Fixed Fee Funding

Fixed Fee Agreements:

In privately funded cases, we can offer fixed fee agreements for a range of legal matters from the outset of your case that is tailored to your personal requirements. A fixed fee is payable on the perusal and consideration of your documents and conducting your representation. This also covers the cost of any correspondence, telephone calls etc that are made on your behalf. However, if the matter requires further oral representations to the Superior Courts / Tribunals and becomes more complex, then further costs will be discussed.

If at any time before the completion of the matter you wish to withdraw your instructions then we will calculate our cost on non-fixed fee basis.

No Win no Fee

We provide legal services in the following area of law on no win no fee basis.

  1. Personal injury claim
  2. Employment law matter

If you would like to have your situation assessed call us on 01613026976, our advisers will find out a little more about your claim before passing this on to our specialist solicitors who will confirm whether or not we can assist you on a no win no fee basis.

If we can assist you on a no win no fee basis, we will guide you through the ACAS Early Conciliation, tribunal and court process to help you achieve the best resolution of your claim.

Our employment law and Personal Injury law experts have a strong track record successfully recovering compensation from employers and other defendants when acting on a no win no fee basis.

For cases run on this funding basis, there is a maximum deduction of 35% in employment matter and 25% in personal injury matters payable to Helan Law Associates Limited which is governed in accordance with the Damages Based Agreement Regulations 2013.

Clients are only liable for our fees in these circumstances:

Where we have acted for you under the agreement and you end the agreement where:

  • You have secured a settlement or obtained a successful judgment;
  • Your opponent admits liability;
  • It is within a week of trial and you end the agreement; or
  • It is deemed that as the client you behaved unreasonably (i.e., rejecting a reasonable offer of settlement or failing to co-operate regarding orders of the tribunal or court).

Insurance policy

Everyone who owns a house will have taken out buildings insurance, and as part of this type of cover you may also have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy which can sometimes cover legal assistance in the Employment Tribunal or County Court. You can check this by looking at your policy terms, or contacting your insurer directly.

You do have freedom of choice to select the solicitor you would like to instruct, and we have extensive experience of acting for clients with this type of policy. Upon becoming aware of a claim, you should contact your insurance company as soon as you can and advise that you wish to instruct your own solicitor to assist with the claim. We are able to liaise with insurers on your behalf to quickly secure cover.

If you believe you have the benefit of a legal expenses insurance policy, please contact us on 01613026976 and we will deal directly with your insurer to arrange cover so that your claim can be dealt with as soon as possible.  

Fixed price employment law advice

If you are experiencing difficulties at work, we can provide you with practical advice on the options available to you as well as advice on potential claims. For a fee of £250 plus VAT we can provide an initial face to face meeting to discuss your concerns and identify the steps you can take to resolve these. For that fee we can consider documentation you have received from your employer and following the meeting provide you with a written advice outlining the options available to you. We often continue to advise clients following the meeting by looking to resolve the issue on their behalf.

Civil legal advice – legal aid

We are unable to offer legal advice under the civil legal advice scheme or legal aid, you may contact to the Law Society to get contact details of Solicitors who work on legal aid basis. 

How much does representation at an employment tribunal cost?

Unpaid wages/breach of contract – Average £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

Unfair dismissal claim – Average £4,000 plus VAT and disbursements

Discrimination claim – Between £6,000 – £8,000 plus VAT and disbursements

Prices quoted are for representation throughout the full stage of proceedings up to a final hearing. Work would include the draft of initial pleadings, attendance at a preliminary hearing to discuss case management, dealing with the case management orders including; preparation of a schedule of loss; dealing with disclosure of documents/preparation of a bundle and drafting of witness statements. We would also instruct and liaise with a barrister for any final preparations before attending the final hearing.

Disbursements including a barrister attending the hearing can range from £400 – £2,500 plus VAT depending on the length of the hearing and experience of the barrister. Clients will be informed as early as possible about the costs of the barrister.

On average an employment tribunal can take up to 6 months though this depends on each case.

What should I do next?

If you wish to discuss any of our employment law services in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01613026976, you can also complete an online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly.


Family law

Our fixed fees in family law matters

We believe that fixed fee solutions should be the norm rather than the exception, that’s why our family and divorce law solicitors make sure this is the case wherever possible. Our friendly and experienced team are pleased to offer an up to one hour appointment either in person or over the telephone for a fixed fee of £250, after which our expert solicitor will draw up a detailed letter confirming the specific tailored advice given.

At HLA Solicitors, we endeavour to take any anxiety out of the process of purchasing legal services, that’s why we are leaders in providing expert and friendly family and divorce law advice.

