Our Charges

Cost Information

Tierneys Solicitors are committed to providing value for money for their services. We believe in a simple philosophy:

  • Do the best job we can
  • Treat people fairly
  • Charge a reasonable fee for the work we do

We have made a conscious decision to make our business model about quality of service and overall value for money for all the area’s of work we undertake. We believe that not everyone is concerned with getting things done as cheaply as possible, and there is value in good communication, honest and open advice and guidance and the human touch. We employ staff who share these values and are trained to achieve our high standards of work.

Unlike many firms we do not pay referral fees or commissions to people who send us work (e.g. Estate agents or Financial advisors) as – in our experience- it is you, the Client, who ultimately pays this extra cost. We are transparent in how we calculate our fees and can often give a clear idea of what we expect it to cost you for us to deal with your matter.

We place great value on communication with you and others and are seeking to improve this at all times. Our aim is to keep you informed of developments as they happen and at key stages. We will do this as swiftly as possible using different methods of communication- email, text message, letter or telephone call.

For those reasons, you may find our charges are a little higher than some of our competitors, but- based on our experience in recent years – many people still recognise the traditional approach of value for money.

Property Sales

The work we do

 

When we sell a property for you, we calculate our estimate of fees based on a number of factors involved in an average transaction and on a predictable amount of work to complete the matter, including:

  • There will be a maximum of 1 charge/mortgage to be redeemed
  • The land you are selling will be registered at HMLR
  • There will be a limited number of owners and distribution of the net sales proceeds will be between 2 people or organisations
  • Money paid to you will be by next day bank transfer or BACS to account details we obtain from you at the start
  • We are able to complete the matter within a reasonable timescale – 6 to 12 weeks is a general guideline
  • All the documents we need from you ( e.g. guarantees, service agreements, title documents) to complete the matter will be made available to us
  • There will be no need for any title or other type of insurance

 

Additional Charges

We do not look to increase our charges routinely. Generally, we stick to the fee we have provided to you but sometimes we come across matters which are not routine and these involve us in more work which we had not budgeted for.

Our costs will increase if we come across matters which were not expected, explained or likely at the start of the matter. Examples of this would include:

  • We have to pay off more than 1 charge on the property when it is sold
  • We need to obtain documents which have been unable to supply to us- (e.g. title documents, guarantees, service agreements, planning or building regulation documents)
  • We need to arrange an insurance policy for you or the property or we have to obtain the consent of a 3rd party for the sale.
  • An issue relating to drainage, rights of access to and from your property
  • Your property has solar or other panels affixed to it
  • Dealing with a sale related to HS2

In the event that we come across one of these matters, we will let you know and tell you how much we expect the additional charge to be.

 

Communication

Our aim is to keep you informed of developments as they happen and at key stages. We will do this as swiftly as possible using different methods of communication- email, text message, letter or telephone call.

The key stages include:

  • when our file is opened and our client care documentation is sent to you
  • when we establish contact with the other side
  • when contracts have been sent
  • when we receive any enquiries
  • when we need you to sign documents
  • when we have a clear idea about the financial details of the matter – we will send you a draft completion statement
  • when contracts have been exchanged and completion date fixed
  • when completion takes place

 

Our Fee Structure

Type of Property Value Fee (plus vat) Disbursements
Freehold House Up to £500,000 £600 Land Registry Fees est. £10
Freehold House Over £500,000 £700 Land Registry Fees est. £10
Leasehold House Up to £500,000 £650 Land Registry Fees est. £10

Management Pack costs (vary according to agents charges)

Leasehold House Over £500,000 £700 Land Registry Fees est. £10

Management Pack costs (vary according to agents charges)

Leasehold Flat Up to £500,000 £875 Land Registry Fees est. £10

Management Pack costs (vary according to agents charges)

Leasehold Flat Over £500,000 £995 Land Registry Fees est. £10

Management Pack costs (vary according to agents charges)

Probate Sales Up to £500,000 £750 Land Registry Fees est. £10
Probate Sales Over £500,000 £900 Land Registry Fees est. £10

 

Property Purchases

The work we do

When we buy a property for you, we calculate our estimate of fees based on a number of factors involved in an average transaction and on a predictable amount of work to complete the matter, including:

