We want you to have the information you need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the costs may be. We take pride in providing transparent and realistic cost estimates. We provide an estimate at the outset of any matter and on request. While the cost of court action can be difficult to estimate our experience enables us to provide you with a realistic estimate.
For cases other than Debt Recovery or Immigration (see below) we generally charge a minimum discounted fixed fee of £1500 plus VAT for initial meeting advice from a solicitor and/or barrister.
Costs information cannot be provided on our website for every type of matter where we will act, as each case is different. However, general information is provided below in respect of Debt Recovery and Immigration legal work. Fee information is provided for illustrative purposes to show how we work. Charges and costs vary considerably between matters. Consequently this information is a general indication of costs. Please contact us for a personalised quote.
Debt Recovery Cases
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to a single unpaid
invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed.
If the other party disputes your claim at any point, or enforcement becomes necessary, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.
See the table below setting out our fees for undefended court claims. Please note that a court fee will apply where proceedings are required to be issued at court to recover the debt.
|Debt Value||Court Fee||Our Fee||Total|
|Up to £5,000||Up to £205||Up to £1,200 +VAT||Up to £1,645|
|£5,001 – £10,000||Up to £455||Up to £2,100 +VAT||Up to £2,975|
|£10,001 – £50,000||Up to 5% claim value||Up to £3,000 +VAT||£TBA|
|£50,001 – £100,000||Up to 5% claim value||Up to £3,900 +VAT||£TBA|
|£100,000+||5% claim value||Contact us||£TBA|
- VAT refers to Value Added Tax. The VAT element (currently 20%) of our fee may not be recoverable from the debtor;
- Interest and late payment compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost;
- The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as bailiffs, is needed to collect your debt; and
- For regular clients, or where we are instructed on a number of matters, reduced fees may apply.
Our fee includes:
- Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation;
- Sending a letter before action;
- Receiving payment and sending on to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing a court claim;
- Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgment in Default;
- When Default Judgment is received, writing to the other side to request payment; and
- If payment is not received within a reasonable time, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.
- We make every effort to recover the costs associated with our instruction from the debtor. However, there is no guarantee of repayment from a third party, and if legal proceedings become necessary, the Courts have broad discretion when it comes to costs and expenses.
- While each case is unique, based on our experience, prompt payment or agreement to pay is typically achieved within 2-8 weeks. In other situations, the specific circumstances and the need for formal litigation will greatly influence the duration.
The costs and service information below is in respect of Applications made under the UK Immigration Rules, such as for:
- Student visas (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Visit visas (including marriage visitor visas) (for tourism, or visiting friends / family) (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,000 (excluding VAT)
- Spouse, civil partners and de facto visa applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Skilled Worker Visas and Tier 2 visas (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Employer Sponsor License (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £4,000 to £7,500 (excluding VAT)
- Educational Sponsor License (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £5,000 to £7,500 (excluding VAT)
- Innovator/ Innovator Founder/ Start-Up and Global Talent Visas (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £5,000 to £10,000 (excluding VAT)
- Adult Dependent Relative Visas (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,000 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Asylum Claims, Further submissions and Human Rights claims (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications under various categories and following 10 years of continuous lawful residence (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,500 to £4,500 (excluding VAT)
- Leave to remain based on 20 years long residence (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Mock Sponsor License Audits and Interviews (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- EU Settlement Scheme Applications (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,000 to £1,500 (excluding VAT)
- Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (IAC) and Upper Tribunal (IAC) (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,000 to £3,500 (excluding VAT)
- Judicial Review (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £10,000 (excluding VAT) – This is broken down into stages such as a typical fixed fee of £1,500 (excluding VAT) for drafting a pre-action protocol letter (PAP Letter)
- Immigration Bail Application to the Secretary of State (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,000 to £1,500 (excluding VAT)
- Immigration Bail Application the First tier Tribunal (IAC) (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,500 to £2,500 (excluding VAT)
- Citizenship / Nationality Application (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,250 to £1,500 (excluding VAT)
- Administrative Review (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 (excluding VAT)
- Revocation of a Deportation Order application (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,000 to £3,500 (excluding VAT)
- Ancestry visas (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,000 to £3,000 (excluding VAT)
- Fee status appeal with university (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,500 to £5,000 (excluding VAT)
- Representative of an overseas business and UK Expansion worker visa (Global Business Mobility) (We typically offer a fixed fee ranging from £2,500 to £5,000 (excluding VAT)
Timeframe and Typical Fee Range:
- Typically, the aforementioned tasks require an average of 5 to 30 hours for completion depending on the circumstances of your case. This translates to an average cost range of £1,000 to £10,000 (excluding VAT).
- The exact cost of an application will of course depend upon the circumstances of your case, such as: the amount of supporting evidence available; whether the case is straightforward or more complex; and whether you are applying with your dependants.
- If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at the outset and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.
- Please note that all figures mentioned exclude Value Added Tax (VAT – currently 20%) unless otherwise specified. However VAT is only charged if our client belongs to the UK.
- Our hourly rates are:
|Head of Immigration||£310|
|NB: Initial Conference Fee||£250|
The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:
- The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider;
- Which language(s) you speak; and
- Whether you are applying with other dependants
If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.
What services are included?
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria;
- If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 3-5 hours;
- Considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 2 to 5 hours (the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents;
- Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 1 to 2 hours;
- Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 1 and 2 hours of work; and
- Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):
- The above costs represent an indicative fee for our advice only. In addition to our costs, you will be responsible for paying costs payable to another organisation which are incurred by us on your behalf. These are known as Disbursements; which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Home Office application fees, the Immigration Health Surcharge if applicable, Tribunal and Court fees, barristers’ fees, expert report fees, interpreter/translation costs, our travel costs (if we have to travel outside our office on your behalf, for example to a Tribunal hearing or to the Home Office) and courier costs.
- More information about Home Office fees, including the Immigration Health Surcharge, can be found on the uk.gov site: UK visa fees and UK Healthcare Surcharge Fees.
- The Home Office has recently introduced an online application scheme for many applications, and there are additional fees for various services with speedier processing times. The fees for the priority service are £500, and for the super priority service are £800. The fee for the standard service depends on the type of application.
- Interpreter / Translator charges vary, but typically they charge £25 – £150 per hour (including for travel time), + VAT if applicable.
- The Home Office asks that all documents are translated by a certified translator. Translator fees vary but are typically between £90 to £109 per 1000 words + VAT depending on language and the complexity of the text.
- Expert fees vary greatly, depending on the subject matter, but typically range from £750 to £5,000 + VAT if applicable.
The costs quoted here do not include:
- Any Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
- We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application but UKVI do publish their Visa processing times which are typically 8 weeks but range from ‘as quickly as possible’ to 3 weeks to 8/12 weeks to 6 months.
- You can check the current UK Visa processing times at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-processing-times-applications-inside-the-uk.
- We will normally be able to submit your application within 2 to 4 weeks of you instructing us and providing all material and fees required, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary in terms of time taken and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate or fixed fee once we have more information about your specific case, for example after an initial fixed fee conference. Get in touch to book a discounted fixed fee immigration conference.