Our Fees

CONVEYANCING

Whenever a Sale is negotiated by Estate Agents, they will inform the Sellers Solicitors or the Purchasers Solicitors regarding details of the transaction.  Subject to our clients then agreeing with our Estimate of fees and signing up to our Client Retainer Letter (our Terms of Engagement) then the Legal Services will begin.  When we are instructed to act on a Sale or a Purchase there are various Stages to these matters and the Legal processes required are generally referred to as “Conveyancing”.  On average you would expect a change of ownership to take approximately three months to reach eventual Completion (see below), though, on occasion this may be shorter for more straightforward transactions and on other occasions, involving complicated Legal work it may take longer.

The following is an indicative guide to our fees on a standard Conveyancing Transaction.  Our Fees are dependant upon sale price, whether freehold or leaseholders and the complexity of each transaction.  A conveyancing transaction includes considering Office Copy Entries, agreeing contract of purchase, obtaining and considering Local Authority searches.  If there is a mortgage, dovetailing the mortgage work into the process.

You may submit your details via our online quoting tool.  We will then provide a full quote which includes a full breakdown of our fees and the disbursements (expenses) you will incur.

PURCHASE

Our Fees

On an average purchase of a freehold property our fees are as follows:

up to £200,000 £650.00 +vat = £780.00
up to £300,000 £750.00 +vat = £900.00
up to £400,000 £800.00 +vat = £960.00
up to £500,000 £900.00 +vat = £1,080.00
Up to £750,000 £950.00 +vat = £1,140.00

For transactions over £750,000, please contact us.

For Leasehold property (often flats, maisonettes, etc) there is an additional fee of £150.00 +vat (£180.00).  This is due to additional work required when dealing with Freeholders.

For each payment we make to Solicitors, Lenders, Clients, etc, we must use the bank CHAPS system to ensure payments are virtually instantaneous.  The cost for each payment is £30.00 +vat (£36.00).

On completion of your purchase an SDLT submission must be carried out by us.  Our Stamp Duty and Land Submission Fee is £30.00 +vat (£36.00).

If a transaction becomes abortive we reserve the right to make a charge pro-rata with regard to the services rendered for the matter concerned.  These will be proportionate costs dependent upon the stage to which the matter has proceeded.

Disbursements (Expenses)

The average cost of the searches required is usually up to £300.00.  The cost is determined by the relevant Local Authority.  We carry out a full search which includes an environmental, drainage and Local Authority search.

Land Registry Fees are usually up to £270.00.  This is dependent upon the registration of  the property/land.

The Bankruptcy Search Fee is approximately £2.00 per person.

The below provides indicative figures for Stamp Duty Tax when purchasing a property, as dictated by government.

Purchase price £300,000.00 – £5,000.00

Purchase price £400,000.00 – £10,000.00

Purchase price £500,000.00 – £15,000.00

There are various exceptions, e.g., first-time buyers, landlords, etc.  We will provide an accurate figure within your written quote.

How Long will it take?

Between the time you instruct us until you take ownership of the property you are purchasing is usually between 3-4 months.

However, this may be affected by a number of items.   For example, leasehold property, such as flats, may take longer as additional information is required from Landlords and Managing Agents.

If there is a long chain of transactions the time may be increased whilst all involved agree a suitable completion date.

We will advise if it is clear the transaction is likely to be considerably longer than 8-12 weeks.

 Stages of a Purchase

Initially when you instruct a Solicitor on a Purchase you will be requested to sign the Client Retainer Letter which will refer to the Cost Estimates that you have been provided with and thereafter it will be necessary to produce evidence of your Identity to comply with Money Laundering Regulations etc.  After this the Conveyancing will begin and, as a general rule, there is more to the legal side of a Purchase than there is to the Sale.  Additionally, most Purchases are facilitated by a Mortgage and in the transaction the Solicitor will not only act for the Purchaser but also for the Mortgage Company to ensure that their Mortgage is fully effective.  The process of Purchase will generally involve the following:

Your Solicitor will scrutinise the Property Information Forms provided by the Sellers Solicitors; will ensure that the Seller has Legal Title to validly sell and, furthermore, will examine and advise upon the draft Contract and all supporting materials provided by the Sellers Solicitors.

