Fees and Funding

We have been providing immigration advice to individuals and businesses since 1994 and our highly experienced team will be able to meet your needs and offer a bespoke service tailored to your individual requirements. You can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.

FUNDING AND PRICES

We always welcome you to contact us by telephone for an initial 15-minute chat about your case for
no charge.


Book a free call by emailing contact@sutovichartiogan.com.

Initial Consultation


Immigration cases are all unique and we usually recommend a consultation to start with. This first
meeting is a very important part of the preparation of your case as it allows us to understand your
circumstances and your objectives. It also allows us to consider all your options carefully with you
and advise you on how best to proceed. Our fees for a consultation range from £185 to £800 plus
VAT depending on the seniority of the lawyer instructed and the complexity of the case.


Prior to the consultation we will consider any papers or information provided by you by email. We
will meet with you over Zoom or at our offices to discuss your case and advise you on your options
as well as any timescales and costs. We will send you a written note after the meeting setting out
our advice and our estimated fee quote for any further work.


If you instruct us for further work within one month of the consultation, we will deduct the
consultation fee from any further fees.


Book a consultation by emailing contact@sutovichartiogan.com.

How we calculate our fees


Our fees are calculated according to how many hours it will take us to complete the work instructed
for and the seniority level of the lawyer undertaking the work. We may charge a supplement for
urgent or out of hours work. Once we have assessed your case and determined how many hours of
work will be needed, we usually offer you a fixed fee quote with the option to pay in two
instalments.

Our hourly rates range from £185 per hour to £400 per hour depending on the seniority of the
solicitor dealing with your case. You can read about our team here.

The number of hours it will take us to prepare your case will depend on your individual
circumstances. We always suggest an initial meeting/consultation for us to better understand your
case in order for us to give you an accurate fee quote. We will always set out in writing the scope of
work covered by the fee quote.

In most cases we offer a fixed fee quote with an estimate of disbursements to be incurred. If for any
reason the case does not proceed, we will charge a proportion of the fixed fee. Any work that arises
which was not previously agreed in the fixed fee, will be charged on an hourly rate basis unless we

agree a further fixed fee. If such work is required, we will inform you in advance and provide an
estimate.

Fees for Applications


We offer various levels of service to assist you in submitting an application to the Home Office. Our
fees will depend on the type of application, the complexity of the case and the seniority of the
lawyer you choose to assist you. We have listed below the fee ranges for some of the most common
applications.


The fee includes:

  • An initial meeting with you to discuss your case and consider any documents provided by you

  • Providing you with a list of evidence that will be needed in support of the application

  • A further meeting to check your documents and advise on any issues

  • Preparation of any supporting witness statements (if needed)

  • Preparing legal representations in support of the application

  • Completing the online application form, submission of the form and facilitating payment of the Home Office fees

  • Booking your appointment and uploading any supporting documentation ahead of your appointment OR handing you an application pack for submission

  • Reporting the decision to you

  • The fee does not include:

  • VAT

  • Disbursements

  • Any further work after submission of the application. We will always agree a fixed fee with you for any additional work.

Application checking service


We can also offer an application checking service for a fee of between £500 and £1,000. This would
include reviewing a draft of your application and all supporting documents and advising you. For a
further fee of between £500 and £750 we can prepare legal representations in support of an
application prepared by you. This work would not be undertaken by a Partner. This means that you
can reduce your legal costs by doing part of the work yourself but still have the advice, reassurance
and representation from an experienced solicitor.

Appeals


Receiving a negative decision from the Home Office can be stressful. We understand that you need
the best advice and support from the outset of pursuing an appeal against a Home Office decision.
Our fees for this work will vary according to the time required to adequately prepare the best case
for your appeal. You can expect to pay anywhere between £2,500 and £10,000 for an appeal in the
First-tier Tribunal. We will always give an accurate fee quote once we have had our initial meeting
with you and determined how long it will take us to prepare your case.


The fee would include:

  • Considering the refusal and advising you on the appeals process

  • Considering your application and advising you on the merits of the appeal

  • Lodging the appeal

  • Preparing the Appellant’s bundle and Appeal Skeleton Argument

  • Advising you on the Respondent’s review and responding as needed

  • Instructing an in-house Advocate or external Counsel (barrister) to represent you at your appeal hearing.

The fee would not include:

  • Court fees

  • Counsel’s fees or in-house Advocate fees for conference and representation

  • Other disbursements

  • Supplemental bundles

  • Case Management Review Hearings

Please contact us for fees related to Upper Tribunal or higher court work.

Asylum


As each asylum case is unique, we are not able to provide a fee range for this type of work without
first speaking to you about your circumstances. We would always suggest an initial consultation for
an asylum case. Please contact us
 to discuss your asylum case. If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid [jump to Legal Aid], let us know in your first contact.

Judicial Review work


Judicial Review cases and High Court work vary from case to case and as such we are unable to
provide a fee range for this type of work until we know more about the case. We would always
suggest that you provide us with papers relevant to your case and arrange a consultation for us to
advise you on the merits of proceeding. Contact us for a fee quote for this initial advice.
In some Upper Tribunal or High Court cases we can consider working under a Conditional Fee
Agreement such as a ‘no win, no fee’ or no win, low fee’ basis. We will assess the merits of your case
to see if this is an available option. If we enter into such an agreement with you, you may be liable to
pay some or all of our costs.

VAT


Value Added Tax (VAT) will be applied to all our fees and most disbursements. This is usually at 20%.
If you think you are not eligible to pay VAT, please let us know and we will assess your
circumstances. In most cases, if you are resident in the UK, even if you do not have any valid leave,
you will be liable to pay VAT. If you arrived in the UK without valid leave and have never held any
valid leave since arrival, you may be exempt from paying VAT. If you are not resident in the UK then
you will not be liable to pay VAT.

Disbursements


The above fee ranges relate to our work only and do not include disbursements. Disbursements are
costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. Some disbursements are handled by us
to ensure smooth progress of your case. You will pay these to us and we will then pay them to the
third party These are:

  • Expert fees

  • Interpreter/translation fees

  • Barristers’ fees (where needed)

  • Travel expenses

  • Court fees

  • Courier fees

  • Some disbursements will be payable directly by you to the third party such as:

  • Home Office application fees and service fees

  • Immigration Health Surcharge Fees

  • Appointment booking fees

  • Biometric enrolment fees

 

Whether or not VAT is applied to a disbursement will depend on the disbursement type.

For a no obligation fee quote please contact us.

Legal Aid


Legal Aid is available to anyone who is eligible for it so long as their matter falls within the ‘scope’ set
out by Legal Aid legislation. In most cases this does not apply to immigration and nationality
applications but it does apply to asylum claims as well as for domestic violence cases and bail from
immigration detention. In some cases we can apply to the Legal Aid Agency for exceptional case
funding but this will be assessed on a case by case basis.


If you could be eligible for Legal Aid, we will first conduct a means assessment where we will ask you
to provide evidence of your income and expenses.