Below is an explanation of how we charge for many of the services we provide in the area of Immigration and Nationality. Our charges will vary depending on the complexity of each case. We are committed to being transparent and open about the cost of our advice to clients. This means we will always keep you fully informed of the likely cost to you of any advice/service as your case progresses.
We offer 15 minutes free advice, after which, the charge for this service is £80.00 – £120.00 an hour, depending upon the seniority of lawyer you are seeking to consult.
The charge for this service is £100.00 – £200.00, interpreting costs and other disbursements, the range relates to the seniority of lawyer you wish to consult.
Immigration Applications for Leave to remain/enter
Application for leave to remain
Hourly rate: £ 120.00
On average, this type of work takes between 8-10 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £960.00 and £1200.00.
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
- 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.
The work will involve:
- 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 2 hours;
- considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take approximately 1 to 2 hours*;
- 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 approximately 4 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 2 and 3 hours of work.
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
*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 Disbursements (not included in costs set out above):
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
- Interpreter’s fees at £55.00 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 2-3 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
- Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts/DNA report. DNA analysis is usually required where paternity is an issue.
- If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
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. However, the current Home Office processing time for straightforward applications is 8 weeks. We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2 weeks of you instructing us, 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 and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.
If you wish to instruct this firm to represent you in your appeal at either the First Tier or Upper Tribunal level, our fees start at £120 per hour. There is also additional £500.00 – £2000.00, excluding VAT, to instruct a barrister for representation at the Tribunal.
We are unlikely to be in a position to adequately represent a client at an immigration appeal for less than £3000.00. If we are contacted for the first time prior to the appeal then the cost is likely to be £3000.00-£5000.00. These are approximate figures and the actual cost will depend on the facts in each individual case as well as the seniority of the lawyer who is acting.
Second Stage of Immigration Appeals
If you wish to instruct this firm to represent you in your appeal at either the First Tier or Upper Tribunal level, our fees for this stage of representation are charged at £150.00 per hour or disbursements (this means that court fees, interpreting fees, barrister’s fees, and any other disbursements are not included in the rate). The overall cost of representing a client in a deportation appeal can vary enormously and will normally depend on how much preparatory work has been made depending on the complexity of the case and will normally include a prison or detention centre visit for an initial consultation. Please note that this cost does not include disbursements (for example, translation costs, travel costs etc). We will be in a better position to provide you with an estimate of the costs of the case after our first meeting.
Judicial Review and Higher Court Work
Our fees range from £160.00-£200.00 per hour (court fees, barrister/advocate’s fees or other disbursements) depending on the complexity of the case and seniority of solicitor.
If you are not sure whether there is merit in your case, you are welcome to instruct us to provide you with an assessment as to the merits of your case and whether it is worth pursuing.
Please note that currently the firm does not charge VAT as we are not VAT registered, this is however not the position with third parties fees, e.g. barrister or expert fees.
We conduct these cases under what is known as Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), otherwise also known as NO WIN NO FEE. This means that you do not have to cover your legal costs as we will seek to recover the costs on your behalf from your landlord. However, you will be liable to cover the disbursements, e.g. Court fees and expert fees.
It is usually reasonable costs that are recovered in matters such as this and not the full legal costs. In such situations, the firm will not seek to recover the short-fall from you.
Once you sign a CFA, you have 14 days from the date of signing to cancel/terminate the agreement – this is known as cooling-off period. Ms Dunkwu will fully explain the content of the CFA to you before signing.