Our Fees

Fees for Employment Cases

Mr Roshan Khan, a solicitor of over 30 years’ experience, handles our Employment cases.

His hourly rate is £180 plus VAT, total £216.

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Roshan is supervised by Andrew Shanahan, the senior partner of the firm.

Roshan can advise on all aspects of Employment law, and in particular on claims for Wrongful and Unfair Dismissal.

Wrongful Dismissal

A claim for Wrongful Dismissal is a common law action for breach of contract to compensate an employee where the employer did not give (or pay) proper contractual notice when terminating the employment. Damages are normally limited to what would have been paid had the employment terminated in accordance with the contract (normally the notice period). Tribunals do not concern themselves as to whether employers acted “reasonably” in bringing the employment to an end. Employees do not need a minimum period of employment to claim Wrongful Dismissal.

Whereas a Wrongful Dismissal claim is based on the contract agreed between the parties, Unfair Dismissal claims are founded on statutory rights within the Employment Rights Act 1996. Unlike Wrongful Dismissal claims, in Unfair Dismissal claims, tribunals will look at whether the employment was terminated for a fair reason AND whether the employer acted reasonably. If not, the tribunal may award compensation to compensate the individual for their financial losses until it is reasonable for them to find another job (capped always at the lesser of a year’s gross salary or a maximum compensation figure, currently £80,541 (2018)).

Employees need to have 2 years’ service to claim unfair dismissal. Wrongful Dismissal and Unfair Dismissal claims tend to be brought together, but not necessarily so. For example, an employee might not have 2 years’ service and so can only bring a Wrongful Dismissal claim. The Unfair Dismissal pricing information below assumes that a Wrongful Dismissal claim is also ‘tagged onto’ the claim (as there is little difference in when it is not).

Our fees

Wrongful Dismissal Claim Only – fees excluding VAT at 20%

Simple case: £2,000 – £5,000

Medium complexity case: £5,000 – £8,000

High complexity £8000- £12,000

There will be an additional charge for one of our solicitors attending the Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). In many cases this will not be necessary and the barrister will attend with you alone. Stand-alone Wrongful Dismissal claims rarely exceed 1 day.

Factors that could make a Wrongful Dismissal case more complex  

  • Needing to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information.
  • Where there is no express dismissal but the claimant contends the contract was brought to an end by the employer’s actions.
  • Defending claims brought by litigants in person.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Making or defending a counter-claim.
  • Complex monetary or contractual issues (for example, complicated termination payment mechanisms within the contract or difficult commission calculations etc.).
  • The number of witnesses and documents.

* This is not an exhaustive list.

Unfair Dismissal

Unfair Dismissal Claims (which may also include Wrongful Dismissal)

Our fees

  • Simple case: £4,000 – £6,000 (excluding VAT)
  • Medium complexity case: £6,000 – £12,000 X (excluding VAT)
  • High complexity case: £12,000 – £20,000 (excluding VAT)

There will be an additional charge for one of our solicitors attending the Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT).

In many cases this is not necessary and the barrister will attend with you alone. Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal cases (assuming no additional claims are brought such as discrimination claims) normally last between 1 and 3 days, depending on the number of witnesses and amount of documentary evidence. 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.

  • Exploring judicial mediation.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether a claimant is disabled, determining a relevant comparator for equal pay purposes, whether a deposit / strike-out order should be made etc.
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • Determining pension losses.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed for making a protected disclosure or because you raised health & safety issues.
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal.

* This is not an exhaustive list.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs which need to be paid to third parties, like a barrister or a medical expert. We handle such payments on your behalf, but you must put us in funds before we do so.

The most typical disbursement for Wrongful and Unfair Dismissal claims are barristers’ fees. Barristers undertake the advocacy for your claim at tribunal or court (with the bulk of the case preparation having been done by us). Barristers’ fees are likely to range from £750 to £2,500 per day (depending on their experience) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

What is included?

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

  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. There may be additional stages which, due to the peculiarities of your case, we are unable to foresee at this stage. 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. How long will it 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 1 – 8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 4 – 10 months. 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.

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Fees for Motoring Offences in the Magistrates Court

The type of motoring offences we are talking about are:

Drink driving, drug driving, careless driving, speeding, failing to comply with notices of intended prosecution, failing to stop, failing to report, driving without insurance, MOT or licence etc..

If the offence you face is not one of these, please contact us.

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You should also be aware that legal aid funding may be available for motoring offences. The rules about this are complicated, so please contact us to discuss whether you may be eligible for legal aid.

Where you are not eligible for legal aid, we operate a fixed fee scheme for most cases, as follows:

For the first consultation prior to the first court hearing, at our office or over the phone ( for up to 1 hour of our time ), £150 plus VAT, total £180.

For the first ( plea/ sentence ) hearing at court, £400 plus VAT, total £480.

In other words, if you plead guilty at the first hearing and the case is concluded at that hearing, the fixed fee for that hearing will be £400 plus VAT, total £480 ( plus any disbursements – see below ).

If you plead guilty but the case is adjourned to another date for sentence, there will be a further fixed fee of £400 plus VAT, total £480 for any subsequent hearing.

If at the first hearing you plead not guilty, the case will be adjourned for a trial on another date, and there may also be a pre trial hearing. In this scenario, the fixed fees are:

For any other pre trial hearing, £400 plus VAT, total £480.

