Introduction to Price Transparency at BTMK

Here at BTMK Solicitors we have always prided ourselves on our jargon-free and transparent approach to our work.  In fact, for conveyancing work, which includes the buying and selling of residential property including re-mortgages, we have been using our online pricing calculator now for over 5 years to give our clients up-front information about the costs associated with buying and selling a property.

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We feel it’s really important, in addition to providing you with an excellent service, that you know what you will pay for the service you expect to receive.  

Below you’ll find some of our prices for certain aspects of the work that we do, namely

Please be aware that we have shown a broad range of possible costs to give you the very best idea of the minimum & maximum fees.

However all work that BTMK undertakes is based on a number of factors, which include:

Because of this we offer a free initial consultation or quote, to discuss your own individual circumstances so we can provide you with a far more accurate quotation.

So our best advice is to contact us directly on 03300 585 222 or at info@btmk.co.uk

Key Terminology

Disbursements

A disbursement is defined as a payment that has to be made to a third party for a service provided or for a statutory required action; for example, local authority searches or land registry fees, Court fees or other payments made to third parties on your behalf. These payments are not part of the solicitor’s fee for carrying out your legal work; specifically in conveyancing transactions, disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process..

VAT

All of our fees below are stated to be exclusive of VAT.  VAT is a tax that is added to the price of goods or services. VAT is an abbreviation for ‘value added tax’  We set out next to our prices or estimates of prices the likely level of VAT to be charged but this is always subject to the rate being changed by law;

BTMK

The businesses of BTMK Solicitors Ltd trading as BTMK, BTMK Marcus Baum or BTMK Todmans.

Undisputed Debt Recovery

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and 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.

Debt Value Court Fee Our fee (inc VAT) Total

Up to £5,000

Between £35-£205

£720

£755-£925

£5,001 – £10,000

£455

£1,020

£1,475

£10,001 – £50,000

5% value of the claim

£1,800

£ depends on the value of the claim: £1,800 + 5% of the valuation of the claim being the Court fee

£50,001 – £100,000

5% value of the claim

£2,400

£ depends on the value of the claim: £2,400 + 5% of the valuation of the claim being the Court fee

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

Our fee includes:

Matters usually take 3-5 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. 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 if the matter is disputed it could be 9-12 months before a Judgment may be obtained.

Litigation team and experience

Name Position at BTMK Qualifications Relevant Experience

Adam Fleming

Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

10 years of litigation and debt recovery experience

Fiona McAnaw

Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

16 years of employment and litigation experience

Tony Briscoe

Solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

31 years of litigation and debt recovery experience

Louise Mickleburgh

Solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

2.5 years of litigation and debt recovery experience (6 months qualified as a solicitor)

Gabriella Shepherd

Trainee Solicitor

LLM (HONS) & PG.DIP

2 years of experience working as a Paralegal in debt recovery and litigation. Became a trainee solicitor in June 2018.

Isobel Wooffitt

Trainee Solicitor

LLB (HONS) & PG.DIP

6 months of experience working in debt recovery and litigation. Became a trainee solicitor in November 2017.

Samantha Hyslop

Paralegal

LLB

1.5 years of experience working in employment, civil litigation and debt recovery.

Claim for Wrongful Dismissal

Simple case: £2,000-£3,000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £3,000-£5,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £5,000-£7,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1 hour to 1 day depending on the complexity of your case..

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days.

Key stages

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

The stages set out above are an indication 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.

How long will my matter take?

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 1-3  months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-12 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.

Claim for Unfair Dismissal

Simple case: £5,000-£7,500 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: £7,500-£12,000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: £12,000-£20,000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £1,000 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-7 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to 3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days.

Key stages

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

The stages set out above are an indication 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.

How long will my matter take?

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 1-3  months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 6-18 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.

Conditional Fee Agreements & Damages Based Agreements

In some circumstances, we may consider entering into a Damages-Based Agreement with you. A Damages-Based Agreement is a type of Conditional Fee Arrangement. This is only applicable to those bringing the claim and not those defending a claim.

If we enter into this type of arrangement with you, our fees are determined as a percentage of the amount that you achieve if you win.  A “win” would include any settlement reached or following any Employment Tribunal award. This percentage is usually 35% inclusive of VAT, although it is assessed on the circumstances of each matter.

If you were unsuccessful in your claim, you would not be required to pay our fees. There are exceptions to this which are set out below.

