Bishop & Sewell

From 6th December 2018, our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), requires all firms to publish transparent pricing in certain areas of law in which we deliver legal services. For our firm these are listed below.

These figures may however vary in cases with particular complexities. That is why will always give you a cost estimate based on your individual transaction that takes into account the actual features of your transaction.

Of course, if any unexpected complications arise that have an impact on our fees, we would immediately inform you of this and would discuss with you the potential consequences before you incur any extra fees.

Property

Fees

Our fees start at £1,250 plus VAT for a residential property purchase up to £400,000 for a relatively straightforward matter rising thereafter with purchase price and complexity. Examples are set out below, but all transactions depend on their own individual circumstances.

Freehold

Property price up to £400,000 Property price £750,000 Other property prices
£1,250.00 plus VAT £1700.00 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Leasehold

Property price up to £400,000 Property price £750,000 Other property prices
£1,300 plus VAT £1,850 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Typical disbursements

Our handling charges for sending telegraphic transfer on completion (this item and charge will appear twice if, as happens occasionally, the deposit is also sent by telegraphic transfer) £25 plus VAT
Local authority search fee (approximately – the fee varies per local government area) £150 plus VAT
Water and drainage search fee (approximately) £55 plus VAT
Environmental & Plan Search fee (approximately) £74 plus VAT
Land Registry fees – registration of title dependant on value (double if new build) from £135 – £455 (VAT not applicable)
Stamp Duty liability for stamp duty will depend on number of properties owned or main residence being sold simultaneously
On leasehold properties landlord registration fee (approximately) £150 plus VAT
Land Registry/Land Charges Registry searches (approximately) £10 plus VAT

Typical timescales and key stages

The average residential property purchase takes between 8 and 12 weeks.

Key stages of the purchase process are typically:

  • Receive your instructions, identification and other necessary details
  • Check finance arrangements and initiate contact with lender (if applicable)
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Undertake searches / obtain planning documentation if necessary
  • Make necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Review and advise on all relevant documents and information
  • Review and advise on mortgage offer (if applicable)
  • Finalise contract for signature & confirm completion date
  • Exchange of contracts
  • Arrange for receipt of all monies required for completion
  • Complete purchase
  • Prepare and submit Stamp Duty Land Tax return with payment
  • Prepare and submit registration at Land Registry with payment

Experience and qualifications of conveyancing staff

  • Stephen Bishop is head of our Residential Property Department and has over 40 years of conveyancing experience. Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped all ranges of client from individuals, corporate entities to third party lenders.
  • Ossie Swaine qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has over 27 years of conveyancing experience particularly in relation to high value Central London properties.
  • Dipak Vaghela qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has over 30 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Julienne Coffey qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has over 15 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold matters and mortgage work.
  • Charlotte Archer qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has over 7 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold extension work.
  • Charlie Davidson qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and has over 3 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Christine Corion is a legal assistant with many years’ experience dealing with residential conveyancing including the Barbican Estate.
  • Lauren Madams (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Sheena Dabasia (Paralegal)
  • Hina Sorathia (Paralegal)

Fees

Our fees start at £1,200 plus VAT for a residential property sale up to £400,000 for a relatively straightforward matter rising thereafter with sale price and complexity. Examples are set out below but all our fees will depend on the individual features of the sale.

Freehold

Property price up to £400,000 Property price £750,000 Other property prices
£1,200 plus VAT £1,650 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Leasehold

Property price up to £400,000 Property price £750,000 Other property sale prices
£1,250 plus VAT £1,750 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Typical disbursements

Our handling charges for sending telegraphic transfer on completion (if we redeem a mortgage, there will be 2 telegraphic transfers so this item and charge will appear twice) £25 plus VAT
Land Registry searches £12 plus VAT
On leasehold properties – information regarding the service charge and the freeholder’s or managing agent’s intentions in respect of on-going costs and any major works (approximately) £250 – £650 plus VAT

Typical timescales and key stages

The average residential property sale takes between 8 and 12 weeks.

