Charges

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Estimated total will depend upon the purchase price and whether this is the replacement of a main residence or an additional property.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Land Registry fees.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase priced of your property and whether this is the purchase of a main residence, the replacement of main residence or the purchase of an additional property.  You can calculate the amount you need to pay by using HMRC’s website (www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax) or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website (www.beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator)

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors.  The average process takes between 6 – 10 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.  For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 12 – 14 weeks.  However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.  In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice

  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s Solicitors if needed

  • Receive and advise on contract documents

  • Carry out searches

  • Obtain further planning documentation if required

  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor

  • Give you advice on all documents and information received

  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

  • Attend upon you or send final contract to you for signature

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

  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

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

  • Complete purchase

  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax

  • Deal with the application for registration at Land Registry

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Estimated total will depend upon the purchase price and whether this is the replacement of a main residence or an additional property.

Our fee assumes that:

a.  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

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

c.   the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

d.  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.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as search fees.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the property.  The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below.  This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease.  We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s Solicitors.

Anticipated Disbursements *

Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease.  Often the fee is between £50-£150
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-£150
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 £150-£250
Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease and can range between £100-£200

* These fees 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.

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase priced of your property and whether this is the purchase of a main residence, the replacement of main residence or the purchase of an additional property.  You can calculate the amount you need to pay by using HMRC’s website (www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax) or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website (www.beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator)

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors.  The average process takes between 6 – 10 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain.  For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 12 – 14 weeks.  However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.  In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice

  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s Solicitors if needed

  • Receive and advise on contract documents

  • Carry out searches

  • Obtain further planning documentation if required

  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor

  • Give you advice on all documents and information received

  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you

  • Attend upon you or send final contract to you for signature

  • Draft Transfer

  • Advise you on joint ownership

  • Obtain pre-completion searches

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

  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened

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

  • Complete purchase

  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land Transaction Tax

  • Deal with the application for registration at Land Registry

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your new home.

Legal fees range between £500 - £700  plus VAT for property sales up to the value of £200,000, thereafter a maximum of £900 plus VAT and disbursements (please see below).

(www.jwhugheslaw.co.uk/conveyancing-calculator)

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your property.

Legal fees range between £550 - £750  plus VAT for property sales up to the value of £200,000, thereafter a maximum of £950 plus VAT and disbursements (www.jwhugheslaw.co.uk/conveyancing-calculator)

Disbursements
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

  • Office Copies £6.00

  • Office Copies of each document £3.00

  • Telegraphic Transfers £12.00 +VAT

  • Case Management Fee £10.00 +VAT

  • Fraud Detection Fee £10.00 +VAT

  • TT Service Charge £25.00 +VAT

 

Transfer of Equity/Re-mortgage

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the Transfer of Equity/ Re-mortgage of your home.

Legal fee is £500 +VAT up to the value of £300,000.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. 

  • Office Copies £6.00

  • Office Copies of each document £3.00

  • Search fees £270 approx. (Inclusive of VAT)

  • Land Registry Fee – this depends upon the Mortgage amount and whether the property is registered at HM Land Registry fees could be £20.00 up

  • TT Service Charge £25.00 +VAT

Probate

Limited Role – apply for the Grant of Probate only

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.

How much does this service cost?

We anticipate this will take between 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours work at £210 per hour.  Total costs estimated at £315 -£525. In addition there will be disbursements as follows:

  • Probate application fee £155

  • Office copies £0.50p per office copy

Applying for the Grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 2.5 and 25 hours at £210 per hour.  Total costs estimated at £500-£5000. 

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.  For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range.  If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you.  This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will

  • There is no more than one property

  • There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts

  • There are no other intangible assets

  • There are 6 beneficiaries

  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets.  If disputes arise, this is likely to lead to an increase in costs

  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.  We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Disbursements in addition to our fee

  • Probate application fee £155

  • Office copies £0.50p per office copy

  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2+VAT per beneficiary)

  • £100 post in the London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors

  • £100 post in a local newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Potential additional costs:

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with.  We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information

  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 (1 per asset usually) and £5.00 if additional copies are ordered at a later date

  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months.  Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-12 weeks.  Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-8 weeks.  Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which can take between 6 weeks – 4 months.

The transfer of assets can take from a number of weeks to 2-3 months depending on the nature of the asset being transferred.

As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experience probate solicitor to work on your matter

  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

  • Accurately identify the type of probate application you will require

  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application

  • Complete the probate application and the relevant HMRC forms

  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear

  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

  • Collect an distribute all assets in the estate.

Drink Driving Offence – Guilty plea

Legal fee £300-£600 excluding vat

Fee includes:

2 hours attendance/preparation:

  • Considering evidence

  • Taking your instructions

  • Providing advice on likely sentence

Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court

The fee does not include:

  • Instruction of any expert witnesses

  • Taking statements from any witnesses

  • Advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing

  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

  • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened

  • We will consider initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice

  • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost of £100)

  • We will explain the court procedure to you so that you know what to expect on the date of your hearing and the sentencing options available to the court

  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you, if necessary and, answer any follow-up queries you have

  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place as this depends on the court listing for that day

  • We will attend court on the date and meet with you before going before the court.  We anticipate being at court for half a day.

  • We will discuss the outcome with you.  If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.

Undisputed business to business debt

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim in in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not dispute and enforcement action is not needed.  If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

DEBT VALUE

COURT FEE

OUR FEE

VAT

UP TO £5000

Please see www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/court-fees

£500

£100

£5001-£10000

£750

£150

£10001 - £30000

£1000

£200

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The vat element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor

  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost

  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation

  • Undertaking appropriate searches

  • Sending a letter before action

  • Receiving payment and sending on to you or, if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim

  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the Court to enter Judgment in default

  • When Judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment

  • If payment is not received within 21 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 6-24 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim.  This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgment in default.  If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.