other parties witness statements
• Agreeing a list of issues a chronology and/or cast list
• Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to any barrister instructed

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the stages above are not required, the fees set out below may be lower alternatively, you may wish to represent yourself and only need advice in relation to some aspects of the case which can be arranged depending upon your needs

Wrongful Dismissal or Unfair Dismissal
Assuming that a case proceeds to a full Hearing in the Tribunal (for one day only) is as follows

Scope of Work Initial Advice Fee (Inclusive of VAT) Advice Without Representation (plus VAT) Advice With Full Representation (plus VAT)
Simple Case £90 £500 – £4,000 £5,000 – £10,000
Medium Complexity Case £90 £1,000 – £6,000 £10,000 – £20,000
High Complexity Case £90 Not Applicable £20,000 – £50,000

The Initial Advice Fee

Our Initial Advice Fee provides opportunity to review the merits of the matter and advise via a one-hour fixed fee meeting for £90 including VAT.
We will then give you an estimate for the work to be done. If appropriate, we will offer you a fixed fee for a fixed amount of work.

What Makes A Case More Complex?

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 are brought by litigants in person
• Making or defending an application regarding legal costs
• Complex preliminary issues such a whether a claimant is disabled, if this is not agreed already by the parties
• A large volume of documents
• A large number of witnesses
• Dismissal after blowing the whistle on your employer
• Allegations of discrimination that are linked to the dismissal
• Addressing preliminary issues that might be raised by the claimant with the matter has not agreed
• The compensation in issue

Where the case is listed for more than one day for the full Hearing, the overall costs would in all likelihood exceed the top end of the High Complexity Case range cited above.

Barristers

We may propose the engagement of a barrister to present your case at the hearing. As an estimate their fees will range from between £2000 – £4000 per day depending upon the type and experience of the barrister and the issues which are relevant to your case.

Disbursements are cost related to your matter that the payable to 3rd parties. There are currently no Tribunal fees payable in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings and disbursements are likely to be limited to travelling costs, costs related to the production of documentation for Tribunal hearings or for experts, if required. We charge a Case Management fee of £20 plus VAT (i.e. £24.00 per matter at the outset).

We may ask you for money on account of disbursements in advance of incurring them.

How Long Will My Matter Take?
If settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2 – 6 weeks to resolve.

If there is a Tribunal Hearing, your case could take 6 – 18 months to conclude. It’s important to emphasise these are just estimates and they can be heavily influenced by how busy the Employment Tribunal system is and when it is able to schedule your case for a hearing, as well as the availability of witnesses. We will, of course, he able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Who Will Be Advising You?

Matters will be handled by an appropriate member of our Employment law team under the supervision of a Senior Solicitor or a Director

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Debt Recovery

Our Charges For Undisputed Debts

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 provide you with revised advice about costs. If a single letter is required this can be limited to a fixed fee. If more extensive work is needed, then an hourly rate would apply.

If an hourly rate applies, the hourly rates in our Dispute Resolution team range between £100 plus VAT and £300 plus VAT.

Value of Claim Type of Claim Initial Advice Fee
(incluse of VAT)
(If appropriate)
Letter Before Action (plus VAT) Indicative Costs (plus VAT) for court proceedings
£1 – £10,000 Small Claim £90 £50 + Late Payment Act Fixed Fee* £250 – £2,500
£10,001 – £25,000 Fast Track £90 £50 + Late Payment Act Fixed Fee* £500 – £5,000
£25,001 + Multi Track £90 £50+ Late Payment Act Fixed Fee* £1,000 – £15,000

The Late Payment Act Fixed Fee

In addition to the initial fee for the Letter Before Action, we will be paid any compensation recovered from the other party under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. If this compensation is not paid, we will not seek this payment from you.

The Initial Advice Fee

In more complex cases, an Initial Advice Fee might be appropriate, so as to review the merits of the matter and advise via a one-hour fixed fee meeting for £90 plus VAT. We will then give you an estimate for the work to be done. If appropriate, we will offer you a fixed fee for a fixed amount of work.

Our fees are based on sending a letter to a business debtor (i.e not a consumer, or a personal matter) and on the information contained on the invoice which you provide. Any additional requirements to consider documentation after providing advice under our Initial Advice Fee scheme, or otherwise will be charged at an hourly rate agreed with you within the range set out above.

For cases that proceed beyond the Letter of Claim stage, we charge a Case Management Fee of £20 plus VAT (i.e. £24.00).

If Court proceedings become necessary

• Our fees for preparing the papers to issue a court claim are charged at a rate agreed with you, calculated using the above range and subject to fee milestones agreed with you.
• If a court hearing is needed to decide the claim, you will be represented at court by a barrister. The cost of a barrister will be in addition to our fees and will be advised at the time.

Court Fees are payable to issue court proceedings. These are dependent upon the value of the claim as indicated below:

• Small Claims Court fees range from £25.00 – £455
• Fast Track Court fees are either 4.5% or 5% of the claim
• Multi-Track fees are 5% of the claim up to claim valued at £200,000 after which the Court fee is fixed at £10,000

Court Hearing Fees are payable before a final hearing. These range from £35 – £1,000+, depending upon the value of the claim. We will advise you regarding these fees, if they are likely to become payable.
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that

• The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor even if you are successful in recovering some or all of your legal costs
• Interest in compensation may take the debt into a higher banding with a higher cost
• For small claims to £10,000, you are only entitled to recover fixed costs

Our fees as detailed above include

• 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 the claim papers
• Where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
• If payment is not received within an agreed period, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Our fees do not include:

• Pre-Action correspondence with the debtor, or their solicitor, after the Letter of Claim
• Service of the Claim Form by any method other than first class post (for example via personal service or where the debtor lives abroad)

How Long Will My Matter Take?

The timescales to achieve resolution depend significantly upon the approach adopted by the debtor.
By way of guide a letter before action against a business debtor will usually demand payment within 14 days.
On receiving court proceedings, a debtor will normally have 14 days within which to acknowledge the claim and indicate whether it intends to defend the claim and if so then has a further 14 days in the first instance to file any defence to the court proceedings.

Who Will Be Advising You?

Straightforward, uncontested debt recovery claims are usual handled by a member of our Dispute Resolution Team under supervision of a Senior Solicitor or a Director