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 the provisions of immigration services to members of the public.
Nothing on this page or our 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. Each case needs to be assessed individually, and the ultimate fees you will be required to pay will depend on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the case, the volume of documents/evidence, the urgency of the matter, the legal issues in the case etc. We will always tell you our charges before we start any work, so that you can decide what work you do and do not want us to do.
In calculating the costs you must also be open and transparent with us to enable us to accurately calculate our fees and the likely costs of your case. If at a later stage we discover a material fact which has increased the costs of the services provided to you, we reserve the right to cease working on a case until a reasonable fee (reflecting the increased work etc) has been paid.
If you are under the age of 18, and not accompanied in the UK, you maybe able to obtain publicly funded advice and assistance under the Legal Aid Scheme. If you are eligible, we will assess this and give you advice on accessing the Legal Aid schemes. Legal Aid is not available for most adult immigration applications. Any Legal Aid case will also require an assessment of the merits of the case, before Legal Aid can be granted.
Terms we use
We use the following terms when talking about our 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 fees, immigration application fees, interpreter fees, translation fees, copying costs, travel costs etc.
Advocate fees:- These are the fees charged by an advocate (normally a barrister) to provide representation (advocacy) or drafting of legal documents in addition to the costs we charge. These are sometimes referred to as counsel’s fees.
All prices are exclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT). Subject to any changes to tax rules once the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, if you are legally resident in the EEA (European Economic Area) (ie you have some form of permission to live in an EEA state) then VAT will be added to the costs of our services, but not to non-VAT chargeable disbursements such as Court fees. Other disbursements such as solicitors travel costs may require VAT to be added, and we apply VAT in accordance with advice provided from time to time by HMRC.
If you do not have leave to be resident in the UK (or EEA) then VAT may not be chargeable on our fees.
We will advise you if VAT is or is not chargeable in your case, at the outset and subject to any changes in UK taxation laws.
We charge the following hourly rates on average:
Grade A Solicitors, those solicitors with over 8 years’ experience - £320 ex VAT
Grade B Solicitors, those solicitors with between 8 and 4 years’ experience - £253 ex VAT
Grade C fee earner those who are newly qualified up to four years’ experience and or have equivalent experience - £204 ex VAT
Grade D fee earners those who are not qualified as solicitors - £135 ex VAT
Being charged at an hourly rate 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 ex VAT for the simplest immigration applications through to £7,000 ex VAT for more complex applications, per person. This does not include VAT. This means that you will pay a known amount for your case. If however unexpected issues arise on the case, for example matters that you failed to inform us about or the immigration authorities raise complex issues, then we may not be able to continue assisting you on a fixed fee basis or we will need to increase the fixed fee rate.
In respect to the following services:
Fees may depend on the experience of the lawyer/solicitor who conducts your case (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, our fees do vary.
As an example, a grade D fee earner’s hourly rate for drafting a student visa, given that this type of work takes between 5-15 hours to complete, would charge on average costs between £675 ex VAT and £2,025 ex VAT. For a fixed fee case we would typically charge between £700 to £2,000 ex VAT, for this type of case. We would separately charge you for any other disbursements (eg application fees), advocate’s fees etc incurred. The fees in your case will be set out in plan language in our initial client care letter, explaining the costs applicable to your particular case. Once the fees have been explained, we will ask you to pay us on account for your case (see below)
Before we start any work for you will expect payment of 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 to work on your case depends on the particular circumstances of your case. Such as:
What Services Are Included
The work will involve:
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.
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office or immigration authorities will take to process your application.
See the current Home Office processing times.
We will normally be able to submit an 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 expected.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees indicated at the outset are an estimate, based on the factors set out above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate time estimate once we have more information about your specific case.