Price and Service Information

At RSW Law, we are committed to being completely transparent in relation to our charges and how we operate. Below you will find details of our pricing and services for the area you require.

You can contact us at any time to discuss our pricing and we will always keep you up to date and informed of work done and fees incurred in a timely way.

Our approach to fees
Each aspect of a matter is handled by a fee earner with the appropriate level of experience and all work that is undertaken on your behalf will be recorded to ensure that you are charged accurately. All work we carry out on your behalf will be charged in units of one tenth of an hour. This will include time spent attending meetings with you or others, travelling, preparing and working on papers and documents, attending court, legal research, correspondence (including e-mails), preparing attendance notes and making and receiving telephone calls.

Costs estimates
We may provide you with a costs estimate before we begin work on a matter. An estimate is an indication we make in good faith of the likely costs for carrying out the work concerned based upon the information available to us at that time. An estimate is subject to revision and does not amount to a contractual commitment on our part to carry out the work within that estimate. We will tell you promptly if it becomes apparent that our fees are likely to exceed any estimate given to you.

Quotations
We may also provide you with a quotation before we begin work on a matter. A quotation if accepted becomes a contractual commitment. If you instruct us to carry out work outside the scope of work for the agreed fee you shall be charged at our current hourly rates. We reserve the right to charge additional fees on the same basis for material additional work arising from circumstances known to you when you accepted a quotation but not disclosed to us.

Any estimate or quotation will be based on the information you have given to us. If the matter becomes more protracted than reasonably anticipated, complex or time consuming than can reasonably be anticipated or your requirements change significantly, or urgent deadlines are imposed we reserve the right to revise any estimate or quotation provided to you.

Agreed fees
An agreed fee is a fee which is fixed, not a fee that can be varied upwards nor a fee that is dependent on a transaction being completed. In the event we agreed to act for you for an agreed fee and the transaction does not complete for any reason you will be charged a proportional amount of the agreed fee depending upon when the transaction is aborted.

Hourly rates
Our hourly rates are shown exclusive of VAT which will be added to your invoice at the rate in force at the relevant date. Our hourly rates are reviewed annually (currently, with effect from 1 April) and we will advise you in writing of any new rate applicable to your matter.

Payments on account
We may, at the outset of a matter or at any stage during the progress of a matter, request you to make a payment on account for our fees and/or disbursements. We shall hold this money in a separate bank account and credited against your invoice for the work concerned.

Keeping you informed
We will provide you with information about your fees at regular intervals and whenever possible we will explain to you any changes in circumstances which will, or are likely to, affect the costs. We aim to give you the best possible information, both at the outset and when appropriate as your matter progresses, about the likely overall cost of the work we are doing for you. But in some matters it may not be possible to give an estimate as to the likely overall amount of our costs, for example, in litigation matters, if documentation needs to be prepared or negotiated, if complicated legal points are involved or if there are disputes about the facts of a case. In such matters we may simply be able to tell you our hourly rates, or propose a budget for a preliminary investigation. Such a budget does not imply that we will be able to complete the matter within the budget figure.

You need to bear in mind the risk that in litigation matters there may be an appeal against the decision of a lower court. In giving you any estimate of litigation costs, we do not allow for the further costs of any appeal by you or your opponent to a higher court.

Please note that VAT, specific expenses and disbursements must be added to any estimate, quotation or agreed fee proposal.

Disbursements & Expenses
Unless you notify us in writing to the contrary, we will assume that we have authority to incur the usual disbursements and expenses encountered in the course of work we do for you. We shall consult with you before incurring any significant disbursements and seek your express agreement before incurring such disbursements. Disbursements may include Counsel’s fees, expert fees, court fees, search fees, stamp duty, registration fees and bank fees.

Travel
If we are required to travel on your behalf you will be charged at business class rate (by air) or equivalent or first class by train or if by car a mileage rate of £0.70 pence per mile. These rates are in addition to charging for the time incurred in travelling at the agreed basis.

VAT
VAT will be added to all disbursements and expenses where applicable.

Acceptance of terms
Your acceptance of these terms of engagement signifies your agreement that you are liable to pay our charges and expenses at the rates agreed with you and not as limited by section 74(3) of the Solicitors Act 1974 and not by reference to any of the principles concerning fees and expenses laid out in the Civil Procedure Rules 1998.

Service specific details

Our debt recovery service is designed to be results focused, quick and commercially affordable. Our expert debt recovery and dispute resolution team deal will act quickly to assist in the recovery of a debt or negotiate a settlement for repayment of a debt. 

Costs 

The following is a schedule of costs which apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and where enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Timescales 

Matters usually take 1 to 3 months from receipt of instructions to receipt of payment depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim; your instructions; and if appropriate the court timetable. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve and is likely to involve further costs.

Further actions

Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost. The costs quoted are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect the debt, or where insolvency proceedings such as bankruptcy and winding up proceedings need to be pursued to recover the debt.  If you wish to recover your debt by pursuing insolvency proceedings, we can provide you with further information about our costs, if required.