  • Any Mortgage will be with a high street or main stream lender and we are on their panel of solicitors
  • The land you are buying will be registered at HMLR
  • There will be a maximum of 1 lender in any form (excluding a private mortgage)
  • The purchase funds come from the account which you give us details and statements from at the start of the matter
  • There will be a limited number of buyers (usually 2) and your instructions are clear and agreed
  • Money which is needed will be paid to us promptly by bank transfer well in time before we need it
  • Any money being paid to you will be paid by next day bank transfer or BACS to the account which you nominate at the start.
  • We are able to complete the matter within a reasonable timescale – 6 to 12 weeks is a general guideline
  • We will not need to arrange any title or other forms of insurance for you
  • We will complete and submit an SDLT return for you
  • We will act for a mainstream lender
  • We will register your purchase with the Land Registry
  • If you require searches (most purchases do) we will obtain a search pack comprising up to 5 searches, review and report to you on these
  • We will review and report on any mortgage offer

 

Additional Charges

We do not look to increase our charges routinely. Generally, we stick to the fee we have provided to you but sometimes we come across matters which are not routine and these involve us in more work which we had not budgeted for.

Our costs will increase if we come across matters which were not expected, explained or likely at the start of the matter. Examples of this would include:

  • Some or all of the funding coming from someone other than you or a mainstream lender- e.g. a family member
  • A change in the expected ownership or multiple owners
  • Any last minute fundamental changes
  • Funding by private mortgage
  • Registration or protection of the interests of other people
  • Purchase by a trust or a Company
  • Obtaining specialist or unconventional property searches
  • Dealing with a purchase related to HS2

 

Communication

Our aim is to keep you informed of developments as they happen and at key stages. We will do this as swiftly as possible using different methods of communication- email, text message, letter or telephone call.

The key stages include:

  • when our file is opened and our client care documentation is sent to you
  • when we establish contact with the other side
  • when we prepare and send out contracts and documentation relating to the property
  • when we send any searches relating to the property
  • when we have considered the papers, the searches and we report to you
  • when we need you to sign documents
  • when we have a clear idea about the financial details of the matter – we will send you a draft completion statement
  • when contracts have been exchanged and a date for completion fixed
  • when completion takes place

 

Our Fee Structure

Type of Property Value Fee (plus vat) Disbursements
Freehold House Up to £500,000 £600 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£20 – £270

Freehold House Over £500,000 £700 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£270 – £910

Leasehold House Up to £500,000 £675 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£20 – £270

Landlord Notice Fee (variable)

Leasehold House Over £500,000 £725 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£270 – £910

Landlord Notice Fee (variable)

Leasehold Flat Up to £500,000 £950 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£20 – £270

Landlord Notice Fee (variable)

Leasehold Flat Over £500,000 £1250 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£270 – £910

Landlord Notice Fee (variable)

Purchase with Government assistance Up to £500,000 £750 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£20 – £270

Purchase with Government assistance Over £500,000 £850 Search Package £236.50- South Yorkshire

£272.68- other area’s

SDLT (variable according to the price and your circumstances)

Land Registry Fees (variable):

£270 – £910

Transfers of Equity (mortgage free property) Up to £500,000 £400 Land Registry Fee (variable)

£20 – £270

Transfers of Equity (mortgage free property) Over £500,000 £500 Land Registry Fee (variable)

£270 – £910

Remortgage Up to £500,000 £400 Land Registry Fee (variable)

£20 – £270

Remortgage Over £500,000 £500 Land Registry Fee (variable)

£270 – £910

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or need more information feel free to email us at houses@tierneyandco.co.uk. We’ll be happy to help.

 

With all the areas of work we do, we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what the work will cost you.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, or we cannot estimate what the final costs are likely to be, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  The basic hourly rates are set out below. These can increase, based on a number of factors, but we will tell you the relevant hourly rate at the start of the matter

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £230
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100

Wills Prices

A will is one of the most important and personal documents any of us can have.  Everyone’s will is different, and a properly drafted will should be tailored to your unique family and financial circumstances.  As a result, we can only provide a broad indication of our outline costs for the main types of Will we can produce:

 

Single Wills

£125.00 plus VAT

Mirror Wills

£225.00 plus VAT

Property Trust wills

£350.00 plus VAT

 

Where you have a general idea about what you would like to include in your will, we will meet or speak with you and take all the necessary details.

At this initial stage, we will provide you with general advice and guidance on the provisions you wish to include and make suggestions on the best way to achieve what you are trying to do.  We will also make you aware of any relevant considerations, many of which are common to all types of will.

If your individual circumstances call for more detailed advice, for example in relation to tax, conflict within the family, or other complex matters, we can help with this but there will be an additional charge for doing so.

