Typical Fees

Residential Conveyancing


We have three offices in Old Street London EC1, Baker Street London W1 and Manchester Piccadilly which all have teams carrying out conveyancing.

The team at Old Street is supervised by partners Sarah Hung, Paul Cain and Deniz Oguzkanli and comprises solicitors and other conveyancers.

The team at Baker Street is supervised by partners John O’Callaghan and Mustafa Abbas, and comprises solicitors and other conveyancers.

The team at Manchester is supervised by partner Afsheen Nasr, and comprises solicitors and other conveyancers.

You will have a dedicated person who will be responsible for your case and who will be supported by team colleagues.


Our fees for conveyancing services will depend on the value of the property and the degree of complexity. We do not aim to be the cheapest in the market, but to offer good value for quality work and service.

Residential Property sales and purchases.

Our fees will range from £950 plus vat at the lower end of the scale to, for example, £2,500 plus vat for a purchase of £2,000,000. Some examples are given below but please do contact us without obligation us for a specific quotation tailored to the particular work involved. The more information we have about the transaction the more accurate we can be.

Our fees will include:


  • Dealing with identity requirements and other compliance
  • Reviewing title and information supplied by the seller
  • Carrying out searches and enquires
  • Reporting to you on the transaction
  • Acting for your mortgage lender
  • Dealing with exchange of contracts
  • Preparing for and dealing with completion
  • Dealing with your Stamp Duty Land Tax Return and payment
  • Registration at land Registry


  • Dealing with identity requirements and other compliance
  • Preparing sale contract and documentation
  • Dealing with purchaser enquires
  • Dealing with exchange of contracts
  • Preparing for and dealing with completion
  • Paying off existing mortgage and accounting to you for sale monies ( if there are multiple charges or restrictions to be redeemed we may charge additional fees depending on the work involved)


  • Dealing with identity requirements and other compliance
  • Reviewing mortgage offer and conditions and dealing with requirements of the lender
  • Preparing mortgage documentation
  • Preparing for and dealing with completion
  • Paying off existing mortgage and accounting to you for sale monies
  • Completing the remortgage and registering at Land Registry

Non standard transactions

We may charge different fees for cases which have particular features or complications. For example:

  • Auction purchase. Typical additional charge will be 25% of our usual fee
  • Unregistered title Registration of tile. Typical additional charge will be 25% of our usual fee.
  • New build properties. Typical additional charge will be 25% of our usual fee.
  • Islamic mortgage. Typical additional charge will be 25% of our usual fee.
  • Help to buy. Supplement £150 plus vat
  • Help to Buy ISA £50.00 plus vat
  • Shared ownership. Supplement £250 plus vat
  • Purchase of repossessed property. Typical additional charge will be 25% of our usual fee.
  • Lease extensions and variations. Fees dependent on terms and complexity.
  • Buy to let mortgages by specialist lenders
  • Overseas identity requirements ( £250 to £500 plus vat )
  • Documentation for Gifts of deposits ( typically £150 plus vat)
  • Dealing with defective titles
  • Some example simple cases are provided below

    Example for a leasehold purchase of a flat for £350,000 by a first time buyer

    Our fees Amount VAT
    Our fee for acting in leasehold purchase of £350,000 £1,200 £240
    Other Costs
    Bank transfer fee (to complete) £35 £7
    Completing Land Transaction Return £50 £10
    £1,285 £257
    Disbursements Amount VAT
    Searches (indicative cost; amount varies per Local Authority) £200 £40
    Land Registry Priority Searches £4 n/a
    Bankruptcy Search per person £3 n/a
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (assuming you have never previously owned a property) £2,500 n/a
    Land Registry Fee £135 n/a
    Check on the seller’s solicitor’s bank account £12 n/a
    Electronic ID checks £12 n/a
    Fee payable to landlord to record change of ownership (this is very variable depending on the lease) £100 £20
    Chancel policy (to protect against any potential liability under ancient laws to contribute to church repair) £17.50 n/a
    £3,016 £60
    Total Amount VAT
    £4,301 £317

    Freehold remortgage of freehold house with redemption of existing mortgage

    Our fees Amount VAT
    Our fee for acting in freehold remortgage of £350,000 £650 £130
    Other Costs
    Bank transfer fee (to complete) £35 £7
    Bank transfer fee (to redeem mortgage) £35 £7
    £720 £144
    Disbursements Amount VAT
    Searches indemnity policy (if lender allows, this will be less than the cost of searches) £51 n/a
    Land Registry Priority Search £4 n/a
    Bankruptcy Search £3 n/a
    Land Registry Fee £40 n/a
    Electronic ID checks £12 n/a
    Total Amount VAT
    £830 £144

    Other information

    This information is provided for illustration purposes and to help clients understand how we charge for our services. Please do discuss your circumstances. If you instruct us you will be provided with a tailored quotation in our client care letter / terms of business which will set out our relationship.

