Fees for immigration matters

Our Fees

We understand that fees remain a big consideration for most clients as they want to know the potential cost in order to make an informed decision regarding whether to proceed or not. We therefore strive to provide clear fee estimation from the onset while adopting a transparent fee policy. No fees will be incurred on your behalf without your consent.

Our charges, like those of all solicitors, are based on a number of different factors. These include the time spent, the skills, specialised knowledge and responsibility required of the members of the firm handling the matter, the complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out.

The most important of these factors is the amount of time spent by members of the firm in dealing with your case. All such time spent is recorded in 6-minute units and charged at an hourly rate based upon the seniority and experience of the person undertaking the work. Our charges will also explain the experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work, and of their supervisors; a description of, and the cost of, any likely disbursements, and where the actual cost of a disbursement is not known, the average cost or range of costs.

Current hourly rates of our staff are set out below:

  1. Solicitors/legal executives with over 8 years’ experience – £282.00 plus VAT (20%)
  2. Solicitors/legal executives with over 4 years’ experience – £232.00 plus VAT (20%)
  3. Solicitors/legal executives /fee earners of equivalent experience – £185.00 to £210.00 plus VAT (20%)
  4. Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners – £129.00 plus VAT (20%)

We also offer one-off fixed/agreed fees for advice and assistance. The costs will be agreed before we commence work.

Consultation Fees

Our standard consultation fee is £100, plus VAT (20%), for a one-hour consultation. We will inform you if VAT is not applicable in your case, for example, if you are not a resident in the UK or if you entered the country without permission. During consultation, we will endeavour to establish the full details of your matter and take your full instruction. We will advise you on the options available to you and provide a cost-benefit analysis of these options. You will also have time to ask any questions that you may have about your matter and our advice.

We cannot offer legal advice over the phone or by email prior to being formally engaged as your legal representative, but our solicitors and legal consultants are happy to understand your matter over the phone/ by email and offer a consultation if it is required.

 

Fixed Fees

In many cases, once we have reviewed your situation, we will be able to fix the costs of your case. This means that we will charge you a fixed fee for your case, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated, provided that there are no unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions. The fixed fee will not include any disbursements, such as Home Office fees or VAT (20%). 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 plus VAT (20%).  Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis plus VAT (20%) unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate.

 

 

Disbursements 

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

The exact amount you pay depends on the length of the visa you are given. A visa may last longer than your course of study or period of employment. No VAT is applicable on the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Cost for a year

You will have to pay:

  • £776 per year for students, their dependants, and those on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, for example £1,552 for a 2-year visa
  • £776 per year for visa and immigration applicants who are under the age of 18 at time of application
  • £1,035 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, for example £3,105 for a 3-year visa

Cost for part of a year

The amount you have to pay depends on the length of the visa you are given and where you apply from.

6 months or less

You do not need to pay the surcharge if you are applying from outside the UK for 6 months or less.

If you are applying from inside the UK, you will have to pay half the yearly cost. For example:

  • £388 for students, their dependants, Youth Mobility Scheme or under-18 applications
  • £517.50 for any other application

More than 6 months but less than one year

Wherever you apply from, you will have to pay the cost of a full year.

Cost for more than one year

If your visa is for more than a year, you will have to pay:

  • the yearly cost plus half the yearly cost, if it is for 18 months or less
  • the cost of 2 full years, if it is for more than 18 months but less than 2 years

Paying for dependants

Dependants aged 18 or over usually need to pay the same amount as you.

 

UKVCAS Fee

When you apply for a visa, settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) or citizenship in the UK, you will usually need to use UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) to provide:

  • your biometric information (fingerprints and photo)
  • supporting documents for your application

You will be told if you need to use UKVCAS when you apply.

If you are applying from within the UK, you will give these biometrics at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) Service Point. This biometrics enrolment process is managed by the private company Sopra Steria.

When you pay for your application fees you will be directed to book an appointment through the UKVCAS online portal. This appointment will be where you give your biometrics. The appointment can be booked at any of the UKVCAS service points across the UK. All UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge) offers a mix of free and chargeable appointments. The fee for chargeable appointments varies and could be between £85 to £285. The fee is inclusive of VAT (20%).

Service point locations and costs

You can only attend a service point if you have an appointment.

How much you pay depends on the type of service point and whether you need extra services.

