How we price our work

You’ll want clear information before deciding that Veitch Penny LLP should be your preferred legal services provider.

This page informs how we arrive at our prices, and the sort of legal costs which may arise.  Just follow the links below.

Remember, every case is different.  For your personal estimate/quote and a detailed explanation, just call us or follow the menu links.

Conveyancing
Probate
Wills & PoA's
Personal injury claims
Other Litigation
Debt collection
Anything else

Conveyancing

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RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

The conveyance of residential real property or real estate which comprise:

(i)  freehold or leasehold sales or purchases; or

(ii) mortgages or re-mortgages; 

Our people involved in this area of legal practice include

Exeter 

Crediton

  • Ian Penny – partner
  • Tanya Pritchard – licensed conveyancer
  • Ellie Wonnacott – trainee solicitor
  • Sue Downs – paralegal
  • Graham Prowse – paralegal
  • Sharon McLeod – secretary
  • Jane Tucker – secretary
  • Helen Robinson – secretary
  • Vicky Branch – secretary

See what our clients say about us here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

We understand the stress involved in moving home. The work we will carry out will normally involve:

  • Checking that your financial arrangements are in place
  • Obtaining Land Registry entries and drafting a contract for sale (approximately 1 week)
  • Completing incidental information re fixtures and fittings and other inclusions and exclusions (approximately 1 -2 weeks)
  • Receiving contracts and other property information (approximately 1 week)
  • Undertaking searches and enquiries on the property (immediately)
  • Raising requisitions on title and other issues (approximately 2-3 weeks)
  • Preparing for exchange and completion (approximately 1 week)
  • Dealing with the payment of SDLT *(approximately 1 week post completion)
  • Dealing with Land Registry applications (approximately 1 week post completion)
  • Liaison with your lenders throughout
  • Liaison with your estate agent throughout
  • Overall control of the transaction throughout, including liaison with estate agents, removal firms etc

 The actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors which we will discuss with you if you decide to instruct us but we thought you might find the following helpful in being sure of receiving excellent value as well as service. .

Any number of variables come into play, but some are included here:-

  • what is involved?
  • the price?
  • the location (inc known issues in that area)?
  • freehold or leasehold?
  • registered or unregistered land?
  • New build?
  • Number of parties?
  • vacant possession?
  • Is there a mortgage and if so is any part of the deposit coming by way of a gift?
  • will we have to deal with other solicitors representing the lender?
  • Is a declaration of trust required?
  • Are you using any form of Help to Buy scheme?
  • Are you hoping to claim stamp duty relief (other than 1st time buyer’s relief)?
  • the deadlines involved.
  • Is there a free hold management company involved?
  • whether we need to arrange indemnity insurance?
  • Is a sale with tenants in situ?
  • which of our offices will undertake the work
  • whether a partner or senior lawyer will be required throughout
  • any particular request for an individual’s attention

and so on!

These figures do not include any external costs and charges that we may incur as part of the process (eg. estate agent’s commission, removal costs, environmental remediation costs, stamp duty  etc). You will also be responsible for these items.  Our first letter to you will normally identify those which we can expect from the start.

A review (in Nov 2018) of recent invoices indicated .that across the firm our average conveyancing fee was around  £845 for a purchase and £760 for a sale, in each case plus vat and disbursements.       This is not a quote but an indication.

There will be other costs on top – those fees and charges we need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as notice & deeds charges, search fees, land registry fees, freeholder information packs, bank charges and Stamp Duty Land Tax or Land Transfer Tax (in Wales). You may also be responsible for paying the legal costs incurred by us on behalf of your lender.

*A link to the Government website showing stamp duty calculations is here. 

These figures assume that the transaction is ‘standard’ and has no unforeseen issues that may lengthen the process or increase costs.

Our price may look high compared to some other providers, but we would ask you to consider the strong emphasis we place on personal service by qualified professionals, our track record, and the importance of getting it right  to ensure a smooth transaction.

As they say “Buy cheap – buy twice”!   

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And if you ask us to undertake abortive or other works, what do we charge then?

Save where work is undertaken for an agreed fixed price, our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

VAT, expenses/disbursements will be added where appropriate.

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

 

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Probate

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The sort of information we factor into account when considering the likely cost will include:-

  • Grant of Probate, or Letters of Administration only?
  • Have the clients obtained all information/values required for assets and liabilities of estate or will we need to do this?
  • If we need to do this how many companies etc. will we need to write to?
  • How many executors to correspond with?
  • Which Inheritance tax form needs to be completed?
  • Any inheritance tax to pay.

