Information about our charges

Pengillys are committed to providing transparent and realistic estimates when it comes to costs and timescales. In accordance with our Lexcel accreditation we will provide you with a formal estimate at the beginning of any instructions and keep this estimate updated throughout the case.

 Whilst it is of course difficult to give estimates that cover each and every unknown possibility we endeavour to provide as accurate estimates as possible. If circumstances change throughout the course of a matter which may have an impact on costs or timescales we will contact you to advise of the change as soon as we are able to. That said, we feel that our wealth of experience means that we are confident in providing realistic estimates at the outset.

 We are obliged to advise you of the potential risks when receiving instructions, especially when it comes to litigation matters. Again, these will be explained to you prior to any work being commenced on your behalf. If this causes you specific concerns then of course we are happy to discuss them in depth with you at the outset.

 We have a reputation for providing a high level of service to our clients, both existing and new. We always strive to continue those standards and our charges reflect the tailor made service we provide. We consider our charges to be competitive within the local and national market.

 Where we offer a fixed fee service those costs are noted in the drop down menus below along with our fee earners’ hourly charge out rates. This includes details of any available legal aid provision within “Family & Relationships”. These are designed as a rough guide and will be tailored upon enquiry.  

 Please use the enquiry form or contact us for a specific tailor made estimate for our services.

 We welcome all clients to our offices in Weymouth and Poundbury and whilst it is preferred if you are able to make an appointment of course in the event of an emergency we would be pleased to assist.

 Payments are welcome via cheque, debit/credit card or bank transfer to the firms client account noting the correct client reference.

Pengillys Fee Information

Employment Tribunal

Here at Pengillys we know that whether you are an employer or an employee, when a claim to the Employment Tribunal becomes necessary your case will be unique. Sometimes terms can be agreed at a very early stage, in which case a Settlement Agreement is likely. On other occasions the Early Conciliation Scheme can assist.

Our fees in these cases are generally based on an hourly charging rate which is subject to VAT, currently at 20%.  The average hourly charging rate is £212.50 plus VAT of £42.50, making a total of £255.00.

Generally it is our practise to meet with clients initially, at which meeting we can understand the particular circumstances of your case and indicate likely costs and timescales. It is also our practise to review both costs and timescales throughout the course of a case and notify clients of any change.

Occasionally for drafting the Particulars of Claim and attending a Preliminary hearing, Directions hearing and Final hearing we will refer to specialist Employment Counsel. Before doing so we will discuss the particular fees with you, as they vary dependant upon a number of factors.

Where a claim is relatively straightforward with one or two witnesses, and where complex preliminary issues such as whether a Claimant is disabled, a whistleblowing case, allegations of discrimination are linked to the dismissal, making or defending a costs application arises, extensive correspondence arises, or applications need to be made to amend claims or provide further information about an existing claim, the case is likely to cost between £6,000 and £12,000 inc. VAT. In addition to this there will be payments to others, known as disbursements. At the present time Court fees are not payable for a Tribunal, but if using Counsel, their fees would be payable on top (and would be needed in advance so that we are in a position to pay Counsel once we receive their fee note). Sometimes medical evidence may be needed which may be in the region of an additional £500 to £2,000.

Key Stages

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

  • Taking initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising on merits and likely compensation. (This is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change, and where appropriate may involve seeking an Advice from Counsel.)
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing a claim or response (often with the assistance of specialist Counsel).
  • Reviewing and advising on claims or responses from another party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering a Schedule of Loss.
  • Preparing for 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 a bundle of documents.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
  • Preparing for a Final hearing, including a Brief to Counsel.

Occasionally clients wish to handle the claim themselves, and have our advice in relation to some of the stages or on particular issues. This can be arranged on individual needs.

How long will my case take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of the matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolve. If a settlement is reached during the pre-claim conciliation, the case is likely to take between one and two months. If the claim proceeds to a Final hearing, it is likely to take six to twelve months (subject to Tribunal availability). This is an estimate, and we will of course be able to provide you with a more accurate timescale once we have information and as the matter progresses.

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Purchase PriceFreehold Sale Freehold PurchaseLeasehold SaleLeasehold PurchaseMortgage to dischargeMortgage on Purchase*Total
up to £100,000550600750750150150
£100,000- £200,000650750800850150150
£200,000 - £300,0007508508501000150150
£300,000 - £500,00095010009501250150150
£500,000 - £1,000,0001250150013001500150150
*high street lenders only. All figures illustrated on this page are subject to VAT at the current rate of 20%
Matrimonial Transfer375
(two to one)
Transfer of Equity395
Declaration of Trust£250.00 (min)
Trustee Power of Attorney250
Deed of Variation£300.00 (min)
Deed of Easement to grant or reserve rights450
Statutory Declaration175
Mutual Deeds of Covenant for F/Freehold600
CHAPS fee35
SDLT Return fee100
Help to Buy ISA drawdown (fixed)50
Tenancy Deposit Protection100
Tenancy Agreement (Simple)150
New Build/Conversion Supplement300
Commercial LeasesBespoke quotes (minimum £1,000)

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 CostsDisbursements (if any)
Probate Application & Estate Administration - please note 1-1.5% of the gross value of the Estate shall also be payable (excluding any residence in which the deceased resided where the rate will be up to 0.5%)Hourly Rate + VAT at 20%£155 Court Fee
Swearing Fee (min £5)
Additional copy probates (50p)

Basic Will

Joint Mirror Wills

Discretionary Trust Wills

Life Interest Wills
£180 + VAT at 20%

£350 + VAT at 20%

min £400 + VAT at 20% per Will

min £250 + VAT at 20% per Will



Power of Attorney (LPA) either Health & Welfare or Property & Financial Affairs £300 + VAT at 20% per PSA£82 Registration Fee
Deputyship Application - NB this does not cover remuneration for Pengillys where appointed as professional deputies where those costs are also fixed £950 + VAT at 20% as fixed by the Court of Protection £385 Court Fee
Work undertaken in relation to any Trust (existing or new) Hourly Rate To be advised

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Landlord and Tenant MattersCostsDisbursements (if any)
Acting for Landlord - possession proceedings (undefended s21 proceedings) where all statutory compliance requirements are adhered to £750 + VAT£355 Court Fee
Acting for Landlord - rent arrears (undefended s8 proceedings) £1,000 + VAT £355 Court Fee
Any ancillary proceedings for Landlord or Tenant Hourly Rate + VATTo be advised
Warrant for Possession £75 + VAT£121 Court Fee
Undefended Landlord claim for return of deposit £250 + VAT £5 Stat Dec


Debt Recovery

Acting for a claimant where claim is undefended
CostsDisbursements (if any)***
Value of claim less than £500010% of claim + VAT Max £205 (£185 online)
Value of claim between £5,000 - £10,000 7.5% of claim + VAT Max £455 (£410 online)
Value of claim in excess of £10,000 5% of claim + VAT £5% of value of claim (£4.5%)
In the event any claims are undefended, our hourly rate will apply
Please note:

- ***Court fees are on a sliding scale (
- VAT element of our costs cannot be reclaimed from any debtor
- interest and compensation may take the debit into a higher banding, with an additional cost
- The above fixed fee does not cover any enforcement action
- Our costs are subject to VAT, currently at the rate of 20%


Inheritance Act Claims & Disputes CostsDisbursements
Hourly Rate + VATTo be advised




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