We only enter into agreements to act for a you as a client where we assess that the work, we contract to undertake for you, is suitable for your needs. We consider it important to not only advise you as to the legal merits of the matter but, also, as to the likely cost as compared to the potential benefit to you.
That way you can make an informed choice as to whether to proceed.
We will only undertake work that it is legal to do.
There are a number of types of cases where we can offer a fixed fee so you may have certainty as to your costs. In all other cases then our charges are based upon the work that it becomes necessary to undertake and the level of Legal adviser that it is necessary to engage in the work. That is the expertise and experience required.
So, you can see the basis of our charging structure for matters where we charge for the work actually done and the time involved in doing so, we give details below in the section “MATTERS SUBJECT TO A TIME /WORK DONE CHARGE “.
However, you can use our online enquiry form on the contact page so we can ascertain the circumstances of the matter and your needs and let you have either a fixed price quotation or an estimate.
Behind each adviser every firm has large overheads to meet and, of necessity, legal costs can seem expensive. However, whilst we ensure the work is done properly, we do try to keep the tasks we have to charge you for to a minimum, but at all times consistent with handling the matter well.
Where we cannot give you a fixed price, we do provide you with an estimate of the potential cost. Sometimes the nature of the matter is such that, especially in the early stages it is very difficult to estimate the eventual cost and that can remain the case until all the facts and/or evidence become known. In such cases we give our best estimate at the outset and update that from time to time as matters progress. Obviously in such matters we van only give our best estimate at the time and cannot give a quotation or any other form of fixed price.
Please also be advised that we do not issue any quotation that precludes, or prevents, extra charge being made if additional complexities occur. See the section “Additional costs” below.
Manzoor Ahmad shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted January 2003 £300 + VAT
Lubna Sabri – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2004 – £300 + VAT
Khadija Khan – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted 2005- £250 + VAT
Neil Blackaby – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted December 2005 – £250 + VAT
Naseer Ahmad Shah – Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales – admitted October 2013 – £220 + VAT £220 + VAT
Trainee Solicitors will also assist under the supervision of Manzoor Ahmad Shah
Below we give you information so that you can clearly see the basis of the way we calculate our fees including some typical examples in respect of:
- Conveyancing (Residential)
- Matters subject to a time/work done charge
- Residential sales only
- Probate (uncontested)
- Motoring offences dealt with in a Magistrates Court
- Immigration excluding asylum matters
- Employment tribunals where the matter relates to unfair/wrongful dismissal
Remember that we carry out other types of legal work as described elsewhere on this web-site. If in doubt give us a call on 0208 900 9529 or use our online enquiry form on the contact page.
MATTERS SUBJECT TO A TIME /WORK DONE CHARGE
Fees and charges will be calculated on the time we have spent in dealing with your case. This includes advising, attending on you and your witnesses, if any, dealing with incoming and outgoing correspondence and telephone calls, travelling, waiting, advocacy and preparation times.
The basis of charging private fees for work carried by us are on an hourly basis and are broken down as follows:
Grade of Fee Earner Advisor:
Hourly Rate (£)
|Senior Solicitor (over 10 years experience):|
Preparation, Attendance, Advocacy, Travelling and Waiting etc
|£300.00 + VAT|
|Junior Solicitor- Preparation, Attendance, Travelling and Waiting etc.||£250.00 + VAT|
|Senior Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor – Preparation, Attendance, Travelling & Waiting etc.||£200.00 + VAT|
|Junior Case Worker/ Admin Staff – Preparation, Attendance etc.||£150.00 + VAT|
Preparation in order to send, or time expended in considering and dealing with incoming communications such as Routine letters, telephone calls, emails, text messages, faxes both incoming and outgoing will be charged at 1/10 th of the hourly rate. Complex and/or longer communications will be charged on the basis of the actual time involved.
Mileage for travelling is charged at a rate of £0.45 plus VAT per mile.
We will give you an estimate of how much the costs in a particular matter will be.
You may set a limit on the charges and expenses to be incurred. This means that you must pay those charges incurred up to the agreed limit without our needing to refer back to you. We will inform you as soon as it appears that the limit may be exceeded and will not exceed the limit without first obtaining your consent.
There are number of factors which may increase the costs of the service in any particular matter
We will inform you if any unforeseen additional work becomes necessary (for example, due to unexpected difficulties or if your requirements or the circumstances significantly change during the course of the mater). We will also inform you of its estimated cos in writing before any extra charge and expenses are incurred. Whilst we would hope that, in such circumstances, you would continue to instruct us, at such a point you would have a right to discontinue your instructions. Whereupon we would cease to act for you.
However the nature or complexity of the matter may make it impossible for us to offer a fixed fee in which case we would discuss the options with you.
We will only enter into fee agreements that are legal, and which we consider are suitable for your needs and which take into account your best interests.
Residential Conveyancing (Sales only)
We only deal with sales of properties and purchases where no mortgage is involved. The charges are dependant on the complexity of the case and the value of the property and also whether the property in question is Freehold or Leasehold and whether there is an existing charge to redeem. Our starting rate is £1000 plus VAT, for sales and purchases up to the value £500,000. If the property is leasehold there is an extra charge of £250 plus VAT. If there is a mortgage or other charge to redeem, there is an additional fee of £150 plus VAT per Charge. Please note that these costs do not include disbursements (that is outpayments we have to make on your behalf) which are added to your charges from us.
