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Pricing and Transparency

We aim to charge a fair and reasonable fee taking into account the nature of the work and other factors.

 

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the basis of our charges will be by reference to the time we spend on your matter. We may adjust that sum to reflect factors such as the efficiency and skill with which the work was carried out, the nature and complexity of the matter, the size or value of the matter, the risks and the value provided to you or any saving achieved. You may, of course, agree with us a prior limit on our charges and expenses. Any limit may however affect how much work we can do within your instructions.

When you instruct us, we will provide you with a fee quote or, more likely, a fee estimate for the steps it is agreed we will take on your behalf. We may also incur the fees of third parties on your behalf (for example, barristers) but we will obtain your agreement before committing you to these. We may also charge you separately for expenses such as photocopying, We charge an administration fee of £21 for each transfer of funds made by us through our bank. Any charges by your own or other transferee bank will be payable by you or such transferee. Finally, we will of course charge you VAT at the then prevailing rate where applicable.

SRA Transparency Rules

The Solicitors Regulation Authority requires us to publish more specific price information about the costs associated with certain types of work.


Residential Conveyancing | London office

Purchase of freehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses we incur on your behalf) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • £250,000-£500,000
    £1,250-£1,450 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,550-£1,850 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,950-£2,250 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £2,350-£2,650 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £2,750-£3,050 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £3,150-£3,450 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £3,550-£3,850 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001-£4,000,000
    £3,950-£4,250 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT


The fee ranges quoted above assume that the transaction is a standard one in the sense that:

  • no unforeseen matters arise including, for example (but not limited to), a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties in providing documentation;

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.


Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender

  • the property is unregistered

  • the property is a new build

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • there is an ISA involved

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation

  • the property has been repossessed

  • the purchase is taking place at an auction

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company, as this will usually involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority)

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. In that event, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who will be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice;

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and on the search fees.

So that the process is as smooth as possible, we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions and giving you initial advice

  • checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting any lender's solicitors if needed

  • receiving and advising on contract documents

  • carrying out various searches

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor

  • advising you on all documents and information received

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you

  • sending final contract to you for signature

  • agreeing completion date (date from which you will own the property)

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

  • completing purchase

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry


How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move into your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team. 

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Sale of freehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home, including settling the estate agent’s commission and repaying your mortgage if any.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out below:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • £250,000-£500,000
    £1,150-£1,350 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,450-£1,750 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,850-£2,150 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £2,250-£2,550 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £2,650-£2,950 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £3,050-£3,350 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £3,450-£3,750 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001-4,000,000
    £3,850-£4,150 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required


Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • the property is being sold at auction

  • Our client is based overseas or is a company as this usually involves enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees 

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  1. Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property

  2. Collating the supporting documentation

  3. Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable

  4. Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors

  5. Dealing with exchange of Contracts

  6. Approving the draft Transfer Deed

  7. Preparing Financial Statement to you

  8. Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees, on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you.


How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this depending on several factors including the parties in the chain, how long the buyer’s searches take, whether the buyer is obtaining mortgage finance and how complicated the title to your property is. 


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Purchase of a leasehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of leasehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out below:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • £250,000-£500,000

  • £1,350-£1,550 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000

  • £1,650-£1,950 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000

  • £2,050-£2,350 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000

  • £2,450-£2,750 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000

  • £2,850-£3,150 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000

  • £3,250-£3,550 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000

  • £3,650-£3,950 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001-£4,000,000

  • £4,050-£4,350 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT


The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender

  • the property is unregistered

  • the property is a new build

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • there is an ISA involved

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation

  • the property has been repossessed

  • the purchase is taking place at auction

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence 


If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority).

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. If that is the case, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who would be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and search fees.

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 + VAT and £100 + VAT. 

Please note that these expenses vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions, due diligence and giving you initial advice

  • receiving and advising on contract documents including the Lease and service charge information

  • carrying out various searches

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor

  • advising you on all documents and information received

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you

  • approving and sending the final contract to you for signature

  • agreeing the completion date (date from which you own the property)

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from your lender and you

  • completing the purchase

  • dealing with the service of Notices on the Landlord and any requirements relating to share certificates or Deeds of covenant

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move in to your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team:

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on the search fees.


