Our Fees

Our Fees & Funding

We at Edward Hands & Lewis offer a number of pricing and funding options to our clients. We are committed to transparent pricing so that our clients always know where they stand.

We have worked hard to provide a diverse range of funding and pricing options for our clients some of which are listed below.

• Fixed fee pricing
• Hourly Rate
• Damages based agreements
• Conditional Fee Agreement
• Before the event Insurance
• After the Event Insurance
• Loan Options

We will always inform you of the cost or likely cost of your matter. Where we can provide a fixed fee we will do so as we also value certainty. Where a fixed fee is more difficult such as litigation matters we will provide you with regular updates on costs and agree cost stages with you.

In December transparency rules were implemented based on the recommendations from Legal Services Board.

Under the rules, all regulated law firms are required, from 6 December, to proactively publish information on prices charged on a number of common services.

For Edward Hands and Lewis and Sheltons Solicitors this means information on the following legal services, available to members of the public:

• conveyancing fees
• probate (uncontested) fees
• employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) fees
• wills and lasting power of attorney feesIf you have any questions regarding our fees please contact your local branch office or complete our enquiry form.

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Understanding Conveyancing Costs

Getting legal quotes for your conveyancing can be a challenge.

There is a lot to understand and you may be thinking what’s included in the quote.

Our quick guide is designed to clearly show what your conveyancing costs will be and what additional disbursements and fees may apply.

Often conveyancing companies will show their fees differently, some as a single fee and others are itemised.

At Edward Hands and Lewis we will show you an itemised breakdown in a quote so you know exactly what’s included. No hidden charges!

Quotes show the costs of legal fees (what a conveyancer or solicitor charges for doing the work), VAT charged, some show stamp duty liability and the cost of disbursements (third parties charge for certain services).

Your quote will be based on the information you provide, there are instances where additional disbursements/fees may apply during the transaction, but your conveyancer will let you know when this occurs . See our terms and conditions for additional disbursement/fees.

What should be included in a conveyancing quote?

Conveyancer or solicitors basic fee

This is the cost for a conveyancers or solicitors time & expertise to complete your transaction.

Our fixed fees – buying

We charged on a fixed fee basis calculated on value of property.

Buying Price                     Our Basic Fee + VAT
£0-99,999.99                      £549
£100,000-250,000.99              £575
£250,001-500,000.99              £599
£500,001.00-750,000.99      £649
£750,001.00 +                      £749

Our fixed fees – selling

We charged on a fixed fee basis calculated on value of property.

Selling Price                      Our Basic Fee + VAT
£0-250,000.99                      £449
£250,001.00-500,000.99      £549
£500,001.00-750,000.99      £649
£750,001.00-999,999.99      £749
£1,000,000.000-1,999,999.99  £875
£2,000,000.00 +              £950

Our fixed fees – remortgaging

We charge on a set fixed fee which is not linked to property value.

Remortgaging Price              Our Basic Fee + VAT

All Values                              £350

Search pack

If you are buying a property, searches include – local authority, drainage and water, environmental and chancel reports. The searches quoted can sometimes vary – so it’s worth checking what’s covered. these are important to protect you, read our article on conveyancing searches to find out more about what they cover.

Our searches bundle covers local authority, drainage and water, environmental and chancel reports.

Search pack from £128 – not subject to VAT

Bank telegraphic transfer (TT) fees

Most transactions will involve the transfer of funds electronically for sales, purchases and remortgages. CHAPS is most commonly used to transfer large amounts on the same day. Each transaction attracts a fee, if you need multiple transfers then you may need to pay additional fees.

We include one transfer fee in our quote. Additional bank transfers are £36 + VAT

Identity checks

To meet Money Laundering Regulations conveyancers must get proof of your identity. Each person involved in the transaction needs to be checked. costs will vary as there are a number of ways these checks can be done.

We charge a fee for each individual involved in the transaction –  from £12.50 + VAT per person

Bankruptcy & pre completion searches

These searches are made after exchange of contracts to make sure nothing has changed with regard to the property or your ability to purchase the property.

We include this in Land Registry fees.

Land registry fee

Paid to the land registry to update the detail for the property with your information on completion. Between £20 – £65 not subject to VAT depending on transaction type.

