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Take a look at our price and costs guides to find out whether we can work on a no win no fee basis. If not, find out what our services will cost and what your options are.

Our Guideline Prices

We can offer fixed fee prices in some case. To get an idea of the prices you can expect, please select the service you are interested in below. We can also offer no win no fee agreements in some cases.

We will add more pricing guides to this page as time goes on. And, we may update or amend these prices from time to time.

To find out more about your options for making payment, please go to our Easy Ways To Pay page.

Wills, Probate & Lasting Power of Attorney

Wills Price List

Basic Will – £250+VAT

Basic Mirror Wills – £450+VAT

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

For a single person:

One LPA – £350+VAT + OPG fees

Two LPAs – £595+VAT + OPG fees

For a couple:

2x Mirror LPAs – £595+VAT + OPG fees

4x Mirror LPAs – £1095+VAT + OPG fees

Probate

Grant of Probate only – £495+VAT

Disbursements:

Probate Registry Fee – £155.00

Additional Court Sealed Copies – 50p (or £10 for first copy after grant has been issued)

Oath Fee: £7.00 per executor

Probate – Administrator of Estate (Hourly Rates)

Hourly rates are based on the fee earner dealing with your probate matter. High value estates will usually be dealt with by a senior fee earner and for lower value estates the work will be shared with other experienced staff and our fees will usually be lower.

We will provide free initial advice and a fixed price quote, so please call us for a tailored quote.

Family Law, Including Relationships & Divorce

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free, for any family law matter.

We can assess your case and provide initial advice, help you assess your options, and help you understand the law relevant to your situation. If you need guidance at any point in your case, we can help.

Our expertise includes:

  • Marriage breakdown, divorce, or dissolution of a civil partnership
  • Breakup of the non-married family and rights of a cohabitee
  • Legal separation
  • Matrimonial finances and fair division of assets
  • Divisions of jointly owned property for unmarried couples
  • Contact and residence arrangements for children
  • Parental responsibility
  • Domestic violence: injunctions and occupation orders
  • Forcing the sale of a property
  • Drafting your new Will after divorce

Step 1 – Get Advice on Your Family Issue

We will give you initial advice on your issue, your options, and any relevant law and procedure. This includes one letter to the other party and sending any response to you. £175 + VAT.

Step 2 – Taking Things Further

This is where you’ve had advice from step 1 but need to take further action. Whether your both agree or not, we can help and advise you.

You Have Agreed Things Together

You may have reached an agreement together, but there may be steps you should still take. That way, you can formally record what you’ve agreed.

We can draft the following standalone documents:

  • A consent order for matrimonial finances, including letter to court – £250 + VAT
  • Separation agreements – £350 + VAT
  • Prenuptial agreements – £500 + VAT
  • Severance of a joint tenancy – £180 + VAT
  • Cohabitation agreements – £350 + VAT
  • Your new Will after divorce – £150 + VAT
  • Change of name deeds – £100 + VAT
  • Property ownership trust deed – £350 + VAT

We can also safely store your original documents for an annual fee of £25 + VAT (single document), or £35 + VAT (two documents).

More Complex Agreements

We can act for you in undefended divorce proceedings to decree absolute.

  • As petitioner – £500 + VAT, plus £550 court fee
  • As respondent – £375 + VAT

Other court fees may arise as your case progresses, which will be explained as necessary.

Matrimonial Finances

We can deal with your matrimonial finances by agreement with the other party up to receipt of a sealed court order:

  • As petitioner – £750 + VAT, plus £100 court fee
  • As respondent – £500 + VAT

When You Don’t Agree

Dealing with Matrimonial Finances

This includes gathering your financial information, completion of your financial statement, and considering the other party’s documents. As applicant, this includes drafting your court application and all steps up to but not including attendance at the First Directions Hearing.

  • As petitionary application – £1500 + VAT, plus £255 court fee
  • As respondent – £1250 + VAT

Arrangements for Children

This includes all steps up to but not including attendance at court at the first court appointment. However, this does include drafting of the court papers for a Section 8 application. This does not include additional applications. £900 + VAT, plus £215 court fee.