Details of what services are included in the prices “displayed”

The cost of obtaining any extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations are not included in the range of costs given above.


Sale of leasehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • £250,000-£500,000
    £1,250-£1,450 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,550-£1,850 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,950-£2,250 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £2,350-£2,650 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £2,750-£3,050 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £3,150-£3,450 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £3,550-£3,850 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001-£4,000,000
    £3,950-£4,250 plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

The fees ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required


Non-standard transactions

  • the property is unregistered

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is  a Help to Buy scheme element

  • the sale is taking place at an auction

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Managing agent’s pack: typically £200-£450

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property

  • Collating the supporting documentation

  • Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable

  • Obtaining management information from your managing agents or Landlord

  • Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors

  • Dealing with exchange of  Contracts

  • Approving the draft Transfer Deed

  • Completion statement apportioning the service and ground rent

  • Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.  Similarly if a Licence for alterations, Deed of Variation or Licence to Assign are required we will charge separately for those matters and they can delay the transaction. 

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and third party expenses.


Services are not included in the range of fees above

The cost of obtaining any extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations. 


Remortgage

The following information applies to the purchase of residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete your remortgage. 

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard remortgage, we will charge as follows:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £750-£850 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £850-£1,200  plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,200-£1,400 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £1,400-£1,600 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £1,600-£1,800 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £1,800-£2,000 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £2,200-£2,400 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001 +
    £2,400-£2,600 plus VAT


The exact fee will be dependent on the type of property involved and whether it is a freehold or leasehold title. We will also take into consideration the legal requirements of the relevant funder and the proposed timescales for completion of the transaction.

The ranges quoted above assume that:

    1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

    2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

    3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

    4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

    5. granting a lease of a flat where there is no lease in place

    6. no deed of variation is required to vary the terms of the existing lease.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered

  • title to the property is defective and/or where defective title indemnity insurance is required

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is help to buy scheme element

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority) or indemnity policy for no searches £30-£100

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and searches

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Reporting to you on the terms of the new mortgage

  • Submitting and considering all relevant search results required for the new lender

  • Obtaining and collating land registry, planning and other information including service charge if applicable for your new lender

  • Reviewing the Lease if the property is a leasehold and advising the lender whether a deed of variation is required for any matters

  • Reporting matters which might adversely affect your new lender, with your consent

  • Reporting to you any adverse matters revealed by any of the searches or other requirement of your new lender

  • Providing a certificate of title to your new mortgage lender

  • Attending to post completion matters including registering the new mortgage at the Land Registry and serving notice of charge on the landlord if the property is leasehold.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between us receiving your new mortgage offer and completing the new mortgage will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 4-6 weeks. 

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and searches.


Residential Conveyancing | Manchester Office

Purchase of freehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses we incur on your behalf) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out below:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £150,000
    £650 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £150,001 - £250,000
    £750 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £250,001 - £500,000
    £850 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,000 - £750,000
    £1,000 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £750,001 - £1,000,000 
    £,1,250 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

The fee ranges quoted above assume that the transaction is a standard one in the sense that:

  • The value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request)

  • no unforeseen matters arise including, for example (but not limited to), a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties in providing documentation

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender

  • the property is unregistered

  • the property is a new build

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • there is an ISA involved

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation

  • the property has been repossessed

  • the purchase is taking place at an auction

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company, as this will usually involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority);

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. In that event, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who will be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and on the search fees

So that the process is as smooth as possible, we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions and giving you initial advice

  • checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting any lender's solicitors if needed

  • receiving and advising on contract documents

  • carrying out various searches

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor

  • advising you on all documents and information received

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you

  • sending final contract to you for signature

  • agreeing completion date (date from which you will own the property)

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from lender and you

  • completing purchase

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move into your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Sale of freehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume)

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below)

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home, including settling the estate agent’s commission and repaying your mortgage if any.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out below:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £150,000
    £600 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £150,001 - £250,000
    £650 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £250,001 - £500,000
    £700 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,000 - £750,000
    £750 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £750,001 - £1,000,000 
    £800 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT


The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  • The value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request);

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.


Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • the property is being sold at auction

  • Our client is based overseas or is a company as this usually involves enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees 

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  1. Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property

  2. Collating the supporting documentation

  3. Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable

  4. Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors

  5. Dealing with exchange of Contracts

  6. Approving the draft Transfer Deed

  7. Preparing Financial Statement to you

  8. Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees, on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this depending on several factors including the parties in the chain, how long the buyer’s searches take, whether the buyer is obtaining mortgage finance and how complicated the title to your property is. 

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Purchase of leasehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of leasehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of Property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £150,000
    £700 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £150,001 - £250,000
    £800 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £250,001 - £500,000
    £950 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,000 - £750,000
    £1.,050 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £750,001 - £1,000,000 
    £1,400 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. The value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request)

  2. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction

  3. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

  4. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise

  5. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

  6. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender

  • the property is unregistered

  • the property is a new build

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved

  • there is a help to buy scheme element

  • there is an ISA involved

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation

  • the property has been repossessed

  • the purchase is taking place at auction

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority).

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. If that is the case, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who would be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and search fees.

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 + VAT and £100 + VAT. 

Please note that these expenses vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions, due diligence and giving you initial advice;

  • receiving and advising on contract documents including the Lease and service charge information;

  • carrying out various searches;

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required;

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor;

  • advising you on all documents and information received;

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you;

  • approving and sending the final contract to you for signature;

  • agreeing the completion date (date from which you own the property);

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened;

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from your lender and you;

  • completing the purchase;

  • dealing with the service of Notices on the Landlord and any requirements relating to share certificates or Deeds of covenant;

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move in to your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on the search fees.

Details of what services are included in the prices “displayed”

The cost of obtaining any extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations are not included in the range of costs given above.


Sale of leasehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out below:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £150,000
    £650 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £150,001-£250,000
    £750 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £250,001-£500,000
    £800 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,000-£750,000
    £900 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £750,001-£1,000,000 
    £950 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

The fees ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. the value of the property is no more than £1,000,000 (bespoke quote available on request);

  2. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  3. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;

  4. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  5. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  6. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

  • the property is unregistered;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is  a Help to Buy scheme element;

  • the sale is taking place at an auction;

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence.

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.

Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Managing agent’s pack: typically £200-£450;

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us.

Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property;

  • Collating the supporting documentation;

  • Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable;

  • Obtaining management information from your managing agents or Landlord;

  • Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors;

  • Dealing with exchange of  Contracts;

  • Approving the draft Transfer Deed;

  • Completion statement apportioning the service and ground rent;

  • Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.  Similarly if a Licence for alterations, Deed of Variation or Licence to Assign are required we will charge separately for those matters and they can delay the transaction. 


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and third party expenses.


Services are not included in the range of fees above

The cost of obtaining any extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations. 


Remortgage

The following information applies to the purchase of residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete your remortgage. 

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard remortgage, our fees are set out in the below table and are based on the value of the property as shown in the mortgage valuation:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £650-£750 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £750-£950 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £950-£1,750 plus VAT


The exact fee will be dependent on the type of property involved and whether it is a freehold or leasehold title. We will also take into consideration the legal requirements of the relevant funder and the proposed timescales for completion of the transaction.

The ranges quoted above assume that:

    1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

    2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

    3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

    4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;

    5. granting a lease of a flat where there is no lease in place;

    6. no deed of variation is required to vary the terms of the existing lease.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered;

  • title to the property is defective and/or where defective title indemnity insurance is required;

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is help to buy scheme element;

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority) or indemnity policy for no searches £30-£100

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and searches

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Reporting to you on the terms of the new mortgage;

  • Submitting and considering all relevant search results required for the new lender;

  • Obtaining and collating land registry, planning and other information including service charge if applicable for your new lender;

  • Reviewing the Lease if the property is a leasehold and advising the lender whether a deed of variation is required for any matters;

  • Reporting matters which might adversely affect your new lender, with your consent;

  • Reporting to you any adverse matters revealed by any of the searches or other requirement of your new lender;

  • Providing a certificate of title to your new mortgage lender;

  • Attending to post completion matters including registering the new mortgage at the Land Registry and serving notice of charge on the landlord if the property is leasehold.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between us receiving your new mortgage offer and completing the new mortgage will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 4-6 weeks. 

