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IMMIGRATION

INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN- from £1,500.00 PLUS VAT
OVERSTAYER APPLICATION- from £2,000.00
EEC MARRIAGE APPLICATIONS- from £900.00 PLUS VAT
STUDENT VISA APPLICATIONS- from £650.00
NATURALISATION APPLICATION- from 850.00 PLUS VAT
ASYLUM APPLICATION- from £1,800.0
EXTENSION OF EXISTING VISA- £1050.00 PLUS VAT
SPOUSE VISA APPLICATION (UK)- £1,550.00 (NO DEPENDANTS)
STOPPING REMOVAL DIRECTION & DETENTION CASES- from £2,000.00
FAMILY REUNION (straight forward case)- £1,200.00
VISIT VISA APPLICATION- £850.00 (individual)
JUDICIAL REVIEW- from £2,500.00  (Excluding Court Fees)
REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION- £550.00
NOTICE OF APPEAL- from £750.00
APPEALS- from £1,500.00
BAIL APPLICATION- from £750.00
RECONSIDERATION APPLICATION- from £850.00
START UP AND INNOVATOR VISA- from £3,500.00
SOLE REPRESENTATIVE VISA- from £3,500.00
IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO BUSINESSES- £2,500.00
CONSULTATION- £120.00

ALL THE ABOVE FEES RELATE TO STRAIGHT FORWARD CASES.

ALL OTHER RELATED APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO NEGOTIATION WITH THE PARTNERS & FEE EARNERS.

FOR ALL OTHER PRIVATE MATTERS CHARGES ARE ON AN HOURLY RATE BASIS – DEPENDING ON THE FEE EARNER.

PROBATE

Obtaining a Grant and Administering the Estate

A full administration covers everything from writing to the banks for the probate value of all bank accounts, obtaining valuations of any property, completing the inheritance tax return forms and applying for the Grant.  Once the Grant is received, we collect in all the monies, deal with any liabilities, make payment of any inheritance tax and prepare estate accounts and distribute the estate to beneficiaries in the Will, or if there is no Will, in accordance with the intestacy rules.

Our costs are based on our probate specialist’s hourly rate of £290.00 per hour plus 20% vat to £320.00 per hour plus 20% vat. We want to be up front with our fees and in a bid to simplify this, please see below our estimated fees for probate matters:

A simple estate typically involves:

  • Couple of assets and beneficiaries
  • Preparing an IHT 205 tax return
  • Applying for the Grant of Probate

We estimate our fees to be between £2,900 and £4,500 plus VAT plus third -party costs.

An average estate typically involves:

  • All as above
  • At least 4 assets including at least one property
  • At least 4 beneficiaries
  • Preparing an IHT 400 tax return and schedules
  • Applying for the Grant of Probate
  • Calculating and paying inheritance tax
  • Advising on Capital Gains Tax on sale of the property

We estimate our fees to be between £4,500 – £14,000 plus VAT plus third -party costs

A complex estate typically involves:

  • All as above
  • More than 5 assets, including properties
  • More than 5 beneficiaries
  • The firm is the executor
  • Obtaining valuations for specialist/unusual assets

We estimate our fees to start from at least £15,000 plus VAT and third- party costs with no upper limit.

ALTERNATIVE FEE STRUCTURE

Gross Value Fixed Fee/Percentage (plus VAT)
Between £400,000 and £650,000 1.5% of gross value
Between £650,000 and £1,000,000 2% of gross value
Above £1,000,000 1% of gross value
Disbursements (fees payable to others)
  • Probate Court fee £155.00 plus 50p for each copy required
  • Bankruptcy search fee £2.00 per search – (this will be higher if a beneficiary lives abroad)
  • Statutory advertisements, if required, on average £230.00.

Our fees are usually payable out of the estate, not personally by the Personal Representatives.

Probate services not included in our fee structure

Whilst administering an estate is broadly the same, certain elements can vary the process from one probate matter to another. These factors can have a big impact on the time scale and requires additional work.