Debt ValueCurrent Court FeeOur fee (incl. VAT)Total
Up to £5,000£35 to £205£1,200£1,235 to £1,405
£5,001 to £10,000£455£3,000£3,455
£10,001 to £50,0005% of value of claim£6,000 
£50,000 to £100,0005% of value of claim£9,000 

The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation and is on the assumption we receive clear, full and prompt instructions from you;
  • undertaking searches as we deem appropriate;
  • sending a letter before action;
  • receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing the claim form;
  • where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default;
  • when Judgement in default is received, writing to the other side to request payment; and
  • if payment is not received within 21 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

The majority of employment law cases we handle are resolved to our client’s satisfaction without the need for a full hearing. However, when a hearing is necessary, we always seek to keep our cost reasonable and proportionate to the potential financial compensation available for both wrongful and unfair dismissal claims.

Hourly Rates

Our fees are generally based on the time spent on the matter. These charges are subject to VAT and do not include disbursements relating to the work which are also payable.

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £4,000 per day (excluding VAT) if attendance by a partner is required and £2,500 (excluding VAT) a day if attendance by an Associate is required. The length of any Tribunal Hearing will depend on the Tribunal’s scheduling of the Hearing and the complexity of the case.

The stages set out below are an indication only and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Timescales 

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take a few months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6 to 18 months. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We deal with the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. They are not included in the estimates below. Counsel’s fees are estimated between £2,500 to £15,000 per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing lasting 1 to 3 days  (including preparation).

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:

Simple case: £5,000-£10,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £10,000 to £20,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £20,000 to £80,000 (excluding VAT)

Our fee includes:

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change);
  • entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
  • preparing claim or response;
  • reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party;
  • exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process;
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss;
  • preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing;
  • exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents;
  • taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses;
  • preparing bundle of documents;
  • reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements;
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list; and
  • preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.

Our immigration services are provided with both sensitivity and determination and we recognise that immigration issues can be both frustrating and worrying. Our immigration team is here to support you throughout the process.

Fees for Private client:

We offer a fixed fee initial consultation £350 + vat

Applications for work and business under the current Points-Based System

These application on average take between 8-30 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,800 – £10,500. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Visit Visas

These application on average take between 8-20 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,800 – £7000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Applications to become British under the British Nationality Act 1981

These application on average take between 8-20 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2,800 – £7000. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

Other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence

These application on average take between 8-25 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £2800 – £8750. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

 Appeals

These application on average take between 20-50 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £7000 – £17,500. All figures exclude VAT unless specifically stated.

The costs quoted here do not include any disbursements which may be necessary. Disbursements are costs related to an application and are payable to third parties i.e. to the Home Office, such as visa fees. We undertake all third-party payments on the client’s behalf to ensure a smooth process.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking full and detailed instructions from our clients in order to provide an initial assessment;
  • advice on the key requirements and how these apply to your circumstances;
  • providing a comprehensive list of necessary documents and information and relevant documents;
  • reviewing and collating supporting documents;
  • liaising with third parties, including the Home Office, where required to obtain additional evidence;
  • preparing the relevant application forms, submitting these on your behalf and booking any necessary appointments,
  • drafting a comprehensive covering letter in support of your application,
  • advising on the application submission options and procedure, and on likely time frames; and 
  • advising you on the outcome of the application and explaining your new immigration or nationality status, including information about how to remain compliant with your visa conditions and the eligibility criteria for extensions and indefinite leave to remain. 

The sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold residential property can be complex and the legal requirements can be diverse. In order to provide as much transparency as possible, we have set our respective fees as far as possible in the following pages fin respect of: 

  • Sale of a freehold residential property
  • Sale of a leasehold residential property
  • Purchase of a freehold residential property
  • Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Sale of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover the work required to complete the sale of your property. Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs made to others on your behalf, referred to as disbursements. Our fee estimate will be based upon the time that we think we are likely to spend on the matter and will cover all the work required to complete the sale of your property. A number of different factors will determine the exact amount of fees payable including any legal title complications or any special terms to be negotiated on a non-standard basis.

As a general guide, our fees for dealing with a straightforward UK residential freehold property sale are normally in the region of 0.5% to 2% of the sale price, plus VAT. However, we have a minimum fee of £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.   

Disbursements

 On the sale of a residential freehold property the disbursements will include:

  • Electronic money transfer fees of £24 including VAT per transfer;
  • Land Registry fees to obtain copy title documentation – we suggest you allow up to £50.

Our fee estimates are provided on the following basis:

  • Title is registered at the Land Registry;
  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • the transaction proceeds at a normal pace and there is no deadline or similar urgency required;
  • this is the transfer of an existing whole title;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;
  • the property is not sold at auction or by sub-sale;
  • the property is not a new build;
  • you are a UK resident and domiciled individual;
  • it is not a probate sale.

Sale of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover the work required to complete the sale of your property. Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs made to others on your behalf, referred to as disbursements. Our fee estimate will be based upon the time that we think we are likely to spend on the matter and will cover all the work required to complete the sale of your property. A number of different factors will determine the exact amount of fees payable including any legal title complications or any special terms to be negotiated on a non-standard basis.