You can pay extra for:

  • out of hours or weekend appointments
  • next day or same day appointments if your application is urgent
  • extra services, for example document translation or an interpreter

All UKVCAS fees include VAT (20%). For detailed information on extra fees and services, check the UKVCAS website here. [https://www.ukvcas.co.uk/additional-services]

 

Fees for Applications for Naturalisation or Registration as a British citizen

Typically, these applications take about 3-8 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £500 to £1800 plus VAT (20%) depending on the seniority of your adviser, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Basis of the Fixed Fee

Fixed fee range will be judged on a case-by case basis, dependent on the complexity of the case; consideration as to what section of the legislation the client may need to submit his/her application to naturalise as a British citizen.

Likely disbursements include:

Home Office Application Fees (No VAT is applicable to the Home Office fees)

  1. Naturalisation Fee for Adults:
    • Fee: £1,500
    • Details: Adults applying for naturalisation are required to pay a fee of £1,500, as specified in the application form AN.
  1. Registration of British Citizenship:
    • Fee: £1,351
    • Details: The cost for registering British citizenship is £1,351.
  2. Fees for Minor Children:
    • Children Under 18: £1,214 per child (Application forms: B(OTA), B(OS), EM, MN1, S2, S3, T)
    • Children 18 During Application: An additional £80 may be charged if the child turns 18 during the processing of the request.
    • Requests MN3, MN4, S2: UK citizenship fees will amount to £810.
  3. Confirmation of UK Citizen Status:
    • Fee: £250
    • Details: A fee of £250 is applicable for obtaining confirmation of the status of a UK citizen.

It is important to be aware of the specific fees associated with your application type and circumstances. Take note of any additional charges for minor children and the potential extra charge if a child turns 18 during the application process.

  1. Citizenship Ceremony: (No VAT is applicable to the Citizenship Ceremony fees)
    • Fee: £80
    • Details: After your application is approved, attendance at the citizenship ceremony is mandatory. The fee must be paid in advance. A refund is possible if the application is rejected, but not if you choose not to attend the ceremony.
  1. “Life in the UK” Test: (No VAT is applicable to the Life in the UK Test fees)
    • Fee: £50
    • Details: As part of the citizenship requirements, you need to pass the “Life in the UK” test. The test date must be agreed upon at least 3 days before taking the test.
  1. English Language Proficiency Test: Typically, the fee includes the VAT; however, it varies from provider to provider.
    • Fee: £150 (approximately)
    • Details: Applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by successfully completing an authorized English language test. The typical cost for this test is £150.

Please note that our fees do not include disbursements. 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

Typically, these applications take about 3 – 14 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £500 to £2,400 plus VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser, number of applicants, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

There are no Home Office fees for these applications; however, likely disbursements could apply if you need to go to a UKVCAS service point. You will have the option of free and chargeable appointments depending on availability. If you opt for chargeable appointments, the fee varies and could be between £85 to £285. The fee is inclusive of VAT (20%).

Our fees do not include disbursements. All fees quoted are estimates and are dependent on the particular circumstances of your case.

Basis of Fixed Fee

Fixed fee range dependent on complexity of case including immigration history – dependent on whether the applicant is making a late application and have a good reason for making a late application. It is also dependant on whether they are upgrading from pre-settled to settled status, are applying to join a family member in the UK or have a valid work, study or family visa.

Student Visas

Typically, these applications take about 3 – 6 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £500 to £1,500 plus VAT (20%) depending on the seniority of your adviser, number of applicants, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances. Please note that VAT is not chargeable for Entry Clearance applications as a student.

Our fees do not include disbursements. The likely disbursements include:

Home Office Application Fees: (No VAT is applicable to the Home Office fees)

  1. Student Visa Application from Outside the UK:
    • Fee: £490
    • Details: This fee is applicable when applying for a Student visa from outside the UK.
  2. Student Visa Extension or Switch from Inside the UK:
    • Fee: £490
    • Details: For extending or switching to a Student visa from within the UK, a fee of £490 is required.

Immigration Health Surcharge (per year): (No VAT is applicable to the Immigration Health Surcharge)

  1. Students and their Dependents:
    • Fee: £776 per year
    • Details: The Immigration Health Surcharge for students and their dependents is £776 per year.
  2. Applicants Under the Age of 18:
    • Fee: £776 per year
    • Details: Visa and immigration applicants who are under the age of 18 at the time of application also pay £776 per year for the Immigration Health Surcharge.