Step 3 – Court Proceedings from the First Appointment

We will represent you in all steps from the first court appointment until the conclusion of court proceedings for:

Matrimonial Finances

  • As application – from £2500 + VAT
  • As respondent – from £1500 + VAT

Applications to Court for Children (Any S.8 Application)

a. For a child arrangements order – starting from £1500 + VAT

b. Prohibited steps order – £180 + VAT, in addition to (a)

c. Specific issue order – £180 + VAT, in addition to (a) and (b)

Property Disputes

Price on asking by quote. This depends on complexity of the case.

Domestic Violence

We will prepare your application for a non-molestation order and/or an occupation order. This does not include representation at court. £750 + VAT (no court fee is payable)

Terms & Conditions Apply: All prices are approximate and do not include interim or extra hearings. This list is not exhaustive. Additional disbursements may be payable where necessary. This list is not exhaustive and is a guideline only. The actual price for each case will depend on the facts and we reserve the right to amend pricing where appropriate.

Employment Advice

We have several options on how the costs of your employment advice or employment claim might be covered:

FOR EMPLOYEES

  1. Free 15-minute initial call – Where we give you a brief outline of what we can do for you.
  2. Fixed Price Advice on Settlement Agreements – We agree a price at the outset for explaining the meaning and content of any Settlement Agreement. We can usually agree to work for the fee that your employer has agreed to pay on your behalf.
  3. Fixed price initial Advice – We may agree to provide initial written advice and guidance on an employment issue on a fixed fee basis. Our fixed fee will depend on the amount of time we will spend interviewing you and reading documents but will usually be between £80 and £350 + VAT. We may also agree to do further limited work for you on another fixed fee agreement if we choose to do so.
  4. Full advice / Full service – We can offer further in-depth advice on more complex or long running issues. For example, we can help you negotiate a better severance package, or we can help you bring a claim for unfair dismissal or discrimination. For this type of more in-depth work we may choose to enter into a longer term arrangement, and the options are as follows:
    • Pay by the hour (our standard hourly rates) – for disputes of this nature we normally charge the following hourly rate:
      • Solicitors / legal executives over 8 years experience: £295/hour + VAT
      • Other solicitors / legal executives and other fee earners over 5 years experience: £250/hour + VAT
      • Trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other fee earners: £200 + VAT
    • No Win No Fee
      • If your claim is an exceptionally strong one, we may consider doing it on a No Win No Fee basis once our initial investigations are completed. In employment cases, the formal name for a No Win No Fee Agreement is a Damages Based Agreement (DBA)

FOR EMPLOYERS

All work will be done on an hourly rate basis. Please call us for a formal quote based on the complexity of the work you ask us to do.

So, if you want to get started please call 01925 351 350. And, we can take payment over the phone.

Disputes, Inc. Small Claims

We have two low cost options to get you started:

  1. Free initial call and guidance – 15 minutes only, where we give you a brief outline of what we can do for you
  2. Let’s Get Started (£110 + VAT) – We will try to give you an overview of your case and advise you what to do in your particular case. And, if there is enough time, we will send a letter to your opponent.

So, if you want to get started, please call 01925 351 350. And, we can take payment over the phone.

Once we have been able to assess your case we can then decide whether you ought to go ahead with your case and how it should be funded. The options are set out below:

No Win No Fee

If your claim is an exceptionally strong one with very good evidence we may consider doing it on a no win no fee basis once our initial investigations are completed.

No Win Lower Fee

If your case is a good one and we think that you are likely to win, we may do it on a no-win LOWER fee.

This option allows you to run your claim by making payments at a much lower rate (less than half our normal price). We charge only £110 per hour for our work initially, but we require interim payments in advance before each stage of the work is completed and a higher rate is charged if there is a successful outcome.

Pay By The Hour (Our Standard Hourly Rates)

For Disputes of this nature we normally charge £295ph for solicitors or legal executives over 8 yrs experience; £250 for other solicitors and legal executives, plus staff with over 5 years legal experience, and £200 for all other lawyers who work on your case.

