Pricing

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PRICING INFORMATION

EMPLOYMENT -INDIVIDUALS

Pricing Information for individuals in relation to Employment Tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal).

All of the fee information set out below is based on the following hourly rates of lawyers within our team.

The range of hourly rates within each band of lawyers depends on the seniority of the lawyer, and their office location.

The indicative cost of each stage of the process will depend on the seniority of the lawyer who is advising you - this would always be your choice - and where the lawyer is based (this would depend on where you are based, and the likely venue for the Employment Tribunal claim).

Status

Charge-out rate per hour

Partner

£285 - £400 + VAT

Legal Director

£250- £350 + VAT

Senior Associate

£260 - £350 + VAT

Associate

£220 - £275 + VAT

Solicitor

£150 - £200 + VAT

Trainee Solicitor

£140 + VAT

Paralegal

£110 - £140 + VAT

Please note that any reference to VAT is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

We have a range of experienced individuals who would work on your case. In order to find out more about who they are, their qualifications and level of experience please follow the link.

STAGE 1: INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF YOUR CASE

This would be the first stage of our work with you.

It would involve:

Taking instructions from you to understand your position;

Reviewing all of the relevant documents; and

Advising you about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and providing you with an idea of how likely it is to succeed.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £3,500 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the instruction is;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider; and

Whether you would like us to advise you in person, in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person or in writing tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone.

STAGE 2: PRE-CLAIM CONCILIATION 

If following our advice you would like to start a formal claim process, you would need to lodge a claim notification with an organisation called ACAS.

At this stage, we would:

Help you lodge your claim notification to ACAS, which is the first stage of the process; and

Help you with any negotiations during this "Pre-Claim Conciliation" period.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £2,000 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the story is;

How complicated the legal issues are; and

The attitude taken by you and your former employer to the negotiation process. For example: they might make an offer which is acceptable to you, or they may say that they are not prepared to negotiate at all, which would mean that the process would be very short, or there may be detailed negotiations.

STAGE 3A: RECORDING A STATEMENT

If the negotiations during the Pre-Claim Conciliation process achieve a settlement for you, those terms will need to be recorded in a document called a "COT3" (or potentially a Settlement Agreement).

We would negotiate the terms of the Agreement and manage the signature process for you.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £1,500 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The complexity of the Agreement; and

The attitude taken by you and your former employer to the negotiation of the terms of the Agreement.

STAGE 3B: ISSUING A CLAIM IN THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL 

If the Pre-Claim Conciliation process does not result in a deal for you, the next stage would be to consider whether you still wanted to issue an Employment Tribunal claim.

To do that, we would need to obtain an Early Conciliation Certificate from ACAS.

Before we issue a claim for you, we would want to discuss all relevant issues with you, including:

The strengths and weaknesses of your position and your former employer's position;

The impact of issuing a claim on your career;

Any witnesses we would need to speak to, and any further documents we would need to see;

The likely costs of dealing with each stage of the claim process; and

How you will be paying for each stage of the process, including whether you have legal expenses insurance which would cover our fees.

Once you have decided that you want to issue a claim, we would prepare the paperwork for you, to check and approve.

That paperwork would include:

A claim form - often called an "ET 1"; and

A Particulars of Claim document, which sets out the details of your case.

Once you had approved that paperwork, we would lodge it at the Employment Tribunal, electronically.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,000 to £6,000 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The amount of paperwork relevant to your case; and

The number of potential witnesses we would need to speak to.

STAGE 4: THE EMPLOYER'S RESPONSE AND THE START OF THE CASE TIMETABLE 

The next stage in the process is that your former employer will lodge their response documents in the Employment Tribunal.

Those documents will be the formal Response form, called an ET3, and Grounds of Resistance document, which sets out their case in more detail.

The Employment Tribunal will send those documents to us.

At the same time, the Tribunal will be likely to tell us when and where the case will be heard, and will also set out a timetable for the steps we and your former employer (now called "the Respondent") will have to take before that final hearing.

At that stage, we will want to review the Respondent's response papers with you, and discuss with you whether those papers change our view about the strengths and weaknesses of the case.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £3,000 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are; and

The length and complexity of the Respondent's case papers.

NB: Your former employer has 28 days from receipt of your papers from the Tribunal to lodge its response. If it does not do so, we can apply for a "default judgment" for you.

STAGE 5: DEALING WITH THE CASE TIMETABLE 

As the "Claimant", the steps you will need to take with us during the case timetable will include:

The preparation of a Schedule of Loss, which is a document setting out the value of your claim;

The disclosure process, under which both the Claimant and the Respondent prepare lists of all documents they have which are relevant to the issues in the case, and provide copies of those documents to each other;

The agreement and preparation of a Hearing Bundle, which will contain all of the papers which the Employment Tribunal will see at the final hearing; and

The preparation of Witness Statements, setting out the evidence which your witnesses will give at the final hearing.

The typical range of costs for the Tribunal timetable is £2,000 to £10,000 + VAT, depending on a number of factors, including:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The volume of paperwork;

The number of witnesses you need to call, and the length of their statements;

The Respondent's approach to the agreement of the contents of the Bundle.

Within the Case Timetable phase either you or the Respondent may ask the Tribunal to decide various issues during this process, in which case the Tribunal may ask you and the Respondent to take part in a hearing, at which those issues will be resolved by the Tribunal.

These hearings can take place in person, or by telephone, depending on the Tribunal and the types of issue to be considered.

We would generally represent you at the hearing, or we may advise you that we should instruct a specialist Barrister to represent you. This will depend on the type of hearing, and whether it is to be by telephone or at the Tribunal itself.

