Simons Rodkin Solicitors Fee Structure

Please note that all prices on this page are estimates and depending upon the circumstances of your matter the price may vary. The fee earner dealing with your matter will confirm costs with you.

We have offices in North London (Finchley, N3), Central London (Bloomsbury WC1) and Hatfield (Hertfordshire).

There are a number of ways in which we charge. We are flexible and reasonable about our fees and display our charging rates below.

Time Charge Basis

This is the traditional method by which solicitors charge. Our rates are competitive and are based upon the location of our main office in North London Finchley. Our fees range from £250 – £300 an hour exclusive of VAT for Partners and experienced consultants to £100 per hour for our paralegals. The work of our junior staff is supervised by more experienced solicitors to check that it is carried out correctly.

At the very inception of the matter, we will send you a client care letter setting out our terms and a cost estimate. In litigation matters, there may be some manoeuvrability in costs depending on the seniority of the fee earner engaged with the case and the level of experience of counsel who we instruct to advise and represent you.

2018 Charge rates
Partners £250 – £300 per hour exclusive of VAT
Consultant Solicitors £200 – £300 per hour exclusive of VAT
Consultant Barristers£200 per hour exclusive of VAT
Associate Solicitors £150 – £200 per hour exclusive of VAT
Trainee Solicitors £120 – £150 per hour exclusive of VAT
Paralegals£100 – £120 per hour exclusive of VAT
Administrative Staff and Work Experience £100 per hour exclusive of VAT
Non-Legal Consultants £120 – £250 per hour exclusive of VAT

Legal Expense Insurance

If you have a policy and we can secure cover, then insurers will pick up the legal costs – subject to the terms of the policy.

We are regularly appointed as non-panel solicitors, and we have agreed charging rates with legal expense insurers (typically circa £160 per hour exclusive for our insured work).

You will be responsible on a time basis for any pre-insurance work prior to cover being granted. Securing the grant of cover can be difficult and it is usually necessary to support an application for cover with counsel’s opinion containing at least a 51% prospect of success.

This cover is frequently contained in business insurance and home content policies.

There is also a statutory right to choose your solicitors once proceedings have been issued.

We are from time to time appointed when our clients have lost confidence in their panel solicitors to represent them, and we apply to take over the conduct of the case. Alternatively, please come to us with your policy, and we will make the application for cover with you. Unless you have a very strong claim, we do not advise leaving the assessment of the merits to panel solicitors based upon your completion the claim form. It is not uncommon for us to complain/appeal the rejection of the claim following an application made by the insured themselves.

Fixed Fees

In appropriate cases (such as some property and conveyancing transactions and wills) we may agree to quote a fixed fee for an item of work. All fixed fees must be agreed in writing. If you would like a fixed fee, please ask the fee earner dealing with your matter.

No Win No Fee

We offer No Win No Fee or a partial No Win No Fee where there is a reasonably strong claim of success, with counsels advice of at least 60% chance of success. In all cases, counsel needs to accept to be engaged on a No Win No Fee basis.

It is not uncommon for us to send the papers to counsel to see if they are willing to take the case on this basis. Some counsels vet the papers for free while others do charge for this.

We will charge our fees on a time basis to secure counsel on a No Win No Fee basis.

You will be required to pay all disbursements up front although if you are successful, they may be recovered.

Legal Aid

We do not possess a legal aid franchise and cannot help under the legal aid scheme.

Contacting our firm

We do not charge for initial telephone calls which typically are 5 -10 minutes.

We can arrange if you wish an initial fixed fee meeting which will range from £100 to £300 plus Vat depending on the length of the meeting agreed and the seniority of the fee owner and the location of the meeting.

We are a very approachable firm; please contact us so that we can give you an indication of what our costs may be to deal with your case / represent you.

Conveyancing (residential)

CONVEYANCING CHARGES AS OF JANUARY 2019
Please note that all prices are estimates and depending upon the circumstance of your sale or purchase they may vary. Examples of factors that needed to be taken into account are: if there are ancillary matters to the transaction, a defect in the title, a new lease needs to be granted, you are part of the help to buy scheme, parties to the transaction are non co-operative, and we are not supplied information in a timely manner from you and /or third parties, indemnity policies are required, you request a more senior fee earner or face to face meetings. The fee earner dealing with your matter will confirm costs with you.

An average conveyance will take 6 – 12 weeks, but this can vary depending on a number of factors, e.g. the length of any chain, the type of property involved, whether or not mortgage offers have been received. Please ask your fee earner for an estimate of how long your transaction will take.

SALE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND – FREEHOLD TITLE
Property value up to £500,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £500,001 and up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

The minimum price will be £1250.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1750.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
SALE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND – LEASEHOLD TITLE
Property value up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
 
PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND WITH A MORTGAGE – FREEHOLD TITLE
Property value up to £500,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £500,001 and up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

The minimum price will be £2500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND WITH A MORTGAGE – LEASEHOLD  TITLE
Property value up to £500,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £500,001 and up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND WITHOUT A MORTGAGE – FREEHOLD TITLE
Property value up to £500,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £500,001 and up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £2000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL REGISTERED LAND WITHOUT A MORTGAGE – LEASEHOLD  TITLE
Property value up to £500,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £500,001 and up to £1,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value between £1,000,001 and up to £2,000,000.

