Residential Conveyancing for Individuals (i.e. not corporate bodies)

The fees of Perrin Myddelton Solicitors that we mention below are for the conveyance of residential real property or real estate owned by individuals which comprise:-

Conveyancing

FREEHOLD OR LEASEHOLD SALES OR PURCHASES

Our Fees

Our fees for a straight forward residential sale of the freehold of an existing residential property typically range between £950.00 and £1,500.00 plus Value Added Tax (currently 20%) and disbursements.

Our fees for a straight forward residential purchase of the freehold of an existing residential property typically range between £1,250.00 and £1,750.00 plus Value Added Tax (currently 20%) and disbursements.

N.B.1 If the sale or purchase involves a leasehold property then typically a supplement of a minimum of £150.00 will be added to reflect the additional work involved in dealing with leasehold property.

N.B.2 If you are buying jointly and have instructed us to prepare a Declaration of Trust in relation to the property then our fee for the Declaration of Trust will be £350.00 plus VAT.  For more information on Declarations of Trust look for “Residential Conveyancing” under our “Services” page.

Our fees for a straight forward mortgage or remortgage of a residential property typically range between £500.00 and £950.00 plus Value Added Tax and disbursements.

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your sale and/or purchase which are payable to third parties and which are necessary to be expended to progress your sale and/or purchase.

In relation to a sale these are as follows:-

Official Copy Entries of Land Registry Title                                   £6.00

Mortgage redemption fee (if existing mortgage)                           Fees can vary

In relation to a purchase these are as follows:-

 

Search fees

Various searches need to be made to ensure that there is nothing untoward in relation to the property you are acquiring.  The searches we typically make are as follows:-

  • Local Authority Search
  • Drainage Search
  • Chancel Check Search (to ascertain potential liability for chancel repairs)
  • Environmental Report
  • Ground Stability Report

N.B. The fees for these can vary but typically you should budget to expend around £500.00 on these on a typical residential purchase.

HM Government Land Registry fees

These vary depending on the purchase price between minimum £20.00 and maximum £500.00 (£450.00 maximum if the registration application is made on line).

Stamp Duty Land Tax (payable on a purchase of residential property)

This depends on the purchase price of your property.  You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using the HMRC’s website:-

(https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro)

Or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here:-

(https://beta.gov.wales/land-transaction-tax-calculator)

Money Laundering Charges

A mandatory requirement is imposed on us to verify your identity.  For this we charge a minimum document production fee of £8.00 plus VAT and a verification fee of (£6 plus VAT natural person) (£12 plus VAT couples), (£12 plus VAT non-natural entity) (i.e. limited company) (£9 plus VAT for individuals based abroad where there is no UK address).

Money Transfer fee (purchase or transmission of sale proceeds to you)

There is a fee to telegraph monies from our client account of £35.00 plus VAT.

For more information please contact Paul Taylor on 01582 466145 – email: p.taylor@pmsolicitors.co.uk.  Please see “Our People” for information on Paul Taylor.

  • CONVEYANCING ACQUISITION OF NEW BUILD PROPERTIES

N.B. Discounted fees may apply in relation to the conveyancing of new build properties where we act for more than one Buyer on the same estate. 

For more information please contact Clare Bottoms, the Manager of our Plot Sales Team on 01582 466155 Email: sales@pmsolicitors.co.uk

FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT AND INCREASE THE LEVEL OF FEES WE CHARGE AND THE TIME TAKEN TO COMPLETE THE MATTER (N.B. This list is not exhaustive)

  • If it transpires that the legal title to the property you are buying turns out to be defective or part of the title turns out to be unregistered.
  • If it transpires that building regulations or planning permissions have not been obtained in connection with the construction of the property you are buying or relevant planning permission conditions have not been complied with.
  • If crucial documents are missing or documents that we have requested from you to advance a sale or purchase have not been provided by you.
  • If there are private mortgages or more than one mortgage on the property being sold that need to be redeemed.
  • If the property you are acquiring is leasehold and not freehold.
  • If we are not on the panel of the Lender that you wish to use to acquire the property.
  • If it transpires that there is a lengthy chain of transactions upon which your sale or purchase is dependent.
  • If the property you are acquiring is being sold by Executors or Administrators as part of the estate of the deceased owner of the property.
  • If the property you are acquiring is subject to Tenant occupation.
  • If it transpires that the Lease that you are acquiring has a residual term that is too short to be mortgageable and therefore an extension of the Lease has to be negotiated.