Land registry searches

Search for information regarding land ownership, mortgages, charges, easements, restrictive covenants, property boundaries, rights of way and current and past ownership.

We charge £25 – not subject to VAT.

Stamp duty land transaction (SDLT) admin fee

Fee needs to be paid even if you are a first time buyer not paying stamp duty. We charge £75 + VAT.SDLT Calculation

You can get a Stamp Duty Calculation by visiting https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/introCommon extras – calculated based on the answers you provide in quote tools

Mortgage fee

If you take a mortgage to fund the purchase of the property or redeem a mortgage then there will be an additional fee for your conveyancer to liaise with your lender. You may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee.

We show this fee as a separate fee £50 + VAT per offer.

Leasehold fee

Buying a leasehold property is more complicated and requires more work from a conveyancer. You may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee on quotes.

We show this fee as a separate fee £100- 150 + VAT

Help to buy fee

If you are taking out this type of equity loan there will more work for your conveyancer. you may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee on quotes.

We show this fee as a separate fee £50 – £250 + VAT

Shared ownership

There is an additional fee where a property is shared ownership as there is more time involved in liaising with the party you are sharing ownership with, for example the Housing Association. You may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee on quotes.

We show this fee as a separate fee £150 + VAT

New build fee

We have to apply an additional fee for new build properties as there are extra checks and work to be done. New build purchases are often much tighter on timescales, these imposed by the developer so it’s important to instruct a conveyancer as soon as a deposit is paid.

You may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee on quotes.

We show this fee as a separate fee  from £150 + VAT

Buy to let or purchased for investment

It doesn’t have an impact on your quote it will impact on your stamp duty costs.

Additional fees that arise after quote

Gifted deposit

If you are receiving a gifted deposit, this will require additional checks from your conveyancer.

This charge will generally not be included in the initial quote but discussed with you prior to instruction when we discuss deposit funds.

We charge £25 + VAT per gift received.

Help to buy ISA fee

There is a statutory fee if you have a help to buy ISA, as this will required additional work from your conveyancer.

You may see this as a standalone fee or as part of a higher basic fee on quotes.

We show this fee as a separate fee £50 + VAT

Help to buy on new builds

There is some additional work required by your conveyancer if you are using Help To Buy scheme on a new build property.

This charge will generally not be included in the initial quote but discussed with you prior to instruction when we discuss deposit funds.

We charge £200 + VAT

Referral fees

If your case has been introduced to us via your Estate Agent or Mortgage Adviser with whom we have a business relationship, we are required by the Code of Conduct published by the SRA to notify you that we will pay them an amount between £100 – £450 plus VAT (depending on agreement) on completion of your case from our own funds. This cost is a standard authorised charge that a law firm may make to attract business. Any advice that we give will be independent and you are free to raise questions on all aspects of the transaction. If a matter arises where we are acting for the introducer as well and a conflict of interest arises we might be obliged to cease acting.

Probate (uncontested) Fees

Average costs for uncontested probate cases

Each uncontested probate case is different – fees can range from £600 plus VAT to £30,000 plus VAT depending on the work involved and whether there is any inheritance tax to pay.  We ask for £500 on account.

How we charge for uncontested probate cases

We can offer a fixed fee once we have clear instructions from each client. Your case handler will provide information on costs at the appropriate time.

Likely disbursements and associated costs

• Probate Court fee £155
• Swear fee £7 per Executor with an extra £2 for each additional document to be marked per Executor
• Bankruptcy searches of £2 per beneficiary resident in UK
• Higher bankruptcy fees if they live abroad
• AML check – £7.20 incl. VAT per client
• Trustee act notices – £200 to £250
• Landmark searches £135 plus VAT
• Will search fees

Will VAT be charged?

All fees are plus VAT

What services are included in the quote?

Instructions are specific to the requirements of the individual client, detailed quotes will be provided.

What services are not included within the price?

Instructions are specific to the requirements of the client, any charges will be discussed with the client.

Key stages and typical timescales for services

Further information is available on all our probate services.

Our experienced team

We have a range of experienced staff across the Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors branch network, information is available on our probate team by clicking on our experts.

Should you need further information regarding our fees or probate services, complete our enquiry form and we’ll get in touch with you.

We have dedicated team members who cover Loughborough, Syston, Hucknall,  Market Harborough, Bulwell, Buxton, Melbourne.