Key stages of the sale process are typically:

  • Receive your instructions, identification and other necessary details
  • Prepare and send sale documentation pack for buyer’s solicitor
  • Initial contact with lender (if redemption of mortgage is involved)
  • Respond to enquiries by buyer’s solicitor
  • Finalise contract for signature & confirm completion date
  • Exchange contracts
  • Complete purchase and transfer proceeds of sale as necessary

Experience and qualifications of conveyancing staff

  • Stephen Bishop is head of our Residential Property Department and has over 40 years of conveyancing experience. Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped all ranges of client from individuals, corporate entities to third party lenders.
  • Ossie Swaine qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has over 27 years of conveyancing experience particularly in relation to high value Central London properties.
  • Dipak Vaghela qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has over 30 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Julienne Coffey qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has over 15 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold matters and mortgage work.
  • Charlotte Archer qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has over 7 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold extension work.
  • Charlie Davidson qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and has over 3 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Christine Corion is a legal assistant with many years’ experience dealing with residential conveyancing including the Barbican Estate.
  • Lauren Madams (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Sheena Dabasia (Paralegal)
  • Hina Sorathia (Paralegal)

Fees

Our fees start at £675 plus VAT for a residential re-mortgage where we also act for a standard High Street lender for a loan up to £300,000.00 for a relatively straightforward matter rising thereafter with level of loan and value of the property

Freehold

Lending up to £300,000 Lending between £300,000 and £750,000 Other lending amounts
£650 plus VAT £800 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Leasehold

Price up to £400,000 Lending between £300,000 and £750,000 Other lending amounts
£750 plus VAT £895 plus VAT Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation

Typical disbursements

Our handling charges for sending telegraphic transfer on completion (if we redeem a mortgage, there will be 2 telegraphic transfers so this item and charge will appear twice) £25 plus VAT
Land Registry title information £12 plus VAT
Land registry fee dependant on value of lending from £20 (VAT not applicable)
Pre completion searches (approximately) £7 plus VAT
Indemnity insurance instead of full searches dependant on value of property (approximately) £30 (VAT not applicable)
For leasehold properties notice would also need to be served on your landlord (approximately) £60 plus VAT

Typical timescales and key stages

The guide below applies in a typical remortgage where the lender is a bank/building society and not an individual. The typical remortgage transaction takes approximately 4 weeks to complete but in some instances can be completed quicker.

  • Obtaining title deeds and a redemption statement
  • Obtaining office copies of the client’s property title
  • Carry out title checks
  • In the case of leasehold properties, carry out a check of the lease and make enquiries to the landlord regarding the status of service charge and rent payments
  • Check mortgage offer
  • Prepare for completion
  • Obtain final redemption statement
  • Final searches and checks
  • Obtain mortgage advance and complete the remortgage
  • Register changes at the Land Registry

Experience and qualifications of conveyancing staff

  • Stephen Bishop is head of our Residential Property Department and has over 40 years of conveyancing experience. Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped all ranges of client from individuals, corporate entities to third party lenders.
  • Ossie Swaine qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has over 27 years of conveyancing experience particularly in relation to high value Central London properties.
  • Dipak Vaghela qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has over 30 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Julienne Coffey qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has over 15 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold matters and mortgage work.
  • Charlotte Archer qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has over 7 years of conveyancing experience including related leasehold extension work.
  • Charlie Davidson qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and has over 3 years of conveyancing experience in both residential and commercial property matters.
  • Christine Corion is a legal assistant with many years’ experience dealing with residential conveyancing including the Barbican Estate.
  • Lauren Madams (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Sheena Dabasia (Paralegal)
  • Hina Sorathia (Paralegal)

Immigration

Fees

We can assist with the various applications as shown below, together with our range of applicable fees:

