Pricing Transparency

From 6 December 2018 under rule 1 of the SRA Transparency Rules we are required to publish information about our prices and services, as listed below.

Will Writing Fees

Fixed Fee Wills

Helen Starkie or Jo Wagstaff – £330 + VAT x1 client (simple will)

Helen Starkie or Jo Wagstaff – £625 + VAT x2 clients (simple will)


Jo Wagstaff and Helen Starkie – £175 + VAT if existing client

Lasting Power of Attorney – all fee earners

Fixed Fee LPA’s

– £350.00 + VAT x1 client LPA for Property & Finances  OR  Health & Welfare

– £700.00 + VAT x2 clients LPA for Property & Finances  AND  Health & Welfare

– £700.00 + VAT x2 clients (a couple) ONE each LPA for Property & Finances  OR  Health & Welfare

– £1,400.00 + VAT x2 clients (a couple) LPA for Property & Finances  AND  Health & Welfare

*NB – All above attract a further £82 Registration Fee to the office of the Public Guardian per Lasting Power

General Power of Attorney

– £275 + VAT

Deputyship Application

– £950 + VAT plus court application fee of £371

(Any additional costs in the unlikely event of a Court hearing would be discussed as they arise)

Declaration of Trust

– from £200 + VAT

Probate – All Fee Earners

Grant of Probate only

(i.e not handling bank accounts, investments, property, etc) from £1000 + VAT

Full administration of Estate from *hourly rates. There will be a maximum percentage charged this can be discussed at the outset of the matter.

Other Fees

There is an additional fee payable in all cases of £273 to the Probate Registry for the issue of a Grant.

Further copies of the Grant that are stamped with the embossed seal of the Court costs £1.50 each + VAT.

Our Fees are based on the time taken to prepare the appropriate forms and/or undertake the full estate administration. Should the application be unusual in nature or in time required to make it we will advise you in advance of how much additional work is envisaged and what the additional costs would be.


A solicitor’s charges must be fair and reasonable having regards to all the circumstances of the matter with which they are dealing. The Law Society prescribes what fees are reasonable for dealing with the administration of an estate and allows solicitors to charge a ‘value element’ on top of their hourly charge to reflect the particular level of risk and responsibility involved in the work being undertaken – and in particular the complexity of it, the skill and specialised knowledge involved in it, the number and importance of documents to be considered. The maximum percentage element chargeable is 1.5% of the value of the estate. It is unusual for us to charge a value element and on the occasions where we do, we agree that with our client
The costs of locating beneficiaries (Genealogist’s fees) would be extra and would depend on the amount of research undertaken.

Hourly Fees

Helen Starkie – Principal Solicitor – hourly fee £330 +VAT

Joanna Wagstaff – Legal Assistant – hourly fee £285 + VAT

Gina Lawrence – Legal Assistant – hourly fee £250 + VAT

Conveyancing Fees

Our base fees for conveyancing services are stated below, this is for standard transactions without a mortgage and assumes no unusual complexities.


HS – Principal Solicitor

NB: the fees below are quotes for conveyancing work ONLY; there would be further fees, i.e,

-HM Land Registry Office Copy document fees
-Land Registry fees (various)
-Search Fees – i.e:

  • Local
  • Drainage & Water
  • Coal Mining
  • Environmental etc

-Stamp Duty

We can provide a ‘Sale’ or ‘Purchase’ Quote

Property Market Value - Our Fees from

Variation in fees are dependent upon the property being Freehold/Leasehold and/or Registered /Unregistered at HM Land Registry.

Sale work will consist of the following:

  1. Drafting a contract package;
  2. Assisting you in answering replies to additional enquiries;
  3. Negotiating a transfer document;
  4. Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion of the sale;
  5. Redeeming your mortgage (if appropriate), settling your estate agents’ commission account (if appropriate)

Purchase work will consist of the following:

  1. Investigating the title to the property, to include:
    (a) carrying out searches with respect to title and local government information for the property; and
    (b) reviewing replies given by the seller to pre-contract enquiries;
  2. Negotiating a purchase contract;
  3. Negotiating a transfer document;
  4. Preparing a report on title;
  5. Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion of the purchase;
  6. Transferring funds by telegraphic transfer to the seller’s solicitors and for relevant taxes;
  7. Calculating stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on the purchase and preparing and submitting to HM Revenue & Customs the appropriate SDLT forms; and
  8. Registering the purchase and the mortgage at the Land Registry.

We will not be carrying out any enquires into the past use of the property and will assume that you will be using it for residential purposes. The local search will not reveal planning applications in the vicinity of the property and if you require more information about this we would recommend that you look on the local Council’s website. We will not be dealing with the transfer of any guarantees and you will need to take appropriate meter readings and notify the utility companies accordingly. We would also recommend that you have your own survey carried out as you buy the property subject to the phrase “the buyer beware”.

We also suggest that you ensure you can arrange suitable buildings insurance before we exchange contracts and start insurance cover as soon as we have confirmed to you contracts have been exchanged.

Fees have been calculated on the basis that:

  1. Both properties are currently held under a single title at the Land Registry with no title defects;
  2. One contract is submitted to one purchaser;
  3. The sale and purchase will be on the basis of an unconditional contract and the property is acquired with vacant possession;
  4. Completion takes place on the date agreed in the contract;

If it becomes apparent that there are unforeseen circumstances in connection with the sale and purchase we may have to increase our charges, but if that is the case, we shall inform you before we incur any additional costs. If you are buying a leasehold property we may have to give formal notice to the freeholder that you are the new legal owner and there may be fees charged by the freeholder.

If you are selling a leasehold property we may have to obtain management information from the managing agents or freeholder. They may make a charge for providing this information which you will need to pay for. The fees payable for the transmission of your SDLT return do not include any subsequent correspondence with HMRC except in circumstances where an issue has been caused by us. If we find that any other additional expenses need to be incurred after we have considered the contract, searches and title documents, we shall let you know the reason for the extra expense, the likely amount, and when we shall need payment. If for any reason, we have to abort the transaction related to the sale or purchase of your property, we will break the transaction down into stages and advise what percentage of the estimated fee will be charged.

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Here at Helen Starkie, the firm provides expert professional solicitor services for residents of Bath and the surrounding areas. Our expertise means we can offer legal services covering lasting power of attorney, general power of attorney, wills & probate, property trusts, prepaid funerals and more. Get in touch with Helen Starkie and the team by calling our office on 01225 442353 or by using our Contact page.

Complaints Procedure

At Helen Starkie Solicitor we aim to provide a high-quality service to all our clients. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your matter or how it is being dealt with, please make us aware so we can try to resolve the matter for you. 

Initially please contact the member of staff directly that was dealing with you, if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, please address complaints directly to Helen Starkie. We will aim to reply to you within 3 working days of receiving the complaint.

If you are still not happy with our handling of the complaint you can refer your matter to the Legal ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or email enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk or post Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

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