Once you instructions are confirmed, we will prepare a draft will based on these and send this to you for you to check and approve.

Most of the work we do is carried out at the start of the matter, in particular opening a file and ledger, taking your instructions and preparing the draft will.

Once we have started preparing a will for you, we are under a general duty to complete it for you in a timely manner.  We will do our part in sending out the draft will to you; we then expect you to contact us to complete the work within a reasonable time, usually around 14 days as a guide.  If we do not hear from you within a reasonable time, then we may have to close the matter and send a bill to you for the work done.  If we do this,  and you then wish to reopen and complete the matter, there may be an extra charge for this.

If you change your instructions during the drafting process in any significant way – more than simply changing names,  addresses, amounts – then we will adapt your will appropriately.  We will charge an additional fee for the time involved in doing so, and the amount will depend on the extent of the alteration(s).

The usual turnaround time for wills is about 3-4 weeks from when we receive your full instructions, though at particularly busy times this may be a little longer. Where you require a will doing urgently, we can help you with this but our fees will increase. It is difficult to tell you how much extra this will be as it will vary according to a number of factors.  If you need your will preparing urgently then please let us know at the outset of the matter and we will provide you with an appropriate fee estimate.

Our fees are based on us attending you to take your instructions and execute any will(s) at our offices. We can attend you at home or in another location, but we will need to charge an additional fee for this, based on how far we have to go and how long it takes. As a guide we charge £150.00 per hour for the travelling time, plus a charge for mileage.

Our fees also include providing two witnesses for the execution of the will, at our offices.  Again, if we have to attend you at home or in another location to execute the will then we will do so, but we will charge an additional fee for the second witness in this case.  Typically this witness will be a junior member of staff; the fee for their attendance will usually be £50.00 per hour.

Where we are required to attend you away from our offices, we will confirm any applicable additional fees with you in advance, unless the matter is urgent.

 

Estate Planning

If you are not sure what provision you wish to make in your will, or you want some expert guidance on what your options are or how to address complicated circumstances, then we can meet with you to discuss the matter and advise you.

Because of the nature of this service we charge a consultation fee of £150.00 plus VAT. This provides for up to an hour of discussion, but does not include any advice in writing.  We will set out the relevant considerations and different options available to you in the meeting and you can then consider how you want to proceed.

We are happy to provide our advice in writing following the meeting, but we charge an additional fee for this, the amount of which is dependent on how involved and time-consuming this is.

If you decide to adopt any of our recommendations, your payment of the above consultation fee will be taken into account in any final bill.

 

With both Wills and Estate Planning, we will generally agree a fee with you before carrying out any substantive work.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  These are set out below:

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £250
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100

If you have any questions or queries regarding our fees for Wills and Estate Planning, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

With all the areas of work we do, we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what the work will cost you.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, or we cannot estimate what the final costs are likely to be, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  The basic hourly rates are set out below. These can increase, based on a number of factors, but we will tell you the relevant hourly rate at the start of the matter

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £230
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100

Probate & Administration of Estates

The affairs of someone who has passed away are always individual and vary widely across society.  At Tierneys, we provide a personal, tailored service appropriate to the individual circumstances in each case.  This means it is difficult to provide an accurate fee for dealing with an Estate without knowing the details of the matter beforehand.

Unlike some firms, we do not charge a percentage value of an estate.  We charge for our advice and the work we have to do on the basis of how much time it takes and what steps are involved. The final bill will, therefore, depend on how much work has been carried out during the process.

However, we have set out below a broad estimate of what we expect to charge for dealing with the most common kinds of estate we encounter.  We hope this provides a helpful guideline.

 

Our Fees

Estate Value Assumptions Our Fee (Plus Vat) Disbursements

 

Up to £325,000 Single executor; property to sell; up to 5 instuitutions to deal with; less than 5 beneficiaries; No inheritance tax Between £1250 and £2000 Typical disbursements range from £250.00 to  £500.00

This includes Court fees, Land Registry fees and public advertisements (in some cases)

£325,000 to £650,000 More than 1  executor; property to sell; 5 -10 instuitutions to deal with;

5 – 10 beneficiaries;

No inheritance tax liability

Between £3,000 and £4,000 Typical disbursements range from £400.00 to  £600.00

This includes Court fees, Land Registry fees, 3rd party fees and public advertisements (in some cases)

 

For estates over £650,000 it is much more difficult to give examples of likely costs. These estates are more complicated and will typically involve:

  • a detailed consideration of the inheritance and other tax positions
  • significant amounts of documentation and due diligence
  • several or charitable beneficiaries
  • properties, bank accounts and investments of a diverse nature.

