Fixed Fees

Our fees are charged to our clients either on a fixed fee basis, where applicable, or at set hourly rates based upon level of experience and qualification.  We set out below the fixed fees that are chargeable in applicable matters.

Where possible we will conduct matters on a fixed fee basis in order to provide certainty for both clients and defaulting property owners.  Below is a guide as to the fixed fee work undertaken by KDL Law and the fees that apply to that work in each case. 

Service Charge Recovery

  1. Letter before action for standard service charge arrears

    £180 plus VAT and disbursements.

    The disbursements will generally be £6.00 (no VAT) incurred in obtaining official copies of the title for the property in question and, where applicable, the landlord or superior leaseholder’s title.  On occasion and where further titles are required, the disbursement costs may be higher than that stated above.

    The fixed fee assumes that:-

    • no contact is received by KDL Law, our client or its representatives, from the recipient of the letter before action (before or after it is written) or others on their behalf, save for payment of the full balance required, sent by electronic transfer to the correct account and correctly marked with the correct reference relevant to the case (all as detailed in the letter before action);
    • that any payment made by the debtor is received into the account of KDL Law before expiry of the deadline period set out within the letter before action;
    • that no further action is required by KDL Law, its client or the client’s representatives in respect of the debt to which the letter before action relates.

  2. Issuing proceedings for a determination of a service charge debt

    £350 plus VAT and disbursements.

    The disbursements will generally be:-
    1. A fee of £6.00 (no VAT) incurred in obtaining office copies of the official copy of the relevant lease or transfer for the property in question and, where applicable, the superior lease.  On occasion and where further titles are required, the disbursement costs may be higher than that stated above.
    2. The Court fee relevant to the debt claimed.  The Court fee will vary depending upon the level of the total amount of the debt subject to the claim (including to some extent the costs incurred to that date).  The Court fee is set by the Court and the relevant scale can be found and confirmed by reference to the HM Courts and Tribunals website. 

    The fixed fee assumes that:-
     

    • the address for service of proceedings is one within England or Wales and that postal service by the Court will amount to adequate service of the claim;
    • no contact is received by KDL Law, our client or its representatives, from the recipient of the claim form (before or after it is served) or others on their behalf or with an interest in the property or the claim;
    • the lease or transfer is of a format which is relatively standard and thus requires no more than a standard amount of time to consider in preparation of the proceedings;
    • no superior title/lease requires examination in preparation of the proceedings;
    • upon service of the claim form by the Court the full sum of the claim, including all and any fixed or claimed costs set out in the claim form are paid in full by electronic transfer to the correct account and correctly marked with the correct reference relevant to the case (all as detailed in the letter before action);
    • any payment made by the debtor is received into the account of KDL Law before expiry of the deadline period notified to the debtor by the Court on service of the claim form;
    • no further action of any nature is required by KDL Law, its client or the client’s representatives in respect of the debt to which the claim relates.

  3. Serving Judgment

    £120 plus VAT (No disbursements)

    The same assumptions as set out at (b) above apply to this fixed fee save that contact includes both before and after the serving of judgment.

  4. Drafting and serving a notice pursuant to section 146 Law of Property Act 1925

    £400 plus VAT and disbursements

    The disbursements will generally be:-

    1. £6.00 (no VAT) office copies fee for the provision of title for the property post judgment/determination;
    2. Around £125 - £150 plus VAT process server’s fee for service by hand of the Notice to a single address for service in England or Wales;

    The same assumptions as set out at (b) above apply to this fixed fee save that contact includes both before and after the service of the Notice pursuant to section 146 Law of Property Act 1925.

Hourly fee rates for fee earners

The fee earning staff at KDL Law are categorised for ease of identification of fee rates.  The hourly rates charged by each fee earner for all work on any matter outside of the fixed fee scales set out above are as shown below.

Time spent by representatives of KDL Law (which will include agents and third parties appointed by KDL Law at our expense) in acting on a matter, including meeting our client or others; making and receiving telephone calls; drafting, writing and receiving letters/e-mails and other documents; reading or considering documents; research; preparatory work; travelling; waiting; and attending hearings; photocopying by KDL Law staff or third party suppliers as necessary;

Hourly rates referred to in the table below are charged by units of 1/10 of an hour (1 unit = 6 minutes).


Status


Principal/
Partner


Snr Solicitor/
Senior CILEx


Solicitor 1/
CILEx


Senior Executive*


Executive*/ Paralegal


Legal Administrator


Hourly Rate


250


225


180


150


125


100








*Executives are persons with legal experience but who are not qualified solicitors or qualified Legal Executives (CILEx) unless described as such in their sign off.