Pricing Information

Last updated: 04/05/2021

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Our employment team handles all aspects of employment law matters including bringing and defending employment claims in the employment tribunal.

Our Employment Team

We have three members of staff in our Employment Team:

Walton Eddlestone (Partner)
Daniel Rivers (Partner)
Ryan Grace (Trainee)

Details of experience and qualifications can be found in the “Our People” section of our website.

Pricing

Every employment case is different and we take pride in delivering a bespoke service. For this reason, we do not have a standard fee and our fees reflect the particular circumstances and features of the case.

We charge for our work on the basis of time spent on a matter at Partner hourly rates of £330 – £380 per hour. Our estimated fees for bringing or defending claims in the Employment Tribunal for unfair or wrongful dismissal are in the following range:

  • simple case: £5,000 – £15,000;
  • medium complexity case: £15,000 – £50,000; or
  • high complexity case: £50,000+.

All fees are exclusive of VAT, which will be added to your invoice where applicable.

The wide range in each of these categories comes down to a number of factors, any of which will have a cost implication. Such factors include:

  • the number and complexity of the issues in dispute;
  • the number of documents held by either side and the steps involved in finding, disclosing and reviewing those documents;
  • the number of witnesses;
  • whether an opposing party is a litigant in person;
  • whether there are preliminary issues to be resolved before the final Tribunal hearing and whether such issues require a preliminary hearing;
  • the length of the final Tribunal hearing; and
  • making or defending costs applications. 

We aim to give you the best possible information about the likely overall cost both at the time you instruct us and, when appropriate, as the matter progresses.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a seamless process. The main third-party cost associated with a Tribunal claim is the cost of instructing a barrister (known as Counsel) to represent you at a Tribunal hearing, and during the course of the matter. This cost will be in addition to our fees.

Counsel’s fees for representing you at a Tribunal hearing depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister and are likely to be in the following range:

  • a brief fee (covering preparation and the first day) of £1,500 – £10,00; and
  • a daily refresher (for each additional hearing day) of £1,000 – £5,000.

Key stages

The fee estimates set out above cover 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 the claim or response;
  • reviewing and advising on the claim or response from the other party;
  • corresponding with the Employment Tribunal and the other party;
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
  • preparing for (and attending) a preliminary hearing;
  • exchanging documents with the other party
  • agreeing and preparing a bundle of documents for use at the Tribunal hearing;
  • taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
  • reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • agreeing and preparing a bundle of documents for use at the Tribunal hearing;
  • preparing and agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list;
  • instructing and liaising with Counsel; and
  • preparation for and attendance at the final Tribunal hearing. 

The stages set out above are indicative only and are not a comprehensive list of the steps that may be required, some of which may be dependent on your objectives.

Stages not covered by our estimate

The fee estimates set out above do not include the following work. If any of these issues are relevant to your claim, or arise as part of it, it may increase the fee payable: advising on or engaging in settlement negotiations or preparing and negotiating any paperwork connected with settlement of the claim;

  • advising or acting in respect of any claims other than unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal including, e.g., discrimination or detriment due to whistleblowing etc;
  • any issues under the General Data Protection Regulations;
  • any orders against you to pay the other side’s costs or preparation time relating to any dispute over costs; or
  • advising on or participating in any form or mediation other than mandatory pre-claim conciliation.

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, and the length of time it takes the Employment Tribunal to process your claim. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 1 –3 months. If your claim proceeds to a final Tribunal hearing, your case is likely to take 9 –15 months, depending on how long it takes the Tribunal to schedule the hearing. Delays at the Employment Tribunal mean that it can take longer than this for claims to reach a final hearing. This is just an estimate and we will be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information as the matter progresses.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 12 hours work at £340.00 per hour. Total costs estimated at £3,400 – £4,080 (plus VAT and disbursements (please see below)).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end. Please note that this quote does not include tax advice or any variation to the Will nor does it include any conveyancing fees or disbursements.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property  There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 2-6 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes over the Will or between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate
  • There are no foreign assets or foreign domiciled persons (including the testator) 

Disbursements included in this fee:

Probate application fee – £155

Swearing of the oath (per executor) – £7.00

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches – £2.00 per beneficiary)

Post in The London Gazette to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £101.52

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. Potential additional costs.

If there is no Will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how an item in question is dealt with. Also, where there is any overseas element we can advise of likely further costs once the position is known.