    Employment Tribunal cases – claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal


    The team at Old Street is supervised by partners Gerard Airey, Rebecca Roberts, and Jonathan Roberts, and comprises solicitors and other fee earners.

    You will have a dedicated person who will be responsible for your case and who will be supported by team colleagues.


    There are three main elements to the legal fees that you will incur in relation to employment tribunal cases:

    • Our fees;
    • Expenses we must pay out of your behalf; and
    • Costs that you may have to pay another party.
    • The amount we charge depends on a number of different factors such complexity and value. We charge clients based on the amount of time that we spend on a matter. The hourly rate will depend on the seniority of the lawyer acting on your matter and also how complex the work is. Our typical hourly rates range from £230 per hour + VAT for a solicitor to £300 per hour + VAT for a Partner.

      However every case is different and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your circumstances as we may be able to consider an alternative method of funding such as legal expenses insurance or a damages based agreement. We sometimes agree fixed fees for different stages of a matter if appropriate for your case.

      Expenses (disbursements)

      Even where our charges are fixed, you may also have to pay some expenses in addition. For example, a barrister’s fees, court fees or fees for an expert witness. We will usually notify you of the amount of these expenses before they are incurred.

      Costs you may have to pay another party

      Costs do not usually follow the event in the Employment Tribunal which means that even if you win, you will usually have to pay your own legal fees. There are a few circumstances when the Employment Tribunal will award costs and it is possible that either you or the other party can apply for a costs order from the Employment Tribunal.

      Overall Costs

      We estimate that the total cost to bring or defend a case in the Employment Tribunal will be approximately:

      • £20,000 - £25,000 + VAT for an ordinary unfair dismissal case.
      • £25,000 - £50,000 + VAT for a complex case such as automatic unfair dismissal involving discrimination.

      This estimate includes our professional charges and disbursements (for example, a barrister’s costs and photocopying costs). An Employment Tribunal case can become more complicated and this will increase our legal fees. For example, the ‘estimated total legal costs’ does not include defending applications brought by your opponent – this would increase cost and we would notify you about this before incurring additional fees. Additionally, if you make a claim and the employer argues that you are self-employed or if there are jurisdictional issues that need to be dealt with, this will also affect our fees and is not included in the ‘estimated total legal costs’.

      We also point out that in the majority of cases a settlement is reached before trial, which would reduce the overall cost. If you instruct us you will be proved with a tailored quotation for your case in our client care letter / terms of business.

      What are the key stages of an Employment Tribunal?

      The key stages are as follows and are included in the estimated overall legal costs:

      • Taking your initial instructions and reviewing the initial documentation that you send to us.
      • Doing a ‘case assessment’ where we will send you a letter of advice on the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
      • Negotiating with your employer through ACAS after you have submitted the ACAS early conciliation notification.
      • Drafting the claim form (ET1) or response (ET3).
      • Preparing a schedule of loss or responding to the claimant’s schedule of loss with a counter schedule of loss.
      • Liaising with counsel, agreeing a list of issues, reviewing the documentation, preparing a bundle for the preliminary hearing and preparing for the preliminary hearing.
      • Attending the preliminary hearing and discussing the outcome with you.
      • Advising you on your disclosure obligations, reviewing the documents that you will disclose and submitting the disclosure documents to the other side.
      • Preparing the bundle of documents to give to the other parties and the employment tribunal.
      • Preparing witness statements and advising on the witness statements provided by the other side.
      • Agreeing and preparing a bundle for the final hearing.
      • Liaising with the barrister in relation to the final hearing, reviewing the documentation in relation to the final hearing and attending the final hearing.

      Likely timescale

      A simple Employment Tribunal case is likely to take 12-18 months from start to finish, if the matter goes to trial (this is largely dependent on how busy the Tribunal is). However as stated above Employment Tribunal cases often settle and can be resolved before the full hearing.

      Uncontested Probate Work

      When someone passes away it is often necessary to obtain a Grant of Representation to obtain the authority to deal with the deceased’s assets and liabilities whether or not a Will had been made.

      Instructing a solicitor with specialist knowledge of the process required to wind up an estate can help you at this difficult time. We can obtain the Grant on your behalf and will also be able to collect in and distribute the assets to beneficiaries and assist with any other matters that arise in relation to the estate and any ongoing trust.