• It will be important to establish whether the Purchase is of a Freehold or of a Leasehold.  If it is of a Leasehold, such as a flat, care will need to be taken to advise you regarding the terms of the Lease and also to ensure that there are enough years left on the Lease because Leases less than 80 years are not easily marketable and may be costly to extend, whereas Leases under 60 years are best avoided.

• Various Property Searches need to be carried out and these need to be carefully scrutinised to ensure that there is nothing which would significantly impair your enjoyment of the Property.  In particular, Searches would be conducted of the Local Authority, of Water Authorities, and on Environmental issues.  There may also be searches in respect of Chancel Repairs.  In some specific geographical areas, there will also need to for Mining Searches (to indicate risks of subsidence).

• Steps will need to be taken to ensure that the Mortgage Surveyor has prepared a Report on the Property and that your Mortgage is in place with a view to the Advance monies being sent for prior to the Completion date.

• Prior to your signing the Contract you will be fully advised by us regarding the Legal Title that you are acquiring and any matters that are raised by the Searches or flow from the Property Information Forms or are requirements of the Mortgage Company.  At this stage a Completion date will need to be fixed and it will also be necessary for you to have Buildings Insurance in place to take effect as soon as the Contracts are Exchanged.

• When Contracts are Exchanged this is a technical procedure to be attended to by your Solicitor and the most important matter will be to ensure that any eventual Completion date will suit all those involved with a housing chain.  A 5% to 10% Deposit is usually paid upon Exchange, and it is at that stage that the Completion date is fixed.

• Once Exchange has taken place then it would not be possible for the Purchaser to withdraw from the transaction without risk of losing his/her Deposit.

• After Exchange the emphasis will then be upon ensuring the Transfer and Mortgage Deeds are signed and duly witnessed in readiness for the Completion; for Completion Statements to be prepared summarising the overall financial situation and calculating any balance that may be due from you to Complete.  The Solicitor ensures that all funding is in place to finalise the transaction.  Additionally, there must be liaison with Removal Firms to ensure that everything is ready to go through smoothly on the Completion day.

• On the Completion day, the Purchasers Solicitors send through the balance of funds to the Sellers Solicitors and also ensure that they receive the finalised Transfer document.  Arrangements are usually made with the Estate Agents to release the keys ready for the Purchaser to move in.

• After the Completion date the legal work does not end.  There is an obligation to pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax that may be due; there is an obligation to Register Dealings to show the Purchaser as the new owner at the Land Registry and also to register the Mortgage Deed there.  If a Leasehold is acquired the new owners need to be made known to the Managing Agents.

On average when a Purchase transaction has commenced it will probably take between three to four months to Complete.  Covid 19 led to some longer timescales, though, matters have nearly moved back to normality with the ending of those Restrictions.

The above is a summary of the legal side of a Purchase and is not meant as an exhaustive account.  Should you require further details please browse the Homeowners Alliance Website.

 

SALE

Our Fees

On an average sale of a freehold property our fees are as follows:

up to £200,000 £625.00 +vat = £750.00
up to £300,000 £675.00 +vat = £810.00
up to £400,000 £725.00 +vat = £870.00
up to £500,000 £825.00 +vat = £990.00
Up to £750,000 £850.00 +vat = £1,020.00

For transactions over £750,000, please contact us.

For Leasehold property (often flats, maisonettes, etc) there is an additional fee of £150.00 +vat (£180.00).  This is due to additional work required when dealing with Freeholders.

For each payment we make to Solicitors, Lenders, Clients, etc, we must use the bank CHAPS system to ensure payments are virtually instantaneous.  The cost for each payment is £30.00 +vat (£36.00).

If a transaction becomes abortive we reserve the right to make a charge pro-rata with regard to the services rendered for the matter concerned.

Disbursements (Expenses)

Office Copy Entry costs are usually between £6.00 – £20.00. 

How Long will it take?

Between the time you instruct us until the property sale completes is usually between 8-12 weeks.

