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Indicative Pricing Information

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Indicative Pricing Information2018-12-06T10:57:48+00:00

From 6 December 2018 it will become a legal requirement for all solicitors practices to publish on their website basic pricing information relating to some particular types of the legal services. The chosen list of legal services that the Solicitors Regulatory Authority requires pricing information to be published for includes residential house sales and purchases, some employment tribunal hearings and administering the estate of someone who has died. On this page you will find details for a range of estimated costs that may apply if we were instructed to provide one of the legal services on the list.

However, it is important to remember that the pricing information provided here is a general guide; each client’s legal matter is different and so your particular requirements or circumstances may alter the estimated cost. Our costs are usually based on the time spent by the person who has conduct of the matter, and their relative level of seniority. This can mean that costs are higher than average if it requires more senior input, or if the matter is more straightforward and takes less time than on average, our costs may be lower.

If you are interested in obtaining a more bespoke quote please call us on 01524 846 846  to allow one of our specialist legal team to guide you through our services and the charges which are likely to apply.  Once we have spoken to you  we will be in a better position to give you a more accurate cost estimate. If you decided to proceed we will send you our Terms of Engagement which will set out the scope of our instructions and the likely costs, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on the work required and the costs involved before formally engaging us.

We believe that the personal service given to our clients is as important as our legal assistance and you will find that wherever possible the team member you speak to when you first contact us will be the person who is by your side until the conclusion of your matter, allowing for a personal and tailored service to be given.

Our fees* cover the work required to complete the mortgage of your home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees are based on several different factors, namely the hourly rate of the Lawyer dealing with the transaction on your behalf (please see the hourly rates below), the value of the mortgage advance and the complexity.

Our fees range when acting on a mortgage value of:

  • £50,000.00 to £500,000.00 from £350.00 to £550.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • £500,000.00 to £750,000.00 from £550.00 to £850.00 plus VAT and disbursements; and
  • If the mortgage value is more than £750,000.00 please contact us to discuss a bespoke estimate.

Hourly Rates

Consultant £300.00
Partner £235.00 – £250.00
Senior Solicitor £210.00 – £220.00
Solicitor £160.00 – £200.00
Trainee Solicitor £110.00
Legal Executive £185.00 -£210.00
Trainee Legal Executive £80.00

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  3. the transaction is a mortgage/remortgage only and not completing simultaneously with the completion of a purchase of a property
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

In addition please see below a list of searches we would recommend. The average costs of a full suite of searches for a residential mortgage is £350.00 inclusive of VAT. The search fees payable are depending upon the location and type of property you are mortgaging.

  • Local Authority Search.
  • Local Water Authority Water & Drainage Search.
  • Combined Environmental & Planning Search.
  • Chancel Search.
  • Search of the Index Map.

Additional Searches which may be required

  • Energy Searches
  • Mines and Minerals Searches
  • Commons Search
  • Specific Gas/Electricity Searches
  • Coal Mining Search

How long will my mortgage/remortgage take?

How long it will take from receiving your mortgage offer until monies are released will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-8 weeks.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the mortgage of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Below we have set out some key stages as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Receive and advise on the mortgage documentation.
  • Carry out searches if required by the lender.
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required.
  • Report to the lender.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Send the mortgage deed to you for signature.
  • Agree completion date.
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender.
  • Complete the mortgage.
  • Deal with the application for registration at the Land Registry.
  • Report to the lender.

Our fees* cover the work required to complete the sale of your new home.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees are based on several different factors, namely the hourly rate of the Lawyer dealing with the transaction on your behalf (please see the hourly rates below), the value of the transaction and the complexity.

Our fees range when acting on a sale of a freehold residential dwelling between the value of:

  • £50,000.00 to £500,000.00 from £650.00 to £1,250.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • £500,000.00 to £1,000,000.00 from £1,250.00 to £3,500.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • If the sale price is more than £1,000,000.00 please contact us to discuss a bespoke estimate.

Hourly Rates

Consultant £300.00
Partner £235.00 – £250.00
Senior Solicitor £210.00 – £220.00
Solicitor £160.00 – £200.00
Trainee Solicitor £110.00
Legal Executive £185.00 -£210.00
Trainee Legal Executive £80.00

*Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Anticipated Disbursements

  • Electronic money transfer fees £20.00 plus VAT.
  • H M Land Registry office copies of title register and plan £6.00
  • H M Land Registry office copies of documents referred to on the title £3.00 each

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting an offer until you can move out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and their circumstances. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property which is build complete with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the Lease, this can take significantly longer. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Below we have set out some key stages as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Request you complete initial forms dealing with standard enquiries.
  • Draft contract documents.
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required.
  • Reply to enquiries raised by the Purchaser’s solicitors.
  • Approve the Transfer Deed.
  • Send final Contract and Transfer Deed to you for signature.
  • Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property).
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened.
  • Complete the sale.
  • Deal with redemption of any mortgages.
  • Pay Estate Agent’s fees and transfer net sale proceeds to you.

