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Probate

Legal costs

There are two main elements to the legal costs of obtaining a grant of probate and distributing an estate:

  • our charges; and
  • expenses we must pay out of your behalf

Our charges

We charge a price of 1% of the value of the assets in the estate, and 0.75% of the value of the home. We may also charge an additional fee of £25 for office administration and £25 for banking administration.

If a matter or transaction does not reach a conclusion, we reserve the right to charge for the work done, using our normal charging basis of £250 per hour. This applies even where a fixed rate has been agreed for the whole matter.

Our charges do not include VAT, which we will add to your bill at the prevailing rate.

Expenses

Even where our charges are fixed, we would usually expect to incur certain expenses your behalf which we will also add to your bill. The amount of expenses can vary and the following is an estimate only:

ExpenseEstimated amountVAT chargeable
Probate application fee£155no
Stamped office copies of grant of probate£0.50 per copyno
Land Charges Bankruptcy searches for beneficiaries£2no
Section 27 notice£62.15 plus £185 for newspaper noticeyes

Estimated total legal costs

We estimate that the total cost of applying for the grant of probate and distributing the estate will be in the range of £1,500 – £10,000, including our charges, the expenses we expect to pay on your behalf and VAT.

This estimate includes:

  • our charges;
  • Probate Registry fees;
  • The cost of obtaining stamped office copies of the grant of probate;
  • VAT at the prevailing rate of 20%

Additional costs

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ shown above assumes there is a valid will, no inheritance tax to pay and the estate does not include any shareholdings. Additional amounts may be payable for our charges and/or expenses if there is no will, the assets or tax situation are complex or distribution of the estate is contested.

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ specifically does not include:

  • The sale of transfer of any property forming part of the estate;
  • Providing tax advice or dealing with HMRC about inheritance tax;
  • Dealing with any overseas assets; or
  • Dealing with any Department for Work & Pensions claims on the estate

Likely timescale and key stages

Probate matters usually take between four to twelve months from receiving your instructions to completing the distribution of the estate. This is on the basis that the transaction proceeds relatively smoothly without unexpected complications. If any complications of any nature arise the matter will take longer. We will advise you if and when this occurs.

Most matters of this nature involve the following key stages:

  • Obtaining a list of assets and getting valuations ~ 3 months;
  • Drafting the Estate return and oath/statement of truth ~ 2 weeks;
  • Applying for the grant of probate ~ 3 weeks;
  • Post-grant collecting/selling off assets ~ 12 weeks
  • Finalising estate accounts and distributing the estate ~ 6 weeks

Our expertise

Our team has over 90 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to probate. The team has particular expertise in dealing with high value estates, and estates which include assets outside of the UK.

For details of the members of the team who may work on your matter, please see: https://www.patronlaw.co.uk/the-team. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Benjamin May.

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Residential Conveyancing

Legal costs

There are two main elements to the legal costs of residential conveyancing:

  • our charges; and
  • expenses we must pay out of your behalf

Our charges

We charge a fixed price starting at £1,250 and increasing to up to 0.2% of the purchase price for the property, depending on the complexity of the transaction, the purchase price, and whether the title is freehold or leasehold. In addition, we charge an office and banking administration fee of £50.

If a matter or transaction does not reach a conclusion, we reserve the right to charge for the work done, using our normal charging basis of £250 per hour. This applies even where a fixed rate has been agreed for the whole matter.

Our charges do not include VAT, which we will add to your bill at the prevailing rate.

Expenses

Even where our charges are fixed, we would usually expect to incur certain expenses on your behalf which we will also add to your bill. The amount of expenses can vary and the following is an estimate only:

ExpenseEstimated amountVAT chargeable
Land Registry official copies£3 per title register or planno
Land Registry registration fee for purchasers£20 – £455 (based on value of transaction)no
Land Charges Bankruptcy search for purchasers£2no
Land Registry official search for purchasers£3no
Property searches for purchasers£250 – £350yes
Management company administration fee for leasehold propertiesAccording to the lease, but typically £20-200yes
Deed of Covenant for leasehold propertiesAccording to the lease, but typically £20-200
Stamp Duty Land Tax for purchasersAccording to latest applicable ratesno

Estimated total legal costs

We estimate that the total cost of residential conveyancing will be in the range of £2,130 – £12,886, including our charges, the expenses we expect to pay on your behalf and VAT. In addition, there may be Stamp Duty Land Tax payable which is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price, where applicable.

This estimate includes:

  • our charges;
  • Land Registry fees and expenses;
  • The cost of carrying out searches;
  • VAT at the prevailing rate of 20%.

Additional costs

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ shown above assumes that the more common types of property searches are carried out. Additional amounts may be payable for our charges and/or expenses if less common searches are required, or if the results of our enquiries. Furthermore, if the transaction is a purchase, there may be Stamp Duty Land Tax payable. For leasehold transactions, there may be management company or landlord fees to be paid.

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ specifically does not include:

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax;
  • Management company or landlord fees.

Likely timescale and key stages

Residential conveyancing matters usually take between two to four months from receiving your instructions to completion. This is on the basis that the transaction proceeds relatively smoothly without unexpected complications. If any complications of any nature arise the matter will take longer. We will advise you if and when this occurs.

Most matters of this nature involve the following key stages:

  • Reviewing title documents and the draft contract ~ 2 week;
  • Pre-contract enquiries and searches ~ 4 weeks;
  • Exchange of contracts and pre-completion matters ~ 2 weeks;
  • Completion and post-completion tasks ~ 4 weeks.

Our expertise

Our team has over 115 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to residential conveyancing. The team has particular expertise in sales and purchases of high value leasehold and freehold properties, along with re-mortgaging and bridging finance.

