Our time and expertise are the key elements of the services we provide and so our fees are calculated by reference to the time spent by and the hourly rates of the legal personnel who deal with the matter. Hourly rates vary according to seniority and experience of the legal personnel. Other factors may also be taken into account, including the complexity, urgency and value of the matter, and an additional charge may be made.
The standard hourly rates of our partners, solicitors and consultants for 2021 are as follows:
Admitted Staff*: £210-£400
Non-Admitted Staff: £130-£375
*Admitted staff includes Solicitors of the Supreme Court; Employed Barristers, Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives; certain other professionally qualified staff employed in specialist areas.
The rates do not include VAT. Time is recorded in units of 1/10th of an hour Our rates are reviewed annually and updated on our website.
Our initial file set up fee is an administration charge starting at £50 plus VAT, in addition we charge £30 plus VAT for each bank transfer of funds we make on your behalf and a download fee of £20 plus VAT for obtaining and supplying official copies from the Land Registry of title and other documents in addition to the Land Registry fees of (currently £3 or £6 per document) . Couriers and special delivery postage are charged at cost plus VAT. We reserve the right to charge for copying at our applicable rates from time to time (not exceeding a cost of 3.5% of our fee plus VAT).
We reserve the right to make a charge for services other than those provided by legal personnel, including but not limited to photocopying which we carry out ourselves (as opposed to copying which is carried out externally by third parties), bank charges, company formations, searches, storage and travel.
Payment in advance/on account is required and clients are responsible for payment of all liabilities to third parties, including Counsel, enquiry agents, process servers, couriers and translators, HMRC, Land Registry, Companies House, other registrar fees, Court and search fees.
VAT will be added at the rate which applies when the work is done. All estimates or quotations given by us are exclusive of VAT.
If we give you a written estimate of the total charges, it is given only as a guide to assist you in budgeting and should not be regarded as a fixed quotation unless otherwise agreed in writing. We may update any such estimate from time to time