Our fees* cover the work required to complete the sale of your new home.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees are based on several different factors, namely the hourly rate of the Lawyer dealing with the transaction on your behalf (please see the hourly rates below), the value of the transaction and the complexity.

Our fees range when acting on a sale of a leasehold residential dwelling between the value of:

  • £50,000.00 to £500,000.00 from £650.00 to £1,250.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • £500,000.00 to £1,000,000.00 from £1,250.00 to £3,500.00 plus VAT and disbursements;and
  • If the sale price is more than £1,000,000.00 please contact us to discuss a bespoke estimate.

Hourly Rates

Consultant £300.00
Partner £235.00 – £250.00
Senior Solicitor £210.00 – £220.00
Solicitor £160.00 – £200.00
Trainee Solicitor £110.00
Legal Executive £185.00 -£210.00
Trainee Legal Executive £80.00

*Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Anticipated Disbursements

  • Electronic money transfer fees £20.00 plus VAT.
  • H M Land Registry office copies of title register and plan £6.00.
  • H M Land Registry office copies of documents referred to on the title £3.00 each.
  • Leasehold Management Pack – estimated £150.00 to £300.00.
  • Deed of Covenant – estimated £150.00 to £300.00.

How long will my house sale take?

How long it will take from you accepting an offer until you can move out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and their circumstances.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Request you complete initial forms dealing with standard enquiries.
  • Apply for the Leasehold Management Pack.
  • Draft Contract documents.
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required.
  • Reply to enquiries of Purchaser’s solicitors.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Send final contract and associated documents to you for signature.
  • Agree completion date (date from which you will no longer own the property).
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened.

Our fees* cover the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees are based on several different factors, namely the hourly rate of the Lawyer dealing with the transaction on your behalf (please see the hourly rates below), the value of the transaction and the complexity.

Our fees range when acting on a purchase of a freehold residential dwelling between the value of:

  • £50,000.00 to £500,000.00 from £650.00 to £1,250.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • £500,000.00 to £1,000,000.00 from £1,250.00 to £3,500.00 plus VAT and disbursements; and
  • If the purchase price is more than £1,000,000.00 please contact us to discuss a bespoke estimate.

Hourly Rates

Consultant £300.00
Partner £235.00 – £250.00
Senior Solicitor £210.00 – £220.00
Solicitor £160.00 – £200.00
Trainee Solicitor £110.00
Legal Executive £185.00 -£210.00
Trainee Legal Executive £80.00

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

In addition please see below a list of searches we would recommend. The average costs of a full suite of searches for a residential purchase is £350.00 inclusive of VAT. The search fees payable are depending upon the location and type of property you are purchasing.

  • Local Authority Search.
  • Local Water Authority Water & Drainage Search.
  • Combined Environmental & Planning Search.
  • Chancel Indemnity.
  • Search of the Index Map.

Additional Searches which may be required

  • Energy Searches
  • Mines and Minerals Searches
  • Commons Search
  • Specific Gas/Electricity Searches
  • Coal Mining Search

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and their circumstances. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property which is already build complete with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Below we have set out some key stages as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed.
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Carry out searches.
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required.
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor.
  • Draft the Transfer Deed.
  • Advise you on joint ownership.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you.
  • Send final contract to you for signature.
  • Agree 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 lender and you.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax.
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry.

Our fees* cover the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

Our fees are based on several different factors, namely the hourly rate of the Lawyer dealing with the transaction on your behalf (please see the hourly rates below), the value of the transaction and the complexity.

Our fees range when acting on a purchase of a leasehold residential dwelling between the value of:

  • £50,000.00 to £500,000.00 from £750.00 to £1,500.00 plus VAT and disbursements;
  • £500,000.00 to £1,000,000.00 from £1,500.00 to £3,750.00 plus VAT and disbursements; and
  • If the purchase price is more than £1,000,000.00 please contact us to discuss a bespoke estimate.

Hourly Rates
Consultant £300.00
Partner £235.00 – £250.00
Senior Solicitor £210.00 – £220.00
Solicitor £160.00 – £200.00
Trainee Solicitor £110.00
Legal Executive £185.00 -£210.00
Trainee Legal Executive £80.00

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  3. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  4. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property.

