Before accepting any instructions we will carry out a review of the Lease/Transfer to ascertain whether costs are recoverable contractually from the debtor. Where those costs are recoverable we will accept the instruction on the basis the landlord enters into a Conditional Fee Agreement with us. The essence of the CFA is set out below:
It is important before signing the agreement you read its content entirely.
Following our review, a letter will be sent to the debtor in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims. This protocol affords the debtor 30 days to respond.
Our standard fixed fee for taking your instructions and drafting a pre-action protocol letter is £200.00*.
Our likely disbursements are as follows:
Office Copy Entry £25.00* plus £3.00 (not subject to VAT)
Lease / Transfer £25.00* plus £3.00 (not subject to VAT)
In the event payment isn’t made by the debtor following our pre-action protocol letter and your instructions are to issue proceedings in the County Court our team of paralegals, overseen by our service charge and ground rent recoveries managers, will prepare the necessary documentation to instigate legal proceedings.
Our standard fixed fee for reviewing the matter and drafting the necessary documentation is £700.00*.
In order for a claim to be issued the Court will require us to pay a Court Fee, which will be requested from you. Those fees at present are set out below:
|Value of Claim||Court Fee|
|More than £300 but not more than £500||£50.00|
|More than £500 but not more than £1000||£70.00|
|More than £1000 but not more than £1500||£80.00|
|More than £1500 but not more than £3000||£115.00|
|More than £3000 but not more than £5000||£205.00|
|More than £5000 but not more than £10000||£455.00|
|More than £10,000 but not more than £200,000||5% of the value of Claim|
|More than £200,000||£10,000.00|
Our fee includes:
Court matters can usually take up to 8 weeks from proceedings being issues to a judgment being obtained.
In the event the case become defended the matter is referred to our defended and complex team. Costs are incurred at an hourly rate as set out in the below table:
|Grade A: Directors or solicitors with over 8 years’ experience||£250.00*|
|Grade B: solicitors with over 4 years’ experience||£177.00*|
|Grade C: Solicitors with under 4 years’ experience||£150.00* - £175.00*|
|Grade D: Trainee solicitors or paralegals||£110.00* - £150.00*|
An estimate of the costs will be provided from the outset and at regular intervals. The average cost of a small claims defended claim is between £2,500.00 - £6,000.00.
Further disbursements will be payable to the Court:
|Court hearing fee:||£55.00 - £1,090.00|
|Counsel fees:||Variable but usually range from £100 - £3,000*|
* All costs are exclusive of VAT.