We pride ourselves on delivering a high quality, personable service for legal matters that make a big difference to our clients’ lives. We know that the cost of legal services is an important factor for our clients, many worry about the potential costs of their legal work and the limited funding options now available.  That is why we have taken positive steps to ensure that:

We undertake regular fee checks so we remain highly competitive and can offer the very best hourly rates.

We can offer a no-win no-fee service for certain types of legal work such as accidents and personal injury,

We can offer fixed rate fees for certain types of legal service such as conveyancing, divorce, and wills.

We can provide quick and free cost estimates.

We can price match on many quotes.

We can offer payment plans in certain circumstances.

Conveyancing

The cost of conveyancing

Whether you are buying, selling, transferring, or mortgaging a house or a flat, you will have to pay the conveyancer who deals with the matter for you.  You will also have to pay a number of out of pocket expenses (known as disbursements) which your conveyancer incurs on your behalf.

The conveyancer’s fees, and some of the out of pocket expenses, will vary according to the circumstances and the value of the property concerned. For that reason, we will always provide you with a personal written, tailor made, estimate of the likely costs.

We do prefer to deal with estimates in that way, as it enables us to establish exactly what it is involved in your particular transaction, rather than applying a “one size fits all” approach.

As a general guideline, the figures below set out the basis of our charges and what the likely disbursements will be.

Our charges are based on the amount of work which we anticipate will be necessary and will only vary according to the value of the property and complexity of the transaction.

As a matter of principle, we do not charge you separately for dealing with work which we believe to be an essential part of a conveyancing transaction, such as preparing a Stamp Duty Land Tax return, transmitting funds to the other party, or submitting a Land Registry application.

Pennine Solicitors charges

Sales

Our basic fees for dealing with the sale of a house start at £350.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Our basic fees for dealing with the sale of a flat start at £425.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Please notethat if the sale involves either a Shared Equity Scheme, or a Help to Buy mortgage or ISA, we will add a supplement of £100 plus VAT to the figures shown above.

Purchases

Our basic fees for dealing with the purchase of an existing house start at £400.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Our basic fees for dealing with the purchase of an existing flat start at £500.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Our basic fees for dealing with the purchase of a newly built house start at £500.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Our basic fees for dealing with the purchase of a newly built flat start at £600.00 plus VAT and any disbursements shown below.

Please note that we will add the following supplements to the figures shown above as appropriate, as the amount of work necessary on our part will increase substantially:

If the purchase involves a Help to Buy ISA: add £100.00 plus VAT

If the purchase involves a Help to Buy Mortgage:  add £200.00 plus VAT

If the purchase involves a Shared Equity Scheme: add £200 plus VAT

Re-mortgages

Our basic fees for dealing with a remortgage start at £350.00 plus VAT and disbursements shown below.

If the property concerned is a flat, we will add a supplement of £100.00 plus VAT.

 

Transfers of equity

Our basic fees for dealing with a transfer of equity of a house start at £350.00 plus VAT and disbursements shown below.

Our basic fees for dealing with a transfer of equity of a flat start at £425.00 plus VAT and disbursements shown below.

Disbursements

Sales

If you are selling a property, we will need to get proof of ownership from the Land Registry. The basic cost is around £6.00 per title, but where we also have to obtain copies of any title deeds (such as a lease) you will have to pay a further £3.00 for each additional document.

Purchases and mortgages only

Initial Searches If you are buying a house or a flat with a mortgage, or re-mortgaging, we will probably need to undertake a number of preliminary conveyancing searches.  These include a local search, a drainage search, a mining search and an environmental search, and generally cost around £350.00 in total. These searches are also advised even if you do not require a mortgage.

Pre-completion searches  We will also need to undertake a couple of pre-completion searches, which should cost no more than £10.00

Land Registry fees  Anyone who acquires or mortgages a property has to pay a fee to the Land Registry, to update the Land Registry’s records.

The size of the fee depends entirely on the value of the property or the size of the mortgage, but currently range between £20.00 and £910.00

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)  Stamp Duty Land Tax may be payable by you, but this will depend on your circumstances and the value of the property concerned. Because of this, it is simply not possible to tell you on our website exactly how much SDLT you will have to pay.

Flats – sales and purchases

When dealing with a flat it is generally necessary to obtain and provide information to the management company and its agents.  Such companies charge relatively high fees for items such as pre-sales packs and notice fees, often amounting to hundreds of pounds.

