Pricing

Our Guideline Prices

We can often work on a no win no fee basis, or we can offer fixed fees in some case. To get an idea of the prices you can expect, please select the service you are interested in below. Please be aware we may update or amend these prices from time to time.

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General Advice Call (Huddle)

We can offer general advice and guidance in a 30 minute phone call for £150 inc. VAT. This will be a call with a solicitor where you can discuss any concerns you have and get general legal advice about your situation. And, you will get a recording of the call afterwards, so you can refer back to the conversation if needed. This does not include a review of documents.

You can have as many general advice calls as you need, at any time throughout the case. Some of the services below follow the format of a Huddle as well.

If you need a document review on any Huddle call, there will be a further fee of £150 inc. VAT for a review of up to 10 pages, to explain the meaning of the document to you.

Initial Interview

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 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)

There may be additional charges for a full, detailed interview and review of relevant documents. However, the cost for this will depend on your specific situation, including the length and complexity of relevant documents.

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.

Some of these types of claim or counter-claim may be run on a no win no fee basis, subject to our consideration that the claim has very good prospects of success. Other claims may be subject to an hourly rate retainer.

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.

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 (£250 + VAT)

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

Full Review & Diagnostic Check (£250 + 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.

Please see guideline pricing for our conveyancing services below. Charges may be dependent on property, whether the property is leasehold or freehold, and the type of auction. Use the calculator on our conveyancing page for an estimate of your fees.

Please note the prices given here do not include additional fees such as lengthy AML checks or other admin fees and disbursements. There may also be additional fees for additional title documents, for bridging loans and other alternative financial arrangements, gift and trust declarations etc.

We cannot assist with purchases if a mortgage is involved.

Auction Property

Pre-Auction Advice

Charges for pre-auction advice (legal pack advice) start from £350 + VAT. This pricing may be dependent on the how much time there is between our instruction and the auction date.

There may be additional charges for each of the following criteria:

Property Value: *

 

    £250,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £500,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £750,000 and over

£100 + VAT

If property is leasehold:

£75 + VAT

If property is a flat:

£100 + VAT

If at a Traditional auction:

£100 + VAT

* Additional fees from the property value are cumulative

Auction Purchase

Charges for auction purchases start from £450 + VAT, provided you have received pre-auction advice from Chris Rudd Solicitors, otherwise the ordinary purchase prices will apply.

There may be additional charges for each of the following criteria:

Property Value: *

 

    £250,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £500,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £750,000 and over

£100 + VAT

If property is leasehold:

£75 + VAT

If property is a flat:

£100 + VAT

If at a Modern auction:

£175 + VAT

* Additional fees from the property value are cumulative

Auction Sale

Charges for auction sale completions start from £300 + VAT, provided there are no pre-contract enquiries.

There may be additional charges for each of the following criteria:

Property Value: *

 

    £250,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £500,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £750,000 and over

£100 + VAT

If property is leasehold:

£75 + VAT

If property is a flat:

£100 + VAT

If at a Modern auction:

£375 + VAT

If a lender is involved:

£150 + VAT

* Additional fees from the property value are cumulative

Preparation of Auction Legal Pack

Auction Type 

Leasehold 

Freehold 

Traditional 

£600 + VAT 

£500 + VAT 

Modern 

£500 + VAT 

£400 + VAT 

Non-Auction Property

Purchase

Charges for purchases not at auction start from £750 + VAT.

There may be additional charges for each of the following criteria:

Property Value: *

 

    £250,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £500,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £750,000 and over

£100 + VAT

If property is leasehold:

£75 + VAT

If property is a flat:

£100 + VAT

* Additional fees from the property value are cumulative

Sale

Charges for sales not at auction start from £675 + VAT.

There may be additional charges for each of the following criteria:

Property Value: *

 

    £250,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £500,000 and over

£100 + VAT

    £750,000 and over

£100 + VAT

If property is leasehold:

£75 + VAT

If property is a flat:

£100 + VAT

If a lender is involved:

£150 + VAT

* Additional fees from the property value are cumulative

Additional Services

Transfer of Equity / Share Not For Value

Property value

Leasehold

Freehold

£0 – £249,999

£600 + VAT

£500 + VAT

£250,000 – £499,999

£650 + VAT

£550 + VAT

£500,000 – £750,000

£700 + VAT

£600 + VAT

£750,000 – £1,000,000

 £750 + VAT

 £650 + VAT

Purchase of Freehold Reversion / Leasehold Extension

If the terms and premium have been agreed.

Freehold reversion: from £500 + VAT

Lease extension: from £850 + VAT

In case of an absent Landlord or when the terms of the transaction have not been agreed, we will initially charge on an hourly rate basis (£150 + VAT per hour) until the terms are agreed and then can confirm the fixed fee.

Voluntary First Registration

Freehold: from £400 + VAT

Leasehold: from £500 + VAT

Off-Plan Purchase

Property value

Price

£0 – £249,999

£1,050 + VAT

£250,000 – £499,999

£1,150 + VAT

£500,000 – £750,000

£1,250 + VAT

£750,000 – £1,000,000

£1,350 + VAT

There will be additional fees for completion and may be between exchange and completion.

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.

The small claims track handles claims with a value of up to £10,000 (in England and Wales), with a few exceptions. It is intended to be a simplified and faster process than for other claims.

