Pricing

Following changes to the way in which law firms publish their fees and in accordance with the SRA Transparency Rules and the Price and Service Transparency guidance issued by the Law Society we are required to provide costs information in relation to the preparation and submission of our immigration applications

Scope of Fees

Initial consultation:

We normally charge 1 – 2 hours for an initial consultation during which we will then be in a position to confirm a quote for our fixed fee or hourly rate services.

If you prefer you can arrange to have an initial consultation. These meetings are charged for and the price is in the guide.  The range of price is dependent on the seniority of the professional who meets with you.  At the initial consultation we will give you comprehensive  advice about your case and make recommendations as to how you should proceed, we will also give you an indication of what we will charge you to do the work.

 

Again, you are not obliged to engage our services if you do not want to.  If you do decide to instruct us we will deduct the cost of the initial consultation from your overall professional fees.

Our charges are stated below, depending on the seniority of the solicitor or case worker dealing with your case. You can find our more about our staff by clicking on our link here

IMMIGRATION

Fixed Fees

In many cases we can offer a fixed fee for immigration applications, once we have assessed your circumstances.  Our fixed fee services mean that we will only charge you a fixed amount, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated/ However this does not include instances were there are unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions.

Our fixed fee costs vary for different  types of applications, this maybe due to the number of dependents on an application, if your have a complex immigration history, the amount of supporting documentary evidence we will need to review and assess, the urgency of your case if you have an imminent deadline, whether you are able to provide the documents necessary for your application speedily, and the overall complexity of your case.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Explanation of Charging Methods

We typically charge on a fixed fee basis for straightforward non contentious applications (i.e. applications that typically involve an application to the Home Office and does not involve the court process) to the Home Office and we typically charge an hourly rate for contentious applications (i.e. those that typically involve the court process rather than an application to the Home Office) 

Scope of Work For Immigration Applications (Non Contentious Work) - Typically Fixed Fee of Hourly

Our services for these type of immigration applications typically include the following:

  • taking your initial instructions

  • advising and reviewing your documentary evidence

  • drafting legal representations in support of your application

  • preparing and submitting your application

  • advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application

  • liaising with the Home office in respect of your application

  • advising on the decision of the Home Office

Our fixed fees will not include any disbursements, such as Home Office fees or VAT. If the matter is terminated before completion (for example if you are unable to provide documents requested or you withdraw your instructions) we will charge for the time spent at our usual hourly rates.  Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate beforehand. 

What is not included is any advice or assistance in relation to any appeal or reconsideration work in the event of your application being refused by the Home Office.

VAT

We charge Value Added Tax (VAT) to all our services where applicable. VAT applies where your usual place of residence is the UK or EEA, even if at one point you had leave to remain in the UK but have since overstayed. If you are not resident in the UK or EEA, or you have entered the country without permission (asylum seekers) and do not yet have leave to remain, VAT will not be applicable on our charges.

Disbursements

 

Our fees do not include disbursements.  A disbursement is a payment to a third party. As such you will be responsible for paying the costs payable to third parties which are incurred by us on your behalf, such as Home Office application fees, the Immigration Health Surcharge,, expert report fees, interpreter/translation costs, our travel costs (if we have to travel outside of our office on your behalf, for example to Home Office interviews or places of detention) and courier costs, bank charges and photocopying costs.

For more detailed information and guidance on the current Home Office application fees, please click here

For more detailed information and guidance on the Immigration Health Surcharge, please click here

Expert report fees vary greatly, depending on the subject matter, but typically range from £500 to £5,000 + VAT if applicable

Interpreters’ charges vary, but typically are typically from £25 per hour plus VAT where applicable

Translators’ fees vary but are typically between £90 to £120 per 1000 words plus VAT

 

The Home Office outsource visa processing to their commercial partner Sopra Steria which charges additional fees for various services, which can be found on their website here.

 

Please check these rates carefully as they change regularly.

Timescales

We will normally be able to submit applications within 2-4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know if we become aware that it is likely to take longer than this. 

 

Please note that all applications are likely to vary and we will give you a more accurate estimate of timings (and costs) once we have more information about your specific case. None of the information in this document should be taken as a binding estimate or quotation.

How long will the Home Office take to consider my case?

Home Office processing times will always vary as a result we cannot guarantee how long it will take the Home Office to process your application. We generally estimate that applications can take between 8 weeks to 6 months. For a list of the Home Office current processing times click here Read the current processing times here.

Prices by Application Type:

Applications for Naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

 

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for naturalisation, or fess for the registration of an adult, or fees for the registration of a child which can be found here

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Applications on behalf of European Economic Area nationals and their family members, pre-settled and settled status applications and family permits

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

 

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are currently £65. 

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Student and work experience visas

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are likely to include a students application under Tier 4, entry clearance and in-country applications for an extension which can be found here.