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 8-12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the other factors mentioned above.  For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage.  However if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease this can take significantly longer.  In such a situation additional charges would apply.

 

LITIGATION

Debt Recovery for business

Please note we are talking here of debt recovery up to a value of £100,000.00 and not beyond and undisputed.  Our fee for a basic pre-action letter to recover a debt is £95.00 plus Value Added Tax.

N.B.1 If the alleged debtor challenges the claim to recover the debt then we will need to consider the nature of the defence and take your full instructions.  We will then seek to give you as detailed a written estimate of costs as possible having regard to the fact that the alleged debtor challenging the claim is likely to mean that court proceedings will follow in which you may face a counterclaim.

N.B.2 Our estimate will reflect the likely complexity of the matter.  It is unlikely that we will be able to give you any fixed fee proposal for the work.  After providing an initial estimate we will:-

  • Require you to formally instruct us in writing and pay upfront the amount of the initial estimate.
  • Thereafter we will notify you if our costs on a recorded time basis are likely to exceed or have exceeded the estimate. In this case you will be required to provide further top up monies, the level of which will be advised at the time having regard to the progress so far on the claim and anticipated likely future time to be spent.
  • We will bill you monthly during the progress of the claim having regard to recorded time spent.

Our current charge hourly charge out rates for litigation work are as follows:-

Partner – These range between £250.00 and £300.00 per hour depending on the circumstances

Associate – £200.00 – £250.00 per hour

Court fees

If the matter proceeds to court there are civil court fees payable.  These are a disbursement that you must pay and we will require payment of the court fees upfront before issuing proceedings.  If a Judgment is given for you then there are further fees for civil enforcement.  We set out below the current civil court fees and fees for civil enforcement proceedings:

Civil Court fees

Issuing Claims

Starting your Claim

Money Claims

To issue a claim for money the fees are based on the amount claimed including interest.  For Court issued claims please round fractions of pence down to the nearest penny.  Example: A fee calculated as being £1,050.5096 rounds down to a payable fee of £1,050.50.

Fee Payable
Value of your claim

 

Court issued claimFiled via SDT/MCOL*
Up to£300£35£25
Greater than£300but no more than£500£50£35
Greater than£500but no more than£1,000£70£60
Greater than£1,000but no more than£1,500£80£70
Greater than£1,500but no more than£3,000£115£105
Greater than£3,000but no more than£5,000£205£185
Greater than£5,000but no more than£10,000£455£410
Greater than£10,000but no more than£15,000 

5% of the value of the claim

4.5% of the value of the claim
Greater than£15,000but no more than£50,000
Greater than£50,000but no more than£100,000
Greater than£100,000but no more than£150,000N/A
Greater than£150,000but no more than£200,000N/A
Greater than£200,000£10,000N/A

*Maximum amount for Secure Data Transfer (SDT) or Money Claim Online (MCOL) £99,999.99

Secure Data Transfer is a secure system to enable customers issuing in bulk to upload and transfer data files directly from their systems to HM Courts & Tribunals Service systems.

Civil Enforcement proceedings

If the court has ordered someone to pay you a sum of money or to return your goods, property or land and they have not done so, you can issue enforcement proceedings.

Order to obtain information from a debtor

·         To issue an application for an order for a debtor or other person to attend court to provide information£55
·         To request a Bailiff service of an order for a debtor to attend court for questioning£110

Warrants

·         To issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) via Money Claims Online or County Court Business Centre£77
·         To issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) in any other case£110
·         To issue a warrant of delivery (for goods)£121
·         To issue a warrant of possession (recovery of a property or land)£121
·         To request a further attempt to execute a warrant at a new address except where a warrant has been suspended£33

 Writs (High Court only)

·         Sealing a writ of control (recovery of a sum of money)£66
·         Sealing a writ of delivery (for goods)£66
·         Sealing a writ of possession (recovery of a property or land)£66

Where a warrant or writ of delivery or possession also includes a claim for money, there is no additional fee.

Attachment of Earnings

·         Application for an attachment of earnings order (a fee is payable for each defendant against whom the order is requested)£110

On a consolidation attachment of earnings order a fee of 10p for every £1, or part £1, of money paid into court, is deducted from the money before it is paid out to creditors.