      Our team of experts:

      The team comprises Devorah Ormonde, Chris O’Callaghan and Natasha Southam who are all qualified solicitors based at our Old Street office who have extensive experience of administering estates as well as dealing with all other areas of Private Client practice. We are all members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners which is the global professional network for private client specialists and assures the highest professional standards. Devorah Ormonde who heads the team is a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and has completed the association education course of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and can also advise on any disputes arising out of the administration. You can therefore be sure that your matter will be in safe and capable hands.

      What are the legal costs?

      We aim to offer competitive fees for high quality advice and work. The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter, as outlined below. The fee estimates shown below apply to uncontested estates only. An uncontested estate is defined as an estate where there is no dispute as to the validity of the Will, between the beneficiaries on the division of assets and that there are no claims being made against the estate.

      Work carried out by Chris and Natasha will be charged on the basis of their hourly charging rate of £230 (excluding VAT). Work carried out by Devorah will be charged at the rate of £300 (excluding VAT) per hour. We do not charge a percentage of the estate.

      It may be possible to agree a fixed fee for administering a simple estate and this could typically range between £1,750 and £3,500 (excluding VAT) depending on the circumstances of the estate and the seniority and experience of the person responsible for the work.

      An example of a simple uncontested estate is one where:

      • There is a valid will or there is no will but it is not necessary to trace beneficiaries under intestacy;
      • All assets and liabilities are held in the UK;
      • The deceased was UK domiciled;
      • There is no more than one property;
      • There are bank accounts held with no more than 5 banks;
      • If there are shares these are held with one registrar;
      • There are no more than 6 beneficiaries and they are all identifiable and traceable, and no trust is required (such as for a minor or vulnerable person);
      • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full inheritance tax account to HMRC.
      What does this fee include?

      You will be provided with a dedicated and experienced private client solicitor who will see the process through from start to finish. Their professional service will include the following:

      • Identifying the executors or administrators and the type of Grant required;
      • Notifying the institutions holding assets and obtaining the required documents and asset valuations;
      • Completing the return of estate information form;
      • Drafting the statement of truth for you;
      • Making the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf;
      • Obtaining the Grant and sending this to the institutions;
      • Collecting the assets, attending to the institutions’ requirements, and paying any liabilities;
      • Preparing the estate administration accounts for your approval; and
      • Distributing all assets in the estate to the entitled beneficiaries.
      Are there any additional costs?

      Disbursements will be payable to third parties in addition to our fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The potential third party costs are as follows:

      Our fees Amount Other costs
      Probate application fee: £155 £1.50 for each additional sealed copy of the Grant
      Land Registry title documents: £3 per title document
      London Gazette and local paper Notices (protect trustees against unknown creditor claims): £62.15 – 366.15 (plus VAT)
      Property valuations by a RICS qualified surveyor (estimate): £450 (plus VAT)
      Asset search for any missing assets: £135 (plus VAT)
      National Will Register search: £38 – 95 (plus VAT)
      How long does the process take?

      On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4-6 months from taking instructions to closing our file. The time it takes to obtain the information required to prepare the probate application often takes 2-6 weeks. This depends both on the assets held in the estate, the efficiency of third parties in responding to us, and on how promptly the executors are able to liaise with us and sign documents. Typically, obtaining the Grant (once the application has been sent to the Registry) takes 3-6 weeks. Collecting in the assets then follows, which can take up to 8 weeks depending on the assets involved.

      Finalising and approving the estate accounts and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries can then take up to 4 weeks.

      If there is a property to sell, then the process will take longer to finalise and be dependent on the property market. There will also be a separate charge for acting on your behalf in connection with the sale of any property and this will be confirmed with you by a solicitor in our conveyancing team prior to any work being undertaken.

      What if my matter is more complicated?

      If a full inheritance tax account is required or there are other reasons why the estate is more complicated, our hourly charging rates will apply and the costs will depend on the complexity and the work which needs to be completed. It is important to provide us with as much information about the estate as you can at the outset so that we can try to provide as accurate an estimate of our costs as possible prior to commencing work.

      Possible complications include:

      • Multiple beneficiaries, including those that are charitable, resident overseas, under 18 and/or vulnerable;
      • One or more of the beneficiaries cannot be located, whether under a will or an Intestacy;
      • There is more than one property, a life interest in a property, and/or investment properties;
      • Inheritance tax is payable;
      • An application for the Residence Nil Rate Band inheritance tax relief is required;
      • A trust is created in the Will, or arises in respect of a minor beneficiary;
      • There are shareholdings with more than one share registrar
      • A deed of variation is being entered into to vary the beneficial entitlements;
      • The estate has an international element, for example: the deceased was non-UK domiciled or there is a query over their domicile status or owned assets in another jurisdiction.
      What if I want to do some of the work myself?