If the Executors/Administrators wish to claim the transferable nil rate band and/or the Residence/transferable Residence Nil Rate Band there will be additional costs. We may advise that in some such circumstances or if considered appropriate that tax issues and calculations be referred to our independent accountants or an accountant of your choosing We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50p (1 per asset usually).

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-12 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take a further 10-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets.

Other Estates

If the estate does not fall within the matters set out above, then we will agree a fee estimate with you before starting work and will update you on all costs as matters progress in line with our standard terms and conditions. 

Our experienced property team who understand the stress involved buying, selling or re-mortgaging your property. Whether you are selling your property through an estate agent or privately we will make everything as clear as possible. Communication is key which can ultimately Property matters can be complex, and our team are made up of highly qualified Solicitors who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner.

We also act on probate and court of protection sales and trusts for co- ownership transactions.

We are proud to hold CQS Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous application procedure which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.

Pricing

The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering client’s feedback. We typically work on a fixed fee basis, so that from the outset you know what the fees will be for your transaction. If during the transaction there is a new development, we will discuss the change in fees with you and agree a way forward.

Freehold property

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your new 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.

Property Value
FreeholdLeasehold
 Fees inc VATFees inc VAT
Up to £500,000.001,200.00- 1,800.00£1,440.00- £2,100.00
£500,000.00- £1m1,920.00- £3,720.00£2,220.00-£4,200.00
£1m-£2m£6000.00£7,200.00
£2m+On enquiryOn Enquiry

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. These fees may be subject to change if further information relating to your property becomes available.

Anticipated Disbursements Freehold and Leasehold

Electronic money transfer fee – £25.00 (inc Vat)
AML/ ID Checks* – £10.00- £12.00
Land Registry Priority Search – £3.00
Bankruptcy Search – £2.00 per person

* 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 here. ** This depends on the Local Authority in which the property is situated.

Anticipated Disbursements Leasehold*

Notice of Transfer fee, this fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is: £60.00- £200.00

Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged), this fee is set out in the lease Often the fee is: £60.00- £200.00

Deed of Covenant fee, this fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often the fee is: £60.00- £200.00

Certificate of Compliance fee – to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease.

* These fees vary from property to property and can on occasions be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sign 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.

**Freehold Estate Admin Charges may be applicable and fees are similar to above.

Time Scales

For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and factors involved such as:

  • Number of parties in the chain
  • Whether you have a mortgage in place
  • Whether you are buying a new build property
  • Whether you need a lease extension for a leasehold property

A typical transaction will take between 10-12 weeks, however if any of the above apply or there are other factors we need to take into consideration, it may increase the time by a further 4-6 weeks and additional charges may occur. We will discuss this with you.

Key Milestones

With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give initial advised based on the information you have provided
  • We will need to check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact the lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents • Undertake searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor
  • Provide advice on all documents and information received
  • Advise you of the mortgage offer conditions
  • Finalise contract and send to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (the date which you legally own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Ensure all monies have been received from you and the lender(s)
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Complete and submit application for registration at the Land Registry

Exclusions

We do not undertake tax advice.

Our fees are fixed, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above such as:

  • If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
  • If you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
  • If crucial documents, we have previously requested from you have not been provided to us
  • If the property is a new build
  • If the property is less than 10 years old
  • If you require to exchange within 6 weeks of instructing us
  • If you require completion within 6 weeks of instructing us
  • If you require simultaneous exchange and completion

Our experienced property team who understand the stress involved buying, selling or re-mortgaging your property. Whether you are selling your property through an estate agent or privately we will make everything as clear as possible. Communication is key which can ultimately Property matters can be complex, and our team are made up of highly qualified Solicitors who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner.

We also act on probate and court of protection sales and trusts for co- ownership transactions.

We are proud to hold CQS Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous application procedure which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.

Pricing

The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering client’s feedback. We typically work on a fixed fee basis, so that from the outset you know what the fees will be for your transaction.

If during the transaction there is a new development, we will discuss the change in fees with you and agree a way forward. Our fees are set out as:

Residential Sale

Our fees cover all the work required to complete the sale of your current home.

