Our Fees

Below is a breakdown of our costs for each of the services that we provide. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to give us a call on 0191 500 60 50 or contact us here.

Wills

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Service Cost (ex VAT) VAT Cost (inc VAT)
Simple Individual Wills
£180
£36
£216
Mirror Wills (ie husband and wife leaving to each other and everything else the same)
£300
£60
£360
Complex Wills (including trusts and the like would be charged on an hourly basis)
£200 (per hour)
£40
£240

Sean Naughton, Senior Partner at this firm, is the supervisor and has overall responsibility for your matter.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

There are two types of powers:

1) Financial
2) Health and Welfare.

To do both Financial and Health & Welfare, we charge £450 plus VAT. – Total £540 (inc VAT)
There is then a fee for registering with Public Guardian Office of £82.00 each.
You do not have to register the Powers immediately. You can delay this until such time as you need to use them.

Probate

To apply for a Grant of Probate, our fixed fee is £800.00 plus VAT charged at 20% (£960 inc VAT) and for distribution of the estate, we take between 1% and 5% of the net value of the estate depending on the complexity of the matter.

Thus, if the value of the estate is £100,000 and we agree a 1% fee, the sum of £1,000.00 will be charged.

Please note, the percentage will be agreed with you at the outset.

Services not included within the fixed fee:
• Transfer of ownership of a property to a beneficiary
• Conveyancing for the sale of a property

Probate disbursements:

Probate Application Fee – £273.00 (If the value of the estate is over £5,000 if less than £5,000 there is no fee)
Extra Copies of Probate Document – £1.50 each
Bankruptcy Search – £2.00 per person
S27 Notice (London Gazette) – £85.00
S27 Notice (Local Newspaper) – Up to £120.00 (Price varies depending on location)
Asset and Liability Search – £155.00 – £185.00
Will Search – £50.00 – £100.00
Unoccupied Property Insurance – Subject to quotation

All disbursements are inclusive of VAT.

Probate (Grant only)

A broad outline of the work we will undertake on your behalf is as follows:

When it is necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, the following steps usually need to be taken by or on behalf of the Executors/Administrators:
• It is necessary to establish the extent of the estate by identifying the various assets and liabilities;
• The application for Grant of Probate is prepared and then sworn by the executor and submitted to the appropriate Probate Registry together with the Will, if there is one.
• Completion of the appropriate HM Revenue and Customs forms to identify any Inheritance Tax liability.

Administration of an Estate

A broad outline of the work we will undertake on your behalf is as follows:
• Valuing all assets based within England & Wales.
• Corresponding with financial institutions and organisations relevant to the estate.
• Gathering all assets of the estate.
• Paying any debts and liabilities from the estate.
• Distributing the estate to beneficiaries in accordance with the Will or intestacy rules where there is no Will.

Probate Timescales:

How soon should you apply for probate?
In England and Wales there is no time limits for applying for probate or settling an estate.

What is the timescale for valuing an estate?
The timescale for valuing an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and how quickly third parties, such as banks respond.

How long does it take to receive the grant of probate?
You will usually get the grant of probate or letters of administration within 16 weeks from the date of submitting the application, after the estate has been valued. However, it can take longer if you need to provide additional information.

Once probate is received, accounts held by the deceased can be closed and the estate can be distributed in accordance with any Will left by the Deceased or under Intestacy Rules As set out in the Inheritance and Trustees’ Power Act 2014.

How long does it take to settle an estate?
Settling an estate can approximately take 9-12 months. However, this may take longer depending on the size and complexity of the estate and whether there is property to sell, complex tax affairs or complications regarding personal representatives and/or beneficiaries of the estate.

What is the time limit for Inheritance Tax?
There is no time limit to submit an Inheritance Tax form where no inheritance tax is payable. However, where Inheritance Tax is payable, the amount owed must be paid within 6 months of the death. If the 6 month deadline is not met, there could potentially be additional charges.

How long does someone have to make a claim against the estate?
If someone would like to make a claim against a deceased persons estate, the claim must be made within 6 months from the grant being issued.

Sean Naughton, Senior Partner at this firm, is the supervisor and has overall responsibility for your matter.