However, we may be prepared to negotiate lower fees in appropriate cases.

Fixed Fees

We can arrange to do all or part of the work on a fixed fee by prior negotiation.

Injunctions

Payment for injunction applications will quoted on a case by case basis.

In respect of ALL the types of funding discussed in this document:

  • All fees are PLUS VAT
  • All fees quoted are guidelines only and are subject to confirmation upon acceptance of instructions
  • We will charge extra for additional fees charged by other parties: Examples of additional Fees: Land registry fees, credit report on the other party; Expert report; Court Issue fee; counsel’s fees; court hearing fee; Advocate’s fee; Expert witness trial fee; witness attendance. These are called disbursements
  • Advocacy fees are NOT covered
  • Appearances at interim applications or hearings are not covered, and adjourned hearings are charged extra
  • We will charge for travel to hearings for time spent travelling and waiting
  • If the case is settled by negotiation we reserve the right to charge for negotiations, drafting of any settlement agreement and for concluding the claim and handling any money, plus the cost of winding up any court proceedings
Housing & Property – Acting for Tenants

Initial Interview

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free. Whatever the issue, we will get the basic facts and advise you as to the best way forward.

Defending Proceedings for Eviction, or Debt Recovery for unpaid rent, or damage to the property or if you have any other problems

Full interview and Diagnostic Check

We can enter a valid defence or commence a counter-claim to enforce your rights!

We will interview you in full and review the lease and the circumstances and advise you accordingly. (£150 + VAT)

We would recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to make sure that all the technicalities have been complied with, such as correct management of deposits, gas safety compliance etc. as this may allow us to find a loophole or shortcut to success. (£195 + VAT)

Drafting a Defence if your Landlord has already brought a court claim against you

We will draft all the necessary paperwork and comply with court orders and directions and we will give you a specific quote for any work we do but as a guideline we might expect to charge around. (£350 + VAT)

We would then Have to quote for all other additional work like, drafting witness statements, preparing for any hearings and any advocacy.

Bringing Your Own Claim or Counterclaim

Don’t forget that you can bring your own claim against your Landlord if the Landlord has done something wrong themselves. This could be for:

  • Housing disrepair in that repairs which are covered are not done
  • If the house is unfit for human habitation or is unsafe
  • Threats and harassment
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Failure to correctly register your deposit

The above types of claim can be pleaded as what’s called a ‘counterclaim’ to any claim brought by your Landlord for eviction or rent arrears. This will, if proven, usually persuade the court to halt the eviction proceedings and / or to order the Landlord to pay costs or compensation.

Alternatively, you can bring these types of claim independently regardless of whether you are being sued by your Landlord.

You can bring more than one type of claim at the same time. As well as stopping the Landlord from evicting you or making you pay arrears, you may be entitled to compensation.

These types of claim or counter-claim can often be run on a no win no fee basis, subject to our consideration that the claim has very good prospects of success.

All our prices are guideline prices only, based on the normal and expected amount of work and an average amount of documentation. If required we will try to provide a specific quote prior to commencing work. But we reserve the right to charge extra if the work we are asked to do work over and above that which was expected or agreed. Things such as an excessive number of calls or emails to the office or a lot of documentation to review will increase the price.

Remember that we may have to charge extra for Disbursements such as court fees, process servers, Land registry fees, etc. but you will be notified of any significant disbursements.

Travelling expenses may be charged if we aren’t able to use an advocate withing 15 miles of the court and an attendance is required. We will try to cover all appointments from staff from our own office where the appointment is reasonably local. However sometimes we will use an advocate from our trusted network of law clerks and barristers where our own staff are not available or the distance is too great. However, many clients prefer that our own staff attend the hearing even where it is a considerable distance, and in order to provide a quality service to our clients we will do this where available by providing a specific quote based on 50p per mile, parking and hotel costs if the appointment is more than 2 hours travel from our office.