For more information on the fixed fee services available from our family and divorce law team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call on01613026876 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our friendly team will be in touch to discuss your situation.

Fixed price guide

Service

 

Our fee

VAT

Court Fees

Total

First consultation and case assessment (up to one hour) with letter of advice

 

£250

£00

NIL

£250

First consultation and case assessment (up to one hour) with letter to ex-partner

 

£300

£00

NIL

£300

First consultation and case assessment (up to one hour) on cohabitation cases

 

£250

£00

NIL

£250

      

Separating

     

Divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (petitioner – uncontested)

 

£550

£00

£593

£1143

Divorce/dissolution of civil partnership (respondent – uncontested)

 

£300

£00

NIL

£300

      

Unbundled services

     

Financial consent order *Total includes £3 Land Registry charge

 

£785

£00

£50

£835*

Separation agreement (agreed terms – no advice, valued at less than £350,000)

 

£1,000

£00

NIL

£1,000

Representation at court

    

Costs to be agreed

      

Children

     

Representation at court

    

Costs to be agreed

      

Protection from domestic abuse

     

Initial consultation and warning letter

 

£250

£00

NIL

£250

Representation at court

    

Costs to be agreed

      

Living together and living apart

     

Pre-nuptial agreement (terms agreed)

 

£1,500

£00

NIL

£1,500

Cohabitation agreement

 

£1,000

£00

NIL

£1,000

Separation agreement (terms agreed)

 

£1,000

£00

NIL

£1,000

All prices subject to full terms and conditions.

If you would like more information about our fixed fee family law services contact on 01613026976 or get in touch with us through our online enquiry form.

Motoring Law

How much does motoring offence legal representation cost?

We charge based on both fixed fees and hourly rates depending on the complexity of the matter. The range of fees for defence against motoring offences are:

Penalty points speeding (guilty plea)

Between £500 and £700 for written representations by post

Totting up 12 penalty points (guilty plea, exceptional hardship)

Between £1,200 and £1500

Speeding offences where there is a risk of disqualification (guilty plea)

Between £1,200 and £1,500

Drink and drug driving (guilty plea)

Between £1,200 and £1,500

Failing to provide a specimen (guilty plea)

Between £1,200 and £1,500

Drink driving/drug driving (not guilty)

Between £3,500 and £5,000

Failure to provide a specimen (not guilty)

Between £3500 and £5000

All not guilty plea estimates are based on the matter concluding after representation at court where the hearing has been designated for a trial listed for one day. We offer fixed fees wherever possible but from time to time we may have to operate on the basis of an hourly rate ranging from £218 per hour to £255 per hour – the vast majority of cases can be dealt with on the basis of a fixed fee. A particularly complex matter or a matter that will need to be dealt with in the Crown Court would be dealt with by way of an hourly rate. Fixed fees include taking statements from, and examination of witnesses.

All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT. Call our specialist motoring offence solicitors on01613026976.

Third party costs, including barrister’s fees will be included within any fixed fee package unless stipulated otherwise.

Each case falls on its own facts and additional third-party costs may be necessary dependant on the issues/length of proceedings. Where an expert witness is required, the costs associated with this are dependent on the issues in the case and may need to be added to any of the above estimates of fees – expert fees can be variable, from £300 plus VAT and in very rare cases around or in excess of £1,000 plus VAT. It may also be necessary to obtain more than one expert report depending on how the case progresses.

How long will it take? 

For guilty plea cases, this will be depending on the court date for the final hearing. For not guilty pleas the average timespan is 3- 6 months.

Key stages when entering a guilty plea:

These are the key stages and they are included within our prices:

  • Initial meeting to take detailed instructions to assist with drafting full statement
  • Unlimited contact with your case handler throughout the case
  • Corresponding with and reviewing information and evidence received from prosecution and courts where necessary
  • Advice regarding the court process, what to expect and the sentencing options available to the court
  • Taking statements from, and examination of witnesses if necessary
  • We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have
  • Detailed guidance on what character references should address
  • Representation at court
  • Advice and assistance regarding result and what happens after the hearing/conclusion of the case

Useful links


Property law

How much does conveyancing cost?

Our fees are based on an average lease of commercial premises, they vary according to the Lease term and extra documentation. We offer a fixed fee service on all transactions. However, it may increase due to the extra work which may occur due to any unknown reason. 