The rules on costs are different too. Normally, the loser is ordered to pay the winner’s costs, but this does not apply in small claims. Instead, the loser will only have to pay a very small fixed sum in fees.

So, it’s in the Claimant’s interests to keep their costs low. Our solution is to provide you with individually priced services, meaning you only pay for the services you need. You can ask us to help you as much or as little as you need.

We will help you in the background by providing draft documents or advice, but you retain full control of the claim, and it is up to you to deal with the other party and the courts.

We do not officially go on record as your solicitor, but this also helps you to save money.

General Advice Call (Huddle)

We can offer general advice and guidance in a 30 minute phone call for £150 inc. VAT. This will be a call with a solicitor where you can discuss any concerns you have and get general legal advice about your situation. And, you will get a recording of the call afterwards, so you can refer back to the conversation if needed. This does not include a review of documents.

You can have as many general advice calls as you need, at any time throughout the case. Some of the services below follow the format of a Huddle as well.

If you need a document review on any Huddle call, there will be a further fee of £150 inc. VAT for a review of up to 10 pages, to explain the meaning of the document to you.

Initial Stage

Initial advice call: £150 inc. VAT (Huddle) 

30 minutes initial phone conversation with a solicitor. You will get a recording of the call afterwards, so you can refer back to the conversation if needed. This does not include a review of documents.

Opening a file: £100 + VAT [limited to 30 mins work]

Including conducting ID checks, money laundering checks, and address verification.

Letter of claim / Response to Letter of claim: £100 + VAT [limited to 40 mins work]

Drafting pre-action protocol letter of claim or preparing a reply on behalf of a Defendant for the client to deliver on their own letter heading.

Advice on further correspondence & negotiations, and Final Preparation for Court Proceedings (Huddle)

General Advice prior to issuing court proceedings or defending a claim, and general advice on what to do at court and how to do it.

As a Huddle, this is a 30 minute recorded phone call for £150 inc. VAT. You will get a recording of the call afterwards, so you can refer back to the conversation if needed.

Drafting Court Proceedings or Defence
  • Claim form and particulars of claim: £225 + VAT, [limited to 90 mins work]
  • Defence: £150 + VAT [limited to 60 mins work]
  • Counterclaim: £150 + VAT [limited to 60 mins work]
Preparing / Filing Evidence, and compliance with Court Directions
  • Assisting preparation of directions questionnaire, sending suggested directions and content: £150 + VAT [limited to 60 mins work]
  • Assessing documentary evidence, filing at court, and serving on the other party (limited to 1 hour’s work): £150 + VAT [limited to 60 mins work]
  • Witnesses:
    • Assisting in preparation of the main Witness Statement for you to get signed and to serve: £295 + VAT [Limited to 2 hours work. Normally no more than two printed pages of text and two attachments]
    • Additional witness statements: £225 + VAT each (limited to 90 mins work, normally no more than one page of printed text and one attachment]
    • Instruction of expert witness (including identifying and obtaining quotes). Also reviewing and advising on your expert evidence or your opponent’s expert evidence: Subject to individual quote

NOTE: That issues of witness vulnerability may arise, or the need for translation of statements into witness’s first language. Also, you may wish to put written questions to expert witnesses. These will incur additional fees.

Hearing/Trial
  • Preparing Small Claims Bundle: Subject to quotation (£150 per hour)
  • Preparation of skeleton / legal argument for filing at court to present your legal case: Subject to quotation (£150 per hour)
  • Representation at Hearing/Trial Subject to quotation: Subject to quotation (hourly rate to be confirmed and will not be limited to £150 ph, as the hourly rate will depend on the seniority of the advocate and whether counsel is instructed)
  • Preparation of brief for barrister/advocate for Hearing/Trial: £100 + VAT [limited to 40 mins work]

The prices quoted above are for each item purchased individually. If you wish to instruct us to complete 4 or more items on this list, we might be prepared to agree a small discount depending on the items chosen and the complexity of the case.

Please note:

  • When you choose from the menu of services above, we advise in the background on the specific issue or issues chosen. We will not advise generally and our responsibility for assisting you extends only to the preparation or assistance with that issue. We do not accept liability for the general conduct of the claim or the merits of the claim. Our involvement is simply limited to the completion of the specific piece of work we have been asked to assist with
  • You will be expected to deal with all administration and procedure yourself. We will not receive or send out post
  • Any responsibility you may incur to pay the other party or parties’ costs is entirely your responsibility and we do not advise about this unless we agree and you pay our additional fees in relation to that advice
  • We will not pay for disbursements and other expenses such as court fees and expert’s fees. These remain your responsibility
  • The filing and serving of all documents with the Court and other party will be the responsibility of the client. We will not go on the court record as acting for the client, unless we are specifically instructed to do so in writing and a retainer and full funding is agreed.
  • Particular issues may arise during the course of the litigation, which make the litigation more complex or time consuming. Examples are given below to illustrate but the list is non exhaustive:
    • One of the parties or witnesses being abroad
    • Witness vulnerability
    • Language issues
    • Unusual court directions are given
    • Length of trial
    • Applications to court prior to trial
  • These complicating factors may cause additional work
  • All sums due are to be paid on account in advance

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