Conveyancing

Prices
Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

1. Fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors; and
2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

SALE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Legal fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors

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FREEHOLD LEASEHOLD
Property Price Range
Legal Fee
VAT (20%)
Total Fee
Legal Fee
VAT (20%)
Total Fee
£0 - £250,000
£550
£110
£660
£650
£130
£780
£250,001 - £500,000
£600
£120
£720
£700
£140
£840
£500,001 - £1,000,000
£700
£140
£840
£750
£150
£900
Over £1,000,000
£850
£170
£1020
£900
£180
£1080

Additional fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors

If there is a mortgage to redeem there will be further costs of £100 plus £20 VAT at a total of £120 plus any disbursements (see below).

Chargeable Service Fee VAT (20%) Total Fee
Telegraphic Transfer Fee
£35.00
N/A (£0.00)
£35.00

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Description of Disbursement Fee VAT (20%) Total
Land Registry Official Copies
£3.00 (per document)
N/A (£0.00)
Two documents will always be required but more may be necessary depending on the title.
Land Charges Search fees (bankruptcy search)
£2.00 (per name)
N/A (£0.00)
Total is dependent on the number of names.
Leasehold Sales Only: Fee VAT (20%) Total
Sale pack from Management Company / Landlord
This typically ranges from £40.00 - £200.00
£8.00 - £40.00
£48.00 - £240.00

Work included and key stages
The precise work and stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical sale transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check the title of the property you are selling.
  • Prepare documents, the contract of sale and deeds relating to your sale.
  • Dealing with questions and enquiries raised by your buyer(s)’ solicitors.
  • Reporting and providing information to you relating to the property you are selling.
  • Exchanging contracts following any necessary negotiations on the terms.
  • Approving the transfer deed from the buyer(s)’ solicitors.
  • Completing your sale and accounting to you for the proceeds or receiving from you any monies required to complete the sale.
  • Dealing with all post-completion matters, particularly repaying any outstanding mortgages or loans.

Services excluded
Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any planning implications unless instructed to do so which may be subject to additional charges.
  • Checks on the property to ensure that it has been built in accordance with any planning permissions granted.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites, or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax or other accounting matters.

Approximate/ average timescale
How long it will take from the date you instruct your solicitor until the sale is completed, will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes around 8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the sale such as the buyer’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain, your buyer’s bank if they are taking out a mortgage, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your buyer’s local search.

Factors that could increase costs
In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.
  • If we are required to discharge more than one mortgage or loan on the property.
  • If we are required to obtain retrospective approval to any alterations to a property or obtain an insurance indemnity policy in relation to any problem concerning the transaction.
  • If a chief rent or ground rent is payable and you do not provide an up to date rent receipt.

 

PURCHASE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
Legal fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors

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FREEHOLD LEASEHOLD
Property Price Range
Legal Fee
VAT (20%)
Total Fee
Legal Fee
VAT (20%)
Total Fee
£0 - £125,000
£600
£120
£720
£650
£130
£780
£125,001 - £250,000
£650
£130
£780
£700
£140
£840
£250,001 - £925,000
£700
£140
£840
£750
£150
£900

Additional fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors

If there is a mortgage to redeem there will be further costs of £100 plus £20 VAT at a total of £120 plus any disbursements (see below).

Stamp Duty Land Tax – Registration

To submit a SDLT return, we charge a fixed fee of £60.00 plus vat (£12) = £72.00

Chargeable Service Fee VAT (20%) Total Fee
Telegraphic Transfer Fee
£35.00
N/A (£0.00)
£35.00

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Description of Disbursement Fee VAT (20%) Total
Bankruptcy Search
£2.00 (per person)
N/A (£0.00)
£2.00 (per person)
Pre-Completion Search for registered property
£3.00 (per registered title)
N/A (£0.00)
£3.00 (per registered title)
Land charges search (for unregistered property)
£2.00 (per persons searched against)
N/A (£0.00)
£2.00 (per persons searched against)
Searches*
In the region of £300.00
N/A (£0.00)
In the region of £300.00
Stamp Duty Land Tax
Land Registry fee
Leasehold Sales Only: Fee VAT (20%) Total
Notice of Assignment fee to freeholder and/or managing agent ***
This typically ranges from £40.00 - £200.00
£8.00 - £40.00
£48.00 - £240.00

* The number and nature of searches that you will require may vary depending on the property and/or any mortgage lender.

