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AVERAGE COSTS FOR OUR SERVICES

The fees shown below are average prices based on recent instructions and are intended to give you some indication of costs. The actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors that we will discuss with you in full if you decide to instruct us.

Probate 

For the grant of probate /letter of administration and the dealing of the estate whether the probate document is in the name of the personal representatives or not.

We will charge for our work, between 2 and 5 % of the total value of the estate depending on the complexity or the nature of the matter such as the personal representative not being a UK resident or that there is a claim against the estate or the proposed personal representative etc.  For any other matters ancillary or additional to probate, we may charge on an hourly rate basis at 250 per hour plus VAT. A fixed fee may be agreed. 

Employment (fees are exclusive of VAT)

For all employment matters, we will charge an initial fee between £500 and £1000 depending on the complexity of the case. However, our basic fee for claim not exceeding £2500, will be £500. For claims above £2500 but less than £5000, we will charge £1000. For claims value of above £5000, our charge will be by hourly rate at £135 per hour. A fixed fee may be agreed. Counsel fees are not included. 

Immigration (fees are inclusive of VAT)

We will charge between £1200 and £1500 for immigration applications, depending on the type of application ( for instance, our fee for an application for indefinite leave to remain will be £1,500 while an application for a limited leave to remain such as two and half years will be £1,200. However, if this is preceded by an application for a fee waiver, the total fee will be 1,200 plus £500 meaning a total of £1,700 inclusive of VAT for both applications) with a single applicant. For more than one applicant, we will charge an additional of £300. A lower fee may still be agreed. 

For Business Applications such as Sponsorship licences, we will charge between £1500 and £3,000 depending on the number of certificate of sponsorship (CAS) the proposed employers would want to be allocated. 

The Home Office fees are not included.

Residential conveyancing (fees are exclusive of VAT) 

We will charge £1500 for a freehold/leasehold sale. We do not do purchases. If a complexity arises (or we receive additional instructions not anticipated at the outset) in the course of work that involves additional work, we will write to you and advise you what the additional fee will be. In all cases, a lower fixed fee may be agreed. 

Business conveyancing (fees are exclusive of VAT) 

We will charge between £500 and £1500 depending on the value and the length of the lease. For leases of value exceeding £500,000, we will charge by hourly rate at £250 per hour (not in excess of 40 hours). However, a fixed fee may be agreed. 

Business licences 

We will charge between £500 and £3000 depending on the nature of the business and complexity of the application. Our fees exclude any fees for representation at a hearing. These will not exceed £3000 for a hearing. 

Motoring Offences

We will charge between £600 and £950 (inclusive of VAT) depending on whether or not a full witness statement is required [including representation at one hearing]. Any appeal work or the taking of a statement from a witness other than the client or any additional hearing is excluded and will be charged separately/additionally, not exceeding £950.   

Debt Recovery

Debt Recovery up to the value of £100,000

 Please note that our fees will vary depending on the value of your claim

Small claims up to £10,000

In a small claims matter legal fees are largely not recoverable so you will be responsible for your own legal costs whatever the outcome. To make sure that legal costs are reasonable and manageable, we will conduct small claims debt recovery work on a fixed fee basis between £150 and £2000.

Our charges are as follows (all charges are plus VAT):

• £150 to £200 for an initial consultation  

• £300 to £600 for sending a letter before action and dealing with correspondence pre-action

• £500 to £850 for preparing the court papers and issuing proceedings

• £850 to £1,250 for progressing the case to trial

• £1500 to £2000 for dealing with the trial

Recovering debts/money claims  of more than £10,000

In these cases the legal fees incurred can be recovered from the losing party – the debtor. Therefore, we are able to offer a wider range of funding options and charging scales. What we are able to offer you will depend on the particular circumstances of your case.

a) Hourly rates

Based on our hourly charging rates of between £121 and £250 per hour, depending on who is dealing with your case (  we may not charge in excess of 50 hours; if this happens we will agreed a fixed fee with you).  

Fixed fees may be agreed.  

b) capped conditional fee agreement ( ONLY for claim of more than £10,000)

In some cases, we may also be able to offer a capped conditional fee agreement, which is a form of “no win no fee” arrangement. In this type of funding arrangement our fees may be recovered from the opposing party if your claim is successful and if your claim is unsuccessful you would pay us a fixed sum for our costs, agreed at the outset of the claim, plus VAT and disbursements only. 

Our fees on average for this type of case can be:

• Between £2,500 and £5,000 plus VAT if it remains uncontested

• Between £5,000 and £50,000 plus VAT if the matter is contested

If the case becomes particularly complex there is a possibility that fees could exceed £50,000 but we will give detailed advice and guidance on costs if that is likely to be the case.

At Calices Solicitors, we have four main members of the team working across departments. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Mr Marius Seaka , the Principal of the Firm who is also the Head of all Departments. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. He has over 12 years of experience in Public law and private client work. He was Head of Department in the firm he had worked for previously before setting up his firm, Calices Solicitors. The other members are:

  • Tanuja
    Krisnajee, Law Graduate, Senior Legal Assistant who joined the firm in 2011.
  • Kalou
    Marc Sery, Law Graduate, Legal Assistant. He joined the firm in November 2019
  • Matilda
    Boateng, a Legal Administrative assistant. She joined the firm in October 2013

Complaints

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. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then
you can read our full complaints procedure [See the link below]. Making a
complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

What to do 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:

  • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint

and

  • No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
  • No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

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

Contact details

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9.00 to 17.00.

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

What to do if you are unhappy with our behaviour

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

Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Further information

Further information on comaplaints can be found here: Complaints

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