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Guidance on our Fees

At Lawson-West we are proud to provide transparent cost estimates of all the work we do.  Before we start work for you, we will give you our best estimate of the cost of the work based on your particular circumstances and our experience of what will be required. Clearly, every case is different, and we cannot predict all eventualities, but our expertise and longstanding experience enables us to be as realistic and comprehensive as possible. 

The following table outlines our costs from various departments. If you have any questions regarding these outline fees, please contact our offices on 0116 212 1000 and we will direct your call according to your query.

Conveyancing Fees

Our conveyancing fees are fixed fees based on the assumptions below and are made up of a base rate plus a multiplier of the house value. The multiplier is 0.08% of the agreed purchase or sale price of the property, i.e. 80p for every £1000. The combined price is always rounded down to the nearest £10.

If the property is in London, a London weighting fee should be added based on the table below.

As well as fees for the actual conveyancing work, there are charges for additional work or services most of which are also fixed. Whether and when these are charged depends on the transaction itself, the requirements of your lender and your own wishes. However, when you are buying a property with a mortgage, your lender will require most searches. In this situation, the searches will be compulsory. 

For example;

  • If you are selling your house and buying another then there are usually two bank transfer fees - the first sending the money to pay off your existing mortgage and the second to pay the purchase price on your new home.
  • If there are two existing mortgages, then there will be an additional bank transfer fee.
  • If you are just selling your house, you may choose to pay a bank transfer fee so that the sale proceeds are returned to you that same day rather than by BACS which is free but takes longer.

An average conveyancing transaction takes between 8 - 12 weeks. 

Finally, in addition to our charges, there are also disbursements. Disbursements are payments that we make on our client’s behalf in order to conduct the work we have been engaged to carry out. Examples of these are set out below.

Remember, whether you are buying or selling a property, you should make a Will or arrange a review of your existing Will.

The members of the Conveyancing team can be found through our "team" pages and also by following the links below:

Sharon Sangha

Elizabeth Brown

Gagandeep Ghumaan

Emily Pinder

Rashyl Parmar

Charlotte Sheehan

ALL PRICES IN THIS TABLE ARE EXCLUDING VAT 

Property Sale Fee

Property Purchase Fee

Multiplier

UK Base fee

£490

£520

0.08% (£0.80 per £1,000)

 

 

 

 

For London Weighting Add 

 

 

 

Up to £400k                      

£120

£130

0.08% (£0.80 per £1,000)

£401k - £800k                   

£140

£150

0.08% (£0.80 per £1,000)

£801k - £1.2m

£170

£195

0.08% (£0.80 per £1,000)

 

 

 

 

Additional Leasehold Properties Fee

 

 

 

For all property prices

£190

£190

 

Case Studies of Costs

Sale price £220,000 for a property based in Leicestershire

Conveyancing fee + Multiplier = estimated conveyancing fee

£490 + £176 = £660 + VAT

Purchase price £600,000 for a property based in Leicestershire

Sale fee + Multiplier = estimated conveyancing fee

£520 + £480 = £1,000 + VAT

Purchase price £750,000 for a Leasehold property based in London

Purchase fee + Multiplier+ London weighting + Leasehold Fee = estimated conveyancing fee

£520 + £600 + £140 + £190 = £1,450 + VAT

As above, these figures are fixed fees unless abnormalities arise. Abnormalities may include but are not limited to: delays by others in the chain, change in circumstance, withdrawal of mortgage funding, the death of either vendor or purchaser, change of solicitors in a transaction. There would be additional charges for leasehold property sale and purchase transactions.

Likely Disbursements

A number of add on costs are likely to be required to complete the purchase of your property. These include the following. Not all will be required for every transaction.

Disbursement

Description

Fees

Local Searches

Local land charges register. The cost of Local Authority Searches can vary and depend on which borough the property is in. The local authority will check their records to determine influences on the property such as planning applications, enforcement actions, restrictions on permitted development, road schemes, highways and adoption of, or land contamination. 

£100 - £250 + VAT

Drainage Search

This ensures the property is connected to fresh and foul water sewers. The cost will vary between water companies but should not fall too far outside the range given above.

£30 - £50 + VAT

Environmental Search

An environmental search is additional to the basic Local Authority Search and will investigate specific concerns such as contamination, subsidence, flooding and energy and infrastructure.

£40 - £70 + VAT

Chancel Repair Liability Search

This shows whether the property is within a Church of England parish which may be subject to Chancel Repair Liability.   This is a medieval liability whereby some properties within the parish may be liable to contribute toward the cost of the repairs to the Chancel of the local church (i.e. the part of the church containing the altar, communion table and choir stalls).  Surprisingly, this liability still exists today, even though such land may have changed hands many times over hundreds of years.  Not all parishes are affected and not all properties within the affected parishes have the liability.  However, where the liability does exist it can be extremely expensive. The search shows whether the property is within an affected parish and, if it is, insurance can be taken out.

