At Baron Grey solicitors, we aim to make our costs as transparent as we possibly can. With that in mind, please scroll down find guidance as to our fees for the different services that we provide.
It may be very difficult at an early stage to provide you with a completely accurate estimate of costs that a case will involve, but we will always:
- provide you with details of what services are included within our price
- inform you as to any services which are not included in the price
- provide you with the details of the experience and qualifications of the member of staff who will carry out the work for you
- provide you with the typical timescales and key stages of any matter.
When unforeseen complexity arises or where the way in which you ask us top proceed means additional work which may not have been factored in the original estimate of costs, we will always notify you of this and provide you with revised costs information.
Please note that should your case require the instruction of a barrister to present your case at court, or the instruction of an expert to assist with your case, this will be an additional cost.
You can find guidance on our hourly rates which is contained within our Terms of Business, which is also published on this website.
Please give Baron Grey a call for a free initial consultation to discuss your issue in depth so that we can provide you with more informed information regarding likely fees.
All cases undertaken by Baron Grey are supervised by Vincent Hambleton-Grey, the principal of the firm.
Our Commercial Law department is headed by Vincent Hambleton-Grey. He is assisted in these matters by Ben Hall. Vincent has run the practice since 1990 and is highly experienced in this field of law. Vincent works under his hourly rate of £325 an hour, plus VAT, for all commercial matters.
Our Criminal Law department is headed up by Ben Hall. Ben qualified as a solicitor in 2007, but has been working within the Criminal Justice System since 2000. Ben works under his hourly rate of £275 an hour, plus VAT, but is more than happy to discuss a fixed fee for cases which merit it.
For cases which are straightforward and will only involve one court hearing, such as the majority of motoring offences, they will generally take 2-3 hours of our time to prepare fully. The time taken will include:
- Considering the evidence
- Taking your instructions and a mitigation statement, if necessary
- Providing advice in relation to plea and likely sentence
- Advising on the options available to the court in relation to sentencing
- Where appropriate, advising on whether an exceptional hardship or special reasons argument should be made
- Advising on appeal, if necessary
- Finding expert witnesses to assist your case, if necessary
To prepare magistrates’ court trials, our costs usually range between £2000.00 to £3000.00 plus VAT, although this does greatly depend on the amount of work to be done. We will be able to give you an accurate quotation once we know how much work is involved.
Crown court cases are invariably more serious and complex than magistrates’ court cases, and we will be pleased to discuss costs for individual cases with you.
In addition, we always instruct counsel to cover court hearings. Not only is this more cost-effective as we can negotiate favourable fixed rates for our clients, but it means that you will have a specialist advocate in court to present your case. Prices for a barrister generally start at £250 plus VAT for a junior barrister for a simple hearing. Note that the cost of a barrister is additional to our costs, but we will always agree the price with you first.
Should you be successful at trial, then we can apply to the court for a “Defence Costs Order” which will entitle you to recover a proportion of your defence costs.
Our Family Law department is headed by Vincent Hambleton-Grey. He is assisted by Emma Faulkner who qualified as a solicitor in 2016. Emma charges out at £225 an hour, plus VAT.
It is difficult to provide a fixed fee for Family Law work as it can range from an uncontested divorce which can conclude fairly quickly, to prolonged financial proceedings which take much more time.
Our Immigration department is headed by Lara Symons. Lara qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Lara charges out at £275 an hour, plus VAT.
At Baron Grey, we usually charge a fixed fee for immigration work, ranging from £150.00 for a one -off consultation to £3,000.00 for more complex applications.
We provide a range of potential fees to cover all work on your application and when quoting for the work at the outset, we will make it clear what is included in the quoted fee and what is not.
In some cases it may be more appropriate to be charged on an hourly basis. When charged on an hourly basis, we will provide an estimate of how many hours work are required and an estimate of total costs.
There are many factors that we will consider when providing you a quote for your work. These include:
- whether it is a first-time applicant or extension if there are multiple dependents (eg several children)
- the language of the client
- the number of supporting documents or witnesses
- possible attendance at a Home Office interview
- whether it is a fast tracked or premium application
By way of guidance, below are some examples of our price ranges for common types of cases:
One – off consultation
This is a face to face meeting at our office with one of our solicitors, up to one hour – £150.00 excluding VAT and disbursements, such as an interpreter, if required.