Housing & Property – Acting for Landlords

The first 15 minutes of our advice is completely free. Whatever the issue, we will get the basic facts and advise you as to the best way forward.

Let’s Get Started

Most of our service start with a full interview to offer advice, agree funding, and plan a way forward at a cost of £150 + VAT.

Eviction of Residential Tenants (Possession Proceedings)

Full Interview and advice on the best way forward (£150 + VAT)

We will interview you in full and review the lease and the circumstances and advise you accordingly.

Full Review & Diagnostic Check (£195 + VAT)

We would recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to make sure that all the technicalities have been complied with, such as:

  • Correct management of deposits
  • Gas safety compliance
  • Service of notice on change of Landlord address
  • Change of Landlord
  • Compliance with HMO regulations

If you ask us to take any of the following steps without undergoing a full diagnostic check and there is any defect in your paperwork then you may find that the court will adjourn the proceedings, or may find against you, or they may even order you to pay a large sum in costs.

If you invite us to take over your case after you have served the notices yourself, we would still recommend that you allow us to carry out a full diagnostic check to ensure that your time and money won’t be wasted.

Serve Section 8 and/or Section 21 Notice

We draft and serve the notice and perform the whole process on your behalf. (£195 + VAT)

If we serve a s.8 notice for reasons other than rent arrears additional fees may apply.

For service of both s.21 notice and section 8 notice (arrears only). (£275 plus vat)

Issue Accelerated Section 21 Proceedings (£395 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will draft all the necessary paperwork, issue possession proceedings in the County Court and ask the court to complete service on the tenants, provided that the process goes through on a routine standard basis without the need to attend a court hearing.

If a defence or counterclaim is received, you will need to pay us extra if you want us to contest the Defence or counterclaim on your behalf.

Also, if the matter goes to a hearing or is subject to adjournment or unexpected issues arise then additional charges will be payable.

Issue possession proceedings (section 21 with claim for arrears; or section 8 proceedings) (£695 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will draft and issue court proceedings and manage the whole process for you. However, advocacy fees will be extra if the matter reaches a hearing, or more than one hearing.

If the tenant files a defence or counterclaim, and you wish us to contest the Defence or counterclaim on your behalf, then we will need to agree an additional fee with you.

Application for a warrant of possession (£150 + VAT, plus disbursements)

We will arrange for the court bailiff to secure possession of the property for you.

Examples of Additional Tasks & Fees

Full review & Diagnostic Check – If you ask us to become involved during court proceedings or after service of the notices, we would always recommend that you allow us to complete a full review and diagnostic check to ensure that you will not encounter problems due to failure to comply with procedure or a rule or regulation. (£195 + VAT)

Section-48 Notice – If the landlord address changed or was not stated in the tenancy or any documentation to the tenant then a section-48 notice must be served before notice can be served. (£90 + VAT)

Section-3 Notice – If property was bought by a new landlord and is occupied by a tenant who wasn’t notified correctly, a section-3 notice and letter must be served before a section-8 notice can be served. (£90 + VAT)

Both Section-48 and Section-3 Notice. (£150 + VAT)

Guarantor’s agreement – If there is a guarantor agreement and we need to establish that it is enforceable. (£110 + VAT)

Statement of Service – If you served your own notice and we need to prepare a statement of service for you to sign. (£75 + VAT)

Witness Statement (Starting at £300 + VAT, but will depend on the length/complexity of the statement) – A witness statement is likely to be needed in the following circumstances:

  • The tenancy agreement was changed orally, or by service of a document
  • The tenancy agreement is missing
  • The Landlord can’t make the hearing
  • More than two years arrears are being claimed
  • Where In s.8 proceedings Landlord is pursuing grounds other than rent arrears
  • Where we need to make things right due to defects in paperwork
  • Where we need to excuse your non-attendance at court

Preparing a Schedule of Arrears. (£100 + VAT)

Process server witness attendance at court. (£480 + VAT)

Landlord requires us to check compliance with Deposit Scheme. (£160 + VAT)

Advocacy – For attending preliminary applications, or the possession hearing, or any application to stay or suspend the warrant or any adjourned hearing. The following prices are estimates and actual prices may depend on the availability of the advocate in your area and their specific fees.

