Our Fees

Immigration

On the whole, at R & A Solicitors, we operate fixed fee prices for cases. The costs vary according to the complexity of the case.

Fees

The below rates and fee estimates are exclusive of VAT. Professional fees and disbursements will be subject to VAT at 20% where this is applicable.

The estimates provided here give a range of likely fees for standard applications. Once we have discussed your case with you, we will agree to a fixed fee.

Your fixed fee would be agreed upon prior to us formalising our engagement with you.

The fixed fee will depend on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of the range.

  • Naturalisation or Registration as a British citizen under the British nationality Act 1981- £800-£2500 depending on the complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.
  • Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or immigration rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates – £800-£2500 depending on complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.
  • Visit visas – £500-£2000 depending on the complexity of the case. Visit applications do not attract VAT in most circumstances.
  • Student visas – £750-£1000 depending on the and complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Out of country applications do not attract VAT unless made within the EEA.
  • Business Visas – £1000 – £3000 depending on the complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Out of country applications do not attract VAT unless made within the EEA.
  • Spouse and partner applications, including fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partners – £1600-£3000 depending on the complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Out of country applications do not attract VAT unless made within the EEA.
  • Dependent relative applications – £2000-£3500 depending on the complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Out of country applications do not attract VAT unless made within the EEA.
  • Appeals – £1,500 – £3,000 depending on the complexity of the case. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated. Out of country applications do not attract VAT unless made within the EEA.

The time spent in the first consultation will form part of the fixed fee for the case. You will pay a deposit in order to have ‘a a retainer’, sign a contract between us and you, and before we submit your application (in a straightforward application), or conclude your case, you will pay the balance due. If the case is ongoing you will be issued with interim bills to pay towards your fixed fee costs.

On some occasions, you will be charged an hourly basis. All disbursements are in addition to the fixed fee.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees, interpreters, translations, country expert reports, medical reports, and of course the Home Office fee and the NHS surcharge, if applicable. The name of the interpreting agency we use is Verbatim Interpreters. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.

You are not liable for VAT if you have no permission to live in the UK, if you are a visitor or if you are making an application from abroad for entry clearance. Therefore, our prices sometimes include VAT and sometimes do no, depending on your personal circumstances and the nature of the application.

Who will be dealing with my case?

Once we know who will be handling your case, we will introduce you to them and provide you with full details of their background and qualifications. Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience charge £217 per hour and solicitors with qualifications over four years will be charged at £192 per hour. Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience will charge £161 per hour. On occasion, admin assistants or paralegals will assist in the preparation of bundles and documents and their hourly rate is £118 per hour.

The quoted fees include:

  • Taking their instructions and providing advice
  • Considering documents
  • Preparing and submitting the application
  • Advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application

Timescale

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.

We will normally be able to submit an application within 2-6 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary, and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate and at times fixed fees (wherever possible) once we have more information about your specific case.

PROBATE

We charge on a time-spent basis – calculated by reference to hourly rates.

Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience = £217

Solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years’ experience = £192

Other solicitors or legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience = £161

Trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other fee earners = £118

Our rates are reviewed annually and any changes notified to clients. In addition to the rates above, VAT is charged at the rate applicable, currently 20%.

In order to provide a cost and time-efficient service, the majority of the routine work on estates is carried out by paralegals and junior solicitors and is supervised by more senior colleagues.

Key stages

The key stages of the work involved in administering an estate are as follows:

  • Valuing the assets and liabilities in the estate;
  • Completion of the relevant inheritance and income tax forms and payment of tax;
  • Completion of the Probate Registry forms/required affidavits/statements of truth to apply for a Grant of Representation;
  • Obtaining the Grant of Representation;
  • Collecting in the assets of the estate;
  • Settling any debts and liabilities of the estate;
  • Preparation of estate accounts; and
  • Distribution of the assets. The average timescales involved are as follows:
  • From initial instruction to receipt of the Grant of Representation: 3-6 months
  • Collecting and distributing the assets: 3-6 months

 Timescale

The total timescale, therefore, is normally 6- 12 months for the whole process. There are a number of factors that affect both overall cost and timescale for the administration of the estate such as:

  • Whether or not inheritance tax is payable;
  • The nature and number of assets comprised in the estate;
  • Whether all beneficiaries are easy to trace;
  • If there is a property in the estate and if so how long it takes to obtain a sale of this property;
  • Whether complicating factors arise (see below for more detail on these).

It is therefore difficult for us to give an accurate estimate of the costs involved and the timescale without an initial face-to-face or telephone meeting where we can take more detailed information from you.

Fees

For a straightforward probate matter, we estimate our fees would likely be in the region of £2,000 – £4,000 + VAT. (Please note the costs for the sale of a property are additional).

The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples that make a probate matter straightforward:

  • There is a valid Will;
  • There is no more than one property;
  • There are no legal issues with the title to the property;
  • There are a small number of the bank or building society accounts;
  • There are a small number of shareholdings or one share portfolio with a single investment manager;
  • Where applicable, there are share certificates for all shareholdings;
  • There are no other intangible assets;
  • There are a small number of beneficiaries;
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries;
  • There are no claims made against the Estate; and
  • There is no inheritance tax to pay and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements will also be payable. These are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Probate Registry. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The disbursements are likely to include the following: 

  • Probate Court Fee – £155
  • Additional copies of the probate for each asset holder – 50p each
  • Land Registry search – £3
  • Missing asset search – £155 +VAT
  • Legal notices to creditors – est £200 + VAT
  • Bankruptcy searches – £2 per name searched

Additional factors affecting fees

There are a number of issues or additional pieces of work which can arise during or out of estate administration which will incur additional costs and mean the timescale for completion will be affected. If any of these points arise during the course of the matter, we will contact you and agree a cost estimate and give a likely timescale to deal with the issues:

  • Investigation into the estate by the Department of Work and Pensions. This is automatic where a deceased person has been in receipt of Pension Credit or any means tested benefit prior to their death;
  • Missing beneficiaries;
  • Missing assets;
  • Problems with overseas assets;
  • Complex assets such as publishing or intellectual property rights;
  • Disagreements between executors and/or beneficiaries;
  • Claims brought against the estate;
  • Claims pursued on behalf of the estate to recover assets;
  • Complex tax issues;
  • Variations or alterations to the terms of the Will, intestacy or any trusts arising under the Will;
  • Establishment and administration of an ongoing Will trust; • Additional tax planning advice for beneficiaries of the estate.

Residential Conveyancing & Probate

Fees

The below rates and fee estimates are exclusive of VAT. Professional fees and disbursements will be subject to VAT at 20% where this is applicable.

Purchases of new build properties are subject to a £150+VAT surcharge for the additional work involved.

Where the transaction involves electronic transfer of monies on purchase or sale each transfer will be subject to a £30 +VAT additional charge to cover the work involved.

  • Property sale or purchase price up to:

£800,000 fixed fee of £600.00

£801,000 – £1,000,000 fixed fee of £750.00

£1,001,000 – £1,300,000 fixed fee of £900

£1,301,000 – £1,600,000 fixed fee of £1,500.00

  • Re-mortgage – £400+VAT and the cost of disbursements
  • Occupier Consent Form – £200+VAT per person
  • Lease Options£600 + VAT and the cost of disbursements

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs that are payable to third parties in connection with the transaction. We will arrange payment of these on your behalf provided that you have put us in funds for the disbursements in question.

On a sale, the following disbursements are common:

  • Management enquiries fee (payable to landlord/managing agents on leasehold property)* – £400
  • Land Registry fee (per document) – £3.00

On a purchase, the following disbursements are common:

  • Land Registry fee – £20-910.00
  • Search fees* – £450.00
  • Priority search fee – £3.00
  • Bankruptcy search fee (per person) – £2.00
  • Landlord’s registration fee (if leasehold)* – £100.00

*These figures are estimates and the actual sum payable may be higher or lower.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This is payable on a purchase and the amount will vary depending on the price you pay for the property and whether you (or your spouse) own any other residential property, anywhere in the world.

If the property is in England, you can check the stamp duty land tax payable on the HMRC website.

If the property is in Wales, you can check the land transaction tax payable on the Welsh Revenue Authority website.

What our fees include

On a purchase, our fees include:

  • Taking instructions from you and verifying your identity, address, the source of your wealth and the source of the funds for the purchase
  • Confirming our instructions to the seller’s solicitor and requesting the contract and title documentation
  • Reviewing and agreeing the contract for the purchase
  • Examining the seller’s title to the property (including the lease, if the property is leasehold)
  • Carrying out and reviewing the searches, which include checking the records held by the local authority and water authority in relation to the property and also checks against databases relating to environmental matters and other searches that may be applicable
  • Reviewing replies provided by the seller to the standard property information forms
  • Reviewing the management information (if the property is leasehold)
  • Raising enquiries with the seller in respect of any matters referred to in the above documentation that require clarification
  • Complying with your mortgage lender’s instructions (if applicable)
  • Providing you with a comprehensive report in relation to the documentation received
  • Dealing with exchange of contracts
  • Preparing a completion statement setting out the sum we require from you in order to complete the purchase
  • Undertaking the pre-completion searches
  • Obtaining the funds from your mortgage lender (if applicable)
  • Preparing the transfer deed and stamp duty land tax return for signature together with any other applicable documentation
  • Advice on joint ownership of the property (if applicable)
  • Dealing with completion of the purchase and the transfer of funds to the seller’s solicitors
  • Submitting the stamp duty land tax return to HM Revenue and Customs
  • Registering your ownership of the property (and the mortgage if applicable) at the Land Registry
  • Registering your ownership of the property with the landlord (if applicable)

On a sale, our fees include:

  • Taking instructions from you and verifying your identity and address
  • Drafting and agreeing the contract for the sale
  • Obtaining the title documents to the property from the Land Registry (including the lease, if the property is leasehold)
  • Requesting the management information from your landlord or managing agents (if the property is leasehold)
  • Dealing with enquiries raised by the buyer in respect of any matters referred to in the above documentation
  • Advising you on how to deal with any issues that may arise
  • Liaising with the estate agents and the landlord/managing agents throughout
  • Obtaining a mortgage redemption statement from your lender (if applicable)
  • Dealing with exchange of contracts
  • Preparing a completion statement setting out the sum due to you on completion of the sale
  • Agreeing the transfer deed with the buyer’s solicitor
  • Dealing with completion of the sale
  • Dealing with the redemption of your mortgage (if applicable)
  • Transferring the net sale proceeds to you

Please note that the following circumstances may require an increase in our fees:

  • The value of the property
  • The lease requires the consent of the landlord to the transfer of the property to you
  • Your mortgage lender chooses to appoint their own solicitors, rather than instructing us
  • The transaction has to be expedited
  • A lease extension is required
  • An exclusivity agreement is required
  • There is a defect in the title
  • The transaction involves the grant of a new lease
  • There is more than one lease (if the property is leasehold)
  • You require a declaration of trust or co-habitation agreement
  • There is conditionality in the contract
  • You are buying in the name of a company
  • The property is not registered at the Land Registry
  • The property is subject to a tenancy that will continue after completion
  • Completion does not take place on the contractual completion date
  • An indemnity insurance policy is required
  • You require translation of any documentation
  • You require tax advice
  • You are buying or selling a shared ownership property
  • You are using a help to buy ISA
  • You are buying or selling at auction
  • There is an abnormal delay on the part of one or more of the parties to the transaction

Please note that the following items are not included within our fee:

  • Arranging a survey of the property*
  • Arranging your mortgage and agreeing its terms*
  • Arranging buildings insurance*
  • Advising you on the tax aspects of the transaction (though we are able to provide you with this advice for an additional fee)

Timescale

We generally estimate that a transaction will take 4 weeks from the initial agreement of terms to exchange of contracts (when both parties become legally bound to proceed with the sale and purchase), though it can be done within a day in certain circumstances, or it can take a few months.

Completion commonly takes place between 4 and 8 weeks after exchange of contracts, but this depends on the date that is agreed between the buyer and seller.

The timeframe of 4 weeks for exchange of contracts depends on a number of different factors outside our control and any of the following may delay exchange of contracts:

  • Either party not providing relevant documentation or information promptly
  • The local authority not returning the search result promptly, or the search revealing any issues that need to be resolved
  • Delay in obtaining a mortgage offer (if applicable)
  • If the property is leasehold, the landlord/managing agents failing to provide the required management information promptly
  • Any defect in title that needs to be resolved
  • Any delay in obtaining a survey or other related inspections
  • Any related transactions in a chain

Who will be dealing with my case?

All conveyancing work is supervised by our qualified solicitor, Mr Issac Adelukanwale  with more than 15 year’s experience in this field. Specific experience of individual team members can be seen in the team member profiles.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail.

 

Employment

Claims for wrongful dismissal (breach of contract) and unfair dismissal can be funded by a fixed fee agreement or a damages-based agreement (‘no win no fee’ agreement).

Due to the fact that every case is different the work involved will also differ considerably depending on the evidence and circumstances.

The fees below are for guidance purposes only.

Approximate cost of pursuing a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

  • Simple case: £2,000 to £5,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £5,000 to £20,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £20,000 to £50,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex include:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claim has been made in time
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, e.g. if the claimant alleges that they were dismissed as the result of a TUPE transfer

Unfair or wrongful dismissal claims that also include allegations of discrimination or whistleblowing can be very complex and our costs could exceed those set out above.

*Please note:

Many cases tend to settle prior to a hearing. The pre-litigation costs for negotiating a settlement are approximately £1,500-£7,500 (plus VAT).

Any quote may need to be altered upwards if an unanticipated complexity occurs.

Key stages

The costs set out above cover all of the work involved in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the strength of your case and likely compensation (this will be revisited throughout the matter)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation, where this is mandatory, to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing a response to the claim
  • Exploring and negotiating potential settlement throughout the process
  • Considering a Schedule of Loss
  • Preparing for and attending any Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other side and agreeing the Tribunal documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues and chronology where necessary

Hearing

There will be an additional daily charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,200 to £3,500 (excluding VAT) (depending on the experience of the advocate). Generally, you should allow 1 to 3 days for a Tribunal Hearing depending on the complexity of the case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your case 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.

If a barrister is instructed to attend a Tribunal Hearing, we would expect a barrister’s fee for a one-day hearing to be between £700 and £3,500 excluding VAT (depending on the barrister’s experience). A barrister’s charges for multi-day hearings would depend on the length of the hearing and the experience of the advocate.

Timescale

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your case depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take 2 to 4 weeks. If the claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, the case is likely to take 6 to 12 months. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the case progresses.

Who will be dealing with my case?

All employment law work is supervised by a qualified solicitor. Specific experience can be seen in the individual staff profiles.