Information about our fees

This page aims to assist you in understanding how we charge for some of the work that we do.  Every case is different and this list is in no way exhaustive so please contact us to discuss the specifics of your particular case.

We will be more than happy to discuss matters with you.

All fee earners at Simmonds Hurford are qualified solicitors who are experts in their fields of practice. 

Residential Conveyancing

All residential conveyancing services offered by Simmonds Hurford are carried out by solicitors who are experts in this area.  Our team are highly skilled in dealing with all types of conveyancing transactions including unregistered land, lease extensions and the purchasing of freehold reversions.  We are also accredited under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

The price information below is not exhaustive and we carry out a wide range of work that is not listed below.  Please call us to discuss your specific requirements.

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of 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 (SDLT) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (LTT) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.  If you require a mortgage we charge a separate fee for acting for the lender.

Our Fees

  • Legal fee – dependent on price of property, please see below table –
  • £0 – £99,999 – £600 + VAT
  • £100,000 – £199,999 – £650 + VAT
  • £200,000 – £299,999 £750 + VAT
  • £300,000 – £449,999 £800 + VAT
  • £450,000 – £599,999 £850 + VAT
  • £600,000 – £749,999             £900 + VAT
  • £750,000 + Price on Application

Additional legal fees that may be payable:

  • Acting for a Lender (Where there is a mortgage) – £125 plus VAT
  • Dealing with unregistered land – £125 + VAT
  • Preparation of Stamp Duty/Land Transaction Tax Form – £75 + VAT
  • Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT

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.

SDLT or LTT (on purchase)

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 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 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 4 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. 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. However, the below table gives a general overview of the process.  

  • 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
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you (if applicable)
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer and advise on joint ownership (if applicable)
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Obtain completion searches
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of SDLT/LTT
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all 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 SDLT if the property is in England, or LTT if the property is in Wales. If you require a mortgage we charge a separate fee for acting for the lender.

Our Fees

  • Legal fee – dependent on price of property, please see below table –
  • £0 – £99,999 – £750 + VAT
  • £100,000 – £199,999 – £800 + VAT
  • £200,000 – £299,999 £900 + VAT
  • £300,000 – £449,999 £950 + VAT
  • £450,000 – £599,999 £1000 + VAT
  • £600,000 – £749,999             £1050 + VAT
  • £750,000 + Price on application

Additional legal fees that may be payable:

  • Dealing with unregistered land – £125 + VAT
  • Preparation of Stamp Duty/Land Tax Form – £75 + VAT
  • Acting for the mortgage lender (if applicable) – £125 plus VAT
  • Electronic money transfer fee £30 + VAT

Disbursements:

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search 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. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. 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.

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £50 – £100 per notice.
  • 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 – £100 per notice.
  • 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 £75 and £150.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £50 and £200.

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

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.

SDLT/LTT

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.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below table gives a general overview of the process.  

  • 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
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you (if applicable)
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership (if applicable)
  • 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 SDLT/LTT
  • Deal with the service of Notices in accordance with the Lease requirements
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

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 4 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply

* 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. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your property, including matters such as redeeming your current mortgage.

Our fees

  • Legal fee – dependent on price of property, please see below table –
  • £0 – £99,999 – £600 + VAT
  • £100,000 – £199,999 – £650 + VAT
  • £200,000 – £299,999 £750 + VAT
  • £300,000 – £449,999 £800 + VAT
  • £450,000 – £599,999 £850 + VAT
  • £600,00 – £749,999             £900 + VAT
  • £750,000 + Price on Application
  • Land registry disbursements for obtaining title deeds – £3 each per title document.
  • Electronic money transfer legal fee £30 + VAT
  • Additional Legal fee if property is unregistered – £100 + VAT

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.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below table gives a general overview of the process.  

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check to see if the property is registered with the Land Registry and obtain title deeds from you if unregistered.
  • Send you the protocol forms for completion
  • Prepare and send contract documents to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Respond to any enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you will hand over the keys)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Obtain a final redemption statement for any mortgage on the property
  • Complete sale
  • Deal with mortgage redemption
  • Send the relevant documents to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Account to you with the net sale proceeds
  • Pay any selling agents fees on your behalf

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your property, including matters such as redeeming your current mortgage but excluding our costs for contacting the landlord/managing agents.

Our fees

  • Legal fee – dependent on price of property, please see below table –
  • £0 – £99,999 – £700 + VAT
  • £100,000 – £199,999 – £750 + VAT
  • £200,000 – £299,999 £850 + VAT
  • £300,000 – £449,999 £900 + VAT
  • £450,000 – £599,999 £950 + VAT
  • £600,000 – £749,999             £1000 + VAT
  • £749,999 + Price on application
  • Land registry disbursements for obtaining title deeds – £3 each per title document.
  • Electronic money transfer legal fee £30 + VAT
  • Additional Legal fee if property is unregistered – £100 + VAT

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. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the Land Registry.

