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Fees & Funding

Learn more about how we charge for legal services and see some of the typical costs.

Our time is charged at hourly rates that comply with professional guidance and depend upon the seniority of the caseworker involved.

Every case starts with an initial fixed fee consultation. The consultation will last 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.

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 many 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. We are also able to offer conditional fee agreements.

Fixed Cost for initial consultations
  • Senior Partner & Level 3 advanced accreditation: £200 plus VAT
  • In-house counsel and assistant solicitors: £150 plus VAT
  • Paralegals and trainee solicitors: £100 plus VAT
Our standard hourly rates as set by the Senior Courts Costs Office
  • Senior Partner: £265
  • In house counsel: £300
  • Lawyers over 8 years qualified: £265
  • Lawyers over 4 years qualified: £229
  • Lawyers less than 4 years qualified: £165
  • Paralegals: £121

Note that paralegals includes non-lawyer caseworkers with level 2 accreditation.

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.

Legal Aid in non-asylum cases

We have been awarded a legal aid contract by the Legal Aid Agency. Legal Aid is available in some cases subject to a merits test and to financial eligibility. If legal aid is granted then you will not be charged for our services. You will be advised in your initial consultation as to the availability of legal aid in your case.

Legal Aid for asylum seekers

Legal Aid is available for asylum seekers subject only to an assessment of financial circumstances. If you are an asylum seeker then there is no need to book an initial consultation with one of our lawyers. Please telephone our office so that we can assess your qualification and secure you a grant of legal aid.

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 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.

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.

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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.

 Senior PartnersPartners, In-House Counsel & Assistant SolicitorsTrainees / Paralegals & Level 2 Caseworkers
Initial consultation£200+VAT (fixed)£150+VAT (fixed)£100+VAT (fixed)
Advice on meritsStarting from £500Starting from £500n/a
Points-based scheme applicationsn/aStarting from £1,500 for students and workers, starting from £3,000 for investors and sports persons. To assist businesses/sponsors hourly rates only apply.n/a
Applications for overstayers on family life / private life groundsStarting from £2,000Starting from £1,500n/a
Extensions of leave on family life and private life groundsStarting from £1,000 for repeat clients, £1800 for new clientsStarting from £1,000 for repeat clients, £1500 for new clientsn/a
Asylum Applications up to advice on initial decisionNo fixed fees offered hourly rate onlyStarting from £3,000£2,000
Entry Clearance for family lifeStarting from £3,000Starting from £2,000n/a
Entry Clearance for Adult Dependant RelativeStarting from £5,000Starting from £4,000n/a
First Tier Tribunal appealStarting from £3,000 + counsels fee for hearing £600 if in house, £5,000 if deportation appealStarting from £2,500 Plus counsels fee for hearing, £600 if in house, £5,000 if deportation appealn/a
Application for permission from the FTT to Upper Tribunal app (including counsels fees if applicable)Starting from £2,000 (if we do not represent at the FTT)
£1,000 (if we represented at the FTT)
Starting from £1,500 (if we do not represent at the FTT)
£800 (if we represented at the FTT)
n/a
Application to renew to UT if FTT refuse permission to appealStarting from £500 for existing clients, £2,000 for new clientsStarting from £400 for existing clients, £1,500 new clientsn/a
Permission granted and to represent client at error of law hearing and advise on next decisionStarting from £1,500 plus counsels fee, £600 if in houseStarting from £1000 plus counsels fee, £600 if in housen/a
Case remitted to first Tier Tribunal for re-hearingStarting from £1,500 plus counsels fee, £600 if in houseStarting from £1,000 plus counsels fee, £600 if in housen/a
Judicial Review, Court of Appeal, Cart appeals, Supreme CourtSUBJECT TO CFA ON OFFER TO BE ADVISED AT CONSULTSUBJECT TO CFA ON OFFER TO BE ADVISED AT CONSULTn/a
Judicial Review injunction against removal direction requires minimum payment towards CFA£2,500 plus counsels fees£2,000 plus counsels feesn/a
Client in detention serving sentence – fighting deportation – wanting a fresh asylum claim – challenging removal etcTo obtain files or papers, take instructions and provide advice on the merits of any application £1500 (additional fees apply for each visit to detention that may be required)To obtain files or papers, take instructions and provide advice on the merits of any application £1000 (additional fees apply for each visit to detention that may be required)n/a
Application for bail£1,500£1,000£750
Pre-Action Protocol in a case where we prepared the application decidedStarting from £500Starting from £500n/a
Pre-Action Protocol where we did not prepare the applicationStarting from £1,500Starting from £1,000n/a
Pre-Action to challenge delay not covered in legal aid case such as delay£250£200n/a
Settlement / ILR applicationsStarting from £1,500 (existing client), £2,000 (new client)Starting from £1,250 (existing client), £1,750 (new client)n/a
SET protection (ILE for refuges after 5 years leave to remain)Starting from £1,500Starting from £1,000£750
EEA applicationsStarting from £1,750Starting from £1,250n/a
No Time Limit (application for ILR stamp for people who have already got ILR)Starting from £1,250Starting from £1,000n/a
Fresh claim for asylum in countries of expertiseStarting from £2,000Starting from £1,500£1,000
Fresh claims for asylum in countries outside of specialismStarting from £2,500Starting from £2,000£1,500
Same Day Visa Service
(normally within 6 week window to get appointment)
Extra £500 to BHD costs and includes accompanying to Home Office (additional costs if outside Croydon)Extra £500 to BHD costs and includes accompanying to Home Office (additional costs if outside Croydon)n/a
Family ReunionStarting from £3,000
£2,000n/a
Travel document for refugee clientn/an/a£300
Certificate of Identity travel doc (may require witness at embassy)n/an/an/a
Penalty Notice against employers and landlords etcHourly rate onlyHourly rate onlyn/a
Visit Visa applicationStarting from £3,000Starting from £2,000£1,000
Certification of documents as true copies of originals£10 first page £5 every after£10 first page £5 every aftern/a
To sign affidavit or statutory declaration/ pawn slips£10 each£10 eachn/a
To prepare a statutory declaration or change of name deed£250 plus VAT£250 plus VATn/a
To provide letter for client not covered under legal aid£25£20£10
To provide letter in a fixed fee case that is not covered under the fixed fee agreement£25£20£10
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