** We will be able to confirm your exact fee once we have specific information about your purchase.

*** These fees vary from property to property and can sometimes be significantly more than the ranges given. We can give you a more accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents. You should also be aware that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property.

Work included and key stages
The precise work and stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical purchase transaction:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund the purchase and contact the lender’s solicitors if needed.
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches.
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through the conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Check the title of the property and prepare the document to transfer ownership to you.
  • Send the final contract to you for signature and ask you to pay the agreed deposit to us so that contracts can be exchanged.
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property).
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened.
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender (if applicable) and you.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry.
  • Notify you and your lender (if applicable) of registration once confirmed.

Services excluded
Our service will not include any of the following:

  • Advice on the value of the property.
  • Advice on the suitability of your mortgage or any other financial arrangements.
  • A physical inspection of the property.
  • Advice on any planning implications unless instructed to do so which may be subject to additional charges.
  • Checks on the property to ensure that it has been built in accordance with any planning permissions granted.
  • Advice on any search result findings that identify contaminated land, fracking sites, or other environmental issues.
  • Advice on tax (other than SDLT) or other accounting matters.

Approximate/ average timescales

How long it will take from instructing your solicitor until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. However, the average process takes around 8 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the efficiency of third parties involved in the purchase such as the seller’s solicitors, the solicitors representing other buyers and sellers in the chain, your bank if you are taking out a mortgage, search providers and the relevant local authority to conduct your local search.

Factors that could increase costs
In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If your lender makes detailed instructions requiring us to deal with matters other than those relating to the title to the property.
  • If your lender instructs another conveyancer to act for them.
  • If the lender requires anything other than a simple certificate of title (a simple certificate of title is standard with most lenders) in order to send the mortgage funds to our firm.
  • If a trust document is required.
  • If there is a defect in the property title which requires remedying prior to completion.
  • If the transaction requires a new lease to be granted rather than an assignment of an existing lease.

 

REMORTGAGE OF A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY – not a service currently offered

Summary

To obtain a full written quotation detailing the total cost of the transaction to assist you in the calculation of your finances please contact us at: info@naughtons.com.

Qualifications and experience of our team
Our residential conveyancing team includes:

Name Postion Experience
Sean Naughton
Partner
18 years PQE

Family Law - Price Guide

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Services Estimated Fee VAT Court Fees Total
FREE first initial consultation (up to 30 minutes)
NIL
NIL
NIL
NIL
Second consultation and case assessment (up to one hour) with letter to ex-partner
£250
£50
NIL
£300

Divorce/Separation

Services Estimated Fee VAT Court Fees Total
Divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (petitioner - uncontested)
£500
£100
£593
£1193
Divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (respondent - uncontested)
£300
£60
NIL
£360
Financial clean break consent order (no assets)
£240
£48
£53
£341
Financial consent order (agreed division of limited/straightforward assets, valued at less than £350,000)
£450
£90
£50
£590
Financial consent order (agreed division of multiple/complex assets, valued at less than £350,000)
£900
£180
£53
£1133
Separation agreement (agreed terms - no advice, valued at less than £350,000)
£950
£190
NIL
£1140
Representation at court
£150 per hr
20%
As above
Costs to be discussed

Children

Services Estimated Fee VAT Court Fees Total
Parental responsibility agreement
£200
£40
NIL
£240
Shared parenting agreement
£300
£60
NIL
£360
Representation at court
£150 per hour
20%
£232
Costs to be agreed

Domestic Violence / Harassment

Services Estimated Fee VAT Court Fees Total
Initial consultation and warning letter
£200
£40
NIL
£240
Representation at court
£150 per hour
20%
To be discussed
Costs to be agreed

Pre-nuptial Agreement

Services Estimated Fee VAT Court Fees Total
Pre-nuptial agreement (terms agreed)
£1500
£300
NIL
£1800

All prices subject to full terms and conditions. If you would like more information about our family law services contact us on 0191 5006050 or email info@naughtons.co.uk.

Personal Injury Claims

We offer ‘no win, no fee’ agreements meaning you won’t have to pay anything out of your own pocket, and there is no financial risk or obligations to you if your claim is unsuccessful.

If your claim is successful, we can charge a success fee of up to 25% of your compensation, including VAT.

We also offer a free consultation service to assess your situation and your requirements.

