Bed And Breakfast Home2024-07-23T10:43:51+00:00

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Howard Green is a firm of solicitors located in Southsea, Hampshire.

Our gorgeous offices contain decades of life experience, excellent legal knowledge and a comprehensive skill set, allowing us to provide a personalised and professional approach to each client’s unique requirements.

Howard Green is a firm of solicitors located in Southsea, Hampshire. We are an all-female firm, small but perfectly formed.

Our gorgeous offices contain decades of life experience, excellent legal knowledge & a comprehensive skill set, allowing us to provide a personalised and professional approach to each client’s unique requirements.

Our Services

Property

Residential Conveyancing Transfers of Equity
Remortgages
Commercial Property
Property Disputes
Landlord and Tenant

Family Law

Divorce
Judicial
Separation
Pre-marital Agreements 
Financial Arrangements
Children Matters
Cohabitees
Civil Partnership

Private Client

Probate and Estate Administration
Wills
Powers of Attorney

Dispute Resolution

Litigation
Debt Recovery

Our Goals & Attributes

We strive to provide our clients with the service we would expect to receive if we were in their position.

It is essential that clients feel in control of their matters and are not afraid to ask questions simply because they are afraid of how much it will cost them to do so.

As a business, we have nurtured long-standing relationships with local professionals, from estate agents and chartered surveyors to independent financial advisers and Barristers’ Chambers.

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Our Fees

We will provide an estimate of the costs and disbursements involved at the start of your matter.

We will set out in an initial letter the cost estimate for the work we will undertake on your behalf. We will advise you of any changes to the cost estimate should that become necessary.

We are pleased to be able to offer the following services (subject to VAT @20%):

Residential Property Conveyancing2024-07-12T11:06:32+00:00

We can offer a fixed fee quotation (subject to VAT@ 20%) for Residential Conveyancing based on the value of the property:

 

Freehold sales

Up to £250,000 – £1,050*

£250,000 – £500,000 – £1,200*

£500,000 – £ 1,000,000 – £1500*

£ 1,000,000 + – 0.2% of sale price*

 

Freehold purchases

Up to £250,000 – £1200*

£250,000 – £500,000 – £1,350*

£500,000 – £1,000,000 – £1,850*

£ 1,000,000 + – 0.25% of sale price*

 

Leasehold Sales

Up to £250,000 – £1,350*

£250,000 – £500,000 – £1,500*

£500,000 – £1,000,000 – £1,800*

£ 1,000,000 + – 0.2% of sale price*

 

Leasehold Purchases

Up to £250,000 – £1,500*

£250,000 – £500,000 – £1,650*

£500,000 – £1,000,000 – £2,150*

£ 1,000,000 + – 0.25% of sale price*

 

* Please note that prices may vary depending on additional factors that may apply, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • New build purchases.
  • Purchases involving second charges/Help to Buy equity loans/Forces Help to Buy loans.
  • Acting for Companies selling/purchasing property.
  • Properties which are subject to Buildings Safety Act issues.

Please get in touch with us for a tailored quote based on your individual circumstances.

Please also note leasehold property sales and purchases will attract additional costs beyond our control, which will be levied by the landlord and/or management company. Such costs vary (often significantly) between different landlords and/or management companies. We will let you know what these costs are as soon as we know.

We do not charge additional fees for acting for lenders, dealing with Help to Buy ISAs or Lifetime ISAs, or preparing and submitting stamp duty forms.

We also do not charge a fee when sending the net sale proceeds to our clients upon a sale’s completion. However, other firms may charge extra for these services, so please bear that in mind when comparing quotes from different firms.

Usual Disbursements (subject to VAT @ 20%)

Sale

Land Registry documents – £3 per document
Bank transfer and administration fee – £25
Electronic ID verification fee – £6 (per person)

Purchase

Property Searches – circa £225 (Local Authority, water and drainage and environmental)**
Land Registry registration fee – from £20 (dependent on purchase price)
Land Registry search fee – £3
Bankruptcy search fee – £2 (per person)
Pre-exchange lender update check- £4
Electronic ID verification fee – £6 (per person)
Bank transfer and admin fee – £25

**Please be aware the cost of property search fees may vary between local authorities.

Stamp Duty – you can use the HMRC online calculator available here to calculate stamp duty.

