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Our Fees

Our fees for specified areas

We set out below our fees for the specified areas.

Employment

Fees for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end including representations at the Employment Tribunal. From the outset of your matter we explore whether you may have other funding options available such as cover under and insurance policy.

How much does this service cost?

Our charging rate is £250.00 plus VAT (300.00 inclusive of VAT) per hour and disbursements (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as barrister fees).

For dealing with bringing or defending unfair or wrongful claims we broadly estimate the total costs on the basis of that there is no other associated claims such as discrimination and a provisional decision given during the course of a legal proceedings.

If there is an associated claim with an unfair or wrongful claim or a provisional decision given during the course of legal proceedings or you do not comply with an order made by the Employment Tribunal the total costs may be higher. You also risk losing part (or all) of your claim or defence. The total costs could range significantly depending on the complexity of issues and will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total likely costs once we have more information.

Our estimated costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:

  • Simple case – £3,000.00 to £5,000.00 plus VAT and disbursements
  • Medium complexity case – £5,000.00 to £10,000.00 plus VAT and disbursements
  • High complexity case – £10,000.00 to £15,000.00 plus VAT and disbursements

Factors that could make a case more complex are:

  • Whether it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about anexisting claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if the claimant dismissed after blowing the whistle on his/her employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The estimated fees of your barrister are £500.00 to £1,000.00 plus VAT per day (depending on his/her seniority and experience) for attending a hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

What work will be undertaken?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim or defence:

  • Obtaining your instructions, reviewing the documents and informing you on merits and likely compensation(this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing claim or defence
  • Reviewing and discussing claim or defence from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss (for claimants)
  • Preparing for and representing you at Preliminary and Interim Hearings
  • Exchanging documents with the other party
  • Takingwitness statements from your witnesses
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Preparing and agreeing a bundle of documents, list of issues, chronology and list of witnesses
  • Preparing and representing you at Final Hearing, including instructions to your barrister

What is the likely timescale?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take about 2 to 3 months. If your claim or defence proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take about 8 to 10 months, if not longer. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Immigration

Fixed fees for applications

We can help and assist for a variety of applications with a fixed fee through your application process from beginning to end until a decision is made by the Home Office provided you are able to provide sufficient documentary evidence in support of your application and you meet the applicable Immigration Rules.

What are these services and how much do they cost?

Our fixed fees plus VAT (calculated at 20%) and disbursements (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Home Office fees) are:

  • Applications for visa as a visitor and student – £1,000.00 (no VAT) and disbursements
  • Applications for extension of stay – £1,200.00 plus VATand disbursements
  • Applications for settlement – £1,500.00 plus VAT (if applicable) and disbursements
  • Applications for naturalisation and registration as a British citizen – £500.00 plus VAT and disbursements
  • Applications for a residence card and a document certifying permanent residence as an EU national or family member – £800.00 plus VATand disbursements
  • Applications under the provisions of Ankara Agreement as a Turkish national – £1,000.00 plus VAT (if applicable) and disbursements
  • Applications for visa as an entrepreneur-£3,000.00 plus VAT (if applicable) and disbursements
  • Applications for visa as an investor -£6,000.00 plus VAT (if applicable) and disbursements
  • Applications for visa as a skilled worker- £1,200.00 plus VAT (if applicable) and disbursements

You will pay any Home Office fees for making the application directly to the Home Office as part of the application process – please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table for information about application fees.

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements, excluding any Home Office fees, on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There may additional disbursements relevant to your matter such as translator or interpreterfees. Generally translators charge about £30.00 plus VAT (£36.00 inclusive of VAT) per page for translation of documents and interpreters charge about £20.00 (£24.00 inclusive of VAT) per hour for interpretation. Invariably such costs may vary due to volume of documents in other languages and your requirements as well as complexity of issues in you matter.

Additional costs:

Dealing with taking statements of any witnesses in support of your application is not included in our fixed fees as well as assisting you obtain further evidence such as independent expert reports, medical records or bank statements.

If your attendance at a Home Office interview is required and you request us to attend the interview with you our attendance is also not included in our fixed fees.

Additional costs could range significantly depending on the nature of the additional work required. The total costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total costs once we have more information.

What work will be undertaken as part of our fixed fee?

Our fixed fee covers all the work in relation to the following key stages of your application and we will:

  • Obtain your instructions and ascertain your requirements
  • Discuss your circumstances in detail to determine the most appropriate application foryou to make and what other options may be available to you
  • Inform you of the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules
  • Consider your evidence in support of the application
  • Discuss whether you meet the relevant criteria and if not, whether this can be overcome
  • Prepare and submit your application online or by post on your behalf with your assistance
  • Inform you of the outcome of the application and any further steps you may need to take

What is the likely timescale?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. They aim to decide applications within one month up to to six months from the date of submission depending on the category of applications.

We will normally be able to submit your applications within 8 weeks of you instructing us subject to you providing us with all the relevant information and documents in support of the application, but we will letyou know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Probate and Administration of Estate

Fixed fee for small estates

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end for obtaining the Grant of Probate from the probate registry on your behalf and also undertaking the collection and distribution of assets.

How much does this service cost?

