DONCASTER • GAINSBOROUGH • EPWORTH

Information About Charges

The range of costs shown below for indication purposes only shows the range of fixed fees and hourly rates for HSR Law’s legal work.   VAT is added to fixed fees and hourly rates at 20%.

In all matters we charge a file archiving fee of £36 (£30 plus VAT) on each file we open and close  In matters where we send money to another party using same day CHAPS transfer we charge a CHAPS transfer fee in the amount of £36 (£30 plus VAT).

To comply with our legal obligations to prevent crime and money laundering we carry out Electronic Identity and Verification Checks of our individual and business clients. We charge a fee for Electronic Identity and Verification Checks in the amount of £12 (£10 plus VAT) for individuals and £36 (£30 plus VAT) in the case of a sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited company and listed PLC. The Electronic Identity Verification assists with identity confirmation and electronic checks against databases on Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, Politicly Exposed Persons and Fraud.   In cases where we act for individuals or companies residing or based outside the UK, or where subsequent additional checks are required, the Fees for Electronic Identity Verification will be higher.

HSR Law Residential Conveyancing Charges

Our residential conveyancing prices are based on fixed fees wherever possible. No property or transaction is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your sale, purchase or remortgage. In some circumstances the value and location of the property being transferred, and the legal and administrative complexity of the transaction involved can also affect our final fee.

The range of costs shown below for indication purposes only shows the range of fixed fees for HSR Law’s legal work. A file archiving fee of £30 and a bank transfer (CHAPS) fee of £30 is added to these charges as is VAT of 20%. Residential conveyancing transactions also incur disbursements (costs or fees payable to third parties) which can include Land Registry fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax, and property search fees which vary on each transaction. We try to provide an accurate figure for such charges before starting work when we have details of your intended transaction based on the information provided at the inception of each transaction.

Where a transaction fails to proceed after work has commenced, costs will be charged in proportion to work done.

HSR Law Residential Conveyancing Charges

Our residential conveyancing prices are based on fixed fees wherever possible. No property or transaction is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your sale, purchase or remortgage. In some circumstances the value and location of the property being transferred, and the legal and administrative complexity of the transaction involved can also affect our final fee.

The range of costs shown below for indication purposes only shows the range of fixed fees for HSR Law’s legal work. A file archiving fee of £30 and a bank transfer (CHAPS) fee of £30 is added to these charges as is VAT of 20%. Residential conveyancing transactions also incur disbursements (costs or fees payable to third parties) which can include Land Registry fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax, and property search fees which vary on each transaction. We try to provide an accurate figure for such charges before starting work when we have details of your intended transaction based on the information provided at the inception of each transaction.

Where a transaction fails to proceed after work has commenced, costs will be charged in proportion to work done.

HSR Law Residential Conveyancing Charges

Our residential conveyancing prices are based on fixed fees wherever possible. No property or transaction is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your sale, purchase or remortgage. In some circumstances the value and location of the property being transferred, and the legal and administrative complexity of the transaction involved can also affect our final fee.

The range of costs shown below for indication purposes only shows the range of fixed fees for HSR Law’s legal work. A file archiving fee of £30 and a bank transfer (CHAPS) fee of £30 is added to these charges as is VAT of 20%. Residential conveyancing transactions also incur disbursements (costs or fees payable to third parties) which can include Land Registry fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax, and property search fees which vary on each transaction. We try to provide an accurate figure for such charges before starting work when we have details of your intended transaction based on the information provided at the inception of each transaction.

Where a transaction fails to proceed after work has commenced, costs will be charged in proportion to work done.

HSR Law Fixed Fees – Purchases

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Property Value                                    Fee

Up to £50,000                                     £500

Up to £100,000                                   £550

Up to £125,000                                   £600

Up to £200,000                                   £650

Up to £300,000                                   £700

Up to £400,000                                   £800

Up to £500,000                                   £900

Up to £600,000                                   £1,000

Above £600,000                     Price to be agreed.

HSR Law Fixed Fees – Sales

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Property Value                                    Fee

Up to £150,000                                   £450

Up to £250,000                                   £500

Up to £350,000                                   £550

Up to £500,000                                   £600

Above £500,000                     0.2% of the Property Value

As mentioned above, we seek to provide an accurate indication of the total costs at the start of any matter. However, during a transaction further work may be required which was not known at the time our quotation was provided. We set out below the type of work which often arises, along with an indication of our additional charges which will be added to the fixed fee if they arise during a transaction.