 

If Grant and estate administration:

  • How many assets/investments companies and creditors to write to in order to register death and obtain information, types of assets.  (If shareholdings it can be very time consuming collecting in dividends etc).
  • How many executors will we be corresponding with
  • Number of legacies,
  • Number of residuary beneficiaries.
  • Is the estate dutiable?
  • Will we need to complete simplistic Inheritance tax form IHT205 or the more complex IHT400?
  • If inheritance tax is payable, how this will be funded?
  • How much work needed to sort out income tax up to death and for estate administration
  • Will there be Land Registry work and the assenting of property
  • Any Deeds of Variation

We will do our best to provide an estimate, and will keep you abreast of changes – usually every six months.

A review in November 2018 of recent invoices suggested the average charge raised by our Probate department for estate work within the previous 6 months was £1820 (with the highest in that period £7,750).  Of course each case is VERY different.

Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, travel expenses or search fess may fall into this heading.

VAT will be added where appropriate.

Please request a call back for more information.

 

 

Wills & PoA's

WILLS and POWERS OF ATTORNEY

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Our Wills and Powers of Attorney specialists include:

This page does not provide you with a quote.  It merely sets out the sort of charges we regard as normal in a straight forward matter, for your guidance and information.

Wills – Veitch Penny guidelines only

  • Single Will – £220 to £350 plus VAT (more if particularly complex or high value)
  • Pair of linked Wills – £300 to £500 plus VAT (more if particularly complex or high value)

The actual fee will depend on the complexity of the Wills being drafted. A more detailed estimate can be given after instructions have been received and the fee earner has a better understanding of the work that will be involved.

Powers of Attorney – guidelines only

Please add VAT to all prices

  • Single Property & Financial or Heath & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney – £400
  • Single Property & Financial and Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney – £500
  • Pair of Property & Financial Health or Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney – £500
  • Pair of Property & Financial and Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney – £600
  • Single General Power of Attorney – £100
  • Pair of General Powers of Attorney – £ 150
  • Single Trustee Act Power of Attorney – £100
  • Pair of Trustee Act Powers of Attorney – £150

Our charges for Lasting Powers of Attorney include preparation and certification of the document(s) and dealing with the registration at the Office of the Public Guardian.

In addition to our fees, you will pay the Public Guardian’s registration fee for each Lasting Power of Attorney document registered. (Clients on certain benefits (e.g. Housing or Council Tax Benefit, the guarantee element of pension credit) may be entitled to an exemption).  The Public Guardian’s fee information site setting out the registration fees and exemption criteria may be viewed  here.

And for other work you may require…..

Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, travel expenses or search fees may fall into this heading.

VAT will be added where appropriate.

Please request a call back for more information.

Personal injury claims

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Our injury compensation team is headed by very experienced specialists in the field, namely partners, Andrew Harris at Exeter (pictured), and Catherine Rosewell (at Crediton), backed by colleagues as needed.

Initial discussions are usually free of charge, to help you decide on the way forward.

You may have an existing legal expenses insurance policy covering fees for this type of work.  If you do than we will liaise with your insurers to be sure the cover is sufficient for your needs (sadly we have come across some schemes that are not quite what they seem) and then to secure confirmation of our appointment.

If you do not have (or choose not to use) such a policy , there are two ways forward.

  • You can “pay as you go” in which case we will invoice for time reasonably spent following your instructions (see below).
  • You can ask us to consider accepting your claim on a “no-win-no-fee” basis.  There are two types, the more common being  a “Conditional Fee Agreement” (CFA).

A “Damages Based Agreement” (DBA) is also permissible, though used by us mainly in claims against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under the  Untraced Drivers Agreement.

Under a CFA – if you lost, then you only repay our outgoings  – we charge nothing for our time from the date of the agreement (exceptions which apply are set out in the Agreement itself).

If you win then in addition to our basic fees and outlays, you will pay a “success fee” (+ vat) which is a percentage of our basic fees. ranging from 12.5% to 100% depending on the nature of the case and the stage reached at settlement.  Depending on our risk assessment, typical success fees;  maximum 100% (usually only if if resolved in court); if resolved out of court then typically: 12.5% for  Road Traffic claims; 25% for accidents at work and 30% for public/occupiers liability claims.

You may wish to purchase an insurance policy to cover you against irrecoverable disbursements and adverse costs if any were awarded against you,  Success fees and such insurance premiums are not recoverable from your opponent if you win.

