Transparency in price and service
Areas of Immigration
In accordance with the SRA requirements on Transparency in price and service, we publish the following information in respect of our work relating to providing immigration services to members of the public.
Nothing on this page or website binds us to offer you a service at a particular price and this page simple provides a guide to the rates that we would wish to charge.
In calculating the costs you must be open and transparent with us to enable us to calculate these costs. If at a later stage we discover a material fact which has increased the costs of the services provided we reserve the right to cease working on a case, until a reasonable fee has been paid.
If you are under the age of 18, and not accompanied in the UK, you maybe able to access legal aid for advice and assistance under the Legal Aid Scheme. If you are eligible we will assess this and give you advice on accessing this scheme. Legal Aid is not available for most adult applications.
Terms we use
We use the following terms when talking about costs:
Profit costs: - the money that we charge which covers not just profit to the firm, but also the costs of running the firm, such a staff salaries, building costs etc.
Disbursements:- These are the additional costs which are not normally within our quotes unless specifically identified. These can be court fee's, immigration application fees, interpreter fees, copying costs and travel costs.
Advocate fees:- These are the fees charged by an advocate to provide representation in addition to the costs we charge. These are sometimes referred to as Counsels fees.
All prices are exclusive of VAT. If you are resident in the EU then VAT will be added to the costs of our services but not disbursements such as Court fees. Other disbursements such as solicitors travel costs may require VAT to be added, and we do so in accordance with advice provided from time to time by HMCR.
We charge the following hourly rates on average:
Grade A Solicitors, those solicitors with over 8 years of experience - £350
Grade B Solicitors, those solicitors with between 8 and 4 years experience - £253
Grade C fee earner those who are newly qualified up to four years experience and or have equivalent experience - £204
Grade D fee earners those who are not qualified as solicitors - £135
This can be cheaper than a fixed fee if your case is simple, but if it is complex the costs may be more.
We often charge a fixed fee for immigration work ranging from £700 for the simplest applications through to £3,000 for more complex applications per person. This does not include VAT. This means you will pay a known amount for your costs. If however we discover an unknown issue that you have not told us you may find that we will not be able to assist you further under the fixed fee.
In respect to the following services:
We provide the following information. Depending on the experience of the lawyer that represent you depends on the fees we charge: See above. We often offer a fixed fee for the work we carry out, and this is based upon our best estimate of the time an average application takes. By their very nature most applications are not average, they are either more complex or less complex. As such these fees do vary.
As an example a grade D fee earner hourly rate for drafting a student visa. On average, this type of work takes between 5-15 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £675 and £2,025. All figures exclude VAT. For a fixed fee case we would typically charge £700 to £2,000 for this type of case. We would separately charge you for any other disbursements and advocate fees we incurred. This will be set out in plan language our total costs.
Before we start any work for you we would ordinarily expect a payment for the fixed fee, disbursements and advocates costs, or a payment on account for hourly rate costs covering the estimated costs in the matter.
The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:
If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.
What services are includedThe work will involve:
The amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
The costs quoted here do not include:
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times.
We will normally be able to submit this type of application as soon as you have provided all the documentation necessary, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. 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.