Our scale and scope of charging is entirely flexible, designed to meet the needs of a client on a case by case basis. We do not seek to tie you into a particular model just to suit our business; we recognise your duty to your client.

Our fee structures are transparent and, as a matter of principle, we never incur additional charges without clearing this with clients in advance. Generally, we agree a fixed fee, time charged or a contingency basis approach.


Fixed fee

We agree a fixed amount with you and work the case to completion; fees are negotiated on a case by case basis. Disbursements and expenses such as mileage are payable as extras on fixed fee-based cases.

This method is ideal in cases of partial intestacy and known missing heirs, where it is often possible to authorise expenditure from the estate.


Time recorded or time charged

We offer two time charged models:

Time charge model 1

This hourly time charge model offers tiered fees dependent on experience and expertise. Charging rates are available on application.

Tier 1: for attendances at register offices, visits and the general legwork of our outdoor clerks and investigators.

Tier 2: for our highly skilled genealogists – research and advice.

Tier 3: for our director level genealogists – research, supervision, special report writing and advice in more complex cases.

Disbursements and expenses such as mileage are payable as extras on time-based cases.

Time charge model 2

A blended rate per hour regardless of the level being worked.

In both cases we agree specific reporting points; this may be based on the accruing cost or indeed when heirs are located or any other point convenient to you and your client.

Disbursements and expenses such as mileage are payable as extras on time-based cases.


Contingency fee

This means that we will underwrite the entire cost of researching the case. Our fees are paid by the beneficiaries whom we locate in the form of a percentage agreement. We will agree a finder’s fee with the beneficiaries as a percentage of their individual share; these are usually in the range of 10% to 25% dependant on the complexity, value and fractional share of the estate.

This is a good option if no formal instruction can be given or there is no-one to directly authorise expenditure from the estate, or when executors or administrators do not wish to risk their own money in funding research.