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Our Fees

Conveyancing

 Purchase

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new property, including acting for your lender (if required) dealing  with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the submission and payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

  • Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold purchase from between £900 plus VAT and £1,500 plus VAT to £900 plus VAT and £1,750 plus VAT

Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) may vary depending on the purchase price and what work we are required to do.


Other fees which may be payable are:-

Leasehold purchase additional amount: £100 - £300 plus VAT
Help To Buy: £100 - £300 plus VAT
Help To Buy ISA: £50 - £200 plus VAT
Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Bankruptcy search: £4 per person (if acting for your lender)
Priority search at the Land Registry: £3
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Searches (such as local search, drainage & water search and environmental search) - £200 - £400 plus VAT
Stamp Duty Land Tax – this will depend on the value of your property, whether you are a first time buyer or whether you own a second property anywhere in the world

The length of time between instructing us and reaching an exchange of contracts will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 10 weeks. 

 It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and the timeliness of each party’s responses and returning documents. Completion usually 

takes place 2 – 4 weeks after an exchange of contracts.


Sale

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your new property, including acting for your lender and redeeming a charge registered at the Land Registry (if required).

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

  • Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold sale will be between £850 plus VAT and £1,350 plus VAT. Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) may vary 

depending on the purchase price and what work we are required to do.

Other fees which may be payable are:-

Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer
Leasehold sale additional amount: £100 - £250 plus VAT

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Land Registry: £6 - £28
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Management pack for a leasehold property: £150 - £350

The length of time between instructing us and reaching an exchange of contracts will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 10 weeks. 

 It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and the timeliness of each party’s responses and returning documents. 

 Completion usually takes place 2 – 4 weeks after an exchange of contracts.

Remortgage

 Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the remortgage process, including acting for your new lender and redeeming an existing charge registered at the Land Registry.

 A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business. 

 We do usually agree a fixed fee with you rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

  • Our usual fee to act on your behalf on a freehold remortgage will be between £400 plus VAT and £800 plus VAT. Our fee (including additional fees and disbursements) 

may vary depending on the funds advanced by your new lender and what work we are required to do.

Other fees which may be payable are:-

Bank Transfer and Handling Fee: £27.50 plus VAT per transfer
Leasehold additional amount: £150 - £300

Disbursements (costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties) which may be payable are:-

Land Registry: £6 - £28
Identity check: £4 plus VAT per person
CHAPS transfer fee: £7.50 plus VAT per transfer
Priority search at the Land Registry: £3
Management pack for a leasehold property: £150 - £350
Searches (if required): £200 - £400 plus VAT
Search indemnity: this will depend on the value of your property but your lender may accept this rather than obtaining searches (this option is usually cheaper and quicker)

The length of time between instructing us to completing the remortgage process and your new lender details being submitted to the Land Registry will depend on a number 

of factors. The average process takes between 4 - 6 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the nature of your individual circumstances, the timeliness of each 

party’s responses and returning of documents.

Wills

It is difficult to provide a complete fee schedule to draft a Will as this will depend on your circumstances and the instructions provided to us. In general, our fee 

to draft a “basic” Will is £300 plus VAT for one Will or £400 plus VAT for a pair of mirror Wills.

  • Our usual fee to draft a “basic” Will from £300 plus VAT for one Will or £400 plus VAT for a pair of mirror Wills to £400 plus VAT and £500 plus VAT respectively and the
  • more complex from £500 - £700 plus VAT to £600 - £850 plus VAT.
   If detailed inheritance tax planning is required or if cross-jurisdictional issues need to be considered or if company assets need to be considered, 

we will advise you as to our likely fee at the beginning of our instructions and our fee will be based on our hourly rate of £300 plus VAT. In such circumstances, 

our fee would usually be around £500 - £850 plus VAT.

A fee quotation or an agreed fixed fee will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions along with our Terms of Business.

We do usually agree a fixed fee with you for drafting a Will rather than charging on an hourly rate basis.

We can usually draft a Will within 1 – 4 days of receiving your instructions. Amendments may well be needed but, generally speaking, the process of completing a Will from start to finish 

takes about 2 weeks providing the instructions are relatively straightforward.