We would hope to recover as much as we can towards your basic bill from the losing party.  Court scale fees and budgets may apply    Success fees are not recoverable, but we promise they will not exceed 25% of your awarded damages.

Outlays required may include court fees, medical or other expert reports, police report, travel, barrister’s fees, or the use of a cost draftsman.

As estimates will need amending as the issues in your case become clearer, we will provide an initial estimate but update it as needed, and usually every six months. or so.

Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, expert reports, travel expenses and enforcement charges may fall into this heading, as might Barrister’s fees if retained.

The court fees arising vary depending on the amount claimed and the stage reached,  A link to the government site listing most civil court fees can be accessed here.

VAT will be added to our bill as appropriate.

Please request a call back for more information.

Other Litigation

Neighbour/boundary dispute?   been let down by a negligent Professional?  Disputed contractual matter?  Faulty goods?   The list is endless but we are here to help.

Our very experienced Litigation team is headed by specialist partners, Andrew Harris at Exeter , and Catherine Rosewell at Crediton (pictured), backed by colleagues as needed.

Initial discussions are usually free of charge, to help you decide on the way forward.

You may even have an existing legal expenses insurance policy covering fees for the type of work you have in mind.  If so we will liaise with your insurers to be sure the cover is sufficient for your needs (sadly we have come across some schemes that are not quite what they seem) and then to secure confirmation of our appointment.

In some (but not all) types of work we may offer a no win no fee agreement (CFA) where a contribution may be recoverable toward legal costs from the other side if you win.  Please ask for more details.

Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, travel expenses and enforcement charges may fall into this heading.

The court fees arising vary depending on the amount claimed and the stage reached,  A link to the government site listing most civil court fees can be accessed here.

VAT will be added to our bill as appropriate.

Whether and how much you can get back from your opponent as a contribution towards your legal costs will vary from case to case under the court rules. Please ask.

 

 

Debt collection

Our commercial debt collection work is headed partners,  Catherine Rosewell at Crediton (pictured), and Andrew Harris (at Exeter), backed by colleagues as needed.

Court fees are usually added to the judgement debt but the fixed costs recoverable under the court process are very limited (and often zero in the small claims court. However a penalty charge together with a reasonable interest rate can be recovered in addition to the unpaid balance, within business to business debt collection cases only.

Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.   Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, travel expenses and enforcement charges may fall into this heading.

The court fees arising vary depending on the amount claimed and the stage reached,  A link to the government site listing most civil court fees can be accessed here.

VAT will be added to our bill as appropriate.

Please request a call back for more information.

 

Anything else

Well, not “anything”!  We will only accept instructions if within our expertise and we can offer a good service.  We do not normally accept instructions regarding

  • Family disputes
  • Motoring offences
  • Criminal charges
  • Immigration
  • Employment tribunals
  • Licensing applications

Neither can we currently work under legal aid funding.

We do however offer a wide range of services not falling in the other categories set out elsewhere on this page and in most will happily provide an estimate or a fixed price quote where asked.  Our charges are normally based on the time spent working on your behalf.

Our “time” is measured in “units” of 6 minutes each and there are 10 units to an hour. We note and charge for the number of letters written, and the time taken for other aspects, e.g.: file work, meetings, research, telephone calls etc. VAT is then applied at the prevailing rate. We may periodically alter the hourly rate to reflect changes in the court rates or our overheads but we will always notify you in writing and tell you the date from which the proposed increase will become effective.

Our hourly rates (usually revised in January of each year) currently used are:

Grade A £210.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors – over 8 year’s experience
Grade B £190.00 Per hr + vat Solicitors, Legal Execs and similar  – over 4 years’ experience
Grade C £180.00 Per hr + vat Other Solicitors, Legal Execs and equivalent fee earners
Grade D £140.00 Per hr + vat Trainee solicitors, paralegals

 

The qualifications and/or experience of your case handler will be made clear from the outset although other members of the team may work on the case as needed at their prevailing rates, whether higher or lower than this.

We will only charge for work reasonably necessary in promoting your claim, or for which you have given us specific or implied authority and may discount the above rates where appropriate.  In this way the other side are unlikely to challenge your bill when we ask them to pay it on your behalf.

If a fixed fee has been agreed between us (limited to specified work) it will have been recorded in a separate letter but the above charging regime will still apply to any additional work you authorise us to undertake.

Expenses (also called “disbursements”) may arise,  Court fees, travel expenses or search fees may fall into this heading.

VAT will be added where appropriate.

Please request a call back for more information.

 

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