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50.00 to £150.00.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50.00 to £150.00.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100.00 to £250.00.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100.00 to £250.00.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

In addition, please see below a list of searches we would recommend. The average costs of a full suite of searches for a residential purchase is £350.00 inclusive of VAT. The search fees payable are depending upon the location and type of property you are purchasing. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease*. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the Seller’s solicitors.

  • Local Authority Search
  • Local Water Authority Water & Drainage Search
  • Combined Environmental & Planning Search
  • Chancel Indemnity
  • Search of the Index Map

Additional Searches which may be required

  • Energy Searches
  • Mines and Minerals Searches
  • Commons Search
  • Specific Gas/Electricity Searches
  • Coal Mining Search

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transaction Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8-12 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the Process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. Below we have set out some key stages as follows:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice.
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed.
  • Receive and advise on Contract documents and lease
  • Carry out searches.
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required.
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor.
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received.
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer.
  • Send final contract to you for signature.
  • Draft Transfer.
  • Advise you on joint ownership.
  • Obtain pre-completion searches.
  • Agree 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 lender and you.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax.
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry.
  • Deal with notice of assignment/charge and any post completion requirements under the terms of the lease.

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

For an estate of £325,000 and below requiring an IHT205 costs estimated at between £1,750 to £4,500 (plus VAT) based on the hourly rate of the person or persons dealing with your matter.

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 quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 10 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-6 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

Disbursements in addition to this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155.00
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per Executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2.00 per beneficiary)

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is 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 50 pence (1 per asset usually).
  • If there are any Codicils, the oath fee is increased by £2.00 per Codicil per Executor.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
Court Claims

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. There may be circumstances where we will advise immediate insolvency proceedings against the debtor and we will quote separately for the costs.

Debt Value Court Fee Our Fee (inc. VAT) Total
Up to £5,000 Up to £185.00 £1,200.00 £1,385.00
Up to £5,001 – £10,000 £410.00 £1,200.00 £1,610.00
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim £1,200.00 TBA

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • 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.
  • A default judgment will include an award of fixed costs and the Court fee.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  • Undertaking appropriate searches.
  • Sending a Letter before Action.
  • Receiving payment and sending on to 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 judgment in default.
  • When judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment.
  • If payment is not received, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

Matters usually take about 10 weeks from receipt of instructions. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve; if payment is received at an earlier stage, the fee will be reduced.

Set out below are details of a range of potential fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal. These are only general estimates.

Please contact us so that we can provide a bespoke quote that fits your circumstances:

  • Simple case: £3,500-£5,000 (excluding VAT);
  • Medium complexity case: £5,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT); or
  • High complexity case: £10,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT).

Wrongful dismissal cases would tend to be at the lower end as they are usually less complicated.

Factors that could make a case more complex include:

  • 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; and
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

It is not always necessary for us to attend the Tribunal Hearing but if we do attend there will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,200 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.
If a matter settles before a hearing the costs will reflect the time spent to that point.

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.

Expected disbursements include Counsel’s fees estimated between £500 to £1,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).]

Key stages

The estimate of our fees covers 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; and
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
  • The stages set out above are an indication only and if some of stages above are not required, the fee may be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can be arranged based 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 and the listing timescales dictated by the Tribunal and/or Court. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim process, your case is likely to take 6-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-39 weeks. 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.

Set out below are details of a range of potential fees for an application for a new premises licence. These are estimates only. Please contact us so that we can provide a bespoke quote that fits your circumstances:

  • Simple application: £700 – £900 (based on 3-4 hours at an hourly rate of £235);
  • Medium complexity: £900 – £1,500 (based on 5-7 hours at an hourly rate of £235); or
  • High complexity: £1,500 – £3,000 (based on 7-12 hours at an hourly rate of £235).

A number of factors affect the complexity of a case including:

  • Type of licensable activity covered by the application;
  • Location of premises (such as whether in a cumulative impact policy area); and
  • The type and size of premises/event.

An application to vary an existing premises licence should be less complex and therefore our fees would usually be in the same range as a simple first application.

Disbursements

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. Expected disbursements include:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority). The fee varies depending on rateable value of premises for new licences. Fixed at £23 for applications to vary an existing licence;
  • Advertising fee £250 – £400; and
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices (if required) £75.00.

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.

The estimate of our fee includes the following work:

  • 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; and
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The estimate 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; or
  • advising on varying the licence; or
  • 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 6-8 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 (and includes the 28 day consultation period, where relevant). 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.

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