Price and service info

The Maxim Team

Our team has over 20 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in property, immigration and litigation matters.

The four members of the team are detailed below and regardless of who works on your matter; they will be supervised by Adil Khan, solicitor / director.

Adil Khan – Solicitor / Director

Adil is the head of the property department and immigration department.  He has experience of a wide spectrum of work in both areas, ranging from residential to commercial property work to visas for students, high network individuals and asylum work. He also specialises in probate work.

He qualified as a Pakistani advocate in 2003 and a solicitor entitled to practice in England / Wales in 2009.

Nadia Adil – Solicitor / Director

Nadia qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and specialises in property and general litigation work and also employment. She also has experience of immigration work for high network individuals such as entrepreneurs and investors.

Feisal Sheikh – Consultant Solicitor

Feisal qualified in 2000 and specialises in all areas of property work, from residential / commercial property sales / purchases to drafting and finalising leases, assignments, sub-lettings.  He has experience of acting for individuals, companies and off shore structures.

Waleed Khan – Assistant Solicitor

Waleed trained in property and has been working in this area since he qualified, earlier in November 2018.  He also has experience of immigration and litigation work.

Maxim can assist in all areas of legal services as highlighted on its website.  We along with all law firms are required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to provide clear guidance on the services and price for the following work as offered by the firm:-

  • Conveyancing (residential)
  • Probate (uncontested)
  • Immigration (excluding asylum)
  • Employment tribunals (unfair/wrongful dismissal)
  • Debt recovery (up to £100,000)

For a quote and service information for work not listed above, please telephone the offices to discuss.

Conveyancing:

Maxim can assist with your freehold sale or purchase, leasehold sale or purchase or mortgage or remortgage. The fee charged is dependent upon the value of the property.  Maxim has substantial experience and expertise in all property related matters and for other property work please contact us for a quote.

Maxim fixed fee structure:

Property value

Fee

Sale / freehold

excluding VAT

Fee – Sale / leasehold

excluding VAT

Fee – Purchase / freehold

excluding VAT

Fee – Purchase / leasehold

excluding VAT

Less than £200,000 650 800 750 900
£201,000-£350,000 700 850 800 950
£351,000-£500,000 750 895 850 995
£501,000- £750,000 895 995 895 995
£751,000-£1million 995 1195 1195 1295
Over £1million 1595 1895 1595 1995

The fee for a remortgage depends on the lender involved, its requirements and value of property and is charged on an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.   Based on experience our fee for a remortgage can range between £800 to £2000 plus VAT

Land Registry’s fees and disbursements

  • Legal fee – please refer to the table above.
  • Search fees £230 for basic (Local, Eno and DW) and £255 for complete pack (Local, Envo, DW, Chancel and Title Checker)
  • HM Land Registry fee – refer below
  • Scale 1 fees

    Value or amount Apply by post Apply using the portal or Business Gateway,
    for transfers or surrenders which affect
    the whole of a registered title
    Apply using the portal or Business Gateway,
    for registration of all leases and transfers or surrenders which affect
    part of a registered title
    Voluntary first registration (reduced fee)
    0 to £80,000 £40 £20 £40 £30
    £80,001 to £100,000 £80 £40 £80 £60
    £100,001 to £200,000 £190 £95 £190 £140
    £200,001 to £500,000 £270 £135 £270 £200
    £500,001 to £1,000,000 £540 £270 £540 £400
    £1,000,001 and over £910 £455 £910 £680

    When assessing fees under Scale 1, fees must be paid on the VAT-inclusive consideration or rent.

    Fee reductions when using Scale 1

    There are reduced fees for:

  • voluntary first registrations (applications for first registration
    based on adverse possession or lost deeds are regarded as voluntary
    applications, unless the application includes a deed that triggers
    compulsory registration) (minimum 25% reduction)
  • transfers of whole and surrenders of whole for registered titles when using the portal or Business Gateway (50% reduction)

There are no reduced fees for:

  • applications for first registration of title to a rentcharge, a
    franchise or a profit, or mines and minerals held apart from the surface
    (as these are not treated as voluntary applications for fee purposes)
  • transfers of part and other applications affecting part of registered titles even when using the portal or Business Gateway
  • applications to register leases when using the portal or Business Gateway

Scale 2 fees

Value or amount Apply by post Apply using the portal or Business Gateway, for transfers of
whole, charges of whole, transfers of charges and other applications of
whole of registered titles
Apply using the portal or Business Gateway for registration of
transfers of part, and all other Scale 2 applications that do not
affect the whole of a registered title
0 to £100,000 £40 £20 £40
£100,001 to £200,000 £60 £30 £60
£200,001 to £500,000 £80 £40 £80
£500,001 to £1,000,000 £120 £60 £120
£1,000,001 and over £250 £125 £250

Fee reductions when using Scale 2

The reduced fees in the table above apply in the following circumstances:

  • transfers or assents of whole
  • charges of whole
  • transfer of charges

and many other applications of whole for registered titles when using the portal or Business Gateway.