If this is relevant in your probate matter, we will highlight this to you in the earliest opportunity and also discuss our fees for the additional work. Please note the following inexhaustive list which sets out extra elements of services which are not included in our fixed fee structure in probate matter:

  • Number of beneficiaries (legatee or residuary legatee) to make distributions
  • Missing original Will
  • Missing beneficiaries
  • Sale of properties
  • Overseas assets (e.g. obtaining valuation or sale) or any foreign element involved
  • Deed of Variation or any other form of estate planning
  • Creating a Trust out of the Will and registering the same with HMRC
  • All contentious nature of work (including executor clients not providing unanimous instructions)

Employment Law

Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employees

As an employee, you have rights under the law that employers must respect. If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed from your job, getting the right legal advice as soon as possible is vital. This will allow you to get a clear picture of whether you have grounds for a claim and what compensation you may be entitled to.

We offer clear advice and practical support to help you secure the best available outcome as quickly and simply as possible. We aim to be completely transparent about our pricing, so you can be confident our fees are fair and you are getting good value for money.

Pricing

Our fees for bringing claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example as an individual you may have insurance which can cover your legal fees.

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • Filling out and submitting a claim form outlining your case to the relevant Tribunal centre
  • Reviewing your former employer’s response to the claim
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
  • Reviewing any Orders made by the Court
  • Making any further applications to a Tribunal on your behalf
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required

Fees – typically between £ 7,000 to £ 13,000 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the matter.

Disbursements

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

Counsel's fees estimated between £1,000 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

 

Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex

In the event that the issues become more complex, 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:

  • If it is necessary to make an application to amend your claim or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether you have a disability (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
  • If there are allegations of discrimination linked to the dismissal

Time Scales

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 4-10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-50 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 Milestones

There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • 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 your claim
  • Reviewing and advising on the 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

Employment Tribunal Pricing For Employers

Pricing

Our fees for defending claims brought against your business for unfair and wrongful dismissal are based on three bands, which we will be happy to discuss with you.

We will advise you of the funding options available to you, for example, using any commercial legal expenses insurance your business is covered by.

There are various items we will consider when deciding what pricing band your case falls into. We will make this assessment and inform you of the relevant fees at the earliest opportunity.

Factors that may influence this include the need for:

  • Responding to a claim has been made against you
  • Reviewing documentation received setting out the factual and legal basis of the claim
  • Responding to Orders made by the Tribunal
  • Any applications to a Tribunal we need to make on your behalf
  • Whether an Employment Tribunal hearing is required

Fees – typically between £ 10,000 to £ 20,000 plus VAT

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 £1,000 to £2,500 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Exclusions and Factors Which May Make a Case More Complex

In the event that the issues become more complex, 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:

  • 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 the claim relates to an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if an employee claims they were dismissed after blowing the whistle on your business
  • If the claim involves allegations of discrimination

Time Scales

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 4-10 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 20-50 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 Milestones

There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:

  • Taking your initial instructions
  • Reviewing the papers and advising you on the merits of the claim being brought against you and likely compensation an Employment Tribunal might award if the claim is successful (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 your response to the claim
  • 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

Debt Recovery

FIXED PRICE – DEBT RECOVERY SERVICE

Debt recovery – what does it cost?

These costs apply where your claim relates to an unpaid invoice or invoices which are not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs which might be on a fixed fee or an hourly rate basis. The fixed fees set out below do not include giving you any advice about your claim.

Stage 1 - Letter before action- £300 plus VAT- Set Fee

Letters before action sent to companies usually require the debtor to pay within 14 days, but letters to individuals provide for a 30-day period in accordance with court guidelines and the time limit for payment in international letters before action may vary.

