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Our fees and pricing

Our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), requires all firms to publish transparent pricing in certain areas of law in which we deliver legal services. For Saunders Roberts these are listed below.

Some advice can be provided on a fixed fee basis and as costs may vary in cases we will always provide you with a cost estimate based on your transaction or circumstances once we have obtained instructions from you.

Of course, if any unexpected complications arise or we have reason to believe that further time will need to be spent on your matter, that will have an impact on our fees, we would inform you of this and would discuss the potential increases with you before you incur any additional fees.

Residential Conveyancing

We offer a broad range of conveyancing services whether it be the sale or purchase of property, registering your property or transferring property; to include for example re-mortgaging or transfer of equity. Some examples are below to provide you with an indication of our fees.

There are a number of elements to a transaction which can impact upon the fees. As every transaction is different we would provide you with a bespoke initial quotation once we are aware of the details of your transaction. During the course of the transaction should a more complex issue arise which may impact of the initial quotation provided we would discuss this with you.

Conveyancers:

  • Peter Womersley, Partner
  • Timothy Jones, Solicitor

Purchase of Residential Property

Fees

Freehold Property

House Value

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

£300,000

£900

Leasehold Property

House Value

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

£150,000

£1200

Typical disbursements

Searches

The number of searches depends upon the locality of the property and the nature of the purchase. The Water, Drainage and Environmental searches are standard on every transaction and dependent upon the local area additional searches may be advisable. On average searches cost between £350 and £400.

Description

Approximate fee (excluding VAT)

Water and Drainage

£60

Environmental & Plan Search

£60

Local Authority Search

£200

Land Registry fees

These fees are fixed by the land registry and depend upon the value of the property.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

These fees depend upon the number of properties you have and whether the property is your main residence. There are various tax exemptions available. The calculation of stamp duty land tax is bespoke to each transaction and so can be provided to you once we have the details available to us.

Other disbursements

Description

Approximate fee (excluding VAT)

Telegraphic Transfer on completion

£32.00

Sale of Residential Property

Fees

House Value

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

£300,000

£900

Leasehold Property

House Value

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

£150,000

£1200

Typical disbursements

Land Registry fees

Copy title documentation has to be obtained from the land registry. The cost is £3 per document. Approximately 2-4 documents are usually required.

Planning documents

We may need to obtain further documentation from the Local Authority. The fees for this are approximately 10-20.

Other disbursements

Description

Approximate fee (excluding VAT)

Telegraphic Transfer on completion

£32.00

Transfer of Residential Property

Fees

Detail

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Transfer of freehold property

£400

Leasehold Property

Detail

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Transfer of leasehold property

£500

Typical disbursements

Land Registry

Copy title documentation has to be obtained from the land registry. The cost is £3 per document.

The transfer fee will depend upon the value of your property as the land registry have a set scale of fees depending upon value.

Other disbursements

Description

Approximate fee (excluding VAT)

Telegraphic Transfer on completion

£32.00 per transfer

Searches

£150.00

Indemnity insurance

Details required to provide estimate

Leasehold Information (Leasehold only)

Details required to provide estimate

Notices (Leasehold only)

£150.00

First Registration of Residential Property

Where property is unregistered with the Land Registry we can make an application to register it on your behalf.

Fees

Description

Our fee (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Registration where deeds are available to document title

£300

Registration where deeds are not available

£600

Typical disbursements

Land Registry fees

Copy title documentation has to be obtained from the land registry. The cost is £3 per document.

The registration fee will depend upon the value of your property as the land registry have a set scale of fees depending upon value.

Estate Administration

Our assistance with the administration of an estate can range from; providing an executor or beneficiary with advice in relation to a will or intestacy, applications for Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration only where details of the assets and liabilities are provided to us or assisting in the complete administration.

Due to the varied assistance we can provide in relation to estate administration it is difficult to estimate likely costs until we have met with you and discussed your circumstances and established the advice and work required.

Fixed fee

We do offer a fixed fee for only dealing with the application for a Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration where details of the assets and liabilities are provided to us.

This would include the preparation of the inheritance tax account and statement of truth. Our fixed fees vary dependent upon whether there is inheritance tax to pay. Once the Grant has been issued any further advice would be calculated at the hourly rates set out below.

Fees

  • Application for Grant only with IHT 205 (no inheritance tax to pay) – from £850+VAT and disbursements.
  • Application for Grant only with IHT 400 (inheritance tax to pay) - from £1250 +VAT and disbursements. Additional cost will be incurred for assistance with the payment of inheritance tax.