There are no reduced fees for:

  • transfers of part
  • other applications affecting part of registered titles even when using the portal or Business Gateway
  • Fee for acting for lender £250 plus VAT
  • Dealing with and filing Stamp Duty returns £75 Plus vat
  • Mortgage redeption fee: £95 Plus vat

So the fee for your purchase is dependent upon the value of your Property plus the disbursements outlined above.

Our fee is based on your transaction not being or becoming unduly complex or protracted.  The following are examples of factors that are likely to increase the cost of the service:

    • – if legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
    • – if you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
    • – if crucial documents you have previously requested from the client have not been provided

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

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 4-6 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 4 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 6 and 3 months. In such a situation additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

  • Legal fee – please refer to the table above
  • Fee for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender £250 plus VAT
  • Search fees £230 for basic and £255 for complete pack 
  • fees for preparatoin of any other document or deed may be subject to an hourly charge.
  • HM Land Registry fee – refer below:
Value or price of Property Fee 
Up to £20,000 £50.00
£20,001 – £80,000 £100.00
£80,001 – £100,000 £150.00
£100,001 – £150,000 £200.00
£150,001 – £200,000 £250.00
£200,001 – £250,000 £300.00
£250,001 or more £450.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee £30 plus VAT
  • Dealing with Stamp Duty filing: £75Plus vat

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

Anticipated Disbursements*

  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £40-£100.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £40-£100.
  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £50-£200
  • Certificate of Compliance fee – To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £20-£100.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Draft Transfer
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Probate: Range of costs

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 5 and 20 hours work at £250 per hour plus VAT. Total costs estimated at £1250 – £5000 +VAT.

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 2 bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are 1-3 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:

  • Probate application fee of £215
  • £10 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £98.40 in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors.
  • £50-£100 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 £10 (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 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 2-4 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4 weeks – 3 months. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 4 weeks – 3 months.

Immigration: Hourly rate

We can assist with:-

  • Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981
  • Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates
  • Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
    • student and work experience visas
    • visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family)
    • spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners
    • applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System;
    • dependent relative and family reunion applications
    • ancestry visas
    • other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence

We provide an example of our service and price using an instruction to make an Application for leave to remain

We charge for immigration work on an hourly rate basis. Our hourly rate is £250 plus VAT.

On average, this type of work takes between 5-10 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £1250 and £2500 plus VAT.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case.

Such as:

  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Which language(s) you speak
  • Whether you are applying with other dependants

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

What services are included:

The work will involve:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 2 hours;
  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 to 5 hours*;
  • 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, which we anticipate will take 2-4 hours;
  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 1 and 3 hours of work.
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):

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

  • Interpreter’s fees charged at an hourly rate.  You may not require an interpreter but if you do we estimate that this kind of application will normally require between 2-5 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.  You do not have to use an interpreter that we recommend.
  • Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal
  • Interpreters fee (if applicable)
  • Independent expert report (if applicable)

 

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. We suggest you refer to the Home Office guidance available online on its current processing times

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 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.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Employment Tribunal – range of costs

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal, based on our hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.

Simple case: 4-8 hours so £1000-£2000 (excluding VAT)

Medium complexity case: 8-12 hours so £2000-£3000 (excluding VAT)

High complexity case: 12-20 hours so £3000-£5000 (excluding VAT)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If 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 you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £500 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-3 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

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.

Counsel’s fees estimated between £500 to £1000 plus VAT per day  (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)

Key stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising 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 response
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process
  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses
  • preparing bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take?

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 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 2-6 months. 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.

Debt recovery: Range of fixed fees

Below are details of our fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Our fee (incl. VAT) Total
Up to £5,000 £205 £1200 £1405
£5,001 – £10,000 £455 £2400 £2855
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim £500.05-£2,500.00 £3600 £4100.05-£6100.00

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within the timeframe set out in the Judgement, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 4-12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.