However, this may be affected by a number of items.   For example, leasehold property, such as flats, may take longer as additional information is required by your buyers solicitors and the time taken for forthcoming information is often determined by the speed of Landlords and Managing Agents.

If there is a long chain of transactions the time may be increased whilst all involved agree a suitable completion date.

We will advise if it is clear the transaction is likely to be considerably longer than 8-12 weeks.

Stages of a Sale

• When you instruct us to act in a Sale, we must ascertain proof of your Identity to comply with Money Laundering and other Regulations and a check will also need to be made with the Land Registry to confirm that you are legally entitled to sell the Property concerned.

• Steps will then need to be taken to complete certain forms which will give the prospective Purchasers information about the Property concerned and these forms are a Property Information Form (TA6) and a Fittings and Contents Form (TA10).  With Leasehold Flats a Leasehold Information Form (TA7) also has to be prepared and a Management Information Pack must be obtained from the Managing Agents of the Flat.  Unless and until all of these Property Forms are dealt with, then the Sale cannot really proceed and so it is best to have them all dealt with as soon as possible and sent to the Purchasers Solicitors.

• All relevant Guarantees and Warranties (such as with Double Glazing) will need to be obtained ready for copying to the Purchasers Solicitors and any other materials that are requested by the Purchasers Solicitors must also be provided.

• A check will need to be done with any Mortgage Lender with a view to clarifying the Mortgage Redemption Figure, so as to project any amount expected to be received by way of the net proceeds upon Completion.

• A draft Contract will need to be prepared and sent to the Purchasers Solicitors and that will, amongst other things, recite the price and various other matters including the Completion date.

• Prior to Exchange of Contracts there will also usually be the need to give the prospective Purchasers Surveyor access to the Property as Surveys are required prior to most Purchasers being able to obtain Mortgage funding.

• In view of the Surveyors Report, it may be necessary to renegotiate the intended Sale price or otherwise ensure that certain repairs are carried out before Exchange of Contracts and various further queries may be raised.

• Upon Exchange of Contracts both parties will then be legally bound to go through with the Sale on the agreed date for Completion and it is at that stage that the Seller and Purchaser become fully committed and, if they subsequently withdraw, there would be penalties imposed on them.

• When Contracts are Exchanged a deposit will have been received and thereafter the emphasis of all concerned will be working towards the Completion date.  The Completion date is usually between 14 and 28 days after the Exchange, though, in some circumstances these stages may be simultaneous.

• In anticipation of the Completion Day the Transfer documentation will need to be finalised and checks made to ensure the Purchasers Solicitors are in funds and that the Seller will be able to give vacant possession.  In the run up to Completion great care must be taken to ensure that Removal Firms are organised and that there is somewhere for the Seller to go to upon Completion.  All Utility meters etc will need to be read for Completion.  The house should be left empty and tidy.  Only agreed Fixtures and Fittings should be left there.

• In readiness for Completion the Solicitors will prepare a Completion Statement setting out how much the Seller will receive in their pocket.

• Upon Completion all monies due to the Seller will need to be accounted to them and any existing Mortgage will need to be redeemed.

The above gives an idea of the processes involved but is not meant to be an exhaustive summary because Legal issues can invariably become complex at short notice.  For further information on Sales, you may find it useful to refer to the Homeowners Alliance Website

 

RE-MORTGAGE

A client being assisted by a Mortgage Provider will need to satisfy the providers lawyers as to the Title of the property being re-mortgaged and to agree and sign the Mortgage Deed.

Our Fees

On an average sale of a freehold property our fees are £325.00 +vat (£390.00).

For transactions over £750,000, please contact us.

For each payment we make to Solicitors, Lenders, Clients, etc, we must use the bank CHAPS system to ensure payments are virtually instantaneous.  The cost for each payment is £30.00 +vat (£36.00).

Disbursements (Expenses)

The average cost of the searches, if required, are usually up to £300.00.  The cost is determined by the relevant Local Authority.  We carry out a full search which includes an environmental, drainage and Local Authority search.

Office Copy Entry costs are usually between £6.00 – £20.00.

 

WILLS

The price for creating a Single Will is £130.00 +vat  (£156.00) and a Mirror Will £200.00 +vat (£240.00).  Prices quoted are for standard Wills.