Hearing listed for up to 30 mins:

  • £150 plus vat (legal clerk)
  • £250 – £350 plus vat (solicitor / barrister / Chartered exec)

Hearing Listed for over 30 mins and up to 2 hours:

  • £275 plus vat (legal clerk)
  • £350 – £450 plus vat (solicitor / barrister / chartered exec)

Hearings listed for over 2 hours will require a specific quote.

Recovery of Costs from the Tenant

In theory you may be entitled to recover your legal costs from a defaulting tenant. But in cases where the tenant has not filed a counterclaim or defence, the court is likely to order fixed costs only, which may be a lot less than the costs you have paid. Many judges will not order the tenant to pay costs at all.

However, if the tenant puts in a defence or counterclaim which the court does not accept, you may be able to get an order for your full costs to be assessed. But this is much more likely if you have instructed a solicitor to do the work. We are aware of all the rules and regulations which will allow you to recover your costs and we will work hard to ensure that you get an order for full reasonable costs to be assessed wherever possible. This is unlikely to happen if you conduct the proceedings in person.

Landlord Defence

You may find yourself on the wrong end of a claim brought against you by your tenant. We specialise in defending Landlords against the following claims:

  • Unlawful Eviction
  • Housing Disrepair
  • Fitness for Human Habitation
  • Personal injury
  • Failure to register or return a deposit

If you’re being sued by a tenant for any of the above, this could result in you having to pay damages and legal costs and could seriously harm your reputation.

We can provide:

  • An initial review of the letter of claim and the lease and discussion of the best way forward (£195 + VAT)
  • Detailed letter of response (£250 + VAT)

We can then quote you for the best approach as to contesting or settling the claim. However, if you instruct us after court proceedings have been issued we will give you a specific quote.

Recovering your legal Costs and / or arrears and damages from the tenant

You may think that there is little hope of recovering your costs from the tenant, however many tenants who bring such claims do so with the backing of Legal Expenses Insurance, or they may have the resources to pay your costs from their own resources or wages. So if you successfully defend the claim it is entirely possibly that you could recover all of your legal costs in some cases but, of course, the likelihood of recovering your costs would depend on the circumstances of the tenant in each case.

Also, if the tenant is in arrears or has caused damage or loss at the property or is in breach of the terms of the lease for some other reason, your damages or arrears of rent can be set off against the amount the tenant is claiming if your defence is handled properly and these amounts are properly counter-claimed or set-off.

All our prices are guideline prices only, based on the normal and expected amount of work and an average amount of documentation. If required we will try to provide a specific quote prior to commencing work. But we reserve the right to charge extra if the work we are asked to do work over and above that which was expected or agreed. Things such as an excessive number of calls or emails to the office or a lot of documentation to review will increase the price.

Remember that we may have to charge extra for Disbursements such as court fees, process servers, Land registry fees, etc. but you will be notified of any significant disbursements.

Travelling expenses may be charged if we aren’t able to use an advocate within 15 miles of the court and an attendance is required. We will try to cover all appointments from staff from our own office where the appointment is reasonably local. However sometimes we will use an advocate from our trusted network of law clerks and barristers where our own staff are not available or the distance is too great. However, many clients prefer that our own staff attend the hearing even where it is a considerable distance, and in order to provide a quality service to our clients we will do this where available by providing a specific quote based on 50p per mile, parking and hotel costs if the appointment is more than 2 hours travel from our office.

No Win No Fee & No Win Low Fee

In some cases we can work on a no win no fee basis. So, you might not have to pay as many legal costs as you may have thought. Instead, we would be paid a success fee. You can read more in our post All About No Win No Fee.

Or, in other cases we might be able to work on a no win low fee basis. With this, if we lose your case you will only need to pay reduced legal costs.

To find out more about our no win no fee and no win low fee arrangements, please contact us on 01925 351 350.

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