You will control your legal spend.  Charges are agreed up front as either:

  • on a transactional basis in the usual traditional law firm way on an hourly rate of £190 plus VAT where I estimate how long a project will take. Please see typical costs below for an estimate; or

  • we can agree a fixed fee for a project; or

  • you can book me for as a virtual in-house lawyer for your business. This works well if you do not have the capacity to hire someone but need regular legal guidance as you grow for an agreed guaranteed number of hours (either 5, 10 or 15 hours) per month at a reduced hourly rate of £170 plus VAT †


Any additional time will be charged at my usual hourly rate; any time not used will not roll over to the following month.

Typical costs

Please note that the information here is a guide only.

I assess your matter and provide a possible estimate of costs before I start work. Here are some typical costs for documents, though these are subject to your particular requirements 


 All fees will attract VAT and are subject to My Business Counsel terms of business who may request money on account of costs. These typical costs do not include any disbursements payable to third parties such as search fees, SDLT, Land Registry Fees (not an exhaustive list) and must be paid for in advance.

Commercial law services

  • New standard services or sale of goods contract £700

  • Website terms of use, privacy policy and cookies banner £600

  • Shareholders agreement £650

  • Bespoke contracts – please email the heads of terms or the existing contract for an estimate


Commercial real estate services

  • Short term commercial lease (no searches) £600 

  • Commercial lease with searches: £950 - £1250

  • One off review of a commercial lease without negotiation: £450

  • Shopping centre lease (no searches) £750

  • Commercial sale and purchase work: £1500 - £3500 (depending on nature and interest)

  • Renewal of lease £800

  • Deed of release and grant of easement £650

  • Rent deposit deed, licence to alter, licence to sublet £350 each

Dispute resolution services

  • Initial review of the paperwork including summary of the issues and a letter before court action (if appropriate): £450

© 2020 by Jo Rayner

Jo Rayner is a Consultant Solicitor practising with My Business Counsel, which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. SRA ID 562609.  My Business Counsel’s Terms of Business can be accessed by clicking here.

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