Should your Will be complex there may be an additional cost.  The Solicitor drafting your Will shall advise of this when you first discuss your requirements.

Wills are usually completed with 2 weeks from instruction.  Should your Will be complex the solicitor dealing with your matter will advise if this is likely to take longer.

 

 PROBATE

Probate and Letters of Administration are required where assets of a deceased person are required to be administered by an Executor or next of kin.  Assessment of the assets and the value of the Estate will dictate as to whether Inheritance Tax is payable.

The procedure is to assess the value of the Estate, advise as to Inheritance Tax liability, prepare a Statement for the Estate for the Inland Revenue and then apply  for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Court and thereafter distribute the Estate as directed by the Will or by law.

We charge an hourly rate of £230 +vat (£276.00).   We are usually able to provide a fairly accurate estimation of the hours/work required at our first meeting with you.  We additionally charge a fee of 0.25% of the estate value +vat, which is charged at the end of the matter.  It is difficult to give an estimate without knowing more about the Deceased’s Estate but you will be advised at our first meeting with you.

For a straightforward estate where all assets are known the number of hours of hors required is likely to be 5-6.  For example,  bank accounts and the value of property is clear.   Additionally, there is a valid Will providing clear direction for the split of assets.  There are no more than 3 beneficiaries.  There are no disputes between the beneficiaries on the dividing of assets.

If the probate matter falls beyond the above then further work is likely.  We will provide an estimate of charges based upon the information provided.

Disbursements (Expenses)

There is a Probate Fee to be paid in the region of £155.00 to be paid to HMCTS.

There may be Land Charge searches required.

If advertising in the London Gazette or a local newspaper are required the cost will be between £90.00-£400.00.

How Long will it take?

Obtaining Grant of Probate approximately 4-8 weeks.  This can increase when turnaround times are longer at the Probate Registry.

Collecting assets approximately 4-6 weeks.

Distributing assets approximately 2 weeks.

Stages of Probate Work

When a loved one dies a Solicitor will generally be instructed to deal with the Estate to ensure that all lawful debts and taxes are paid and that the Deceased’s assets are distributed in accordance with the law.  Where the Deceased left a Will the Solicitor will receive his instructions from the Executor appointed by the Will.  Where there is no Will then the instructions are generally from a Next of Kin.  The overall objective will be to obtain a Grant.  This is a Grant of Probate of the Will, so that the Deceased’s assets may be dealt with in accordance with the Will.  Where there is no Will a Grant of Letters of Administration will be sought by the Next of Kin, so that the Estate may thereafter be dealt with in accordance with the Intestacy Rules.

• An Estate cannot usually be dealt with unless a Grant is obtained and a Grant is necessary where the Deceased left more than £5,000; owned Stocks and Shares; or owned a house or land or held certain Insurance Policies.

• The Solicitor will advise regarding the necessity for a Grant; conduct full investigations on the Estate with all Creditors and Debtors, to enable the overall value of the Estate to be assessed.  Surveyors may need to be instructed to value a house or land and Stockbrokers may need to advise on Share Valuations.

• The Solicitor will need to prepare the Application Forms for seeking a Grant and also any appropriate Inheritance Tax Forms for submission to HMRC.

• Only after the Grant is obtained will the Solicitor in a position to begin collecting in all assets of the Estate and to arrange for a Sale of a house or land or shares (as appropriate).  Where Inheritance Tax or other Taxes are payable it will be the duty of the Solicitor to ensure that all sums due are paid to HMRC.

• When the Estate assets are all collected in then the Executor or Administrator will need to be advised as to how they should be dealt with, and it will be usual to prepare Estate and Distribution Accounts to explain all of the financial dealings that have occurred.

• There will be a Court fee for any Grant obtained, usually £155.00.  The Solicitors fees will be in accordance with the terms of engagement set out in our Client Retainer Letter, which must be signed off before any services are rendered.