Property Value up to
£500,000.00
FreeholdLeasehold
Our Fees (inc, VAT)1,200.00-1,620.001,320.00-1,920.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person2.00 per copy
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.0025.00

Property Value
£500,000.00 – £1m
FreeholdLeasehold
Our Fees (inc, VAT)1,7400- 3,540.002,040.00-4,140.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person2.00 per copy
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.0025.00

Property Value
£1m – £2m
FreeholdLeasehold
Our Fees (inc, VAT)6,000.007,020.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person2.00 per copy
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.0025.00

Property Value
£2m +
FreeholdLeasehold
Our Fees (inc, VAT)On enquiryOn enquiry
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person2.00 per copy
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.0025.00

 Anticipated Disbursements Leasehold*

Item Licence to Assign , this fee if chargeable is provided for in the lease . The fee can vary considerably and may range from £150.00- £1200.00.

Time Scales

For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and factors involved such as:

  • Number of parties in the chain
  • Whether the buyer has a mortgage in place
  • Whether the buyer requests lease extension for a leasehold property
  • Whether the searches flag up any issues
  • Whether buyer’s Survey shows up any issues
  • Buyer’s Enquiries

A typical transaction will take between 10-12 weeks, however if any of the above apply or there are other factors we need to take into consideration, it may increase the time by a further 4-6 weeks and additional charges may occur. We will discuss this with you.

Key Milestones

With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give initial advised based on the information you have provided
  • We will need to check finances are in place for the buyer to fund the purchase
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Provide advice on all documents and information received
  • Finalise contract and send to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (the date which you legally own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Complete purchase

Exclusions

We do not undertake tax advice.

Our fees are fixed, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above such as:

  • If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
  • If crucial documents, we have previously requested from you have not been provided to us
  • If you require to exchange within 6 weeks of instructing us
  • If you require completion within 6 weeks of instructing us
  • If you require simultaneous exchange and completion

A re-mortgage is when you either renegotiate with your current lender or change the mortgage on your property to a new lender. It is important to speak to a mortgage adviser to go through the options with you. There are many reasons you may wish to remortgage such as:

  • To reduce the interest rate on your mortgage
  • To fix your monthly payments and protect against possible future rate rises
  • Raising money to carry out home improvements
  • Raising a cash lump sum by releasing equity from your home
  • Change in personal circumstances such as a marriage or divorce
  • Consolidate your debts

We are proud to hold CQS Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous application procedure which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.

Pricing

The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering client’s feedback. We typically work on a fixed fee basis, so that from the outset you know what the fees will be for your transaction. If during the transaction there is a new development, we will discuss the change in fees with you and agree a way forward. Our fees are set out as:

Remortgage

Property Value up to
£500,000.00
£
Our Fees (inc, VAT)900.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.00

Property Value up to
£500,000.00 – £1m
£
Our Fees (inc, VAT)1,140.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.00

Property Value up to
£1m – £2m
£
Our Fees (inc, VAT)1,800.00
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.00

Property Value up to
£2m+
£
Our Fees (inc, VAT)On enquiry
AML/ID checks10.00-12.00 (pp)
Land Registry Entries3.00 per copy
Bankruptcy Search fees2.00 per person
Money transfer fee (inc. VAT)25.00

Anticipated Disbursements Freehold and Leasehold

Item Amount Search fees* – £300.00 approx

HM Land Registry fee ** £90.00- £940.00

Electronic money transfer fee £25.00 (inc Vat)

Notice of Charge Fee Tbc on receipt of lease

AML/ ID Checks* £10.00- £12.00

Land Registry Priority Search £3.00

Bankruptcy Search £2.00 per person

* This depends on the Local Authority in which the property is situated

** 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 here.

Time Scales

A typical remortgage takes between 6 and 8 weeks, however it can be longer if there are any complications such as an application be rejected. The process may also take longer if you switch lenders compared with getting a new deal with your current mortgage company.

Key Milestones

With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give initial advised based on the information you have provided
  • Requesting the Title Deeds and Redemption Statement
  • Obtaining Official Copies of the Title
  • Checking the Title
  • Checking Official Copies
  • Leasehold properties will require the lease to be checked and enquiries made if relevant • Searches
  • Checking the mortgage offer
  • Preparing for completion • Requesting final redemption statement
  • Requesting the mortgage advance
  • Completion
  • Registration

Exclusions

We do not undertake mortgage or tax advice and we would recommend you seek advice from an independent mortgage broker or financial adviser. We do not carry out valuations on your home, this will be conducted by your new lender.