Typical timescales

Once all of the information is available, preparation of the paperwork can take between 2-4 weeks and the obtaining of the Grant or Letter of Administration thereafter depends upon the time taken by the probate registry to issue. Usually a Grant or Letter of Administration is issued within 10 weeks of the probate registry receiving the application.

If we are acting on a fixed fee quotation, once the Grant or Letter is received we would send it to you so that you may complete the administration of the estate. Any further instructions received to assist you after this stage, would be calculated at the hourly rate set out below.

Hourly fee

Hourly fees for the time spent on your matter would be charged where we assist with the complete administration. This would include for example; establishing the assets and liabilities, obtaining a Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration, closing assets, settling liabilities, advising on tax during the administration period and distributing the estate.

Where the hourly rate is charged, on taking your initial instructions, we will provide you with an initial estimate and will review the cost for you as the matter progresses. If we have reason to believe the initial estimate will be exceeded we will inform you. As every estate is different, this allows us to provide an initial quotation based on the circumstances and assets within the estate and update you in relation to our costs should additional complexities arise.

Hourly rates:

Julia Fay Kirkham – Partner, Solicitor £200 per hour plus VAT

Rachael Jean Wheeler – Assistant Solicitor £190 per hour plus VAT

Typical timescales:

Establishing the assets and liabilities and preparing an application for a Grant of Probate or Letter of Administration can take between 4-12weeks depending on the circumstances, the number of assets and the time taken by third parties to respond.

Obtaining of the Grant or Letter of Administration thereafter depends upon the time taken by the probate registry to issue. Usually a Grant or Letter of Administration is issued within 10 weeks of the probate registry receiving the application.

Once the Grant or Letter of Administration is received, collecting the assets and settling liabilities can then take a further 4-12 depending on the number of assets and the time taken by third parties to respond.

Once the assets have been collected we can advise on tax during the period of administration, prepare an estate account and distribute the assets which usually takes between 8-10 weeks depending upon the duration of the administration, the complexity or any other factors which may affect or delay the completion of the administration.

Typical disbursements

Disbursements are additional fees charged by third parties.

  • Probate Court fees – currently £155
  • Official copies of the Grant or Letter of Administration – currently £1.50 per copy
  • Land Registry searches - £3 per search for office copies and £2 for bankruptcy searches
  • Swear fees – currently £5 per document and £2 per exhibit per person
  • S27 Trustee Act Notice in the London Gazette and local paper – from £150 approximately (quotations can be obtained)

Employment Tribunals and Debt Recovery

Employment Tribunals

Fees for acting on your behalf in relation to bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal range depending upon the complexity of the matter.

Rather than a fixed fee, we charge you for the time spent working on your case. John Barklam would meet with you to discuss your case and after reviewing the information provided to him would be able to provide an initial estimate of the likely costs. Estimating the likely costs would be based on John Barklam’s hourly rate and the time he anticipates would need to be spent on your case depending upon its complexity. If John has reason to believe the initial estimate is likely to be exceeded he will discuss the costs with you.

Some fee examples are shown below together with some of the factors which could make a case more complex.

Example fees

Hourly rate for John Barklam, Solicitor - £190 per hour plus VAT

Simple case: £3,000 - £5,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements

Medium complexity case: £5,000 - £10,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements

High complexity case: £10,000 - £20,000 (excluding VAT) plus disbursements

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 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 £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 - 7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

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 estimated between £1,000 to £3,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate, and excluding VAT) 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.

How long will my matter take?

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 - 6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26 - 52 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

We can advise you in relation to Debt Recovery whether court action is required or not.

Rather than a fixed fee, we charge you for the time spent working on your case. John Barklam would meet with you to discuss your case and after reviewing the information provided to him would be able to provide an initial estimate of the likely costs. Estimating the likely costs would be based on John Barklam’s hourly rate and the time he anticipates would need to be spent on your case depending upon its complexity. If John has reason to believe the initial estimate is likely to be exceeded he will discuss the costs with you.

Matters usually take 2-6 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 at court. This timescale is on the basis that the other side pays promptly. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to for example, 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.

For writing and sending a standard letter before action, our fee is £50 (excluding VAT). This fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you

If payment is not received, for preparing and issuing a claim form in the county court, our fee is £85 (excluding VAT). A court fee will be payable by you, the amount being dependent on the value of your claim in accordance with the examples listed in the table below.

Debt Value

Court fee

Up to £5,000

Up to £205

£5,001 - £10,000

Up to £455

£10,001 - £100,000

Up to 5% of the value of the claim

The above fee estimates would usually include:

  • 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, writing to the other side to request payment.
  • If payment is not received within X days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • 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.

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