Pricing

Gosschalks is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and as such is required to provide transparency around pricing for a range of legal services offered by the firm. Please find such details below together with details of our complaints procedure.

Because every legal case and transaction is different, we highly recommend that you contact a member of our experienced legal team for a full, detailed breakdown of fees related to your exact requirements should that be required before proceeding to instruction. You will find direct contact details for our specialists alongside each practice and work areas throughout this website.

Click to view pricing information for each of the following service areas:

Litigation
Employment
Licensing
Probate
Residential Conveyancing
Photocopying, scanning and faxing
Complaints




Litigation

Click or tap the following links to learn more about our Litigation services for business and Litigation services for you.

We are pleased to present our charges for Debt Recovery up to £100,000.

As a guide to our costs, we record all the time devoted to each matter. We then calculate our charges by applying hourly charge out rates to the actual time recorded. All of our hourly rates are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. As things move forward, we will explain the issues relevant to your matter and keep you up to date on progress and cost.

Work in the Department is conducted by either Partners, Solicitors, Legal Executives, Paralegals or Trainees. The chart below shows relevant hourly charging rates. All work is supervised by one of our partners.

Name Status Qualification Year Qualified Hourly Rate
Rob Hastie Partner LLB 1994 £285
Matthew Fletcher Partner LLB 2000 £285
Steve Dillon Partner LLB 2001 £285
Victoria Quinn Partner BSc, LLM 2003 £240
Julia Williams Partner LLB 2004 £230
Rachel Garton Partner BSc, LLB 2004 £230
Phil Osborne Partner LLB, LLM 2010 £250
Nathalie Stewart Partner MA (Oxon) 2007 £230
Will Buckenham Partner BSc, LLB 2011 £220
Chris Adams Partner LLB 2010 £200
Abigail Milner Associate BA, LLB 2014 £160
Kerry Taylor Solicitor LLB 2011 £160
Clare Castillo Fee Earner LLB, LLM, GCILEX N/A £120
Penny Byers Fee Earner LLB, LLM 2009 £185
All Trainees Trainees LLB N/A £115

If the work involves working unsocial hours, requires special or urgent attention, specialist expertise or is affected by any similar factors, we may add an appropriate mark up to our normal hourly rates. However, we will not apply a mark-up unless we have agreed it with our client first. All work is subject to periodic quality control, which in all cases is provided by one of our partners.

Sometimes we incur expenses relating to our client’s work, which we need to charge back. These are known as disbursements and do not form part of our fees, although it remains the responsibility of our client to pay them. VAT may or may not be charged on disbursements, depending on their nature. We may also have to pay other fees on our client’s behalf which we charge back.

We look forward to receiving your enquiry, which will enable us to provide a detailed estimate including costs, disbursements, VAT rates, timescales and key stages.

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Employment

Click or tap the following links to learn more about our employment law services for business and our employment services for you.

We are pleased to present our charges for employment tribunal claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.

There are a few general points to be made about our charges for these types of claims. Firstly, all clients must at all times understand that costs are irrecoverable in Employment Tribunals even if you win. This sets Employment Tribunals apart from many other areas of law where if you are successful you can recover all or at least some of your costs for your opponent. A second point to make is that our charges are based upon the amount of work done rather than fixed fees because there can be a very big difference between the costs involved in a straightforward matter and the costs involved in a drawn out, complicated case. Finally, our charges are the same for individual clients or commercial clients, which is to say that there is no difference in what we charge whether we are acting for the employer or the former employee.

Unfair or wrongful dismissal claims are dealt with by all members of the department. The chart below shows hourly charge out rates as well as experience and supervision arrangements. All Gosschalks’ work is subject to supervision, which in all cases is provided by a partner.

Name Status Experience Supervised by Hourly Rate
Ted Flanagan Partner Qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in Employment Law since then. Experience in dealing with almost every type of claim. Has conducted many claims both for employers and employees including as advocate. Secretary to the Yorkshire and Humber Employment Tribunal User Group. Nigel Beckwith £260
Nathalie Stewart Partner Qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has undertaken employment work ever since then. Experience of bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims and advocacy. Ted Flanagan £230
Nicola Evans Associate Trained with Gosschalks including her last six months in the employment department before qualifying and joining the department in September 2011. Has specialised in employment ever since. Nathalie Stewart £185
Jade Nelson Paralegal Originally trained as a Barrister and now in process of training to be a solicitor. Has specialised in employment law for many years. Nathalie Stewart £165

Sometimes we incur expenses relating to the case which we need to charge back to clients. These are known as disbursements and do not form part of our fees although it remains the responsibility of the client to pay them. VAT may or may not be charged on disbursements, depending on their nature. The most common disbursement is the cost of a barrister known as counsel’s fees. Whilst all of the department undertake advocacy it is often more cost effective to instruct a barrister depending upon the length of the hearing and whereabouts in the country it is. Over and above that there are sometimes costs for medical reports in cases involving disability or discrimination, or for a pension loss report. Occasionally other types of disbursement can be necessary such as the costs of an expert IT report or even commissioning a handwriting expert on occasions where forgery is alleged.

