Charges and expenses

  • Our charges will be calculated mainly by reference to the time actually spent by the solicitors and other staff in respect of any work which they do on your behalf. This may include meetings with you and perhaps others; reading, preparing and working on papers; making and receiving telephone calls, e-mails, faxes and text messages; preparation of any detailed costs estimates, schedules and bills; attending at court; and time necessarily spent travelling away from the office. From time to time we may arrange for some of this work to be carried out by persons not directly employed by us; such work will be charged to you at the hourly rate which would be charged if we had done the work ourselves.
  • Routine letters, e-mails and texts that we send and routine telephone calls that we make and receive are charged at one-tenth of the hourly rate. Routine letters, e-mails and texts received are charged at one-twentieth of the hourly rate. Other letters, e-mails and calls are charged on a time spent basis.
  • The current hourly rates are set out below. We will add VAT to these at the rate that applies when the work is done. At present, VAT is 20%.
Partners £180
Assistant Solicitors £120
Trainee Solicitor £90
  • These hourly rates have to be reviewed periodically to reflect increases in overhead costs and inflation. Normally the rates are reviewed with effect from 1 January each year. If a review is carried out before this matter has been concluded, we will inform you of any variation in the rate before it takes effect.
  • In addition to the time spent, we may take into account a number of factors including any need to carry out work outside our normal office hours, the complexity of the issues, the speed at which action has to be taken, any particular specialist expertise which the case may demand. An increase in the rates may be applied to reflect such factors. In property transactions, in the administration of estates and in matters involving a substantial financial value or benefit to a client, a charge reflecting, for example, the price of the property, the size of the estate, or the value of the financial benefit may be considered. It is not always possible to indicate how these aspects may arise but on present information we would expect them to be sufficiently taken into account in the rates which we have quoted. Where an increase in the rates or a charge reflecting any value element is to be added we will explain this to you.
  • Solicitors have to pay out various other expenses on behalf of clients ranging from Land or Probate Registry fees, court fees, experts’ fees, and so on. We have no obligation to make such payments unless you have provided us with the funds for that purpose. VAT is payable on certain expenses. We refer to such payments generally as ‘disbursements’.
  • If, for any reason, this matter does not proceed to completion, we will be entitled to charge you for work done and expenses incurred.

In certain circumstances we may be able to offer fixed fee quotations, please contact us directly.

Example approximate costs:


A typical conveyance for £100,000 will cost at a minimum in the region of £450 – 500 plus vat and disbursements.


An application for probate where the estate is under £325,000 may cost at a minimum of £700.00 plus vat and disbursements.


An application for a spouse visa or general visa may cost at a minimum in the region of £500 plus vat and disbursements


An application for a premises licence may cost at a minimum in the region of £500 plus vat and disbursements

Family – Divorce

An application for uncontested divorce may cost at a minimum in the region of £700.00 + VAT and disbursements and will be more if the matter becomes contested at a minimum of £2000.00 + VAT and disbursements

Family – financial remedy

An application for financial remedy may cost at a minimum of the region of £3000.00 + VAT and disbursements

Family – children

An application for a child arrangements order may cost at minimum in the region of £3000.00 + VAT and disbursements


Representation at Magistrates court hearing may cost at a minimum of £400.00 +VAT and disbursements and contested hearing may cost at a minimum of £1000.00 + VAT and disbursements

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