Pricing Transparency

Our Pricing Transparency Policy

From 6th December 2018, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires our law firm “Dean Manson LLP” trading as “Dean Manson LLP Solicitors” to publish our transparent pricing in certain areas of law in which we practice and deliver our legal services.

These figures may however give an indication of our pricing policy and do vary in cases with particular complexities, urgency, importance, implications and location of the matter at hand. That is why we will always give you our cost estimate based on your individual transaction and needs that takes into account the actual features of your transaction. So please feel free to call us to discuss extent of our fees in your particular facts and circumstances.

Of course, if any unexpected complications arise that have an impact on our fees, we would immediately inform you of this and would discuss with you the potential consequences before you incur any extra fees. The areas of practice of our firm are as listed below:

Probate

We are a niche high street practice providing legal assistance in this area of the law. Once we are instructed, you will be assigned a dedicated solicitor who is experienced in this area and who will provide you with a personal service.

  • Senior Solicitor, Nida Mansoor, is the lead Solicitor in relation to probate matters and has over 9 years of experience.

Our solicitors deal with every aspect of estate administration from start to finish. We offer an initial 30 minute consultation at a fixed fee of £60.00 where we will discuss your individual facts and requirements. This will give us an opportunity to understand your needs so that we may tailor our service to you. Below is an indication of the work involved for non-contentious probate work. For contentious probate we recommend that you get in touch with us to discuss your specific facts and circumstances.

Non – Contentious Probate

Non-contentious probate work usually includes the following stages:

  • Registering the death with the relevant Authorities.
  • Assessing the value of the Estate including all assets and liabilities and identifying any potential issues.
  • Preparing estate accounts.
  • Determining whether inheritance tax is payable and preparing the appropriate Inland Revenue Account.
  • Applying for a Grant of Representation either a Grant of Probate (where there is a Will) or a Grant of Letters of Administration (where there is no Will).
  • Sending copies of the Grant to the relevant financial institutions in order to collect in the estate monies to pay the debts and any legacies under the Will.
  • Obtaining confirmation from the Inland Revenue that no further income tax or inheritance tax is due.
  • Finalising the Estate Accounts for the executors and residuary beneficiaries’ approval and distributing the residue to the residuary beneficiaries.
  • Provision of Estate Income (R185) forms.

 

Our Fees

Should you decide to instruct us after our initial 30 minute consultation our fees are thereafter charged on an hourly rate basis. At the outset of the matter we will provide our best estimate of fees based on the information provided by you. The fee estimate is determined by how much work is likely to be required to complete the estate administration.

The hourly rate applied depends upon the solicitor dealing with your matter and his / her experience.

  • Our Senior Solicitors & Partner rate is £350 per hour plus VAT.
  • Our Senior Solicitor rate is £270 per hour plus VAT.
  • Our Junior Solicitors rate is £200.00 per hour plus VAT.
  • Our other fee earners rate is from £100 per hour plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts the costs are likely to be higher than an initial estate with only one beneficiary and limited assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.

By way of an example, a straightforward estate is likely to attract a fee in the region of £1000 – £7,000 plus VAT or the Law Society’s guidance on minimum rate of initial fee 0.75% of the value of the property plus 1.5% of the value of other assets and other charges on top of it plus VAT will apply for estates where:

  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible or digital and intellectual property and assets.
  • There are no more than 5 UK beneficiaries.
  • There are no overseas assets.
  • 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 litigation or claims made against the estate.
  • There is no family or any other ongoing trust.
  • The testators tax affairs are settled to the end of the last tax year before death.

 

Potential additional costs

If an estate has any of the following features it is likely to be more complex than a straightforward matter and therefore likely to attract more time being spent on the issues. The costs are likely to be higher in such matters where:

  • There is no will.
  • Professional executors are appointed.
  • The estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds).
  • The estate includes foreign assets.
  • The estate includes a family or other ongoing trust.
  • The estate is taxable and requires the submission of a full inheritance tax account.
  • The testator is non-UK domicile.
  • Any one or more of the beneficiaries are non-UK domicile.
  • There is more than one property.
  • Property is unregistered.
  • The property is not local.
  • The estate comprises a business.
  • The estate includes agricultural.
  • Where property and/or land is subject to an existing tenancy.
  • There are charitable beneficiaries.
  • There are intangible or digital assets.
  • There are disputes between the beneficiaries on division of assets.
  • The are claims against the estate.
  • The estate is insolvent.

