Pricing Guidelines

The Solicitors Regulation Authority requires firms to proactively publish information about certain common services. In some cases we are able to provide either fixed fee or clarity with range of pricing.

Information about Lyons Bowe services within this category, including pricing and key service elements, as well as links to the relevant lawyers who can act on these matters, can be found on the tabs below:

For services to members of the public:

If you have any immediate questions on this topic please do not hesitate to email us at info@lyonsbowe.co.uk.

Key stages of the transaction

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • 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 claim or response from 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
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Our pricing for defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.

Simple case: £10,000-£18,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £18,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £25,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £3,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Key stages of the transaction

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • 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 claim or response from 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
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Our pricing for bringing claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.

  • Simple case: £10,000-£18,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £18,000-£25,000 (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £25,000-£40,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £2,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 2-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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

Counsel’s fees estimated between £1,500 to £3,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

How long will my matter take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

It is essential to obtain professional legal advice whether you are looking to make an application for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or applications to vary a licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.

Key stages of the transaction

With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within their premises licence application
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany their application
  • Completing and submitting the application
  • Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities
  • Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority

The fees involved in licensing applications vary and it is not always possible to provide a fixed fee in this regard.  However, we can give you a range of fees, based on the complexity of your applications. The complexity of an application may vary depending on factors such as whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises or whether the premises are in a residential area.

Pricing will range from between £950 and £1,250. Factors influencing the price will include:

  • Nature of the premises
  • Location
  • Whether a CIP/CIZ policy is in place
  • Trading hours (in particular hours for sale of alcohol) requested
  • Timely receipt of instructions

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.  These are examples of disbursements you may need to pay:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority): £100.00 – £635.00 dependant on the rateable value of your premises.
  • Advertising fee (to be agreed by you): £100.00 – £2000.00 dependant on where your premises are located and charges invoiced by the local paper.
  • Enquiry Agent fees to display public notices: £350.00 plus VAT
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application: Circa £80.00
  • AML Check £7.20

These fees may be subject to variation upon further information on the individual premises and their location.

Potential additional costs

Our fees are fixed and include items detailed above, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities and their fee for such a meeting.
  • Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • Advising on varying the licence
  • Attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required, then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will this take?

A typical application will take between 6-8 weeks, from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and that we have been provided with all the documents required in a timely manner. Where an application is more complex, as detailed above, or there is substantial opposition from other parties, it may take longer. We will discuss any changes to timescales with you as appropriate, so you always have a realistic idea of how long your licensing application should take.

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Private Client

Our probate service can cover as much or as little of the administration of an estate as you require. We do not insist on taking over the entire administration but are happy to provide a full administration service if required.

We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.

Our fees for dealing with probate administration will vary depending upon the size and complexity of the estate. Complexity is not always linked to the value of the estate as small but complex estates can sometimes be more difficult and time consuming to deal with than a large straightforward one.

An initial consultation will allow us to provide you with a more accurate and bespoke estimate of fees.    We are also happy on occasion to agree a fixed fee with you (depending on the circumstances of the matter).  The following information sets out our usual costs:-

Grant only service

Our minimum fee for obtaining a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration (where the estate is not subject to Inheritance Tax) is £1,500.00 + VAT and disbursements.

Key stages of the transaction

This includes ensuring the appropriate application is made, including completion of the inheritance tax return and oath required to apply for the grant based on information you have provided.  We will rely upon you providing us with accurate and full information up to the point where the application for the grant can be made.  If you would like us to deal with any of the work leading up to the application of the Grant of Probate, dealing the estate on recipe of the Grant or any work in connection with winding up the estate we will require further instructions and will agree a further fee with you for this work.

We will store the original grant free of charge and provide sealed copies to the personal representatives so that they may complete the administration of the estate.

How long will this take?

When applying for a Grant where there is no Inheritance Tax to pay the approximate time for receiving the Grant is within 2 – 4 months including the time for the Probate Registry to issue the Grant.

Full estate administration service

Our fees are calculated by reference to the time a lawyer spends working on the matter. A value element is also charged.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We will provide you with an estimate based on the information given at the outset.

Key stages of the transaction

  • A dedicated and experienced probate lawyer to work on your matter;
  • Locating the Will and ensuring it is the last Will and is validly made;
  • Identifying the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries;
  • Identifying the type of probate application required and obtaining the relevant documents to make the application;
  • Completion of the relevant HM Revenue & Customs forms and drafting a legal oath or statement of truth;
  • Making the application and ensuring the appropriate grant of administration is obtained;
  • All assets made known to us are gathered in and liabilities, including tax, discharged;
  • The net estate is distributed in accordance with the law and the will;
  • Estate accounts are prepared and approved by you to conclude the administration;
  • Dealing with tax returns for the administration period;
  • Tax certificates are prepared where appropriate for beneficiaries’ personal tax records.

We would anticipate costs for the full service will be between £4,000 and £6,000 exc VAT based on the following assumptions:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than five bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no more than five beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between executors or beneficiaries.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HM Revenue & Customs
  • There are no claims against the estate
  • All assets are UK based

In addition to our hourly rates we charge a value element based on the size and nature of the estate. Where we act as the Executor named in the Will the value element is 0.75% of the value of any home plus 1.5% of the gross value of the rest of the estate.

Where someone at Lyons Bowe is not the Executor of a Will, the value element will be 0.5% of the value of any home plus 1% of the gross value of the rest of the estate.

The final fee depends on the individual circumstances of the Deceased, their chosen beneficiaries and the value and complexity of the estate.

There are many variables some of which we will not know about at the outset which means that the estimate may end up being higher or lower than the final costs charged.  We will let you know during the course of the matter where fees are in relation to the estimate. If it appears likely that we are going to exceed estimate we will let you know and we will also explain the reasons why and agree further costs with you.

If we don’t have full knowledge of the assets and liabilities in the estate at the outset we can only give a range of estimated fees. Once we have further knowledge of how the estate is made up and what will be involved we can provide a more accurate estimate.

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Disbursements

There are generally additional expenses payable to third parties as part of the administration process.  These can vary depending on the assets but the following are an example:

  • Court fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration: £155 + 50p for each additional sealed office copy.
  • Statutory advertisements (protects against unknown creditors): £150 to £200 based on The London Gazette and one local newspaper.
  • AML Check £7.20
  • Bankruptcy searches: £2 plus VAT per beneficiary.

Potential additional costs

The following are likely to lead to additional costs, which will vary depending on the estate. We can provide an accurate quote once we have full information:

  • If there is no will.
  • If beneficiaries need to be traced.
  • If there are additional assets, such as shareholdings.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property. Where we are acting as Executors Lyons Bowe will also undertake the conveyancing work. To find out about our conveyancing fees please look at our conveyancing calculator
  • Preparing tax returns for the period to the date of death.

How long will this take?

Estates which fall within the range above usually take around 4 – 6 months to application for the Grant of Probate. Obtaining the grant takes approximately 4 weeks from when the application is submitted. Collecting the assets can take between 6 – 8 weeks.  Dealing with winding up the Estate can take a further 6 – 8 weeks.

The time guidelines are approximate and will vary depending on the assets and matters involved and the information provided to us.