When we first take your instructions in a matter we are able to provide a far better estimate as to what is going to be involved, how long it is going to take and how much it is going to cost.

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Licensing

To learn more about our Licensing services, please click or tap here.

Our Charges for Licensing Applications for Business Premises:

As a guide to our costs for Licensing applications, we generally agree a fixed fee which is dependent upon the type of application and its anticipated complexity. This fee normally falls within the range of £600 - £1500 for a new licence application. All of our fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. As things move forward, we will explain the issues relevant to your matter and keep you up to date on progress and cost.

Licensing applications are conducted by either Claire Johnson or Richard Taylor, who are both equity partners with many years of Licensing experience. The chart below shows their hourly charging rates, as well as their experience and supervision arrangements. All Gosschalks’ work is subject to supervision, which in all cases is provided by a partner.

Name Status Hourly Rate
Clare Johnson Partner £335
Richard Taylor Partner £330

Sometimes we incur expenses relating to our client’s work, which we need to charge back. These are known as disbursements and do not form part of our fees, although it remains the responsibility of our client to pay them. VAT may or may not be charged on disbursements, depending on their nature. We may also have to pay other fees on our client’s behalf and which we charge back.

We look forward to receiving your enquiry, which will enable us to provide a detailed estimate including costs, disbursements, VAT rates, timescales and key stages.

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Probate

To learn more about our Probate and Estate Administration services, please click or tap here.

We offer a wide range of probate services starting with a fixed fee Grant only application where we obtain a Grant of Probate based on information provided by you and settle any Inheritance Tax liability. The price of this service ranges from £750 plus VAT to £1,500 plus VAT depending on the Inheritance Tax forms required. A court fee of between £155 and £165 and an oath fee of between £7 and £22 is also payable with each application.

Our estate administration service, charged in addition to the above includes assistance dealing with all matters relating to assets and liabilities of the estate. This is charged at our hourly rate ranging from a partner at £210 plus VAT per hour, with less complex administrative matters being dealt with by a junior fee earner at £140 plus VAT per hour.

An all-inclusive fixed price service including both above, based on the value of the estate can be discussed if required.

The above prices do not include:

  • Payment of Inheritance Tax
  • Conveyancing of Estate Properties*
  • Completion of Income Tax Returns**
  • Financial Advice**
  • Deeds of Variation

*A quote can be provided by our Conveyancing department
**Quotes can be obtained from third parties for these services. For further information or to request an appointment please contact us.

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Residential Conveyancing

To learn more about ouf Residential Conveyancing services, please click or tap here.

Our fees are all fixed fees. They start from £525.00 plus VAT on a sale and £550.00 plus VAT on a purchase. Fees will vary depending on the nature of the transaction and the following may increase the fee payable:

  1. The value of the Property
  2. If the Property is leasehold
  3. If the Property is a New Build
  4. You are purchasing in a company name

The above is not an exhaustive list and there may be other factors that affect the fee payable.

Disbursements will also be payable. The average disbursements on a sale will be £68.00. This is inclusive of VAT and includes a copy of your title, telegraphic transfer fee, copying and postage charges and electronic identification fees.

The average disbursements on a purchase are £290.00 (this excludes stamp duty). This is inclusive of VAT and includes a full search pack (local authority search, water & drainage search and environmental search), chancel liability indemnity insurance, final land registry searches, land registration fee, telegraphic transfer fee, copying and postage charges and electronic identification fees.

The land registration fee increases with the value of the property and the land registry fee used to calculate the average disbursement figure above was £40.00. This is the fee payable for a property up to the value of £100,000.00. The stamp duty payable on a property varies depending on numerous factors, including:

  • If you are a first-time buyer
  • If you are purchasing a second property
  • If you are purchasing in a company name

To give you an accurate indication of the stamp duty payable we would need to assess all of the facts relating to the purchase of the Property.

To give a tailored quotation for your conveyancing services please call a member of the team on 01482 590290. For the avoidance of doubt the above fees quoted do not include estate agency fees, surveyors fees and other services carried out by third parties.

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Photocopying, scanning and faxing

To cover the cost of equipment, consumables and operators, all departments in the firm charge on a pay as you go basis for photocopying, scanning and faxing documents as follows:

Item Charge per page A4 page – b/w – copy, scan or fax – UK £0.25 A4 page – b/w – fax – Overseas £0.35 A3 page – b/w – copy, scan or fax £0.50 A4 page - colour £0.60 A3 page – colour £1.20

All prices above are subject to VAT.

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Complaints

You can access the firms complaints procedure by clicking here.

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