We will provide you with a more accurate estimate once we have more information regarding the nature of the estate.

Disbursements

These are additional expenses 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. Some of the most common types of disbursements in probate matters are as follows:

Estate Administration

Probate application fee

£155 plus £1 for each additional sealed office copy of the Grant of Probate (usually one per asset).

Swearing of the oath

£10 Swearing of the oath (per executor) plus £2 for each additional exhibit (i.e. for an Oath and a Will the oath swear fee will be £7).

Bankruptcy- Land Charges Department searches

£2 per beneficiary.

Statutory Advertisement

Between £62 and £200 plus VAT or more (The London Gazette – and a local newspaper) to protect against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

Land Registry fees

(for dealing with the sale or transfer of property) *

File Archiving Fee

£40 plus VAT.

*Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included within our probate service. We will provide you with a separate estimate should you require this service. Please see our conveyancing section relating to the sale of a property.

How long will this take?

On average, straightforward estates are dealt with within 12-18 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-6 months. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 1-6 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally take a further 3-4 months to allow formal clearance of the tax position for the period of administration and dependant on any delay as a result of a backlog at HM Revenue & Customs.

Please do get in touch with us for a 30 minute consultation and we will be happy to discuss your individual needs.

We are a niche high street practice providing a high level of specialism in this complex area of law. We have panel membership of various banks, lenders and Building Societies offering mortgages on lending funds to prospective buyers of homes and properties.

Once we are instructed, you will be assigned a dedicated solicitor who has many years of experience in this complex area of law. Your solicitor will provide you with a personal service to ensure that your needs are met and that you are confident that your transaction is in safe hands.

Senior Partners and Solicitors are our dedicated members supported by other staff in relation to conveyancing work.

  • Muzaffar Mansoor is a solicitor with over 25 years of pre and post qualification experience.
  • Ejaz Baigis a solicitor with over 20 years pre and post qualification experience.
  • Nida Mansoor is a solicitor with over 9 years post qualification experience.
  • Ishfaq Ahmad (RFL) is a solicitor with 12 years experience.
  • Rumans Shabir a Trainee Solicitor for over 2 years experience.
  • Huma Hussain (Paralegal) with over 13 years experience.
  • Oscar Manful (Paralegal) with over 2 years experience.
  • Bushra Yanful (Paralegal).

Please rest assured that your conveyance will be handled by one of our highly qualified solicitors.

Our fees

No two properties are exactly the same, and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your sale or purchase. For example, dealing with a listed building may, because of the added complexities, cost more than dealing with a new freehold property. We will provide you with a more accurate indication of the likely cost involved once we have had an opportunity to discuss the particular features of your transaction with you.

Conveyancing

For an indication of costs, for a property with a value in the region of £350,000 where there are no unexpected complications, we typically calculate our fee on a Fixed Fee basis as follows:

These figures are presented exclusive of VAT and disbursements which are payable in addition.

Freehold

Property price up to £350,000

From £850 plus VAT Sale.

From £950 plus VAT Purchase.

From £700 plus VAT Re-mortgage.

Acting for Lenders from £250 plus VAT.

Property price up to £500,000

From £1250 plus VAT Sale.

From £1500 plus VAT Purchase.

Other property prices

Please call for a bespoke quotation.

Leasehold

Property price up to £350,000

From £1,200 plus VAT.

Property price £500,000

From £1,500 plus VAT.

Other property prices

Please call to discuss a bespoke quotation.

For simple leasehold properties our fee will be from £1200 plus VAT depending on whether your instruction relate to a sale or a purchase and dependent upon the features of your transaction.  However, each matter is taken on its own facts and circumstances and attracts a particular fee in view of urgency, complexity and importance of the matter.

For leasehold properties there are usually additional fees payable to the landlord or managing agent to obtain a Management Pack or replies to Leasehold Property Enquiries these are typically between £300-£1000 plus VAT but can be higher. There may also be other disbursements such as a fee to the landlord or their agent to register you as the new owner and your lender as an interested party. These additional disbursements could be anything from £200– £850 depending of the requirement of the freehold management agent. Disbursements vary from property to property and this is not an exhaustive list. We will be able to give you a specific estimate once we have had sight of the documentation relating to your transaction.