UKVCAS Fee:

At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

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

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is dependent on the complexity of the case, including the type of the student visa application (e.g., child student application). It is also dependent on the applicant’s previous immigration history and whether the application is being made in-country or from overseas.

 

Skilled Worker Visa applications

Typically, these applications take about 3 to 8 hours. Therefore, we estimate that a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £500 to £1,800 plus VAT (20%), depending on the seniority of your adviser, the complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

For Skilled Worker dependants, there will be an additional fee of £150 to £250 plus VAT (20%) per dependent when their applications are submitted alongside the Skilled Worker migrant’s. If the applications are made separately, the dependent’s application will be charged at the same fee as that for a Skilled Worker applicant. VAT (20%) will be applied to all applicants; however, no VAT is payable for Entry Clearance applications.

The likely disbursements include Home Office visa application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge and UKVCS fee.

Home Office Application Fees: (No VAT is applicable to the Home Office fees)

Applying from Outside the UK:

  • Up to 3 years: £719 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,420 per person

Applying from Inside the UK (to extend, switch, or update visa):

  • Up to 3 years: £827 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,500 per person

Shortage Occupation List:

If your job is on the shortage occupation list:

  • £551 if staying for up to 3 years
  • £1,084 if staying for more than 3 years

Note: The fee is the same whether applying from inside or outside the UK.

Applicants will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge for each year of stay – this is usually £1,035 per year. No VAT is applicable to the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Health and Care Worker visa applicants, along with their dependent family members under the Skilled Worker visa category, are exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge.

UKVCAS Fee:

At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is dependent on the complexity of the matter. It also depends on liaising with the client’s sponsor, advising on the assignment of the Certificate of Sponsorship, the length of stay, and providing guidance on adding sponsor notes to the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Additionally, the fee is based on advising on whether the applicant qualifies as a new entrant and in cases where the applicant is making an application from overseas.

Visit Visas for visiting family and friends and tourism

Typically, these applications take about 5-12 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £800 to £2,000 depending on the seniority of your adviser, number of applicants, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances. Please note that no VAT is payable for visitor visa applications.

Our fees do not include disbursements. The likely disbursement includes application fees for the Home Office, which are as follows:

  1. Standard Visitor Visa:
    • Fee: £115
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 6 months
  2. Standard Visitor Visa for Medical Reasons:
    • Fee: £200
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 11 months
  3. Standard Visitor Visa for Academics:
    • Fee: £200
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 12 months
  4. 2-Year Long-Term Standard Visitor Visa:
    • Fee: £400
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 6 months per visit
  5. 5-Year Long-Term Standard Visitor Visa:
    • Fee: £771
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 6 months per visit
  6. 10-Year Long-Term Standard Visitor Visa:
    • Fee: £963
    • Maximum Length of Stay: 6 months per visit

No VAT is applicable to the Home Office application fees.

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

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is dependent on the complexity of the matter. It also depends on whether the applicant has a history of previous refusal(s) and/or whether the applicant has a record of non-compliance in a previous visa application that was granted.

 

Partner applications, including spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancées, prospective civil partners and various applications under human rights and outside of immigration rules

Typically, these applications take about 5 – 16 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £800 to £4,000 plus VAT (20%) depending on the seniority of your adviser, number of applicants, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements. The likely disbursements include Home Office visa application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge and UKVCS fee.

The visa application fee is £1,048 if your application is made inside the UK and £1,846 if your application is made outside the UK. The entry clearance application, initial application as a partner, and subsequent extension applications require the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is £1,035 per year. There is no VAT payable for the Home Office fees and Immigration Health Surcharge.

UKVCAS Fee:

At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

Basis of Fixed Fee

  • The fixed fee range depends on the financial requirements and the complexity of the matter. For instance, if someone is relying on a regular salary, we need to thoroughly check specific evidence like payslips and bank statements to make sure they meet the Home Office standards. In cases where income varies, such as from commissions or overtime, we must ensure they still meet the financial requirement set by the Home Office.
  • The fixed fee for our services is also determined by factors such as the volume of supporting evidence, the specific financial requirement category the applicant is targeting, the nature of their relationship with the settled individual in the UK, the presence of dependants, instances where the applicant falls short of the income threshold, and any unusual accounting periods. Our transparent approach ensures that the fee accurately reflects the unique aspects of each individual case.

 

Other categories, such as applications for settlement on the basis of long residence, as a partner or as a skilled worker migrant

On average, these applications take about 5-15 hours and thus we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £800 to £4,000 plus VAT (20%) depending on the seniority of your adviser, complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements. The likely disbursements include Home Office visa application fees and UKVCS fee.

