Conveyancing Costs

Gulsen & Co Solicitors is accredited with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and endeavour to provide a professional and efficient legal service to individuals who instruct us to handle residential property transactions (such as sales, purchases or linked sales and purchases). We do not offer different levels of service depending upon the legal fee charged.  For example, we do not offer an online only service, or a service with a capped number of telephone discussions within a set price.  Gulsen & Co Solicitors charge what we believe to be a fair and proper fee to reflect the bespoke and tailored service that we provide.

Gulsen & Co Solicitors tends to work on a repeat basis for clients who know us or who have been recommended to us. However, we are independent and neither pay nor accept referral fees.

Our Residential Property Team is headed by Mr Ayhan Gulsen, a Partner. Details of his experience, and those within the Team, can be easily accessed by clicking on the names below.  A member of the Team would handle your matter, normally from beginning to the end under the supervision of a Partner.  

  • Burhan Canbolat
  • Ayhan Gulsen
  • Ayben Albay

Legal Fees

We set a minimum Legal Fee of residential transactions: Price
Acting for you in a sale, purchase or refinance transaction up to £500,000.00;

Acting for you in a sale, purchase or refinance transaction between £500,000 and £1,000,000.00;

Purchase or refinance price for transactions over £1 Million

£850.00 + VAT

£1000.00 + VAT

%1 of Sale

If you are buying with the aid of a mortgage
Additional Legal Fee if we are instructed to act for the lender.

However, if the bank is separately represented, our Legal Fee may be more depending on the lender’s solicitors’ requirements that we are to satisfy
£250.00 + VAT
If you are buying with the aid of a Help to Buy mortgage
Additional Legal Fee £500.00 + VAT
Transferring funds on completion or to redeem a mortgage £1,500.00
Bank Transfer Fee £35.00 + VAT
We do not price match any estimates you may be given by other service providers.
We set a minimum Legal Fee of Commercial transactions:
Acting for you in a sale, purchase or refinance transaction for Lease £1,250.00 + VAT
Acting for you in a sale, purchase or refinance transaction for freehold up to £500,000.00 £1,500.00 + VAT
Acting for you in a sale, purchase or refinance transaction for freehold between £500,000.00 to £1,000,000.00 £2,000.00 + VAT
Purchase or refinance price for transactions over £1 Million %1 of Sale

Immigration Fees

We offer professional service with very reasonable fees. Our agreed fee covers all the work until we receive a written decision for the stage of the application or appeal for which you have instructed us. Please be advised that having agreed fixed fee, if you withdraw your instructions, we will not issue any refund. Our fees for various applications, appeals and Judicial Reviews are given in the tables below (these fees do not include VAT – where applicable):

Visa applications outside the UK (Entry Clearance) Price
Spouse / Fiancé(e)

Visitor Visa

Entry Clearance Visa as a Turkish ECAA Businessperson

Sole Representative of Overseas Business Visa

£1,500.00

£750.00

£2,500.00

£2,500.00

Visa application inside the UK
All Spouse / Fiancé(e) related applications

All Turkish Citizens (Ankara Agreement) related applications

All point based applications

£2,000.00

£2,500.00

£2,500.00

Long Residence Applications
10 years Long Residence – Extension of Stay  / Leave to Remain

10 years Long residence – Indefinite Leave to Remain

£2,500.00

£2,500.00

All EU related Applications £1,500.00
Asylum & Humanitarian Protection
Asylum Claim and Humanitarian Protection £2,000.00

*All Immigration Appeals are charged on hourly basis

*All Judicial Review in the Upper Tribunal are charged on hourly basis

Employment

Fees for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end including representations at the Employment Tribunal. From the outset of your matter we explore whether you may have other funding options available such as cover under and insurance policy. 

How much does this service cost?

Our charging rate is £250.00 plus VAT (300.00 inclusive of VAT) per hour and disbursements plus VAT (calculated at 20%) (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as barrister fees). 