Detailed info on the conveyancing process (Including key stages and timescales):

https:/www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-buy-a-home/how-to-buy

https:/www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-sell-a-home/how-to-sell-a-home

https:/www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-lease

Timescales

How long a residential conveyancing matter takes depends on many factors, such as whether there is a chain, whether the property is occupied and the requirements of all parties involved with all related transactions.

As an idea of how long matters usually take, please see the following:

Freehold sale or purchase- 2-3 months (on average).
Leasehold sale or purchase- 3-4 months (on average).

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – Property and Financial & Health and Welfare2023-11-05T07:55:37+00:00

There are two types of LPA – Property and Financial & Health and Welfare

Single LPA – £350

Both types of LPA – £500

Registration fee – £82 per LPA payable to The Office of the Public Guardian

Wills2024-02-21T13:30:41+00:00

Straightforward single Will – from £275 + VAT

Pair of straightforward mirror Wills – from £500 + VAT

For more complex Wills, including Trusts, please get in touch with us for a quote.

Probate and Administration of Estates2024-07-12T10:32:54+00:00

Our charges in relation to Probate/Administration of estates work are based on our hourly rates of £270 + VAT @ 20%.

The charges involved with each estate depend largely on its complexity, range of assets and liabilities, and the amount of assistance beneficiaries and personal representatives require from us. Each matter can differ vastly, and unforeseen work often arises as the administration of the estate progresses.

Examples of our usual charges (subject to VAT @ 20%):

– Straightforward application for Grant of Probate only: £950

– HMRC forms and application for Grant of Probate (where estate subject to Inheritance tax): £2,000- £3,000

– all additional work required to ascertain the assets and liabilities of the estate, liaise with any other personal representatives and/or beneficiaries and prepare estate accounts showing the collection and distribution of the estate will be calculated at the hourly rate above, based on the time required.

Usual Disbursements (subject to VAT @ 20% except where stated);

Probate Court fee for Grant: £303 (approx, no VAT payable)

Electronic ID verification fee-  £6 (per person)

Bankruptcy searches – £2 (per person)

With regard to timescales, this again will depend on the complexity and range of assets and liabilities of an estate. Examples of usual timescales are as follows:

– Straightforward application for Grant of Probate only: 3-6 months

– Preparing HMRC forms and application for Grant of Probate (where Inheritance tax is payable): 6-12 months

– Dealing with the complete administration of the estate from gathering information, obtaining the Grant of Probate, collecting assets and distributing the estate to beneficiaries from 6 months – to 2 years (depending on the size and complexity of the estate).

Further information regarding the process and timescales can be found at https://www.gov.uk/applying-for-probate

Uncontested Divorces2023-09-28T12:50:11+00:00

As acting for the Petitioner from £500 plus the Court fee for issuing the divorce petition (presently £550).

As acting for the Respondent from £500.

Please contact us for further information and a cost estimate

Landlord and Tenant Possession Claims2023-09-28T12:51:18+00:00

Quote available on request

Transfers of Equity2023-09-28T12:50:19+00:00

Quote available on request.

Debt Recovery2024-07-11T10:41:03+00:00

Up to £100,000

For details of fees, procedures and estimated timescales for Debt Recovery, please click here.

Re-mortgages2023-09-28T12:50:14+00:00

From £450 plus VAT plus disbursements which include (non-exhaustive) Land Registry documents, ID verification fee, bankruptcy search, Land Registry search fee, local search indemnity policy (if accepted by the lender if not a local authority search) and Land Registry registration fee

( Fees and disbursements are subject to VAT @ 20%)

Note 1: Additional costs may be incurred if your matter becomes complex or entails additional work not originally envisaged at the outset. If this occurs, we will discuss this with you.