Estate Administration

It is difficult to provide an accurate estimate as to our likely fee to act on behalf of the personal representatives of an estate as this will depend on the complexity of the estate, 

the scope of our instructions, the number and type of assets within the estate, the number of beneficiaries of the Will or under the intestacy rules, the location of the deceased’s assets, whether inheritance tax is payable to HMRC or not etc. 

  • However, for a straightforward estate, our fee would usually be around £1,000 - £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements. For a more complex estate, such as one where an Inheritance Tax Account needs to be submitted to HMRC, or an estate with foreign assets or an estate with a vast number of assets, our fee would usually be around £4,000 - £8,000 plus VAT and disbursements.
  • Some estates will take considerably more time to administer than others and a more accurate fee quotation will be set out in our Engagement Letter which will be sent to you at the beginning of our instructions
  • along with our Terms of Business, after we have met with you and discussed the nature of the deceased’s estate. Our hourly rate of £300 plus VAT will apply.
    Some of the disbursements payable during the administration of an estate are as follows:
    Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals to obtain the grant or representation: £156 - £162
    Land Registry (if required): £3 - £18
    Section 27 Trustee Act 1925 Notice (if required): £250 - £350
    Financial Asset Search (if required): £135
    Bankruptcy searches: £2 per beneficiary


On average, a straightforward estate will take between 2 – 4 months to administer. A more complex estate will usually take between 6 – 18 months to administer but this period could be longer 

if the sale of a property or a business, for example, is required.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPA”)

Our fee to meet with you, take your instructions, advise you, draft your LPA, act as your witness, act as your Certificate Provider (if required), liaise with your Attorney(s) and replacement Attorney(s) (if required)

and register your LPA at the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) will be as follows:-

For one type of LPA - £395 plus VAT
For both types of LPA - £495 plus VAT
For both types of LPA for a couple (i.e. 4 documents in total) - £750 plus VAT

 A disbursement of £82 per document is payable to the OPG to register your LPA in addition to our above fees (i.e. £328 if both types of LPA for a couple are being registered with the OPG).

 We can usually submit the application to the OPG to register your LPA within a week of receiving your instructions but this depends on when the Attorney(s) and replacement Attorney(s) can sign the LPA.

 Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPA”)

Our fee to act on behalf of an Attorney or Attorneys to register an EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) where the donor has lost or is in the process of losing mental capacity will be 

between £250 plus VAT and £350 plus VAT. A disbursement of £82 is payable to the OPG to register the EPA in addition to our fee.

We can usually submit the application to the OPG to register an EPA within a week of receiving your instructions but this depends on when the Attorney(s) can serve the donor (if appropriate)
with notice of the application.