Applying to become British
Applications to naturalise or register as a British citizen – £800.00 to £2,000.00 excluding VAT. The Home Office fee for naturalisation is currently £1300 (no vat) per applicant.
Proof of residence for European nationals
Applications on behalf of European nationals and their family members under the relevant EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates – £750.00 – £2,000.00 excluding VAT. The Home Office fees for EEA applications are currently £65.00 (no VAT) per applicant.
Applying to join your family in the UK
Entry clearance application for a partner, spouse or child – £1800.00 to £2500.00 excluding VAT. The application fees in this category are typically £2000.00 to £2500.00 (no vat) depending on whether priority processing is chosen.
Applying to remain in the UK
An initial application, or an application to extend leave to remain in the UK for a partner, spouse or child – £1500.00 to £2500.00 excluding VAT. The Home Office fees are typically around £1500.00 (no vat) for standard processing.
Applying to visit the UK
Applying for a visitor visa for tourism, or visiting family and friends – £750.00 to £1500.00 excluding vat. The application fee is around £100.00 (no vat).
Appealing to the independent immigration courts against a decision to refuse your application
Completing Notice of Appeal and drafting grounds of appeal – £400.00 excluding VAT. Court fee is currently £140.00 (no VAT). Preparation for appeal hearing £1,500.00 – £2,500.00 excluding VAT and representation at the appeal hearing.
What services are included:
- discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you
- giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria
- if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses
- preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf
- attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take
What is not included:
- Disbursements – these are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as interpreters fees and independent expert reports, for example medical experts
- If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Current processing times are available to view on the Home Office website. When we take your instructions, we will estimate how long your application may take to prepare and submit. A typical application to join your family in the UK or to extend your leave to remain will take 2-4 weeks to prepare, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate time estimate once we have more information about your specific case. If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration rules the preparation time will clearly be less than a more complex case.
Our highly experienced Property Service department is headed by Clive Whitern. Clive has been in practice for over 30 years. He is joined by Minnie Waite, an experienced conveyancer with over 20 years’ experience in dealing with both residential and commercial properties, and all associated matters.
We provide fixed fees for all property-related matters, although depending on the complexities of the matter, the fee may vary. However, you will always be informed of any price change in advance.
Purchase of Residential Property
We charge a fixed fee commencing at £1200.00 plus VAT for any property purchases below £750,000.00, plus disbursements.
Disbursements in a property purchase include stamp duty, land registration fee, land searches and title searches. A minor bank charge relating to money transfers will also be levied. The amount of stamp duty and land registration fees to pay are dependant on the purchase price.
On purchase of leasehold properties, you will incur a fee payable to the freeholder or management company for service of notice of your purchase. Depending on the terms of the lease, you may be required to enter into a deed of covenant with the freeholder/ management company and again, you are likely to incur a fee for the provision of such a deed.
Depending on the terms of the lease, a certificate of compliance may also be required from the freeholder/ management company to enable registration of the title with the Land Registry. You will incur a fee to obtain this consent. You may also gain a share of the freehold/ management company which incur a fee for provision of the share certificate to you. These fees are not under our control, but we will notify you of them as soon as we know.
Ground rent and a service charge are likely to apply through ownership of a leasehold property. We will confirm the ground rent and anticipated service charge as soon as we have this information.
Sale of Residential Property
Our fees for the sale of residential property mirror those of the purchase of residential property (see above).
However, should the property be leasehold, then you are likely to incur an disbursement to the management company for provision of a management pack which is required by the buyer. The fee for such a pack differs from management company to management company, but in our experience is likely to be in the region of between £200-£400 plus VAT.
Grant of Leases in Commercial Property
Our fees start at £1500.00 plus VAT depending on the terms of the lease. The fees we charge will vary depend on the nature and complexity of the work involved. Any additional fees will be discussed with you in advance.
There will be additional disbursements incurred in any grant of a lease, the most common of which will be stamp duty on the rent and the land registration fee. Any individual circumstances can be discussed with you.
Our costs will be dependent on whether or not notices are required to be served upon your freeholder Our charges commence at £950.00 plus VAT depending on your circumstances and those of the freeholder. You will be liable for the freeholder’s costs of carrying out a valuation as well as the legal costs of the freeholder’s solicitors. You will also incur fees for land registration and for obtaining documents from the land registry, such as the title document and a copy of the lease. These costs are additional to our fees.