The visa application fee is £2,883, and these applications can only be made when you have been in the UK under a qualifying visa category. There is no VAT payable for the Home Office fees.

UKVCAS Fee:

At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is determined by the complexity of the case, which includes a review of the client’s immigration history. This review takes into account whether the client has exceeded the total allowed days of absence during their qualifying residency period, involving a careful calculation of the total number of days spent outside the UK. The fee also depends on the route the client has taken to complete their five or ten-year continuous residency. Additionally, it considers the complexity and volume of evidence provided in support of the application.

 

Further information about Home Office fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found HERE and HERE.

https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-31-january-2024

 

Notes on additional costs

The cost of your matter may increase due to factors such as the unavailability of necessary paperwork or the presence of missing or incorrect information requiring investigation and correction. Delays arising from third parties not promptly responding to our communications can also contribute to additional costs. In the event of complications, we will promptly discuss them with you and mutually agree on the fee for any additional work before proceeding. It is important to emphasise that each case is unique, and we encourage individuals to reach out to us for a personalised fee estimate based on their specific situation.

 

Notes on additional disbursements costs

Apart from the mentioned disbursements such as the Home Office application fee, Immigration Health Surcharge, and UKVCS fee, certain applications may involve extra expenses. These can include charges for translation services, interpreter fees, and medical or expert reports.

Translation expenses: For document translation, fees for translators can differ, generally falling between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.

Interpreter charges: Interpreters’ fees can vary, typically ranging from £25 to £150 per hour, encompassing travel time. The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.

Medical or expert reports: Fees for experts providing medical or specialised reports can vary widely, usually spanning from £750 to £5,000. The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

Important notes on VAT

All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

What services are included?

The work will depend on the matter and complexity of the instructions, typically involving:

  • Taking your initial instructions and discussing particular circumstances in detail, confirming whether this is the most appropriate application to make and exploring other available options.
  • Providing advice about the requirements of the relevant rules and how you currently (or can) meet the criteria.
  • Offering details of the evidence required to support the application and explaining the application process.
  • Considering the supporting evidence provided and drafting the application form.
  • Where necessary, assisting in obtaining further evidence, including bank letters, bank statements, etc.
  • Preparing the application for submission, including booking your appointment to submit your biometrics and application bundle.
  • Drafting a detailed letter of representation setting out how you meet the requirements.
  • Providing advice and instructions regarding the submission of your application and assisting in preparing for an interview (if required).
  • Offering advice about the outcome of the application and providing instructions for complying with your immigration conditions.

 

How long will my case take to be processed by us?

We will normally be able to prepare and submit the UK visa and immigration applications within 1-4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. The time taken to prepare your application will depend on the complexity of your case and how quickly we receive the required supporting evidence from you.

Home Office processing times and possible delays:

The current processing times for most applications stand at 8 weeks after you have submitted your application and attended your biometric appointment at a visa service centre.

It is important to note that we cannot guarantee the exact duration the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing time varies based on factors such as the type of visa, your location, and the service type. Here are situations where you might experience a longer processing time:

  • Inaccurate or further consideration needed – if the information in your application is not accurate or requires additional consideration.
  • Need for additional evidence – if you need to provide further evidence, such as proof of funds.
  • Verification of supporting documents – if there’s a need to verify your supporting documents.
  • Requirement for an interview – if the applicant is required to attend an interview.
  • Further information on personal circumstances – if additional information is needed regarding your personal circumstances, especially if there is a criminal conviction.
  • Increased Visa Demand: During periods of heightened visa demand, processing times may be extended.

However, for those seeking an expedited decision on their visa or settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) application, there are options available for a quicker processing time. Opting for the ‘priority service’ generally ensures a decision within 5 working days, although Family visa applications from outside the UK may take up to 30 working days. Alternatively, the ‘super priority service’ expedites the process even further, typically providing a decision by the end of the next working day. However, if the Home Office requires additional information, the decision may be delayed.

Eligible applicants can choose the ‘priority service’ for an additional fee of £500, while the ‘super priority service’ comes at a cost of £1,000, in addition to the standard application fee. Priority service and super priority service fees are not subject to VAT.

Appeals, Administrative Reviews, Judicial Reviews

Appeals to the First Tier Tribunal

Should you face a refusal and wish to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal, our professional services include comprehensive advice and assistance in this process. We present two payment options, allowing you to choose between hourly rates and fixed fees for support in lodging an appeal.