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and searches.


Residential Conveyancing | Guildford office

Purchase of freehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses we incur on your behalf) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out in the table below.   Please contact our Guildford office so that we can provide you with a fixed quotation taking into account the circumstances of your transaction:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £950 - £1,250 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,250 - £1,850 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,850 - £2,250 plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001 +
    £2,250+plus VAT plus TT fee of £21 plus VAT (0.15% of the purchase price)

The fee ranges quoted above assume that the transaction is a standard one in the sense that:

  • no unforeseen matters arise including, for example (but not limited to), a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties in providing documentation;

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender;

  • the property is unregistered;

  • the property is a new build;

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is a help to buy scheme element;

  • there is an ISA involved;

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation;

  • the property has been repossessed;

  • the purchase is taking place at an auction;

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company, as this will usually involve enhanced due diligence.

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority);

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. In that event, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who will be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice;

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and on the search fees.

So that the process is as smooth as possible, we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 

Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions and giving you initial advice;

  • checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting any lender's solicitors if needed;

  • receiving and advising on contract documents;

  • carrying out various searches;

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required;

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor;

  • advising you on all documents and information received;

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you;

  • sending final contract to you for signature;

  • agreeing completion date (date from which you will own the property);

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened;

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from lender and you;

  • completing purchase;

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move into your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Sale of freehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the second property is freehold or leasehold.

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home, including settling the estate agent’s commission and repaying your mortgage if any.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard freehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out in the table below.  Please contact our Guildford office so that we can provide you with a fixed quotation taking into account the circumstances of your transaction:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £900-£1,200 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,200-£1,800 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,800-£2,150 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001 + 
    £2,150 + plus VAT (0.14% of the sale price)

The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is a help to buy scheme element;

  • the property is being sold at auction;

  • Our client is based overseas or is a company as this usually involves enhanced due diligence.

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy;

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees 

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  1. Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property;

  2. Collating the supporting documentation;

  3. Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable;

  4. Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors;

  5. Dealing with exchange of Contracts;

  6. Approving the draft Transfer Deed;

  7. Preparing Financial Statement to you;

  8. Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees, on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this depending on several factors including the parties in the chain, how long the buyer’s searches take, whether the buyer is obtaining mortgage finance and how complicated the title to your property is. 


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on search fees.


Purchase of leasehold home

The following information applies to the purchase of leasehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).


Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a sale as well as a purchase, we will charge a separate fee for the sale on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the sale element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.


Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and arranging for payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (if the property is in England) or Land Transaction Tax (if the property is in Wales).

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold purchase, our fee ranges are as set out in the table below.  Please contact our Guildford office so that we can provide you with a fixed quotation taking into account the circumstances of your transaction:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £1,000-£1,300 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,300- £1,900 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001 +
    0.18% of the purchase price

The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;

  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • we are required to liaise with separate solicitors for your mortgage lender; 

  • the property is unregistered;

  • the property is a new build;

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is a help to buy scheme element;

  • there is an ISA involved;

  • the purchase is taking place under the right to buy legislation;

  • the property has been repossessed;

  • the purchase is taking place at auction;

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry. 


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority).

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax – This depends on the value of your property. You can calculate the amount by using HMRC’s website (or, in the case of Land Transaction Tax where the property is in Wales). Please note that this calculator is not applicable if you intend to purchase the property in the name of a company.  .  You may also require further advice beyond this calculator depending on your particular circumstances, or you may require tax structuring advice. If that is the case, our conveyancing team would be supported by a specialist Tax Partner who would be happy to advise you further and who would provide you with a separate estimate of their costs for providing this specialist advice.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and search fees.

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50 + VAT and £200 + VAT. 