• It is not a straightforward matter to estimate how long it will take to finalise an Estate, suffice it to say that it can take about a year.  It is not possible for a Solicitor to release Estate monies before any potential Claims against the Estate have passed their Statutory Limitation periods, usually six months after the Grant.  Estates vary from the extremely complicated where Family Companies are involved down to the more modest where Estates essentially consist of a house and some savings.  We shall be pleased to advise on any matter involving a Deceased’s Estate at a very early stage to assist an Executor or Next of Kin on the best and most timely way forward.

The above is not meant as an exhaustive lift of things that the Solicitors do when dealing with Estates.  Should you require further and other detail there are helpful Websites provided by the Law Society giving further detail, such as the Law Society’s “Dealing with someone’s affairs when they die”.

 

EMPLOYMENT

The Fee for Settlement Agreements (Compromise Agreements) is between £300.00-400.00 +vat (£360.00-480.00).  This is usually paid by the employer as a term of the agreement itself.  Complex matters may attract a slightly larger fee.

An aggrieved employee has 3 months from termination of Employment to seek relief by Application to the Employment Tribunal.  It may be possible within those 3 months and with the assistance of ACAS to resolve matters.

Straight forward Settlement Agreements can usually be dealt with within 1-2 weeks.

All other employment matters are charged at an hourly rate of £230 +vat (£276.00).   It is not possible to provide a timescale with complex employment matters until you have discussed your matter with a solicitor and they understand the complexities of your case.   The Solicitor will then advise of an approximate timescale and therefore cost.

Stages of Employment work

Attwood & Co have a long history of successfully advising clients on Employment disputes, particularly for Employees and this includes pursuing Proceedings before an Employment Tribunal.

Anyone with an Employment dispute is welcome to visit these Offices for an initial Fixed Fee Interview to consider the legal implications of their particular problem and advise on how to address it.  The initial Fixed Fee Interview is at a cost of £100.00 (inclusive of VAT) for 30 minutes.  Following that initial interview, it may be appropriate to write to the Employer and endeavour to reach some agreement on the contentious issues.  In some circumstances where the Employment relationship is coming to an end then the best way forward may be to enter into negotiations for a so-called Settlement Agreement.  Usually with such Agreements the Employers pay for same and on average the cost to them is usually up to £500.00 plus VAT.  Where no Agreement is possible, and the Employers are uncooperative then consideration will need to be given to an Employment Tribunal Claim and then Tribunal Proceedings follow various stages.  We would be in a position to fully represent you or merely assist in the preparation of Tribunal papers and/or arrange Advocacy at a Hearing.  The Legal Costs involved in Tribunal Proceedings will very much depend upon the amount of work that is carried out on your behalf and our usual fees in this respect are £230.00 per hour.  We would confirm that the stages in a Tribunal Claim may be summarised as set out below:

• We take your instructions; review any relevant paperwork; advise you of any time limits, the “merits” of your potential Claim and as regards the amount of likely compensation; we may write to the Employer with a view to trying to resolve issues by agreement.

• We would be in touch with ACAS to explore whether the potential Claim could settle by agreement.

• If necessary, we prepare the Claim Form or assist you in the preparation of same.  The Claim is on an ET1 which has to be lodged with the Tribunal.

• We would then refer and advise in connection with the Employers Response document which is on a Form ET3 or how to proceed if they ignore the Claim.

• We help you to prepare for and attend any Preliminary Hearing and advise on any procedural Case Management Orders that may be necessary.

• At all stages we advise you on the terms of any possible settlement and, subject to instructions,  show a willingness to try and negotiate same for you.

• We prepare or help you prepare a Schedule of your Losses; a List of any relevant Documents and other documentation required. 

• We review all replies from the Employer including their List of Documents.

• We agree a Bundle of Documents with the Employer for use at any eventual Final Hearing.

• We prepare for a Final Hearing by identifying all the key issues; preparing a Chronology of events for agreement and decide which Witnesses are necessary.  Any Witnesses for your side will need to have Statements prepared for them.

• We arrange an exchange of Witness Statements and advise you on the contents of same and what the Employer is intending to establish.

• We arrange your representation at the Tribunal Hearing, should you instruct us to do so.

• After the Final Hearing we consider the Tribunals Decision and advise you of its implications and as to whether any Appeal may be necessary.