We would expect our fees to start at £4,000 plus VAT, but we will provide a more accurate indication once we have full details of the estate and can assess the work which needs to be done.

 

What we take into account

We have based our estimate of fees on the amount of work we expect to do for a typical estate of this type. However, this estimate can change if we come across things which have not been included in this estimate, because they do not routinely crop up.

Typical examples of these can be

  • investigation of the estate by the DWP or other government agency
  • investigation or tracing of relatives or historic assets
  • reclaiming of monies from 3rd parties
  • involvement of charitable beneficiaries
  • non routine payments e.g. payments in foreign currency, to a bank account outside the UK, payments other than by next day bank transfer or BACS

All the above fees for Probate and Estate work are a guideline only.  For a more accurate indication, please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances. Please feel free to email us at probate@tierneyandco.co.uk

With all the areas of work we do, we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what the work will cost you.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, or we cannot estimate what the final costs are likely to be, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  The basic hourly rates are set out below. These can increase, based on a number of factors, but we will tell you the relevant hourly rate at the start of the matter

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £230
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100

Debt Recovery

We are accustomed to collecting debts for both individuals and Companies of all sizes.  Our service ranges from one off letters demanding payment for invoice(s), to more complex and detailed matters including bulk collections, contract disputes and contested debts.

Our turnaround times are swift and we employ well trained, experienced and approachable people to undertake the work we do.

Because the area of work varies so much, we can offer a variety of funding methods and have set out our broad terms below.

These terms may not suit all types of work and we will be happy to provide a bespoke service and costing if you ask us.

 

Type of Debt Our Fees Disbursements
Stage 1 –  letter before action £100 plus vat Nil

 

Stage 2  – Issue Proceedings 5% + VAT of the judgement or agreed amount. The case will proceed under a Conditional fee agreement.

Terms apply

Court fees (depends on amount of debt)

Value of claim Court fee
Up to £300 £35
Greater than £300 but no more than £500 £50
Greater than £500 but no more than £1,000 £70
Greater than£1,000 but no more than £1,500 £80
Greater than £1,500 but no more than £3,000 £115
Greater than £3,000 but no more than £5,000 £205
Greater than £5,000 but no more than £10,000 £455
Greater than £10,000 but no more than £15,000

Greater than £15,000 but no more than £50,000

Greater than £50,000 but no more than £100,000

Greater than £100,000 but no more than £150,000

Greater than £150,000 but no more than £200,000

 

5% of value of claim
Greater than £200,000 £10,000

 

Occasional 3rd Party fees- e.g. Barrister, process server (case specific)

 

There are many types of dispute which are more than simply debt recovery.  These can include building disputes, contract disputes, partnership or any other dispute and we are unable to provide you with an estimate of these costs as they vary so widely. Our Hourly rates are set out at the foot of this page.

We do offer a consultation service with one of our Solicitors which may be more suitable for debts of a smaller amount (e.g. up to £5,000) or more complex matters. We charge a fixed consultation fee of £150.00 plus VAT. This provides for up to an hour of discussion, but does not include any advice in writing.  We will set out the relevant considerations and different options available to you in the meeting and you can then consider how you want to proceed.

In addition, we offer an ad hoc service to provide you with advice as and when you need it. This may be suitable for matters where you are conducting a matter yourself and need guidance and advice once in a while. We charge for this on the basis of the time spent (including reading preparation, review and interview time) and the fee will depend upon what level of solicitor deals with the matter for you. We always aim to keep costs down and, in doing so, we evaluate what level of experience and qualification your matter needs and, out of the Solicitors able to deal with your matter, we assign the Solicitor with the lowest hourly rate meaning that you get the advice you need at the lowest cost possible.

Our hourly rates are as follows:

 

Status Hourly rate (plus vat)
Senior Solicitors £230
Assistant Solicitors £175
Trainee Solicitors/Paralegals £150
Administrative Assistants £100

 

We will be happy to provide you with more information on request. Please feel free to email us at debts@tierneyandco.co.uk

 

With all the areas of work we do, we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what the work will cost you.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, or we cannot estimate what the final costs are likely to be, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  The basic hourly rates are set out below. These can increase, based on a number of factors, but we will tell you the relevant hourly rate at the start of the matter

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £230
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100

Employment Work

If you have a work-related problem, either as an Employee or an Employer we can help.