For dealing with bringing or defending unfair or wrongful claims we broadly estimate the total costs on the basis of that there is no other associated claims such as discrimination and a provisional decision given during the course of a legal proceedings. 

If there is an associated claim with an unfair or wrongful claim or a provisional decision given during the course of legal proceedings or you do not comply with an order made by the Employment Tribunal the total costs may be higher. You also risk losing part (or all) of your claim or defence. The total costs could range significantly depending on the complexity of issues and will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total likely costs once we have more information.

Our estimated costs for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal are:

  • Simple case – £3,000.00 to £5,000.00  and disbursements plus VAT
  • Medium complexity case – £5,000.00 to £10,000.00  and disbursements plus VAT
  • High complexity case – £10,000.00 to £15,000.00  and disbursements plus VAT 

Factors that could make a case more complex are:

  • Whether it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
  • The number of witnesses and documents
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if the claimant dismissed after blowing the whistle on his/her employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The estimated fees of your barrister are £500.00 to £1,000.00 plus VAT per day (depending on his/her seniority and experience) for attending a hearing at the Employment Tribunal. 

What work will be undertaken?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim or defence:

  • Obtaining your instructions, reviewing the documents and informing you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached
  • Preparing claim or defence
  • Reviewing and discussing claim or defence from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss (for claimants)
  • Preparing for and representing you at Preliminary and Interim Hearings
  • Exchanging documents with the other party 
  • Taking witness statements from your witnesses 
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Preparing and agreeing a bundle of documents, list of issues, chronology and list of witnesses
  • Preparing and representing you at Final Hearing, including instructions to your barrister

What is the likely timescale?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take about 2 to 3 months. If your claim or defence proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take about 8 to 10 months, if not longer. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Probate and Administration of Estate

Fixed fee for small estates

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end for obtaining the Grant of Probate from the probate registry on your behalf and also undertaking the collection and distribution of assets. 

How much does this service cost?

Our fixed fee is £1,500.00 plus VAT (£1,800.00 inclusive of VAT) and disbursements plus VAT (calculated at 20%) (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees), provided your matter is uncontested and there are no contentious issues. 

Our fixed fee is applicable for small estates where:

  • There is a valid Will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than 3 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are no assets outside England and Wales
  • There are 1 to 4 beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full estate accounts to HM Revenue and Customs
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Breakdown of costs:

Legal fees – £1,500.00 plus VAT 

VAT at 20% on legal fees – £300.00 

Disbursements – £600.00 plus VAT (where applicable) approximately are; 

  • £155.00 (no VAT) for the application fee and 50p (no VAT) for each additional copy of the Grant of Probate as required
  • £105.00 (inclusive of VAT) for publication of a deceased estates notice in The Gazette – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors
  • £200.00 to £400.00 plus VAT  for publication of a deceased estates notice in a Local Newspaper – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors if there is a property 
  • £2.00 (no VAT) for bankruptcy search fee (per beneficiary)

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The Cost of swearing the oath is normally £12.00 (per executor), which needs to be paid directly to an independent solicitor when swearing the oath before him/her. 

Additional costs: 

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included in our fixed fee. 

If there is no Will or the estate consists of multiple properties or bank and building society accounts or any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the nature of the liabilities and assets in the estate and how these liabilities and assets need to be dealt with. The total costs will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total costs once we have more information. 

What work will be undertaken as part of our fixed fee?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of your matter and we will:

  • Obtain your instructions and ascertain relevant issues and steps
  • Identify the appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Obtain the relevant documents required for the application with your assistance
  • Ascertain all liabilities and assets of the estate with your assistance
  • Complete the application form and the relevant HM Revenue and Customs forms for your approval
  • Draft an oath for you to swear before an independent solicitor
  • Submit the application to the probate registry on your behalf
  • Provide you with a copy of the Grant of Probate upon receipt from the probate registry
  • Collect all assets, settle liabilities and distribute the net assets of the estate with your assistance

What is the likely timescale?

