Please see below our prices.

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Residential Conveyancing & Property Prices

Residential Conveyancing Fees (Estimates – DEC 2018)

Purchase – Freehold (House)
VALUE LEGAL FEEVAT (currently 20%)TOTAL
£0-175,000 £495.00£99.00£594.00
£175,001 - £250,000£550.00£110.00£660.00
£250,001 –£350,000£595.00£119.00£714.00
£350,001 - £500,000£675.00£135.00£810.00
£500,001 - £600,000£725.00£145.00£870.00
£600,001 - £700,000£750.00£150.00£900.00
£700,001 – £750,000£825.00£155.00£910.00
£750,001 - £800,000£825.00£165.00£990.00
£800,001 – £900,000£875.00£175.00£1050.00
£900,001 – £999,999£925.00£185.00£1110.00
£1,000,000 – onwards0.10%
Additional Fees – Purchase
 LEGAL FEEVATTOTAL
Leasehold Flat – ADD£175.00£35.00£210.00
Help to Buy ISA£50.00£10.00£60.00
New Build£150.00£30.00£180.00
Help to Buy Equity Scheme£120.00£24.00£144.00
Shared Ownership £120.00£24.00£144.00
Disbursements – Purchase
 FEEVATTOTAL
Telegraphic Transfer Fee£30.00£6.00£36.00
Case Management Fee£19.00£3.80£22.80
Search Bundle
(this includes – Local Search, Water & Drainage, Environmental Search, Chancel) other searches are subject to the property location and requirements of lender
£189.91£37.99£227.90
Land Registry£3.00 (per title)
Land Charges £2.00 (per name)
Land Registration Fee
www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees
£Variable from HM Land Registry –
Stamp Duty Land Tax
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
£Variable – in accordance with tax rate –
Land Transaction Tax Wales with tax rate https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator£Variable – in accordance with tax rate –
Leasehold Notice Fees
£Variable in accordance with the terms of the Lease (may include: Deed of Covenant, Share Certificate, Consent Certificate, Certificate of Compliance)
Companies House Mortgage Registration Fee
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-particulars-of-a-charge-mr01
Sale – Freehold (House)
VALUELEGAL FEEVAT (currently 20%)TOTAL
£0-175,000£450.00£90.00£540.00
£175,001 - £250,000£495.00£99.00£594.00
£250,001 –£350,000£575.00£115.00£690.00
£350,001 - £500,000£595.00£119.00£714.00
£500,001 - £600,000£650.00£130.00£780.00
£600,001 - £700,000£695.00£139.00£834.00
£700,001 – £750,000£725.00£145.00£870.00
£750,001 - £800,000£750.00£150.00£900.00
£800,001 – £900,000£775.00£155.00£910.00
£900,001 – £999,999£825.00£165.00£990.00
£1,000,000 – onwards0.10%
Additional Fees – Sale
 LEGAL FEEVATTOTAL
Leasehold Flat - ADD£175.00£35.00£210.00
Disbursements – Sale
 FEEVATTOTAL
Telegraphic Transfer Fee£30.00£6.00£36.00
Case Management Fee£19.00£3.80£22.80
Land Registry Office Copies£6.00 (per title i.e. Title to the property and Title Plan)
Leasehold (management pack)£TBC – the fee will be collected up front and for client to make a cheque to the Landlord/Management Company
Indemnity Policies£Variable - issued from provider
Index Map Search (unregistered)£4.00
Land Charges (unregistered) £2.00 (per name)
Land Charges Docs (unregistered)£1.00 (per document)
Probate Sales  – where the firm are instructed and dealing with the administration of the estate – the above fee scale will apply.
Mortgage – Remortgage – Freehold
VALUELEGAL FEEVAT (currently 20%)TOTAL
£0-250,000£300.00£60.00£360.00
£250,001 - Above£400.00£80.00£480.00
Leasehold£475.00£95.00£570.00
Includes a Transfer of Equity ADD£150.00£30.00£180.00
Disbursements – Remortgage
 FEEVATTOTAL
Telegraphic Transfer Fee£30.00£6.00£36.00
Case Management Fee£19.00£3.80£22.80
No search insurance£variable subject to policy cover and value and requirements of lender
THIS ONLY APPLIES IF LENDER DOES NOT ACCEPT SEARCH INSURANCE
Search Bundle£189.91£37.99£227.90
(this includes – Local Search, Water & Drainage, Environmental Search, Chancel) other searches are subject to the property location and requirements of lender
Land Registry £3.00 (per title)
Land Charges £2.00 (per name)
Insolvency Insurance£Variable – subject to policy cover and value
Land Registration Fee£Variable from HM Land Registry – www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees
Stamp Duty Land Tax£Variable – in accordance with tax rate – https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
Land Transaction Tax Wales£Variable – in accordance with tax rate https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator
Leasehold Notice Fees£Variable in accordance with the terms of the Lease (may include: Deed of Covenant, Share Certificate, Consent Certificate, Certificate of Compliance)
Transfer of Equity– Freehold
VALUELEGAL FEEVAT (currently 20%)TOTAL
£0-250,000£300.00£60.00£360.00
£250,001 - Above£400.00£80.00£480.00
Leasehold£475.00£95.00£570.00
Includes a Remortgage ADD£150.00£30.00£180.00
Disbursements – Transfer of Equity
 FEEVAT (currently 20%)TOTAL
Telegraphic Transfer Fee£30.00£6.00£36.00
Case Management Fee£19.00£3.80£22.80
Land Registry £3.00 (per title)
Land Charges £2.00 (per name)
Land Registration Fee£Variable from HM Land Registry – www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees
Stamp Duty Land Tax£- where there is a Transfer of Equity SDLT may be payable if one party already owns another residential property, or if the amount of the mortgage debt to be taken on by either the incoming party or a remaining owner is more than £125,000.00 - https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro
Land Transaction Tax Wales£ where there is a Transfer of Equity SDLT may be payable if one party already owns another residential property, or if the amount of the mortgage debt to be taken on by either the incoming party or a remaining owner is more than £125,000.00 https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator
Leasehold Notice Fees£Variable in accordance with the terms of the Lease (may include: Deed of Covenant, Share Certificate, Consent Certificate, Certificate of Compliance)