From relatively straight forward matters such as Settlement Agreements to advice and guidance on part of the relevant procedure to taking or defending a claim through the tribunal process, we will be able to offer help.

We have set out our guideline costs below for issues usually faced by Employees.

In some circumstances your first consultation with us may be free. Often we can make a decision on whether we can help you after a telephone call and we can give you details of our retainer and what our charges are likely to be.

If you require further information, or have any questions, then please feel free to email us at employment@tierneyandco.co.uk

 

Settlement Agreements

We have a swift and efficient procedure for dealing with Settlement Agreements, otherwise known as Compromise Agreements, and can often see you very quickly. The process is invariably dealt with swiftly and with a minimum of time and fuss on your part.  The fees for this vary depending on a number of factors including the time involved, the complexity and the terms of the agreement itself.

We have a minimum fee of £350 plus VAT which reflects all the factors involved in dealing with the matter. Generally, we need to see any agreement before we can give you an accurate figure for the fee but usually it is between £350 and £500 plus VAT. We find that in most cases, employers make a contribution which covers our fees, though you are responsible for any shortfall. We should be able to establish this very quickly and will tell you if there is likely to be any shortfall.

The fee covers meeting you, discussing the terms of the agreement and the facts leading up to it, and providing you with advice as to your options. We generally budget for up to an hour with you – preferably in person but alternative methods may be available – along with the communication and administrative work connected with it. Providing you are content to sign the Settlement Agreement, we will take relieve you of the need to return the agreement to your employers and email your signed copy to the employer directly.

In the event that you instruct us to negotiate the terms of the settlement agreement on your behalf, there are additional fees and we will discuss these with you at the time. A Conditional Fee Agreement may be available in these circumstances.

 

Claims against an Employer or former Employer

These matters take many forms and are all individual. It is not practical to give you a ‘one size fits all’ cost for undertaking this work as a result. We would like to speak to you and make a preliminary assessment of the matter, after which we will confirm our retainer terms. Often we undertake these on a Conditional Fee or Damages Based Agreement where we retain a portion (usually a percentage) of any damages recovered. Typically, this is 35% together with any disbursements- e.g. Barrister’s or 3rd Party fees- but this can vary according to the matter. We will be clear on what our terms are before you commit and retain us.

 

Independent Advice and Guidance

There are many types of Employment matter and in some cases you may need some independent legal advice, guidance or a second opinion; after all, we are in business also and will have encountered many of the problems faced by people ourselves.

This service can often be of great assistance to Employers.

To help in this situation, we offer a paid consultation service where you can meet with one of our Solicitors and discuss the issue. We generally charge a fixed consultation fee of £150.00 plus VAT for this and this provides for up to an hour of work including reading any documents and meeting, discussing and advising you. The cost can rise in particularly complicated or time consuming cases, but this is relatively rare.

We will set out the relevant considerations and different options available to you in the meeting and you can then consider how you want to proceed.

The fee does not include any advice in writing, but we will be happy to provide you with this for an additional fee.

As an extension of this service, we offer an ad hoc service to provide you with advice as and when you need it. This may be suitable for matters where you are conducting a matter yourself and need guidance and advice once in a while. For example, we would be able to assist you with drafting the necessary paperwork when a claim is filed at the tribunal, or at any poinit during the proceedings.

We charge for this on the basis of the time spent (including reading, preparation, review and interview time) and the fee will depend upon what level of solicitor deals with the matter for you. We always aim to keep costs down and, in doing so, we evaluate which of our solicitors is best suited to help you.

Again, the service does not include advice in writing but we will be happy to provide this for you if you want us to.

As always, we are here to help and willing to do so. If you need any further clarification, feel free to contact us via email at employment@tierneyandco.co.uk or telephone us on 01709 709 000.

With all the areas of work we do, we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what the work will cost you.  However, where we are only able to provide a broad estimate of fees, or we cannot estimate what the final costs are likely to be, the work on your matter will be carried out at our various hourly rates for staff.  The basic hourly rates are set out below. These can increase, based on a number of factors, but we will tell you the relevant hourly rate at the start of the matter

Position Hourly Rate (plus VAT)
Director, Senior Solicitor or Specialist Qualified Advisor £230
Assistant Solicitor £175
Trainee Solicitor £150
Wills or Admin Clerk £100
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