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FAQs on legal aid

Most frequent questions and answers

We provide Legal Aid for family law and housing matters, to clients who are unable to pay their legal costs.

Funding is granted and paid by the Legal Aid Agency.

In family law matters Legal Aid is available if children services are seeking to remove a child from your care, or if you have been a victim of domestic violence. In housing matters, Legal Aid is available if you face homelessness because your landlord intends to evict you or because your accommodation is unsuitable due to disrepair amongst other reasons.

This is not an exhaustive list and the Legal Aid guidance on merit tests are very complex. You can find more information on www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid however we advise that if you are seeking Legal Aid funding in the following areas, you contact us and a member of the respective team will be able to provide you guidance.

If you are in receipt of Benefits (Universal Credit, ESA, JSA, DSA) please provide the following:

  1. Proof of Benefits e.g., a letter from the DWF
    • The letter should not be older than 3 months and should include information as to whether your benefit is income or contribution based.
    • 3 months bank statements from all your accounts (current, savings, credit card etc.)
  2. Please note if you have a partner who you live you will need to provide their bank statements also.

If you are self-employed, please provide the following:

  1. Evidence of your income
    • Bank statements which span 3 months prior to our consultation which show your business income/expenditure and where relevant, your cash book for the last month.
    • Your Profit and Loss accounts AND your most recent self-assessment tax return and tax calculation sheet.
    • Your personal bank statements (current, savings, credit card etc.)
  2. Expenditure – what you can deduct from your income in order to meet the requirements threshold.
    • Evidence of your housing costs covering the last 3 months. (It is only possible to deduct rent, bills and council tax cannot be deducted. Where you are a homeowner and pay a mortgage, you will need to contact one of our advisors to discuss the documents required.
    • Evidence of your childcare costs
    • If you make child maintenance payments – evidence of your payments for the last 3 months.

If you are employed or unemployed and not in receipt of benefits

  1. Evidence of your income
    • Bank statements from all your accounts (current, savings, credit card etc.)
    • Your most recent Payslips spanning 3 months (i.e., if paid weekly, your last 12 payslips or if paid monthly, your last 3 payslips) for each job you have
    • If you receive any Benefits in Kind (please bring your P11D tax form)
    • If you receive Tax Credits (please bring your most recent Tax Credit Award Notice)
    • If you receive any other income, please bring the following:
      • Pension documents (private and occupational, showing gross figures and tax deducted separately)
      • Letter of support from a family member or friend
      • Student loan letter (awarding letter)
      • Child maintenance received within the last 3 months.
  2. Expenditure – what you can deduct from your income in order to meet the requirements threshold.
    • Evidence of your housing costs covering the last 3 months. (It is only possible to deduct rent, bills and council tax cannot be deducted. Where you are a homeowner and pay a mortgage, you will need to contact one of our advisors to discuss the documents required.
    • If you make child maintenance payments – evidence of your payments for the last 3 months.

fees & faqs: commercial law

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

The Fee Estimates for our services are as follows:

  • Drafting Contracts from £250 + VAT pricing will depend on the complexity.
  • Company Registration from £250 + VAT
  • Charity & NGO Registration from £450 + VAT
  • Drafting Governing Documents from £500 + VAT
  • Reviewing Governing Documents from £500 +VAT

fees & faqs: immigration law

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

The majority of our case are agreed on a fixed fee basis. Where a fixed fee is not practicable, fees will be charged in accordance with our hourly rates and a fee estimate would be agreed. The estimate will be arrived at, having considered the facts of clients’ instructions.

  • Home Office Applications & Visas from £1,250 + 20% VAT = £1,500 onwards
  • Appeals to the Appellate Authority (AIT) from £1,250 + 20% VAT = £1,500 onwards
  • Specialist Visa Types from £2,500 + 20% VAT = £3,000 onwards
  • Judicial Review from £1,500 + 20% VAT = £1,800 onwards, up to £2,500 + 20% VAT (depending on the complexity and surrounding circumstances)
  • Asylum (Written Submissions) from £500 + 20% VAT = £600 onwards

Please note that express work may attract higher fees, typically starting from £1500 + 20% VAT (£1,800 onwards)

  1. Taking instructions from the client.
  2. Providing advice letter and list of supporting documents.
  3. Assisting with the collation of documents in support of the visa application.
  4. Completing the visa application form for client’s review.
  5. Liaising with relevant third parties and the UK Visas and Immigration on behalf of the client.
  6. Providing submissions in support of the application.
  7. General case preparation/management
  8. Providing post visa grant advice and assistance; and
  9. Reporting to the client

Note: Services are not included in our fee estimate

Should you wish to request for the bewlo additional services, we would quote you a fixed fee based on your requirements.