  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 + VAT and £100 + VAT. 

Please note that these expenses vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • taking your instructions, due diligence and giving you initial advice;

  • receiving and advising on contract documents including the Lease and service charge information;

  • carrying out various searches;

  • obtaining further planning documentation if required;

  • making any necessary enquiries of the other party’s solicitor;

  • advising you on all documents and information received;

  • going through conditions of any mortgage offer with you;

  • approving and sending the final contract to you for signature;

  • agreeing the completion date (date from which you own the property);

  • exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened;

  • arranging for all monies needed to be received from your lender and you;

  • completing the purchase;

  • dealing with the service of Notices on the Landlord and any requirements relating to share certificates or Deeds of covenant;

  • dealing with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;

  • dealing with application for registration at Land Registry.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between your offer being accepted to your being able to move in to your new home will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain, whether you are obtaining mortgage finance, how long the searches take to be received from the Local Authority, whether there are any issues raised by your survey and how complicated the title to the property is.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team:

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on the search fees.


Details of what services are included in the prices “displayed”

The cost of any obtaining extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations are not included in the range of costs given above.


Sale of leasehold home

The following information applies to the sale of freehold residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

  • Sale and purchase
    Where we are instructed to act on a purchase as well as a sale, we will charge a separate fee for the purchase on the basis that they are two separate (but usually co-ordinated) transactions. The fees for the purchase element are set out elsewhere on this website and will depend on whether the other property is freehold or leasehold.

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete the sale of your home.

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard leasehold sale, our fee ranges are as set out in the table below.  Please contact our Guildford office so that we can provide you with a fixed quotation taking into account the circumstances of your transaction:

Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £950-£1,250 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £1,250-£1,750  plus VAT

  • £1,000,001+
    0.16% of the sale price plus VAT

The fee ranges quoted above assume that: 

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease;

  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Non-standard transactions

  • the property is unregistered;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is  a Help to Buy scheme element;

  • the sale is taking place at an auction;

  • where our client is based overseas or is a company as this will involve enhanced due diligence.

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Managing agent’s pack: typically £200-£450;

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees. 

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Preparing the sale contract and approving and/or negotiating the transfer of the property;

  • Collating the supporting documentation;

  • Obtaining a mortgage repayment statement if applicable;

  • Obtaining management information from your managing agents or Landlord;

  • Preparing replies to additional and/or further enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitors;

  • Dealing with exchange of  Contracts;

  • Approving the draft Transfer Deed;

  • Completion statement apportioning the service and ground rent;

  • Attending to any applicable post completion matters, including arranging to redeem any current mortgages over the property on your behalf from the proceeds of sale, settling the estate agents’ fees on your behalf from the proceeds of sale and arranging to transfer the net proceeds of sale to you.


How long will the transaction take?

The time between your acceptance of an offer and receipt of the sale price will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 8 to 12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower than this, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.  Similarly if a Licence for alterations, Deed of Variation or Licence to Assign are required we will charge separately for those matters and they can delay the transaction. 

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and third party expenses.


Services are not included in the range of fees above

The cost of obtaining any extension of the lease, Deed of Variation and a Licence for Alterations. 


Remortgage

The following information applies to the purchase of residential property on behalf of members of the public (that is to say, individuals).

Basis of our charges

The main factors which determine our charges are the following:

  1. The value of the property (because this affects the amount of risk we assume);

  2. The amount of work involved. This will be influenced by the presence of any complicating factors (see below).

Laytons’ fees for “standard” transactions

The fees we quote cover all of the work we do (but not the third party expenses) to complete your remortgage. 

Please see the section below for likely third party expenses.

