Pricing

Our price guidelines.

RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

We undertake residential conveyancing and we set out generally what is involved below

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO

SELLING      

BUYING

  • We request your title deeds from your Bank or Building Society.
  • We receive Contract from the Sellers  Solicitors together with documents in support , eg, copies of Property Questionnaire and copy title deeds.
  • We send to you for completion a Property Questionnaire requesting details of the property including fixtures and fittings to pass onto the Buyers Solicitors.
  • We send Local Authority Search to see if there are any Highways proposals pending etc.
  • We prepare Contracts and send them along with the completed Questionnaire to the Buyers Solicitors.
  • We raise additional questions if needed after having checked the title deeds and Property Questionnaires.
  • We obtain your signature to the Contract and agree a completion date with you and the Buyers.
  • We await Mortgage Offer.
  • We enter into a legally binding Contract with the Buyers Solicitors and receive a deposit.   
  • Upon receipt of a clear Local Authority Search , satisfactory replies to Mortgage  Offer  we obtain your signatures to the Contract and Mortgage deeds and obtain a deposit from you and agree a completion date with you and your Sellers Solicitors.   
  • The Buyers send us a Deed to be signed by the Seller transferring legal ownership
  • We enter into a legally binding Contract with the date fixed for completion of the property from the Seller to the Buyer. This Deed is handed to the Buyers’ Solicitor on completion day.
  • On completion day the property you own is vacated and we :-
  • Receive the purchase monies
  • Pay off all Mortgages
  • Pay Estate Agents (if applicable)
  • Provide you with a full financial Statement and any monies due
  • We send to the Sellers Solicitors a Deed transferring the legal ownership of the property for the Sellers to sign and hand to us on completion day.
  •  The Buyers’ Solicitors receive:-
  • The Keys
  • The Title deeds
  • The Deed transferring  ownership.
  •  On completion day we hand over the purchase monies and receive:-
  • The Keys   
  • Title Deeds
  • The Deed transferring ownership

                                                                       

Our fees are often dependent upon the complexity and value of the transaction to be carried out. However our fees are generally based upon the following criteria.

            
Value of House  CostNovember 2018
up to £175,000   £425.00 £85.00 
up to £200,000 £475.00 £95.00  
up to £250,000  £500.00  £100.00
up to £300,000  £525.00 £105.00
up to £350,000 £550.00  £110.00
up to £400,000 £575.00  £115.00
up to £500,000  £675.00
Over £500,000     then a quote will have to be given

In addition to the above fees you will also have to discharge certain expenses which are commonly known as disbursements. These include such costs as searches land registry fees and tax in the form of stamp duty. Such disbursements will differ from property to property often based upon its location within the County and the amount of the sale/purchase price.  

We can provide a detailed quotation upon being provided with the details of the transaction including the value of the purchase price and the location of the property however such additional items are shown the following table.

Legal fees

 

VAT

 

Telegraphic Transfer Fee inc VAT

 

Indemnity Insurance Contribution  inc VAT

 

Bankruptcy Search fee (per person)

 

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)        

 

HM Land Registration fee and Admin Fee

 

Land Registry Search

 

Local Search, Water & Drainage Search & Environmental Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

These are charges for the associated administration of your transaction including arranging a bank transfer, the cost of the bank transfer itself, indemnity cover and file storage for 6 years. If there is more than one bank transfer additional charges will apply to cover the cost of arranging the transfer. It also includes the Land Registry charges associated with the registration of the property in your name and a bankruptcy search on behalf of your mortgage lender.

If you are financing your purchase with a mortgage (or other forms of secured lending, such as an Equity Share Charge), where we are instructed by your lender and under the terms of your mortgage offer you are to be responsible for your lenders legal costs, these fees will be £150.00 plus VAT per mortgage or legal charge secured on the property.

Other conveyancing quotes that you receive from other firms might not contain details of all of the searches which should be undertaken in a purchase transaction.

If your property is leasehold, there may be additional payments to make to the landlord and management company in relation to any notices and documents that need to be served on completion. Wherever possible, we shall advise you of the likely costs before they arise.