Enforcing an award in the County Court

·         Application for the enforcement of an award for a sum of money or other decision made by any court, tribunal, body or person other than the High Court or County Court unless where exceptions apply£44

Enforcing an aware in the High Court

·         Request or application

–      To register a judgment or order; or

–      For permission to enforce an arbitration award; or

–      For a certificate or certified copy of a judgment or order for use abroad

£66

Charging Order

·         Application for a charging order (a fee is payable for each charging order applied for)£110

Third party debt order

·         Application for a third party debt order (a fee is payable for each party against whom the order is requested)£110

 Judgement summons

·         Application for a judgement summons£110

 Certified Enforcement Agent Application

·         Other non-money fee for County Courts£308

For all Civil Magistrates fees please refer to the Magistrates’ Courts fees order www.legislation.gov.uk

For more information please contact Simon Braun on 01582 466163 – email: s.braun@pmsolicitors.co.uk.  Please see “Our Team” for information on Simon Braun.

 

Customer Complaints Policy & Procedure

Perrin Myddelton is committed to providing a quality legal service to all clients, without exception. But we do recognise that sometimes things do not go according to plan, and clients do believe they have reason to complain. We want to hear from those clients, so we have adopted the procedure set out below, to facilitate early resolution of any problems, and to learn from them to improve our future performance. 

Timescale

 

1.Please provide details of your concerns and the nature of your complaint, preferably in writing as this will assist a thorough objective consideration of your complaint.

 

2.We will register your complaint in our Central Register for monitoring and management information purposes.

 

On the day of receipt.
3.We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, set out our understanding of it and request your confirmation of our understanding of your complaint (which can be given in writing or continued by telephone) or seek any necessary clarification. We will also confirm who will deal with your complaint.

 

Within 2 working days of receipt.
4.We will acknowledge receipt of your confirmation letter or telephone call and confirm what will happen next.Within 2 working days of receipt.

 

 

5.Mr Frederick Perrin, our Complaints Partner, will then  investigate your complaint as follows:-

 

(a)He will ask the person who acted for you to provide him with a response to your complaint within 5 days.Within 3 working days of receipt of your confirmation letter/call.

 

(b)He will then examine the response and the file as against your complaint and, if necessary, speak to the person who acted for you.

 

Within 3 working days of receipt of the response and file.

 

(c)He will then either write to you with a detailed response to your complaint and with any suggestions he has for resolving it or invite you to meet with him to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint.

 

Within a further 3 working days.
(d)If a meeting is declined or is for some reason impractical, he will write to you with a detailed response to your complaint and with any suggestions he has for resolving it.

 

Within 2 working days from confirmation that no meeting will be held.
(e)If a meeting does takes place, he will write to you to confirm what took place and detailing any agreed solution reached.

 

Within 2 working days of the meeting.
6.If you remain dissatisfied with what Mr Perrin says, and how it is proposed to resolve your complaint, we will arrange for the matter to be reviewed by Mr Robin Myddelton, one of our Partners.

 

 

Within 5 working days of receipt of confirmation that you remain dissatisfied.

 

7.Mr Perrin will write to you to confirm the outcome of his review.

 

Within 5 working days of the conclusion of the review.

 

8.If you still remain dissatisfied with how your complaint has been handled and the decision on it, we will write to you confirming our final position, and explaining why we consider our handling of the complaint, our decision on it and of any review were reasonable.  We will also supply you with the name and address of The Legal Ombudsman to whom you may refer your complaint once we have concluded our professional obligations to try and resolve it.

 

Within 5 working days.
Our internal complaints procedure is the appropriate starting point for raising complaints or concerns. Beyond that you may take any complaints to the Legal Ombudsman which is the independent complaints handling organisation that deals with complaints about Solicitors in England and Wales. Their contact details are as follows:

 

The Legal Ombudsman

PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

Helpline number: 0300 555 0333

 

 

Alternative complaints bodies exist (such as Ombudsman Services – http://www.ombudsman-services.org/) which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and this firm wish to use such a scheme.

 

We do not wish or agree to use Ombudsman Services.

Please note: We will confirm receipt of your complaint and our understanding of what it is about within 3 working days of receipt of your complaint. We will then work very hard to respond fully including our proposal for the resolution of your complaint within a further 21 days. During this time the following will happen:-

 

If there is any reason why we will not be able to respond fully within 21 days after confirming receipt of your complaint (e.g. relevant persons off sick or on holiday or the issues are particularly complex) we will inform you immediately and provide an estimate as to when you can expect our full response.