Remortgage of Residential Property

Fees

Our fees start at £675 plus VAT for a residential re-mortgage where we also act for a standard High Street lender for a loan up to £300,000.00 for a relatively straightforward matter rising thereafter with level of loan and value of the property.

We will always give you an individual cost estimate at the start of the transaction based on your particular facts and circumstances and advise you immediately should any complication or complexity arise before any charges are incurred.

Each matter is taken with its own facts and circumstances and attract particular fee.  For a more accurate estimate we recommend that you get in touch with us to discuss your individual circumstances.

Cybercrime Alert

As a result of the increased risks posed by cyber fraud and especially those relating to bank account details, please note that Dean Manson LLP’s bank account details will NOT change during the course of a transaction.

Please be vigilant and ensure caution is exercised when opening any emails, attachments or links which purport to come from us in response to any requests for our bank details.

We will NOT accept any responsibility if you transfer money into an incorrect bank account. It is our Company policy never to send out our bank details out by email.

If you receive bank details from us by email please telephone our office and speak to the person dealing with your matter, or a Partner of this firm.

Disbursements

In addition to our fees you are also required to pay costs that are relevant to your transaction that are payable to third parties, these are sometimes called ‘disbursements’.

An example is a search fee which is paid to a search company (for example a coal mining search or a water and drainage search) on the property that you are purchasing.

We will generally handle the payment on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. the rate of disbursement may vary from time to time. The most common disbursements in a conveyance are detailed below:

Typical disbursements

Our handling charges for sending telegraphic transfer on completion (if we redeem a mortgage, there will be 2 telegraphic transfers so this item and charge will appear twice) £25 plus VAT.

Land Registry title information £12 (VAT not applicable).

Land registry fee dependant on value of lending from £20 (VAT not applicable).

Pre completion searches (approximately) £7 plus (VAT not applicable).

Indemnity insurance instead of full searches dependant on value of property (approximately) £30 (VAT not applicable).

For leasehold properties notice would also need to be served on your landlord (approximately) £60 plus VAT.

Bank chaps transfer £30 per transfer.

ID verification £6 plus VAT per person.

Searches

Search fees (to cover the usual recommended searches x 3) for official searches and in the region of £400 plus VAT for regulated searches.

Chancel Liability Indemnity Insurance

From £19 (including Insurance Premium Tax) A scaled fee typically applies depending on the value of the property.

For a Purchase transaction

Stamp Duty Land Tax (paid to the Inland Revenue). The amount depends on the purchase price of your property. This can be calculated using HMRC’s website or if your property is in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

Typical timescales and key stages

How long will the transaction take?

The time from an offer being accepted until the time that keys are exchanged will depend on many factors. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the number of parties in the chain and many other factors. For example, a first time buyer purchasing a new build property with a mortgage agreed in principle is likely to be quicker than a transaction involving a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease. The average conveyance which is free from complications will generally take between 6-8 weeks. We will endeavour to complete your transaction as quickly as possible and reduce any avoidable delays that are within our control as far as possible.

Key stages of the purchase process are typically:

  • Receive your instructions, identification and other necessary details.
  • Check finance arrangements and initiate contact with lender (if applicable).
  • Receive and advise on contract documents.
  • Undertake searches / obtain planning documentation if necessary.
  • Make necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor.
  • Review and advise on all relevant documents and information.
  • Review and advise on mortgage offer (if applicable).
  • Finalise contract for signature & confirm completion date.
  • Exchange of contracts.
  • Arrange for receipt of all monies required for completion.
  • Complete purchase.
  • Prepare and submit Stamp Duty Land Tax return with payment.
  • Prepare and submit registration at Land Registry with payment.

