For clients who instruct us in private matters whereby a fixed fee is not charged, our maximum hourly rates are as follows:
Partners: £200 + VAT per hour
Consultant Solicitors: £200 + VAT per hour
Associate (Senior) Solicitors: £175 + VAT per hour
Assistant Solicitors: £120 – £150 + VAT per hour
*Please see our separate page, ‘Our People’, for a full list of our Solicitors and other fee-earners*
Standard Single Will: £115 + VAT
Standard Mirror Will: £175 + VAT
(Any particularly complex Will may attract further charges but these will be discussed at the outset if required)
LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY:
Single – either Health & Welfare or Financial Decisions – £350 + VAT*
Double (two people or both Health & Welfare and Financial Decisions) – £700 + VAT*
*There will be an additional charge of £82 per document registration fees for lodging with the Office of the Public Guardian. Any other third party charges will be advised as necessary.
Re-mortgage: £400 + VAT and disbursements
Council House Purchase: £400 + VAT and disbursements
Transfer (subject to mortgage): £300 + VAT and disbursements
ALL OTHER SALES & PURCHASES:
- Up to £75,000 £450 + VAT and disbursements
- £75,000 to £100,000 £500 + VAT and disbursements
- £100,000 to £200,000 £600 + VAT and disbursements
- £200,000 to £250,000 £700 + VAT and disbursements
- £250,000 to £500,000 £850 + VAT and disbursements
- £500,000 to £1 million £950 + VAT and disbursements
- £1 million plus on application, subject to merits of transaction
ADDITIONAL CONVEYANCING CHARGES:
- Help To Buy: £150 + VAT
- CHAPS Transactions: £30 + VAT
- Mortgage Panel Charges: £10 + VAT
- Freehold Registration: £to be agreed
- Preparation of Stamp Duty Land Tax: £50 + VAT
NB: Please note that as every conveyancing transaction is different there may be other fees chargeable dependant upon the nature of the matter. Any extra required charges will be explained at the outset and clients will be kept informed during the lifetime of the transaction.
Timescales vary from transaction to transaction. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.
EMPLOYMENT, PERSONAL INJURY & GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION:
Clients are liable for paying disbursements for Court fees, obtaining medical records, medical reports, engineer reports or other expert evidence where necessary. We would discuss with them the likely cost, whether we would pay it up front, and the likelihood of recovering the money from the opponent. Details of Court fees are available from Gov.uk website, and costs vary depending on the value of the claim*.
*If you are on low income you may receive government assistance with some or all court fees*
In Contingency Fee cases clients pay a fixed percentage of any amounts they recover – normally 25% for Criminal Injuries claims and 35% for Employment Tribunal work. They also pay any disbursements, the costs of which would be discussed at the outset and throughout the life of the case.
In Conditional Fee work clients do not pay us a success fee with the exception being Personal Injury claims. In Personal Injury matters we ask for a success fee of a maximum of 10% in no-fault Road Traffic Accident claims, and a maximum of 25% in all other claims.
If we are on a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), we will invite Counsel to act on a similar footing, but if they refuse then this is a further disbursement for which client is liable. Those fees are negotiated on a case by case basis with Counsel.
We will consider a Conditional Fee Agreement in all cases that are suitable, i.e. not in cases in which we are prevented from using a CFA. If we are unwilling to enter into a CFA, we will explain our reasoning and the likely cost to undertake each stage of the work. If we might consider a CFA in the future, for example after disclosure of documents by the opponent, once we can assess or re-assess prospects of success we will inform the client of this and keep it under review.
NB: Please note that timescales vary from case to case. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.
PRIVATE LAW FAMILY (CHILDREN ACT/FINANCIAL REMEDIES):
As Legal Aid is no longer available in Private Law Family matters, the fee-earner in charge of a matter will charge up to a maximum of their hourly rate, and the list below provides an indication of some of the more common disbursements/court fees* which might be expected during the lifetime of proceedings, depending on the nature of the matter:
- Divorce Petition: £550 (no VAT)
- Children Act Application: £215 (no VAT)
- General Application within Proceedings: £155 (no VAT)
- Application for Financial Order by Consent: £50 (no VAT)
- Application to Issue Proceedings for Financial Matters: £255 (no VAT)
- Request for Bailiff Service: £110 (no VAT)
- Judicial Separation Application: £365 (no VAT)
- Second or Subsequent Petition: £95 (no VAT)
- Filing an Answer: £245 (no VAT)
- Adoption Application: £170 (no VAT)
- Injunctions: £no charge
*If you are on low income you may receive government assistance with some or all court fees.
- For clients who are privately paying intervenors in Public Law Children matters, the hourly rate of the fee earner will apply along with any disbursements/court fees payable.
NB: Timescales vary from matter to matter, no two Private Law cases are the same. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter and as matters progress.
With respect to Public Law Children matters a mandatory, court imposed time limit of 26 weeks is applied for the matter to reach conclusion.
Where a client is not eligible for Legal Aid, fees up to the maximum of the fee-earner’s hourly rate will be applied and the client will be kept informed of costs as the matter progresses.
NB: Timescales vary from matter to matter, no two cases are the same. Clients will be informed of an approximate timescale at the outset, kept informed at regular intervals thereafter as matters progress. Please note that trials are entirely at the mercy of the court listing system.