On average, the completion of this type of work typically requires approximately 2 to 4 hours. Consequently, we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £400 to £800, plus VAT (20%). The precise number of hours necessary is contingent upon the specifics of your case, taking into consideration factors such as:

  • Complexity of the issues – the intricacy of the legal matters involved in your case.
  • Amount of supporting evidence – the volume and complexity of supporting evidence that needs evaluation.
  • Number of applicants – whether there are multiple applicants, such as more than one member of a family group.

Our service includes:

  • Advising on options – providing detailed advice on the available options following a refusal.
  • Preparing and lodging an appeal (if advised) – assisting in the preparation and submission of the appeal.
  • Advising on progress – keeping you informed and advised on the progress of your appeal.

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

  • Appeal fees:
    • Currently set at £140 for an oral hearing and £80 for a paper hearing.
    • Please note that VAT does not apply to court fees.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

 

Important notes on VAT

All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

  1. Preparation of Appeal for Oral Hearing – First Tier Tribunal

In the event of preparing an appeal for an oral hearing before the First Tier Tribunal, our professional services extend a choice between hourly rates and fixed fees for assistance in preparing your case.

Average time and associated costs: On average, this process typically requires between 6 to 12 hours to complete. Consequently, we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £1000 to £2500, plus VAT (20%). The precise number of hours necessary is contingent upon various circumstances in your case, including:

  • Complexity of the issues – the intricacy of legal matters central to your case.
  • Volume of supporting evidence – the amount and complexity of supporting evidence that requires consideration.
  • Number of witnesses – the quantity of witnesses involved in the case.
  • Need for expert evidence – whether expert evidence is deemed necessary.
  • Number of Hearings – the potential involvement of multiple hearings.

Our service includes the following:

  • Advising on progress – providing ongoing guidance and updates on the progress of your appeal.
  • Preparing witness statements – assisting in the preparation of witness statements.
  • Advising on evidence in support – providing comprehensive advice on the evidence required to support your case.
  • Collating Appellant’s bundles – organising and compiling essential documentation for the appeal.
  • Drafting Appeal Skeleton Argument – crafting a robust and effective appeal skeleton argument.
  • Liaising with the Home Office – facilitating communication and coordination with the Home Office.
  • Booking and briefing Counsel – managing the arrangement and preparation of legal representation.
  • Advising on the outcome of the appeal – offering guidance on the potential outcomes of the appeal.

 

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

In addition to our service fees, potential disbursements and additional costs may include:

  • Counsel’s fees:
    • Barrister fees vary based on complexity, seniority, and time spent on the matter.
    • On average, this may range between £650 to £3000, excluding VAT. If applicable, VAT will be charged at a rate of 20%.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

 

Important notes on VAT

  • All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

  1. Preparation of Application for Permission to Appeal to the Upper Tribunal

In the process of preparing an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal, we provide you with a choice between hourly rates or a fixed fee.

Average time and associated costs: On average, this type of work typically requires around 2 to 4 hours to complete. Consequently, we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £400 to £800, plus VAT (20%). The exact number of hours necessary is contingent upon the circumstances in your case, including:

  • Complexity of the issues – the intricacy of legal matters central to your case.
  • Volume of supporting evidence – the amount and complexity of supporting evidence that requires consideration.
  • Number of Appellants – whether there are multiple appellants, such as more than one member of a family group.

Our service includes the following:

  • Advising on options available – providing detailed advice on the available options for your case.
  • Instructing Counsel – engaging with legal representation to advise on and prepare Grounds for permission to appeal.
  • Preparing and lodging the application (if advised) – assisting in the meticulous preparation and submission of the application.
  • Advising on progress – providing ongoing guidance and updates on the progress of your application.

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

  • Counsel’s fees:
    • Barrister fees vary based on complexity, seniority, and time spent on the matter.
    • On average, this may range between £500 to £1500, excluding VAT. If applicable, VAT will be charged at a rate of 20%.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

Important notes on VAT

  • All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

 

  • Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

  1. Onward appeals to the Upper Tribunal or Court of Appeal or Judicial Review

For onward appeals or Judicial Review, we exclusively operate on an hourly rate payment basis. It is challenging to estimate an average cost for this stage of work as each case differs significantly based on various factors. The number of hours required depends on the specifics of your case, including:

  • Complexity of the issue – how intricate and complex the legal matters central to your case are.
  • Volume of supporting evidence – the amount and complexity of supporting evidence that needs consideration.
  • Number of Appellants – whether there are multiple appellants involved in the case.
  • Number of Hearings – the potential involvement of multiple hearings.