For a standard remortgage, our fees are set out in the below table and are based on the value of the property as shown in the mortgage valuation:


Value of property and range of typical fees

  • Up to £500,000
    £750-£850 plus VAT

  • £500,001-£1,000,000
    £850-£1,200 plus VAT

  • £1,000,001-£1,500,000
    £1,200-£1,400 plus VAT

  • £1,500,001-£2,000,000
    £1,400-£1,600 plus VAT

  • £2,000,001-£2,500,000
    £1,600-£1,800 plus VAT

  • £2,500,001-£3,000,000
    £1,800-£2,000 plus VAT

  • £3,000,001-£3,500,000
    £2,200-£2,400 plus VAT

  • £3,500,001 plus
    £2,400-£2,600 plus VAT

The exact fee will be dependent on the type of property involved and whether it is a freehold or leasehold title. We will also take into consideration the legal requirements of the relevant funder and the proposed timescales for completion of the transaction.

The ranges quoted above assume that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;

  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;

  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;

  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;

  5. granting a lease of a flat where there is no lease in place;

  6. no deed of variation is required to vary the terms of the existing lease.

Non-standard transactions

The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:

  • the property is unregistered;

  • title to the property is defective and/or where defective title indemnity insurance is required;

  • there is a requirement for Islamic finance;

  • a shared ownership scheme is involved;

  • there is help to buy scheme element,

If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.


Third Party Expenses

Typically, we will incur the following expenses on your behalf. These are in addition to our own fees:

  • HM Land Registry fees for copies of register, filed plan and any deeds: £3 per copy

  • Search fees – £300-£500 (the precise amount depends on the local authority) or indemnity policy for no searches £30-£100

  • HM Land Registry fees – the amount will depend on the purchase price. Details of these fees can be found here.

  • VAT at 20% is chargeable on our fees and searches

So that the process is as smooth as possible we will normally pay these expenses on your behalf provided you pay us. 


Typical Stages of the process

The precise stages involved will vary according to the circumstances. However, they will typically include the following: 

  • Reporting to you on the terms of the new mortgage;

  • Submitting and considering all relevant search results required for the new lender;

  • Obtaining and collating land registry, planning and other information including service charge if applicable for your new lender;

  • Reviewing the Lease if the property is a leasehold and advising the lender whether a deed of variation is required for any matters;

  • Reporting matters which might adversely affect your new lender, with your consent;

  • Reporting to you any adverse matters revealed by any of the searches or other requirement of your new lender;

  • Providing a certificate of title to your new mortgage lender;

  • Attending to post completion matters including registering the new mortgage at the Land Registry and serving notice of charge on the landlord if the property is leasehold.

How long will the transaction take?

The time between us receiving your new mortgage offer and completing the new mortgage will depend on a number of factors but the typical range is 4-6 weeks. 


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available in the profiles of the individual lawyers in our team.

VAT

As explained above, VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and searches.


Bringing and defending unfair/dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal

Note: If we act for you, you will be primarily liable for our fees. However, you should check whether you have any insurance policy which might cover any charges you incur with us.


Basis of our charges

Contested claims are by their nature unpredictable: it is not possible to know in advance what the opponent will do or say. For that and similar reasons, we are unable to quote a fixed price for such work. Subject to receipt of further information about the case, we may be able to provide an estimate. 

The fees we do charge are determined by the time we spend on the matter. Our hourly rates are as follows:

  • Partners
    £300 - £450*

  • Associate Partners
    £265 - £320*

  • Assistant Solicitors
    £200 - £300*

  • Trainee Solicitors
    £150 - £165*

    * all rates are ex VAT

In addition to the other side’s conduct, the amount of time which to be spent on a matter will be influenced by such variables as:

  • the complexity of the claim

  • the complexity of the underlying facts

  • the number of witnesses

  • the amount of documentation involved

  • the length of the hearing


Range of costs

The range below includes typical third party expenses (as to which see further below).

Typically, the cost of defending or pursuing an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair and/or wrongful dismissal will range between £15,000 (plus VAT) for a relatively straightforward claim and £40,000 (plus VAT) for a more complex matter. Subject to the variables identified above and the complicating factors below, the actual cost could be more and it could be less.

The presence of any one of the following features would render the matter a more complicated one:

  • the need for any hearings before the main hearing (for example to make or defend an application to amend the claim or to provide further information)

  • the opponent is a litigant in person

  • the need to make or defend any costs claims

  • any discrimination allegations

  • any whistleblowing allegations

We would be pleased to provide a more informed estimate upon receipt of further information. 