 

Home Office application fees for work experience under Tier 5 can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Visit visas for visiting family and friends and tourism

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £1,500 to £2,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically a single entry visa OR a 2 year multiple re-entry visa. OR a 5 year multiple re-entry visa OR a 10 year multiple re-entry visa. The prices for these re entry visas can be found here.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Partner applications, including spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancées, and prospective civil partners

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

 

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Applications for work or business under the Points Based System

There are a number of different categories of the Immigration Rules which allow you to work in the UK including Tier 2 and sole representative of an overseas business for employees.

Tier 2 - employees

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £5,000 to £12,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

Sole representatives of an overseas business

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £5,000 to £12,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

Dependent relative and family reunion applications

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Ancestry applications

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Long residence applications under the Rules

Typically the fees for these applications can range from £3,500 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which are typically fees for entry clearance, in-country applications an extension of stay and fees for settlement. The prices for these applications can be found here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which can be found here.

All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Other categories both within and outside the Immigration Rules

The Immigration Rules have a number of different categories for entry and leave to remain. We also make applications outside the Immigration Rules. 

 

We can provide you with an estimate for other categories not mentioned on these pages.

 

Hourly rate/advisor

 

Principal Solicitor Neveen Galal (Qualified as a Solicitor in 2005) £525

 

Senior Solicitors and Consultants (over 5 years PQE) £350

 

Solicitors (under 3 years PQE) £250

Trainee Solicitors and Paralegals £150

DEBT RECOVERY WORK (UP TO £100,000)

For our debt recovery services we charge an hourly rate for all work that we carry out.  We do not work on a No Win No Fee but we can offer our clients discounted Fee Agreements where you pay a discounted hourly rate in any event and pay an increased hourly rate if you are successful.  This means you will have to pay our fees in any event and these are normally payable a monthly basis. 

 

As we charge on an hourly rate, we cannot provide an exact total amount your case will cost but we can provide an accurate cost of service.  Below we set out an average cost and likely timescales for each stage

 

Review of initial documents and sending of initial letter of claim                              £700.00                                   1-3 weeks

Preparation of Court papers to issue Part 7 proceedings                                            £1,050.00                                1-3 weeks

Dealing with Court proceedings from issue to Allocation                                           £2,750.00                                4-12 weeks

Dealing with Court proceedings from Allocation to Pre-Trial Preparation/Review   £7,000.00                                24-30 weeks

Dealing with Pre-Trial Preparation/Review and Preparing for Trial                              £5,500.00                                6-10 weeks

Attendance at Trial (1 day)                                                                                              £3,000.00

 

We can also provide insolvency services including arranging bankruptcy and winding up proceedings:

 

Review of initial documents and preparation of statutory demand                            £500.00                                   1-3 weeks

Arranging service of the statutory demand                                                                    £350.00                                   1-3 weeks

Preparation of Winding Up / Bankruptcy Petition                                                         £750.00                                   1-3 weeks

Arranging service of Petition                                                                                            £350.00                                   1-3 weeks

Preparing for Bankruptcy Hearing                                                                                   £2,750.00                                6-8 weeks

 

The figures above include VAT and do not include expenses, disbursements or barrister fees.  The figures are only for the description of the work as stated.  It does not include extra work like communications and advice, preparing briefs and instructions to Counsel or other advocates, filing documents at Court, negotiations, etc which is charged in accordance with our terms – normally on an hourly rate basis.

 

Disbursements can include Court issue fees, Barristers (Counsel) and Process Servers.  Fees of Counsel and Process Servers usually attract VAT. 

 

Court Fees to start a claim (Issuing a claim) under Part 7 can be found in the Form EX50 which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/court-fees-what-they-are.  The fee can vary but is normally no more than 5% of the value of the claim (or 4.5% if the claim is started online).  If your case proceeds to Trial, then a Trial Fee of either £545.00 (claims up to £25k) or £1,090.00 (above £25K) is also payable.

 

If you are deciding to use insolvency then the Court Fee to start insolvency is £280.00.  There may also be a management fee of £990.00 to pay.

 

Barristers Fees can vary depending on the experience of the Barrister and the location of the Hearing.  For a one-day Trial, the fee for a Barrister could be around £5,000 plus VAT.  For an insolvency hearing, they could be around £2,500 plus VAT.  Hourly rates of Barristers can vary between £150 and £500 per hour plus VAT.

 

Process Servers are individuals who serve documents.   Their fees can be on average up to £250 plus VAT.  This includes serving the document and preparing a statement or certificate of service. 

 

The work in the main is carried out by Philip Nam – Over 13 years litigation experience and currently an Associate Member of CILEX.  He is supervised by Neveen Galal, a Solicitor who was admitted in 2005.

Specialist Immigration and Litigation Solicitors

- in the City of London - 

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