How much will the work cost?
Our Consultant solicitors usually work on a fixed fee basis, which will be agreed before we start work on your matter. In some cases they may charge their hourly rates. The hourly rates of your legal representative and those working on your matter will be provided to you at the outset of your instruction. Our current hourly rates are set out below and are subject to VAT.
|Partner / Senior Consultant||£350 – 425 per hour|
|Consultant||£250 – 300 per hour|
|Junior Consultant||£200 – 250 per hour|
|Paralegal||£150 per hour|
The level of our fees would be calculated by reference to the nature and complexity of your instruction. By way of general guidance, we estimate a range of our fees below. The fee estimates stated are all exclusive of VAT and disbursements.
Please note the fees are an estimate only. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
Level 1 applications and Consultations £600 to £1500
- Travel document
- Straight-forward pre-settled/ settled status (subject to assessment)
Level 1 applications £1200 to £1500
- Replacement residence permits NTL
- Visit Visa
- First British passport
- Pre-action protocol letters
Level 2 applications £1500 to £2000
- Naturalisation and registration
- Straight-forward extensions of leave
- Indefinite leave to remain
- EEA Applications
- British passport from overseas
Level 3 applications £1500 -£4000
- In-country leave to remain (fresh applications)
- Asylum applications
- First Tier Tribunal appeals
- Upper Tribunal appeals
- Permission to apply for Judicial review
- Judicial review oral reconsiderations
What we will do for you – key stages
For those clients who wish to have a consultation, this will include obtaining full instructions, considering documentation and providing a letter of advice (including opinion on merits and legal and documentary requirements that need to be met).
Applications: the key stages of an application include:
- Discussing your circumstances, confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you and what other options may be available to you
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and criteria
- Considering and advising on supporting evidence
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf
- Liaising with you in relation to any further requests for documents or information from the Home Office for your application
- Advising on the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take
What our fees do not include
- Advice and assistance in relation to any appeals and/or Judicial review
- Lodging Grounds of Appeal following a refusal
- Attendance at Home Office interviews for asylum cases
- Applications for dependants
- Scanning your Application evidence to the Home Office
Our fees may be subject to VAT. We will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable when we have been instructed and can work out if VAT is properly chargeable. Charging VAT in relation to immigration matters can be complex as it may depend on where you live and what immigration permission you have.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We usually handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. However, you may be required to pay the Home Office application fees directly.
Which disbursements may apply to your matter?
The particular disbursements payable on your matter will depend on the circumstances of your case and we will advise further when we have been instructed.
Please see below a list of potential disbursements and an estimate of their costs:
- Interpreter fees – £25 – £50 per hour + VAT
- Application fees – The application fee will depend on the nature of your application, the number and age of dependants, and the stage of your application
- Medical expert fees – £1500 – £2500 + VAT
- Country / Trafficking experts – £500 – £1500 + VAT
- GP medical report – £25 – £100 + VAT
- Authentication reports – £500 – £3000 + VAT
- Biometric enrolment fees – up to £50
How long will my matter take
Immigration applications usually take 3 – 12 months to receive a decision. The timeframe of your matter will depend on the specific circumstances of your case, such as:
- The nature and complexity of your application
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
- Which language(s) you speak
- Whether you are applying with other dependants
- Home office processing times. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application and further information is available on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk
We endeavour to update you on the process and the time scales throughout your matter.