Depending upon the complications of the Claim and what is being alleged it will greatly affect the amount of the Legal Costs.  Providing matters are relatively straightforward we would anticipate that the Legal Costs up to and including the paperwork stage of the Case would generally be in the region of £2,500.00 to £3,000.00 plus VAT and if the Case went to a one-day Final Hearing then the overall Legal Costs may essentially be in the region of £7,000.00 plus VAT for a Standard Case.

 

LITIGATION (including Debt Collection up to £100,000)

We provide a Fixed Fee Interview and advise clients to book an interview to discuss their potential matter.  The cost for such an interview is £83.33 +vat (£100.00).   The solicitor will advise as to whether they feel it beneficial for you to pursue your matter and provide an estimation of the time and costs involved. 

With all litigation is that the matter may be settled by agreement.  We will provide an estimate of costs of initial negotiation and consider separately the cost of proceedings if settlement cannot be achieved by Negotiation.

If you commence litigation, all matters are charged at an hourly rate of £230 +vat (£276.00).

Debt Collection Fees will not exceed 20% of the debt recovered, plus disbursements and vat.

How Long will it take?

For contested Debt Recovery matters these may take between 6-12 months in the court process.

 

DEBT RECOVERY

Few things in life are more annoying either for Commercial enterprises or individuals than the non-payment to them of Debts that they are lawfully owed.  In these circumstances it may be necessary, when all your negotiation/persuasion has failed, to instruct a Solicitor.  Often businesses will struggle to survive if their cashflow is interrupted and individuals may also be caused hardship.  There are essentially four main stages to the Debt collection process and we, when chosen as your Solicitors to deal with such Stages as set out below:

Stage 1

• Before any Court Proceedings are instigated it is necessary to send what is known as a “Letter Before Action” to the Debtor requiring payment within 14 days.  Most Debtors (over 80%) upon receipt of such a letter or a Late Payment Demand tend to make payment in full or endeavour to negotiate some credit terms for payment by instalments.

Stage 2

• In the absence of a satisfactory reply to a Letter Before Action then County Court Debt Recovery Proceedings may be instituted and this would involve the payment of a Disbursement for the Court fee.  Court fees vary depending upon the amount being claimed and HM Courts & Tribunal Service publish details of these fees on a Form known as an EX50 and they may range from £35.00 for a Debt under £300.00 to £10,000.00 for a Debt greater than £200,000.00.  Our Solicitors would be pleased to advise you in each particular matter regarding the amount of such Court fee and to draft up the Court Claim Form requiring payment of the Debt and any interest that is accruing and any relevant Court fees.

Stage 3

• The third stage in the Debt Recovery process depends upon whether there is any response by the Debtor to the Claim Form.  If there is no response, then a Default Judgment may be entered.  On the other hand, should a Defence be filed by the Debtor then that would be the start of a contested Case which would have to be fully prepared for an eventual Final Hearing with the disclosure of relevant documents and the preparation of Witness Statements.

Stage 4

• When a Judgment including a Default Judgment is obtained then consideration will need to be given to enforcing same and there are various methods of enforcement available under the law.  For more substantial Debts we generally recommend the instruction of High Court Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) who act on the authority of the High Court under what is known as a Writ of Control.  In effect, such Bailiffs turn up at the Debtors premises and seek to seize goods belonging to the Debtor.  

• Whatever steps need to be taken to recover a Debt we will prioritise the matter and ensure that the Court Proceedings are tailored to meet your particular needs and attempt to achieve a successful recovery of any particular Debt.  

With Debt Collections we would confirm our charges are as follows:

Letter Before Action (LBA)

Any Pre-Proceedings consultation to discuss the Debt and take instructions would be under a Fixed Fee Interview £83.33 + vat = £100.00
Letter Before Action (LBA) or Late Payment Demand £50.00 +vat = £60.00