We will not be able to tell you how much these are likely to be until we have seen the lease concerned and know who the management company is.

All transactions

Anti-money laundering checks  –  These legal checks will verify your identity, and are likely to be done by an online company. They cost around £12.00 per person.

Bank transfer fees – We do not charge you any bank charges for transferring funds to your lender or the other party’s Solicitors.

However if you wish us to send funds to you by a same day bank transfer, we will charge you £30.00 plus VAT for each transfer

Other possible fees On occasion you may need to pay for other fees, for example to obtain copies of relevant planning documents or a legal insurance policy if any required documents are missing.

It is not possible to tell you the exact cost, as this will depend entirely on the circumstances at the time.

What happens if my transaction falls through?

If for any reason your transaction does not go ahead, we will only charge you for the work which we have undertaken on your behalf up to that point, and any disbursements which you have not pre-paid.

FAMILY LAW FEES

At Pennine solicitor, we understand separation and a breakdown in relationship is very stressful and expensive.  We therefore provide our clients with the best possible service at competitive fixed fees as referred to below.

Initial consultation, review of case and written letter of advice our legal fees £250 plus VAT

Initial consultation, review of case and written letter to ex-partner our legal fees £300 plus VAT

Initial consultation, review of case regarding cohabiting case £280 plus VAT

SEPARATION BY DIVORCE/DISSOLUTION OF CIVIL PARTNERSHIP

For divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (uncontested by the petitioner) our fees are £550 plus VAT

For divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (uncontested by the respondent) our fees are £300 plus VAT

UNBUNDLED SERVICES

Financial Consent Order – Our legal costs are £703 plus VAT (please note this fee includes a £3 Land Registry fee)

Separation Agreement – (where terms are agreed, no advice and valued at less than £350,000) our legal fees are £1,000 plus VAT

DOMESTIC ABUSE PROTECTION

Our fees for initial meeting with client and letter out will range from £250 – £300 plus VAT

ENTERING INTO AGREEMENT WHETHER LIVING TOGETHER OR LIVING SEPARATE

Cohabitation Agreement – our legal fees are £800 plus VAT

Prenuptial Agreement (where the terms are agreed) £1,250 plus VAT

Separation Agreement (where the terms are agreed) our legal fees are £800 plus VAT

All prices are subject to VAT, and the costs estimate will not include disbursements such as expert fees, barrister’s costs, court fees or other third party fees.

The above is an indication of our costs that you should be are aware. Each case will be different and should there be any additional costs we will inform you prior carrying out the work.

FEES FOR WILLS

We at Pennine Solicitors can offer a broad range of will writing services tailored to the individual needs and the circumstances, including where property and assets are involved.

The prices for simple single Wills start from £250 plus VAT, standard mirror will £300 plus VAT £350 plus VAT for simple single wills for couples and £450 plus vat for one LPA for Property and Financial Affairs or Health and Welfare. Please note our fees will vary depending on the complexity of the Will.

Please note there is an extra charge of £75 plus Vat should you decide to remove a spouse, child or partner from the will, this cost will cover the advice on the implications of this.

Our fees do not include court fees or any third party disbursements.

Probate Costs

We will give you clear information on probate costs, based upon the time and work involved.

We (unlike many others) do not charge a percentage based on the value of the estate.

Some estates are simple but others can be complex.  Probate costs can vary significantly because the time and work involved on a high value and complex estate is much more than on a small and simple estate.

We will give a better idea when we have met you to find out just what is involved.

We can help you to deal with the full process of the administration of an estate from beginning to end.  However, we can limit the work that we undertake to obtaining the grant of probate or administration if you choose to deal with the practical steps of the administration. Costs are lower if we work on a “grant only” basis. Here are some typical illustrations, with costings, for the full administration of a simple estate and a “grant only” instruction.  We can tailor the level and extent of the work that we undertake for you to suit your requirements.

Administration of a straightforward estate

Administration of an estate involves:

Writing initial letters which may include financial institutions with assets/liabilities of the estate, insurance companies, pension providers, HM Revenue & Customs, the Department for Works & Pensions and other public bodies

Preparing and submitting inheritance tax simple return and grant of probate application

Cashing financial assets and settling liabilities

Transferring or selling the home (conveyancing costs would be quoted separately)

Preparing estate accounts

Distributing the estate

Typically this will take between 10 and 20 hours at an hourly rate from £177.00 to £210.00 plus VAT,  equating to professional fees of £1,500.00  to £5,000 plus VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the estate . For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs are likely to be  at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs are likely to be at the higher end.