New lease

Landlord (Agreed terms)                       £600-£750 plus disbursement

Tenant (Agreed terms) under 7 years   £600 plus disbursement

Tenant (Agreed terms) over 7 years     £750 plus disbursement

Assignments

Landlord (Agreed terms)                      £600-£750 plus disbursement

Assignor (Agreed terms)                         £750 plus disbursement

Assignee (Agreed terms)                        £750 plus disbursement

Sale agreements

(Agreed terms)                                        £300-£500 plus disbursement

In addition to our fees you will have to pay certain third party costs.

Potential third party costs*

  • HM land registry fee: Fee calculator
  • HMRC fee
  • Search fees: From £171 – £216 plus VAT – prices could increase subject to location of the property

*These fees vary from property to property and can be significantly more than the ranges given above.

Prices and disbursements are subject to change dependent on factors including lease/ business value – for a full quote and full breakdown of related disbursements please call us on 01613026976.

Wills & Probate

Fixed price Wills & Probate

Our Wills and Probate Solicitors are experts in their field, it’s no secret that our solicitors are amongst the industry leaders in providing expert advice and representation in all legal matters, including issues regarding Probate and Will fees. We are delighted to offer a range of fixed price services in this area.

Please note that our fixed or estimated fees for Wills and Probate work are based upon a matter having standard features. They give an indication of the likely range of prices in most instances. However, if your matter has non-standard features such as complex property, family relationships, dispositions or risks, then we may not be able to assist you for the fees shown on our website. In that instance we may give you an alternative fee quote based on hourly rates or further fixed or estimated fees.

If you would like further information on how we can help you, please call us on 01613026976 for a no obligation initial chat with one of our advisors. We have a team of friendly and approachable advisors who are waiting to take your call. They will talk to you about your situation without using legal jargon and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at ease. If you don’t want to call us initially you can contact us at a time most convenient to you, anytime of the day or night, through our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can to see if we can help.

All prices quoted relating to HLA Solicitors legal fees are not inclusive of VAT

Making a Will – price guide

HLA Solicitors’ specialist Will writing solicitors have extensive experience in preparing Wills to cover all circumstances. Whether you have a complex estate or you simply want to make sure certain belongings go to certain people, we can make a Will to suit you.

Level 1 Wills

£100 Single Will – £125 Mirror Wills

Instruction options available

  • We send out a link to our Wills instruction form for you to complete as far as possible and return in advance so that it ensures we can get your Will done in one visit.
  • If you are not on email then we can send a Will pre-appointment questionnaire in the post so that we can get the Will done for you in one visit if you return the questionnaire beforehand.
  • If you want to attend to provide instructions and we then draft the Will and go through it with you before signing all in one attendance (and you don’t want to pre-complete a questionnaire either through our online system or by bringing in a pre-appointment questionnaire we send to you in the post).

Level 2 Wills – Multiple Legacies

£125 Single Will – £175 Mirror Wills

Suitable if the Will is more complicated, requires multiple legacies or you would like a draft to be sent to you to consider further. This option is also suitable if you would like to attend to provide instructions, we then draft the Will and go through it with you before signing all in one attendance.

Should you need to leave someone out of your Will an additional £60 including VAT will be payable to cover the cost of the advice we need to give you on the implications of this.

Level 3 Wills

£200 Single Will – £300 Mirror Wills

Wills to include a trust to protect against factors which could affect the surviving spouse/civil partner together with the relevant deed to ensure that the jointly owned property is owned in such a way to allow a half share to pass into a trust on the first death.

Level 4 Wills

£750

This is for people who wish to receive inheritance tax planning advice related to their Will so as to leave as much as possible to their chosen beneficiaries through minimising inheritance tax paid. These Wills can involve the use of trusts to plan to minimise the impact of inheritance tax and is more particularly aimed at married couples/civil partners due to the tax exemptions provided to them*.

*If you are not married or in a civil partnership, we would be able to advise you on inheritance tax planning options which advice would be charged on the hourly rates of the person assisting you. 

Grant of probate/grant of letters of administration only where no Inheritance Tax is payable – £900 plus third-party costs (disbursements)* and VAT

Executors/administrators can then deal with the administration of the estate after we have obtained the grant for them.

If Inheritance Tax is payable or there are other tax matters arising, we will agree a fee with you based on the hourly rates of the person dealing with the matter. Complex estates involving tax matters tend to be handled by more senior solicitors and staff and our average hourly rate for them is £220.

Dealing with entire estate (obtaining grant, collecting in assets and distributing to beneficiaries)

For average estate values which are under £325,000 and with no inheritance tax payable, where this is the case, our average prices are: 1% of the gross value of the estate plus third-party costs and VAT.