Issuing a County Court Claim

Debt Amount Court Fee Attwood & Co Fee Total Costs Total Recoverable from defendant
£25.00 – £300.00 £35.00 £100.00 £135.00 £85.00
£301.00 – £500.00 £50.00 £100.00 £150.00 £100.00
£501.00 – £1,000.00 £70.00 £145.00 £215.00 £140.00
£1,001.00 – £1,500.00 £80.00 £160.00 £240.00 £160.00
£1,501.00 – £3,000.00 £115.00 £165.00 £280.00 £195.00
£3,001.00 – £5,000.00 £205.00 £165.00 £370.00 £285.00
£5,001.00 – £10,000.00 £455.00 £215.00 £670.00 £555.00
£10,001.00 – £25,000.00 5% £295.00 * **
£25,001.00 – £50,000.00 5% £350.00 * **
£50,001.00 – £75,000.00 5% £550.00 * **
£75,001.00 – £100,000.00 5% £600.00 * **

*Court Fee plus Attwood & Co fee

** Court Fee plus £100

County Court Judgment (CCJ)

Debt Amount Attwood & Co Fee Total Recoverable from defendant
£25.00 – £5,000.00 £65.00 £22.00 – £55.00
over £5,000 £80.00 £33.00 – £70.00

• If you prefer not to enforce the Judgment immediately and instead you would like us to write to the Debtor informing them that Judgment has been entered, a charge of £23.00 plus VAT will be incurred per item of correspondence.

 Enforcement of CCJ

Method of Enforcement Disbursements Attwood & Co Fee
Issuing Warrant of Execution to Bailiff via CCBC or other Court £83.00 £75.00
Certificate to enforce and instruct High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) £66.00 £195.00
Obtaining and Registering a Charging Order Various £295.00
Removing Charging Order Various £195.00
Third Party Debt Order/Order to obtain information Various £225.00
Attachment of Earnings Order without representation £110.00 £100.00

• We will commence Enforcement Action within 2 working days of receipt of your instructions to do so.

• If you instruct an HCEO, they will send a 7-day letter by first class post to the Debtor requesting payment, after the 7 days the Enforcement Officer will attend the Debtors premises to collect the Debt or take goods to the value outstanding.  This will include their charges and you will be notified of those.

• The timetable for Enforcement will vary depending on the Court workload.  However, we will aim to keep you updated at least once a month as to the progress.

Defences: Small Claims

Service Attwood & Co Fee
Receiving and dealing with an Acknowledgement of Service £25.00
Receiving Defence/Part Admission/Admission/States Paid £50.00
Objecting to Instalment Proposal £655.00
Filing Directions Questionnaire (negotiations/arranging mediation included) £65.00
Reply to Defence £250.00

Handling a standard defended Small Claims Case where there is not a Counterclaim

Amount Attwood & Co Fee
Up to £5,000.00 £475.00
£5,001.00 – £7,500.00 £975.00
£7,501.00 – £10,000.00 £1,250.00
Adjourned Hearings £100.00

• If the Case goes to a Hearing, a Court Hearing Fee of between £25 – £335 will be payable based on value of your Claim.

• Court/Agent fee disbursements applicable will be quoted to you at the time.

• If you receive a defence to your Claim and your Claim is under £10,000 it is likely to be allocated to the Small Claims Track.

• We will file a Directions Questionnaire.  Included in that fee will be correspondence to negotiate a settlement and/or arranging telephone mediation.

• The timetable for getting to Trial will vary depending on the Court workload.  However, on average it will usually take up to 6 months to get a Hearing.  We will prepare the Witness Statements and documents required for the Hearing in accordance with the Fixed Fees set out above.  This fee also includes preparing for a Hearing and instructing an Agent or Counsel to attend as representation.

• Cases allocated to the Fast Track (over £10,000) Multi-Track (over £25,000) will have all work undertaken at a rate of £230 per hour rather than at the Small Claims Rates set out above.

 Legal Advice

Legal Opinion on merits of one case (Case by Case)

Amount Attwood & Co Fee
Up to £10,000.00 From £500.00
£10,001.00 upwards From £800.00

Although the above is a summary of Debt Collection processes it is not meant as an exhaustive summary.  Should you require further information please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 The Legal Ombudsman cannot investigate matters beyond certain time limits and those time limits are as follows:
• The problem must have occurred no longer than six years ago.
• You must make the reference to the Legal Ombudsman within three years of you finding out about it.
• Your Complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must be within six months of our providing a response to you under our own internal Complaints Procedure.