Fees

RJS Solicitors provide a bespoke service, tailored to our client’s specific needs. We make our costs transparent to enable clients to make an informed choice. We have set out detailed costs estimates on our website for a selection of services.

The prices quoted on our website are for guidance only, but Cost estimates, a Client Care Letter and Terms of Business will be provided to clients once they are formally engaged. All cost estimates will be subject to review depending on the nature of the matter as it progresses, but clients can rest assured of being updated if there are any changes to costs.

More information about the SRA’s Transparency Rules can be found online

To see estimated costs, please click on the relevant service below. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Litigation – Debt Collection Fees

Fixed Costs for Uncontested Debt of £5,000 or less

In the event of a Defence being filed, the fixed prices illustrated will not apply.
For uncontested debts over £5,000 but less than £10,000 RJS Solicitors agree a fixed cost before work commences.

For all other uncontested debts, and for contested debts of any value, fees will be charged by reference to our hourly rate and the time engaged attending the matter. These fees will be disclosed to our client in a preliminary cost estimate.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements, including Court Fees and do not include the costs of enforcement.

Wills

Every clients circumstance is individual, RJS Solicitors will tailor their service to a client’s specific needs. Below is a guideline to help our clients make an informed choice.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and additional fees relating to Will preparation (for example, personal wishes letter, Codicil to existing Will and HM Land Registry charges).

Additional estate planning advice outside the scope of drafting a Will (for example, relating to inheritance tax or potential claims made against the estate) will be charged at an hourly rate.

Trusts

Any disbursements payable in relation to any of the above services will be notified to the client as soon as possible.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and any additional fees for the specific needs of the client.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney enables someone in good health to make decisions for their future in the event of being unable to make those choices later in life. It enables someone to choose who they want to make decisions on their behalf, appointing them as Attorney(s) should the need arise, giving peace of mind and possibly avoiding complex, expensive Court of Protection fees.

Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney – enables the chosen Attorney(s) to decide on necessary daily living arrangements (for example place of residence, medical and care needs etc)

Financial Lasting Powers of Attorney – enables the chosen Attorney(s) to decide on financial dealings (for example buying or selling property, paying bills and general management of monies etc)

Enduring Powers of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney enables someone in good health to make decisions for their future in the event of being unable to make those choices later in life. However, unlike other kinds of Powers of Attorney it can continue in force after the person granting it loses mental capacity. Therefore, it can be used to manage the affairs of people who have lost the ability to deal with their own affairs, without the need to apply to the Court of Protection.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and any additional fees for the specific needs of the client.

Probate and Estate Administration

RJS is committed to helping clients obtain Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration on a fixed fee basis.

Fixed fees are based on obtaining the Grant in a ‘simple’ estate.

General criteria for ‘simple’, straightforward estate:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There are no more than 10 Bank or Building Society accounts, no shareholdings, stocks, bonds or portfolios or other intangible assets
  • Full details of all assets and liabilities are provided to us, including values
  • All assets located in England and Wales
  • There are no assets with a complex structure for encashment or assets relevant to the estate but subject to trusts.
  • There are 1-10 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes of whatever nature (for example, issues between beneficiaries on division of assets, problems with the interpretation of the Will, difficulties between the executors etc). If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

Once the grant is obtained further work and administration may be necessary. For guidance, the estimated total fees for the administration of a ‘simple’ estate is approximately £2500.00 – £5000.00.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements.

Please contact us for a bespoke quote and any other enquiries related to Probate matters.

More information about the Probate and Administration process can be found online at:
https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/for-the-public/common-legal-issues/probate/

Employment Claims

Fees in respect of Employment claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal will vary according to the complexity of the case. Please see the table below for guidance only.

There will be additional fees for attending Tribunal, Preliminary and Final Hearings charged at £250.00 per hour. Generally, we would allow one to five days, depending on the complexity of the case.

Included in the fees above:

  • Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising clients on merits and likely compensation (though this may be subject to change during the course of action)
  • 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 the claim or response from the 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

All fees are exclusive of VAT and any additional fees for the specific needs of the client.

Property Conveyancing

Residential Sale and Purchase – Freehold
Our fees cover all stages of the work required to complete the sale of your home and the purchase of your new home. This includes dealing with the Land Registry and 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 is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s Fees (Exclusive of VAT)

Disbursement’s Fees

Stamp Duty or Land Tax – Payable on purchases in excess of £125,000 as follows:

All fees mentioned above may vary from time to time and are subject to change and additional fees which may be incurred during the conveyancing process.

Please contact us for a detailed quote, specific to your needs.

Residential Sale and Purchase – Leasehold

Our fees cover all stages of the work required to complete the sale of your home and the purchase of your new home. This includes dealing with the Land Registry and 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 is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s Fees (Exclusive of VAT)

Disbursement’s Fees

Stamp Duty or Land Tax – Payable on purchases in excess of £125,000 as follows:

Anticipated Disbursements

These fees vary and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. An accurate figure may be given up on sight of your specific documents.

It should be noted that ground rent and service charges are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. These details may be confirmed once we have receipt of the information.

Additional Fixed Charges for Conveyancing
Occasionally additional matters arise unexpectedly during the conveyancing process. We will advise you as soon as possible of any additional fees (above the fee charged for the initial sale and/or purchase) which will be incurred in order to satisfy the requirements.

This list is for guidance only and not intended to be exhaustive. The fees stated are exclusive of disbursements.