Initial Fixed Fee Appointments
We offer an initial fixed fee appointment* of no more than 45 minutes for £50 plus VAT.

This is a one-off opportunity for you to discuss your matter generally and obtain broad advice as to how to proceed, and decide whether it is something that you should instruct a solicitor about, and in particular if you wish to instruct the particular solicitor you meet.

It also allows us as your potential solicitor to assess if we wish to take on your case, assess what the fees are likely to be and give you an indication of the costs and the options open to you.

*There are, as you would expect limitations on this arrangement.
a. you can only have one fixed fee appointment for the same matter;
b. you cannot discuss 2 matters at an appointment. A separate appointment would have to be made;
c. no work can be undertaken after the appointment unless fees are agreed and paid in advance or an arrangement arrived at and a care letter/terms of business signed by you;
d. payment for the fixed fee must be paid for in advance. We do not currently offer the facility to accept payments by debit/credit card. If you wish to pay by cheque this must be received 7 days before the appointment and be cleared prior to the appointment;
e. you must produce photographic proof of your ID and proof of your current address (which must be dated within the last 3 months) to meet our client identification;
f. in these fixed fee appointments we cannot consider lengthy documents or bundles of papers;
g. we may be prepared to advise and witness documents but this depends on the document and the advise involved, you should enquire.
h. we reserve the right to decline to offer a fixed fee appointment to any person without being required to provide an explanation or reason.

Please contact us for further information.

Hourly rates
This is a guide to our Hourly rates, you always need to add VAT to the figures given.
Paul Birds basic hourly rate is £260 per hour. For advocacy £290.

Business advice
Is charged at our hourly rates. This covers a wide variety of aspects and therefore we can provide an estimate when we know what we are being asked to advice regarding.

Commercial Leases or Commercial Conveyancing
As these transactions vary enormously in complexity and the time involved depending on whether we are acting for the landlord or the tenant, if the lease excludes security of tenure or the purpose for which the property being purchased is to be put. Due to all the variables, it is impossible to offer any remotely accurate guide to our estimated fees, which are charged at our hourly rates.

Please contact us so we can clarify the proposed transaction and we may be able to provide an estimate of the likely costs.

Domestic or Residential conveyancing
Our fees are estimated on a scale where the fees charged depend on the sale/purchase price and additional factors such as if you are obtaining a mortgage and whether or not the property is leasehold. For a purchase there will be costs or disbursements which are additional to our fees which need to be paid, included in such disbursements are various searches, land registry fees and stamp duty land tax all of which vary according to the property price.

For Leasehold Sales add £100.00 plus VAT minimum

For redeeming each mortgage add £100.00 plus VAT

For Leasehold Purchases add £150.00 plus VAT minimum

For acting for Mortgage Co’s add £150.00 plus VAT

Telegraphic Transfer Charge: £36.00 plus VAT

For non-standard matters such as transfers of equity or Shared Ownership transactions, please contact us for a tailored quote.

Criminal or driving matters
We estimate our fees based on our assessment of the time likely to be required at our hourly rates, as well as the level of complexity of each particular case and of course the intended court to be attended.

As a rough guide we can indicate as follows:
Guilty plea local courts: £600 to £1,000 plus VAT
Special reasons local courts: £1,000 plus VAT
Trial Not guilty plea: £2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT
(All fees are also subject to additional charges for travel and parking expenses).

Lasting Powers of Attorney
Inevitably the time taken in ascertaining your wishes and completing these is considerable. Therefore we usually estimate our costs for these to be upwards from £500 plus VAT and registration fees.

Probate
Every case is different with different matters to be taken into account. We calculate our charges based on hourly rates. As a rough guide:

A straightforward probate application (not including any IHT preparation or advice) often incurs a fee of £600 plus VAT and probate registry fees. More complicated matters will involve higher costs.

Our involvement in assisting with IHT returns will depend on the complexity of the estate and what forms need completing, therefore this is charged at our hourly rates.

Wills
For the preparation of a simple Will we usually charge £150 plus VAT.

For more complicated wills or where advice is required concerning inheritance tax and mitigation of any liability, our charges are calculated using our hourly rates.

Please note that, on instructing us, you MUST produce photographic proof of your ID and proof of your current address (which must be dated within the last 3 months). This is to meet the stringent client identification parameters that are dictated to us by our regulatory body, and also to allow us to meet money laundering checks. We will not undertake any work until these requirements have been met. This applies to all clients – whether they are known to our staff or have been a client in the past.