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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

 

Solicitors £275.00

 

Legal executives £255.00

 

Second year trainee solicitors £240.00

 

First year trainee solicitors £195.00

 

Paralegals £175.00

 

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:

 

Commercial –

Our costs for commercial work are generally between £275 and £300 per hour plus vat and disbursements. Work of lesser complexity may be carried out by less senior members of staff to keep your costs to a minimum. The final bill will depend on the complexity of the matter and the time and input required to complete it. The parties’ willingness to cooperate in agreeing settlement proposals and documents has a great bearing on how much it will cost you to finalise it. As a general guide commercial work attracts the following charges (plus disbursements and vat)

 

· agreements for provision of services £750+

· Commercial conveyancing £1250+

 

· Commercial dispute resolution £2500+

 

· Franchising and licensing £500+

 

· GDPR compliance £1000+

 

· General Data protection and subject access requests £250+

 

· General commercial contracts £2000+

 

· Joint venture agreements £2500+

 

· Manufacturing agreements and supply chain £750+

 

· Master Service agreements £750+

 

· Non-Disclosure agreements £750+

 

· Partnerships and LLPs £1500+

 

· Schedule of works preparation £1400+

 

· Supply & distribution agreements £1450+

 

· Terms and conditions £750+

 

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.

 

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

 

£0 – £200,000 £ 650.00

 

£200001- £450000 £ 850.00

 

£450001- 650000 £ 975.00

 

£650001-£950000 £1250.00

 

£950001-1,200000 £1450.00

 

£1,200001+ £1750.00

 

Please always ask us for a quote tailored to your individual circumstances nfo@sketchleysolicitors.co.uk or 01926 484488.

 

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.

 

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.

 

On each type of matter you will need to pay for searches, the cost of which varied and depends on where the property is. There will also be land registry fees https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees and stamp duty https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax/residential-property-rates to pay on completion.

 

Residential conveyancing generally takes from six to eight weeks to complete but this can be varied dependant on the needs of the parties. Commercial conveyancing is generally longer but again can be varied. On the odd occasion when a matter becomes unduly complicated, for example where the title to a property is flawed and requires correction, we reserve the right to charge additional fees but this will be discussed with you at the time if it arises.

 

Court of Protection –

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 fees are charged at an hourly rate of £275-300 plus vat and disbursements and we would normally expect to charge in the region of £1200 plus vat and court fee to start an application. Court fees – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/958029/cop44-eng.pdf

 

Discrimination –

This is a complicated area of law.

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 (plus vat and disbursements) for a bringing or defending a discrimination claim range between £5,000 and £20000. It will depend on the nature of the allegations, the number of documents and witnesses and the number and duration of hearings.

 

We charge an initial fee of £1000 plus vat to issue/defend the claim and would anticipate between £3000-7000 to agree a bundle of documents and draft witness statements. Interim hearings are charged at £750 and any additional preparation at £275-300 per hour. There will be an additional charge for representing you at a Tribunal Hearing of £1500 per day. Generally, we would allow 1-3 days for a Final Hearing but this could be more depending on the complexity of your case.

 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties and can include Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,250 to £2,500 (plus VAT) per day for attending a Tribunal Hearing and expert reports.

 

Timing – this depends on when a case is settled. If it is agreed by negotiation it will be quicker than going to Court. If a settlement is reached during initial conciliation it will take 4 – 6 weeks. If it proceeds to a Final Hearing it could take 6 – 12 months or longer.

 

Dispute Resolution –

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

 

Our fees are charged at £275-£300 per hour plus vat and disbursements. Court fees as follows: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/986795/ex50-eng.pdf

The total amount to be charged will depend on how much is claimed and when the matter is finally settled.

 

Employment –

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

 

Generally, our fees for unfair/wrongful dismissal claims only are as follows:

 

Our prices

 

· Simple case: £4000.00 – £6,000

 

· Medium complexity case: £6,000 – £12,000

 

· High complexity case: £12,000 – £25,000

 

*All plus vat and disbursements

 

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 per hour.

 

Factors that could make a case more complex

 

· 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

 

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.

 

Equine –

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

 

Our hourly rates for equine matters are based £275-£300. For example, a loan agreement will be £450 plus vat.

 

Family Law –

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

 

Our hourly rates are £275-£300 plus vat and disbursements. We charge a set fee of £750 plus vat and a court fee of £550 for a divorce to Decree Nisi stage. Financial matters are charged separately at our hourly rate as are children matters. Court fees are as follows-https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/986795/ex50-eng.pdf

 

Powers of Attorney –

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 a Lasting Power of Attorney are £350.00 plus vat and a court fee of £82.00. These can normally be completed within a week but the registration at the Office of Public Guardian is likely to take substantially longer.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Wills –

We charge £185 plus vat for a simple will. This includes initial advice, drafting, executing, providing a copy and storage digitally and hard copy. If a trust is required or if substantial tax advice is required we charge at our hourly rate of £275 plus vat.

 

Remember we offer a free 20 minutes 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.

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