Immigration Services

Fees

We can assist in immigration and nationality matters with the various applications as shown below, together with our range of applicable fees:

Application Type    

Range of fees (please note that VAT if applicable is also payable in addition to the fees below), excluding any Home Office / ECO Application fee and or surcharge

Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer ICT £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 2 General £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 2 Minister of Religion £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 4 Student £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 5 Visa £1,500 – £2,500
Tier 1 Investor £7,000 – £10,000
Tier 1 Entrepreneur £6,000 – £9,000
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur £3,000 – £3,500
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent £3,000 – £4,000
EEA Family Permit / Residence Card / Registration Certificate £1,500 – £3,000
EEA Permanent Residence £1,500 – £3,000
Retained right of Residence £1,500 – £3,000
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Partner £1,500 – £3,000
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Partner £1,500 – £3,000
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Partner £1,500 – £3,000
Appendix FM Entry Clearance – Parent £1,500 – £3,000
Appendix FM Leave to Remain – Parent £1,500 – £3,000
Indefinite Leave To Remain – Parent £1,500 – £3,000
Entry Clearance – Child £2,000 – £3,000
British Citizenship £1,500 – £3,000
British Passport £1,000 – £3,000
British Registration £1,500 – £3,000
Initial Representations (Deportation)

Appeal against Deportation

£2,000 – £5,000

£2, 500 – £5,000

Business Visa – Sole Rep £4,000 – £6,000
Asylum £3,000 – £6,000
Visitor Visa £1,500 – £3,000
Adult Dependant Relative £2,500 – £3,000
Discretionary leave to remain £2,000 – £3,000
Domestic worker £1,500 – £3,000
Private Life £1,500 – £3, 000
UK Ancestry £1,500 – £3, 000
ILR – 10 years £1,500 – £3, 000
ILR (Refugee) £1,500 – £3,000
SET(DV)

For any other matter not mentioned above please call us to discuss.

£2,000 – £3,000

In the vast majority of cases we are able to offer our clients an agreed fixed fee to prepare and submit their applications. However, in circumstances where this is not possible our fees will be calculated on the following hourly rates:

  • Muzaffar Mansoor – Senior Partner – £350 plus VAT
  • Ejaz Baig – Senior Solicitor / Partner – £270 plus VAT
  • Ishfaq Ahmad (RFL)– Consultant – £200 plus VAT
  • Rumana Shabir – Trainee Solicitor – £140 plus VAT
  • Oscar Manful – Paralegal – £120 plus VAT
  • Shahzaib Ahmad – Paralegal – £100 plus VAT
  • Other caseworkers – £100 plus VAT
  • Administrative & Support Staff – £80 plus VAT

 

We will provide you with a cost estimate based on the number of hours we reasonably expect to spend on your case and the disbursements that are likely to be incurred.

Consultations

If you would like to speak to a member of our Immigration Team to discuss your case, we can offer a half an hour face to face or over telephone consultation at a fixed fee of £60 and / if over a fixed fee of one hour and or more the above hourly rates will apply.

Typical disbursements

As the government fees continue to change so we will advise you at the outset of all UKVI / Home Office fees relevant to your application and the Home Office publishes a comprehensive list of their application fees which it would not be appropriate to publish here, but which can be accessed here.

Please note, the list does not include the Immigration Health Surcharge which we will calculate according to your personal circumstances and include among the disbursements payable.

In addition, where counsel opinion / expert report / translation and / or interpretation services are required, we will provide you with a quote for you to consider before we engage the third party supplier.

Typical timescales and key stages

In our experience the vast majority of out of country applications are decided within 8-12 weeks, although some family-based applications can take longer (up to 12-24 weeks).

Processing times for in-country applications can vary depending on whether they are submitted as standard (up to six months, though usually no more than 3 months) or priority (within 7-10 days, with payment of an additional Home Office fee).

Experience and qualifications of immigration department staff

  • Muzaffar Mansoor qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has over 25 years of pre and post qualification experience in immigration law, advocacy including asylum, nationality, visa applications and immigration appeals. He is an experienced solicitor advocate of higher courts.
  • Ejaz Baig is head of our Immigration Department who qualified as a solicitor in 2004 with over 20 years of pre and post qualification experience in immigration law for both businesses and individuals. He has proven expertise in difficult Judicial Review applications.
  • Ishfaq Ahmad (RFL) qualified as a lawyer  in 2012 and has over 6 years of experience in immigration and nationality law.
  • Rumana Shabir (Trainee Solicitor) with 2 years experience.
  • Oscar Manful (Paralegal) with 3 years experience
  • Shahzaib Ahmad (Paralegal) with 1 year experience
  • Bushra Yanful (Paralegal)
  • Magdalene Asante (Paralegal)

Employment

Advice and representation in relation to bringing or defending claims of unfair / wrongful dismissal at the Employment Tribunals.

