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Employment Tribunals

Employment Tribunals Unfair Dismissal

Grade A – Partners and Senior Solicitors over 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £200.00 to £250.00 plus VAT

Grade B – Solicitors between 4 to 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £175.00 to £200.00 plus VAT

Grade C – Solicitors up to 4 years Post Qualification Experience – £150.00 to £175.00 plus VAT

Grade D – Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals – £110.00 to £150.00 plus VAT

For a 1 day hearing at the Employment Tribunal the range of costs is £4,000.00 to £8,000.00 plus VAT and disbursements, this will be determined by the complexity of the issues and the volume of the documents involved along with the number of witnesses.

Anticipated disbursements – Barrister’s fees:

Dealing with preliminary hearing – £500.00 to £1,000.00 plus VAT
Attending a meeting to provide advice – £500.00 to £2,000.00 plus VAT
Dealing with the final hearing or mediation – £750.00 to £2,000.00 plus VAT

The fees will depend upon the seniority of the Barrister who is instructed.

  • Attend initial meeting with you to discuss the case and take instruction, review any documentation you have available and provide any initial advice.
  • Liaise with ACAS to explore whether conciliation is appropriate and if a settlement can be agreed.
  • Complete Tribunal forms on your behalf setting out details of your claim and the background.
  • Prepare a response to a claim brought against you.
  • Draft any additional necessary documentation.
  • Continue to review and advise on the merits of pursuing or defending a claim.
  • Advise on the potential value.
  • Advise and deal with disclosure of documentation and bundles of documents for hearing.
  • Interview witnesses and take detailed witness statements.
  • Continue to review and advise on the claim or Defence.
  • Prepare a detailed chronology and list of issues in dispute.
  • Deal with negotiations and any settlement discussions.
  • Make final preparations for hearing and instruct Barrister to deal with hearing.

Not all cases can be dealt with in one day at the Tribunal and so for a two day hearing, the costs will increase and the range is likely to be up to £10,000.00 plus VAT and, in addition, Barrister’s fees will increase, likely up to £2,500.00 plus VAT for the hearing.

Wrongful Dismissal

Grade A – Partners and Senior Solicitors over 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £200.00 to £250.00 plus VAT

Grade B – Solicitors between 4 to 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £175.00 to £200.00 plus VAT

Grade C – Solicitors up to 4 years Post Qualification Experience – £150.00 to £175.00 plus VAT

Grade D – Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals – £110.00 to £150.00 plus VAT

£4,500.00 to £9,000.00 plus VAT

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. These can include (but not limited to):

Anticipated disbursements – Barrister’s fees:

Dealing with preliminary hearing – £500.00 to £1,000.00 plus VAT
Attending a meeting to provide advice – £500.00 to £2,000.00 plus VAT
Dealing with the final hearing or mediation – £750.00 to £2,000.00 plus VAT

The fees will depend upon the seniority of the Barrister who is instructed.

Court fees – Your court fees will be related to the value of the claim you are making.  So the greater the value of your claim the greater the court fee will be. You will also need to account for the payment of a Court issue fee to start the claim and also a Court hearing fee for a final hearing and any additional Court fees for applications, which need to be made to the Court during the course of the claim.

  • We would meet you to discuss your claim and take detailed instructions about the outcome you wish to achieve.
  • We need to correspond and liaise with all the parties involved and ACAS will also be involved.
  • We would negotiate to see if a settlement can be achieved without the need for proceedings.
  • Court proceedings would be prepared and issued at Court.
  • We would need to conduct a thorough review of all documentary evidence.
  • We would need to interview and take detailed statements from any witnesses, including your own statement.
  • You may be required to meet with your chosen Barrister.
  • There may be Directions hearings at Court if the issues are complicated.
  • We would need to prepare bundles of documents for use at Court.
  • Attend at the final Court hearing.

The stages and range of costs set out above provide an indication of likely final costs but if some of the stages are not reached, then the cost will be less. If a case settles early by negotiation, then costs could be significantly less. You may have legal expenses insurance (such as through your motor or home insurance) which covers your legal costs.

The general timescale for conclusion of your case could be anywhere between 1 month to 12 months, depending upon what stage your case reaches before it is concluded.

STAFF

 

If you would like details of the member of staff who may deal with your case, including information on their qualifications and experience, please refer to the People section of our Website.

Please note the anticipated timeframe and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. 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.