For further information on the level of stamp duty payable then these can be obtained from the internet by searching HMRC SDLT Calculator. In addition details of the fees charged by the Land Registry can be obtained direct from the Land Registry however at present they are based on the following

Registration Fee

£0.00 - £50,000.00 £40.00
£50,001.00 - £80,000.00 £70.00
£80,001.00 - £100,000.00 £120.00
£100,001.00 - £200,000.00 £190.00
£200,001.00 - £500,000.00 £270.00
£500,001.00 - £100,000,000.00 £540.00

If during the course of the transaction it becomes apparent that further work is required it may become necessary to revise the original estimate of costs and you shall be notified in writing wherever possible in the event of this occurrence.

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES FEES

We may have to charge you an additional fee where extra work is required in relation to the following:

If any of these apply, we will notify you of the additional fees.  In addition, there may be exceptional circumstances which require additional work.  In these cases we will notify you of any further fees before carrying out the work.

All prices below are subject to the addition of VAT at the prevailing rate at the time of billing.

Dealing with a New Build property purchase

£195.00

Dealing with a Help to Buy Equity Loan purchase (in addition to New Build fee)

£150.00

Dealing with a  Leasehold transaction

£100.00

Dealing with the Unregistered Title of a property

£150.00

Dealing with a Gifted Deposit

£50.00

Sourcing, approving or processing an Indemnity Insurance Policy

£25.00

Discharging a Mortgage / Restriction

£75.00

Preparing a Declaration of Trust

£180.00

Preparing or approving a Deed of Covenant (simple/complex)

£120.00

Preparing or approving a Key Undertaking

£50.00

Preparing or approving a Statutory Declaration (simple/complex)

£120.00

Effecting the Transfer of a Share in the Freehold of a property

£150.00

Effecting the Transfer of a Share in a Management or Freehold Holding Company

£50.00

Acquiring an extension in the term of an existing Lease

£495.00

Reviewing amended Mortgage Offer

£35.00

Handling post received with insufficient postage applied

£5.00

ID Check per person net admin fee

£10.80

PROBATE

Probate services involves the administration of the estate of a deceased person and often involves a formal application to the Probate Registry and the completion of the relevant Tax Form. Such work is provided by Jeremy Atkinson Paul Jacobson and Jenna Howe. For probate cases we generally follow the Law Society Guidance on fees. These can be obtained direct form the Law Society however at present they are:

A fixed fee of £750.00 plus the relevant percentage of the value of the estate as detailed below. VAT is then added on top. The minimum fee for administering an estate on a fixed charged basis is £2,000.00 plus VAT (inclusive of the fixed charge of £750.00 plus VAT) if we are not the executors and £2,500.00 plus VAT (inclusive of the fixed charge of £750.00 plus VAT) if we are acting as the executors.

The percentage charge is divided into two parts; the deceased person’s home (The value of the deceased person’s home, or as much of it as he or she owned e.g. if owned jointly the value will be reduced by half) and the value of the rest of the estate (including but not limited to bank/building society accounts, proceeds of insurance policies, benefits under pensions even if falling outside the estate for IHT purposes)

If John Howe & Co are not acting as the executors the following percentages will be charged:

Value of gross estate less residence 1.75%
Value of residence 0.75%

If John Howe & Co are acting as the executors the following percentages will be charged:

Value of gross estate less residence 2%
Value of residence 1%

When dealing with high value probate cases guidance suggests that there should be regressive charging regime. In relation to the value of the gross estate less the residence the following charges will apply to high value cases:

 

John Howe & Co as executors

John Howe & Co not acting as executors

Up to £1 million

2%

1.75%

On the next £1 million (maximum value £2 million)           

1%

0.75%

On the remainder

0.66%

0.25%

(Please note that we reserve the right to amend this indication of costs depending on the complexity of the estate and whether additional and unexpected work and documents are required. If the cost indication needs to be amended wherever possible you will be informed in advance.)