Wills, Trusts & Probate Prices

Our Charges for Uncontested Probate Work

Fixed Fees

We charge fixed fees for some probate work as follows:

Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration (where there is no Will) only where only 2 or 3 accounts and a property and no claim for any unused IHT allowances : from £950 plus VAT

Obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration only where a full Account to HMRC is required and all assets in the UK: from £1500 plus VAT

Where estimates will be provided

Estate Administration fees will depend on the complexity and size of the estate and the level of qualification and experience needed. Our hourly rates range from £100 to £245 per hour.

We try our best to provide an accurate costs estimate from the outset but sometimes complicating factors come to light during the administration. We always keep you informed if our initial fees estimate needs to be revised as we progress.

As an example therefore, a simple non taxable estate where there is a property to sell and 2 or 3 bank assets/NS&I assets to deal with and no work required to claim any unused allowances and 2/3 beneficiaries would typically cost around £1750 plus Vat.

Our average fees on more complex estate administration would be between 1% and 3% of the gross estate although any complicating factors (see below) will increase this.

Our costs can be settled from the estate

Complicating factors will include:

Foreign Assets requiring a foreign Grant

Multiple beneficiaries, including charitable and non-charitable

Different types of assets including individual stocks and shares and investments or trusts

Taxable estates – please refer to HMRC website for further details on what would be taxable see attached link https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax

Estates where Agricultural Property Relief and/or Business Property Reliefs need to be claimed.

Disputes which arise with Executors/Beneficiaries or with the Will itself

Where a Director in the firm is appointed

If any Variation of the Will is required

Arranging property clearances/funerals

Any claims by DWP or other third parties against the estate

What is not included:

Any conveyancing costs in dealing with property in the estate – these costs can be found on our Residential Property page https://www.southernslaw.co.uk/for-you/residential-conveyancing-property/

Any Valuation fees for property or personal possessions

Property Insurance fees

Third party costs e.g foreign lawyers, Accountants, Insurance brokers, Investment Managers

Disbursements:

These are payments that we may need to make on your behalf.

  • Probate application fee – currently £155 plus 50p per copy
  • Oath fee (per executor) £5 plus £2 per additional document
  • Bankruptcy Searches (per beneficiary) £2 plus VAT
  • Land Registry Office Copy fee £3 (per copy) plus VAT
  • Creditor Notices under s27 of the Trustee Act 1925 of between £200 – £300
Timescale:

If the matter is simply obtaining the Grant of Probate, timescale is 2-3 months.

Estate administration will depend on the complexity and size of the estate but usually takes between 6 – 12 months. However it can take much longer if the estate has one or more complicating factors as described above.

Key Steps we will do for you:
  • Take initial instructions and provide you with appropriate advice
  • Ascertain the correct legal personal representatives
  • Identify the assets and liabilities of the estate
  • Prepare probate papers including HMRC Account and apply for Probate
  • Preparing any necessary Inheritance Tax Accounts and arranging payment
  • Collect in assets of the estate
  • Pay all liabilities
  • Prepare estate accounts for approval
  • Distribute the estate

We will always keep you informed of progress of the estate and will contact you by telephone/letter/email, whichever is most appropriate

Should you require any further information please contact [email protected]

Motoring & Driving Offences

Why Choose Southerns / Our fees:

Professional Fees:

You may be eligible for Legal Aid and this can be explored fully with you having regard to all the circumstances.

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we will discuss our costs with you and in some cases we will be able to offer a fixed fee – subject to an initial assessment of your case taking into account issues of complexity and plea.

Fixed Fees:

If your case is suitable for a fixed fee, our fixed fees for summary only motoring offences are as follows:

Attendance at a single hearing to deal with a guilty plea and mitigation

£250 – £750 plus VAT at 20%.

Exceptional Hardship Argument

£500 – £1,250 plus VAT at 20%.

The fee will depend on location of the court and the complexity of your case.

If we have represented you at the first hearing on a fixed fee basis and your case is then adjourned to another date or for a trial then our normal hourly rate would then apply subsequently.

Examples of summary only offences are as follows:

  • Driving a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol
  • Failing to provide a specimen
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Careless driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence

However, on occasions, for a relatively straight forward matter, a fixed costs package may be agreed.

Disbursements:

Disbursements are the costs payable to the third parties such as experts.  Occasionally we may seek to instruct an expert report and costs of any disbursements in respect of this will be in addition to the above.

Expert reports for motoring offences may typically costs in the region of £500 – £1,500 plus VAT at 20%.

Hourly Rates:

Where a case is dealt with by reference to our hourly rates, the following are applied:

  • Grade A (Solicitor with 8 years post qualification experience)       £201.00
  • Grade B (Solicitor with 4 years post qualification experience)       £177.00
  • Grade C (Solicitor with less than 4 years post qualification experience/Legal Executives)       £146.00
  • Grade D (Trainee/Paralegals)       £111.00

Plus VAT at 20% on each of the above.

Preparation, attendance, advocacy, travelling and waiting are all charged per hour or part thereof. Letters out and telephone calls are all charged per item.

In the event that you are successful and awarded a Defendants Costs Order, you will only have to pay the difference between the costs submitted at the above hourly charging rates and the amount subsequently paid by central funds following consideration of any Defendants Costs Order.

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