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A guide to our fees.

We do offer fixed fees for most of the work that we provide, and these are indicated as such in this guide.  A fixed fee is an agreed fee, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependant on the application being successful. As set out below, any disbursements or expenses (costs that we incur on your behalf or for the purposes of carrying out our work) are payable in addition to our fees.

In the event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full. We also work on hourly rates. Depending on the work you instruct us to do we may charge by the hour. The rate that we charge, or bill, per hour is dependent on the seniority and expertise of the person undertaking the work. It may be cost-effective to have a range of people on differing rates working on your matter, having more junior people doing the basic, routine work and a more qualified person making the strategic decisions and overseeing the work of the juniors.  Below is a guide to the hourly rates we charge for people of differing seniority and expertise.

Partners  £250
Senior Solicitors Associates & Consultants  £205-£225
Legal Case Workers £175
Trainee Solicitors, Legal Executives and Legal Secretaries £110

It is always difficult to accurately gauge the costs of a case where we charge by the hour as this can vary depending on new information, underlining issues, the complexity of the matter etc. In these cases, we will try to provide you with estimates for each stage.  Where we provide an indicative fee range or estimate, it operates as a guide and not a cap. Estimates will be based on a number of assumptions and if we encounter unforeseen work or complexity this may cause our fees to increase above any fee range or estimate provided.

You must not consider them to be maximum or fixed-fee quotations. We will always inform you of who will be working on your case and their hourly rate.   Factors which could increase the overall cost of your case This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work for a standard application. Some examples are:

Unexpected circumstances in your immigration history, personal circumstances, or financial status which we were not aware of at the outset Delays in obtaining the information requested Information provided is inaccurate, out of date, inadequate or requiring translation; or Where there are short deadlines.

A complex application may attract higher fees, and we will always advise you on this. Factors which could decrease the overall cost of your case  This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work. Some examples are:

Where we have undertaken work on your behalf in the past and your immigration history is familiar to us; or Where we do multiple applications for the same organisation or family; or Where you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules.

Our Pricing Structure Type of Case Guideline Fees (From)

Initial Consultation            £50.00 – £150 (the price of a consultation may be deducted from professional fees if further instruction is made).

Investor applications
Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of investing either £2,000,000 or more

Tier 1 (Investor)- Entry Clearance           £8,000 – £15,000
Tier 1 (Investor) – In-Country Switch           £6,000 – £10,000
Tier 1 (Investor) – Extension           £5,000 – £6,000
Tier 1 (Investor) – Indefinite Leave to Remain           £3,500 – £6,500

Innovator applications

Entry Clearance           £6,000 – £12,000
Start-up           £3,000 – £5,000
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Extension           £5,000 – £8,000
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Indefinite Leave to Remain           £3,000 – £5,000

Entrepreneur applications for Graduates Available to graduates identified by Higher Education Institutions as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK.

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)                                          £4,000

Students – over 16 years old

Available to students who have been offered an unconditional offer for a course at the required level by an education provider, who is recognised as a Tier 4 Sponsor by the Home Office.

Tier 4 (General) Student – £1200 – £1,400

Students – aged between 4 – 17 years old

Available to students who have been offered a place on a course at an independent school in the UK

Tier 4 (Child) Student – Entry Clearance – £800 – £1,200

Tier 4 (Child) Student – In-Country Switch – £700 – £1,000

Tier 4 (Child) Student – Extension – £500 – £800

Parent of a Child at School – £1,200 – £1,500

Individuals from participating countries

Available to sponsored young people (aged 18 – 30 years old) from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the UK.

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)

Temporary Migrants Entry Clearance – £800 – £1,000

Family members of applicants under the Points-Based-System

Applying with or to join a family member who is making an application/ already granted with a visa under the Points-Based-System (PBS).

PBS Dependant Entry Clearance:

£1,500 for the first dependant
£1000 for each additional dependant applying

PBS Dependant In-Country Switch

As above

PBS Dependant Extension

As above

PBS Dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain – £2,000+ depending on the complexity of the matter

Adult Dependant Relative – Discretionary – £2,000

Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – indefinite leave

Available to those who hold settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK. You can apply for a BRP to replace the visa held within your passport.

No Time Limit Application – £500 – £800

Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – limited leave

People who have limited leave endorsed in a passport that is lost, stolen, damaged or due to expire can have their leave transferred to a BRP.

Transfer of Conditions – £400 – £800

BRP is lost or stolen

You can report your BRP lost or stolen from inside or outside the UK. You can only order a replacement from inside the UK.

BRP Replacement – £500 – £800

Visiting the UK

If you are visiting the UK for any purpose (such as leisure or business), you may require a visit visa to enter the UK.

Visit Visa – £1,000 – £1,300

Residing in the UK as a European Economic Area (EEA) national or family member of an EEA national

EU Pre Settled Status – £500 – £700

EU Settled Status – £1,000 – £1,200

EU Complex Cases – £1,500 – £2,500

EEA Family Permit

Available if you are a family member of an EEA national wanting to enter the UK – £1,500 – £2,500

EEA Registration Certificate

Available for EEA nationals currently residing in the UK – £700 – £800

EEA Residence Card

Available to family members of an EEA national to confirm status in the UK – £1850 – £2,500

EEA Permanent Residence (PR)

Available to EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals who have been residing in the UK for 5 continuous years – £2,000 – £2,500

Settlement under Immigration Rules

10 Year Lawful Residence

Available to applicants who have been living legally in the UK for 10 continuous years – £2,500 – £3,000

Becoming a British Citizen

For applicants who want to obtain British nationality.