How Long will a House Purchase Take?
How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your new home 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 require an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer.
The precise stages involved in the purchase of property vary according to circumstances. However, here is a bullet point guide to the basic steps:
- Take instructions and give 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 advice on all documents and information received
- Go through conditions of mortgage offer
- Send final contract for signature
- Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
- Exchange contracts
- Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender
- Complete purchase
- Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/ Land Tax
- Deal with application for registration at Land Registry
Wills and Probate
Our Wills and Probate department is headed by Clive Whitern. Clive charges out at £275 an hour, plus VAT, although he will charge a fixed fee for the following work:
- Drafting and execution of Wills – £300 plus VAT
Clive will undertake probate work in relation to all uncontested probate matters, which include both testate and intestate, and taxable and non-taxable estates.
Contested probate cases are dealt with by Vincent Hambleton-Grey and Ben Hall.
It is very difficult to estimate the likely cost of obtaining a grant of representation and administering an estate. The main reason for this difficulty is that there is insufficient information at the outset as to the nature of the estate and the potential problems. Our charges are calculated in accordance with the Solicitors’ (Non-Contentious Business) Remuneration Order 2009. This provides that a solicitor’s remuneration for non-contentious (i.e. non-litigious) matters should be such sum as may be fair and reasonable, having regard to all the circumstances of the case. The most important factor to be taken into account is the time spent in dealing with the matter. There are also other factors such as the complexity and importance of the matter, the skill involved, and the need for urgency.
In non-contentious matters such as probate, our costs are based on two factors, a “time element” and a “value element”.
(a) The time element
As mentioned earlier, it is impossible to estimate how many hours of work will be needed to obtain the grant and to administer the estate. Each case will depend on its individual facts and unexpected difficulties may arise. Having said that, it may be helpful to give some simple examples to illustrate the amount of time which might be involved in certain cases:
(i) Example 1: A very small estate (say, under £50,000) can sometimes be wound up in about 10 hours if there are no complications and if there is a sole executor who is also the sole beneficiary.
(ii) Example 2: A modest estate (say, £50,000 to £100,000 without a house) might be wound up in between 10 and 20 hours, depending on the number of beneficiaries and the difficulty in collecting the assets and settling the liabilities.
(iii) Example 3: A medium-size estate (say, £100,000 to £250,000 with a house and Stock Exchange investments) might be wound up in between 20 and 60 hours, depending on the nature of the assets and assuming that there are no major difficulties.
(b) The value element
Our charges will also contain an element based on the value of the estate. This is because the value is a reflection of the importance of the matter and, consequently, the responsibility imposed on the firm. The value element is 1% of the gross estate. This applies where the gross estate does not exceed £400,000. The value element is halved for any balance of the estate over £400,000. The value element is further reduced to 0.1666% for any balance of the estate over £2,000,000 and to 0.08333% for any balance of the estate over £3,000,000. There are some further modifications:
(i) In calculating the gross estate, the value of the deceased’s interest in his or her residence is halved.
(ii) In calculating the gross estate, the value of any property which does not vest in the personal representatives is excluded. Thus, no value element would be charged on a half-share of a house which was owned by the deceased as a beneficial joint tenant, and so passed to the other owner outside the terms of the Will or the intestacy rules.
(iii) Where a partner is appointed as an executor, an additional value element of up to 0.5% may be charged.
(iv) If the instructions relate solely to the application for a grant of representation, no value element is charged.
Our charges will, therefore, normally include both the time element and the value element. Our charges do not include VAT, which will be added to the bill. There will also be certain additional expenses (known as disbursements) such as court fees, statutory advertisements and charges for official copies of the grant of representation, which we shall be obtaining for you from the court.
We shall obtain your approval before incurring a disbursement of £500 or more. If for any reason this firm does not complete the work which you have instructed us to do, then a charge will be made in respect of the work which has already been completed. This will be based on the time element (plus the service increment) and on a proportion of the value element. We shall estimate a fair and reasonable proportion of the value element according to how much work has been done and how much work remains to be done. VAT would be payable on that amount and the estate would also be charged for any disbursements incurred.