£24 incl. VAT

Alternatively, we can offer a Chancel Indemnity Policy for £15.79 incl. VAT

Property Surveys

Statutory and additional inspections of the property by professional surveyors.

Arranged directly with a surveyor

Bankruptcy Search

A mortgage lender will need to know that the buyer, or any other person named on the mortgage, has not been declared bankrupt. 

£2 - £4

Land Registry Office Copies

We must obtain, where we are selling or dealing with a transfer of equity, the up to date Title, where the property is registered, from HM Land Registry via our online portal. This is to ensure the vendor owns the property that is being sold. 

£3 - £6

Other Searches

Geographically specific or property specific searches, such as evidence of historic mining for coal, limestone and tin.

List and costs are dependant on the transaction and the results of other searches.

Official Search with Priority

This is a search carried out before completion takes. Protection is given to the buyer and/or lender pending registration of ownership. The protection afforded by the search lasts for six weeks.

£3

Land Registration Fee

This is a fixed cost disbursement that depends on the cost of the property being purchased. This can also be discounted where the application to register the property can be sent via the HM Land Registry portal.

From £20 for properties under £80k to £910 for properties over £1m

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Stamp Duty Land Tax, previously called Stamp Duty, payable to HMRC.

The amount is dependent upon the value of the property and the circumstances of the buyer.

Additional disbursements can also apply when the purchase involves a leasehold property. These can again vary and may include:

Disbursement

Description

Fees

Notice of Transfer/Charge

The Lease will usually dictate the tenant to serve Notice of Transfer or Charge on the Managing Agents/Landlord and there will be a fee payable for this. Fees will vary. The Lease will usually require that Notice is given when there has been a change in ownership or a new mortgage has been entered into.

The cost will be given by the Landlord’s managing agent 

Deed of Covenant

 

This may have to be entered into by the new buyer in which case a fee may be payable to the Managing Agent or the Landlord for processing it. The fees for this will vary.

The cost will be given by the Landlord’s managing agent

Companies House Searches

 

A search carried out to ensure the landlord or managing agent is not insolvent.

 

Approx. £33.00 incl. VAT

Tariff of Charges for Additional Services

Additional charges will be incurred depending on searches, mortgage lender requirements and your own wishes. These are detailed in the table below.

Tariff

Description

Cost

Additional copies of documents

If you have already been supplied with copies of documents and have lost them the charge is made for copying the document and sending it out upon request.

 

£15.00 + VAT per document

Telegraphic transfer fee

A charge for arranging for the direct same day money transfer from our bank to another bank account, for example to a seller’s solicitors to complete a transaction or to a lender to pay off a mortgage on your behalf.  The charge will also be made if you request funds to be transferred by this method to your own bank account.  There is no charge where we pay by cheque or BACS.

 

£40.00 + VAT per transfer

Lloyds Bank Faster Payment

This facility enables us to send money more quickly through the banking system than BACS which normally takes 3 to 5 business days. Faster Payment means money should be in the receiving account the day after it is sent and is often received on the same day as it is sent. However, these timescales are not guaranteed which is why we usually use normal same day money transfers. As above, there is no charge where we pay by cheque or BACS.

 

£30.00 + VAT per transfer

Removing Cautions or Charges from the Register

A charge to cover the work to obtain redemption figures from the Cautioner or Charger who has registered the entry upon your property.

 

£85.00 + VAT per entry

Leasehold property additional charges

If after being instructed by you it transpires that the property being sold or bought is leasehold (other than a shared ownership lease) a charge will be made for the additional work in connection with obtaining the information required to sell or buy the property.

 

£190.00 + VAT

Shared Ownership additional charges

If after being instructed by you it transpires that the property being sold or bought is a shared ownership lease, a charge will be made for the additional work in connection with obtaining the information required to sell or buy the property.

 

£280.00 + VAT

Stamp Duty Land Tax Returns

A charge for the work in completing the Stamp Duty Land Tax Return (and any additional forms required with it) on your behalf and sending it, together with any tax, to the Inland Revenue.

 

£105.00 + VAT

Trust Deed

A charge to cover the additional work in preparing and submitting for registration a Deed to register additional interests against the property.  You may need tax advice in this regard.

 

Typically, £125.00 to £150.00 + VAT

 

Legal charge

A charge to cover the additional work in preparing and submitting for registration a Legal Charge to register any additional funds provided by a third party (other than the main lender) towards the purchase of the property.

 

From £125.00 + VAT

Title Insurance (except standard Chancel Repair Liability)

A charge to cover the additional administrative work in obtaining any insurance in relation to the title to the Property (e.g., where there are old covenants).   This charge is in addition to both the premium (usually a one-off payment) and the cost of any Statutory Declaration that may be needed in connection with the insurance.