  1. Attending the Home Office interview with you.
  2. Accompanying you and the barrister/counsel to your hearing (Court/Tribunal).
  3. Hearing Representation

 

Timescales are dependent on the application type, circumstances of the application, complexity, and the visa expiration date (where applicable).

We aim for a turnaround of four weeks for straightforward applications (applications without additional complexities or complications) and, depending on the circumstances, a longer period of time (potentially a few months) for complex applications.

We advise our clients on the anticipated time frame for each individual instruction at the outset confirm if an application was considered as complex. Please note that the time frame within which the application can be completed is dependent on the timely provision of the relevant information by the client. The UK Visas and Immigration department have set processing times based on the type of the application and method of submission: https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

The main disbursement for each application relates to the payment of the UK Visas and Immigration fees, the actual cost of this disbursement is dependent on the application type. A list of the applicable immigration fees is available on the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table .

Disbursements may include courier fees and translation fees. These would be quoted for in each individual matter and agreed before proceeding.

fees & faqs: conveyancing matters

residential & commercial properties

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

  1. Value < £500,000 = £1000 + 20% VAT = £1,200 onwards
  2. £500,000 < Value < £1,000,000 = £1500 + 20% VAT = £1,800 onwards
  3. £1,000,000 < Value = Please contact us further for a quote
  4. Acting for Lenders = between £1000 – £1500 (depending on the nature of mortgage agreement)
Note: All quotations are calculated excluding disbursements

Our Estimated Fee is inclusive of the following:

  1. Take your initial instructions and give you initial advice
  2. Receive and advise on contract documents
  3. Conduct searches
  4. Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  5. Report to you on all documents and information received
  6. Send final contract to you for signature
  7. Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  8. Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  9. Advise you of the monies needed for completion
  10. Complete purchase
  11. Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  12. Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  13. Send you your registration documents once the registration formalities have been concluded

Please note this fee is based on all documents, communications being sent to you electronically. Additional fees may be incurred where postage is required.

For leasehold properties, our estimate fee is inclusive of:

  1. Reviewing your lease and reporting on its terms
  2. Advising you on service charge and ground rent pursuant to the lease.

Likely Timescales

In property transactions it is very difficult to provide a precise timescale. There are several factors that can potentially delay conveyancing. As your matter proceeds you will be updated with more precise anticipated timescales and if there are factors preventing us from completing your matter within this timescale, we will advise you as soon as they become apparent to us.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could vary depending on the developer or your mortgage lender issuing a mortgage offer. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Examples of Likely Disbursements

  1. Searches (prices vary dependent on the local authority but range from £100 – £300)
  2. Land Registry Priority Search Fee (£3 no VAT)
  3. Anti-Money Laundering check £12.60 against the buyer, if gifted deposit from friend & family, there would be an additional nominal charge of £100.00 + Vat for AML check.
  4. Bankruptcy Search (£2 per person purchasing (no VAT))
  5. HM Land Registry Fee – this is dependent on the purchase price of your property (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees)
  6. Stamp Duty Land Tax – this is dependent upon the purchase price of your property (https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro)

Please note that disbursements vary from property to property and can differ from that which has been set out above. Once we are in receipt of the specific documents relating to your purchase, we can provide you an accurate indication of costs.

Additionally, other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of our lease. You will be updated on this following receipt and review of the lease from the Sellers’ Solicitors.

Potential Additional Fees and Disbursements

Fees | We provide all our clients with a fee estimate at the beginning of their matter, however there are instances in which additional fees may apply. We will inform you of this so you may decide whether you wish to proceed. Additional fees apply in the following situations:

  1. Acting for an additional lender
  2. If your lender wishes for another legal representative to act for them
  3. Administering Service Charge Retentions in leasehold matters
  4. Administration Fees if you require your documents by post.
  5. Approving a lease extension
  6. Approval of a tenancy Agreement
  7. Additional bank transfer costs (per transfer)
  8. Administration fees for unpaid cheques
  9. Administration costs for cheques stopped at client request
  10. Completion required within 7 days of exchange of contracts
  11. Dealing with share of freehold
  12. Dealing with sitting tenants or occupiers
  13. Dealing with third party lawyers, e.g., in a matrimonial dispute
  14. Dealing with trust property
  15. Deed of Covenant
  16. Deed of Easement
  17. Deed of Gift- per gift
  18. Deed of Grant or variation
  19. Deed of Guarantee
  20. Drafting Statutory Declaration or Statement of Truth
  21. File Retrieval after completion from storage
  22. General Power of Attorney
  23. Investigating bankruptcy Entry
  24. Land Registry Restriction (each)
  25. Leasehold Property supplement
  26. Letter of Postponement or Deed of Postponement
  27. Liaising with Trustee in Bankruptcy
  28. Mutual Deed of Covenant for flying freehold
  29. Obtaining Indemnity Insurance (each)
  30. Purchase at an undervalue
  31. Registration at Companies House
  32. SDLT supplemental fee
  33. Shared Equity/ Help to Buy
  34. Shared Ownership
  35. Simultaneous exchange and completion
  36. Staircasing
  37. Unregistered land
  38. Voluntary First Registration for a sale property

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Disbursements | Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and these disbursements vary from property to property:

  1. For Leasehold matters, your Lease may require a deed of covenant (depending on the terms of the lease.) The Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent may charge a fee for registering this document with them on completion of your purchase. We will advise you of this cost, if appropriate.
  2. For Leasehold matters we may also be required to pay a fee to the Landlords Solicitors or Agents, regarding the Notice of Transfer/Charge. The cost is variable for each property, depending on the fees confirmed in the lease/agreed with the landlord. We will advise you further of this cost, however it usually ranges b between £10 – £100 per Notice plus VAT.
  3. For Leasehold Matters, it may be required, as a term of your lease that you require a Certificate of Compliance from the Landlord/ Managing Agent/ Company. The fee will be confirmed to you once we have reviewed the Lease and made enquiries with the Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent, however, the cost could range dependent on the managing agent.

Our Estimated Fee is inclusive of the following:

  1. Taking your initial instructions and giving you initial advice
  2. Obtaining title docs from the Land Registry and preparing a contract pack once you have completed the initial property information forms for the property you are selling
  3. Draft your contract for sale and issue to the buyer’s solicitors
  4. Taking your instructions on any enquiries raised by your Buyer’s solicitors.
  5. Send you the final contract and arrange for you to sign in readiness for exchange
  6. Agree completion date (date from when you will no longer own the property and will have had to vacate the premises)
  7. Exchange Contracts and notify you that this has happened.
  8. Approve Transfer from the Buyer’s solicitors and send to you for signature and witnessing.
  9. Complete your transaction and send you the proceeds of sale once all fees and balances due have been paid.
  10. Send executed transfer to the Buyer’s solicitors.

Please note this fee is based on all documents, communications being sent to you electronically. Additional fees may be incurred where postage is required.

Likely Timescales

In property transactions it is very difficult to provide a precise timescale. There are several factors that can potentially delay conveyancing. As your matter proceeds you will be updated with more precise timescales and if there are factors preventing us from completing your matter within this timescale, we will advise you as soon as they become apparent to us.

Estimated timescales can be impacted dependent on the parties. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could vary depending on the developer or your mortgage lender issuing a mortgage offer. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Examples of Likely Disbursements

  1. Land Registry Title Documents (Freehold) : £3/each
  2. Land Registry Title Documents (Leasehold) : £3/each

Please note that disbursements vary from property to property and can differ from that which has been set out above.

Please see potential additional disbursements:

  1. For Leasehold matters, we may also be required to pay a fee to the Landlords Solicitors or Agents in respect of providing replies to Standard Leasehold Enquiries of the Landlord. The cost is variable for each property, depending on the fees confirmed in the lease/agreed with the landlord. We will advise you further of this cost, however it usually ranges between £100 – £250 plus VAT.
  2. For Leasehold matters, your Lease may require a deed of covenant (depending on the terms of the lease.) The Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent may charge a fee for registering this document with them on completion of your purchase. We will advise you of this cost, if appropriate.
  3. For Leasehold Matters, it may be required, as a term of your lease that you require a Certificate of Compliance from the Landlord/ Managing Agent/ Company. The fee will be confirmed to you once we have reviewed the Lease and made enquiries with the Landlord/ Management Company/ Agent.
  1. Value < £500,000 = £1200 + 20% VAT = £1,400 onwards
  2. £500,000 < Value < £1,000,000 = £1800 + 20% VAT = £2,160 onwards
  3. £1,000,000 < Value = Please contact us further for a quote
  4. Acting for Lenders = between £1000 – £2000 (depending on the nature of mortgage agreement)
Note: All quotations are calculated excluding disbursements

fees & faqs: debt recovery

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Our fee inclusive of the following steps:

  1. Taking instructions and reviewing documentation.
  2. Undertaking appropriate searches.
  3. Sending a letter before action.
  4. Receiving payment on behalf of client, or if the debt is not paid, drafting, and issuing a claim.
  5. Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default.
  6. When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment.
  7. If payment is not received despite the judgment, providing further advice on next steps.

Our fee is exclusive of:

  1. Dealing with any defended debt (through litigation or ADR)
  2. Any enforcement of a judgment, Any counterclaim or appeal
  3. Insolvency Proceedings
  4. Ancillary Applications (e.g., application to strike out or amend)


The fees set out below are designed to provide you with an indication as to the likely costs in your matter. Please note that these may vary depending on a range of factors. In most instances we will charge a fixed fee, where this is not appropriate, we will charge a fee based on our hourly rates set out above.

Small Claims up to £10,000

Please note, small claims matter, legal fees are largely irrecoverable, therefore you will be responsible for your own legal costs whatever the outcome of your case. To ensure that legal costs are reasonable we conduct small claims debt recovery work on a fixed fee basis.

Debts of more than £10,000

In these cases, the legal fees you incur can be recovered from the losing party – the debtor. We are therefore able to offer varying funding options in these cases. Whether hourly rate or fixed fee. Please speak to one of our advisors if you are seeking representation under a conditional fee agreement.

Estimated Fixed Fees

  1. £300 to £750 for sending a letter before action and dealing with correspondence pre-action.
  2. £300 to £750 for preparing the Court papers and issuing proceedings.
  3. £750 to £1,250 for progressing the case to trial.
  4. £500 to £750 for dealing with the trial.
  1. £300 to £750 for sending a letter before action and dealing with correspondence pre-action.
  2. £300 to £750 for preparing the Court papers and issuing proceedings.
  3. £750 to £1,250 for progressing the case to trial.
  4. £500 to £750 for dealing with the trial.

fees & faqs: motor offences

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Our fees for motoring cases where a person pleads guilty and there is a single hearing, are based on our hourly rates which are set out in other sections.

The estimated cost based on the time spent on the matter range between: £750 – 1000 + 20% VAT

The following factors are an example of thing which may potentially increase the costs above the estimated amount:

  1. Where there is more than one charge.
  2. Case is transferred to another court and/or the hearing is adjourned.
  3. Where an appeal to a higher court is required

Our fee is inclusive of the following steps:

  1. Initial Advice
  2. Attendance at the first hearing

Likely Timescales

In cases where persons plead guilty and the matter is dealt with at a single hearing, the matter is typically completed between three to four months.

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. The costs of disbursements vary, we advise each client at the beginning of each matter as to the likely disbursements which may be incurred.

fees & faqs: employment

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Our fees for these cases range between:  £800 – £10,000 + 20% VAT

Our average fees for these matters start from £4000 + 20% VAT

As outlined below, fees are determined on a case specific basis and are subject to increase depending on the complexity.

Where a client is unable to afford funding through our hourly rate or fixed fee, we may undertake work on a conditional fee agreement basis. If you would like your case to be dealt with on a CFA, please advise of this prior to your initial consultation so we may make an assessment as to whether this is the appropriate course of action.

 

We undertake work in employment matters on both an hourly rate and fixed fee basis. Our hourly rates are dependent on the level of experience each fee earner has and are listed above. Please note that the fees quoted to you do not consider matters which may be complex, the complexity of your case is likely to increase your fees, however you will be advised if this is the case.

The following factors may increase the complexity of your case:

    1. Defending claims that are brought or defended by litigants in person.
    2. Complex preliminary issues in the ET such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
    3. Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal in the ET.
    4. Appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal or Court of Appeal.
    5. Being required to make or defend applications, including applications to amend claims or responses or to provide further information about an existing claim, costs applications, applications to extend time limits, for deposit orders, to withdraw a claim or strike out a claim or response or for a postponement, adjournment or stay of proceedings.

