£1,250-£1,500 plus VAT
£1,550-£1,750 plus VAT
£1,850-£2,100 plus VAT
£2,250-£2,500 plus VAT
£2,650-£2,850 plus VAT
A bespoke legal fee will be provided for a property value over £2,500,000.
£1,150-£1,300 plus VAT
£1,400-£1,550 plus VAT
£1,650-£1,800 plus VAT
£1,900-£2,050 plus VAT
£2,150-£2,300 plus VAT
A bespoke legal fee will be provided for a property value over £2,500,000.
Up to £500,000
£750 plus VAT
£950 plus VAT
£1,150 plus VAT
The fee table above does not apply to non-standard transactions, which are ones which feature one or more of the following complicating factors:
If the transaction is non-standard for any of these reasons, we would be very pleased to provide a bespoke quote on enquiry.
We understand the importance of being as clear as possible as to the likely costs from the outset when dealing with administering an estate. However, each estate is different and can vary in complexity.
It will therefore be necessary for us to speak with you in detail to establish a number of facts first:
Applying for a Grant of Probate, collecting and distributing all assets and settling liabilities. As part of this service we will:
Timescales Based on our experience, the following estimates are a useful guide as to the various timeframes depending on the complexity of your matter:
We prefer to provide our clients with fixed costs, where possible, to ensure transparency and scope for financial planning from the outset. We will therefore offer you a choice of fee structure: whether that be fixed or on an hourly rate.
The fee is payable by the estate. However, we will require some costs to be paid on account, such as those to cover expenses and disbursements. Typically, the cost of obtaining probate or, in the case of intestacy, letters of administration for an estate following death will range from £2,500 plus VAT for a straightforward matter to £30,000 plus VAT for a complex matter.
The above are approximates and there may be occasions where an estate will be too complex to warrant fixed fees (for example, there may be complicated trust interests, complex claims for gifts out of income, complex debt structures, foreign assets, domicile issues, etc).
We will confirm the fee-earners’ hourly rates along with an estimate of the range of fee you may be expected to pay based on your specific matter and instructions. Please note, we will charge £350 plus VAT per hour for each hour engaged on your matter by our Head of Private Client. Hourly rates are reviewed each year.
The Head of Private Client may be assisted by others in the team, or other members of the firm. The current hourly rates of our solicitors are as follows:
Managing Partner/Solicitor – £450.00 plus VAT per hour
Partner/Solicitor – £350.00 plus VAT per hour
Assistant Solicitor – £250.00 plus VAT per hour
Trainee Solicitors/Paralegals – £150.00 plus VAT per hour
Routine letters or emails that we write and receive, and routine calls that we make and receive will be charged as units of 1/10th of an hour. Other letters, emails and calls will be charged on a time basis. If your instructions require us to work outside normal office hours, we reserve the right to increase the level of the hourly rates. You will be notified in writing of any increased rate.
In addition to the time spent, we may consider a number of factors which include:
We expect these factors to be adequately covered by the hourly rates set out above. The rates may be higher if, for example, the matter becomes more complex than expected. We will, of course, notify you of this immediately.
In addition to our own fees, it will often be necessary to incur the fees of third parties. Typically, these will include the following:
*Please note that the Government have announced an increase to probate court fees. These will be banded in line with the value of the estate passing under the Grant and are set to be as follows:
|Up to £50,000||£0|
|£50,000 – £300,000||£250|
|£500,000 – £1m||£2,500|
|£1m – £1.6m||£4,000|
|£1.6m – £2m||£5,000|
The Fixed Fee Scale assumes:
Including but not limited to the following factors may increase costs and cause delays to the estate, both in relation to fixed fee and hourly rate matters, the list below is not:
We will be able to provide you with a more bespoke estimate once we had a chance to discuss your matter in more detail with you. However, where you opt for fees based on an hourly rate typically the average cost may exceed the fixed fee options available.
We always provide all our clients with a fee estimate at the start of each new matter, therefore if you would like a bespoke estimate for your particular matter please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.
We assure you that should your case does have unexpected complications, we will always inform you, including any additional fees that may apply, so that you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed.
At RHJ Devonshire Solicitors we are transparent in our costs in all the work we do for our clients. In this page we set our costs for our commercial debt recovery work in relation to debt claims up to the value of £100,000.00 where the debtor is located within England and Wales. If your debt claim is above £100,000.00 our professional fees for acting on such a matter is available on request.
Our costs below relate to unpaid invoices that are not disputed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with a revised advice about costs, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.
Taking client instructions, reviewing evidence, undertaking appropriate searches, drafting a letter before claim in compliance with the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct, and reviewing the debtor’s response.
In the letter before action we request the debtor to respond within 14-30 days. If the case is complex the deadline for responding can be extended to 90 days.
There are two methods of filing a claim. The first is through the online court service, Money Claim Online (MCOL).
The second option is to file a claim directly with the county court.
Filing a claim through MCOL attracts a cheaper court issue fee compared to filing a claim with the court by post.
The table below shows the difference in the court issue fees.
|Debt Value||Court Fee (MCOL)||Court Fee (County Court)|
|Up to £300.00||£25.00||35.00|
|Between £500.01 – £1,000.00||£60.00||70.00|
|Between £1,000.01 – £1,500.00||£70.00||£80.00|
|Between £1,500.01 – £3,000.00||£105.00||£115.00|
|Between £3,000.01 – £5,000.00||£185.00||£205.00|
|Between £5,000.01 – £10,000.00||£410.00||£455.00|
|Between £10,000.01 – £100,000.00||4.5% of the value of the claim||5% of the value of the claim|
|Between £100,000.01 – £200,00.00||N/A||5% of the value of the claim|
|Greater than £200,000.00||N/A||£10,000.00|
Once the claim has been served, the debtor will have 14 days to acknowledge receipt of the proceedings. The debtor will indicate how they propose to deal with the claim when acknowledging service: (i) admit to the claim, (ii) defend all the claim, (iii) defend part of the claim. If the debtor decides they will be defending the claim (whether in its entirety or in part), they may elect to file and serve their defence within 28 days from receipt of service of the claim.
If the debtor fails to file their defence within the requisite time-frame we can apply to the court to enter judgment against the debtor. Once judgment is given we can write to the debtor seeking payment of the judgment sum. In the event that the debtor does not make payment, we can apply to court to enforce the judgment with a view to recovering the judgment sum.
It is difficult to predict how long the process will take. If the matter is resolved under stage one, the process will take between 4-12 weeks before settlement. In the event that the claim proceeds to stage 2, the process could take an additional 3-9 months before settlement.
If the matter becomes contested, or the debtor fails to pay the judgment sum we can provide you with advice on the next steps involved, the estimated fees and timeframe.
Our fees will primarily be based on the time spent in carrying out your instructions. The hourly rates of our solicitors and legally trained staff are as follows:
|Level||Rate (exclusive of VAT)|
|Partners||Between £350.00 to £450.00 per hour|
|Solicitors||Between £250.00 to £350.00 per hour|
|Paralegals/Trainees||From £150.00 per hour|
Our likely costs for obtaining settlement or judgment for an undisputed claim for a debt under £100,00.00 are as follows:
Stage 1: £1,000.00 – £1,750.00
Stage 2: £1,750.00 – £3,000.00
Disbursements are payments made to third parties in the course of the provision of our services. In a straightforward debt claim, where settlement is not disputed, the only likely disbursements would include the court fees, which is only payable if court action is required.