Immigration

Tier 1 (Investor) visa application

The fee information provided here relates to applications for Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications. If you would like to discuss other types of visa applications then please contact a member of our team.

Grade A – Partners and Senior Solicitors over 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £200.00 to £250.00 plus VAT

Grade B – Solicitors between 4 to 8 years Post Qualification Experience – £175.00 to £200.00 plus VAT

Grade C – Solicitors up to 4 years Post Qualification Experience – £150.00 to £175.00 plus VAT

Grade D – Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals – £110.00 to £150.00 plus VAT

The average cost of completing an application is between £8,000 plus VAT and £12,000 plus VAT for the main applicant and £1,500 plus VAT per dependent. Whether VAT will be payable on our fees and any disbursements will depend on where you are resident.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These can include (but not limited to):

  • Interpreter and/or translation fees. The costs for these services will vary widely dependant on the extent to which they are required, as well as the complexity of your case.
  • Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary. 
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal
  • Discussing in detail your circumstances and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • Providing advice on the process and documentation required to apply for Tier 1 (Investor) Visas, together with the strategy for demonstrating that you meet the relevant requirements within the UK Immigration Rules;
  • Liaise with you and your other advisers (where relevant) in relation to the necessary pre-application documentation to be compiled, including obtaining Overseas Criminal Record Certificate(s) and a bank letter to evidence the opening of a UK bank account as required under the UK Immigration Rules; 
  • To draft, complete and submit your online application forms, and review all supporting documents;
  • Schedule your application appointments with the relevant UK Visa Application Centre and prepare all the documentation necessary for this;
  • Liaise with you, your bank(s) and the UK Home Office as appropriate and deal with any other queries on the UK Immigration Rules, or application process, that may arise in respect of your initial Tier 1 (Investor) Visa applications.

How long will my application take?

Ordinarily, a Tier 1 (Investor) visa application can take anywhere between 4 and 6 months to complete, but the exact timing will depend on the circumstances of your case, including (but not limited to):

  • The volume of supporting evidence that would need to be considered
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • The complexity of your case such as whether you are applying with other dependants
  • Whether you have an existing UK bank account
  • Whether a fast-track application route is applicable

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Information about the current processing times can be obtained from the government website here.

Staff

If you would like details of the member of staff who may deal with your case, including information on their qualifications and experience, please refer to the People section of our Website.

Please note the anticipated timeframe and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. 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.

SALE OF PROPERTY

FREEHOLD RESIDENTIAL

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

This is an example of the basis of our fees based on a freehold sale transaction with a sale price of £180,000 in Blackburn:-

Legal fees £599.00*

Electronic money transfer fee £35.00*

Identification Fee £10.00*

Case Management Fee £25.00*

Archive Fee £30.00*

Postage and Copying Fee £10.00*

Office Copy Entries £16.00

*VAT is payable on all prices marked

Estimated total: £866.80 inclusive of VAT

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure an efficient and smooth process.

The length of time it will take from you accepting an offer on your house until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, a longer chain may take longer than a short chain. We will keep you informed of progress throughout, explain the reasons for any delays and advise you if any additional unforeseen work becomes necessary.

Key stages of the process

The specific stages in the sale of a residential property vary according to individual circumstances. However, we have outlined the key stages that are likely to apply:

• You appoint us to act on your behalf and we discuss your transaction and give you initial advice and our best estimate of the cost that will be involved.

• We supply information to you and others involved with the transaction.

• We check the title of the property you are selling to ensure you are the rightful owner.

• We deal with questions and enquiries raised by your buyer’s Solicitors.

• We approve the transfer deed to the buyers of your property.

• We report and provide information to you relating to the property you are selling.

• We give you advice on all documents and information received relating to the sale.

• We send the final contract to you for signature.

• We agree a completion date (date on which you sell the property).

• We exchange contracts with the buyer and notify you that this has happened.

• We complete your sale and account for the proceeds or receive from you any monies required to complete the sale .

• Dealing with all post-completion matters, particularly repaying any outstanding mortgages or loans.

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 complications arise

d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

LEASEHOLD RESIDENTIAL

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

This is an example of the basis of our fees based on a leasehold sale transaction with a sale price of £180,000 in Blackburn:-

Legal fees £799.00*

Electronic money transfer fee £35.00*

Identification Fee £10.00*

Case Management Fee £25.00*

Archive Fee £30.00*

Postage and Copying Fee £10.00*

Office Copy Entries £16.00

*VAT is payable on all prices marked

Estimated total: £1106.80 inclusive of VAT

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure an efficient and smooth process.  There may be specific disbursements that apply to your individual lease, these will be detailed within the lease.  One of the main disbursements that you will have to meet is the Sale Pack provided by the Property Management Company – these fees can vary greatly from Management Company to Management Company and should be in the range of £100.00 – £700.00 however on occasion the fee may be even greater than this, we will be able to better advise you on this once we have access to your sale documents.

