BMA Law Pricing structure

BMA Law (VAT Registration Number: 206 6030 48) were set up by the British Medical Association to offer independent legal services, at a discounted rate for BMA members.

Once you contact BMA Law, our first response unit will take your information and refer you to a specialist Lawyer who will handle your query quickly and efficiently. They will provide a free, initial discussion before quoting for the scope of work. Ensuring that you are completely aware of what you will be charged, with no hidden costs.

This page outlines the costs of the various legal services performed by our in-house team. We also work with a panel of other firms who offer expert legal guidance in specific niche areas, all at preferential rates for BMA members.

A not-for-profit law firm

We are proud to operate on a not-for-profit basis, reinvesting any surpluses back into services for you and your colleagues.

So, by working with us, you’re supporting the wider medical community.

Hourly rates

Fee earner BMA member Non-BMA member
Principal Associate £300 + VAT £360 + VAT
Senior Associate £265 + VAT £320 + VAT
Associate £225 + VAT £270 + VAT
Trainee Solicitor £160 + VAT £190 + VAT

*All of our rates are exclusive of VAT, which is charged at a rate of 20%

Fixed fee services

GP partnerships

Our specialist legal team understand the pressures faced by general practices today and are committed to providing exceptional support across your business

Service BMA member Non-BMA member
Partnership agreement – first draft £1,790 + VAT £2,140 + VAT
Partnership agreement review from £1,100 + VAT from £1,320 + VAT
Practice health checks From £1,760 + VAT From £2,200 + VAT
Mergers From £2,100 + VAT From £2,520 + VAT
Deed of retirement From £1,100 + VAT From £1,320 + VAT
Amending deeds From £950 + VAT From £1,140 + VAT

PCN Support

We have developed exclusive pricing options suited to PCNs of all sizes. The options below are aimed to provide networks the comfort of knowing that they have easy access to expert support, ranging from telephone advice to drafting legal documentation. The package can be used to cover the specific needs of your PCN and practices, and it gives you the flexibility to decide how your entitlement is best used.

Service BMA member Non-BMA member
Tier 1 (5 hours) from £1,480 + VAT from £1,770 + VAT
Tier 2 (10 hours) from £2,860 + VAT from £3,430 + VAT
Tier 3 (14 hours) from £3,850 + VAT from £4,620 + VAT

Find out more about our PCN services >

LMC Support

Whether you need help in disseminating legal and regulatory guidance, drafting documentation, or providing an opinion on a specific matter – we can help on either an ad hoc or retainer basis

Service BMA member Non-BMA member
Standard Federation Package £4,150 + VAT £4,980 + VAT

Find out more about our LMC services >

Mediation

We offer a fixed fee mediation service that covers an 8-hour mediation session plus its preparation – an alternative to the expense and uncertainty of court proceedings.

Mediation is voluntary and we can facilitate a forum and environment that is conducive to settlement.

Service BMA member Non-BMA member
8-hour mediation £2,900 + VAT £3,480 + VAT

Find out more about our mediation services >

Employment Law

Our employment law fees vary depending upon how complex your case is and what you would like us to do. For a free quote specifically tailored to your circumstances please email info@bmalaw.co.uk 

To give you an idea of how we charge, and to comply the SRA price transparency rules, we have set out below details of our typical hourly rates and fees for unfair and wrongful dismissal claims.

Find out more about our employment law fees >

Conveyancing

Continually striving to make the process of buying or selling your home as easy as possible, we work with our carefully selected partner My Home Move to ensure that you receive the best service – at an affordable price.

For more information on My Home Move and the services they provide, please see their website

Find out more about our partner law firm conveyancing fees >

Probate

Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

Grants Only Below nil rate band £350.00 plus VAT + Disbursements
Above nil rate band starting price subject to assessment £600.00 plus VAT + Disbursements

Estate Administration
Estate Administration set at an hourly rate subject to a minimum of £1,000.00 plus VAT + Disbursements
Deeds of Variation £600.00 plus VAT

Renunciation of Probate
£200.00 plus VAT

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will
  • There is no more than one property
  • There are no more than one bank or building society accounts
  • There are no other intangible assets
  • There are two beneficiaries
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
  • There is no inheritance tax payable, and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC
  • There are no claims made against the estate

Disbursements are not included in this fee (where applicable VAT is included at 20%):

  • Probate court fees of £155. Please note that these fees are higher when Executors in an estate deal directly with the Probate Registry (without a solicitor);
  • Extra copies of the Grant of Probate can be purchased for £1.50 each;
  • Probate application fee of £275 if the value of the estate is £5,000 or over. There’s no fee if the estate is under £5,000;
  • £7 Swearing of the oath (per executor);
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary);
  • £200 (+VAT at 20%) post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors;
  • £250 (+ VAT at 20%) post in a Local Newspaper via The London Gazette – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims;

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.

Potential additional costs

  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost £3 (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 2 – 5 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8 – 10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 2 – 6 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2 – 4 weeks.

As part of our fixed fee, we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter
  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear
  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
  • Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

Wills

At BMA Law we try to provide a fixed price for the drafting of wills and some other related services and these are set out below, however these are guideline prices and each client needs to be individually assessed in order to ensure the correct will is drafted that reflects the wishes of the individual client and a full quote will be given upon receipt of instructions.

Product Description Fee
Single basic will Estate below £325,000

No domicile issues

No business assets

No Agricultural assets

No complex IHT issues

£150 plus VAT

£300 plus VAT (multiple gifts)

Single complex will Estate over £325,000

Above issues or Trust

£300 plus VAT (Trust or IHT payable)

£500 plus VAT (Trust and IHT payable)

Mirror basic will Estate below £650,000

No domicile issues

No business assets

No Agricultural assets

No complex IHT issues

£200 plus VAT

£400 plus VAT (multiple gifts)

Mirror complex will Estate above £650,000

Above issues or Trust

£400 plus VAT (Trust or IHT payable)

£600 plus VAT (Trust and IHT payable)

Severance of joint tenancy   £60 plus VAT
Letter of wishes   £60 plus VAT

Product Additional court fee Fee
Individual LPA x1 £82 £200 plus VAT
Individual LPA x2 £164 £350 plus VAT
Joint LPA x1 £164 £400 plus VAT
Joint LPA x2 £328 £600 plus VAT

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

It would not normally be necessary to undertake other work or incur other costs other than those described above. However, we would be very happy to provide you with a more tailored quote for all stages of your particular case once we know about your specific circumstances.