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Paying for your legal representation

  • At The Law Shop we like to ensure ours fees are clear from the outset and in certain areas we can offer fixed fees to ensure you know how much your legal representation will cost and how to budget for it.


Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 8 and 10 hours work at £245 per hour plus VAT at 20%. Total costs estimated at - £1960 -£2540 (+VAT at 20%).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will

  • There is no more than one property

  • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts

  • There are no other intangible assets

  • There are up to 4 beneficiaries

  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs

  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC

  • There are no claims made against the estate

  • Disbursements included in this fee (where applicable VAT is included at 20%):

  • Probate application fee of £155 plus £1.50 per additional copy of the grant if requested at the time

  • £5-£7 Swearing of the oath (per executor)

  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)

  • £350 including VAT at 20%  Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.

  • £350 including VAT at 20% Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

  • Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Potential additional costs
  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.

  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £1.50 (1 per asset usually).

  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

  • How long will this take?
  • On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-9 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8-12  weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2-6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 6-8 weeks

Motoring Offences

Motoring offence, guilty plea – fixed fee £480 (including VAT charged at 20%)

Fee includes:

  • 2 hours attendance/preparation:

  • considering evidence

  • taking your instructions

  • providing advice on likely sentence

  • Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court

The fee does not include:

  • instruction of any expert witnesses

  • taking statements from any witnesses

  • advice and assistance in relation to a special reasons hearing

  • advice or assistance in relation to any appeal

The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.

Motoring offence , not guilty plea - fixed fee £1800 (including VAT charged at 20%)

Fee includes:

  • Meet with your solicitor, provide instructions on what happened

  • We will consider initial disclosure and any other evidence and provide advice.

  • Arranging to take witness statements if necessary (this will have an additional cost of £180 plus VAT per witness).

  • We will explain the Court procedure to you so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing and the sentencing options available to the Court.

  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.

  • We cannot provide a timescale of when your hearing will take place as this depends on the Court listing for that day. 

  • We will attend Court on the day and meet with you before going before the Court.  We would anticipate being at Court with you for a minimum for half a day but this can be longer as the Court will list a number of cases on the same day.

  • We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal this will carry an additional cost.

  • This fee does not include the cost of any disbursement such as obtaining any expert report that maybe required to assist with your defence. Such costs will be dependant upon the issues in your case and may need to be added to any of the above estimates of fees. Expert fees can be variable from £300.00 plus VAT and in some exceptional cases around or in excess of £1000.00 plus VAT. We would advise you of any such costs prior to commissioning any expert report and would require payment in advance of the expert being instructed on your behalf.

  • We charge travel time at £90 plus VAT based on travel from our Scarborough office.  If we are travelling outside of Scarborough then we will charge mileage at 45p plus VAT per mile as well as the cost of parking plus VAT.


Experience and Qualifications

We have small but dedicated team of fully qualified solicitors comprising of Ian Brickman and David Camidge. Both have over 30 years experience in motoring offences alongside experience in other areas of criminal litigation and advocacy.

Key Stages and Timescales 

Each case will have varying key stages and timescales dependant on the nature of the case and the issues for the court to consider. By way of general guidance cases can be divided into guilty pleas and not guilty pleas. 

For a guilty plea case this will likely be dealt with on the initial court date. The timescale will depend upon the matter can be listed by the court but this maybe a number of weeks from the date of the offence. 

For a Not Guilty Plea case The first court hearing will be listed as above but will then be used as a case management hearing where the issues and witnesses will be identified and a trial date listed. This is likely to be approximately 3 to 6 months thereafter depending upon court availability as well as the number of witnesses required and the complexity of the case.


For further information about our fees please contact us on 01723 379 777

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