Our pricing is transparent and in line with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). These are some examples of how we charge for employment tribunal and debt recovery services:
The Employment and HR team acts on behalf of individuals and employers on a range of legal issues, such as unfair and wrongful dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal.
Our fees to represent you in an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim typically range between £6,000 + VAT and £15,000 + VAT. This does not include bringing or defending a group action, appealing the outcome of a claim, or cases that involve discrimination or whistleblowing. We charge in line with our hourly rates, and the following will influence the overall cost:
You’re also responsible for any other disbursements like barrister’s fees.
The duration of a claim depends on many factors, such as whether we reach a settlement or not, how proactive the other party is, and how busy the Employment Tribunal is. If we’re unable to settle the dispute and proceed to final hearing in the Employment Tribunal, it usually takes 12 – 18 months to complete.
These are the typical case stages:
The Disputes team helps clients recover debts they are owed. For claims worth less than £100,000, we charge in line with our hourly rates, and the following will influence the overall cost:
For undisputed debt, our fees are:
Negotiating a settlement or payment plan with the debtor would be charged additionally, and in line with our hourly rates.
If the debtor chooses to defend the claim, we’ll give you a cost estimate for every stage of the proceedings. You’re also responsible for court and barrister’s fees.
The duration of a debt recovery claim depends on many factors such as whether the other party contests the debt or not, whether we can reach a settlement, and how busy the courts are.
In the best case scenario, it takes approximately 2 to 4 months from the date we send a letter of claim to the debtor to you receiving a judgment.
If we need to issue court proceedings it can take up to 18 months to get to a final hearing if the debt is disputed.
The vast majority of the work carried out by members of the property team relates to commercial transactions so residential conveyancing only forms a small part of their work and typically less than 5% of their work in any year. However, the property team acts for a number of developers who develop and sell residential properties as well as acting in the purchase and sale of higher end residential properties so are familiar with the issues that might arise in any residential transaction. The property team is used to dealing with more complicated residential transactions which might involve issues involving private rights of way and water supplies, construction and warranty issues, agricultural issues and unregistered titles.
Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale or purchase of your home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.
As the majority of the work we do is commercial we are not some of the residential lenders’ conveyancing panels and will not be able to act for some lenders. We will tell you if that is the case. If we do act on a mortgage of re-mortgage then our fees cover all of the work required to complete the mortgage or re-mortgage, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry
Our legal fees will be calculated at 0.6% of the sale or purchase price with a minimum fee of £850 for a freehold sale or purchase and £1000 for a lease sale or purchase. If the work relates to a mortgage or re-mortgage then the fee will be 0.5% of the mortgage advance with a minimum fee of £850 whether freehold or leasehold.
Search fees: These vary depending on the location of the property but likely fees will be in the region of £350 to £500. These are normally only required on a purchase but occasionally we may suggest that some of these are undertaken on a sale.
HM Land Registry fee: This depends on the price paid but are likely to be between £20 and £200. These will normally only apply on a purchase but we will need to incur Land Registry fees on a sale to obtain official copies of your title or other documents. On a sale they will normally not exceed £50 and will normally be much less.
Electronic money transfer fee £20 for each guaranteed same day transfer.
VAT is payable on our fees, money transfers and search fees (currently at 20%)
So on a typical freehold purchase for £400,000 our fees could total in the region of £3500 to include VAT and disbursements but excluding any stamp duty or land transaction tax. Sale transactions
We do not pay referral fees to third parties for introducing business to us.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.
How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.
It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you purchasing an existing property and there are no other parties involved other than the seller and you have funds available then it could take considerably less than 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such a situation additional charges could apply to deal with freeholder’s and management company’s costs to provide information needed on a sale or purchase.
The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:
There will be additional costs with a leasehold purchase such as:
These fees 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 this we receive this information.
Some property transactions are more complicated because some unexpected issue arises. Although we will normally try to include any additional costs within our fees sometimes that is not possible as some issues will involve a considerable amount of additional work.
Our fee assumes that:
a. 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
b. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease (except where the leases is a standard lease produced by a housebuilder which cannot be amended)
c. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required to insure against the some title defect (e.g. lack of a right of way) or failure to comply with some statutory requirement (e.g. lack of building regulations approval for building works)