Our Fees

Services include
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Keeping all parties informed throughout the process.
  • Obtaining valuations for any property and contents.
  • Preparing the necessary forms.
  • Registering Probate.
  • Obtaining grant of probate and copies and providing these to the executor.

Typical Costs

Our typical costs for uncontested probate matters would be circa £5000 plus VAT but could be in excess of this.


Hourly Rates
Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average this type of work can take around 4 to 8 weeks to conclude. The full administration of an estate can take around 6 months, depending on whether third parties are involved. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Court fees – an updated list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/court-fees-what-they-are;
  • London Gazette advertisements – £185 plus VAT (approx.);
  • Other expenses, such as HM Land Registry fees, relevant searches and other third-party costs which may be required

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Include
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Keeping all parties informed throughout the process.
  • Drafting initial pleadings.
  • Preparing schedules of loss.
  • Working ahead of hearings, producing bundles and drafting witness statements.
  • Instructing and liaising with barristers, if necessary.

Typical Costs

Typical costs for these matters are between £1000 and £15,000 plus VAT but could be  in excess of this.


Hourly Rates
Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average these cases can take  6 months to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Court fees – an updated list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/court-fees-what-they-are;
  • Barristers’ fees for hearings can range from £500-£2500 plus VAT (approx.);
  • Other expenses as required, such as for travel or copying documents

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Included
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Sending a letter before action to the other parties involved.
  • Making a claim to recover the debt in question.

Typical Costs

Typical costs for these matters are between £2000 and £3000 plus VAT but could be in excess of this.

Our hourly rates are as below:

Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average these cases can take 8-12 weeks to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Third party costs;
  • Other expenses where applicable such as travel or copy of documents.

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Include
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Preparing the application.
  • Instructing and liaising with the surveyor, if necessary.

Typical Costs

Typical costs for these matters are between £1000 and £3,000 plus VAT but could be in excess of this.


Hourly Rates
Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average these cases can take 3 months to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Application fees;
  • Surveyor fees (if applicable);
  • Other expenses as required, such as for travel or copying documents.

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Include
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Preparing the application.
  • Instructing and liaising with the Barrister, if necessary.

Typical Costs

Our typical costs for these matters are between £1000 and £4,000 plus VAT but could be in excess of this.


Hourly Rates
Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average these cases can take 6 months to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Application fees;
  • Health Surcharge fees (if applicable);
  • Court fees (if applicable);
  • Barrister fees (if applicable);
  • Other expenses as required, such as for travel or copying documents.

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Include
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Liaising with the respective authorities.
  • Instructing and liaising with barristers, if necessary.

Typical Costs

Typical costs for these matters are between £1500 and £4,000 plus VAT but could be in excess of this.


Hourly Rates
Partner £525 plus VAT (approx.)
Solicitor or in-house Barrister £395 plus VAT (approx.)
Paralegal or Legal Trainee £255 plus VAT (approx.)

On average these cases can take 6 months to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Barrister fees (if applicable);
  • Other expenses as required, such as for travel or copying documents.

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Services Included
  • Taking instructions from you at an initial meeting.
  • Deciding the most appropriate course of action, based on your circumstances.
  • Keeping all parties informed throughout the process.
  • Obtaining contract pack and raising pre-contract enquiries.
  • Reviewing replies to enquiries, searches and investigating title.
  • Reporting back to you on any findings made.
  • Exchanging contracts with the other side.
  • Preparing for completion, after which ownership of the property will formally change hands.
  • Carrying out post-completion steps, to ensure that all records are up to date and that you are supplied with new relevant documents.

Typical Costs

Our typical costs for residential conveyancing are from £1250 plus VAT plus disbursements but could be in excess of this depending on the Value of the Transaction.

On average these cases can take 8-12 weeks to conclude. The exact duration of your case may vary depending on the circumstances.


Additional Costs
  • Other expenses, such as HM Land Registry fees, relevant searches and other third-party costs which may be required.

We will let you know at the earliest opportunity if any of these costs are applicable.

Please note these rates apply from January 2021 and will be reviewed annually.

Damage Based Agreements are a type of ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement, but based on a percentage of the monetary award from the claim itself. 


When would they be suitable?

They are useful if you are seeking a financial remedy, such as with claims involving debt recovery or breach of contract.