Potential additional costs

Costs of sale or transfer of shareholdings, stocks and bonds if applicable.

Costs of the sale or transfer of any land or property in the estate if applicable.

How long will this take?

Typically, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within three to nine months, including 2 to 6 months to obtain the grant of probate, then 1 to 3 months to collect the assets.

We always aim to progress matters effectively and efficiently and to shorten the timescale wherever possible. However, the  process can take longer if complications arise, such as disputes with  beneficiaries, claims against the estate, delay in selling property, enquiries being raised by HM Revenue & Customs or the Department for Work and Pensions, or delay by any third party involved in the process.

Grant only application

With a simple estate, you may wish to use us on a “grant only” basis. This means that you will retain responsibility for administering the estate, but we will prepare all necessary documentation to obtain your grant of probate from the Probate Registry.

This involves:

You provide us with date of death valuations for all assets and liabilities and other information that we need

We prepare the documentation, including forms of oath for executors/administrators and HM Revenue return of estate information, then meet you to arrange for you to sign, and to be sworn to the oath

We make application for and obtain from the Probate Registry the grant of probate

We provide you with the grant of probate for you to administer the estate

This assumes:

There is a valid will

There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HM Revenue & Customs

There are no claims made against the estate and no caveats registered with the Probate Registry

In these cases, we will work on a fixed fee of £500 plus VAT.

How long will this take?

Typically, it takes six to eight weeks to obtain the grant of probate from the point at which we are first instructed.

CRIMINAL LAW FEES

We at Pennine Solicitors will always provide you with clear explanations of your options without any legal jargon and we will ensure you choose a package which is fair, cost effective and appropriate for your case.

HOURLY RATE

The hourly rate service ensures that you only pay for what service you receive and nothing more. Before we commence any work we will provide you with a quote and you will receive regular narrative setting out work done and costs to date.

FIXED FEE

We listen to our clients and understand that some would prefer to know the whole costs from the outset. It is for that reason that we also offer a number of fixed fee services, meaning that you can be confident that the price you have been quoted is the price you will pay. This offers certainty from the outset and will mean that there is one less thing to worry about and provides security for any other financial commitments that you have.

MOTORING OFFENCES FEES

At Pennine Solicitors we can assist clients with motoring offences such as:
• Drink driving/failing to provide specimen
• Drug driving/ failing to provide specimen
• Speeding offences
• Use of mobile phone whilst driving
• Driving without due care and attention
All prices are subject to VAT, and the costs estimate will not include expert fees or barrister’s costs
Below is an indication of our costs that you should be are aware. Each case will be different and should there be any additional costs we will inform you prior carrying out the work.
Guilty pleas for Speeding Offences
• To prepare written representations for speeding and defence are in the region of £250 – £450
• For representation where there is a guilty pleas in court, the costs will range from £350 to £650
Guilty plea for totting up penalty points/ exceptional hardship
• The Representation costs can range from £600 – £1,000
Drink, Drug driving and failing to provide specimen
• If you plead guilty then our legal costs will range from £300 – £500
• If you plead guilty with mitigating circumstanced then our legal costs will range from £600 – £1,100
• If you plead not guilty then our legal costs will range from £1,100 to £2,000
What is included within the guilty plea prices?
• Initial meeting and taking your detailed instructions
• Review of evidence
• Advising you on the case, what to expect and the court process

IMMIGRATION FEES

To provide one-off advice our fees range from £300 to £400 plus VAT
This covers the legal advisors taking instructions, advising and confirming the advice.
Review and checking application our fees range from £300 to £500 plus VAT
This includes us taking instructions, checking the immigration application form that has been completed with the supporting documents and providing advice on the same

ENTRY CLEARANCE APPLICATION FEES – JOINING FAMILY IN THE UK – APPLYING FROM ABROAD
Spousal/Fiance/Fiancee/civil partner/ unmarried partner £1600 to £1,800 plus VAT or (relying on self employment (£1,800 to £2,000 plus VAT).
Adult Dependant Relative Visa Application our fee range from £2,000 to £2,200 plus VAT
The above fees cover making the entry clearance application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely time it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, fully prepare your application with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

