We have been providing legal advice and representation to individuals and businesses since 1994. Our highly experienced team of lawyers will assess your needs and offer a solution tailored to your requirements. You are in safe hands.

 

Funding and Prices

Do contact us to for a quotation of legal fees and to find out if you are eligible for legal aid.​

Initial Consultation

We usually recommend a consultation to start with. This first meeting is an essential part of the preparation of your case as it allows us to understand your circumstances and your objectives. It enables us to consider all your options carefully and advise you on how best to proceed. We offer a fixed fee for an hour-long consultation of £210. This fee is inclusive of VAT. (For those who are not required to pay VAT, the fee exclusive of VAT is £175). There will be an additional cost for an interpreter should you require one. Interpreters’ fees will attract VAT.

To book a consultation, please use our contact form.

Prior to the consultation we will consider any papers or information provided by you by email. We will meet with you in person at our offices or over Zoom or Teams if that’s more convenient. We will discuss your legal case with you, your options, any timescales and costs. We will send you a written note after the meeting setting out our advice and our estimated fee quotation 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 using our contact form.


How we calculate our fees

Our fees are calculated according to how many hours it will take us to complete your legal work and the seniority of the lawyer instructed. 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 quotation with the option to pay in two instalments.


​Our hourly rates range from £180 per hour (including VAT) to £360 per hour (including VAT) depending on the seniority of the lawyer dealing with your case. Information about whether VAT is payable in your case is here. 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 will always set out in writing the scope of work covered by the fee quotation.


​In most cases we offer a fixed fee quotation with an estimate of disbursements to be incurred. The cost of disbursements and VAT charged on disbursements is not included in our legal fees. Disbursements include interpreting, translation and medical reports. Our fees do not include the cost of any applicable Home Office or Immigration Health Surcharge fee, including any biometric enrolment fee, or the cost of the Life in the UK Test. We will however advise you on which additional costs apply to your application.


If for any reason after work has commenced, the case does not proceed, we will charge a proportion of the fixed fee, being the reasonable costs of the work conducted, plus VAT if applicable.


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 of legal fees plus VAT if applicable.


​Conditional Fee Arrangements (“CFA”s) may be available in certain types of cases. Please contact us to enquire whether a CFA may be suitable for your legal work.

Legal Aid


Legal Aid is available in some asylum, immigration and public law cases. To be eligible for legal aid, your legal matter must fall within the type of case set out in Legal Aid legislation. In most cases this does not apply to immigration and nationality applications, but it does apply to asylum claims, domestic violence cases, immigration applications by victims of modern slavery, bail from immigration detention and applications for judicial review. There are also financial eligibility
requirements.


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.


To ask about your eligibility for legal aid, please contact us.

Fees for Immigration and Nationality Applications


We offer various levels of service to assist you in making your 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.


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) and commissioning additional evidence (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 biometric 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

  • Attending Home Office appointments or interviews. Should this be required, we will agree an additional fee with you

  • 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 also offer an application checking service for a fee of £600 (including VAT). Information about whether VAT is applicable in your case is here. Our fee includes reviewing a draft of your application and all supporting documents and advising you on the strengths and weaknesses of your application. For a further fee of between £600 and £900 (Including VAT), we can prepare legal representations in support of an application prepared by you. This work would be undertaken by a solicitor. This means that you can reduce your legal costs by doing part of the work yourself but still benefit from the
advice and representation of an experienced solicitor.

Appeals


If you receive a negative decision from the Home Office, you need the best legal advice and support from the outset to know your appeal rights and how best to pursue your case before the Tribunal. We will provide this. Our fees for this work will vary according to the complexity of your legal matter and time required to prepare the best case for your appeal. Costs will vary but we will provide an accurate fee quotation once we have had our initial meeting with you. You must bear in mind that there will be additional costs if you wish to instruct a more senior barrister to represent you at your
hearing or obtain expert reports in support of your case.


Our legal fees 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

  • Obtaining a quotation of fees for and 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

  • VAT if applicable (make link)

  • Other disbursements

  • Case Management Review Hearings or additional hearings


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

Asylum


We recommend an initial consultation for an asylum case as the legal work required will depend on your circumstances at the time of application and whether it is a first application or further submissions. We will then provide you with a quotation for legal fees, which will include:

  • 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

  • Preparation of Home Office questionnaires and supporting witness statements

  • Commissioning additional evidence (if needed)

  • Preparing legal representations in support of the application

  • Reporting the decision to you

 

The fee does not include:

 

  • VAT

  • Disbursements

  • Attending Home Office appointments or interviews. Should this be required, we will agree an additional fee with you

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

 

Please contact us to discuss your asylum case. If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid, let us know in your first contact.

Judicial Review


Judicial Review is available as a remedy of last resort to challenge certain decisions, failures or omissions by public authorities, including in immigration and nationality matters. The work involved will 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 recommend an initial consultation to enable us to advise you on the merits of proceeding and for a quotation of legal fees. You should bear in mind that in addition to our legal costs which may be liable to VAT, there will be court fees and the costs incurred
in instructing an external advocate or counsel. If you win, you may recover your legal costs from the opponent, but should you lose, you may be liable for the legal costs incurred by the opponent in defending your claim.


In some Upper Tribunal or High Court cases we can consider working under a Conditional Fee Agreement. 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 generally be applied to legal fees where the applicant is or has been lawfully resident in the UK. It will also be applied to all disbursements, except counsel fees, where the supply attracts VAT and where the supplier is registered for VAT. The rate of VAT is usually 20%. Counsel’s fees will attract VAT if the applicant is resident in the UK.


If you think you are not eligible to pay VAT, please let us know and we will assess your circumstances. 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 on our legal fees or counsel fees.

Disbursements


Our quoted legal fees 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. Those marked with an asterisk* may attract VAT.


For a no obligation fee quote please contact us.

Fees and Funding