You will always be required to pay any disbursements incurred (whether you are successful or not) and these will usually be required on account prior to the costs being incurred.

The agreement is limited to pursuit of your claims. It does not cover:

(a) any claims or counterclaims brought against you;

(b) any appeal that either you or your employer may make including any appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal; or

(c) any reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Counsel’s fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £750 to £3,500 per day (excluding VAT) (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation). If a hearing lasts for more than one day, the fee for preparation and the first day is usually higher than the fee for subsequent days.

Breach of the Agreement

If you breach the agreement, you would be required to pay our fees calculated on the basis of the relevant hourly rate. Breaching the agreement can include not acting in accordance with our advice, being untruthful in your representation of your claim to us or failing to provide in advance any payment required in respect of any disbursements which may be incurred. This is not exhaustive and we would provide further information prior to entering into this type of agreement. If you terminate the agreement prior to conclusion of the matter or become incapable of continuing with the matter, you would be required to pay our fees calculated on the basis of the relevant hourly rate. 

Employment Law Team and experience

Name Position at BTMK Qualifications Relevant Experience

Fiona McAnaw

Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

16 years of employment and ligitation experience

Kristie Willis

Solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

4 years of employment and litigation experience

Gabriella Shepherd

Trainee Solicitor

LLM (HONS) & PG.DIP

2 years of experience working as a Paralegal in debt recovery and litigation. Became a trainee solicitor in June 2018.

Isobel Wooffitt

Trainee Solicitor

LLM (HONES) & PG.DIP

6 months experience working in debt recovery and litigation. Became a trianee solicitor in November 2017.

Samantha Hyslop

Paralegal

LLB

1.5 years of experience working as a Paralegal in employment, civil litigation and debt recovery.

Conveyancing Work Fees

Our fees for a typical house purchase range from around £570 for a simple transaction to around £5,000 for exceptional circumstances, for example for a substantial historic building on unregistered land or a house with a very substantial purchase price, for instance exceeding £1m. That’s why at BTMK, we will always provide you with an individual costs quotation at the start of a transaction, taking into account the actual features of your purchase.  We will always advise you immediately about any variance, and discuss the potential impact on price before any additional charges are incurred.

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In the sections set out below, we try to give as much information as possible to help you to decide about the solicitor you wish to engage with your matter. For an accurate quote for your transaction, we’d invite you to use our online calculator, one which we have been using for many years to demonstrate our commitment to pricing transparency in relation to all of the conveyancing services that we offer throughout BTMK.  

Type of transaction Broad range of BTMK Fees (excluding VAT) Broad range of Disbursements (exc. Stamp Duty and excluding VAT) Potential Timescales

Freehold Purchase

£570 – £1075

£320.00 – £450.00

6-16 weeks

Freehold Sale

£570 – £1050

£105.17 – £200.00

6-16 weeks

Leasehold Purchase

£570 – £1075

£620.81 – £750.00

8-20 weeks

Leasehold Sale

£570 – £1050

£405.00 – £500.00

8-20 weeks

Re-mortgage f/h

£449 – £549

£101 – £150.00

3-5 weeks

Re-mortgage l/h

£449 – £549

£288 – £325

3-5 weeks

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A typical purchase of a freehold property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements:

Referral fee (if any)

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Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

Please note that this is based on many variable factors and the level of disbursements could quite possibly increase depending on your circumstances. It is therefore vital that you obtain a matter-specific quote from us before proceeding to ensure that you can afford your purchase.

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How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on your personal or any exceptional circumstances.

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Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property is in Wales.

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Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

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Anticipated Disbursements*

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Grand total £X (This will give clients a clear understanding of the total cost of the transaction and so the full funds the client will need to complete it.)

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

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Conveyancing teams and experience