      If you would like to obtain valuations of all the assets and liabilities in the estate and to deal with the administration of the estate yourself but would like us to prepare and submit an application for the grant of representation on your behalf, then provided that a full inheritance tax account is not required and we do not have to communicate with any third parties other than the Probate Registry, the work would be carried out at a fixed fee of £1,250 (excluding VAT) if it is not necessary to transfer an inheritance tax allowance from the deceased’s spouse. If it is also necessary to apply for the transfer of an unused inheritance tax allowance from the deceased’s spouse, the cost would be £1,400 plus VAT.

      As part of this fixed fee we would:

      • Identify the type of grant required and the documentation required to enable us to complete the paperwork to apply for the grant
      • Complete the return of estate information form;
      • Draft the statement of truth for you;
      • Complete any necessary form to transfer the inheritance tax allowance of the deceased’s spouse
      • Make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf;
      • Send you the grant of representation.

      If any additional work is required, there would be additional costs.



      The team at Old Street is led by Hillay Janebdar and supervised by a partner, Deniz Oguzkanli and comprises of solicitors and/or other fee earners.

      You will have a dedicated person who will be responsible for your case and who will be supported by team colleagues.

      OUR FEES

      Our fees for immigration are dependant on the application, stage, time consumption and the degree of complexity and urgency. Our fees are usually inclusive of attending on the client and taking their instructions, considering documents, providing advice, preparing and submitting the application, advising on timelines and the likely outcome of their application. All our fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements.

      As a rough guide, our fees for:

        Naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981 range between £1500- £2000 plus VAT plus Disbursements.
      1. Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates range between £1500 and £2500 plus VAT plus Disbursements.
      2. Initial application for a registration certificate as a worker will for instance be charged at £1500 plus VAT plus Disbursements where as an application for permanent residence on the basis of self employment will be charged at £2500 plus VAT plus disbursements.
      Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
      1. Student and work experience visas are charged between £1200 -1800 plus VAT plus Disbursements
      2. Visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family)are charged between £1000 and £2000 plus VAT plus Disbursements
      3. Spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners are charged between £1500 - 2500 plus VAT plus Disbursements.
      4. Applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System are charged between £1800 to £6000 plus VAT plus Disbursements. For instance, Tier 4 students will be charged at the lower end of the this estimate where as Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneurs are more likely to fall towards the higher end of the fees.
      5. Dependent relative and family reunion applications are charged £1500 plus VAT plus disbursements
      6. Ancestry visas are charged between £1500 to £2000 plus VAT plus Disbursements
      7. Other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence are also charged between £1500 - 2000 plus VAT plus Disbursements

      ***Please note that all fees are per applicant. Where an application involves family members, we do consider discounts if the applications are being submitted at the same time.


      These are costs payable to a third party such as the Home Office. Disbursements can include Immigration Health Surcharges, Application fees, premium service fees, Court fees, Counsel fees and expert and/or interpreters fees.

      Please do contact us for an obligation free but case specific quote.

      The information above is provided for illustration purposes only and to help clients understand how we charge for our services. Please do discuss your circumstances. If you instruct us you will be proved with a detailed quotation in our client care letter / terms of business which will sets out the terms and conditions of our relationship.

      Road Traffic Offences


      The team at Old Street is led and supervised by partner Piers Desser and comprises of solicitors and/or other fee earners.

      OUR FEES

      Our fixed fee for road traffic allegations involving a guilty plea are between £750 plus VAT and £1250 plus VAT, depending on court location.

      This fee includes:

      • 2 hours attendance and preparation
      • considering evidence
      • taking your instructions
      • providing advice on possible sentences
      • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates’ Court

      This 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 following key stages of your matter are on the basis that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

      • Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on your case
      • We will consider initial prosecution papers, any other evidence and provide advice
      • Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary (this may include an additional cost of £250.00 plus VAT)
      • We will explain the court procedure so you know what to expect at your hearing, as well as 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 day and meet with you before going before the court. We anticipate being at court for 3 hours
      • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost

      Should you enter a plea of not guilty and have a Magistrates’ Court trial the fixed fee would most likely be £2,000 - £2,500 for a 4 hour trial. This fee would rise in the event that the preparation work was complex or the hearing was longer in duration.

      In some cases there may also be additional legal costs, known as disbursements. These can include fees for expert evidence, such as a medico-legal report, or fees incurred by requesting information, such as medical records. These costs are determined by those experts so can only be estimated once we have discussed the circumstances of your case.

      For court attendances outside London, ether may also be a travel disbursement payable depending on the distance travelled.

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