Funding and fees

Being accused of a crime is a worrying time. Part of that worry can often include the thought of legal costs of defending yourself. Whatever your financial circumstances, we can help you to get access to justice.

We have a Criminal Legal Aid Contract awarded by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to provide publicly funded work (Legal Aid) in crime.

This means, if you are eligible for legal aid, we can assist you in completing the legal aid application form. If your application is refused or if you are ineligible for legal aid, we offer competitive fixed fees for preparing and conducting your case.

As different stages of the criminal justice system have different rules on the eligibility for Legal Aid, please contact us directly to discuss your situation. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence and we will not discuss your case with anyone without your permission.

In terms of privately funded work, we will ensure that our fees are competitive without compromise. The fees are based on a combination of factors to include the level of complexity in a case, the value (if any can be ascertained) and the level of fee earner that will be required to deal with your case in your best interest. We will discuss all relevant factors at the outset and agree a fee structure with you before commencing any work.

For privately funded work, both on immigration and crime, we currently charge an initial consultation fee which maybe off set against any fees for instructions on further work.

Private fees

  1. Private Immigration Costs

What will your case cost?

Our charges range from £250 per hour to £500 per hour, depending on the seniority of the solicitor dealing with your case. You can read about our team HERE. In many cases we can offer a fixed fee for certain applications, once we have reviewed your circumstances.  This means that we will charge you a fixed amount, 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 costs for different applications vary according to whether you are already living in the UK or are abroad, your previous immigration history, the amount of supporting evidence we have to consider, the urgency of your case, whether you are able to provide the documents necessary for your application speedily, the complexity of your case and Home Office processing times which vary greatly according to the type of application. All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

We normally charge 2 – 3 hours for an initial consultation including written follow up advice after which we then can give you an estimate for your case, including a fixed fee.

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. 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.  Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate.  

Value Added Tax VAT 

Value added tax (VAT) has to be added to our fees and all disbursements. This applies if you usual place of residence is the UK or the EEA, including if you had leave to remain in the UK but overstayed. If you are not resident in the UK or EEA, or you entered the country without permission or as an asylum seeker and do not yet have leave to remain, you are not normally liable to pay VAT.  

Disbursements 

In addition to our costs you will be responsible for paying costs payable to another organisation which are incurred by us on your behalf, 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 HERE and HERE.

The Home Office has recently introduced an on-line application scheme for many applications, in conjunction with a commercial partner, Sopra Steria  which charges additional fees for various services, including speedier processing times. The fees for the priority service are £477, and for the super priority service are £610.  The fee for the standard service depends on the type of application. This is subject to change and it is advised that this is checked accordingly.

Interpreters’ charges vary, but typically 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. Translators’ fees vary but are typically between £90 to £109 per 1000 words + VAT depending on language and the complexity of the text.

Experts’ fees vary greatly, depending on the subject matter, but typically range from £750 to £5,000 + VAT if applicable.

How long will my case take to be processed by the Home Office?

The Home Office service standard is three – six months for most applications. However, for some applications it is possible to pay for additional services, including a speedier consideration of your application under a “priority” service where a decision is made in 5 working days or “super priority” service where a decision is made on the next working day. We can advise you about the costs of these additional services.

Applications for Naturalisation or registration as a British citizen

Typically these applications take about 4 – 6 hours to prepare and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which for naturalisation by an adult, for registration of an adult and registration of a child. Nor are our fees include a barrister’s fee if the matter requires specialist advise on law or court proceedings.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

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, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards and registration certificates

Normally, these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We frequently offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which vary from application category. 

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

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

Student and work experience visas

These applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which for students under Tier 4 are £348 for entry clearance, and for £475 for in-country applications for an extension. Home Office application fees for work experience under Tier 5 are £244.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is around £500 – £800 of visa applied for, this is subject to constant variation. 

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

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

Visit visas for visiting family and friends and tourism

Normally, these applications take about 4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £740 to £2,400 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees which vary for a single entry visa, from a 2 year multiple re-entry visa, to a 5 year multiple re-entry visa and different for a 10 year multiple re-entry visa.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

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

Partner applications, including spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancées, and prospective civil partners

Typically, these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications for an extension of stay and for settlement.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is about £500-£800 per year of visa applied for. 