Name Position at BTMK Qualifications Relevant Experience

Matthew Clark

Director, shareholder

Solicitor of the senior courts

20+ years of conveyancing experience

Chris Maddison

Director

Solicitor of the senior courts

5+ years of conveyancing experience

Philip Freeman

Fee earner

Solicitor of the senior courts

5+ years of conveyancing experience

Hazel Bourke

Fee earner

Associate Legal Executive

35+ years of conveyancing experience

Kevin Bourley

Fee earner

-

39+ years of conveyancing experience

Gill Neil

Fee earner

Licensed Conveyancer

16+ years of conveyancing experience

Laura Osler

Fee earner

Licensed Conveyancer

22+ years of conveyancing experience

Jane Webb

Fee earner

FCILEX Fellow Legal Executive

38+ years of conveyancing experience

Emily Gowers

Paralegal

Associate Legal Executive

5+ years of conveyancing experience

Yolanda Hollis

Paralegal

Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Practice

6+ years of conveyancing experience

Debbie Whitcombe

Conveyancing Assistant

FCILEX Fellow Legal Executive

31+ years of conveyancing experience

William Todman

Senior Solicitor

Solicitor of the Senior Courts

32+ years of conveyancing experience

Simon Jones

Senior Solicitor

Solicitor of the Senior Courts

30+ years of conveyancing experience

Ian Powell

Director, Shareholder

Solicitor of the Senior Courts

26+ years of conveyancing experience

Private Client

Fixed fee for applying for the Grant of Representation

Our fixed fee for obtaining the Grant ranges from £850 + VAT to £2500 + VAT depending upon the following –

1) The size of the estate

2) Whether or not there is any Inheritance Tax payable

3) Whether or not the Executors or Personal Representatives need to submit a full account to HM Revenue and Customs

In addition you will need to pay the following disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees.

Disbursements

Probate court fee £155 plus £0.50 per copy .

Swearing of the oath £7 per executor (this can vary depending whether or not there is a Will).

As part of our fixed fee we will:

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes between 4 to 16 weeks, but can be considerably longer if Inheritance tax is payable.  

See the following examples of how the fixed fee operates:

Example 1: The value of Mr Smith’s estate is £300,000 which consists of a flat worth £180,000 and various bank accounts totalling £120,000.

On the basis that this estate falls within his personal allowance, there is no Inheritance Tax payable and the Executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC, our fixed fee in this example would therefore be £850 + VAT plus the disbursements shown above.

Example 2: Mrs Bloggs is a widow having inherited her late husband’s entire estate. The value of her estate is £850,000 which consists of a house worth £500,000 and £350,000 in cash and investments.

In this example, to ensure that no Inheritance tax is payable, a full account will need to be submitted to HMRC to claim all of the allowances available and our fee here would be £1500 + VAT plus disbursements.

Example 3: In any estate where there is Inheritance tax payable, our fixed fee for obtaining the Grant will be £2500 + VAT plus disbursements.

Probate and Administration of Estates

We offer two services; one where we just obtain the Grant of Probate (“Grant only”) which is usually on a fixed fee basis, and a full administration where we conduct the entire administration. This latter service is hourly rate based and not on a fixed fee.

Full administration

This service will involve us applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets. We will handle the full process for you. This guide is for estates where:

Likely disbursements in addition to our fees:

These disbursements are not normally subject to VAT.

Our fees are split into two parts; time costs and the value element.

Time costs

We anticipate an estate like this will take between 10 and 25 hours work at £190 per hour. The total time costs are therefore estimated to be between £1900 and £4500 (plus VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, time costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, 4 legatees, a property and multiple bank accounts, time costs will be at the higher end.

Potential additional costs

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Value element

This is a small percentage of the value of the estate as declared for Probate purposes and is ½% of any real estate and 1% of everything else (plus VAT).

Therefore, if an estate has a house worth £250,000 and there is £50,000 of other liquid assets, then the value element will be –

Real estate – £250,000 x ½% = £1250

Other assets £50,000 x 1% = £500.

Total value element costs £1750 plus VAT.

The full costs involve adding the time fees, value element and disbursements together.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 10-16 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-10 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-3 weeks, although we do recommend that Personal Representatives adhere to the statutory period of waiting 6 months after the date of the Grant of Probate to make sure that there are no claims against the estate.

Private client teams and experience

Name Position at BTMK Qualifications Relevant Experience

Saul Caplan

Director, shareholder, solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

5 years of non-contentious private client experience. 25+ years of litigation experience in private client work.

Mark Goodson

-

STEP qualified

5+ years of private client experience

Simon Jones

Senior solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

25+ years of private client experience

Paula Dallison

Senior private client practitioner

-

10+ years of private client experience

Susan Foxen

Senior caseworker

-

10+ years of private client experience

Megan McKinlay

Senior caseworker

-

10+ years of private client experience

Kavita Ryatt

Trainee Solicitor

-

1+ years of private client experience

Sophie Bacon

Trainee solicitor

-

2+ years of private client experience

Complaints Guidance

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage.  If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here

Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like alleged dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What do to if we cannot resolve your complaint

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

and

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.

Contact details

Visit: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/

Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Address: Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

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