HSR Law additional costs schedule

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Unregistered Land                                                                  £200.00
Leasehold title                                                                         £300.00
2nd & subsequent charges (per charge)                              £150.00
Dealing with third party lawyers                                            £200.00
Dealing with a freehold management company                  £100.00
Dealing with drafting a Deed of Covenant                            £100.00
Simultaneous exchange and completion                             £100.00
Dealing with an Occupiers Consent Form                             £30.00
Dealing with a gifted deposit                                                  £40.00
Dealing with drafting a Declaration of Trust                         £150.00
Dealing with drafting a Key Undertaking Agreement           £50.00
Dealing with indemnity Insurance Policy                               £40.00
Paying a Broker Fee                                                                 £20.00
Help to Buy ISA Bonus administration (per person)            £50.00
Dealing with a Licence to Occupy                                          £100.00
Dealing with a Notice to Complete                                        £150.00
New build purchase                                                                £200.00
Help to Buy / Equity Mortgage                                               £300.00
Forces Help to Buy loan                                                         £200.00

We generally complete residential conveyancing transactions within 5-8 weeks of instruction. This timescale can vary based on other transactions in the chain, whether there is a mortgage, and unforeseen legal issues. If time is of the essence in your transaction, you should discuss this with us at the earliest opportunity, so we can try to accommodate your preferred timeframes.

The Residential Conveyancing Team

Rachel Cooke Solicitor Partner Doncaster Office

Ryan Morgan Solicitor Partner Gainsborough Office

Alan Marlow Solicitor Partner Epworth Office

Helen Marshall Residential Conveyancer Gainsborough Office

Amy Kavanagh Solicitor Doncaster Office

HSR Law Probate Charges

Probate includes will writing, preparing and registering lasting powers of attorney, and the administration of estates.

The range of costs shown below for indication purposes only shows the range of fees for HSR Law’s legal work including Will writing, Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection, General Affairs, Estate Administration and Probate. A file archiving fee of £30 and a bank transfer (CHAPS) fee of £30 (where applicable) is added to these charges as is VAT of 20%. We also charge £10 plus VAT for electronic identity verfication of clients and beneficiaries.

HSR Law Will Writing Charges

Our fees for this type of work are set on a fixed fee basis:

Straight forward Single will                  £150

Straightforward Mirror wills                 £235

Prices for complex wills are prepared based on time spent at an hourly rate.

HSR Law Power of Attorney Charges

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) (financial and/or health and welfare):

Single LPA                                          £325

Two LPAs                                           £400

Other standard charges and costs that could apply

Obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration       £500

Obtaining a deputyship order                                                     £950

Home visits                                                                                    £50 additional plus travel costs

HSR Law Administration of an Estate Charges

Costs for the administration of an estate depend on the value and complexity of the matter with charges primarily based on the time spent. At the outset of a matter we will provide a likely overall cost including known expenses. There are variables which may be unknown at the outset meaning that the estimate may be higher or lower than the amount charged. We will let you know in the course of the matter where fees are in relation to the estimate. If we are going to exceed the estimate, we will inform you and explain the reasons why. Our hourly rates range from £175 to £200 per hour.

In addition to hourly rates we charge a value element based on the size and nature of the estate.

1. Where a Partner of this Firm is an Executor of the Estate:

0.75% on the value of the main residence.

1.5% on the value of the Estate (excluding the main residence).

2. Where no Partner of this Firm is an Executor of the Estate:

0.5% on the value of the main residence.

1% on the value of the Estate (excluding the main residence).

3. Where an Estate is valued in excess of £1,000,000.00 a tapered charging structure will apply, as detailed in the table below:

Value of Estate                                                     Value Charge

Up to £1,000,000.00                                           1.5%

£1,000,000.00 to £4,000,000.00                        0.5%

£4,000,000.00 to £8,000,000.00                        0.1666%

£8,000,000.00 to £12,000,000.00                      0.0833%

Over £12,000,000.00                                           0.0416%

The range of charges for Estate Administration starts from £1,000 plus VAT and expenses for a straight forward estate where are relevant information is provided and there are minimal financial assets and beneficiaries and no tax issues. The cost of a more complex estate with more financial assets, beneficiaries, and tax issues, typically range from £3,500 to £6,000. The cost of a complex estate typically ranges from £6,000 to £30,000. On rare occasions highly complex or challenging estates can exceed these figures.

In addition to our fees, there may be disbursements (costs or fees payable to third parties) which can include valuations, house clearances, Probate Application Fees, Land Registry Fees, Oath Fees, bankruptcy searches, and similar expenses.

Our fees do not include any property transactions which will be quoted and charged separately or any contentious work involving disputes, challenges to a will, or contested probate issues.