Fees

For a straightforward unfair or wrongful dismissal claim lasting 2 days, the typical period for these claims, in an Employment Tribunals, which would involve many or all of the key stages as mentioned below, we would anticipate our fees (for either employer or employee clients) to total between £10,000-15,000 (plus VAT). For more complicated or longer cases (such as those involving an element of unlawful discrimination or whistle blowing), our total fees will be significantly more than stated above and could amount to £40,000 – £50,000 plus VAT.

Disbursements

Usually the only disbursement that would be payable are Counsel’s fees for a barrister to represent you at the Tribunal.  Counsel fees vary depending on the level of experience of the barrister and the complexity and length of the case but can usually be expected to range, for a 2 day hearing, between £2,500 – £7, 000 (plus VAT).  Counsel’s fees cover the barrister’s preparation for the hearing as well as attendance at the Tribunal.

Typical timescales and key stages

Employment Tribunal proceedings for unfair or wrongful dismissal typically involve the following stages:

  • Taking client’s (whether employer or employee) initial instructions, reviewing documents and advising on merits and likely compensation.
  • Entering into ACAS Early Conciliation process (where mandatory) to see if settlement can be reached.
  • Drafting and filing a claim form (known as an ET1) for a claimant (employee) or a response form (known as an ET3) for a respondent (employer).
  • Drafting and calculating a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing and attending a Case Management Discussion or Preliminary Hearing (either in person or via telephone conference call).
  • Complying with document disclosure process and agreeing a bundle of documents for any hearing(s).
  • Meeting/discussing evidence and drafting witness statements.
  • Liaising with the other party regarding a List of Issues and/or Chronology.
  • Preparing for and attending a Final Hearing, including instructing Counsel and attending Counsel in conference.

Experience and qualifications of employment department staff

  • Muzaffar Mansoor qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has over 25 years of pre and post qualification experience in employment law and advocacy. He is an experienced solicitor advocate of higher courts.

Debt Recovery

Debt recovery for businesses up to the value of £100,000

Fees

Our fees in these matters typically range from £850 plus VAT upwards depending on particular aspects of your matter.

Disbursements

You may have to pay court fees and barrister’s fees in addition to our fees.

Typical timescales and key stages

This will depend on the type of case and whether it is dealt with in the court, tribunal or another forum. The courts are usually extremely busy so it could be 12 months or more before your matter reaches a trial and conclusion. Tribunals are generally less busy and have a quicker turnaround time normally of between 4 to 10 months.

Experience and qualifications of litigation staff

  • Muzaffar Mansoor is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience in civil and qualified as a solicitor in 2001 with over 18 years of litigation experience with a focus on land and tenant matters, contract disputes, insolvency, debt recovery and property litigation. He is assisted by:
  • Ishfaq Ahmad (RFL) qualified as a lawyer in 2012 and has over 6 years of experience in immigration and nationality law.
  • Rumana Shabir (Trainee Solicitor)
  • Oscar Manful (Paralegal)
  • Shahzaib Ahmad (Paralegal)
  • Bushra Yanful (Paralegal)
  • Magdalene Asante (Paralegal)

Estate Administration

Uncontested collection and distribution of money, property and other assets in a deceased estate located in the UK

Fees

Our fees in these matters typically range from £3,000 to £15,000 plus VAT (where applicable) depending on the circumstances and complexity of your matter.

Hourly rates range from £140 to £350 plus VAT depending on the experience and qualification of the appropriate fee earner assigned to a particular aspect of the work.

Typical disbursements

Probate Court Fees of £155 plus £0.50 per additional copies of the Grant (VAT not applicable).

Oath / Swear Fees £10 to £15 (VAT not applicable).

S27 Trustee Act Notice in the London Gazette £78 plus VAT.

Typical timescales and key stages

Identifying estate property, establishing a summary of the deceased’s assets as at the date of death including a valuation of the deceased’s assets and liabilities for estate and tax purposes and preparing the appropriate HMRC inheritance tax account: 3-6 months from instructions.

Establishing the basis for testamentary or other dispositions, preparing the relevant Oath for the personal representatives and submitting the application for the Grant to the Probate Registry of the High Court: 3-6 months.

Collection of estate assets, payment of estate liabilities and testamentary legacies and distribution of residuary estate: 6-9 months.

Estate accounts and income tax reports and returns: 6-12 months.

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