For a trial up to 1 day of court time, £1,000 plus VAT, total £1,200.

For trials lasting more than 1 day, £1,000 plus VAT for each day, or part day of trial.

Please note that the trial fee includes all preparation for trial and one pre trial meeting with you ( any further pre trial meetings will attract a fixed fee of £150 plus VAT ).

If you are found guilty after trial and the case is adjourned for sentence, there will be a further fixed fee of £400 plus VAT, total £480 for any subsequent hearing.

We have devised the fixed fee scheme based on the average time we spend on these type of cases, taking into account our standard hourly charging rate of £230 plus VAT.

For particularly complicated cases, fixed fees may not be appropriate. In such cases, we will charge you on the basis of our standard hourly rate of £230 plus VAT, and we will provide you in writing at the outset of the case (and subsequently if we need to revise the total amount of our fees ) with an estimate of our total fees plus VAT plus disbursements.

Disbursements are in addition to our fees – for example our travel expenses, the costs of any expert or medical reports, or any other relevant reports which we might need in your case.

The fixed fee scheme operates for all courts in the South Wales Police area.  For courts outside this area, we will charge you on the basis of our standard hourly rate.

Your case will be dealt with by one of our experienced solicitors, and supervised by another, both of whom specialize in this type of work.

Our policy is to request payments on account from all clients and we will discuss how much money we require on account during our first consultation with you.

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Fees for Probate

Mr Roshan Khan, a solicitor of over 30 years’ experience, handles our Wills and Probate matters.

His hourly rate is £180 plus VAT, total £216.

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Roshan is supervised by Andrew Shanahan, the senior partner of the firm.

Our Fees

  • EXAMPLE 1 -To apply for a grant of probate and thereafter collect and distribute the estate assets where there is a valid will and no IHT payable and..
  • There is one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are up to 6 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 15 hours of work and total costs are estimated at – £1500 to £2,700 +VAT at 20%.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £160, which includes 8 official copies of the grant
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy – only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £116.85 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (Statutory Notices).
  • £116.85 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (Statutory Notices).

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, there will be an additional cost due to the Probate Registry if purchased after the issue of the grant.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 8-12 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. The statutory notice period is 2 months. Once the assets have been collected and the statutory notice period has expired, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

(2)    EXAMPLE 2 – To apply for a grant of probate and thereafter collect and distribute the estate assets where there is a valid will and IHT is payable and..

  • There is one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are up to 6 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • The executors need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

We anticipate this will take between 15 and 20 hours of work and total costs are estimated at £2,700–£3,600 +VAT at 20% – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/probate-and-inheritance-tax-enquiries.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £160, which includes 8 official copies of the grant
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £116.85 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (Statutory Notices).
  • £116.85 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (Statutory Notices).

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.

Potential additional costs:-

  • If the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, there will be an additional cost payable to the Probate Registry if purchased after the issue of the grant.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 12-18 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-15 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. The statutory notice period is 2 months. Once the assets have been collected and the statutory notice period has expired, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

(3) EXAMPLE 3 -To apply for a grant of representation and thereafter collect and distribute the estate assets where there is no valid will and no IHT payable and:

  • There is one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are up to 6 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours of work and total costs are estimated at £1800- 3600 +VAT at 20%.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Disbursements included in this fee:-

  • Probate application fee of £160, which includes 8 official copies of the grant
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per administrator)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £116.85 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (Statutory Notices).
  • £116.85 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (Statutory Notices).
  • Certainty will search of £114
  • Newspaper advert to trace will of £400 approx

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) 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.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, there will be an additional cost payable to the Probate Registry if purchased after the issue of the grant.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 12-18 months. Typically, obtaining the grant takes 12-15 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. The statutory notice period is 2 months. Once the assets have been collected and the statutory notice period has expired, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

(4) EXAMPLE 4 – To apply for a grant and thereafter collect and distribute the estate assets where There is no valid will and IHT is payable and:

  • There is one property
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are up to 6 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is inheritance tax payable and the executors need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

We anticipate this will take between 20 and 25 hours of work and total costs are estimated at £3600- 4,500 +VAT at 20% – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/probate-and-inheritance-tax-enquiries.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £160, which includes 8 official copies of the grant
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £116.85 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (Statutory Notices).
  • £116.85 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (Statutory Notices).
  • £116.85 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (Statutory Notices).
  • Certainty will search of £114
  • Newspaper advert to trace will of £400 approx

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.

Potential additional costs If there any share holdings (stocks and bonds) 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.

If any additional

copies of the grant are required, there will an additional cost payable to the Probate Registry if purchased after the issue of the grant.

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 15-24 months. Typically, obtaining the grant takes 15-20 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 8-12 weeks. The statutory notice period is 2 months. Once the assets have been collected and the statutory notice period has expired, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 3-4 weeks.

(5) EXAMPLE 5 – To apply for a grant of probate or letters of administration for a fixed fee only (where no inheritance tax is due)

We can help you through this difficult process by obtaining the Grant of Probate on your behalf.  You would then administer the estate as executor.

How much does this service cost?

TOTAL: fixed fee of between £800 & £1000 plus VAT at 20%

This includes: ascertaining the value of the estate and obtaining the grant.

Plus

Disbursements:

  • Probate court fee of £160
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

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.

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and send it to you

On average, this would take between 8-10 weeks if there is a will and 12-15 weeks if there is no will.

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