As a general guide, our fees for dealing with a straightforward UK residential freehold property sale are normally in the region of 0.5% to 2% of the sale price, plus VAT. However, we have a minimum fee of £2,750 plus VAT and disbursements.   

Disbursements

 On the sale of a residential leasehold property the disbursements will include:

  • Electronic money transfer fees of £24 including VAT per transfer;
  • Land Registry fees to obtain copy title documentation – we suggest you allow up to £50;
  • Management pack from your landlord or their management company – these amounts can vary extensively depending on the size of the building and the amount of the information to be provided. In our experience you should allow for between £300 and £1,000.  

Licence to Assign or deed of covenant – if either or both are required you will be responsible for paying the fees of your landlord’s solicitors to produce these documents. These fees can vary extensively from £300 to £1,800.

Our fee estimates are provided on the following basis:

  • Title is registered at the Land Registry;
  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction (such as a deed of variation or licence for alterations);
  • the transaction proceeds at a normal pace and there is no deadline or similar urgency required;
  • this is the transfer of an existing whole title;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;
  • the property is not sold at auction or by sub-sale;
  • the property is not a new build;
  • you are a UK resident and domiciled individual;
  • it is not a probate sale;
  • your landlord(s) and/or their management company is/are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay in providing documentation and replies to enquiries.

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover the work required to complete the purchase of your property. Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs made to others on your behalf, referred to as disbursements. Our fee estimate will be based upon the time that we think we are likely to spend on the matter and will cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your property including dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax. A number of different factors will determine the exact amount of fees payable including any legal title complications or any special terms to be negotiated on a non-standard basis.

As a general guide, our fees for dealing with a straightforward UK residential freehold property purchase are normally in the region of 0.5% to 1.5% of the purchase price, plus VAT. However, we have a minimum fee of £2,500 plus VAT and disbursements.

Disbursements 

On the purchase of a residential freehold property the disbursements will include:

  • Search fees – these can vary depending upon the location and type of the property but we suggest you allow up to £600;
  • Land Registry Registration fees – these vary between £40 to £910 depending upon the value of the property and the type of registration required;
  • Electronic money transfer fees of £30 including VAT per transfer.

Tax

We can advise you on the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax that you will have to pay if the transaction is simple. For complex transaction specialist advice may be required. Our fees estimates do not include any time for advising upon reliefs and exemptions to Stamp Duty Land Tax.

You can calculate the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax you will need to pay by using the tools on HMRC’s website: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

Our fee estimates are provided on the following basis:

  • Title is registered at the Land Registry;
  • This is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  • you do not require a mortgage to purchase the property;
  • the transaction proceeds at a normal pace and there is no deadline or similar urgency required;
  • this is the transfer of an existing whole title;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;
  • the property is not sold at auction or by sub-sale;
  • the property is not a new build;
  • you are a UK resident and domiciled individual;
  • you do not require a bespoke declaration of trust.

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover the work required to complete the purchase of your property. Our charges are usually offered on a fixed fee basis plus any extra administrative charges and costs made to others on your behalf, referred to as disbursements. Our fee estimate will be based upon the time that we think we are likely to spend on the matter and will cover all the work required to complete the purchase of your property including dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and with the landlord and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax. A number of different factors will determine the exact amount of fees payable including any legal title complications or any special terms to be negotiated on a non-standard basis.

As a general guide, our fees for dealing with a straightforward UK residential freehold property purchase are normally in the region of 0.75% to 1.5% of the purchase price, plus VAT. However, we have a minimum fee of £3,250 plus VAT and disbursements.

Disbursements 

On the purchase of a residential freehold property the disbursements will include:

  • Search fees – these can vary depending upon the location and type of the property but we suggest you allow up to £600;
  • Land Registry Registration fees – these vary between £40 to £910 depending upon the value of the property and the type of registration required;
  • Electronic money transfer fees of £30 including VAT per transfer;
  • Fees payable to the landlord and/or managing agent to register the ownership of the property. These fees can vary widely but we suggest you allow up to £100 plus VAT;
  • Additional fees may also be payable to the landlord and/or managing agents for items such as new share certificates. We suggest you allow up to £500 plus VAT for these items.

Tax

We can advise you on the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax that you will have to pay if the transaction is simple. For complex transaction specialist advice may be required. Our fees estimates do not include any time for advising upon reliefs and exemptions to Stamp Duty Land Tax.

You can calculate the amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax you will need to pay by using the tools on HMRC’s website: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro

Our fee estimates are provided on the following basis:

  • Title is registered at the Land Registry;
  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction (such as a deed of variation or licence for alterations);
  • you do not require a mortgage to purchase the property;
  • the transaction proceeds at a normal pace and there is no deadline or similar urgency required;
  • this is the transfer of an existing whole title;
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise;
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation;
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required;
  • the property is not sold at auction or by sub-sale;
  • the property is not a new build;
  • you are a UK resident and domiciled individual;
  • you do not require a bespoke declaration of trust;
  • your landlord(s) and/or their management company is/are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay in providing documentation and replies to enquiries.