Third Party expenses

In addition to our own fees, it will often be necessary to incur the fees of third parties. Typically, these will include the following:

  • Barrister’s fees - where a matter proceeds to a main hearing, it is usual to instruct a specialist barrister to argue the case. The amount charged by the barrister will be primarily determined by the seniority of the barrister instructed, the length of the hearing, and the amount of documentation in the matter. Typically, a barrister might charge between £2,000 (plus VAT) and £10,000 (plus VAT) plus travel and accommodation if necessary, depending again on the particular characteristics of the matter

  • copying fees (in the event there is an order to split the costs of bundle preparation)

  • travel costs

These are included within the range of costs set out about. Other less usual expenses might (which are not included in the range above) might include:

  • translation fees

  • witness training

For the sake of convenience, we will generally pay the third party on your behalf, but we will do so on the basis that you pay us in advance of that fee being incurred.

VAT

VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and most third party fees (including Counsel).

Typical stages

The range of fees we have provided above assumes the following typical steps:

  • receiving your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on the strength of your case and the likely level of any compensation payment (such advice to be kept under review as the matter progresses)

  • where mandatory, entering into pre-claim conciliation to explore whether a settlement can be reached

  • preparing the claim or the response (as the case may be)

  • reviewing and advising in the light of the opponent’s response

  • exploring and advising on the scope for a negotiated settlement throughout

  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss

  • preparing for and attending any hearings before the main one

  • exchanging documents with the opponent and agreeing a bundle of documents

  • taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their contents with witnesses

  • preparing an agreed bundle of documents for the Employment Tribunal

  • reviewing and advising on the opponent’s witness statements

  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a list of cases

  • briefing a barrister


How long will it take?

The typical range is between 6 and 12 months, but this can vary dramatically from the date the claim is lodged with the Employment Tribunal. The time frame is largely governed by both the Employment Tribunal that has conduct of the matter and by the complexity of the matter.

Upon receipt of a claim, the employer will have 28 days to provide a response.  Following receipt of that response, the Employment Tribunal will typically issue directions setting out a timetable for the steps listed above, which form the preparation for the main hearing.  Alternatively, the Employment Tribunal may request the parties to attend a Preliminary Hearing at which such a timetable will be established, together with a date for the main hearing.     

The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

Please refer to the profiles of the members of our employment team.


Wills and probate for members of the public

Fees for Uncontested Probate

This guidance applies to the collection and distribution of money, real estate (land and/or buildings), and other assets belonging to a person following their death, where these are in England and Wales and there is no dispute.


Basis of our charges

Because estates (i.e. the affairs of a deceased person) can vary greatly in terms of their size and their complexity (and therefore the amount of work involved in administering them), we do not quote fixed prices but we are able to provide a range of costs (see below). We charge according to the time we spend on the matter.

Our hourly rates are as follows:

  • Partners
    £360 - £450*

  • Associate Partners
    £265 - £320*

  • Assistant Solicitors
    £200 - £300*

  • Trainee Solicitors
    £150 - £165*

    * all rates are ex. VAT

The amount of time which will be spent on a matter will be influenced by such variables as:

  • whether the deceased left a valid will

  • if there was no Will, the terms of the intestacy

  • the nature and number of assets owned by the deceased and the jurisdiction in which they were held

  • the number and identity of the beneficiaries

  • the tax position of the estate

  • whether there are any debts or liabilities

  • whether there are claims made against the estate


Range of costs

The range below includes the typical third party expenses set out below but it does not include taxes payable to the Government (as to which see further below).

Typically, the cost of obtaining probate (or, in the case of intestacy, letters of administration) for an estate following death will range from £2,500 (plus VAT) for a straightforward matter to £75,000 (plus VAT) for a complex one.

A straightforward matter might be one where the deceased left a clear will with only one beneficiary and no assets in the form of land or buildings. A more complicated estate might be one with multiple assets (perhaps including real estate) and multiple beneficiaries. 

The presence of any one of the following features would render the matter a more complicated one, with costs tending towards the upper end of the range.

