Our Fees

The Solicitors Regulation Authority requires us to publish specific price information about the costs associated with certain types of work. This page sets out information on our basis for charging and specific fixed fee matters.

Fee Information

In calculating our fees we take into account the value, complexity, time and urgency of an instruction. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the basis of our charges will be by reference to the time we spend on your matter. Our fee earners charge a fixed hourly rate based on their position and experience. You can find our hourly rates set out below. We may adjust that sum to reflect factors such as the nature and complexity of the matter, the size or value of the matter, the risks and the value or any saving achieved.

We can agree a fixed fee at the outset of any instruction, however we reserve the right to charge more in the event that the scope of work involved becomes more than expected.

When you instruct us, we will provide you with a fee quote or estimate for the instructions. We may also incur the fees of third parties on your behalf (for example, barristers) for which you will be liable. We reserve the right to raise interim bills for work carried out as the matter progresses which shall become due immediately. The outcome of the matter cannot be guaranteed and you shall be liable to pay our fees, such liability is not altered by the success result or outcome of the matter.

Our Approach

In line with our ethos, we seek to add value to our clients through our services offered and always look to agree a fee that both parties are reasonably happy with, using our basis for charging and our hourly rates as a guide to calculate a correct quote.

See Our Specialisms

Commercial

We are a full-service commercial law firm offering legal expertise to businesses and individuals on an array of commercial matters. For a full list of our offerings, click here. 

Commercial Sport and Media
Complimenting our commercial services, we offer a commercial service with particular focus on the sporting world. Acting for professional sports clubs, agents, community interest groups, players and back room staff, we offer services to the sporting world including: Agency and agent agreements Employment Hearings before sporting regulatory bodies Restructures Sponsorship Disputes Contracts
Corporate

Our corporate and commercial work is at the heart of the practice. We look to give advice tailored to our client's particular needs and have experience advising on a range of private corporate matters.

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Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution team has experience that ranges from county court level all the way to Supreme Court and Strasbourg. We act on a range of matters from large corporate and financial disputes to individual matters. We advise our clients with a commercial awareness and seek to resolve disputes to the benefit of our clients. 

We handle:

  • civil dispute and proceedings
  • domestic and international dispute
  • contract and tort
  • breach of contract
  • debt recovery
  • insurance claims
  • injunctive relief
  • mediation and alternate dispute resolution

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Immigration

We assist those seeking a UK visa, facilitating the application from its advisory stages to decision.

We understand the system and with our transparent fixed fee structure it makes sense to instruct us. Immigration is a constantly changing area and it pays to have somebody with professional experience and knowledge on your side. 

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Insolvency and Recoveries
Public and Human Rights

We consider the protection and promotion of freedoms and human rights as implicit to our ethos and a key object to our existence. We have practitioners with extensive experience seeking to protect and enshrine rights dealing with claims under the Equalities Act and ECHR, claims against police, wrongful arrest, immigration appeals and judicial review.

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Real Estate

Our team advises on a range of England and Wales property matters, providing services to both domestic and international clients. We advise on commercial and non-commercial matters. 

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Specific Price Information

Residential Conveyancing

Purchase - Freehold

The following information applies to the purchase of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)
  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)
  3. In some instances, the location.
  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.

Fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses we incur on your behalf) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales). In the event that a transaction is complex or becomes protracted we reserve the right to charge more. We will speak with you about this as and when such instance may occur during the transaction.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £250,000
    £750 plus VAT and disbursements, or £900 plus VAT and disbursements depending on client's location (difference due to potential enhanced KYC and AML checks).
  • £250,001 - £500,000
    £800 plus VAT and disbursements, or £950 plus VAT and disbursements depending on client's location (difference due to potential enhanced KYC and AML checks).
  • £500,001 - £1m
    £850 plus VAT and disbursements, or £1,000 plus VAT and disbursements depending on client's location (difference due to potential enhanced KYC and AML checks).

Bespoke quotes are given for properties valued at over £1m.

For a standard freehold purchase of property located in the London area, our fee ranges are as set out below:

  • Up to £1m
    £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,950-£2,250 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £2,350-£2,650 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £3,500 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £3,800 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £4,450 - £5,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £3,500,001-£4,000,000
    £5,500 - £6,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

The fee ranges quoted above assume that the transaction is a standard one in the sense that:

  • The value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request)
  • no unforeseen matters arise including, for example (but not limited to), a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties in providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender
  • the property is unregistered
  • the property is a new build
  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance
  • a shared ownership scheme is involved
  • there is a help to buy scheme element
  • there is an ISA involved
  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation
  • the property has been repossessed
  • the purchase is taking place at an auction
  • where our client is based overseas or is a company, as this will usually involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.

Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority);
  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. In that event, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who will be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice.
  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees.

So that the process is as smooth as possible, we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us.

Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following:

  • taking your instructions and giving you initial advice
  • checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting any lender's solicitors if needed
  • receiving and advising on contract documents
  • carrying out various searches
  • obtaining further planning documentation if required
  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor
  • advising you on all documents and information received
  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you
  • sending final contract to you for signature
  • agreeing completion date (date from which you will own the property)
  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened
  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • completing purchase
  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move into your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals).

Purchase - Leasehold

Information of pricing for leasehold purchases is set out below. It is considered separate to freehold purchases because there are other elements involved and aspects to consider during the conveyance transaction.

Please refer to pricing information on freehold purchases above which still applies to leasehold purchases. The additional pricing information specific to leasehold purchases is set out below.

Additional Fees and Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur those expenses listed on freehold purchase section and the expenses below specific to leasehold purchases. These are in addition to our own fees:

Lease supplement fee - £250 plus VAT.

Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT.

Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT.

Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT.

Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 + VAT and £100 + VAT.

Please note that these expenses vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us.

Sale - Freehold

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)
  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)
  3. In some instances, the location of the property.
  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.

Fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home, including repaying your mortgage if any out of the proceeds.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £100,000
    £650 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £100,001 - £500,000
    £700 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £500,000 - £750,000
    £800 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • £750,001 - £1,000,000
    £900 plus VAT and disbursements.

For Property located in the greater London area fees shall be:

  • Up to £1,000,000
    £900 plus VAT and disbursements.

Bespoke quotes can be provided for properties valued at over £1m.

The fee ranges quoted above assume that:

  • The value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request);
  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered
  • a shared ownership scheme is involved
  • there is a help to buy scheme element
  • the property is being sold at auction
  • Our client is based overseas or is a company as this usually involves enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.

Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy
  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us.

Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following:

  1. Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property
  2. Collating the supporting documentation
  3. Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable
  4. Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors
  5. Dealing with exchange of Contracts
  6. Approving the draft Transfer Deed
  7. Preparing Financial Statement to you
  8. Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees, on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower than this depending on several factors including the parties in the chain, how long the buyer’s searches take, whether the buyer is obtaining mortgage finance and how complicated the title to your property is.

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals).

Sale - Leasehold

Information of pricing for leasehold sales is set out below. It is considered separate to freehold sales because there are other elements involved and aspects to consider during the conveyance transaction.

Please refer to pricing information on freehold sales above which still applies to leasehold sales. The additional pricing information specific to leasehold sales is set out below.

Additional Fees and Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur those expenses listed on freehold sale section and the expenses below specific to leasehold purchases. These are in addition to our own fees:

Lease supplement fee - £250 plus VAT.

HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

Managing agent’s pack: typically £200-£450;

VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us.

Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following:

Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property;

Collating the supporting documentation;

Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable;

Obtaining management information from your managing agents or Landlord;

Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors;

Dealing with exchange of Contracts;

Approving the draft Transfer Deed;

Completion statement apportioning the service and ground rent;

Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. Similarly if a Licence for alterations, Deed of Variation or Licence to Assign are required we will charge separately for those matters and they can delay the transaction.

Debt Recovery (up to £100,000)

Debt Recovery Fees to Expect

Range of costs

On a purely indicative basis, this can vary from between £500 to over £100,000 depending on the nature of any dispute and the instructions we receive.

Basis of our charges

This is generally an hourly rate which ranges from £145 to £350 depending on the nature of the case and seniority of the person acting.

Disbursements

These are payments of third party costs which we generally make on your behalf subject to your placing us in funds on request.

  • Court issue fees
    These depend on the value of the claim. A claim for up to £100,000 generally requires a fee of 5% of the value of the claim or 4.5% if issued through Money Claim On-line.
  • Court hearing fees
    Most cases attract a hearing fee of £1,090 but this can be reduced for cases assigned to the lower value tracks
  • Applications
    A contested application will attract a fee of £255
  • Counsel’s fees
    We use the service of specialist advocates for certain court proceedings and their fees are based on their expertise and experience.
  • Experts’ fees
    Sometimes experts are required and their fees are also variable.

Other disbursements
These will depend on the nature of the case and the services being paid for.


VAT

VAT at 20% is charged on most services and disbursements (other than Court fees). Specific information on VAT liability for our overseas clients shall be given on a case by case basis.

Details of what services are included in the prices “displayed”

We do not provide service according to price; we price according to the services provided. The services which need to be provided may vary with the specific circumstances and these cannot be assessed until we have a basic understanding of the issues.

Key stages and likely timetables will differ depending on the individual matter. It is therefore not possible to provide general information.

Factors which affect overall costs can include:

  • Inconvenient historical evidence which may need to be understood and rationalised;
  • Action taken prior to our involvement which may be inconsistent with an ideal path towards resolution;
  • Documents which may be inconsistent with the allegations made;
  • Irrational and obstructive behaviour by the counterparty and their representatives.

Private Client Estate Planning

Pricing

Costs will depend on the complexity of the matter, however an indicative price list is set out below as a starting point.

WILLS - DOMESTIC

PRODUCT FEE (£)
UK Will  From 300
Spouse Mirror Wills From 450
Codicil From 150
Will Review £85 (£50 reduced if instruct on amendments)
Deed storage 20 pa
Professional Executors Bespoke.

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

PRODUCT FEE (£)
Ordinary Power of Attorney 250
Exercising Ongoing Attorney Powers as professional trustee or attorney Bespoke.
Ordinary Power of attorney for Property Contracts 200
Signing Up To 10 Contracts Free
Signing additional contracts above 10 20 per sign.
LPA Health and Welfare 700
LPA Property and Finance 700
LPA Combined 1,200
Acting as certificate provider 175

 

COMPANY PLANNING

PRODUCT FEE (£)
Setting Up UK Limited Entity  120
UK Service Address and Mail Forwarding 200 pa
Maintaining of Statutory Books (subject to annual filing) 350 pa
Corporate Nominee Service (on request) 400 pa

 

INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE CLIENT

PRODUCT FEE (£)
UK Foreign Will From 350
UK Foreign Will Spouse Mirror From 550
UK Service Address and Mail Forwarding 200 pa
Ordinary Power of attorney for Property Contracts 200

 

UK ASSET FRAUD PREVENTION

PRODUCT FEE (£)
Anti-Fraud Property Alert Service (with acting as notified party)  75 (115)
Restriction Notification £40 plus disb
SAIL Service address for Service Charge and Rent Demands 200 pa
Declaration of Trust for Property ownership £500+

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