Employment Law

Employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal for individuals
If you are an Employee wanting to take a claim against your Employer, providing your claim meets certain criteria and dependent on our resources we may help you by way of a Contingency Fee Agreement otherwise known as a no win/no fee agreement. This means that we have confidence in the merits of your claim and will not charge you any costs during the course of the claim. If you are successful, we will make a charge of 25% plus VAT of the damages you are awarded. Should you be unsuccessful you will not be charged.

Prices
Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:
Fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors and
Fees payable to third parties.
Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

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Service Fee (ex VAT) VAT Total (inc VAT)
Tribunal Fee
£0.00
£0.00
£0.00
Counsel's fees for opinion
£600
£120
£720
Counsel's fees for trial
£2000
£400
£2400

Fees charged by Naughtons Solicitors

Legal fee* £300.00 – £2,000.00
VAT £60.00 – £400.00
TOTAL £360.00 – £2,400.00

* basis of charging = £200.00 plus VAT (£240 inc VAT) hourly rate. If hourly rate £200.00 plus VAT(£240 inc VAT) based on 2 hours – 10 hours numbers of hours to complete the work. There is no employment tribunal fee.

Work included and key stages
The precise work and stages involved in bringing an unfair or wrongful dismissal claim vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation.
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing your claim.
  • Reviewing and advising on response from the other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for 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.

Services excluded
Our services (within the scope of this costs information) will not include any of the following:

  • Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal.

Approximate/ average timescales
The time that it takes from 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 3 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-8 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 your case progresses.

Factors that could increase costs
In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If it is necessary to make applications to amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim.
  • If we make a costs application.
  • If there are 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 there is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • If there are allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

Qualifications and experience of our team
Our employment team includes:

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Name Postion Experience
Claire Assadi
Partner / Solicitor
14 Years' experience in practice area
12 years qualified as a Solicitor

Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Sean Naughton, Senior Partner.

Housing Disrepair Claims

We offer a ‘no win no fee’ agreement for housing disrepair claims, formally known as a conditional fee agreement. We also offer a 30 minute free initial meeting to discuss the way in which this works, to discuss the requirement of an ATE insurance policy and also answer any questions you might have.

If your claim is successful, we can charge a success fee of up to 25% of your compensation, including VAT.
We also offer a free consultation service to assess your situation and your requirements.

Hourly Rates

Our current hourly rates are set out below. We will add VAT to these fees at the rate that applies when the work is done, the current rate of VAT is 20%.

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Professional Hour Rate (ex VAT) VAT Total Hourly Rate (inc VAT)
Partners and Consultants over 10 years qualified - Grade A
£272.00
£54.40
£326.40
Partners, Consultants and Solicitors (over 4 years qualified) - Grade B
£233.00
£46.40
£279.60
Solicitors (NQ - 4 years qualified) - Grade C
£189.00
£37.80
£226.80
Paralegal / Trainee Solicitors
£134.00
£26.80
£160.80

These hourly rates are reviewed periodically to reflect increases in overhead costs and inflation. Normally the rates are reviewed with effect from 1st September each year. If a review is carried out before your matter has concluded, we will inform you of any variation in the rate before it takes effect.

Medical Negligence Claims

We offer ‘no win, no fee’ agreements for medical negligence claims meaning you won’t have to pay anything out of your own pocket, and there is no financial risk or obligations to you if your claim is unsuccessful.

If your claim is successful, we can charge a success fee of up to 25% of your compensation, including VAT.
We also offer a free consultation service to assess your situation and your requirements.

Hourly Rates

Our current hourly rates are set out below. We will add VAT to these fees at the rate that applies when the work is done, the current rate of VAT is 20%.

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Professional Hour Rate (ex VAT) VAT Total Hourly Rate (inc VAT)
Partners and Consultants over 10 years qualified - Grade A
£272.00
£54.40
£326.40
Partners, Consultants and Solicitors (over 4 years qualified) - Grade B
£233.00
£46.40
£279.60
Solicitors (NQ - 4 years qualified) - Grade C
£189.00
£37.80
£226.80
Paralegal / Trainee Solicitors
£134.00
£26.80
£160.80

These hourly rates are reviewed periodically to reflect increases in overhead costs and inflation. Normally the rates are reviewed with effect from 1st September each year. If a review is carried out before your matter has concluded, we will inform you of any variation in the rate before it takes effect.