Stage 2 - Court claims – issue claim

Debt Court fee Orchid Solicitor’s set fee
Debt Up to £300 Court Fee £35 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £90 plus VAT – and a success fee of 12.5%, 22.5% or 32.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £300 – £500 Court Fee £50 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £90 plus VAT – and a success fee of 12.5%, 22.5% or 32.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £500 – £1,000 Court Fee £70 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £125 plus VAT– and a success fee of 12.5%, 22.5% or 32.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £1,000 – £1,500 Court Fee £80 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £145 plus VAT– and a success fee of 12.5%, 22.5% or 32.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £1,500 – £3,000 Court Fee £115 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £150 plus VAT– and a success fee of 10.5%, 18.5% or 22.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £3,000 – £5,000 Court Fee £205 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £150 plus VAT– and a success fee of 6.5%, 15.5% or 20.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £5,000 – £10,000 Court Fee £455 Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £170 plus VAT– and a success fee of 4.5%, 16.5% or 18.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.
Debt £10,000 – £200,000 Court Fee 5% of claim Orchid Solicitor’s set fee £260 plus VAT– and a success fee of 3.5%, 14.5% or 13.5% depending on whether debt recovered at stage 1, 2 or 3.

If you wish to proceed with a claim then please note that the interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding resulting in a higher fee.

Once the court has served the claim a debtor has 14 days in which to file a defence or enter an acknowledgement. After the 14-day period has expired a request can be made to the court for judgment to be entered providing the debtor has not filed an acknowledgement or a defence.

Stage 3 - Request for Judgment – £250 plus VAT Set Fee

If judgment is obtained but not paid then further action will be required to enforce payment. We will need to discuss any third-party fees in respect of enforcement with you separately. Please note that we reserve the right to charge an additional fee if we are required to arrange for third party enforcement.

Timescale: It usually takes the court about 10 working days to enter judgment following receipt of a request to enter judgment.

Defended Actions

Please Note: The above set fees are only applicable in undefended actions. If your debt claim becomes defended at any point, then we reserve the right to charge the applicable hourly rate set out in our retainer letter to you.

Additional services if necessary

Prices alongside service is for our legal fees, related disbursements may also be payable for specific services which will be made available on request as third-party fees may change from time to time. Where possible indications of third-party costs are given.

Writ of control – £250 plus VAT Set Fee

Otherwise known as instructing a High Court Enforcement Officer to seize goods in satisfaction

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £66
  • HCEO fee – £90 payable if the warrant is not successful

Timescale: A writ of control may be applied for once judgment has been obtained but whether or not any recovery will be made depends on the debtor’s ability to pay and whether there are any assets which may be seized and whether a repayment agreement is entered into. A typical enforcement by writ of control may take about 8-12 weeks from instruction. If we are required to enter into correspondence about the enforcement then the matter will no longer be treated as a fixed fee enforcement and additional charges will apply based on the applicable hourly rate set out in our retainer letter to you.

Warrant of execution – £250 plus VAT

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £110

Timescale: A warrant of execution may be applied for once judgment has been obtained but whether or not any recovery will be made depends on the debtor’s ability to pay and whether there are any assets which may be seized and whether a repayment agreement is entered into. A typical enforcement may take about 8-12 weeks from instruction. If we are required to enter into correspondence about the enforcement then the matter will no longer be treated as a fixed fee enforcement and additional charges will apply. These charges will be based on an hourly rate set out in our retainer letter to you. Please note that you will have to pay any additional third-party bailiff fees that may be applicable if so required.

Issue of statutory demand for companies and individuals – £350 plus VAT

Related disbursements

  • Third Party – Process server fee – up to £165 plus VAT

Timescale: A statutory demand should only be made where the debt is not disputed for example where there is a judgment or an admission that the debt is due. A statutory demand can be prepared on receipt of instructions and is then usually sent to a process server for personal service. Personal service generally takes about 2-3 weeks via a process server.

Bankruptcy proceedings – £750 plus VAT

This is applicable to cases where the matter is determined at the first hearing, there are no issues with regards to service and is only applicable in cases whereby the debt is not disputed or if a court judgment has been obtained which has not been set aside or appealed.

Related disbursements

  • Process server – up to £150 plus VAT
  • Court fee – £280
  • Deposit – £990
  • Agent for hearing – depends on location
  • Search fee – £11

Time scale: A bankruptcy order can usually be obtained within about 8-12 weeks of the petition being issued by the court.