Our Fees Are Inclusive of the following: 

  1. Completing a Claim form for Claimant (ET1)
  2. Responding to a Claim form for Defendant (ET3)
  3. First Hearing
  4. Exchange of Witness Statements
  5. Disclosure/List of Documents
  6. Preparing of responding to bundle of documents
  7. Exploring Settlement

Our Fees Are Exclusive of the Following: 

  1. Advice from or Conference with Counsel
  2. Counsel Representation
  3. Additional Hearings
  4. Mediation/ADR meetings or negotiations

Likely Timescales

The timescales in your matter from the point of initial consultation to resolution are dependent on the state at which your case is resolved. Dependent on whether settlement is reached at an early stage or whether the matter proceeds to a final hearing at the Employment Tribunal or Court, this may take between a few weeks – a year.

This is an overall estimate, your advisor will be able to provide you will a more accurate timescale at the outset of your matter and as the case progresses.

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.

Disbursements such as counsels’ fees for preparing and attending an employment tribunal hearing are dependent on the seniority and experience of the barrister(s) involved in your matter. Counsel’s fees are generally based on a “brief fee” – the charge for preparation and the first day in tribunal – and a “refresher” – the charge for any additional days in tribunal.

For a simple case, listed for a 1-day hearing, instructing junior Counsel is likely to cost between £750 + 20% VAT and £1,000 + 20% VAT.

For a medium complexity case, listed for a 3-day hearing, the brief fee is likely to be between £5,000 + 20% VAT and £7,500 + 20% VAT and the refresher for each of the additional days between £1,500 + 20% VAT to £2,000 + 20% VAT.

For a complex case, the hearing is likely to last up to around 10 days. We would tend to instruct senior counsel on such cases and the brief fee is likely to be between £20,000 + 20% VAT to £50,000 + 20% VAT, with a daily refresher of between £2,500 + 20% VAT and £4,500 + 20% VAT. We may, where appropriate, instruct more than one barrister on a matter which will increase the relevant costs.

Further, where appropriate we may involve counsel at an early stage to assist with drafting key documents or providing a legal opinion as to the merits of your case. Costs for this will vary depending on the level of assistance required and the seniority of the barrister instructed.

fees & faqs: wills and probate

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Please note: Our estimated fees for probate and estate administration do not include dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate (although we will provide a separate quote or estimate as appropriate if you wish to instruct us to do that for you).

Drafting: from £500 + 20% VAT= £600 onwards

Our fee is inclusive of the following steps:

  1. Identifying the legally appointed executors, administrators, or beneficiaries of the estate.
  2. Accurately identifying the type of Probate application, you require.
  3. Obtaining the relevant documents required to make the application.
  4. Completing the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.
  5. Drafting an oath for you to swear.
  6. Making an application to the Probate Court on your behalf.
  7. Obtaining the Probate and securely send you copies to you.
  8. Collecting and distributing all the assets in the estate.

Likely Timescales:

At an estimate, estates that fall within this range are dealt with between 3 – 6 months. For obtaining the grant of probate 4 – 8 weeks. The collection of assets can take between 2 – 4 weeks. Once this has been done, we can then distribute assets which takes approximately 2 – 4 weeks.

Costs of Service

Our fees will be dependent on the seniority (experience) of the relevant fee earner in addition to the value and complexity of the estate. Fees may vary and can be charged on a fixed fee basis or fee percentage (usually between 0.5% to 2.5% is industry standard for Solicitors) or by hourly rate.

Our fixed fees typically start at:

£2000 + 20% VAT = £2400 onwards

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. Please keep in mind that, as with the legal fees, the disbursements will vary depending on the type of matter.

Examples of disbursements (per property) in probate matters:

  1. Office Copies – £4
  2. Land charges search – approx. £2 per person
  3. Electronic ID check – approx. £2.40 per person
  4. Bank transfer fee £35 + Vat per transfer
  5. Probate Application Fee £215 + 1.50p per copy of the probate letter
  6. Case Management Fee £71 / £113
  7. London Gazette notice £83.40 (incl. VAT
  8. Local Newspaper notice approx. £50 – £150 + VAT
  9. Land Registry fee c.£40 – £60

Grant of Probate Only

We also offer a Grant only service to our clients. This is an economical way for obtaining the Grant of Probate (or Grant of Letters of Administration where there is no Will) on your behalf, and you can thereafter handle with the estate administration yourself.

