Price List as at December 2018

Price List

£267 + VAT per hour (£320.40 including VAT per hour) although could be reduced

£150 + VAT per hour– (£180 per hour including VAT)

Time Estimate usually 10 hours if the application is uncontested

Consumer Claim between £10,000 – £20,000 £200 + VAT per hour

(£240 per hour inc VAT)

up to court action        £100 + VAT per hour (£120 including VAT per hour)

–  preparation of Court Action       £150 + VAT per hour if claim less  than £10,000 (£180 including VAT per hour)

Consumer Claim above £20,000                 £267 + VAT per hour

(£320.40 including VAT per hour)

Please contact office as dependant on type of work

required and size and turnover of business.

Charging Orders                                                       £150 + VAT per hour

                                                                                   (£180 including VAT per hour)

 

 

Order for Sale                                                           £267 + VAT per hour depending on complexity

                                             (may be reduced)          (£320.40 including VAT per hour)

 

Third Party Debt Orders                                           £150 + VAT per hour

(£180 including VAT per hour)

 

Bankruptcy                                                               £150 + VAT per hour

                                                                                    (£180 including VAT per hour)

Business Debts

We charge £320.40 including VAT per hour (£267 + VAT per hour) for work done in relation to pursuing business debts for up to £100,000 by way of Court action. We can reduce this fee in appropriate circumstances, such as when the amount pursued is relatively small, that is less than £10,000.

The solicitors who have day to day conduct of cases at M2M Community Solicitors LLP have each been qualified for over 11 years.

Solicitors may be assisted in the case by caseworkers assisting with some routine letters and routine telephone calls to assist in the progress of a civil litigation matter.

 

£150 + VAT per hour (£180 per hour including VAT) acting for employees

£267 + VAT per hour (£320.40 per hour including VAT) acting for employers

 

Employment

We represent both employees and employers in employment matters from the time a problem starts to the conclusion of a matter which can be the end of the employment tribunal appeal process.

The work we do in relation to Employment Tribunal matters for employees is charged at a rate of £180 including VAT per hour (£150+VAT per hour) and for employers £320.40 including VAT per hour (£267+VAT per hour) which we can consider reducing dependent on the size of the Company and the task at hand. The Employment Tribunal does not usually make an Order that the losing side in a case pays the winning side their legal costs and so the legal fees you pay are not usually amounts that you can get back from the other side.

In relation to employees, we do consider the likely compensation you will receive if successful and will tailor our assistance and our costs based on that and shall inform you from the outset where we consider it would be more cost effective for you to be advised on a self-help basis, that is where we are not on record as your acting representatives with the Employment Tribunal. This will mean that letters from the Employment Tribunal will come directly to you and not to us and you would need to inform us about what you receive and ask for advice when you need it.

The Employment Tribunal process is meant to be one that the parties to a matter can go through without the use of solicitors but we have found that the process can be very intimidating and confusing to those who have not gone through the process before and is very formal and a very stressful for all parties concerned.

In relation to relatively simple matters such as claims by employees involving wrongful dismissal only, we would usually, depending on the amount of likely compensation involved, recommend assistance on a self -help basis. The cost could range from £180 to £1080 including VAT dependent on the level of help needed if advice only is needed and some assistance with some documents.

In relation unfair dismissal the cost could typically range from £180 to £5500 including VAT dependent on the level of assistance needed, the issues involved, the settlement negotiations that take place and the number of witnesses involved for whom we have to prepare witness statements.

An employment case involving more complex issues of multiple claims including discrimination from start to a final hearing at the employment tribunal if we act on a client’s behalf, that is liaising with the opposition and the Tribunal and being on record as your solicitors, typically costs at an estimate between £6000 to £10,000 in relation to our costs dependent on what happens and what is needed during the case. It usually takes 14 to 16 months for a case to progress from the early conciliation stage to the final hearing but that is very much dependent on the Tribunal’s caseload and settlement discussions before the start of a claim at the Employment Tribunal.

Most cases are resolved before the final hearing with the parties compromising and settling on condition that the terms of the agreement are not revealed to any third parties. We also act for clients whose cases are being funded by insurance policies, which can be restricting in respect of their choices but does relieve the financial burden of funding a case.

In complex cases such as for matters involving discrimination including where there are a combination of claims including discrimination we ask barristers to draft the Particulars of Claim which can cost anything from £360 to £1000 in barristers costs dependent on the level of barrister, the paperwork and the work involved in looking through the documents and drafting the particulars.

We can also assist in many cases on an ongoing self-help basis, where we are not on record but merely advise on the ongoing process. This can be a cheaper process costing approximately £1000 including VAT depending on the level of advice or assistance needed.

Our solicitors do not represent at employment tribunals but instruct barristers who represent for you. The cost of barrister varies dependent on the hearing type and duration. Typically representation at a hearing for up to half a day costs £600 to £900 including VAT. Representation at the final hearing including the preparation work involved is dependent on the type of employment case. As an example, discrimination cases have a final hearing requiring typically 5 days’ worth of representation and costing anywhere between £4000 and £8000 depending on the level of barrister you choose and the complexity of the case.

 

Who conducts the work on your file?

The solicitors who have day to day conduct of cases at M2M Community Solicitors LLP have been qualified for over 11 years and the solicitor who takes on the employment matters, Miriam Geevarghese, is a partner of the firm and has been qualified as a solicitor for over 18 years but has been giving advice and assistance in employment matters since 1995.

