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        Debt Recovery

        Example of our costs: Business to business debt that is undisputed

        These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

        Court fee (based on amount claimed, plus interest) Our fee (incl. VAT)
        Up to £5,000
        Claim up to £300.00 - £35.00
        £300.01 to £500.00 - £50.00
        £500.01 to £1,00.00 - £70.00
        £1,000.01 to £1,500.00 - £80.00
        £1,500.01 to £3,000.00 - £115.00
        £3,000.01 to £5,000.00 - £205.00
        £150.00 (£180.00)
        £175.00 (£210.00)
        £250.00 (£300.00)
        £395.00 (£474.00)
        £595.00 (£714.00)
        £695.00 (£834.00)
        £5,001 - £10,000
        £455.00
        £1,400.00 (£1,680.00) - £2,000.00 (£2,400.00)
        £10,001 - £50,000
        5% value of the claim
        £10,000.00 (£12,000.00)
        Please note the following
        • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
        • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
        • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
        Our fee includes:
        • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
        • Undertaking appropriate searches.
        • Sending a letter before action.
        • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim.
        • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default.
        • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment.
        • If payment is not received within 90 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.
        How long will the process take?

        Matters usually take 10-12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

        Probate

        Example of costs: Administration of an estate value

        Work involved:

        We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We will also undertake the collecting and distributing of assets.

        How much does this service cost?

        We anticipate this will take between 9 and 18 hours work at £220.00 per hour.

        Legal costs estimated are between £2200.00 - £4,000.00

        Plus VAT at 20% (£440.00 - £800.00)

        Plus Disbursements *:

        • Probate court fee of £215 (£0 if Estate is less than £5,000.00).
        • Fee for swearing of the oath (per executor) £7.00
        • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary) £2.00.
        • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors £62.15 plus £12.43 VAT.
        • Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims £185.00 plus £37.00 VAT.

        * Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements as part of the transaction.

        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 example is for estates where:
        • There is a valid will.
        • There is no more than one property.
        • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts.
        • There are no other intangible assets.
        • There are between 1- 4 beneficiaries.
        • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
        • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.
        • There are no claims made against the estate.
        Included in our fee, we will:
        • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter.
        • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries.
        • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require.
        • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application.
        • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms.
        • Draft a legal oath for you to swear.
        • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf.
        • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you.
        • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate.
        Potential additional costs:
        • If there is no will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (unit trusts, gilts, 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 give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
        • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £0.50 each (1 per asset usually).
        • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

        On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 12-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 10-14 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4-6 weeks.

        Licensing

        Example of our costs : Licensing (fixed fee)

        This is a fixed fee example for an application for a new premises licence (simple application).

        Fixed fee of £900.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements).

        This fee is made up of:

        • Legal fees £750.00.
        • VAT on legal fees £150.00.
        Disbursements
        • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)
        • This varies dependant upon the relevant licensing authority and the non-domestic rateable value of the premises and can be between £100.00 - £1905.00.
        • Advertising fee estimated between £150.00 - £250.00.
        • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices, estimated at between £100 - £180.00.
        • Special delivery fee to serve the application, estimated at £36.00.
        • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary - £75.00.

        Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

        *These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

        Fee includes:
        • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application.
        • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
        • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
        • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
        • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
        • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
        • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
        • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
        • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.
        The fee does not include:
        • Obtaining suitable plans.
        • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
        • Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties.
        • Advising on varying the licence.
        • Attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.
        How long will my application take?

        Matters usually take 5 - 12 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

        Employment

        Example of our Costs: Employment

        As a part from dealing with the matter on a fixed fee basis, we may in some circumstances, be prepared to deal with the matter on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay our fees upfront but in the event that you are awarded a monetary award, we will then be entitled to a pre-agreed percentage of that award. However, if you lose, then you will not have to pay our fees.

        Fixed Costs:

        These costs estimates apply to the bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal only.

        Simple case: £8,000.00 - £10,000.00 (excluding VAT)

        Medium complexity case: £10,000.00 -£20,000.00 (excluding VAT)

        High complexity case: £20,000.00 – £50,000.00 (excluding VAT)

        Factors that could make a case more complex:
        • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
        • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
        • Making or defending a costs application.
        • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
        • The number of witnesses and documents.
        • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
        • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

        There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 -10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

        Disbursements

        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.

        Counsel's fees are estimated between £3,000.00 - £8,000.00 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

        Key stages

        The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

        • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
        • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
        • Preparing claim or response.
        • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
        • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
        • preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
        • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
        • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
        • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
        • preparing bundle of documents.
        • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements.
        • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
        • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

        The stages set out above are only an indication f the work required to be completed and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

        How long will my matter take?

        The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 10-12 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 12-18 months. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

        No win, no fee

        Most of our Personal Injury & Medical Negligence claims are funded by a 'No Win, No Fee' or Conditional Fee Agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

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