The length of time it will take from you accepting an offer on your house until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10-12 weeks. 

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, a longer chain may take longer than a short chain. We will keep you informed of progress throughout, explain the reasons for any delays and advise you if any additional unforeseen work becomes necessary.

Key stages of the process

The specific stages in the sale of a residential property vary according to individual circumstances. However, we have outlined the key stages that are likely to apply:

• You appoint us to act on your behalf and we discuss your transaction and give you initial advice and our best estimate of the cost that will be involved.

• We supply information to you and others involved with the transaction.

• We check the title of the property you are selling to ensure you are the rightful owner.

• We deal with questions and enquiries raised by your buyer’s Solicitors.

• We approve the transfer deed to the buyers of your property.

• We report and provide information to you relating to the property you are selling.

• We give you advice on all documents and information received relating to the sale.

• We send the final contract to you for signature.

• We agree a completion date (date on which you sell the property).

• We exchange contracts with the buyer and notify you that this has happened.

• We complete your sale and account for the proceeds or receive from you any monies required to complete the sale.

• Dealing with all post-completion matters, particularly repaying any outstanding mortgages or loans.

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 complications arise

d. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

e. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

STAFF

 

If you would like details of the member of staff who may deal with your case, including information on their qualifications and experience, please refer to the People section of our Website.

Please note the anticipated timeframe and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. 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.

WILLS PROBATE

This page sets out our range of costs when acting on your behalf in the administration of an estate.

All prices quoted on this page are subject to VAT at the current rate of 20%.

Every case is different and we cannot realistically give you an indication of how much time it will take to administer an estate until we view the exact details of the case.  We have, however, provided a range of costs to give you an idea of what work is likely to be involved. 

It can take anywhere between 10 and 20 hours to deal with the administration of the average estate at a rate of £200 per hour.  In total our fees would range from of £2,000.00 – £4,000.00 (+ VAT) and disbursements.

The exact cost to you will depend on the complexity of the case.  So, for example if the estate has only one beneficiary, one bank account and no property or assets this will be quicker and cheaper to administer than a case with many beneficiaries, many properties and a variety of assets and bank accounts which would be more complicated and therefore more time-consuming and costly to administer.

Our experienced Probate team will deal with all aspects of the administration of the deceased’s estate for you, providing that all of the following criteria are met:

  • A valid will is in existence.
  • The estate is made up of no more than one property.
  • The estate is made up of no more than 5 bank accounts.
  • The estate has no other intangible assets.
  • The estate has a maximum of 6 beneficiaries.
  • The beneficiaries are not in dispute over the division of assets. If disputes arise this will complicate the matter and will likely mean an increase in costs.
  • The estate is of a value where no inheritance tax is payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

You will be liable for the following disbursements in addition to our legal fees:

  • Probate application fee – £155.00.
  • Additional copies of the grant – £1.00 each (1 per asset usually)
  • Swearing of the oath (per executor) – £6.00 or £5.00 for the swearing of the oath (per administrator) where there is no will.
  • Bankruptcy-only search fee (£2.00 per beneficiary – additional fees will apply if any beneficiary is resident abroad)
  • Advertisement in The London Gazette – £83.00 this protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Advertisement in a Local Newspaper – £75-150 this also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements – these are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.  Sweeney Miller will manage the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there are likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can provide you with a more detailed quote once we have more information from you.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in this price.  Our Property department would be happy to provide you with a competitive quote for this work should you require.

The average estate that meets the previously stated criteria are usually dealt with within 6 – 9 months, although if the estate comprises a property that needs to be sold then of course this may affect the timescale. Ordinarily, obtaining the grant of probate takes between 8 – 12 weeks.  Collecting assets and payment of liabilities will then follow, which can take between 2 – 4 weeks.  Once this has been done (and the sale of any property has been completed) we can distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries of the estate.

If you would like to obtain a more accurate estimate of the likely costs involved in your case then please feel free to call our friendly and knowledgeable Probate team to discuss your requirements in greater detail on 01254 366110.