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

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

Applications for work or business under the Points Based System

There are a number of different categories of the Immigration Rules which allow you to work in the UK including Tier 2 and sole representative of an overseas business for employees, and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) for the self employed.

Tier 2 – employees

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications, for an extension of stay for settlement. Please see Home Office fees here.

Sole representatives of an overseas business

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £6,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications, for an extension of stay for settlement. Please see Home Office fees here.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

These applications usually take about 10 – 15 hours and thus our fees can range from £2,000 to £7,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.
Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications, for an extension of stay for settlement. Please see Home Office fees here.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

All these categories, both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is varies per year of visa applied for, read more HERE.

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

Dependent relative and family reunion applications

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and in-country for settlement. Nor a barristers fee should the matter go to a tribunal for appeal or any specialist legal advice.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found HERE.

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

Ancestry applications

Typically these applications take about 6 – 10 hours and thus our fees can range from £1,100 to £4,000 + VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser. We may be able to offer a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications, for an extension of stay for settlement. Please see Home Office fees here.

Both entry clearance and extension applications also attract the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge which is varies per year of visa applied for. 

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

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

Long residence applications under the Rules

Long residence  applications under the Immigration Rules can vary, but typically these applications take about –4 – 6 hours and thus our fees can range from £800 to £2,500+ VAT depending on the seniority of your adviser.  

Our fees do not include disbursements including Home Office fees for entry clearance, and for in-country applications, for an extension of stay for settlement. Please see Home Office fees here.

Further information about Home Office fees can be found at this link HERE. All fees quoted are estimates and are dependant on the particular circumstances of your case.

Advice and representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in relation to appeals against Home Office visa or immigration decisions

We also provide representation in immigration appeals relating to refusals of visa and leave to remain applications. Normally, First-tier Tribunal appeal work can take between 20 and 40 hours (so from £1,500 to £5,000 plus VAT if applicable depending on the seniority of your adviser) for an appeal before the First-tier Tribunal and more if the appeal is adjourned. Tribunal appeal fees are £140 per appellant. We instruct barristers to represent clients in the Tribunal. Their fees vary but as a general guide will range from £1,000 to £5,000 plus travel costs and VAT depending on seniority, complexity and the location of the hearing. If you require an interpreter or for documents to be translated, or an expert report to be obtained, this would cost more.

Other categories both within and outside the Immigration Rules

The Immigration Rules have a number of different categories for entry and leave to remain. We also make applications outside the Immigration Rules.  We can provide you with an estimate for other categories not mentioned on these pages such as asylum, bail, deportation, removal and trafficking and human right

2. Criminal private costs

Our Criminal Team defends clients who are investigated or charged with driving offences. For those cases which are dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court, we charge on the following basis:

Hourly rates

We usually charge for the work carried on a case on an hourly rate, and according to the number of hours worked on the case.

The hourly rate charged varies according to the complexity of the case, and the seniority of the solicitor handling it. The rates usually range from £250 per hour for an associate solicitor to £500 per hour for a partner.

The number of hours involved in any case will depend on a number of factors, the most important being the amount of evidence to consider, the time spent attending you and advising you, and any witnesses (including experts), the time spent drafting documents and the time spent at Court, if relevant. It will also depend on whether the plea entered is Guilty or Not Guilty.

Our fees will include all stages of preparation of the case, including advice on appeal if necessary (although not representing you on the appeal itself). If a solicitor from this firm represents you at Court the time spent by the solicitor preparing and attending Court will be included in our charges. 

Sometimes it is in a client’s interests for us to instruct a barrister to represent them at Court, for example if a particularly complex legal issue needs to be argued or if it is more cost-effective to do so. If we instruct a barrister to represent you at Court the barrister’s fees will be charged in addition to this firm’s fees, but we will notify you in advance what those fees will be.

In some cases, an expert witness will need to be instructed. The expert’s fees will be in addition to this firm’s fees. Again, we will let you know what those fees will be in advance.

In a straightforward cases involving a Guilty plea and one Court hearing, we would expect about 4 to 10 hours work to be involved, including  the time attending at Court. So the fees would typically be between £1500 to £2700 for an associate solicitor and between £1700 to £3500 for a partner. VAT is added onto our bills if you are liable to pay VAT.