This means, for example, that if the estate is worth £250,000 before deduction of debts and other expenses then our fees would be £2500 plus third-party costs and VAT.

We charge a minimum fee of £1200 plus third-party costs (disbursements)* and VAT.

If Inheritance Tax is payable or there are other tax matters arising, we will agree a fee with you based on the hourly rates of the person dealing with the matter. Complex estates involving tax matters tend to be handled by more senior solicitors and staff and our average hourly rate for them is £220.

*Third party costs

  • Probate Court fee of £155
  • £1.50 plus VAT for each office copy of the grant required (1 per asset usually)
  • £3 plus VAT HM Land Registry official copy entry
  • £2 plus VAT bankruptcy search
  • £5 plus VAT for electronic ID search
  • HM Land Registry registration fees based on scales and the value and status of the property

Other third-party costs will be advised as required, e.g., accountant’s fee for potential income tax return, statutory advertisement fee to advertise for unknown creditors, asset tracing fee

There may be additional third-party costs for lost share certificates and share registrar and/or sale agent fees on transfer or sale of the shares

S27 Advertisements in the London Gazette and a local newspaper in from £150 – £300 depending on the local newspaper advertising costs

Stockbroker fees – £25 – £150 depending on the number of shareholdings to be dealt with

How long does probate take?

The probate procedure involves the personal representatives valuing the estate’s assets, taking from this any debt amounts and then notifying the probate registry what the value of the remaining estate is. The length of time involved largely depends on what is in the estate. If there is a house, then it will depend on the housing market and how quickly a sale can be agreed. If there are only bank accounts then you may be able to get the grant within about two months. If there are shares, it could take longer. The more wide-ranging the types of assets there are in an estate, the longer it could take. If inheritance tax has to be paid, the values of the assets in an estate may have to be agreed with the Inland Revenue and this could take time.

Key stages and what is included in our pricing

If you instruct us to obtain a grant only and you administer the estate then the key stages and what is included in our prices is:

  1. Preparing the relevant HMRC forms and Statement of Truth from the probate valuations obtained by you
  2. Placing statutory advertisements (if required)
  3. Carrying out a Certainty Search if required
  4. Helping you to ensure that the relevant HMRC forms and Statement of Truth are correct and suitable to be signed
  5. Lodging your application for the Grant of Representation at the Probate Registry
  6. Providing you with the Grant of Representation and sealed copies.

If you instruct us to obtain a grant and administer the estate then the key stages and what is included in our prices is:

  1. Valuing the estate assets
  2. Obtaining details of outstanding debts
  3. Arranging payment of the funeral from estate funds (if required)
  4. Placing statutory advertisements (if required)
  5. Carrying out a Certainty Search if required
  6. Preparing the relevant HMRC forms and Statement of Truth
  7. Arranging payment of Inheritance Tax where necessary
  8. Helping you to ensure that the relevant HMRC forms and Statement of Truth are correct and suitable to be signed
  9. Lodging your application for the Grant of Representation at the Probate Registry
  10. Collecting in the assets
  11. Paying the debts from estate funds
  12. Liaising with HMRC in respect of income tax for the current tax year up to date of death
  13. Instructing an accountant to complete additional tax returns (if required)
  14. Preparing estate and distribution accounts
  15. Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries

*Not included in the price are the sales fees on properties, estate agency, taxes and HMLR fees.

If you would like further information on how we can help you, please call us on 01613026976 for a no obligation initial chat with one of our advisors. We have a team of friendly and approachable advisors who are waiting to take your call. They will talk to you about your situation without using legal jargon and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at ease. If you don’t want to call us initially you can contact us at a time most convenient to you, anytime of the day or night, through our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can to see if we can help.

Immigration & Nationality Law 

Our indicative fees for the more common Immigration matters are as follows:

Matter Type

Costs Estimate

 

Entry Clearance Applications

£500 to £1500

** No VAT Chargeable

In-Country Applications

£750 to £1500

 

Points Based Applications

£1000 to £2000

** VAT chargeable if client in UK

Sponsor Licence Applications

£1750 to £3000

 

Civil Penalty Notice

£1250 to £5000

 

Nationality Applications

£600 to £1,000

 

Appeal Representation

£1500 to £2500

** VAT chargeable if client in UK

EEA Pre-settled Status Application

£500 to £2000

 

EEA Settled Status Application

£500 to £2000

 

EEA Permanent Residence Application

£750 to £1250

 

EEA Family Permit Visa Application

£750

 

Administrative Review

£750 to £1250

 

General Advice in person/phone            £100.00

 

 

**All prices have 20% VAT included unless if the client is outside the UK in these circumstances, VAT is not payable. The above fees do not include disbursements.