For details of the members of the team who may work on your matter, please see: https://www.patronlaw.co.uk/the-team. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Alexander Zivancevic.

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Employment disputes

(Unfair/Wrongful dismissal)

Legal costs

There are two main elements to the legal costs of employment disputes:

  • our charges;
  • expenses we must pay out of your behalf; and
  • costs that you may have to pay another party.

Our charges

Our hourly rate is £375 per hour, but we reserve the right to increase the hourly rates if the work done is particularly complex or urgent, or the nature of the instruction requires us to work outside normal office hours. If this happens, we will notify you in advance and agree an appropriate rate.

On average, this type of work takes 10-30 hours to complete. The means that on average our charges will be £7,500.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances of your case, such as:

  • the amount of evidence to be reviewed
  • the number of witness statements that need to be drafted
  • the directions issued by the Employment Tribunal
  • whether the dispute is settled out of court

If a matter does not reach a conclusion, we reserve the right to charge for the work done, using our normal charging basis of £375 per hour. This applies even where a fixed rate has been agreed for the whole matter.

Our charges do not include VAT, which we will add to your bill at the prevailing rate.

Expenses

We would usually expect to incur certain expenses your behalf which we will also add to your bill. We cannot give an exact figure for expenses we will incur on your behalf but this is likely to be in the region of £5,000, including barrister’s fees.

Costs you may have to pay another party

In some types of litigation, the losing party may be ordered to pay their opponent’s legal costs. This will depend on the nature and value of the dispute. We will advise you about this risk at the outset of your matter and discuss what steps can be taken to minimise it, eg buying insurance.

Estimated total legal costs

We estimate that the total cost of the employment claim will be in the range of £7,500 – £15,000, including our charges, the expenses we expect to pay on your behalf and VAT.

This estimate includes:

  • our charges;
  • Barrister charges;
  • VAT at the prevailing rate of 20%.

Additional costs

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ shown above assumes that the matter will be resolved at the Employment Tribunal and any award of damages is paid.

The ‘Estimated total legal costs’ specifically does not include:

  • Any appeal procedure;
  • Enforcement action to enforce any ruling;
  • Advising you on a settlement agreement.

Likely timescale and key stages

Employment disputes usually take between four to twelve months from receiving your instructions to reaching a conclusion. This is on the basis that the case proceeds relatively smoothly without unexpected complications, and will also depend on the directions issued by the Employment Tribunal. If any complications of any nature arise the matter will take longer. We will advise you if and when this occurs.

Most matters of this nature involve the following key stages:

  • Taking initial instructions and reviewing evidence;
  • Drafting witness statements and preparing the bundle for disclosure;
  • Exchange of witness statements;
  • Preparing for the hearing at the Employment Tribunal;
  • The hearing itself.

Our expertise

Our team has over 50 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to Employment law.

For details of the members of the team who may work on your matter, please see: https://www.patronlaw.co.uk/the-team. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by John Blank.

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Immigration

Legal costs

There are two main elements to the legal costs of immigration work:

  • our charges; and
  • expenses we must pay out of your behalf

Our charges

Our hourly rate varies within the team between £250 and £375 per hour, depending on who performs the work on your behalf, but we reserve the right to increase the hourly rates if the work done is particularly complex or urgent, or the nature of the instruction requires us to work outside normal office hours. If this happens, we will notify you in advance and agree an appropriate rate.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the type of work you ask us to do, and on the specifics and complexity of your circumstances. Typically, our fees for straightforward matters would be as follows:

Applications for non-EEA citizens:

  • Visitor visa – £2,500 – £6,000
  • Entry clearance – £2,000 – £15,000
  • Leave to remain – £2,000 – £12,000
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain – £2,500 – £8,000; and
  • Citizenship – £1,000 – £3,500

For example, our fees for an Entry Clearance application in the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category would be £7,500 (exclusive of VAT and expenses, and assuming 20 hours of work)

Applications for EEA citizens:

  • Registration card – £1,500 – £3,500; and
  • Permanent Residence – £1,500 – £3,500.

If a matter does not reach a conclusion, we reserve the right to charge for the work done, using the applicable hourly rate that has been agreed at the outset. This applies even where a fixed rate has been agreed for the whole matter.

Our charges do not include VAT, which we will add to your bill at the prevailing rate.

Expenses

We would usually expect to incur certain expenses your behalf which we will also add to your bill. These are likely to include:

  • Home Office fees;
  • Barrister’s fees, which will be agreed in advance;
  • Translation fees; and
  • NARIC language confirmation at £150 per qualification (expedited service)

On occasion we may also use couriers within the UK and for international deliveries and their costs can vary depending on the urgency of delivery and location.

Our expertise

Our team has over 20 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to Immigration law.

For details of the members of the team who may work on your matter, please see: https://www.patronlaw.co.uk/the-team. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Alexander Zivancevic.

 


Complaints

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided, please inform us immediately so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

We will always attempt to resolve any complaints, but where this is not possible, complaints and redress mechanisms are provided through the Legal Ombudsman and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Legal Ombudsman

The Legal Ombudsman can help if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. The Legal Ombudsman will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

  • within six months of receiving our final response to your complaint; and
  • no more than:
    • six years from the date of act/omission; or
    • three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please use the contact details below:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints by consumers and very small businesses. This means some clients may not have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, e.g. charities or clubs with an annual income of more than £1m, trustees of trusts with asset value of more than £1m and most businesses (unless they are defined as micro-enterprises). This does not prevent you from making a complaint directly to us.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The SRA can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Regulatory information

Patron Law Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Our SRA registration number is 633376.