HSR Law Probate Team and Hourly Rates which are subject to VAT at 20%

Timescales in Estate Administration vary depending on the complexity of the matter with a typical range of 6 to 18 months.

HSR Law Debt Recovery Charges

In all matters we charge a file archiving fee of £36 (£30 plus VAT) on each file we open and close  In matters where we send money to another party using same day CHAPS transfer we charge a CHAPS transfer fee in the amount of £36 (£30 plus VAT).

To comply with our legal obligations to prevent crime and money laundering we carry out Electronic Identity and Verification Checks of our individual and business clients. We charge a fee for Electronic Identity and Verification Checks in the amount of £12 (£10 plus VAT) for individuals and £36 (£30 plus VAT) in the case of a sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited company and listed PLC. The Electronic Identity Verification assists with identity confirmation and electronic checks against databases on Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, Politicly Exposed Persons and Fraud.   In cases where we act for individuals or companies residing or based outside the UK, or where subsequent additional checks are required, the Fees for Electronic Identity Verification will be higher.

Debt Recovery for sums up to £10,000

If you wish to discuss you claim before making a decision to use the Small Claims Court procedure, do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be able to provide you with some basic information as to whether you may have a claim which has reasonable prospects of success in court and which is proportionate to pursue. We will do this free of charge, unless we feel that a thorough review of the documentation is required to provide you with such advice.

In the Small Claims Court, the recovery of your legal costs is restricted by the Civil Procedure Rules which means that the court will allow the successful party to recover very limited costs such as court fees and witness expenses from their opponent and you will be solely liable for your own legal fees.

Range of Costs, Small Claims

The services provided and their likely range of costs for the Small Claims Court process are as follows (all fees subject to VAT at 20%):

  • Reviewing the documents and providing advice on the legal position. This may include a face to face meeting, although this is not always required. We will assess your claim critically and let you know the possible issues and strengths of your case – £150 – £250.
  • Preparing a letter of claim and engaging in Pre-Action correspondence with your opponent. Usually, preparing a letter of claim for a debt collection case is straight forward. It is however, important that this letter sets out your case in detail, explains the contractual or any other relationship between you and the debtor and clearly outlines the relief sought. It may also be necessary to send further chasing or response letters to the debtor or the representative- £150 – £300.
  • Preparing the Court documents and issuing the claim. This process includes the preparation of the Claim Form and Particulars of Claim which must be sent to the Court and the debtor – £200 – £500.
  • Taking the case to trial, which includes preparation of the Witness Statements and the Trial Bundle. This will also involve instructing a barrister who will represent you at the final hearing but will not include barristers’ fees – £500 – £1,000.

Disbursements

You may also be liable for any likely disbursements, which will normally include barristers’ fees, expert fees and court fees. These costs will vary depending on the complexity of the case and its value. In order to provide some guidance on the range of costs which may be required we list some of the disbursements usually required below:

  • The costs for an expert report range from £500 – £2,500
  • The costs payable to a barrister to attend a final hearing range from £400 – £1,000.

For detailed information in relation to the Court fees payable please click here.

All of the above costs are exclusive of VAT.

Debt Recovery for sums over £10,000 and up to £100,000

Debt recovery of sums over £10,000 will be allocated to a different track within the Court system, which means that the procedure is more complex and that normally, the rule is that the successful party will be able to recover their costs on a fixed scale from the losing party. This is however, at the discretion of the judge.

Range of Costs

We are unable to provide a specific fixed figure for the costs in taking such matter to trial. We do however, aim to take each case in stages and if possible, provide you with a range of costs for each stage of the Court process. The services provided, and their likely range of costs are as follows:

  • Reviewing the documents and providing you with advice on your legal position. This is likely to include a face to face meeting and communication discussing strategy and way forward. We will assess your claim critically and let you know the possible issues and strengths of your case – £250 – £1,000.
  • Preparing a letter of claim and engaging in Pre-Action correspondence with your opponent. This will include a detailed analysis of the documents in order to effectively present you case to the debtor. It may also include without prejudice correspondence with a view of early settlement – £250 – £1,000
  • Communicating with third parties, such as experts and barristers. Before you case is issued with the Court, it may be necessary to seek advice from an independent expert and/or barrister, who will help determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case. This will include our communication with such third parties, but will not include their fees – £1,000 – £2,500.
  • Preparing the Court documents and issuing the claim. This process includes the preparation of the Claim Form and Particulars of Claim which must be sent to the Court and the debtor. It may also involve seeking advice from a barrister, who will assist in preparation of these documents. It will not however, include barrister fees – £750 – £1,500.
  • Participating in negotiations, such as mediation in order to attempt settlement. This will include our fees for representing you during such meeting, but will not include mediator fees – £1,000 – £2,000
  • Taking the case to trial, which includes preparation of the Witness Statements and the Trial Bundle. This will also involve instructing a barrister who will represent you at the final hearing but will not include barristers’ fees – £1,00 –£ 2,000.