Winding up – £1,000 plus VAT

This is applicable to cases where the matter is determined at the first hearing and is only applicable in cases whereby the debt is not disputed or if a Court judgment has been obtained which has not been set aside or appealed.

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £280
  • Petition deposit – £1,600
  • Process server – up to £150 plus VAT
  • Agent fees for hearing- depends on location
  • Advertisement in London Gazette – £101.52

Time scale: A winding up order can usually be obtained within about 8-12 weeks of the petition being issued by the court.

Attachment of earnings – £250 plus VAT

This is applicable in cases where the attachment of earnings is obtained without a hearing or further applications/revisions to deal with debtors who have not been found or their employment has changed.

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £110

Time scale: An attachment of earnings order can sometimes be obtained within about 6-8 weeks of the application for an attachment of earnings order being issued by the court.

Charging order – £350 plus VAT (excluding hearing)

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £110
  • Agent’s fee for attendance at court if necessary – depends on location
  • Registration of charging order – £40
  • Search fee – £11

Time scale: An interim charging order can sometimes be obtained within about 2-3 weeks of application being made to court. The timescale for the final charging order will depend upon whether the debtor files an objection and if the Court lists the case for a hearing. Without any objections or a hearing it would be a further 4-6 weeks.

Third party debt order – £250 plus VAT

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £110
  • Agents fee for hearing – depends on location

Time scale: A third party debt order can sometimes be obtained within about 8-12 weeks of the application being issued by the court.

Order that debtor attends court for questioning/oral examination – £250 plus VAT

Related disbursements

  • Court fee – £55
  • Agent fee for hearing if required – depends on location
  • Process server – up to £150 plus VAT

Time scale: The debtor will usually be required to attend court for questioning within about 8-12 weeks of the application being made.

Please note: All third-party fees listed above are accurate at the date of publication of our fees being 29.11.18. If third parties increase their fees, then we will do our best to communicate this as timely as possible. It is, however, not always possible to communicate changes in third party fees in time once an instruction is accepted.

*Success Fee – If we are not successful in recovering the debt owed to you then you only pay the set rate fees for stages 1-3 detailed above. If we do succeed in recovering your debt at any stage then a Success Fee of either 12.5% at stage 1, 22.5% at stage 2 or 32.5% at stage 3 is payable. Please the table at stage 2 above to see which percentage applies as this depends on the value of the amount claimed including interest recovered.

*Un-contested – Please note that the above set-fees only apply to undefended debt claims. The success fee remains payable in both defended and undefended debt claims. All work carried out in relation to a contested / defended action will be chargeable on an hourly rate set out in our retainer from the time when the matter became contested / defended.

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Fees for Selling Residential Property

Orchid Solicitors only undertake instructions on Selling residential properties and cash purchases only, which may attract stamp duty fees if the value of the property is over £500,000.00.

Sale Price (£) Legal Fee Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees VAT Total Stamp Duty (SDLT)
Sale Price £100,000 Legal Fee £550.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £110.00 Total £710.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price £150,000 Legal Fee £600.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £120.00 Total £770.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £200,000 Legal Fee £700.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £140.00 Total £890.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £250,000 Legal Fee £750.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £150.00 Total £950.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £300,000 Legal Fee £800.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £160.00 Total £1010.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £350,000 Legal Fee £850.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £170.00 Total £1070.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £400,000 Legal Fee £900.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £180.00 Total £1130.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £500,000 Legal Fee £950.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £190.00 Total £1190.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £600,000 Legal Fee £1250.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £250.00 Total £1550.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £750,000 Legal Fee £1300.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £260.00 Total £1610.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £900,000 Legal Fee £1350.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £270.00 Total £1670.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A
Sale Price (£) £1,000,000 Legal Fee £1500.00 Disbursements, Land Registry & Other Fees £50.00 VAT £300.00 Total £1850.00 Stamp Duty (SDLT) N/A

Please note: Orchid Solicitors do not take instructions on purchases which require a mortgage.

On cash purchases the fees will vary from the listed fees above as there are additional works that are carried out and disbursements which can be discussed upon instructions.