Howard & Over Fee Structure

Probate/Administration of Estates (Non-contested):

Our charges for the administration of estates are dependant on the number of assets within the estate, the number of beneficiaries, whether or not tax is payable (and any reliefs required to be claimed) and complexity of the assets within the estate. A fixed fee quote can be given for each individual client however a typical small estate containing one property and a small number of bank accounts with a valid Will, no more than 3 beneficiaries, no disputes or claims against the estate and no Inheritance Tax payable would cost between £750-£1,500+VAT and disbursements to fully administer, this includes obtaining the Grant of Probate, collecting and distributing the assets. This sum does not include conveyancing costs in respect of the sale of the property or any 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. Disbursements that may be payable in relation to the administration of an estate include a HMCTS Probate Court Fee of £155 + 50p per copy of the Grant, an oath fee of £7 for each executor, bankruptcy charge search of £2 per beneficiary, £200 (approx.) for statutory notices and property valuation fee of £300 (approx.).

The fee earners dealing with your matter can be viewed on the 'our people' section of our website. Each fee earner is charged out at a rate accordingly to their qualifications/status in the firm as below.

Charge out Fees for Fee Earners:

Unless we have agreed otherwise, our charges will be based on the time spent on your matter, applying our hourly charging rates as applicable from time to time. Time spent will include meetings with you and perhaps others; considering, preparing and working on papers; correspondence; and making and receiving telephone calls. We reserve the right to charge separately for photocopying, printing, telephone calls, faxes, electronic funds transfers, catering and other support services, and travel, courier and other incidental expenses. Where applicable, we will charge VAT on our charges and expenses. We will charge you £201.00 per hour for each hour of work by me from now until the review date each year. In case we are assisted by others as the matter progresses, please note that the current hourly rates of our solicitors and executives are as follows:

Solicitors ( less than 4 years PQE) and Legal executives£146.00
Trainee solicitors and other Fee earners£111.00


Residential Conveyancing:

Freehold Sale Purchase Leasehold Sale Purchase
£0.00 - £100,000.00£495.00£545.00£0 - £100,000.00£675.00£745.00
£100,000.00 - £250,000.00£575.00£625.00£100,000.00 - £200,000.00£695.00£795.00
£250,000.00 - £400,000.00£695.00£750.00£200,000.00 – £300,000.00£825.00£945.00
£400,000.00 - £500,000.00£850.00£995.00£300,000.00 - £400,000.00£925.00£1,095.00
£500,000.00 - £650,000.00£1,150.00£1,395.00

TRANSFER OF EQUITY – (to draft Transfer, approval and pay over money)

£650,000.00 - £800,000.00£1,295.00£1,595.00Up to £100,000.00£295.00£295.00
£800,000.00 - £1,000,000.00£1,495.00£1,995.00Up to £250,000.00£375.00£375.00
Stamp Duty Land Registry Fee Online Post Documents
Up to £125,0000%£0 - £80,000.00£20.00£40.00OCE£3.00
£125,000 - £250,0002%£80,001 - £100,000£40.00£80.00Plan£3.00
£250,001 -£925,0005%£100,001 - £200,000£95.00£190.00Lease£3.00
£925,001 - £1.5 million10%£200,001 - £500,000£135.00£270.00Documents£3.00 each
Above £1.5 million12%£500,001 - £1 Million£270.00£540.00SIM£4.00
£1,000,001 and over£455.00£910.00O/S£3.00
B/R£2.00 each person
Lease premium or transfer of land Stamp Duty Payable RE-MORTGAGE – (value of property) LAND REGISTRY FEE
Up to £150,000 – if annual rent is under £1,000.000%£0 - £150,000£295.00up to £100,000£20.00
Up to £150,000 – if annual rent is over £1,000.001%£150,000 - £250,000£345.00£100,000 - £200,000£30.00
£150,001 - £250,0001%Over £250,000£500.00£200,001 - £500,000£40.00


  • Local search from - £105.82
  • Environmental Search - £61.20
  • Water Search - £63.00
  • Mining Search - £60.00

Referral Fees:

  • Sensible Move - £100.00
  • Mortgages4Plymouth - £100.00
  • Excaliber - £100.00

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