Hourly Fees

Alternatively, we may charge you based on the amount of time spent on your case applying our hourly rates. The people who are likely to work on your case and their hourly rate are:

Fabian Braithwaite, Partner – hourly rate £200; and
Sandra Kowalska, Trainee Solicitor – hourly rate £150.

Disbursements

You are also likely to incur number of disbursements (costs or fees payable to third parties), which will normally include barristers’ fees, expert fees, mediator fees and court fees. These costs will vary depending on the complexity of the case and its value. In order to provide some guidance on the range of costs which may be required we list some of the disbursements usually required below:

• The costs for an expert report range from £500 – £2,500
• The costs payable to a barrister to attend a final hearing range from £750 – £2,000 per day.
• The costs payable to a mediator range from £750 – £2,500 per day.

All of the above costs are exclusive of VAT.

For detailed information in relation to the Court fees payable please click here.

Additional Fees

You may also be required to pay some of your opponents’ costs, if your case is lost. We will discuss the cost and the litigation risks with you in detail at the appropriate time.

HSR Law Debt Recovery Team 

The timescales of debt recovery vary based on the complexity of the matter and the ability of the debtor to pay. The range of timescales in recovering unpaid debts varies from 7 days in the case of undisputed debt to 1 year or longer in the case of litigation or insolvency.

HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster, Epworth, Gainsborough

Our Services

Solicitors Doncaster

Agriculture

At HSR LAW we provide specialist advice and services offering practical and commercial advice to farming businesses and land owners.

Our team of Agricultural Solicitors have an in depth understanding of the issues farmers and land owners face.

Commercial Property and Real Estate

If you are buying property, selling property, leasing property, financing property development or otherwise, our Commercial Property team is here to help.

Whether you require assistance with a single transaction or continuing advice and support to manage a real estate portfolio, HSR LAW provide an individually tailored, outcome oriented and professional service.

Commercial Property and Real Estate Doncaster
Corporate Law and Commercial Agreements Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough

Corporate Law and Commercial Agreements

Our Corporate and Commercial Solicitors, headed up by Partner Andrew Best, deliver an individually tailored, commercially focussed and practical service to help you achieve your goals.

Dispute Resolution/Litigation

Whether you require assistance with a personal or business dispute, our experienced Litigation team, headed up by Managing Partner Fabian Braithwaite, is here to help.

We provide expert advice and guidance to help you achieve your desired outcomes in an efficient and practical way.

Dispute Resolution Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
Wills, Probate and Private Client Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection

At HSR LAW we understand that it is important to plan for the future. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) means that you can decide what happens if old age, injury or illness leaves you unable to look after your own affairs.

Personal Injury

If you have suffered injury as a result of a road traffic accident, an accident at work or have been a victim of clinical negligence, then you need a legal team acting on your behalf who will provide exceptional legal advice and will act in your best interests at all times.

Personal Injury Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
Residential Property Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough

Residential Property Doncaster and Conveyancing Doncaster

Moving home or buying your first house can be exciting but it can also be one of the most stressful times of your life. Our specialist team of property solicitors and conveyancers at HSR LAW understand this. We will keep you up to date with the progress of your transaction on a regular basis and know the importance of communicating clearly with everyone involved in the process and acting quickly to avoid delays.

Wills, Trusts and Probate

Our experienced Will writers and solicitors will assist you to write a Will that gives you peace of mind that your property, possessions and money will be dealt with in accordance with your wishes on your death. If you have children, we will also deal with appointing appropriate guardians to look after them.

Trusts can be used to ensure assets are passed onto certain family members, possibly as part of inheritance tax planning. Our specialist team can advise as to whether a trust is appropriate and deal with the administration of trusts.

When someone close to you dies, somebody has to deal with their estate which involves collecting money owed, settling debts and dividing the estate among the beneficiaries.

Wills, Trust and Probate Doncaster, Epworth, Gainsborough

Free consultation

AT HSR Law Solicitors Doncaster we recognise many people like the opportunity to speak with a solicitor to discuss their legal position, to consider the options available to them and to clarify fees, before they decide what further steps to take which is why we offer everyone a free consultation.

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HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough
HSR LAW Solicitors Doncaster Epworth Gainsborough