For more complex cases, where the solicitor spends more time on the case, the fees are correspondingly higher. This is more likely to be the case where a not guilty plea is entered and the case goes to trial, or where there is a guilty plea followed by a “Special Reasons” hearing (see below). Typically, such a case will involve between 10 and 30 hours work by the solicitor handling it. The total fees would range from £2000 to £5000 for an associate solicitor to £3500 to £8,000 for a partner. VAT is added onto our bills if you are liable to pay VAT.

Fixed fees

Where the case is straightforward, and concludes after one court hearing we may be able offer a fixed fee. The fixed fee would cover meeting with you, and all steps to prepare the case including representation at the single hearing and advice on appeal afterwards if necessary (although not representation on any appeal). Expert witnesses are not usually instructed in these cases, but if an expert was instructed the expert’s fees would be additional to this firm’s fees.

The fixed fees are as follows:

Partner £2000 plus VAT
Associate solicitor – £1500 plus VAT  

Service

The fees described above will include all the work in advising you and preparing your case. Typically, this work will involve the following key stages and timescales:

Cases involving a Guilty plea

  • Meeting you and advising you on plea, and if need be on sentence
  • Reviewing the evidence against you
  • Drafting letters and documents on your behalf
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Preparing for any Court hearings, explaining the Court procedure to you and representing you at Court, or instructing a barrister to represent you
  • Advising you on appeal if necessary (but not representing you in the appeal itself – this would be the subject of a separate fee).
  • Preparing and representing you on a “Special Reasons” hearing if need be (but please note that these hearings are usually complex, could not be carried out under a fixed fee and usually involve total fees in the “complex case” range as described above)
  • Any barrister’s fees and any expert’s fees would be charged in addition to our fees.

Cases involving a guilty plea usually conclude within 1 to 2 months after the case starts ie from when you are charged or summonsed by the police. Cases involving “Special Reasons” may take longer.  However, the actual timescale for your case depends on a number of factors, some beyond our control. 

Cases involving a not guilty plea

  • Meeting you and advising you on plea, and if need be on likely sentence
  • Reviewing the evidence against you
  • Drafting letters and documents on your behalf
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Instructing expert witnesses if needed
  • Preparing for any Court hearings, explaining the Court procedure to you and representing you at Court, or instructing a barrister to represent you
  • Advising you on appeal if necessary (but not representing you in the appeal itself – this would be the subject of a separate fee).
  • Any barrister’s fees and any expert’s fees would be charged in addition to our fees.

Cases involving a not guilty plea usually conclude within 2 to 6 months after the case starts ie from when you are charged or summonsed by the police. However again, the actual timescale for your case depends on a number of factors, some beyond our control.

Crown Court Matters

Normally, legal aid is granted in almost all Crown Court cases, this is subject to an means based income assessment of the client, with a contribution towards legal aid. Depending on the complexity and nature of the case we can discuss these options before taking instructions so that the client is fully aware of the options.

  • Costs on Regulatory matters

Hourly rates

We usually charge for the work carried on a case on an hourly rate, and according to the number of hours worked on the case.

The hourly rate charged varies according to the complexity of the case, and the seniority of the solicitor handling it. The rates usually range from £250 per hour for an associate solicitor to £500 per hour for a partner.

The number of hours involved in any case will depend on a number of factors, the most important being the amount of evidence to consider, the time spent attending you and advising you, and any witnesses (including experts), the time spent drafting documents and the time spent at Court, if relevant. It will also depend on stage of the proceedings of the case.

Our fees will include all stages of preparation of the case, including advice on appeal if necessary (although not representing you on the appeal itself). If a solicitor from this firm represents you at Court the time spent by the solicitor preparing and attending Court will be included in our charges. 

Sometimes it is in a client’s interests for us to instruct a barrister to represent them at Court, for example if a particularly complex legal issue needs to be argued or if it is more cost-effective to do so. If we instruct a barrister to represent you at Court the barrister’s fees will be charged in addition to this firm’s fees, but we will notify you in advance what those fees will be.

In some cases, an expert witness will need to be instructed. The expert’s fees will be in addition to this firm’s fees. Again, we will let you know what those fees will be in advance.