Naturalise as British Citizen 6(1)

Available to individuals who have already obtained settled status in the UK (either Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain) and held it for 12 months – £1,000 – £1,500

Naturalise as British Citizen 6(2)

Available to individuals who have already obtained settled status in the UK (either Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain) and are married to a British Citizen – £1,000 – £1,500

Discretionary Nationality. For individuals who do not meet all requirements – £1,500-£2,500

Register a Child as a British Citizen

Available to children under 18 years old who wish to obtain British nationality – £1,000- £1,500

Family members of British Citizens

Available for those who apply as a spouse of a British citizen or settled person in the UK (Appendix FM)

Entry Clearance – £2,000 – £3,000

In Country Switch – £1,850 – £3,000

Extension – £1,850 – £3,000

Indefinite Leave to Remain

(settlement) – £2,500 – £3,000

First British Passport Application – £400

Working in the UK

Tier 2 (General)

Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a skilled job in the UK

Sponsor licence

Tier 2 (General) Entry Clearance – £3,000 – £5,000

Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain – £1,500 – £2,500

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant

Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a role in a UK branch from their overseas employer

Tier 2 (ICT) Entry Clearance – £2,000 – £3,000

Tier 2 (ICT) Leave to Remain – £1,500 – £2,500

Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain

Only available to Tier 2 General, Sportsperson or Minister of Religion migrants who have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK – £2,500 – £4,000

Tier 5 (GAE)

Available to applicants who want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or undertake training – £1,000 – £1,800

Sole Representative

Available to applicants who area representative of an overseas company and plan to set up a UK branch/subsidiary

Also available for employees of a news agency on a long-term assignment to the UK – £6,000

Response to Illegal Worker Notice

Applicable to clients who have been notified by the Home Office that they have employed or are currently employing a person who does not have the right to work in the UK.

Hourly-rated

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

Available to applicants who are a recognised leader in their field of expertise – £6,000

Appeals

First-tier Tribunal   £3,000 – £5000

Application for permission to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal £1,000 – £1,500

Application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal     £1,000 – £1,500

Permission hearing   £1,000 – £1,500

Judicial Review

Preparation of Pre-Action-Protocol letter – £1,000 – £1,500

Preparation of judicial review grounds and issuing  proceedings - £2,500 – £3,500

To prepare judicial review renewal grounds – £800

Judicial review renewal hearing – £1,500 – £2500

Judicial review substantive hearing – £3,500 – £5,000

Administrative Review – £1,000 – £1,500

Application for leave to remain in UK

Private & Family life – £2,500 – £3,500

What is not included

Our professional fees do not include the following:

– Any fees payable to the Home Office fee, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs etc.

– VAT, HM Revenue & Customs, HM Passport Office or to the Land Registry etc

– Counsel’s fees where applicable

– Fees payable to Courts or Tribunals

– External Translation fees

– Costs of Experts or Agents instructed on your behalf

– Non-routine postage charges and courier charges

– Travel and meeting expenses

– Bank charges

– Document Certification Fees

Please note that the guide above sets out the prices for different types of immigration applications. However, our fees may vary depending on individual circumstance may call for a combination of applications or for some intervention in advance of the application. We will always advise you about this and the anticipated cost. As your matter progresses, should it become clear that further costs may be necessary, we will, of course, provide an update at the earliest opportunity. The fees quoted above are for standard applications, except where specified. More complex matters will attract higher fees, but we will always advise you on this.

Please be advised that we will not issue any refund if you withdraw your instructions. Furthermore, please note that the prices quoted do not include the Home Office fee; clients will be responsible for paying the Home Office fees/appeal fees (HO fees vary depending on the type of the application).

Initial consultation

If you prefer you can arrange to have an initial consultation. These meetings are charged for and the price is in the guide.  The range of price is dependent on the seniority of the professional who meets with you.  At the initial consultation, we will give you comprehensive verbal advice about your case and make recommendations as to how you should proceed. We will also give you an indication of what we will charge you to do the work.  Again, you are not obliged to engage our services if you do not want to.  If you do decide to instruct us, we may at our discretion deduct the cost of the initial consultation from your overall professional fees.

When our fees are payable

For fixed fee matters our professional fees, as well as the anticipated Home Office fees and any other fees which we have told you about, will usually be payable at the start of your matter.  We can discuss this with you and make arrangements to suit your circumstances and the time frames of your matter.

On hourly-rated cases, we will ask you to pay us an amount to be held in anticipation of our fees and costs we may incur on your behalf.  This is held in our Client Account and we will inform you before we take any of this to settle our professional fees.

When the Home Office fees are payable

Home Office fees and any other fees (for example, medical expert, barristers, translation) must be paid before we book your appointment with or submit your application to the Home Office.

Unpaid fees or costs

If you do not pay all the fees and costs associated with your application, we may decline to submit your application.  If we do submit your application and there remain fees and costs outstanding at the conclusion of your matter, we are entitled to retain your documents, including originals, until all our fees have been settled.

Advice about unsuccessful applications and further steps you may need to take if your application is unsuccessful, or if you need to make further applications or submissions in order to achieve your aim, we will advise you on those costs before undertaking any further work on your behalf.  To be clear, the costs of appeals, administrative or judicial reviews are included in the above price guide.

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