The typical Disbursements are as follows:
Sale – Land registry Fee for Office copies between £6 and £12 dependant on the property. These are copies of the present entries at the Land Registry
CHAPS Fee (Bank charge for transfer of money) £30.00
Purchase –Land Registry fee – Price dependant on value. Alternatively, we will include the correct amount if you ask us for a quote for the work.
Stamp Duty (Government tax on the purchase of property) The cost of this depends not only upon the price but also a number of other variables for which we require information from you and we will calculate this when preparing a quotation for you.
Search fees in the region of £200 to £300 + VAT
Various search fees have to be incurred depending on the nature and location of the property to endeavour to ensure that there will not be future issues with the property due to external factors such as future road or other building plans and anything else around, or under, the property that might affect it.
This again depends on the complexity of the matter. For a straight forward without any complexity. Our minimum charge is £2000 Plus VAT. However, we will charge hourly rate as mentioned above if the probate is complex and/or contested. We may also charge a percentage of the estate which will range from 5% depending on the complexity of the same.
The Disbursement in probate cases is the court fee which is £250 if the estate is more than £5000.
Please note that the may be inheritance tax to pay and this can only be established once we know the value of the estate.
Motoring offences (summary offences)
Our minimum charge for a straight forward motoring offence case, which involves only one hearing is £2000 plus VAT. If the case is complex and involves more than one hearing we will charge on the hourly rates set above.
Immigration (excluding asylum)
The following table will explain our fee structure regarding Immigration matters:
|Tier 1||From £5,000.00|
|Tier 2, 3, 4 and 5||From £1,500.00|
|Family and Private Life applications||From £1,000.00|
|Entry Clearance (visitor, spouse, partner, child, etc)||From £1,000.00|
|Appeal to First Tier Tribunal||From £1,500.00|
|Permission to appeal to First Tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal||From £750.00|
|Pre-Action Protocol stage||From £750.00|
|Judicial Review state||Hourly rate chargeable (costs can range from £5,000 to £15,000, depending on complexity of case)|
Please note that the above figures are an estimation of our costs for general immigration matters under the respective categories and may increase due to the complexities of the case on hand.
In the case of multiple applicants and/or dependents, we will amend the fees accordingly. You will be advised as to the total fees due upon instruction.
Please note the above fees include taking instructions from you, advising you as to the merits of your case and what you will be required to provide, preparing the applications, drafting your statements (if required), making representations in support of your matter and submitting the application to the Home Office or the Tribunal. Our fees will include any and all follow up correspondence up to a decision that is directly related to the case on hand.
There may be Home Office fees, court fees, barrister fees and Immigration Health Surcharge fees payable. The amount will vary on a case by case basis and you will be advised as to what the fees will be prior to the submission of the application, so that you are fully aware of any current and on-going costs that you need to be prepared for.
We follow Home Office guidance for the completion of an immigration application. The Home Office standard service times are currently 6 months. However, if your case is complicated, it may take longer.
Employment Tribunals (Unfair/Wrongful dismissal, Discrimination and/or Victimisation)
This is on the hourly rate as mentioned above and the estimate of costs may exceed £15000.00 if the case is contested by the opposing party.
Personal injury (Road Traffic Accident, Employer’s Liability and Public Liability) and Clinical Negligence
Shah Law Chambers operates a “No Win, No Fee” policy, meaning we do not get paid unless we win your claim. If for any reason the claim fails you will not have to pay us for the work we did thanks to our “No Win, No Fee” policy.
If you win your claim, you pay our basic charges, our expenses and disbursements and a success fee together with the premium for any insurance you take out. You are entitled to seek recovery from your opponent of part or all of our basic charges and our expenses and disbursements, but not the success fee or any insurance premium.
There is a maximum limit on the amount of the success fee which we can recover from you.
That maximum limit is 25% of the total amount of any:
- General damages for pain suffering and loss of amenity; and
- Damages for pecuniary loss, other than future pecuniary loss;
which are awarded to you in the proceedings covered by this agreement. The maximum limit is applicable to these damages net of any sums recoverable by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Department of Work and Pensions. The maximum limit is inclusive of any VAT which is chargeable.
The maximum limit includes any success fee payable to a barrister who has a CFA with us.
However, this maximum limit applies only to a success fee for proceedings at first instance and not to a success fee on other proceedings (such as, for example, an appeal against a final judgement or order).
Should you subsequently abandon your claim or change solicitors after we have carried out work on your behalf, you will be liable to pay our standard costs and disbursements until that stage and your Conditional Fee Agreement will be terminated.
Expenses and Disbursements
If you receive interim damages, we may require you to pay our expenses and disbursements at that point and a reasonable amount for our future expenses and disbursements.
If you receive provisional damages, we are entitled to payment of our basic charges our expenses and disbursements and success fee at that point.
If you win overall but, on the way, lose an interim hearing, you may be required to pay your opponent’s charges of that hearing, but usually only up to the amount of damages awarded to you.
If on the way to winning or losing you are awarded any costs, by agreement or court order, then we are entitled to payment of those costs, together with a success fee on those charges if you win overall.
Our hourly rates will be reviewed on 12 th February every year. In addition to the time spent, we may take into account a number of factors which include the complexity of the issues and the speed at which action must be taken, the expertise of the specialist knowledge that the case requires and if appropriate the value of the property or subject matter involved.
Our legal fees are reviewed each year and thus if this matter is not concluded prior to the next review date takes place, then we will notify you of our new revised charges which will apply to all work done from the review date.