ENTRY CLEARANCE APPLICATION FEES – VISIT VISA FOR TOURISM/FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Our fee for the above can range from £1,000 – £1250 plus VAT
The above fees cover making the entry clearance application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely time it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, fully prepare your application pack with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

STUDENT VISA (IN- COUNTRY)
Our fees for the above can range from £1,000 – £1200 plus VAT
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, fully prepare your application with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

ENTRY CLEARANCE APPLICATION (APPLYING FROM ABROAD) – TIER 4 STUDENTS/ T5 TEMPORARY WORKERS AND ANCESTRY VISA (note the Ancestry Visa applies if you are a Commonwealth Citizen and have a grandparent who was born in the UK can make an application to if you are planning to work in the UK).
Our fees for the above can range from £1,400 to £1600 plus VAT.
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, fully prepare your application with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE TO REMAIN
Our fees for the above can range from £1,000 to £1200 plus VAT.
The leave to remain applications can be made for the following, but not limited to:
• Spouse
• Civil Partner
• Fiance
• Unmarried partner
• Family and private life
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, make the application whether it be by post or online, fully prepare your application pack with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

APPLICATIONS FOR INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN
Our fees for the above can range from £1,000 to £1200 plus VAT.
The leave to remain applications can be made for the following, but not limited to:
• Spouse
• Civil Partner
• Fiance
• Unmarried partner
• Family and private life

LONG RESIDENCE APPLICATION (10 Years continuous residence)
Our fees for the above can range from £1,500 to £1,900 plus VAT.
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, make the application whether it be by post or online, fully prepare your application pack with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.
LONG RESIDENCE APPLICATION (20 Years continuous residence)
Our fees for the above can range from £2,000 to £2,400 plus VAT.
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, make the application whether it be by post or online, fully prepare your application pack with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS
Our fees for the above can range from £900 to £1,100 plus VAT for Adults
Our fees for the above can range from £800 to £1,000 plus VAT for Children
The above fees cover making the in country application, taking instructions from you, reviewing your documents and check all documents to ensure the success of your case, make a list of the documents to support the application and advising you on the likely times it will take, make an appointment at the visa centre, make the application whether it be by post or online, fully prepare your application pack with detailed legal representation.
The above does not include the fees should the Home Office refuse your application and therefore you need further advice or assistance to appeal the application.

APPEAL APPLICATION
Our fees for the above can range from £2,000 to £2,500 – fees vary depending on complexity of the case.
The fees comprise of taking instructions, drafting the grounds for appeal, considering and reviewing documents, likely timescales, lodging and representing the appeal before the First Tier Tribunal, create a list of supporting documents for the appeal, review each supporting documents, prepare bundles for the appeal hearing and liaises with relevant person either at the Home Office, Tribunal, Barrister or other specialists to prepare for the appeal.
In case the appeal does not succeed, the above fee quoted does not included if you require further advice or guidance to making a further appeals

Please note that the above fee quotes do not included the fees for the below, it is all case by case basis as what is required:
Below is a list of disbursements payable to third parties, but not limited to:
• Barristers
• Independent expert reports/ housing reports fees
• Medical reports
• Accountant reports
• Interpreters fees /cost of translators
• Immigration health surcharge
• Home office/visa fees
• Court fees
• DNA tests
• Other cost to third parties
• Attending Home Office interviews
• Copying documents costs 10pences if more than 300 pages
• Travel costs
In addition to the above, if you have an additional dependant there is a further fee in the range of £250 – £300 plus VAT per each dependant

HOW LONG WILL THEY TAKE TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process the application, but refer you the Home Office website for processing times.

HOURLY CHARGEOUT RATES:
Partner/ Consultant – £210 excluding VAT
Solicitors – £177 excluding VAT
Trainee Solicitors £146 excluding VAT
Junior Executives – £120 excluding VAT

Please note each case needs to be assessed therefore nothing on this pages or our website binds us to offer you a service at a particular price. The above are guides and estimates only for example there are a number of issues that need to be taken into consideration such how complex the case is, volume of documents/evidence, other legal issues that may arise and much more. Prior to commencing any work will discuss our charges with you, giving you the opportunity to make the decision what work you wish this firm to carry out for you.