Solicitors may be assisted in the case by caseworkers assisting with some routine letters and routine telephone calls to assist in progressing an employment matter.

 

Fixed Fee meeting   £50 + VAT (£60) for 30 mins

 

Divorce                                             £200 + VAT per hour (£240 per hour inc VAT)

Ancillery Relief/Financial Order     £200 + VAT per hour (£240 per hour inc VAT)

Injunctions                                        £200 + VAT per hour (£240 per hour inc VAT)

Child Contact                                   £150 + VAT per hour (£180 per hour inc VAT)

 

Mortgage                  £150 + VAT per hour (£180 including VAT per hour)

 

Rent Eviction (T)     £150 + VAT per hour (£180 including VAT per hour)

 

Rent Eviction (L)      £267 + VAT per hour (£320.40 including VAT per hour)

 

Disrepair                   £100 + VAT per hour prior to Court Action (£120 including VAT per hour)

                                      £150 + VAT per hour (£180 including VAT per hour)from the point of Court Action (drafting Claim Form stage)          

                        

Homelessness           £100 + VAT per hour (£120 including VAT per hour)

 

Allocations               £100 + VAT per hour (£120 including VAT per hour)

 

£40 including VAT for 3 miles radius of office or in the London Borough of

Ealing.

Contact office for quote outside 3 miles radius

£150 + VAT per hour – (£180 per hour including VAT)

Time Estimate usually 2 – 3  hours plus disbursements

– Leaseholders                             £200 + VAT per hour (£240 including VAT per hour)

Litigants In Person – Mock Trial – One and a half hours £200 + VAT   (£250 including VAT)

Litigants In Person – Mock Trial – Two and a half hours £300 + VAT  (£360 including VAT)

Probate                      £200 + VAT per hour  (£240 including VAT per hour)   

Probate Disputes      £267 + VAT per hour (£320.40 including VAT per hour)

 

Probate – where there are no disputes (non-contentious)

The price

We charge £240 including VAT per hour (£200+VAT per hour).  We do not take a percentage of the estate as many solicitors typically do but merely charge for the work that we do.

We do sometimes reduce the hourly charge if the work to be done does not actually involve applying for probate, as in not all cases is probate needed, and the work is relatively simple for us to do. Therefore we can charge as little as £90 including VAT for all the work to be done in some simple matters where a person does not feel they can do it themselves such as where the name on the title register of a home needs to be changed from one joint owner to another in certain circumstances.

The time a case takes from the start of a case to the end of administration of a case depends on whether there was a will and the size of the estate and its content, that is what a person owns when they die. Estates we deal with typically consist of real property owned, bank and building society accounts, shares and investments, motor vehicles and household property.

We also, we believe, differ from typical probate firms in that we do encourage personal representatives, where they can, to save money on solicitors costs by doing certain things themselves. We tailor our services to your needs.

We offer 20 minutes free basic advice on probate matters. After this our charged for services range from £60 to £30,000 not including mere certification of documents but this really is dependent on the level of assistance needed and the complexity of the case.

We would expect the typical cost of administration of an average sized estate with one residential property, an investment plan and up to 5 bank accounts with liability to inheritance tax to cost in the range of £2500 and £4500 including VAT and we would expect it to take between 12 and 18 months dependent on the time taken for the property to sell. The fee for applying for the probate with the Probate Registry is currently £155 and for each office copy of the Grant of Probate an extra 50p has to be paid, it is wise to get extra copies sufficient to cover all financial institutions and for the solicitors when selling property although many financial institutions return the Grant once they have verified it.

The high cost administration of estates have involved a combination of complex matters rather than just one complexity such as applications to the Royal Courts of Justice for a subpoena for the release of a will, renunciation of executors of a will, liaising with beneficiaries to a will so that they can agree to be administrators of a will, identifying Trusts within a will, drafting deeds of variation of a will, drafting various affidavits in relation to proving the validity of a will, drafting affidavits to enter a certified copy of a will to probate, liaising with numerous financial institutions to collect the assets in relation to the estate, dealing with multiple probate applications when the deceased was entitled to an interest in another estate, completing the inheritance tax forms including the schedules and calculation of inheritance tax and drafting the final accounts for estates.

The amount of the charge is not necessarily based on the size of the estate as some very high value estates can be dealt with very easily and very quickly. It is generally easier dealing with probate for cases where there are wills and where no inheritance tax is payable.

 

Who conducts the work on your file?

The solicitors who have day to day conduct of cases at M2M Community Solicitors LLP have been qualified for over 11 years and the solicitor who takes on the probate matters, Miriam Geevarghese, is a partner of the firm and has been qualified as a solicitor for over 18 years.

Solicitors may be assisted in the case by caseworkers assisting with some routine letters and routine telephone calls to assist in progressing a probate matter.

£150 + VAT per hour (£180 including VAT per hour)

£5.00 + £2.00 for every exhibit (inclusive of VAT)

£150 + VAT per hour (£180 including VAT per hour)

£150 + VAT fixed fee (£180 including VAT)

£250 + VAT fixed fee (£300 including VAT) for Mirror Wills

 

We also usually participate in the work of the charities ‘Will Aid’ and ‘Free Wills Month’ and so have two months in the year during which there are suggested donations to be made to charity  rather than a charge  we make for drafting simple wills

£100 + VAT per hour (£120 per hour including VAT) if on means tested benefits, if not then £150 +VAT per hour (£180 including VAT)

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