Pricing & Transparency

Price transparency

This information is provided in accordance with the SRA Transparency Rules December 2018. This price transparency information is provided to you as clients and prospective clients to help you make an informed choice as to your legal provider and understand the services and prices for legal services which we provide that come within these rules.

The price transparency information provided below is to act as a guide only, and does not constitute an offer of services that you can accept. Each individual instruction will receive a personal quotation from us, relevant to your instructions. For more information about the pricing or a more precise quotation tailored to the service you want

Our Costs

We charge for the legal work we do on a time recorded basis based on hourly rates plus VAT which is charged in line with the current rate of 20%. Should the government increase the rate then the rate will be that in accordance with the change.

Our charging rate is based upon the seniority and experience of the file handler working on a case as follows:

 

•£272.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors or CILEX with at least 8 years post-qualification experience (PQE);

•£233.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors, CILEX or Costs Lawyers with at least 4 years PQE;

•£193.00 per hour plus VAT – Solicitors, CILEX or Costs Lawyers with up to 4 years PQE and other staff of equivalent experience;

•£142.00 per hour plus VAT – Paralegals, trainees or equivalent

 

On occasion we may be able to agree a fixed fee for larger estates when dealing with wills and probate matters however, however again this would be on a case-specific basis. Please contact us to discuss your case further.

 

There may be occasions where a case is complex or of a high value, we will charge higher rates because these types of cases require added responsibility, increased skill, and care. When deciding if a case falls within any of those criteria we will consider as follows:

 

•A claim that exceeds the sum of £25,000, which can be a consequence of the information provided to us, (regardless of the method) by you or any experts or of any counsel that is instructed by us. This will regardless of succeeding in recovering compensation and/or proving the Defendant has breached their repairing obligations.

•A claim where an opponent pleads in a formal court document that a claim is fraudulent and/or dishonest.

•A claim that is allocated to the multi-track by the court on the grounds of complexity even if the financial value of the claim falls below the £25,000 threshold for multi-track claim.

•Any other case that in our reasonable opinion raises issues of complexity, for which we notify you in writing or by any other means such as meetings/conference with counsel or by telephone.

 

When a case falls into the above criteria then the charges will become complex case rates, and our rates will be as follows:

 

•£360.00 per hour – Solicitors of at least 8yrs post-qualification (PQE)

•£330.00 per hour – Solicitors of CILEX with at least 4yrs PQE

•£275.00 per hour – Solicitors with up to 4yrs PQE and other staff of equivalent experience

•£210.00 per hour –Paralegals or trainees

 

When a case is determined to be complex, then our complex rates will apply to all the done previously as well as from the date it is deemed complex.

 

We also incur disbursements; these are difficult to give as exact prices as they will vary on a case by case, but we give an example of a non-exhaustive list as follows:

 

•Barrister’s advice and or pleadings £420-£3000

•Experts Reports and/or questions to the expert £450 – £1200

•Insurance on a CFA case as notified to you.

•Court fees (as set out below)

Value of your claim
-
-
-
Fee Payable
Up to
£300.00
-
-
%.00
Greater than
£300.00
but no more than
£500.00
£50.00
Greater than
£500.00
but no more than
£1,000.00
£70.00
Greater than
£1,000.00
but no more than
£1,500.00
£80.00
Greater than
£1,500.00
but no more than
£3,000.00
£115.00
Greater than
£3,000.00
but no more than
£5,000.00
£205.00
Greater than
£5,000.00
but no more than
£10,000.00
£455.00
Greater than
£10,000.00
but no more than
£200,000.00
5% of value of the claim
Greater than
£200,000.00
-
-
£10,000.00

There are additional fees for bringing a Housing Conditions claim to court are set out as follows:

 

•In the County Court £332.00

•In the High Court £569.00

 

The majority of Housing Conditions claims are commenced in the County Court.

 

If a case does not settle and proceeds to trial, then there may be additional fees for court hearings set out below:

 

•Multi-Track cased £1,175.00.

•Fast Track case £545.00

 

For Small Claims Track the fees are dependent upon the value and are as follows:

Value of your claim
-
-
-
Fee Payable
Not exceeding
£300.00
-
-
£27.00
Greater than
£300.00
but no more than
£500.00
£59.00
Greater than
£500.00
but no more than
£1,000.00
£85.00
Greater than
£1,000.00
but no more than
£1,500.00
£123.00
Greater than
£1,000.00
but no more than
£1,500.00
£123.00
Greater than
£3,000.00
-
-
£346.00

If applications are required, the fees will be:

For applications by consent or without notice £108.00

For applications on notice £275.00

These fees can change from time to time and can be found in Form EX50A, which is regularly updated and can be found on the court’s website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fees-in-the-civil-and-family-courts-full-list-ex50a

When a case is determined to be complex, then our complex rates will apply to all the done previously as well as from the date it is deemed complex.

We also incur disbursements; these are difficult to give as exact prices as they will vary on a case by case, but we give an example of a non-exhaustive list as follows:

•Barrister’s advice and or pleadings £420-£3000

•Experts Reports and/or questions to the expert £450 – £1200

•Insurance on a CFA case as notified to you.

Wills & Probate

Fixed fee will drafting on simple matters

  • Single £120 plus VAT
  • Mirror will £200 plus VAT (A mirror will is a pair of wills for couples who want to mirror each other’s wishes

Reasonable rates for more specialist wills

Free and secure will storage

Probate files will be charged on a standard rate based on our hourly rates, please see ‘Our Costs’ section which outlines the grades and hourly rates used.

Where specialist wills are required, our rates will be as follows:

•Standard Will & incorporation of trust and/or complexity – £300-£600 plus VAT

•Standard Joint Will and incorporation of trust and/or complexity – £400- £700 plus VAT

•High net worth single basic Will – £250 plus VAT

•Hight net worth joint basic Will – £320 plus VAT

•High net worth Will with incorporation of trust and/or complexity – £500-£800 plus VAT

•High net worth joint Will with incorporation of trust and/or complexity – £650-£950 plus VAT

•Additional codicil – £50 plus VAT

A High net worth is considered anybody over the IHT limit of £320,000.

A complexity can be anything from a non-conditional clause, conditions on a gift, right to reside, items held on trust, dealing with more than one property, property abroad. Note, the fees above are dependent on how complex the Will is, more than one complexity may warrant further fees.

Powers of Attorney

Fixed fees for matters relating to Power of Attorney:

•Lasting Power of Attorney for either financial or medical £300.00 plus VAT and any court fees.

•Lasting Power of Attorney for financial and medical £480.00 plus VAT and any court fees.

Housing Disrepair

We act for clients on a Conditional Fee Agreement. As a result, if you lose (i.e. your claim is unsuccessful) we will not charge for the work we do, so long as you have been honest and co-operated with us during your case. If you win your claim, you will be responsible for payment of our basic charges, our success fee, our disbursements and statutory interest. However, you are entitled to seek recovery from the other side of our disbursements and statutory interest, and also a contribution towards our base charges.

Since we have agreed to take the risk of not being paid at all for the work we do it you lose, we are entitled under this agreement to a success fee if you win. Our success fee including VAT will be 100% of our basic charges, but the success fee (inclusive of VAT) is subject to a maximum limit of 35% of your General Damages.

We will also look to take out an After the Event Insurance Policy which will cover your legal costs if you loose your case. The cost of this policy is current priced at £890.40 and will increase in line with any Insurance Premium Tax increase set by the government, the policy will be deducted from your compensation at the conclusion of your claim.

Our Costs

Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Win);

35% success fee deducted from compensation;

ATE Policy fee deducted from compensation