If your matter exceeds an agreed upon number of hours (normally 6 -10 hours) we will charge extra time at the fee earners time charge rate.

 The minimum price will be £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Please call for a quote

Property value £2,000,000.00 +Please call for a quote
Purchase of unregistered land Please call for a quote
Sale of unregistered land Please call for a quote
DISBURSEMENTS
AML Search£4 plus VAT
Bank Charges£7 plus VAT per Faster payment

£20 plus Vat per Chaps payment

Office Copy Fees£3 plus VAT per Office Copy Please click link to see HMLR fees.
Property SearchesYour Fee earner will discuss this with you but it includes searches such as

local land charges register, local authorities searches, drainage and water services, environmental searches, planning search, chancel check search

Land Registry FeesYour Fee earner will discuss this with youPlease click link to see HMLR fees.
Stamp DutyYour Fee earner will discuss this with youPlease click link to see HMLR fees.
Information PackYour Fee earner will discuss this with you

Wills and Probate (uncontested)

WILL CHARGES AS OF NOVEMBER 2018

Please note that all prices are estimates and depending upon the circumstance of your estate, the seniority of the fee earner dealing with your matter and the amount of time your will takes to draft the price will vary.

A basic will for can be dealt with relatively quickly.

Basic Will£250 – £300 plus VAT
Basic Mirror Wills for a couple£225 – £275 plus VAT
Complex WillFee earners time charge rate

PROBATE CHARGES AS OF NOVEMBER 2018

Please note that all prices are estimates and depending upon the circumstance of your estate, the seniority of the fee earner dealing with your matter and the amount of time it takes to complete probate the price will vary.

A basic probate will take a few months however probate on a complex estate will be considerably longer. Please ask your fee earner for an estimate of the timescale on your matter.

Probate of Estate under £250,000TBC
Probate of Estate under £500,000TBC
Probate of Estate under £1,000,000TBC
Probate of Estate in excess of £1,000,000TBC
Probate Disbursements
Probate Application fee£155
Land Registry Office copies£3 plus Vat per office copy

Motoring offences (summary offences)

Our Consultant Barrister Julian Hunt is motoring / RTA specialist. Please call the office for him to give you a quote.

Immigration (excluding asylum)

The fees quoted below are exclusive of home office applications fees, immigration health surcharge fees and immigration appeal fees.

We will consider fixed fees in relation to straight forward immigration applications so typically a spouse visa our fees would range from £1500 – £3000 plus VAT on the basis that there are no underlying complexities. Appeals are charged on a litigation basis at time charge rates.

However, clients that approach this firm usually have difficult/ complex issues which take time and effort to deal with, and indeed it is not uncommon to elicit the help of experienced immigration counsel as how to formulate the application or deal with a difficult point.

In relation to immigration appeals we usually (please confirm if this applies to your matter with your fee earner) charge a fixed fee for the physical filing of the appeal of circa £950 plus VAT (excluding the appeal fee). This is split 50:50 with experienced immigration counsel who will draft the grounds of appeal and have a short telephone conference. Work beyond filing the appeal will be done on a time basis. Our work will include preparing witness statements and a supplemental bundle of documents for use at the appeal hearing.

Depending upon the time involved our fee after filing the  appeal to proceed to a contested appeal hearing may range from £1500 – £4000 plus VAT (excluding counsels fees) depending upon what is required and what transpires.

Counsel typically charges for a half day appeal hearing between £600 – £900 plus Vat if we use an experienced immigration counsel – which we always endeavour to do subject to the cost budget of the client.

We will give a separate estimate of costs in relation to the challenge of an Immigration Decision via Judicial Review.

Employment tribunals (unfair/wrongful dismissal)

In relation to employment tribunal, we have an in-house counsel who undertakes assessment of claims and who is willing to act on a no win no fee basis. If a case is of some complexity, our counsel may charge £200 – £300 plus VAT for an initial advice conference.

Work will either be done on our time charge rates or on a no win no fee agreement. Until a no win, no fee agreement is signed all work is on a time charge rate.

The no win no fee rate for employment tribunal claims is the statutory maximum of 29% plus VAT of the award/settlement.

Employment tribunal cases usually settle but if it does not the 29% will not include counsels fee to represent you at the hearing. Such fees can also be agreed on a no win no fee basis with a success fee uplift, typically 50%. Accordingly, if a brief fee is £850 a day on a success fee, the fee would be £1275 plus Vat, and if he is not successful, the fee is £0.

You will be required to pay up front all disbursements although if you are successful, they may be recovered.

Debt recovery (up to £100,000)

We can arrange an initial fixed fee meeting which will range from £100 to £300 plus Vat depending on the length of the meeting agreed and the seniority of the fee owner and the location of the meeting.

Any further work is on a timed basis.

2018 Charge rates   
Partners £250 – £300 per hour exclusive
Consultant Solicitors £200 – £300 per hour exclusive
Consultant Barristers£200 per hour exclusive
Associate Solicitors £150 – £200 per hour exclusive
Trainee Solicitors £120 – £150 per hour exclusive
Paralegals£100 – £120 per hour exclusive
Administrative Staff and Work Experience £100 per hour exclusive
Non-Legal Consultants £120 – £250 per hour exclusive

We will not take on a case for less than £5000 as the cost of instructing a solicitor will not be proportionate to the sum being claimed.

Timescales will vary depending on your circumstances. Please ask the fee earner dealing with your matter for a timescale.