Application type Range of fees (please note that VAT is payable in addition to the fees below)
Tier 2 ICT £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 2 General £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 2 Minister of Religion £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 4 Student £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 5 Visa £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 1 Investor £8,000 – £12,000
Tier 1 Entrepreneur £5,000 – £8,000
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur £3,000 – £3,500
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent £2,000 – £4,000
EEA Family Permit / Residence Card / Registration Certificate £1,200 – £2,000
EEA Permanent Residence £1,500 – £3,000
Retained right of Residence £1,500 – £2,000
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Partner £2,000 – £3,000
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Partner £1,500 – £2,500
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Partner £2,000 – £3,000
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Parent £2,000 – £2,500
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Parent £1,500 – £2,000
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Parent £1,500 – £2,000
Entry Clearance – Child £2,000 – £3,000
British Citizenship £1,500 – £2,000
British Passport £1,000 – £3,000
British Registration £1,500 – £3,000
Deportation Representation £2,000 – £4,000
Business Visa – Sole Rep £4,000 – £6,000
Asylum £3,000 – £6,000
Visitor Visa £1,500 – £2,000
Adult Dependant Relative £2,500 – £3,000
Discretionary leave to remain £2,000 – £3,000
Domestic worker £1,500 – £2,500
Private Life £1,500 – £2,500
UK Ancestry £1,500 – £2,500
ILR – 10 years £1,500 – £2,500
ILR (Refugee) £2,000
SET(DV) £2,000 – £3,000

 

In the vast majority of cases we are able to offer our clients a fixed fee to prepare and submit their applications. However, in circumstances where this is not possible our fees will be calculated on the following hourly rates:

  • Charles Green – Partner – £350 plus VAT
  • Mariam Khaliq – Senior Associate – £230 plus VAT
  • Karma Hickman – Associate – £210 plus VAT
  • Nicole Couzens – Trainee Solicitor – £140 plus VAT
  • Alice Maresi – Paralegal – £135 plus VAT

We will provide you with a cost estimate based on the number of hours we reasonably expect to spend on your case and the disbursements that are likely to be incurred.

Consultations

If you would like to speak to a member of the Immigration Team to discuss your case, we can offer a one hour face to face or telephone consultation based on the above hourly rates.

Typical disbursements

We will advise you at the outset of all government fees relevant to your application.

The Home Office publish a comprehensive list of their application fees which it would not be appropriate to publish here, but which can be accessed here.

Please note, the list does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge which we will calculate according to your personal circumstances and include among the disbursements payable.

In addition, where translation and/or interpretation services are required, we will provide you with a quote for you to consider before we engage the third party supplier.

Typical timescales and key stages

In our experience the vast majority of out of country applications are decided within 4 weeks, although some family-based applications can take longer (up to 12 weeks).

Processing times for in-country applications can vary depending on whether they are submitted as standard, postal applications (which can take up to six months, though usually no more than 3 months) or within 10 working days if submitted through the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres.

Experience and qualifications of immigration department staff

  • Charles Green is head of our Immigration Department and qualified as a solicitor in 2004 with over 20 years of experience in immigration law for both businesses and individuals.
  • Mariam Khaliq qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has over 10 years of experience in immigration law including visa applications and appeals.
  • Karma Hickman qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has over 6 years of experience in immigration law including international surrogacy cases.
  • Nicole Couzens (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Alice Maresi (Paralegal)

Employment

Fees and typical disbursements

For a straightforward unfair or wrongful dismissal claim lasting 2 days (at Final Hearing) in an Employment Tribunal, which would involve many or all of the key stages (above), we would anticipate (for either employer or employee clients) to total between £10,000-15,000 (plus VAT and disbursements such as Counsel’s fees).

For more complicated or longer cases (such as those involving an element of unlawful discrimination or whistleblowing), total fees/costs will be significantly more than stated above and could amount to £40,000 – £50,000 plus VAT and disbursements and Counsel’s fees.

