Fees for Private Individuals
The information on this page aims to provide private individual clients about our fees for immigration, appeals, judicial reviews and nationality matters. These fees are exclusive to private individuals and are not applicable to commercial clients.
What our Service Involves
The service can be divided into the following:
• Taking initial (full) instructions from you and to provide an assessment and advice on the requirements that you will need to meet, and whether you meet the criteria; if you do not satisfy the criteria, we will discuss whether and how this can be overcome.
• Providing advice on which documents and information will be needed to support your case.
• Advising on the application submission options and procedure, and on likely timescales
• Reviewing the support documents that you will provide for your matter.
• Where necessary, liaising with third parties to obtain further documents in support of your case, including witness statements.
• Preparing the relevant forms/documents.
• Drafting representations/grounds of appeal in support of your application.
• Submitting the application form, representations and support evidence to the UKVI and booking the required appointment.
• Representing you at the tribunal hearings/appeals.
• Attendance at the Home Office interview or assisting with mock interview practise: 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).
• All communication between the Home Office and other agencies concerning your application/appeal until we receive a written decision in your matter.
• Giving you advice on the outcome of the application and any further steps required. Also explaining your new immigration or nationality status, including information about how to remain compliant with your visa conditions and the eligibility criteria for extensions and indefinite leave to remain.
Where identifiable factors exist with your matter that may result in additional work, such as a higher degree of attention, care, mitigation, representations, etc… this will be indicative of the hours we will need to spend on your case and may result in higher fees being charged. Our experience has shown that the following scenarios may result in a higher fee being charged in accordance with the level of skill, experience and input of time required on our part.
• Where your matter will require discretion to be exercised by the deciding authority.
• The complexity of legal or procedural issues involved.
• Where the application is being made and any particular additional services you wish to use.
• Previous criminal or civil convictions.
• If we are required to liaise with third parties in support of your matter.
• Adverse immigration history – previous overstaying, refusals or breach of conditions, non-compliance with Immigration, etc…
• Previous behaviour that raises good character issues.
• Whether the application is an initial one, an extension or an application for indefinite leave to remain.
• The urgency of the matter.
• Any undisclosed information that was not revealed to our firm and/or the relevant authorities.
• The level of documentation available and any issues in obtaining or providing this.
• Exceptional circumstances that require mitigation (particularly in protracted matters that require extensive examination and representation).
• Whether there are any dependants and their personal circumstances which may affect the matter.
Please note that the prices quoted below do not include additional costs that may be incurred on your matter. Any such fees can include the following. You will be notified of such fees or anticipated fees at the start of your matter:
• Appeal fees
• Counsels Fees
• Home Office fee
• Immigration Health Surcharge
• Immigration Skills Charge
• Independent Expert Reports
• Independent Medical Reports
• Interpreter/Translation Fees
• Courier/Postage Charges
Every case starts with an initial fixed fee consultation. The consultation will allow for 1 hour and we will advise you of your rights and any course of action that is available to you. We will advise you as to the merits of pursuing the matter and the prospects for success and an estimate of the costs that will be incurred in the case.
Cost for Initial Consultation
• Senior Partner – Paul Turner: £400
• Partners, In-house Counsel and Senior Solicitors: £300
• Junior Lawyers & Senior Paralegals: £200
Fixed Fees & Hourly Rates
We offer competitive hourly rates but understand the wish of clients to have certainty as to their total liability in respect of costs. Therefore, in most cases we will offer a fixed fee in respect of our costs and this will be tailored according to the work that we anticipate will be involved, the complexity of the case and the seniority of the caseworker required. As we have caseworkers at different levels of seniority we are able to offer you different quotes for the work to be carried out, therefore tailoring our costs to your needs and affordability.
Where fixed fees are not possible to charge, our time is charged at hourly rates that comply with professional guidance and depend upon the seniority of the caseworker involved.
We have set out the hourly rates for lawyers at different levels. Our standard starting hourly rates are:
• Senior Partner – Paul Turner: £400 – £600
• Partners, In-house Counsel and Senior Solicitors: £300 – £400
• Junior Lawyers & Senior Paralegals: £150 – £250
Supervision & Use of Trainees and Paralegals
All work of paralegals and trainee solicitors is supervised by our legally qualified lawyers. The use of trainees and paralegals enables us to offer competitive fixed fees for those who cannot afford to instruct our senior lawyers.
We encourage for all initial consultations to be with our qualified lawyers to ensure that the best advice is provided from the outset and who will be best placed to determine whether a case can efficiently and effectively be performed by a trainee or paralegal staff under supervision.
The time spent by lawyers at different levels will vary depending on a number of factors including the complexity and nature of the matter. The quotes assume that each stage of the work is conducted by an appropriate level of lawyer, if client preference dictates work be completed at a higher level, this will of course impact fee estimates.
Conditional Fee Agreements
In cases where we are required to challenge the Secretary of States decisions or conduct by Judicial Review, to the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court, the costs can be significant. In such circumstances, and to ensure that clients have access to justice we may offer our services on a Conditional Fee Agreement where a part or sometimes all of our costs only become payable in the event of a successful outcome where we would recover our costs from the Secretary of State.
All rates and fee estimates are listed on this page as exclusive of VAT. Where applicable, fees will be subject to VAT at 20%.
We offer a professional service with very reasonable fees and flexible payment terms for all of our clients. If clients cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of the instructions, we are happy to accept half of the agreed fee at the time of initial instructions and the balance to be paid within 28 days.
The processing times for your application will vary depending on the application service you select and where the application is being made. The Home Office do stipulate time estimates and we can confirm the estimate relevant to your matter, if available at the time. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application, this can be a very subjective process without one standard rule that applies across the board, however as an estimate, simple cases can be decided within 1 – 6 months and more complex cases can take 1 – 12 months for a decision to be reached.
Our Fixed Fee Structure
Below is our fixed fees table with examples of our fixed fee structure. This is the same information used by our staff to cost work and at all times we will try to implement our starting prices.
The fixed fee estimates set out here have been provided to give a range of likely fees for standard applications, as each case varies from the next. Once we have further information about your personal circumstances and specific case, we may be able to agree a fixed fee.
Your fee estimate or fixed fee would be agreed prior to us formalising our engagement with you.
Our firm has been advising individuals and businesses on UK immigration and nationality law for over 35 years. For a more detailed discussion as to whether Barnes Harrild & Dyer will be able to assist with your specific query and to receive a tailor-made quote, please contact us.
Our Fees are as follows: