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Pricing Information

Pricing Information

Our experienced legal team comprises both solicitors and paralegals who work under the supervision of Carol Sketchley, our sole principal. All categories have different charge out rates and these will be explained to you when we first meet
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We are required by our regulatory body to set out details of the average costs we charge and, although it is sometimes difficult to quantify those without seeing the scale of the work first, we have worked on an average. To get a more precise figure we suggest that you take advantage of the free initial assessment – We offer 20 minutes free telephone consultation so please call or email us and speak to one of our friendly advisors to assess your needs info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

Solicitors costs are generally calculated in units of six minutes according to the time spent working on a file. This can include meetings with you and third parties, reading and drafting papers, telephone and email conversations, letters, attending Court and travel. Our hourly rates are as follows:

Senior partner £300.00 + 20% VAT totalling £360

 

Solicitors £275.00 + 20% VAT totalling  £330

 

Legal executives £255.00 + 20% VAT totalling £306

 

Second year trainee solicitors £240.00 + 20% VAT totalling £288

 

First year trainee solicitors £195.00 + 20% VAT totalling £234

 

Paralegals £175.00 + 20% VAT totalling £210

We also charge for travelling time to and from Court and for parking at Court. We generally carry out our own advocacy and do not have to instruct Counsel, passing that saving on to our clients.

We will agree our hourly rates with you at the start of your transaction to avoid any surprises. We will ask for a payment on account to get the matter underway, generally between £300.00 and £1500. 00 dependant on the type of case. You will also be asked to pay for any substantial disbursements paid to third parties, ie Court fees, expert reports etc, prior to them being incurred.

Insurance funding – We also accept cases which are indemnified by an insurer ie if you have household or motor legal expenses insurance which cover claims. Usually, the insurer will only indemnify you in respect of your legal costs up to a limited hourly rate (the average being £125 per hour.) This hourly rate is less than we charge (£275-£300) and so we would expect you to “top up” the shortfall – we will discuss this with you further when taking your instructions on the case.

Remember that we offer 20 minutes free telephone consultation so please call or email us and speak to one of our friendly advisors to assess your needs info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

For an estimate of fees to be charged please search for your type of matter below. Types of work are listed in alphabetical order for ease of reference:

Conveyancing –

We offer 20 minutes free telephone consultation so please call or email us and speak to one of our friendly advisors info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

Our costs are different for freehold conveyancing and leasehold conveyancing as there is much more work involved in leasehold. There are two sections on costs below – the first for freehold and the second for leasehold. If you are in any doubt as to which category you fall into please do not hesitate to call us – it’s free and without obligation 01926 484488. Our costs are also based on registered land as it is now rare to come across land which is unregistered. If the land you are selling or buying is unregistered we would anticipate an additional £250.00 plus vat at 20% £50.00 totalling £300.00 being added. Please call us to discuss 01926 484488.

Costs for residential conveyancing, freehold, without undue complexity (plus vat and disbursements) are as follows:

£0 – £200,000 £ 650.00 plus vat currently at 20% £130.00 totalling £780.00

 

£200001- £450000 £ 850.00 plus vat currently at 20% £170.00 totalling £1020.00

 

£450001- 650000 £ 975.00 plus vat currently at 20% £195.00 totalling £1170.00

 

£650001-£950000 £1250.00 plus vat currently at 20% 250.00 totalling £1500.00

 

£950001-1,200000 £1450.00 plus vat currently at 20% £290.00 totalling £1740.00

 

£1,200001+ £1750.00 plus vat currently at 20% £350.00 totalling £2100.00

 

Disbursements are those expenses incurred by us on your behalf as part of the transaction.

 

On a residential freehold sale you will incur the following disbursements:

· Copy of the land registry registers of title, between £8.00 and £24.00 no vat

· Bank fee in redeeming any mortgage £40 plus vat at 20% totalling £48.00

· Bank fee in sending the proceeds of sale to you £40 plus vat of 20% totalling £48.00

You may need to incur:

· Replacement cost for any missing documents or certificates eg FENSA– this cost will vary but will be discussed with you at the time.

· Cost of insurance indemnity policy where there is a breach of covenant or where a required certificate does not exist ie Building Regs. Again this will vary but will be discussed with you at the time.

On a residential leasehold sale, you will incur the same disbursements as listed above for the freehold but in addition you may need:

· Freeholder’s management information pack

· Managing agent’s information pack

· Freeholder’s consent to the sale

· Certificate that there has been compliance with stipulations in the Lease

· Deed of Covenant

· Deed of Variation

Your managing agent will be able to quantify the cost of such of these as are required but please bear in mind that they will probably need to be paid in advance. You will also need to ensure that ground rent and service charges are brought up to date before completion. There may also need to be a retention from the purchase monies to cover your share of as yet unquantified service charges for the period to the date of completion.

On a residential freehold purchase, the disbursements will be as follows:

· Searches – Including all or some of these:

Local search, estimated cost £130.80

Water search, estimated cost £104.50

Environmental search, estimated cost £70.00

Ground stability search, estimated cost £72.78

Chancel repair search, estimated cost £27.60

The requirement for and cost of the searches listed above varies and depends on location of the property but generally the overall cost is around £350.00, no vat, and to be paid once we are instructed.

· Anti money laundering search £7.20

· Bankruptcy search £3.20 per name

· Title search £4.20 per name

· Land registry fees on completion are dependant on the property value as follows: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees

Costs on a leasehold matter will be more due to the time spent in approving or amending the lease if it’s a new matter or advising you on the content of an old lease which is being assigned. We would normally charge at least £1500 plus vat and disbursements but will give you a quote once we have seen the papers.

Value or amount  Apply by post  Apply using the portal or Business Gateway, for transfers or surrenders which affect the whole of a registered title  Apply using the portal or Business Gateway, for registration of all leases and transfers or surrenders which affect part of a registered title  Voluntary first registration (reduced fee) 
0 to £80,000  £45  £20  £45  £30 
£80,001 to £100,000  £95  £40  £95  £70 
£100,001 to £200,000  £230  £100  £230  £170 
£200,001 to £500,000  £330  £150  £330  £250 
£500,001 to £1,000,000  £655  £295  £655  £495 
£1,000,001 and over  £1,105  £500  £1,105  £830 

We use the portal rather than post wherever possible. 

  • Stamp duty, a Government tax payable on property purchase, is again based on the price of the property. You pay stamp duty at these rates if, after buying the property, it is the only residential property you own. You usually pay 3% on top of these rates if you own another residential property. https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax/residential-property-rates 
Property or lease premium or transfer value  SDLT rate 
Up to £250,000  Zero 
The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000)  5% 
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)  10% 
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)  12% 

Example 

In October 2022 you buy a house for £295,000. The SDLT you owe will be calculated as follows: 

  • 0% on the first £250,000 = £0 
  • 5% on the final £45,000 = £2,250 
  • total SDLT = £2,250 

Please note that you can claim a discount (relief) if the property you buy is your first home. This means you’ll pay: 

  • no SDLT up to £425,000 
  • 5% SDLT on the portion from £425,001 to £625,000 

You’re eligible if you and anyone else you’re buying with are first-time buyers. If the price is over £625,000, you cannot claim the relief.  

Example 

You are a first-time buyer and purchase a property for £500,000. The SDLT you owe will be calculated as: 

  • 0% on the first £425,000 = £0 
  • 5% on the remaining £75,000 = £3,750 
  • total SDLT = £3,750 

 

Costs for a residential conveyancing purchase, leasehold, without undue complexity (plus vat at 20% and disbursements) are as follows: 

 

£0 – £200,000 £ 1250.00 plus vat currently at 20% £250.00 totalling £1500.00 

 

£200001- £450000 £ 1550.00 plus vat currently at 20% £310.00 totalling £1860.00 

 

£450001- 650000 £ 1750.00 plus vat currently at 20% £350.00 totalling £2100.00 

 

£650001-£950000 £1850.00 plus vat currently at 20% 370.00 totalling £2220.00  

 

£950001-1,200000 £1950.00 plus vat currently at 20% £390.00 totalling £2340.00 

 

£1,200001+ £2150.00 plus vat currently at 20% £430.00 totalling £2580.00 

 

  • Mortgage fees – please note that if you are using a non standard lender for your mortgage we may not be on their solicitors panel and will need to nominate a collegiate firm to drawdown the mortgage advance. This is a common issue and could incur additional fees of up to £400.00 plus vat of 80.00 totalling £480.00. This would be discussed with you at quote stage and prior to you instructing us. 

Please always ask us for a quote tailored to your individual transaction. It is free and without obligation:  info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488. 

A standard residential conveyancing matter generally takes from six to eight weeks to complete but this can be varied dependant on the needs of the parties. That said, we completed one purchase in 24 hours from start of instructions! 

Costs for commercial conveyancing are more difficult to quantify but our base line charge for a freehold matter is £1250 plus vat and disbursements. This charge will increase dependant on the value of the property. We offer a free quote so please call or email us info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488. 

Probate –

We offer 20 minutes free telephone consultation so please call or email us and speak to one of our friendly advisors to assess your needs info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

Our charges for extracting the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration using an IHT 205 are set at £1500 plus vat and disbursements https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/883616/pa3-eng.pdf

If an IHT 400 is required then there is an additional charge based on our hourly rate of £275-£300 per hour. If we deal with the whole of the estate including distribution it is charged at our hourly rate of £275-£300 plus 2% of the gross estate.

Employment –Our costs

We have a number of set fees where you can simply instruct us on one particular part of your case-

Set fees:

Free 20 minutes” We offer 20 minutes free telephone consultation so please call or email us and speak to one of our friendly advisors who will assess your case info@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

Initial Opinion” We charge a set fee of £500.00 plus vat at 20% £100.00 totalling £600.00 to have an initial look at your papers and to advise you on the merits or otherwise of your case. If the case is extremely simple, taking less than an hour to look through, we will be prepared to reduce this fee to £250.00 plus vat at 20% £50.00 totalling £300.00. This has to be paid in advance of us commencing work. We think it is well worth the initial outlay to avoid incurring costs on a worthless case or spending time in lodging a defence where it will not be accepted by the Tribunal. It will also give you an idea of what the case is worth – it is always better to settle early if you can, to avoid building up substantial legal costs.

Initial letter” – We charge £250 plus vat at 20% to write an initial letter to employer/employee.

Advice on ACAS notification” We charge a set fee of £50 plus vat at 20% £10.00 totalling £60.00 to advise you how to make your initial referral to ACAS and to obtain the certificate entitling you to issue your case at Tribunal

Negotiation with your employer direct or via ACAS” We charge a set fee of £250.00 plus vat at 20% £50.00 totalling £300.00 for this service.

Settling the terms of a COT3 or settlement agreement” We charge £500.00 plus vat at 20% £100.00 totalling £600 for a simple agreement.

Drafting and Issuing the claim or defence” We charge £1000.00 plus vat at 20% £200.00 totalling £1200.00

Interim applications/hearings of no more than half a day” – We charge £400.00 plus vat at 20% £80.00 totalling £480.00 to include preparation time *subject to seeing the papers

Requesting additional particulars or responding to such a request” – We charge £350.00 plus vat at 20% £70.00 totalling £420.00

Preparing a schedule of loss” – We charge £1000.00 plus vat at 20% for drafting a detailed schedule

Assisting with evidence, statements and documents” – hourly rate of £175 to £300 plus vat at 20% applied and agreed prior to work being started

Attending at a hearing” – We charge £1850.00 plus vat at 20% £370.00 totalling £2220.00 per day

If you instruct us to deal with your case then generally, our fees for a standard unfair/wrongful dismissal claim are as follows:

· Simple case: £4000.00 plus vat at 20% £4800.00 to £6,000 plus vat at 20% so £7200.00

· Medium complexity case: £6,000 plus vat at 20% £7200.00 to £15000 plus vat at 20% £17000.00

· High complexity case: £15,000 – £35,000

*Our fees are all plus any disbursements which may be incurred on your behalf such as Company searches (to check the registered office address of an employer and/or it’s liquidity – usually under £100.00) and Counsel’s fees where a barrister has to be instructed to appear at the hearing for you (Average £1500 plus vat at 20% £300.00 totalling £1800 to £4000 plus vat at 20% per day £800.00 totalling £4800.00 per day.)

If a case is settled early by negotiation, then our fees will be considerably lower, based on our hourly rates of between £275.00 and £300.00 plus vat at 20% per hour.

Factors that could make a standard case more complex, thus increasing fees, are:

· 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;

· Bringing claims that are against a litigant in person:

· Making or defending a costs application;

· Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)

· The number of witnesses and documents

· If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer

· Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

We charge based on an hourly rate which varies depending on the member of staff dealing with your matter. Our lowest hourly rate is £175.00 plus vat at 20% £35.00 totalling £210.00 and our highest hourly rate is £300.00 plus vat at 20% £60.00 totalling £360.00. The seniority of the members of staff dealing with your case will depend on its complexity. We will discuss this with you when you instruct us.

There will be an additional charge for our attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1850.00 plus vat at 20% £370.00 totalling £2220.00 per day. You will not necessarily require a representative from this firm in addition to Counsel. Generally, we would allow half a day for a simple application, 3 to 4 days for an unfair dismissal, 5 days minimum for a discrimination claim. We will advise you of this once we have seen the papers.

The simple, medium and high fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

· Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

· Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

· Preparing claim or defence

· Reviewing and advising on claim or defence from other party

· Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process

· Advising on mitigation requirement

· Preparing or considering a schedule of loss

· Preparing for (and attending) one Preliminary Hearing

· Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents

· Taking up to 3 witness statements, drafting those statements and agreeing their content with witnesses

· preparing bundle of documents

· Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements

· agreeing a list of issues, timeline and a chronology

· Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including giving instructions to Counsel but not his/her fees

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. Please refer to the set fees section above.

Settlement Agreements –

Costs for advising an employee on a settlement agreement start at £250 plus vat and will usually be paid by the employer. Where there is additional drafting or negotiating then costs will increase based on the above hourly rate. This will normally be included in the costs provision made by the employer. Our costs for drafting a settlement agreement are based on £500.00 plus vat. Where there are additional issues such as restrictive covenants or detailed tax matters to address the costs will increase based on an hourly rate of £275-£300 per hour plus vat.

Timing” – The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take just a few weeks. If your claim is for unfair dismissal and it proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 months. If it involves discrimination then it may take over a year to get to final hearing. 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 matter progresses.

Once you have agreed to instruct us we will allocate a member of our experienced team to your case. See our “about us” tab for further details.

 

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