Our fee is inclusive of the following steps:

  1. Identifying the legally appointed executors, administrators, and beneficiaries.
  2. Accurately identifying the type of Probate application, you will require.
  3. Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application.
  4. Completing the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.
  5. Drafting an oath for you to swear.
  6. Making an application to the Probate Court on your behalf.
  7. Obtaining the Probate and securely send you copies to you.

Likely Timescales

At an estimate, estates which fall within this range are dealt within this range are dealt with within 1 month. We can usually submit the application to the Probate Registry (for non-taxable estates) within 2 weeks.

Costs of Service

Our fees will be dependent on the seniority (experience) of the relevant fee earner in addition to the value and complexity of the estate. Fees may vary and can be charged on a fixed fee basis or by hourly rate.

Our fixed fees typically start from:

Fees for non-taxable estate (IHT 205) = £1000 + 20% VAT = £1200

Fees for taxable estate (IHT 400) = £1200 + 20% VAT = £1440

Disbursements

  • Office copies £4
  • Electronic ID check £2.40
  • Probate Application Fee £155 + 0.5p per copy

Property and affairs LPA. This lets the person you appoint make decisions about your property and finances.
Health and welfare LPA. This lets the person you appoint make decisions about your care and medical treatment.

(an individual is making one type of LPA) £400 +20% VAT = £480

Two LPAs £700 +20% VAT = £840

The exact fee depends the legal advice needed and how long it takes for the solicitor to draft the precising wording of your Trust

from: £750 + 20% VAT = £900

fees & faqs: litigation

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Work which falls outside our fixed fees is charged on an hourly rate basis. You will be advised of the applicable hourly rate and estimate of fees for work.

Our hourly rates for litigation are as follows:

  • Solicitors 8+ years PQE: £317
  • Solicitors 4+ years PQE: £242
  • Other Solicitors: £196
  • Trainee Solicitors and Caseworkers: £126

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. The costs of disbursements vary, we advise each client at the beginning of each matter as to the likely disbursements which may be incurred.

The following are examples of disbursements which you may incur in a litigation matter:

  1. Court Fees. To see an up to date list of court fees click here
  2. Counsels Fees: Counsel fees are dependent on the level of experience. We have no control over their fees and there is no standard amount a barrister will charge. Where it becomes apparent that counsel will be required, we will provide you will an option so you can make an informed decision prior to these costs being incurred.
  3. Travel fees: for attending conferences or Court hearings on your behalf.

fees & faqs for private clients : housing & family

Your matter may be worked on by a Solicitor, Trainee Solicitor or Caseworker, all Trainees and Caseworkers are supervised by a Solicitor. Solicitors will be supervised by a Director.

Where you do not qualify for Legal Aid Funding in respect of Housing, following an initial consultation and having assessed the merits of your claim we may be able to take on your matter under a conditional fee agreement.

Please send an email to info@obasekisolicitors.com should you have any further queries.

Should we unable to undertake your matter on a CFA basis, we will offer you a fixed fee derived from a fee estimate through our hourly rates as set out above.

Our Services Include:

  1. Defending Unlawful Evictions
  2. Possession Proceedings
  3. Succession Rights
  4. Defending or Issuing proceedings on harassment/ anti-social behaviour
  5. Disrepair
  6. Homelessness

The fees set out below are an estimate of the fees for the listed types of family matters we undertake. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and the estimated fees are subject to change and or increase dependent on the complexity of each matter.

A member of our family team will advise you of the estimated costs at the outset. 

  1. Divorce from £650 + 20% VAT
  2. Child Arrangement Orders from £1,500 + 20% VAT (inclusive of first court hearing)
  3. Contact from £750 + 20% VAT
  4. Emergency Protection Orders £750 + 20% VAT
  5. Injunctions from £750 + 20% VAT
  6. Occupation Orders from £750 + 20% VAT
  7. Wardship from £750 + 20% VAT
  8. Special Guardianship Orders £750 + 20% VAT
  9. Prohibited Steps Orders £750 + 20% VAT
  10. Court Attendance from £350 + 20% VAT (half day)
  11. Travel and Waiting Time £50 per hour (plus travel costs)

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. The costs of disbursements vary, we advise each client at the beginning of each matter as to the likely disbursements which may be incurred.

 

The following are examples of disbursements which you may incur in a family matter:

  1. Counsel Fees
  2. Court Fees
  3. Expert Reports

 

 

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