Hourly Rates: Where it is not possible to estimate the exact amount of time it will take to deal with a particular matter, our fees will be based on our fixed hourly rates, which are as follows: Band A – Solicitors and Legal Executives with over 8 years experience – £270 (plus VAT). These fees are based on the Guideline Hourly Rates reviewed by the Civil Justice Council on an annual basis. For further information about how our firm calculates its charges or to discuss your particular circumstances, please contact us.
Methods of payment: Clients are able to pay our fees by way of cash (up to a limit of £500 per client), cheque or bank transfer (bank details provided on request).

What Our Clients Are Saying

“Best solicitors in Southsea, super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly – cannot recommend these guys enough…. Sara went above and beyond to assist me in the sale and purchase of my homes, A++!!!!!!”
“To Karen, Sara, Wendy & the whole team- so many thanks for your care support, guidance and professionalism over the past 18 months. Assisting with so many challenges, I couldn’t have done it without you. Much love and thanks.”

“To say Lee Elley is the best conveyancer is an understatement. Not only is she fast at replying, detailed in her replies but she is also friendly and easy to understand. She actually explains the legal jargon which many do not and will take the time to come back to you. She sets boundaries with clients well and makes sure you know when she expects updates so you do not feel you need to chase her on anything. Prompt, Professional, Perfect!”

“Wow, amazing, inspiring, reassuring and personal. Had to be! Thanks a million.”

“Anne-Marie provided exceptional service with the purchase of our first home. She was very personable and friendly and answered any questions we had. She made us feel at ease during the whole process and was very thorough. We would definitely recommend Howard Green for anyone looking for a conveyancer.”

“My Wife and I had had the pleasure of knowing Anne-Marie since 2005 when she completed conveyancing work for us. Since then, we have engaged Anne-Marie’s services for all required legal work. Following our recommendation, Anne-Marie has also completed work for our families, who we know would agree with this testimonial. Anne-Marie is a pleasant and professional lawyer who provided sound legal advice. We thank you for your assistance over the years and look forward to working with you again.”

“To Karen and Sara- thank you both very much for looking after me and helping me finalise my divorce! FREE WOMAN! I’ve really appreciated all your guidance and support and holding my hand through what is a difficult, confusing and stressful time. Now- onto living my best life!!”
“Dear Anne-Marie & Sara, just to thank you for the excellent service you provided. You were very understanding and patient during a very difficult time and all your help was very much appreciated.”
“We would wholeheartedly recommend you and your firm to any business or individual in need of sound legal advice. It was a pleasure working with you.”
“Anne-Marie- a big THANK YOU for your speedy completion of my lifetime mortgage. You’re personable-ness was a delight and made the process far less stressful. You’re a star!”
“Sara- in over 20 years of buying selling re mortgaging etc a lot of properties across the country and dealing with huge numbers of solicitors and firms you and your team have always been consistently head and shoulders above anyone we have ever used or been involved with. It goes without saying that at every opportunity I pass your details on to people that ask me who they should be using!”

Here we are

Meet the team!

Sara Green LLB (Hons)

PARTNER

Sara studied law at Southampton University and went on to take the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. Sara qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has worked in Portsmouth throughout her legal career. She has established a good working relationship with many local professionals over the years along with gathering a loyal client base. Sara undertakes both residential and commercial property work, family work, private client, non-contentious employment and civil litigation.

She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, The Hampshire Incorporated Law Society and the Association of Women Solicitors.

Anne-Marie Howard LLB (Hons)

PARTNER

Anne-Marie studied law at The University of the West of England, Bristol and went on to take the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford. Anne-Marie qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has worked in Portsmouth throughout her legal career. She is proud to have established a good working relationship with many local professionals and has a loyal client following. Anne-Marie undertakes property work and private client matters.

She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, The Hampshire Incorporated Law Society and the Association of Women Solicitors.

Karen Cox FCILEX

LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Karen has many years of experience in family, divorce and matrimonial matters, including separation. She is well respected in both the courtroom and by our clients alike. Karen is also a member of Resolution.

Lee Elley ACILEX

LEGAL EXECUTIVE

Lee has many years of experience in residential conveyancing. She is proud to have established an enviable working relationship with many local professionals and she too has a loyal client following.

Heather Mansfield

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Debbie Merrilees

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Claire Exton

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Teddy Howard

OFFICE DOG

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