Probate uncontested

In terms of costs this will be charged from 1% plus VAT of the gross value of the Estate and disbursements (see below).

There are certain external expenses which you may need to pay in connection with the administration of the Estate, please see below the most common things that you are likely to have to pay and an estimate of their cost:

Commissioner’s fees for Executor’s Oath (per person)                    £7.00

Probate Court fees for issue of the Grant                                          £155.00(+50p per copy)

Land Registry Title Register                                                                   £3.00

Online ID Check                                                                                       £7.50

We have provided you with the quote above, however in certain circumstances the nature of the work we are instructed to do can change (for example where HMRC or the Probate Registry raise requisitions or where there is a dispute). In these circumstances this additional work will be charged on a time spent basis.

We will add VAT charges at the rate that applies when the work is done.

We will submit our invoice to you for settlement once we have made the application for the Grant. If for whatever reason the Grant is not required or we cease acting for you, we shall issue an invoice for the work carried out to date based on the hourly rate of the fee earner responsible for your matter.

The administration of an Estate involves the following steps:

  1. Calculating the value of the Estate, taking into account the deceased’s assets and liabilities. Some items may require professional valuations such as shares and it may be necessary to pay a fee for this. We will of course let you know if this is required. We will write to the relevant banks/share companies (if any) to obtain the balances as at the date of death.
  2. Dealing with any inheritance tax due. Even where no inheritance tax is payable it is necessary to submit information to the Inland Revenue about the assets and liabilities of the Estate.
  3. Obtaining the Grant of Probate/ Letters of Administration. Every application for the Grant must be supported by an Oath sworn by the Executors. This is to establish their right to the Grant and confirms the value of the Estate that will be dealt with under the authority of the Grant. The Grant cannot be issued until the relevant information has been submitted to HMRC.
  4. Once the Grant has been obtained the Grant will be sent to the banks and other institutions holding money and property to obtain access to the deceased’s assets.
  5. Collecting Estate money. We normally pay Estate money into our client account (where it will be subject to the protection of the Law Society’s Rules regarding the handling of client’s money).
  6. Once bills have been paid, it may be possible to start paying bequests and legacies under the Will and to make interim distributions to residuary beneficiaries although please note that where there are professional Executors/Administrators then distributions will not normally be made until 6 months after the date of the Grant of Probate/ Letters of Administration, this being the deadline for potential claims to be made against the Estate.
  7. The latter stages of administration involve obtaining confirmation from HMRC that no more tax is due, finalising the Statement of Account, handing over the remaining entitlements to the beneficiaries.

We will complete steps A-G or A-C as outlined above whichever is required for this particular matter. However if the nature of our work becomes more complicated than expected, particularly if extensive correspondence with HMRC, Probate Registry or any other party is required, then we reserve the right to review our charges and we shall  inform you accordingly.

Unless specifically agreed our work does not include any contentious Probate or any other claims or disputes against/in the Estate, Deeds of Variation, Affidavits, Power of Attorneys, income tax work or ongoing trust arrangements or conveyancing work. If any of these are required, we will discuss and agree our fees with you.

We do not deal with any overseas assets and it is the responsibility of the Executors to deal with any overseas assets. In the event we agree to liaise with any third parties based aboard, our contact will be strictly limited to obtaining the necessary information for the purposes of completing the inheritance tax here.

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Employment Law

We would require an initial consultation with you before being able to provide you with an accurate costs estimate; this is due to the complexities and various circumstances that surround the area of Employment Law. The cost of the initial consultation is £100.00 plus vat.

During your initial consultation once the facts of the case have been identified you shall be provided with a detailed costs estimate in relation to your case which shall include disbursements such as Barrister’s fees.

For all employment law matters as listed in our services page you will be charged with reference to time spent. The Employment Law fee earners hourly rates range from £180.00 – £195.00 plus VAT.

Throughout your case you will be provided with a monthly breakdown of precisely what work has been undertaken on your matter so that you are clear as to where your money is being spent.

We do however offer a fixed fee for Settlement Agreements these range from £250.00 -£400.00 plus VAT.

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Residential Conveyancing

Please contact us for your individual quotation and we shall have this prepared and either emailed or posted to you according to your preference. Each property transaction is different and may be subject to unforeseen circumstances but we will always try to give you the best estimate possible at the beginning of your transaction with no hidden or extra fees. The fees set out below are a general guide. Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (stamp duty), the amount payable depends on the buyers’ status under the new rules and the purchase price of the property. In order to assist you when budgeting for your residential property transaction, please use these guidelines on our prices. It is difficult to estimate how long your transaction will take but we will do our best to work within your preferred timescales.

A number of factors will affect the costs of our services which could include but are not limited to:

  • Whether freehold or leasehold
  • Whether a new build
  • Whether first registration of title (unregistered land)
  • Whether a mortgage or not
  • Whether a shared ownership scheme
  • Whether using a help to buy scheme
  • Whether purchase under right to buy
  • Whether purchase at auction
  • Whether property has been repossessed
  • Whether indemnity insurance is required to cure title defects

Freehold Purchase

Costs will vary between £850 plus VAT and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements depending on the purchase price of the property up to £1,000,000.

The following disbursements will also be charged:-

  • Search fees – in the region of £200 – £300 depending on local authority fees, includes additional searches for drainage, environmental and plan search which we always recommend.
  • HM Land Registry fee is based on the value of the property.
  • As we are electronically linked to the Land Registry and submit registrations online, the fee is 50% of the normal fee.
  • Bank transfer fees – £25
  • Stamp Duty. You can calculate your potential stamp duty by going to this link https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
  • Mortgage Lender fee – In addition, where you are obtaining a mortgage there is a standard charge of £145 plus VAT for acting for the lender and registering the lenders mortgage on the property after completion.

Freehold Sale

Costs will vary between £750.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements depending on the purchase price of the property.

Disbursements:-

    • Money transfer fee – £25
    • Copies of Land Registry documents – £3 per document

Leasehold Purchase

If the property you are acquiring is leasehold or includes a share of the freehold our costs will be between £850.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements, but this may also include carrying out any additional work such as dealing with a share of the freehold. In addition there will be disbursements but these will depend on the purchase price.

Disbursements:-

  • Search fees – in the region of £200 – £300 depending on local authority fees, includes additional searches for drainage, environmental and plan search which we always recommend.
  • HM Land Registry fee is based on the value of the property.
  • As we are electronically linked to the Land Registry and submit registrations online, the fee is 50% of the normal fee.
  • Bank transfer fees – £25
  • Stamp Duty. You can calculate your potential stamp duty by going to this link https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
  • Mortgage Lender fee – In addition, where you are obtaining a mortgage there is a standard charge of £145 plus VAT for acting for the lender and registering the lenders mortgage on the property after completion.

Leasehold Sale

Costs will be between £750.00 and £1500 plus VAT and disbursements

Disbursements:-

  • Money transfer fee – £25
  • Copies of Land Registry documents – £3 per document

Our fees do vary depending on the property and circumstances and it is always best to contact us directly for a tailor made quotation, which we will be happy to provide.

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Immigration

1. Visas and applications made outside the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Visit visa < 6 months £93 £95 £2
Visit visa < 2 years 1 £350 £361 £11
Visit visa < 5 years £636 £655 £19
Visit visa <10 years £798 £822 £24
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months £186 £190 £4
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £186 £190 £4
Short term student visa (up to 6 months) £97 £97 £0
Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £186 £186 £0
Settlement £1,523 £1,523 £0
Settlement – other dependant relative £3,250 £3,250 £0
Settlement – refugee dependant relative £388 £388 £0
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules. £2,389 £2,389 £0
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £388 £388 £0
Other visa £516 £516 £0
Transit visa – (direct airside transit) £35 £35 £0
Transit visit visa (landside transit) £64 £64 £0
Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft £64 £64 £0
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer) £154 £154 £0
Representative of an overseas business £610 £610 £0
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) £142 £142 £0
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) £154 £154 £0
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents £141 £141 £0
Electronic Visa Waiver £15 £30 £15
Innovator2 £0 £1021 £0
Start-up2 £0 £363 £0

2. Points based system – applications made outside the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) 2 £1,021 £1,021 £0
Tier 1 (Investor) £1,623 £1,623 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application 2 £152 £152 £0
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £456 £456 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – subsequent application 2 £608 £608 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £608 £608 £0
Tier 1 (General) – dependant £1,021 £1,021 £0
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) 2 £363 £363 £0
Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant £604 £604 £0
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less 2 £610 £610 £0
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee 2 £482 £482 £0
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years 2 £1,220 £1,220 £0
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less 2 £464 £464 £0
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years 2 £928 £928 £0
Tier 4 £348 £348 £0
Tier 5 2 £244 £244 £0

3. Optional premium services outside the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Priority visa service – settlement £573 £573 £0
Priority visa service – non-settlement £212 £220 £8
Super priority visa service £956 £956 £0
User-pay visa application centre £55 £55 £0
International Contact Centre – Email Service (per query) £5.48 £5.48 £0
International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute) £1.37 £1.37 £0

4. Optional premium services in the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Super Priority service £610 £800 £190
Arrangements for the provision of immigration officers or facilities at a control port in addition to those (if any) required to provide a basic service (per hour) £53.08 £53.08 £0
Provision of Immigration Officer at the border (hourly rate) £53.08 £53.08 £0
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any other above basic service, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom, on or after 1 July 2019 £53.08 £57.33 £4.25
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any premium service, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom, on or after 1 July 2019 £53.08 £77.40 £24.32
Expedited processing – Priority service £477 £500 £23
Premium status checks and advice (Administrative Officer) (per minute)3 £0.80 £0.80 £0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (inside office hours) (per minute) 3 £0.88 £0.88 £0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (outside office hours) (per minute) 3 £1.10 £1.10 £0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (inside office hours) (per minute) 3 £0.97 £0.97 £0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (outside office hours) (per minute) 3 £1.23 £1.23 £0
On-Demand service (Mobile Biometric Enrolment) (per hour per representative of the contractor providing the service) (per minute) n/a £650.00 n/a

5. Discretionary services at the border

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Registered Traveller (Adult) – Yearly Subscription £50 £50 £0
Registered Traveller (Child) – Yearly Subscription £24 £24 £0
Registered Traveller – Registration of New Documents £20 £20 £0
Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 (effective until 30/06/19) £3.90 £3.90 £0
Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 (applicable from 01/07/19) £3.90 £5.20 £0
Fast Track – Other £3.00 £3.00 £0

6. Applications made in the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Indefinite leave to remain £2,389 £2,389 £0
Leave to remain – Other £1,033 £1,033 £0
Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention £1,033 £1,033 £0
Visitor Extension – main applicant & all dependants £993 £993 £0
Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – limited leave to remain £161 £161 £0
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain £229 £229 £0
Biometric residence card (issued under the EU Settlement Scheme) £0 £56 £0
Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP £56 £56 £0
Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid £25 £25 £0
Processing of an application made under Appendix EU which is subsequently rejected as invalid – Adult £65 £0 -£65
Processing of an application made under Appendix EU which is subsequently rejected as invalid – Child £32.50 £0 -£32.50
Biometric enrolment £19.20 £19.20 £0
Certificate of travel – adult £280 £280 £0
Certificate of travel – child £141 £141 £0
Convention travel document – adult £75 £75 £0
Convention travel document – child £49 £49 £0
Retired person of independent means £1,949 £1,949 £0
Representative of an overseas business £704 £704 £0
European residence document (registration certificate, document certifying permanent residence, residence card, accession resident card, derivative residence card, permanent residence card) £65 £65 £0
Application for leave to remain where the application is made under Appendix EU – Adult £65 £0 -£65
Application for leave to remain where the application is made under Appendix EU – Child £32.50 £0 -£32.50
Innovator 2 £0 £1,277 £0
Start-up 2 £0 £493 £0
Naturalisation 4 £1,330 £1,330 £0
Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens £1,000 £1,000 £0
Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult 4 £1,206 £1,206 £0
Nationality registration as a British citizen – child 5 £1,012 £1,012 £0
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony). £80 £80 £0
The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace. £5 £5 £0
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult £901 £901 £0
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child £810 £810 £0
Renunciation of nationality £372 £372 £0
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £372 £372 £0
Nationality review £372 £372 £0
Status letter £250 £250 £0
Non-acquisition letter £250 £250 £0
Nationality correction to certificate £250 £250 £0
Life in the UK test £50 £50 £0
Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration £250 £250 £0
Administrative review £80 £80 £0

7. Points based system – applications made in the UK

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Tier 1 (General) – dependant £1,878 £1,878 £0
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) 2 £1,277 £1,277 £0
Tier 1 (Investor) £1,623 £1,623 £0
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) 2 £493 £493 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application 2 £152 £152 £0
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £456 £456 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – extension 2 £608 £608 £0
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £608 £608 £0
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less 2 £704 £704 £0
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee 2 £482 £482 £0
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years 2 £1,408 £1,408 £0
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less 2 £464 £464 £0
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years 2 £928 £928 £0
Tier 4 £475 £475 £0
Tier 5 2 £244 £244 £0

8. Points based system – sponsorship

Fees category Current Fee New fee from 29 March 2019 Fee Change
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) £25,000 £25,000 £0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) £8,000 £8,000 £0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) for a period of 3 months £6,250 £6,250 £0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) for a period of 3 months £2,000 £2,000 £0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tier 4 £8,000 £8,000 £0
Premium Change of Circumstances £200 £200 £0
Tier 2 large sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5) £1,476 £1,476 £0
Tier 2 small sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 ) £536 £536 £0
Tier 4 sponsor licence £536 £536 £0
Tier 5 sponsor licence £536 £536 £0
Add Tier 2 to an existing Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 licence (large sponsor) £940 £940 £0
Basic compliance assessment (previously ‘Tier 4 Sponsor status’) £536 £536 £0
Sponsor action plan £1,476 £1,476 £0
Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) £199 £199 £0
Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) £21 £21 £0
Tier 4 Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) £21 £21 £0
  1. Application fee of £95 where the applicant is a Chinese national applying in mainland China under the Chinese visa scheme 
  2. A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for main applicant.  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
  3. Administrative Officer, Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer are Civil Service staff grades.  2 3 4 5
  4. The citizenship ceremony fee of £80 has been added to the application fee  2
  5. Additional £80 per applicant is required to cover the ceremony fee should the minor turn 18 during the application process. This will be requested at point of decision.