Price Transparency

Price Transparency

At E Rex Makin & Co, we believe in providing clear, straightforward advice. That principle extends to how we charge for our services. Please see each of our individual funding pages below for details of how you can fund legal fees in your matter.

We have provided below some examples of the range of fees we charge for some types of work. This will give you an idea how much your matter will cost to bring, although you should contact your solicitor for more information about the precise circumstances of your case.

Residential Conveyancing

The table below tells you how much our fees will be for your transaction.

COSTS IN RELATION TO CONVEYANCING FEBRUARY 2020

SALE

Up to £175,000

£675.00 plus v.a.t.

£175,00 to £250,000

£750.00 plus v.a.t.

£250,000 to £375,000

£850.00 plus v.a.t.

£375,000 to £500,000

£950.00  plus v.a.t.

£500,000 plus

On Request

PURCHASE

Up to £175,000

£700.00 plus v.a.t.

£175,00 to £250,000

£800.00 plus v.a.t.

£250,000 to £375,000

£900.00 plus v.a.t.

£375,000 to £500,000

£1000 plus v.a.t.

£500,000 plus

On Request

ANY LEASEHOLD SALE OR PURCHASE OF A FLAT ADD A FURTHER £150.00 PLUS V.A.T. TO QUOTED COST

The time it takes to complete your house sale or purchase will depend on the complexity of your transaction, if there is a lengthy chain or if any unusual features arise. However as a rough guide you would usually expect a straightforward purchase or sale to be completed in 8 to 12 weeks from receipt of contract from the seller’s solicitor.

Our quotation calculator breaks down all the fees involved but there may be additional costs depending on your circumstances such as if the property you are purchasing is on unregistered land. Please contact us for further details.

In addition there will be additional charges called disbursements such as:

  • land registry fees which vary depending on the purchase price but usually are up to £455 if submitted online of £910 if submitted by post because the property is unregistered
  • stamp duty which also varies depending on the purchase price and is calculated based upon a percentage of the value of the purchase but is not payable currently (due to the stamp duty holiday which finishes on 31st March 2021) if the purchase price of your property is below £500,000, unless the property to be purchased is not for a main residence or is for an additional property
  • certain property searches which we may need to make in your case some of which may vary depending upon the local authority but are usually from a few pounds for title plans, in the region of £20-£90 for chancery searches and flood searches and in the region of £118.50 for local authority search and drainage reports (the search package) inclusive of VAT
  • if the property is leasehold there may be additional fees payable to the freeholder such as notice of transfer fees which will vary dependent on the freeholder

Please speak to your solicitor for specific details of the disbursements which apply to your transaction.

Probate

We can assist you obtaining a Grant of Probate or dealing with the Administration of an Estate. The costs for each option are explained below.

Grant of Probate Application

We offer a fixed fee of £750+Vat to apply on your behalf for a Grant of Probate. This quote includes all necessary work done for the purposes of that application.

There will also be some expenses you will need to pay in addition to these fees. These are called disbursements and include:

  • £155 Probate Registry fee
  • £13 for two certified copies of the Grant
  • Approximately £400 for all relevant Trustee Act Notices

It usually take about 4 months to get the Grant of Probate but it really depends on how busy the Probate Registry is when your grant application is made and can be considerably longer.

Administration of an Estate

If you require assistance with the administration of an estate our solicitors can help. This work is charged on the basis of an hourly rate which varies depending on the complexity of the estate and the level of experience of lawyer doing the work.

Our rates vary from £150 and £300 per hour plus Vat. We charge in units of 6 minutes, so each hour is made up of 10 units and our charges are based upon the time spent plus 1% of the value of the estate excluding property (0.5% of the value of the property).

As a rough guide to the type of costs involved:

  • a straightforward estate with a small number of beneficiaries and no property will likely cost in the region of £3,000-£4,000+vat
  • a more complicated estate with many beneficiaries, some property and several investments, shares or bank accounts will likely cost you about £12,500+vat

A more accurate estimate can always be obtained by discussing matters with your solicitor especially if you have documents setting out the value of any assets and liabilities to hand.

These typical costs include estates where there is a will and where there is no dispute between beneficiaries or challenge to the will or distribution. Such challenges would be covered by our civil litigation department.

There will also be some expenses you will need to pay in addition to these fees. These are called disbursements and include:

  • £155 fee to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate
  • £1.50 per certified copy of the Grant – you may need several of these
  • £3 for office copies of the property title from Land Registry
  • £2 for each beneficiary to complete bankruptcy searches
  • Approximately £400 for all relevant Trustee Act Notices
  • Valuation fees if appropriate for certain assets such as paintings or jewellery

The time taken to complete an administration of an estate will vary depending on complexity and assets. Often the work will be completed in around 12-18 months, including the time taken to obtain a grant of probate but in some instances may be longer.

Employment Law – Unfair Dismissal Claims

We can act in unfair dismissal claims on behalf of employer or employee. Sometimes, if we act for an employee, we can do so on a contingency fee basis, which means there will be no charges if the claim fails and charges will be set at a percentage of compensation recovered if the claim succeeds. There would be a range of charges depending on the level of risk in each case, but usually they would be in the region of 33% including Vat.

If we are unable to act for you on a conditional fee basis we would usually work on an hourly rate or fixed fee basis. Our rates vary from £150 and £300 per hour plus Vat. We charge in units of 6 minutes, so each hour is made up of 10 units and our charges are based upon the time spent.

Typical fees for this work would include:

  • Straightforward case lasting no more than 1 day in a tribunal – £3,500 – £6,500+Vat
  • Complicated case expected to last more than 1 day in a tribunal –  £7,000 – £15,000+Vat

You should ask your solicitor for a more detailed estimate as the cost may vary from case to case. We may be able to provide an estimate for each stage of the litigation, once we know what is involved and arrange a staged or fixed fee payment scheme.

Included in any estimate we provide will be all legal work necessary to take your claim to the tribunal or defend it at tribunal (but not including any advocacy for which we make a separate charge if we undertake it or counsel will make a charge if counsel undertakes it) unless there have been allegations of discrimination, in which case you should contact us for a specific quote.

There will also be some expenses you will need to pay in addition to these fees. These are called disbursements and include barrister’s fees. A barrister may be instructed to undertake certain pieces of work in your case such as settle an advice or a complicated document. These fees will be paid in addition to our legal fees. A barrister’s fees for attending any hearing at tribunal will vary depending on the experience of the barrister but will likely be between £1,250 and £3,500 per day+vat.

How long an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim takes will depend on when your case is settled. If you settle during the ACAS Early Conciliation process, it will take around 3 to 4 months.

If your claim goes all the way to a tribunal hearing at which your case is determined, it will take around 9 to 12 months on average but complicated cases may take longer.