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Our Fees

Up-front charges

Historically, solicitors have been reluctant to disclose publicly their hourly charging rates. We feel that this is out of step with the needs of the modern client. Fee information has been published on our website for 20 years.

Quality legal services cannot be provided cheaply. But we believe that our rates offer excellent value for money and are extremely competitive for the City.

In all matters the basis of our fees is agreed with the client before we commence work.

Charging options

We offer a variety of charging options to suit the needs of the particular client. As well as the traditional hourly rate we offer:

  • Fixed or graduated fees for e.g. property work and probate
  • Conditional fees

Estimates are provided wherever possible.

Commercial Conveyancing

Our unique Commercial Conveyancing Costs Calculator gives guidance on the level of likely fees for commercial lease acquisition, as well as giving information on associated costs such as Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Residential conveyancing

Please see our residential Conveyancing Costs and the associated online calculators for our charges when purchasing, selling or re-mortgaging property.

Employment

Details of our fees and other costs for dealing with employment law work including for representation at the Employment Tribunal can be found on our Employer Legal Costs page or our Employee Legal Costs page.

Probate

Details of our fees and other costs for obtaining probate or letters of administration in England and Wales can be found on our Probate Fees page.

International

The pages on the various types of international work that we deal with (accessed through International Private Client) provide information on fees for certain types of work e.g. French conveyancing. However, in view of the bespoke nature of much of this work it is advised that you contact us for an estimate of fees based on your specific needs and circumstances.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We can offer different fee arrangements depending on the nature of the case. These include fixed fees, hourly rate and conditional fees. We will agree the fee basis with you at the outset. Details of our fees and other costs can be found on our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Fees page,

Hourly charging rates

Our hourly charging rates for typical private work for commercial and private clients are:

Directors
  £295-£500
Assistant Solicitors
£295-£345
Licensed Conveyancers
£240
Trainee Solicitors or equivalent
£150-£200
Paralegals or equivalent
£100-200


This fee structure must be read in conjunction with the following notes:

  • Our fees are exclusive of VAT and any disbursements which may be incurred.
  • There may be enhanced charging rates in special circumstances such as work of complexity, of high value, of urgency and for advocacy. In particular for France or other international work our hourly rate starts at £250.
  • Our acceptance of any prospective instruction depends on the particular circumstances and is subject to our standard terms and conditions for the particular type of work concerned.
  • Conditional fees are only available for certain types of work and are subject to qualifying conditions.