They are only available to claimants and counterclaimants, and not defendants.


When would they not be suitable?

They are not appropriate for claims where the outcome sought is intangible, such as reinstatement of employment. DBAs are not available for family law cases nor for criminal case proceedings.


If we win

We would obtain a share of the damages (or settlement sum) you receive, and therefore our fees are directly dependent on achieving the best possible sum for you.

Legal fees for most types of claim are subject to a 50% cap on all ‘sums ultimately recovered’. Therefore, we would never take more than 50% of any settlement or sum awarded by the court, even if we can recover some costs from the other side.

This cap is inclusive of VAT and counsel (barrister) fees (where the latter is a disbursement incurred by us) but not other disbursements.

For employment tribunal claims however, the cap at which we can charge is 35% of sums obtained, which is inclusive of VAT. However, it does not include any disbursements at all, which would mean counsel fees and other expenses are additional.

Furthermore, for personal injury claims, the cap is 25% and is inclusive of VAT and counsel fees. This applies only to damages excluding future pecuniary loss i.e. future loss of earnings. 


If you lose

If you lose, then we will not receive any payment. However, you will still be expected to cover non-counsel disbursements.

You will still be liable for adverse costs in the case of a claim failing, meaning you could still be obliged to pay some, or all, of the successful defendant’s costs.


Variations

It is possible to have a staged DBA, whereby the percentage payable varies on the stage which the case is successfully resolved. The longer the case runs on for, the higher the percentage under the DBA (subject to the relevant cap). This reflects the increased workload we would carry out on your behalf as the litigation progresses.


Going forward

If you are interested in arranging either a CFA or DBA with us, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, where a member of our team will be happy to advise you. admin@audleychaucer.com or call 01372 303444.

Conditional Fee Arrangements are just that – conditional on a certain event. This means that a client will pay different amounts for legal services depending on the outcome of a case.


When would they be suitable?

CFAs can be used for most types of contentious work and is available for both claimants and defendants.


When would they not be suitable?

In cases where there is no ‘win’ or ‘lose’ on either side, such as conveyancing, we would not recommend a CFA.


If we win

If we win, you will pay all of our fees and expenses as well as an additional ‘success fee’. This fee is a percentage uplift on the amount payable if there were no CFA in place, and this can vary from anywhere between 25% to 100%.

Unless the claim is in respect of a certain few types of claim, none of this success fee is recoverable from your opponent and is payable by yourselves.

A ‘win’ is usually defined as either achieving a successful outcome for you in court, or reaching a settlement agreement with the other side. We would discuss the ‘win’ condition with you in advance.


If we lose

In the unfortunate event that we lose the case, then the level of fee is reduced. It may mean that you are not liable for any fees and any expenses at all. It could also mean that you only pay a discounted rate, or just the expenses incurred to date. It is therefore either ‘no win, no fee’ or ‘no win, low fee’. However, it is also likely that you will be required to pay a contribution to the winning party’s costs.


How do we calculate the success fee?

Before quoting a success fee, we take the time to evaluate your case thoroughly and fully. We look at the risk of losing the litigation (the ‘risk’ element) as well as our costs incurred in assisting with the litigation before the conclusion of the case (the ‘postponement’ element).

We look at the core documentation of your case, the preliminary evidence, and discuss the case fully with you. In particularly complex cases, where all the issues in play may not be obvious at first glance, it may be advisable to obtain an opinion from counsel (a barrister).

Before entering into an agreement with you, we are happy to explain our success fee and how we reached our figure. We will not change this success fee at a later date without your written agreement.


Are there any upfront fees?

We may require you to pay for disbursement and expenses, such as court fees, obtaining expert reports and barrister fees, before the case has concluded. This is in line with usual non-CFA arrangements.

We will never incur any costs which we require you to pay upfront without first agreeing this with you.


Discounted CFA

This is where we are paid a discounted rate during the progression of the matter, and we would bill at interim periods. In the event of a win, then we would recover our fees at our normal rates as well as the success fee. If we lose, then we simply retain the sums paid to us at the discounted rate.

The discounted rate will be set out clearly to you in advance.


Going forward

If you are interested in arranging either a CFA or DBA with us, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, where a member of our team will be happy to advise you. admin@audleychaucer.com or call 01372 303444.