Employment Tribunal Claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
We provide advice and representation to both employees and employers in relation to the
bringing or defending of claims before the Employment Tribunal for unfair or wrongful
dismissal.
The basis for our charges
Unless otherwise agreed in our Engagement Letter, our fees will be calculated principally by
reference to the time spent by us in providing our services based on fixed hourly rates, which
are dependent on the experience and seniority of the fee earner dealing with your matter.
In relation to Employment Tribunal matters, we charge £300 an hour for each hour of work
undertaken by Stephen Robins, a Partner of the firm (admitted as a solicitor: 15/11/1978). Mr
Robins may be assisted by a non-qualified Trainee Solicitor/Legal Assistant, for whom we
charge £150 an hour. Routine letters, emails and routine telephone calls made and received
will be charged in units of 1/10th of an hour. Our charges for considering routine letters emails
received will be in units of 1/20th of an hour. Other letters and calls will be charged for on a
time basis.
Our charges are based on the time spent dealing with a matter. Time spent will include
meetings with you and perhaps others; considering, preparing and working on papers;
correspondence; and making and receiving telephone calls.
The fixed hourly rates of each of our Partners, Solicitors, Legal Assistants and other staff are
reviewed from time to time and we will inform you of any variation in their rates and the date
upon which they take effect.
We add VAT to our charge at the rate that applies when the work is done. At present, VAT is
20%.
The range of costs
It is difficult to provide an accurate estimate as to our likely costs to act in relation to bringing
or defending claims before the Employment Tribunal for unfair or wrongful dismissal, as this
will depend on matters such as: the complexity of the claim; the directions ordered by the
Employment Tribunal; and the length of any final hearing. However, we provide an illustrative
range of the costs below.
For claims which we deem to be “not complex” (i.e. a straightforward unfair or wrongful
dismissal claim brought in the Employment Tribunal) and which progress to a full merits
hearing of no more than one day, we would estimate our costs to be between £6,000 to
£8,000 plus VAT and disbursements. In relation to claims which we deem to be “moderately
complex” and which progress to a full merits hearing of between 2 to 3 days, we would
estimate our costs to be between £10,000 to £14,000 plus VAT and disbursements. For
claims which we deem to be “very complex” and which progress to a full merits hearing of 4
or more days, we would estimate of costs to be between £20,000 to £25,000 plus VAT plus
disbursements.
The illustrative examples set out above cover the following:
• Taking initial instructions, reviewing the relevant documents, and advising on the
merits of the case, dealing with ACAS early conciliation where appropriate, and
preparing and filing a claim or response.
• Instructing Counsel.
• Preparing, considering, advising upon the schedule of loss, attending to disclosure of
documents, and reviewing the other party’s documents. If acting for a respondent, this
will include the preparation of the bundle for the full merits hearing.
• Taking and filing and exchanging witness statements, considering and advising upon
the content of the other party’s statements.
• Preparation for and attendance at the full merits hearing.
These fees do not include the following, which may arise in some cases:
• Preparation for and attending preliminary hearings.
• Making or opposing applications for orders form the Employment Tribunal.
• Complying with orders which deviate from the standard directions for disclosure of
documents, preparation of bundles (where appropriate) and exchange of witness
statements.
• Instructing expert witnesses.
• Preparing for or attending a separate remedy hearing.
• Making or opposing any appeal.
In addition, the above are illustrative examples only. The cost of a service can be dependent
on many variable factors which may or may not arise in cases. These include:
• The value and complexity of the case.
• The number of parties involved in the case and whether they are legally represented.
• The party’s approach to alternative dispute resolution, including whether the case is
withdrawn or settled at an early stage or contested to a final hearing. In addition,
lengthy and complex negotiation to subsequently unsuccessful, may increase the
value of a claim.
• Subsequent remedy hearings.
• The volume of documentation.
• The number of witnesses and the complexity of the facts on which they are giving
statements.
• The number of preliminary hearings (if any) which occur before the full merits hearing.
• Any interim applications made in the course of the claim.
• The client’s level of involvement in the case, including whether they wish to deal with
any aspects of case preparations themselves.
• The client’s strategy or the agreed strategy for dealing with the case.
The actual costs of our services could be significantly higher than the illustrative examples set
out above, depending upon the facts of the case. However, the actual cost of our services
can also be less than the fee illustrations set out above if, for example, there was an early
settlement of the claim and it did not proceed to the major steps in the litigation, including
disclosure, witness statements and the full merits hearing.
At the beginning of each case, we provide costs estimate and you will be kept updated on
costs throughout the matter. A revised costs estimate is provided in circumstances where the
scope of the work changes and the estimated costs are likely to increase.
Disbursements
The illustrative fee examples above do not include disbursements. Disbursements are costs
incurred on your behalf in dealing with your claim which are not costs for services provided by
our firm. These may include: Counsel’s fees; travel costs; and photocopying charges. Our
photocopying costs are 20p per A4 sheet. VAT is chargeable on disbursements at 20%,
excluding Court fees.
In some cases, we may instruct Counsel (a barrister), for example, to advise upon the merits
of the claim or to represent you at a hearing. The amount charged by Counsel varies
according to their seniority and experience and we obtain estimates for Counsel’s fees.
In relation to all disbursements, these costs will be agreed with you in advance of being
incurred.
Estimated timeframes
The time taken to deal with a case is largely dependent on the facts, the parties, and the
complexity of the claim. Many cases settle at an early stage, such as at ACAS early
conciliation, within a matter of a few weeks (between 3-8 weeks).
Claims which proceed to a full merits hearing will again depend on the likely duration of the
hearing which is dependent on the complexity of the issues. A straightforward wrongful
dismissal claim which progresses to a full merits hearing with time estimate of one day is likely
to take around 6 to 8 months. Complex claims for unfair dismissal which are scheduled for a
full merits hearing of several days could take 18 months or more. The timescales are largely
dependent on the caseload of the Employment Tribunals.
The above estimates are for illustrative purposes only, and timescales will be discussed with
you on a case by case basis, on the basis of the information provided and throughout the case
as it progresses


Gabbitas Robins Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Number 00471979) 

     
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