Our fixed fee is £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00 inclusive of VAT) and disbursements (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees), provided your matter is uncontested and there are no contentious issues.

Our fixed fee is applicable for small estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no assets outside England and Wales
  • There are 1 to 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full estate accounts to HM Revenue and Customs
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees – £1,500.00 plus VAT

VAT at 20% on legal fees – £300.00

Disbursements – £600.00 approximately are;

  • £155.00 for the application fee and 50p for each additional copy of the Grant of Probate as required
  • £105.00 for publication of a deceased estates notice in The Gazette – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors
  • £200.00 to £400.00 for publication of a deceased estates notice in a Local Newspaper – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors if there is a property
  • £2.00 for bankruptcy search fee (per beneficiary)

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The Cost of swearing the oath is normally£12.00 (per executor), which needs to be paid directly to an independent solicitor when swearing the oath before him/her.

Additional costs:

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in our fixed fee.

If there is no Will or the estate consists of multiple properties or bank and building society accounts or any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the nature of the liabilities and assets in the estate and how these liabilities and assets need to be dealt with. The total costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total costs once we have more information.

What work will be undertaken as part of our fixed fee?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of your matter and we will:

  • Obtain your instructions and ascertain relevant issues and steps
  • Identify the appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Obtain the relevant documents required for the application with your assistance
  • Ascertain all liabilities and assets of the estate with your assistance
  • Complete the application form and the relevant HMRevenue and Customs forms for your approval
  • Draft an oath for you to swear before an independent solicitor
  • Submit the application to the probate registry on your behalf
  • Provide you with a copy of the Grant of Probate upon receipt from the probate registry
  • Collect all assets, settle liabilities and distribute the net assets of the estate with your assistance

What is the likely timescale?

The likely timescale will vary depending on the cooperation and actions of third parties connected to your matter. On average a small estate falling within this range are dealt with within about 6 to 10 months. After all the liabilities and assets are ascertained with your assistance,obtaining the Grant of Probate normally takes about 6 to 8 weeks. Collecting assets and settling liabilities then follows, which can take between about 10 to 20 weeks. Once this has been done, distribution of the net assets of the estate normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks.However, there may be delays due to the circumstances beyond our knowledge and control.

Fees for medium and large estates

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end for obtaining the Grant of Probate from the probate registry on your behalf and also undertaking the collection and distribution of assets.

How much does this service cost?

Our charging rate is £250.00 plus VAT (300.00 inclusive of VAT) per hour and disbursements (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees).

For dealing with medium and large estates we broadly estimate the total costs on the basis of that there is a valid Will, there are no contentious issues including disputes and claims and there are no assets outside England and Wales.

If there is no Will or there are multiple number of liabilities or the estate consists of multiple number of properties, bank or building society accounts and properties the total costs may be higher. The total costs could range significantly depending on the nature of the liabilities and assets in the estate and how these liabilities and assets need to be dealt with, and the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total likely costs once we have more information.

Estimated costs:

Estimated legal fees for medium estates – £3,000.00 to £8,000.00 plus VAT

Estimated legal fees for large estates – £8,000.00 to £15,000.00plus VAT

Disbursements – £1,000.00 approximately are;

  • £155.00 for the application fee and 50p for each additional copy of the Grant of Probate as required
  • £105.00 for publication of a deceased estates notice in The Gazette – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors
  • £200.00 to £400.00 for publication of a deceased estates notice in a Local Newspaper – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors if there is a property
  • Administrative and indemnity fees payable ranging from £10.00 to £80.00 per item, if applicable
  • £2.00 for bankruptcy search fee (per beneficiary)

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The cost of swearing the oath is normally £12.00 (per executor), which needs to be paid directly to an independent solicitor when swearing the oath before him/her.

Additional costs:

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate, and preparation and submission of a full estate accounts to HM Revenue and Customs are not included in our fees.

What work will be undertaken?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of your matter:

  • Obtain your instructions and ascertain relevant issues and steps
  • Identify the appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Obtain the relevant documents required for the application with your assistance
  • Ascertain all liabilities and assets of the estate with your assistance
  • Complete the application form and the relevant HM Revenue and Customs forms for your approval
  • Draft an oath for you to swear before an independent solicitor
  • Submit the application to the probate registry on your behalf
  • Provide you with a copy of the Grant of Probate upon receipt from the probate registry
  • Collect all assets with your assistance
  • Settle all liabilities with your assistance
  • Settle the inheritance tax payable, if applicable, with your assistance – please visit https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax for information about inheritance tax
  • Distribute the net assets of the estate with your assistance

What is the likely timescale?

The likely timescale will vary depending on the cooperation and actions of third parties connected to your matter. On average a large estate falling within this range are dealt with within about 12 to 18 months. After all the liabilities and assets are ascertained with your assistance, obtaining the Grant of Probate normally takes about 8 to 10 weeks. Collecting assets and settling liabilities including the inheritance tax payable then follows, which can take between about 12 to 24 weeks. Once this has been done, distribution of the net assets of the estate normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks. However, there may be delays due to the circumstances beyond our knowledge and control.

For a brief introduction of our firm’s Principal Solicitor, Mr Kivanc Yuvanc, who deals with the specified areas can be read here.