Due to the varying complexity and circumstances of individual legal matters, it is often difficult to provide exact prices for legal work. In order that we can discuss your legal matter with you, and thereby provide you with a more accurate idea of the fee, we would be obliged if you could telephone us.

What follows is a general idea as to typical costs (as far as we are able) rather than binding prices and the actual fees for the legal work involved may be higher or lower than those examples listed below.

Example 1 - Divorce – simplified procedure divorce / dissolution of civil partnership

A simplified divorce procedure may be appropriate only where there are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between the parties and there are no children of the marriage or civil partnership under 16 years of age.

We will meet with you to consider and discuss if the simplified procedure is appropriate for your case. This may require us to gather information so we can be sure that the simplified procedure is appropriate.

Where the simplified procedure divorce / dissolution of civil partnership is appropriate

If the simplified procedure is appropriate, then our fixed fee for completing a simplified divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership will be:

  • £300 inclusive of VAT at 20%. This excludes outlays (fees which may need to be paid to third parties).
  • The outlays will include:

  • Court fees: These increase annually.
  • Service fees: Service by sheriff officer, where service by recorded delivery has not been possible.
  • Our fixed price includes:

  • Meeting with you, taking instructions and providing advice on the simplified divorce procedure
  • Collecting information from you about your position, your finances and family circumstances
  • Assessing if simplified procedure is appropriate in your case and advising you on next steps
  • Completing the application to the court and arranging for you to sign it
  • Notarising the application to court
  • Lodging application and any supporting documents with the court
  • Note: This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

    Example 2 - Sale of a residential property

    Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your current property including taking your instructions on the offer, issuing the qualified acceptance and dealing with all formal letters to conclude the contract on your behalf, obtaining your title deeds from you or your lender, dealing with the purchaser’s solicitors’ observations on title, ordering searches, having you sign all necessary documentation, arranging for settlement of the transaction, repaying all secured loans and registering deeds at Registers Of Scotland and paying sale proceeds to you, including all telephone calls, meetings and emails.

    Fees and outlays
  • Legal fee £750
  • VAT payable £150
  • Property Search fees £125 (these may vary from time to time depending on the property)
  • Registers of Scotland – fee for registering Discharge £60 (may be £70 depending on your mortgage lender)
  • Advance notice registration fee for Disposition £20
  • Estimated total: £1,115

    Outlays are costs related to your sale which are payable to third parties, such as Registers of Scotland and Search Companies. We handle the payment of the outlays on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These outlays may vary depending on the location of your property.

    Stages of the process

    The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Carry out required Anti Money Laundering checks
  • Obtain the offer on your property and take your instructions
  • Obtain redemption statement from current lender (the amount required to repay your mortgage)
  • Order Title Deeds
  • Receive and advise on missives (contract)
  • Carry out property searches as required
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Revise draft documents received from purchasers’ solicitors
  • Conclude missives (and notify you that this has happened)
  • Issue completion statement
  • Complete sale
  • Repay any mortgages and pay any outlays due
  • Prepare the discharge of the standard security and submit this to the Registers of Scotland
  • Paying any surplus funds due to you
  • Example 3 - Purchase of a residential property

    Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new property including taking your instructions, submitting the offer, negotiating with the estate agents, examining the home report, examining the title deeds, dealing with the missives, raising all necessary observations regarding the title deeds with the seller’s solicitors, noting the terms of all searches, preparing all security documentation in respect of your mortgage and completing and submitting the Certificate of Title to your lender, arranging the execution of all documentation including standard security, LBTT declaration, arranging settlement of the transaction, submitting LBTT documentation to Revenue Scotland, preparing registration forms and submitting all relevant documentation to Registers of Scotland, and all work stand in that regard to include all telephone calls, postage, emails, meetings and incidental expenses.

    Fees and outlays
  • Legal fee £750
  • VAT payable £150
  • Register of Scotland registration fees - these may vary from time to time and depend on the purchase price of the property)
  • Registers of Scotland – fee for registering Standard Security (mortgage deed) £70
  • Revenue Scotland – LBTT (Land & Buildings Transaction Tax and ADS (Additional Dwelling Supplement) - These figures vary depending on the purchase price and whether the property you are purchasing is defined as an Additional Dwelling.
  • Outlays are costs relating to your transaction which are payable to third parties such as Registers of Scotland and Revenue Scotland . We handle the payment of outlays on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    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:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Carry out required Anti Money Laundering checks
  • Submit the offer for the property
  • Check the Home Report
  • Advise on missives
  • Examine and report on the title deeds to you
  • Examine searches
  • Draft disposition
  • Prepare standard security documentation
  • Prepare LBTT documentation
  • Conclude missives
  • Liaise with mortgage lender
  • Complete purchase
  • Register titles in the Land Register
  • Send titles to you (or to your mortgage lender)
  • Example 4 - Wills

    Simple Wills

    Single Will (for the estate of one person) £180 inclusive of VAT

    Mirror Will (identical wills drafted for two persons) £300 inclusive of VAT

    If you are married, in a civil partnership, or cohabiting, a Mirror Will may only be appropriate where neither you nor your partner has children from a separate relationship. Where this is the case, we will be happy to meet with you and discuss the options based on your circumstances.

    Complex wills; for example, those with guardianship clauses or requiring specific and more detailed consideration and advice on legacies or limiting the inheritance of, or disinheriting, beneficiaries will be assessed on the level of complexity and will vary depending on the time spent in discussing these complex wills and the time spent in preparing the complex wills. Due to the varying complexity of such wills we are unable to provide you with and estimate of the cost without discussing the wills with you.

    Our prices above include:

  • taking your instructions,
  • providing advice as appropriate to your requirements
  • providing advice on legal rights
  • preparing a draft will for you to review
  • making changes following review
  • complete execution of the will,
  • storage of original will in our secure storage facility and
  • providing you with a copy of your will.
  • Our fixed price will not include:

  • work associated with lifetime trusts such as drafting trust deeds,
  • advice and work associated with bankrupt or otherwise vulnerable beneficiaries,
  • advice on inheritance tax,
  • preparing the transfer of heritable property (buildings and land) into a trust.
  • Note: This fixed price will only cover the services mentioned. Your case may require additional work that is not included. We will discuss this with you at our first meeting. If additional costs arise due to matters related to your own personal circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in price that may arise.

    Example 5 - Trust and Executry Work

    Due to the nature and complexity of trust and executry work it is difficult to provide a typical fee for these matters. Fees are therefore based on our hourly rates and the fee charged will be assessed by the Auditor of Court or by an independent law accountant. The number of hours on your case will be determined by the complexity and unique circumstances of the matter. We can discuss the likely cost of your case with you at our initial meeting. The hourly rate does not include any outlays which may arise and which may be required. These vary depending on the nature of each case and we can discuss what these may be at our initial meeting.

    Hourly rate

    Depending on the nature and complexity of your legal matter it is not always possible to provide you with a fixed or typical fee. The fee for some types of legal work undertaken by us will therefore be determined by the time involved and the complexity of the matter. The fee for such matters will based on our hourly rate of £276 inclusive of VAT (based on VAT rate of 20%).

    We will discuss the likely cost of your case with you at our initial meeting. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in cost that may arise. The hourly rate does not include any outlays that may be required. These are variable depending on the nature of the case. We will discuss what these may be at our initial meeting.