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Fee for management pack- this will depend upon the manging agent/landlord but £400 is a likely figure
  • Landlord/managing agent fees for answering additional enquiries. Some managing agents/landlords charge for each additional enquiry raised as well as answering the general enquiries

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

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, the below table gives a general overview of the process.  

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check to see if the property is registered with the Land Registry and obtain title deeds from you if unregistered.
  • Send you the protocol forms for completion
  • Obtain the management pack from the landlord/managing agent
  • Prepare and send contract documents to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Respond to any enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you will hand over the keys)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Obtain a final redemption statement for any mortgage on the property
  • Apportion ground rent and service charges
  • Complete sale
  • Deal with mortgage redemption
  • Send the relevant documents to the buyer’s solicitor
  • Account to you with the net sale proceeds
  • Pay any selling agents fees on your behalf

How long will my house sale 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, your buyer is a first time buyer, purchasing with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6-8 weeks. However, if you are selling a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply

* 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. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Abortive Transactions

As provided for in our Terms of Business, we will make a charge for any matters which become abortive.  The fee will depend on the amount of work involved.

Probate & Estate Administration

This information is not exhaustive.  Every case is different so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your particular requirements.

If your case does not meet any of the following criteria, this does not mean that we cannot assist so please get in touch.

This information applies to estates where:

  • There is a valid will (where there is no Will but the estate remains a simple one, we may be able to conduct the matter for a fee similar to that outlined below. Please call us to discuss your case.)
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 4 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-3 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries or as regards the division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in cost.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account (IHT400) to HMRC
  • There are no claims against the estate

To apply for a Grant of Probate ONLY with no subsequent administration of the estate

We anticipate that an estate to which this information applies will take between 3 ½ to 6 hours work.  The total cost is therefore estimated as between £682.50 and £1170 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.  For example, if there is one bank account and one executor, costs will be at the lower end of the range.  If there are multiple bank accounts and property then the costs will be at the higher end of the range.

This service means that we will handle all work necessary up to and including the application for the Grant of Probate.

Disbursements are not included in our fee and will be payable in addition.  Disbursements incurred in an application for a Grant of Probate are:

  • Probate application fee – £157 which includes four sealed copies of the Grant. Each additional copy is £1
  • £8 per executor to swear the Oath

To apply for the Grant of Probate and thereafter distribute the estate

We anticipate that an estate to which this information applies will take between 6 -15 hours work.  The total cost is therefore estimated between £1080 and £2700 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

We will handle the full process for you.

Disbursements are not included in our fees.  Disbursments usually incurred are:

  • Probate Application fee – £157 including four sealed copies of the Grant. Additional copies are £1 each.
  • £8 per executor to swear the Oath.
  • Land Charges Bankruptcy Searches – £2 per beneficiary
  • Section 27 Trustee Act Advertisements in the London Gazette (usually in the region of £75 + VAT) and the relevant local newspaper (price dependent on publication, usually in the region of £150 – £200 plus VAT)

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

Potential Additional Costs

  • If the estate consists of any share holdings 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.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of a property is not included.
  • If the estate is liable to pay inheritance tax or a full account (IHT400) is required for HMRC the costs will be higher.
  • If the estate or the deceased is required to account to HMRC for any other tax including Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax the costs will be higher. The services of a tax adviser or accountant may be required.
  • If Simmonds Hurford are executors in an estate we will charge an additional 1 ½ % of the value of the estate (excluding the value of the deceased’s residence) in addition to our own fees. This is in accordance with the Law Society’s approved scale of charges for estate administration.

How long will this take?

Certain information is required from third parties including banks and financial institutions.  Our time estates are based on our receiving timely responses to any and all correspondence we enter into with third parties.  Please note that HMRC, in particular, can take a considerable period to respond to and deal with issues raised with them.  Estates that require correspondence with HMRC are likely to take longer than those which do not.

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4 – 12 months.  Typically, obtaining a Grant of Probate takes 8-12 weeks.  Collecting assets then follows which can take between 4 and 12 weeks.  Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets which normally takes 2-3 weeks.

Debt Recovery

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.

Stage 1 – Pre Action

This includes:

  • Taking your instructions and considering supporting evidence
  • Drafting a Letter Before Action pursuant to the Pre Action Protocol of the Civil Procedure Rules and sending the same to the debtor.

Our fee will depend on the value of the debt concerned:

Debt Value

Our Fee (Plus VAT)

Up to £5000

£200

£5,001 – £10,000

£275

£10,001 – £50,000

£350

 

Please call us as regards debts in excess of £50,000.

Stage 2 – Court Claim

This includes:

  • Drafting and Issuing the Claim at Court
  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the Court to enter Judgment in Default.
  • When Judgement is received, writing to the debtor to request payment.
  • If payment is not received within 21 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

Our fee, and the Court fee, will depend on the value of the debt concerned

Debt Value

Court Fee

Our Fee (Plus VAT)

Up to £5,000

£25 – £205

£295

£5001 – £10,000

£455

£400

£10001 – £50,000

5% of the value of the claim

£550

 

Please call us as regards debts in excess of £50,000.