 

£95.00 + VAT

Title Insurance (standard Chancel Repair Liability)

A charge to cover the additional administrative work in obtaining straightforward insurance in relation to Chancel Repair Liability.  This charge is in addition to both the premium (usually a one-off payment) and assumes there are no specific requirements of the insurer and no Statutory Declaration necessary.

 

£35.00 + VAT

Statutory Declarations

A charge to cover the work in preparing or approving any Statutory Declarations needed in connection with the transaction generally, e.g. to establish a right of way.   Most Declarations are straightforward, but a few can be complicated and require specialised drafting and preparation.

 

£115.00 + VAT

Help to Buy additional charges

A charge to cover additional work in liaising with the Help to Buy Agent, the Developer and the Developer's Solicitor. Perusal of and advising upon additional paperwork to include the Help to Buy Charge and the Solicitors Undertakings.  Liaising with your initial Lender

 

£200.00 + VAT

New Build additional charges

A charge to cover additional work in liaising with the Developer and the Developer's Solicitor. Perusal of and advising upon additional paperwork to include various Transfer Deeds, Agreements relating to Highways, Water & Drainage, Planning and non-standard contracts.

 

£100.00 + VAT

Wills and Probate Fees

Creating a Will can help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that may be payable on any assets or money that you leave behind upon your death. It is especially important if you have children or other dependants. However, your Will also ensures that your wishes for your assets and any dependants are carried out upon your death. A Will provides you with peace of mind that at this difficult time, your affairs will be in order and your wishes clear.

As every case is different, these fees are provided as a guide. A full estimate of costs will be provided to you for your signed agreement before any fee-generating work is carried out.

Administration of an estate – applying for the Grant, collecting and distributing the assets

On average, the range of fee for this type of work is £2,000-£4,000 plus VAT and disbursements (see below).  In addition, we may charge a percentage of the estate, for example, 1% of non-property assets and 0.5% of property assets. 

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the estate. 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.

However, experience has taught us that during such a difficult time, families would like to keep matters simple, and that includes costs.  Where possible, we would aim to provide you with a straightforward estimate of charges which we will agree not to exceed (subject to the exclusions in the potential additional costs below).

Where possible, we would aim to help you to keep the administrative costs down by using third parties, e.g. a Stockbroker for the sale of shares who can often sell for lower commission than that of a Registrar. 

We will handle the full process for you. As part of our fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced Probate lawyer
  • Identify the legally appointed executors and beneficiaries
  • Correspond with all the relevant banks, building societies, and asset holders
  • Correspond with all utility providers (if the property is vacant)
  • Identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for the executors to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate
  • Collect and realise all assets in the estate
  • Pay estate liabilities
  • Prepare Estate Accounts
  • Distribute all the assets in the estate

This quote is for an estate where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • The deceased was domiciled in England and Wales
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than 5 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable.
  • The executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate
  • There is no DWP investigation

Disbursements anticipated for this work are:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • £5.00 for swearing of the Oath plus £2.00 for each Will and Codicil where the Partners are the executors (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department Searches (UK only) (£2.00 per beneficiary)
  • Statutory Notice in London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (estimate £82.20 including VAT)
  • Statutory Notice in Local Newspaper – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims (estimate £130 including VAT)

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. The fee charged for Statutory Notices will depend upon the content of the notice.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will 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 the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) or investments 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 each (1 per asset usually)
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included
  • If it is necessary to prepare HMRC tax returns for the deceased (income tax and capital gains tax) and the estate administration period (income tax and capital gains tax) this will incur an additional fee.
  • If the DWP carry out an investigation into the estate, we will charge an additional fee for the time spent based upon an hourly rate.
  • If a claim is intimated or made against the estate, we will charge an additional fee for the time spent based upon an hourly rate.
  • If there is a need to prepare a Deed of Variation, we will charge an additional fee for this service and we will provide you with a quote for this work if this is required.
  • If there is a need to prove the validity of the Will, we will charge an additional fee for the time spent based upon an hourly rate.
  • If the estate consists of Foreign property or assets. This will include bank accounts or property in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man or Ireland as well as other Countries.  Additional work will be required to obtain a Grant for the relevant country.
  • If it is necessary to claim a partial Spousal/Civil Partner Transferable Nil Rate Band, the executors will need to submit a full account to HMRC and we will charge for the additional time spent based upon an hourly rate.
  • If it is necessary to claim the Residence Nil Rate Band and/or Transferable Nil Rate Band, the executors will need to submit a full account to HMRC and we will charge for the additional time spent based upon an hourly rate.
  • If Inheritance Tax is payable, this must be paid before the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration is granted by the Court. We can assist with liaising with HMRC to pay the Inheritance Tax.  We will charge for the additional time spent based upon an hourly rate.

How long will it take?