 

Our service includes the following:

  • Advising on available options – providing detailed guidance on the various options available for your case.
  • Instructing Counsel – engaging with legal representation to provide advice and prepare Grounds for permission to appeal.
  • Application preparation and lodging (if advised) – assisting in the meticulous preparation and submission of the application, if deemed necessary.
  • Progress updates – offering ongoing advice and updates on the progress of your case.
  • Outcome guidance – providing expert advice on the potential outcomes associated with your case.

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

  • Counsel’s fees:
    • Barrister fees vary based on complexity, seniority, and time spent on the matter.
    • On average, this may range between £2,000 to £6,000, excluding VAT. If applicable, VAT will be charged at a rate of 20%.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

 

Important notes on VAT

  • All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

 

  • Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

 

 

Administrative Review

To advise upon a refusal and lodge an Administrative Review

We offer a choice of paying at hourly rates or fixed fee.

On average, this type of work takes around 4 – 6 hours to complete. This means that we estimate a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £600 – £1200 plus VAT (20%).

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  • The complexity of the issues involved
  • The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  • Whether there are multiple applicants e.g. more than one member of a family group

 

The cost includes:

  • Advising on the options available
  • Preparing and lodging an application (if advised)
  • Advising on progress

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

  • Administrative Review fees: The current fee for an Administrative Review is £80, and VAT is not applicable.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

 

Important notes on VAT

  • All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

 

  • Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

 

Judicial Review

We only offer paying at hourly rates for Judicial Review.

It is not possible to provide an average cost for this stage of work as each case varies so widely depending on the issues involved. The number of hours required depends on the specifics of your case, including:

  • Complexity of the issue – how intricate and complex the legal matters central to your case are.
  • Volume of supporting evidence – the amount and complexity of supporting evidence that needs consideration.
  • Number of Appellants – whether there are multiple appellants involved in the case.
  • Number of Hearings – the potential involvement of multiple hearings.

This approach ensures that the cost is tailored to your specific circumstances. We assess your case individually to provide accurate and fair billing based on the work required. For any inquiries or further details, please feel free to reach out to us.

Our service includes the following:

  • Advising on available options – providing detailed guidance on the various options available for your case.
  • Instructing Counsel – engaging with legal representation to provide advice and prepare Grounds for permission to appeal.
  • Application preparation and lodging (if advised) – assisting in the meticulous preparation and submission of the application, if deemed necessary.
  • Progress updates – offering ongoing advice and updates on the progress of your case.
  • Outcome guidance – providing expert advice on the potential outcomes associated with your case.

Potential disbursements and additional costs:

  • Counsel’s fees:
    • Barrister fees vary based on complexity, seniority, and time spent on the matter.
    • On average, this may range between £2,000 to £6,000, excluding VAT. If applicable, VAT will be charged at a rate of 20%.
  • Translation of documents:
    • Translators’ fees vary, typically ranging between £90 to £109 per 1000 words. This is contingent on the language and complexity of the texts. The figure excludes the VAT (20%), and inclusion of a 20% VAT may apply, depending on the individual circumstances.
  • Interpreter’s fees:
    • Interpreters’ charges vary, usually falling within the range of £25 to £150 per hour, inclusive of travel time.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT depends on the individual circumstances.
  • Medical reports/Expert reports:
    • Experts’ fees vary significantly based on the subject matter, typically ranging from £750 to £5,000.
    • The figure excludes the VAT (20%). The application of a 20% VAT is subject to the individual circumstances.

 

Important notes on VAT

  • All our fees and disbursements (except court fees, application fees, and Immigration Health Surcharge) are subject to 20% Value Added Tax (VAT). However, if your usual place of residence is not the UK, then VAT will not be applicable for your case. Examples where VAT does not apply include, visit visa applications, any immigration application made from outside the UK, where you have entered into the UK without leave and you still are without a leave.

 

  • Furthermore, it is important to note that when you require a service from a third-party company, such as the one handling the translation of documents, interpretation, or the provision of medical/expert reports, it may not be registered for VAT in the UK. In such cases, VAT will not be charged for your specific case. We will confirm whether VAT is payable when you instruct us, and we can work out if VAT is properly chargeable. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dedication and distinctive service
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