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Conveyancing Fees

To get a free conveyancing quote please click here.  PLEASE NOTE: For New Build Properties if you have been referred by a developer, estate agent or mortgage broker, please obtain your estimate directly from us by emailing info@elitelawsolicitors.co.uk.

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home or sale of your old home, including (if applicable) dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

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

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here..

How long will my house purchase or sale take?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until you can move in or out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 2 and 4 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase or sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. The likely stages include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own or sell the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own or sell the property)

All work will be undertaken by:

Laura Everitt: Senior Property Solicitor and Head of Residential Conveyancing who qualified on 15.01.10

Guy Fernback: Senior Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.11.2000 and has 20 years conveyancing experience

Joseph Lewis: Assistant Solicitor who qualified on 01.03.16 and has over 4 years conveyancing experience.

Sonia Balrai: Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.02.07 and has over 8 years conveyancing experience.

Dilpesh Shah: Property Solicitor who qualified on 02.07.12 and has over 8 years conveyancing experience.

Craig Tanner: Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.03.18 and has over 2 years conveyancing experience.

Kyle Perreaux: Conveyancing Executive and Associate member of CILEX who has over 2 years conveyancing experience.

Esther Ekpo: Property Solicitor who qualified on 02.09.19

Angi Gad: Property Solicitor who qualified on 16.03.20.

Ashley Ware: Property Solicitor who qualified on 02.11.15

Alina Walsh: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.12.14

Vanessa Wake: Property Solicitor who qualified on 16.06.18

Hanah Wright: Property Solicitor who qualified on 02.10.06

Edward Glanville: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.06.21

Arash Samuel Remasi: Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.05.08

Claudia Gallo: Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.07.19

Ebru Caglar: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.03.18

Edward Glanville: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.06.21

James Smallman: Property Solicitor who qualified on 15.02.99

Jay Quin: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.09.23

Jonathan Dixon: Property Solicitor who qualified on 01.08.97

Nick Hutchings: Property Solicitor who qualified on 02.03.87

Gary Scott: Property Lawyer.

James Rattigan: Property Lawyer.

Carys Jennings: Consultant Legal Executive (GCILEX)

Hedley Winter: Conveyancing Executive.

Isabel Middleton: Conveyancing Executive.

Lauren Ward: Conveyancing Executive.

Kate Kneller: Conveyancing Executive.

Kerry Allen: Conveyancing Executive.

Maxine Johnson: Conveyancing Executive.

Shauna-Kay Grant: Conveyancing Executive.

Laverne Townsend: Consultant Conveyancer.

Jennifer Page: Licensed Conveyancer

Esther Attal: Licensed Conveyancer

All staff members in the property department are supervised by the Head of Department, Laura Everitt. Laura Everitt herself is supervised by the Managing Partner, James Scozzi.

To view our key terms and conditions please click here.

Probate Fees

Please note that where you see a reference to VAT (government tax) the same is charged at 20% of the sum referred to.

We do not charge a percentage of the Estate, all our work is based on the number of hours spent on the matter at the applicable hourly rate.

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 40 hours, with some of the work being carried out by a Grade A Chartered Legal Executive (Meg Wilton – see Our Team page) or a Grade A Solicitor (Emma Piper or Michelle Hasson) at £270 per hour and some of the work being carried out by a Grade C Solicitor at £190 per hour (Danielle Syed – See Our Team page) depending on the complexity of the matter. Total costs estimated at £2,425.00 – £9,625 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 6 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1 – 5 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • It is necessary to complete the inheritance tax account and application for grant of probate and obtaining grant of probate
  • There are no claims made against the estate

The work includes sorting through documentation and writing to all relevant parties to obtain details of the assets and liabilities.

It is necessary to arrange the sale and encashment of the deceased’s assets and payment of liabilities

Estate accounts are prepared and the Estate distributed.

Disbursements will also apply in this matter included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155
  • Copy of Grant of Probate £0.50 per copy
  • £7 – 9 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

Additional disbursements may be applicable including:

  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches
  • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4 – 12 months.

Employment Tribunal fees

All of our Employment Tribunal work is carried out by Louise Taft, a senior solicitor with over 20 years of experience.

Our fees are based on the amount of time we spend working on your case. Our hourly rate is £320+VAT.

Total costs range depending on the complexity of a case, the number of documents, the number of witnesses, whether a case settles and how much work has been carried out on the case before the settlement is reached.

Total costs to bring or defend a claim for unfair dismissal might range from £5,000 to £30,000 plus VAT. Claims for discrimination or arising from whistleblowing are generally more complex, require more work and longer hearings and therefore attract higher costs.

Disbursements

Disbursements are fees that we pay on your behalf for your case. Common disbursements in a claim for unfair dismissal are as follows:

  • Counsel’s fees: These vary according to the seniority of the barrister you choose to instruct and the length of the hearing. An Employment Tribunal hearing lasting one day might cost £2,000 to £3,000 plus VAT. An Employment Tribunal hearing taking 10 days might cost £20,000 to £30,000 plus VAT.
  • Medical report fees: These vary according to the type of expert and type of report needed. Costs might range from £500 to £5,000.
  • Outsourced bundle costs: The Employment Tribunal usually orders that the employer’s representative produces electronic and paper bundles for the trial. We might use an outsourced litigation support company to produce a bundle if that is more cost-effective. Costs vary according to the size of the bundle but might range from £250 to £1000 plus VAT. Very big bundles might cost up to £5000 plus VAT.

Key stages

Key stages in a claim for unfair dismissal are to draft a claim or response to a claim, attend a case management hearing, disclosure of documents, preparation of the bundle, exchange of witness statements and the final hearing. Settlement negotiations often take place throughout. Some Employment Tribunal regions are piloting alternative dispute resolution. You might also be asked to take part in judicial mediation.

Timescales

Timescales vary according to the particular Employment Tribunal, their workload and their backlog. Employment Tribunals in the South East are suffering from particularly long backlogs. Simple cases for unfair dismissal might be heard 6-12 months after the claim is issued. More complex cases are taking 2-3 years to reach final hearing. Cases can settle at any stage.

Legal expenses insurance

You may have legal expenses insurance that can pay some or all of your fees. Legal expenses insurance is a common feature of household insurance policies. Your insurer may not agree to pay our usual hourly rate, or Counsel’s usual fee. In those circumstances, we would charge you the difference.

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