This will depend upon the number of assets and liabilities in the estate. For example, it can take longer to administer an estate where there is one or more property to sell and shareholdings that need to be transferred or sold.

The average time for an estate administration would be between 9 to 12 months if there is no property to be sold.

The key stages are:

  • Obtaining valuations for all assets and details of all liabilities
  • Completing HMRC forms and payment of any Inheritance Tax
  • Preparing the application for the Grant of Representation
  • Registering the Grant of Representation with all banks, building societies, investment companies etc to close accounts
  • Receive funds and pay debts and any legacies
  • Deal with any income tax payable
  • Transfer or sell any property
  • Prepare Estate Accounts
  • Pay any final debts and distribute the estate

The team members in the Wills and Probate team can be found by following these links: 

Vicky Jones

Elizabeth Brown

Andrea Jones

Christian Jenkins

Pheobe Tranter

 

Service

Description

Fees

Simple Will

Creation of a Will with no complexities, Trusts, Inheritance Act or taxation issues. Additional fees will apply if a home or hospital visit is required.

£200 + VAT

Mirror Wills

Creation of mirror wills for a married couple with no complexities, Trusts,  Inheritance Act or taxation issues. Additional fees will apply if a home or hospital visit is required.

£350 + VAT

Lasting Power of Attorney

Advice in relation to a Lasting Power of Attorney and the preparation and registration of the documentation.

£350 + VAT (single)

£650 + VAT (mirror)

Administration of an Estate

 

Estimated fees for a standard administration:

£2000-£4000 + VAT

Please note that an estimate for a complex estate consisting of a number of assets and tax issues may reach in excess of £15,000 + VAT.

Estate Charges where Lawson-West are not executors:

1% of non-property assets

0.5% of property assets

Estate Charges where Lawson-West are executors:

1.5% of non-property assets

0.75% of property assets

Disbursements:

Probate application fee of £155

Swearing of the Oath £5 plus £2.00 for each Will and Codicil where the Partners are the executors (per executor)

Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department Searches (UK only) £2.00 per beneficiary

Statutory Notice in London Gazette – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors estimate £82.20 incl. VAT

Statutory Notice in Local Newspaper estimate £130 incl. VAT

Grant of Probate

Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration

Fixed fee starts from: £650 + VAT

Additional work is charged at further fixed fee blocks dependent upon what additional work is required to be completed.

Disbursements:

Probate application fee £155 plus £0.50 for each office copy

Electronic Identity Check £5 + VAT. Hourly rate for any proof of validity of the Will and/or Codicils

Additional charges for any other support including but not limited to Inheritance Tax, liaising with HMRC

Employment Case Fees for Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal Cases

The information on employment case fees for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims below should be used as a guide. All cases are different and will be treated as such. At Lawson-West we are trying to provide as much price transparency as possible, however, before engaging us on any fee-generating work, we will provide you with a detailed estimate of costs and any disbursements.

The team is made up of the following people. For information on their year of qualification, areas of specialism, types of cases that they handle and experience, please follow the links below:

Services

Description

Fees

Pursuing claims of unfair or wrongful dismissal

Private paying claims on an hourly rate basis. Cases usually require between 10 and 30 hours of legal support.

The approach taken by the other side and tribunal may increase or decrease costs.

From £120 + VAT to £290 + VAT per hour, depending upon experience and qualifications.

 

If the matter proceeds to a hearing then we may incur Barrister’s fees.

 

Fixed Fee claims may be offered in specific situations.

From £2,000 to £10,000 + VAT plus Barrister’s fees.

 

Damage-Based Agreements, Conditional Fee Arrangements or no-Win-No-Fee Agreements.

A deduction of 35% Inc. VAT of any successful or settled claims towards fees. If you lose, you do not pay anything towards your legal fees. 

 

Legal Expenses insurance or Family Legal Protection supported claims

Lawson-West Solicitors have arrangements with various panels and have agreed hourly rates.  Once Lawson-West has been appointed by your Insurers all work will be funded on this agreed hourly rate.

 

 

 

 

Defending claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal claims

Defence of claims or private paying claims are charged on an hourly rate basis.

Cases usually require between 10 and 30 hours of legal support. The approach taken by the other side and tribunal may increase or decrease costs.

From £120 + VAT to £290 + VAT depending upon experience and qualifications.

 

If the matter proceeds to a hearing then we may incur Barrister’s fees.

 

Legal expense or commercial insurance supported claim defence

Lawson-West Solicitors have agreed hourly rates for different panel Insurers in order to defend your claim on this hourly rate basis.  This varies, depending on which Insurance Company it relates to.  You are not liable for any of Lawson-West fees once Lawson-West has been appointed by the Insurers in this matter.

All costs on this page have been provided as a guide. If you have any questions regarding these outline fees, please contact our offices on 0116 212 1000 and we will direct your call according to your query.