The likely timescale will vary depending on the cooperation and actions of third parties connected to your matter. On average a small estate falling within this range are dealt with within about 6 to 10 months. After all the liabilities and assets are ascertained with your assistance, obtaining the Grant of Probate normally takes about 6 to 8 weeks. Collecting assets and settling liabilities then follows, which can take between about 10 to 20 weeks. Once this has been done, distribution of the net assets of the estate normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks. However, there may be delays due to the circumstances beyond our knowledge and control. 

Fees for medium and large estates

We can help and assist you through this difficult process from beginning to end for obtaining the Grant of Probate from the probate registry on your behalf and also undertaking the collection and distribution of assets. 

How much does this service cost?

Our charging rate is £250.00 plus VAT (300.00 inclusive of VAT) per hour and disbursements plus VAT (calculated at 20% where applicable) (i.e. expenses related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as court fees). 

For dealing with medium and large estates we broadly estimate the total costs on the basis of that there is a valid Will, there are no contentious issues including disputes and claims and there are no assets outside England and Wales.

If there is no Will or there are multiple number of liabilities or the estate consists of multiple number of properties, bank or building society accounts and properties the total costs may be higher. The total costs could range significantly depending on the nature of the liabilities and assets in the estate and how these liabilities and assets need to be dealt with, and the individual circumstances of the matter. We can give you a more accurate indication of the total likely costs once we have more information.

Estimated costs:

Estimated legal fees for medium estates – £3,000.00 to £8,000.00 plus VAT 

Estimated legal fees for large estates – £8,000.00 to £15,000.00 plus VAT 

Disbursements – £1,000.00 plus VAT (where applicable) approximately are; 

  • £155.00 (no VAT) for the application fee and 50p (no VAT) for each additional copy of the Grant of Probate as required
  • £105.00 (inclusive of VAT) for publication of a deceased estates notice in The Gazette – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors
  • £200.00 to £400.00 plus VAT for publication of a deceased estates notice in a Local Newspaper – protecting the executor or trustee from being liable to for any unidentified creditors if there is a property 
  • Administrative and indemnity fees payable ranging from £10.00 to £80.00 plus VAT per item, if applicable
  • £2.00 (no VAT) for bankruptcy search fee (per beneficiary)

Where relevant we arrange the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The cost of swearing the oath is normally £12.00 (inclusive of VAT) (per executor), which needs to be paid directly to an independent solicitor when swearing the oath before him/her. 

Additional costs: 

Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate, and preparation and submission of a full estate accounts to HM Revenue and Customs are not included in our fees.

What work will be undertaken?

Our fees cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of your matter:

  • Obtain your instructions and ascertain relevant issues and steps
  • Identify the appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Obtain the relevant documents required for the application with your assistance
  • Ascertain all liabilities and assets of the estate with your assistance
  • Complete the application form and the relevant HM Revenue and Customs forms for your approval
  • Draft an oath for you to swear before an independent solicitor
  • Submit the application to the probate registry on your behalf
  • Provide you with a copy of the Grant of Probate upon receipt from the probate registry
  • Collect all assets with your assistance
  • Settle all liabilities with your assistance
  • Settle the inheritance tax payable, if applicable, with your assistance – please visit https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax  for information about inheritance tax
  • Distribute the net assets of the estate with your assistance

What is the likely timescale?

The likely timescale will vary depending on the cooperation and actions of third parties connected to your matter. On average a large estate falling within this range are dealt with within about 12 to 18 months. After all the liabilities and assets are ascertained with your assistance, obtaining the Grant of Probate normally takes about 8 to 10 weeks. Collecting assets and settling liabilities including the inheritance tax payable then follows, which can take between about 12 to 24 weeks. Once this has been done, distribution of the net assets of the estate normally takes about 4 to 6 weeks. However, there may be delays due to the circumstances beyond our knowledge and control.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on any type of Licensing law you can call us on 0208 803 4196 or send us an e-mail at info@gulsen.co.uk and we will get back to you.

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