  • Inheritance tax is payable by the estate

  • If the deceased and/or spouse lived somewhere other than in the UK

  • Any lack of co-operation between beneficiaries and/or executors

  • A large number of assets is involved

  • Any of the assets are works of art, investments, vehicles or real estate

  • If there is a business or business assets

  • The existence of liabilities (such as a mortgage)

We would be pleased to provide a firmer estimate upon receipt of further information. 


Third Party expenses

In addition to our own fees, it will often be necessary to incur the fees of third parties. Typically, these will include the following:

  • Probate application fee of £155 fee (plus additional costs for office copies of the Grant) (no VAT)

  • Oath fee - £5 plus £2 for exhibit (e.g. Will) (no VAT)

  • Bankruptcy only searches at Land Charges Department; £2 per search (no VAT)

  • Section 27 of the Trustee Act 1925 Notice fees, in the region of £100 -250 plus VAT

These are included in our range of costs above. Others, which are not typical and which are therefore not included in our range of costs, might include:

  • Dealing with the Land Registry to check the titles to the jointly owned properties with regard to the way in which they are held jointly

  • Obtaining new share certificates or other expenses in relating to the transfer or sale of shareholdings

For the sake of convenience, we will generally pay the third party on your behalf, but we will do so on the basis that you pay us in advance of that fee being incurred.


VAT

VAT at 20% is charged on our fees and on all third party fees (except Probate application fees and Land Registry fees).


How long will it take to obtain the Grant?

The time it takes to obtain the grant for a very simple estate with no real estate and a Will (or a straightforward intestacy) can be as little as 8 weeks.

As a general rule, the bigger an estate is (or the greater the number of assets within it), the greater its complexity. The more complex an estate is, the more time it will take to prepare the application for probate and to collect and distribute the assets to the beneficiaries. Typically, it will take between 3 and 12 months. Of course, in particularly complex cases (see above), it could take longer.


Matters not included in the fee ranges set out above

  • The sale or transfer of any land or buildings;

  • Dealing income tax and capital gains tax position of the estate and/or of the deceased up to the date of death.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

Please refer to the profiles of the members of our private client team.


Debt recovery (debts up to £100,000)

Range of costs

On a purely indicative basis, this can vary from between £500 to over £100,000 depending on the nature of any dispute and the instructions we receive. 


Basis of our charges

This is generally an hourly rate which ranges from £150 to £450 depending on the nature of the case and seniority of the person acting.


The experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work

In the main, work is carried out by qualified solicitors or trainee solicitors (but certain work may be delegated to secretaries and paralegals). Specific experience varies and information about our personnel is available elsewhere on this website.


Disbursements

These are payments of third party costs which we generally make on your behalf subject to your placing us in funds on request.

  • Court issue fees
    These depend on the value of the claim. A claim for up to £100,000 generally requires a fee of 5% of the value of the claim or 4.5% if issued through Money Claim On-line.

  • Court hearing fees
    Most cases attract a hearing fee of £1,090 but this can be reduced for cases assigned to the lower value tracks

  • Applications
    A contested application will attract a fee of £255

  • Counsel’s fees
    We use the service of specialist advocates for certain court proceedings and their fees are based on their expertise and experience.

  • Experts’ fees
    Sometimes experts are required and their fees are also variable.

Other disbursements
These will depend on the nature of the case and the services being paid for.


VAT

VAT at 20% is charged on most services and disbursements (other than Court fees).


Details of what services are included in the prices “displayed”

We do not provide service according to price; we price according to the services provided. The services which need to be provided may vary with the specific circumstances and these cannot be assessed until we have a basic understanding of the issues.

Key stages and likely timetables will differ depending on the individual matter. It is therefore not possible to provide general information.

Factors which affect overall costs can include:

  • Inconvenient historical evidence which may need to be understood and rationalised;

  • Action taken prior to our involvement which may be inconsistent with an ideal path towards resolution;

  • Documents which may be inconsistent with the allegations made;

  • Irrational and obstructive behaviour by the counterparty and their representatives.


Conditional fees and damages-based agreements

We may consider these options in specific cases and the circumstances in which clients may have to make payments themselves depend on the particular terms agreed.