There will be a beneficiary fee of £50 plus VAT per beneficiary to cover the time and professional advice associated with dealing with the beneficiaries and distributing any gift or legacy in their favour.

There are additional fees associated with Probate in terms of Court fees and disbursements and these will be added on top. At the moment the Probate fees are in the region of £160.00. Any other third party costs will be charged to the estate such as estate agents costs and additional costs involved in dealing with the sale or transfer of any property.

If additional work is undertaken such as work in relation to a contested Probate matter our firms charges will be based on an hourly rate of £225 plus VAT for a Partner dealing with a matter and £120 plus VAT for an assistant.

MOTORING OFFENCES

We provide advice and representation for all motoring offences. Such advice is usually given by John Howe. Such advice can be given at a preliminary interview at which an initial fee is charged of £60.00. If representation is required then the costs of which will often be variable dependent upon the time that will be taken in providing such advice and representation and the location of the court at which the representation is required.

However as a guide in the event that a written plea of mitigation is required then the charge will be £100 plus VAT.

In the event that we need to attend a local court such as Leeds or Bradford then for a plea in mitigation the costs will be £850 plus VAT, an application for special reasons not to disqualify then the costs will be £1,500 plus VAT and for a not guilty plea would be £2,500 plus VAT.

EMPLOYMENT CASES

Leighan Banks and John Blake undertake employment cases on behalf of both employees and employers.

Our pricing range for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal is as follows:

Simple case:                             £3,000 - £4,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case:          £5,000 - £6,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case:               £7,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT)

The basis of these charges is each solicitor’s hourly rate. Leighan Banks costs are based upon a charge out rate of £200 per hour and John Blake is based on a charge out rate of £250 per hour.

For individuals we can undertake such work based upon a Damages Based Agreements. This is an agreement where we only are paid in the event that of a successful outcome and we will receive up to 25% of the damages awarded to you. This is dependent upon however an assessment by us on the merits of the case and where we assess the prospects of success to be in excess of 60%.             

Factors that could make a case more complex include, but are not limited to the following:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day (excluding VAT).

Disbursements

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.

Counsel's fees are estimated between £500 and £1,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on 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 a settlement can be reached;
  • Preparing claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Likely Timescale

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-16 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-26 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

DEBT RECOVERY (UP TO £100,000)

Our litigation department consisting of Leighan Banks, Jenna Howe and John Blake, who are all Solicitors, also conducts many forms of litigation including debt recovery.

We charge £50 plus VAT for an initial appointment regarding debt recovery.

The following 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 (incl. VAT)

Up to £5,000

£35 - £205 dependent on value of case

£1,200

£5,000.01 to £10,000

£205

£2,400

£10,000.01 to £50,000

5% of the value of the claim

10% of the value of the claim

£50,000.01 to £100,000

5% of the value of the claim

5% of the value of the claim

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor if costs can be reclaimed at all.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • 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 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, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within the timescale specified by the Court, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

We charge commission on any sum recovered prior to the commencement of legal proceedings. If a debt is paid by instalments and we collect these on your behalf we charge commission or £20, whichever is higher, on each instalment we collect.

Debt Value

Our fee (incl. VAT)

£0 - £1,000

15%

£1,000.01 - £10,000

10%

£10,000.01 +

5%

If you decide to withdraw your instructions, or the debt is not payable we charge an admin fee of £75 or half of the commission (whichever is higher). Once legal proceeding have been instigated then the costs will be as follows.

All work outside of the fixed fee is based upon a time spent basis based on the charging out rate of the person providing the advice and representation. Leighan Banks costs are based upon a charge out rate of £200 per hour, and John Blake is based on a charge out rate of £250 per hour and Jenna Howe is based upon a charge out rate of £180 per hour.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees which are dependent on the value of the case as outlined above. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

In addition we may need to carry out the appropriate searches on any potential debtors, for example a land registry search to establish if property is owned by the debtor for which the fees are £3 per property.

Likely Timescale

Matters usually take 4-26 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not 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 to resolve.