What is not included within our costs estimate?

 

The above fee estimates do not include disbursements. Disbursements are costs/fees related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Home Office fees, Court fees etc. We can handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf, provided we have funds on account, or you can pay directly.

Home Office fees vary depending on the kind of application and the duration of the visa, and the appointment costs will vary depending on where and how the application will be submitted and whether a priority service for expedited determination is being utilised. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.

A list of the latest Home Office fees can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees

Information on NHS Surcharge can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/how-much-pay

Immigration appeal fees are currently £140.00 for an oral hearing and £80.00 for a paper hearing.

What services are included?


HLA Solicitors are committed to provide the following services on your case:

  • Obtaining your initial instructions, discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming what is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • Providing you with detailed advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria. If you do not fulfil certain criteria, we will discuss whether this can be overcome and how it can be overcome;
  • Considering the supporting evidence, you have provided;
  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
  • Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf along with drafting a detailed letter of representation;
  • Providing you with advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take;
  • Providing advice about complying with your immigration conditions.

How long will my matter take?

 

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please find below information on Home Office processing times:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk

We will normally be able to submit the above type of applications within 2 to 4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. The time taken to prepare your application will depend on the complexity of your case and how quickly we receive the required supporting evidence from you.

The timescale taken to process immigration appeals can vary, in-country appeals are ordinarily heard within 3 to 6 months, overseas immigration appeals are ordinarily heard between 12 to 18 months.

Complaint Procedure

Our Complaints Policy

HLA Solicitors are committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

Our Complaints Procedure

If you have a concern or a complaint in respect of our service, our bill or any other matter, please contact us as soon as you are aware of the problem so this can be addressed. The firm’s complaints director is Mr Saleem Shah, the address to write to is HLA Solicitors, 2ND Floor, 315 Dickenson Road, Manchester, M13 0NR. The telephone number is 0161 3026976. The email address is hlasolicitors@gmail.com.

What will happen next?

  1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within 2 working days of our receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure. If you require a specific format then please contact Saleem Shah and advise him of your specific requirements.
  2. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to our client care director, Saleem Shah, who will review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you.
  3. Saleem Shah will then contact you to discuss the matter and, it is hoped, resolve your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
  4. Within three days of the contact or meeting, Saleem Shah will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you.
  5. If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Saleem Shah will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including her suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
  6. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again to explain why you remain unhappy with our response and we will review your comments. Depending on the matter we may at this stage arrange for another meeting to review the decision.
  7. We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
  8. In the event we are unable to address your concern’s here at the firm you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman directly. Ordinarily, you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to look at your complaint if it meets all three of the conditions below:
    • The problem or when you found out about it, happened after 5 October 2010; and
    • You are referring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within either of the following:
    • Six years of the problem happening
    • Three years from when you found out about it
    • You are referring your complaint to us within six months of your service provider’s final response.
  9. Anyone making a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must be:
    • An individual
    • An enterprise with less than ten staff or with a balance sheet of less than 2 million Euros as defined by the European Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003
    • A club, association or society with an annual income of less than £1 million;
    • A charity with an annual income less than £1 million;
    • A trustee of a trust with a net asset value of less than £1 million;
    • A personal representative or the residuary beneficiaries of an estate where a person with a complaint died before referring their compliant to the Legal Ombudsman.;
    • If you do not fall into the list of above complainants then the only option open to you is to seek redress through the firm’s Complaints Handling Procedure or by mediation, arbitration or by action through the Courts.
  10. Contact details for the Legal Ombudsman are:
    Address: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ.
    Telephone: 0300 555 0333
    Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
    Website: legalombudsman.co.uk
  11. If you need information in another language, large print, Braille or on audio CD please call the Legal Ombudsman on 0121 245 3071 or email publications@legalombudsman.org.uk.You can find out more about their accessibility 
  12. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed that the following Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) entities are currently available to deal with disputes in the legal services sector: Ombudsman Services ProMediate and Small Claims Mediation in the event you wish to engage in mediation concerning your complaint. However, we are not agreeable to enter into ADR mediation until the Legal Ombudsman have been approved as an ADR provider.

Complaints about your bill

The above complaints procedure also applies to complaints arising concerning our bill. There may also be a right to object to the bill by applying to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974; and that if all, or part, of a bill remains unpaid, the firm may be entitled to charge interest

Raising concerns with our regulator

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic. You can find information about raising your concerns with the SRA at www.sra.org.uk in the ‘For the public’ section.