Typical timescales and key stages

Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair or wrongful dismissal typically involve the following stages:

  • Taking client’s (whether employer or employee) initial instructions, reviewing documents and advising on merits and likely compensation.
  • Entering into ACAS Early Conciliation process (where mandatory) to see if settlement can be reached.
  • Drafting and filing a claim form (known as an ET1) for a claimant (employee) or a response form (known as an ET3) for a respondent (employer).
  • Drafting and calculating a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing and attending a Case Management Discussion or Preliminary Hearing (either in person or via telephone conference call).
  • Complying with document disclosure process and agreeing a bundle of documents for any hearing(s).
  • Meeting/discussing evidence and drafting witness statements.
  • Liaising with the other party regarding a List of Issues and/or Chronology.
  • Preparing for and attending a Final Hearing, including instructing Counsel and attending Counsel in conference.

Experience and qualifications of employment department staff

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Debt Recovery

Fees

Our fees in these matters typically range from £750 plus VAT upwards depending on particular aspects of your matter.

Disbursements

You may have to pay court fees and barrister’s fees in addition to our fees.

Typical timescales and key stages

This will depend on the type of case and whether it is dealt with in the court, tribunal or another forum. The courts are usually extremely busy so it could be 12 months before your matter reaches a conclusion. Tribunals are generally less busy and have a quicker turnaround time normally of between 3 to 9 months.

Experience and qualifications of litigation staff

  • Karen Bright is head of our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and qualified as a solicitor in 2002 with over 16 years of litigation experience with a focus on insolvency and property litigation.
  • Stephanie Thomas qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has over 15 years of litigation experience with a focus on international cases.
  • Lee Stafford qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and has over 16 years of litigation experience with a focus on regulated financial institutions and professional negligence claims.
  • Ian Pope qualified as a solicitor in 1975 and has over 40 years litigation experience across a wide range of general commercial litigation cases.
  • Stuart Merrison qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has over 17 years of litigation experience with a focus on property ownership and the wider property field.
  • Anastasia Mavroudis qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has over 10 years of litigation experience with a focus on sensitive and complicated civil disputes.
  • Rachel Waller qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has over 6 years of litigation experience with a focus on sensitive and complicated civil disputes.
  • Charles Jamieson was admitted as a Legal Executive 2016 after being Called to the Bar in 2012, taking instructions in a broad range of commercial and property related disputes.
  • Nik Paskevic (Trainee Solicitor)

Estate Administration

Fees

Our fees in these matters typically range from £3,000 to £15,000 plus VAT (where applicable) depending on the circumstances and complexity of your matter.

Hourly rates range from £135 to £325 plus VAT depending on the experience and qualification of the appropriate fee earner.

Typical disbursements

Probate Court Fees of £155 plus £0.50 per additional copies of the Grant (VAT not applicable).

Swear Fees £5 to £7 (VAT not applicable).

S27 Trustee Act Notice in the London Gazette £78 plus VAT.

Typical timescales and key stages

Identifying estate property, establishing a summary of the deceased’s assets as at the date of death including a valuation of the deceased’s assets and liabilities for estate and tax purposes and preparing the appropriate HMRC inheritance tax account: 3-6 months from instruction.

Establishing the basis for testamentary or other dispositions, preparing the relevant Oath for the personal representatives and submitting the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry of the High Court: 3-6 months.

Collection of estate assets, payment of estate liabilities and testamentary legacies and distribution of residuary estate: 6-9 months.

Estate accounts and income tax reports and returns: 6-12 months.

Experience and qualifications of private client staff

  • Helen Langworthy qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and has over 5 years of private client experience.
  • Shelina Vaiya qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and has 3 years of private client experience.
  • Emma Seaton qualified as a solicitor in 2018.
  • Gina Fairfax qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has over 30 years of private client experience.
  • Stephen Hewitt qualified as a solicitor in 1980 has over 30 years of legal experience including 3 years within private client.
  • Jana Rohackova (Legal Assistant)
  • Kloarba Xhetani (Paralegal)

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