The typical range of costs for dealing with such a hearing is £500 to £5,500 + VAT, depending on a number of factors, including:

How complicated the legal issues are;

Whether it is to be by telephone or at the Tribunal itself;

The length of the hearing;

The volume of any paperwork;

Whether or not we will need witnesses at the hearing, and/or a bundle of documents; and

Whether or not we instruct a Barrister to do the hearing for us. A Barrister's Fee for a hearing on a simple issue is generally in the range of £750 - £2,500 + VAT.

STAGE 6: THE FINAL HEARING 

As the date of the final hearing approaches, we will instruct a Barrister to represent you at the hearing, and will agree the Barrister's fees for the hearing with their Clerk.

The Barrister's fee will depend on:

The length of the hearing;

The complexity of the issues;

The size of the Bundle;

The seniority and experience of the Barrister.

We have an excellent relationship with several experienced Barristers, which means we can negotiate best value fees with the best Barristers for your case.

By way of indication, the fee of a Barrister for representing a Claimant at a one-day Hearing would be between £750 - £2,000 + VAT, depending on the complexity of the issues and the size of the Bundle.

We may decide with you that it would be best to have a meeting with the Barrister before the hearing. This could be in person or by telephone. Whether or not we do this depends on the complexity of the case, or whether there are any issues which the Barrister wants to discuss.

Our fee for attending such a conference would be in the range of £500 - £3,000 + VAT, depending on the complexity of the issues.

You should also budget for the cost of dealing with any issues which arise in the weeks leading up to the hearing, such as the appearance of new documents, and any issues with the witnesses or the Tribunal administration system. Such work could cost in the region of £500 - £2,000 + VAT.

We will also discuss with you whether you would like us to come to the hearing as well as the Barrister. Typically our charges for attending with the Barrister will be £750 - £1,500 + VAT per day, together with the cost of any overnight accommodation.

HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?

The time it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take four to eight weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is liable to take 26 - 52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses. Hearing dates are determined by the Employment Tribunal and are out of our control.

EMPLOYMENT -SMALL BUSINESSES

Pricing Information for small businesses in respect if Employment Tribunals (defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal).

Small business means a sole trader or business employing up to 49 people.

SERVICE DESCRIPTION - 1.3(F):

All of the fee information set out below is based on the following hourly rates of lawyers within our team.

The range of hourly rates within each band of lawyers depends on the seniority of the lawyer, and their office location.

The indicative cost of each stage of the process will depend on the seniority of the lawyer who is advising you - this would always be your choice - where the lawyer is based (this would depend on where you are based, and the likely venue for the Employment Tribunal claim) - and whether or not the former Employee is legally represented.

Status

Charge-out rate per hour 

Partner

£285 - £400 + VAT

Legal Director

£250- £350 + VAT

Senior Associate

£260 - £350 + VAT

Associate

£220 - £275 + VAT

Solicitor

£150 - £200 + VAT

Trainee Solicitor

£140 + VAT

Paralegal

£110 - £140 + VAT

Please note that any reference to VAT in this statement is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

We have a range of experienced individuals who would work on your case. In order to find out more about who they are, their qualifications and level of experience please follow the link.  

STAGE 1A: INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF YOUR CASE ONCE A CLAIM HAS BEEN THREATENED

Once you let us know that a former employee has threatened to issue an Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal claim against you, we would:

Take instructions from you to understand your former employee's case, and your legal position;

Review all of the relevant documents;

Advise you about the strengths and weaknesses of your position, and provide you with an idea of how likely it is that you will be able to defend a claim from your former employee successfully; and

Give initial tactical advice, including whether you should try to settle the dispute on commercial terms before the employee actually issues a claim.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £4,500 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the instruction is;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider; and

Whether you would like us to advise you in person, in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person or in writing tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone (especially if you would like us to come to your premises).

STAGE 1B: PRE-CLAIM CONCILIATION 

Employees cannot issue a claim for Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal in the Employment Tribunal unless they have started a Pre-Claim Conciliation process via ACAS.

The aim of the Pre-Claim Conciliation process is to see if a potential claim can be settled by agreement before a claim is actually issued.

The first time you may find out that an employee wants to issue a Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal claim against you may be when you receive notification from ACAS of their potential claim.

The Pre-Claim Conciliation process will last for a month, although it can be extended by agreement for up to two weeks.

The Pre-Claim Conciliation process might also come to an end before the end of that month if it is clear that no deal will be done.

If you would like us to support you at this stage, we would:

Liaise with ACAS; and

Help you with any negotiations during this Pre-Claim Conciliation period.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £4,500 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the instruction is;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person, in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person or in writing tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone (especially if you would like us to come to your premises); and

The attitude taken by you and your former employee to the negotiation process. For example: the process would come to an end quickly if you do not want to make an offer, or the former employee accepts your first offer, or they have completely unreasonable expectations of the value of their claim. Alternatively there may be more detailed negotiations.

STAGE 2: RECORDING A SETTLEMENT 

If the negotiations under Stage 1A and/or 1B result in a settlement, those terms will need to be recorded in a document called a "COT3" or a Settlement Agreement.

We would negotiate the terms of the Agreement for you, and manage the signature process for you.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £500 to £2,500 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The complexity of the Agreement; and

The attitude taken by you and your former employee to the negotiation of the terms of the Agreement.

STAGE 3: DEFENDING A CLAIM IN THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL 

If the Pre-Claim Conciliation process does not result in a deal, and your former employee then issues an Employment Tribunal claim for Unfair Dismissal or Wrongful Dismissal, the next stage would be you receiving notification of their claim from the Employment Tribunal.

This will be in a form called an ET1, in which your former employee is called "the Claimant", and you are "the Respondent".

At the same time, the Tribunal will tell you when and where the case will be heard, and will also set out a timetable for the steps you and the Claimant will have to take before that final hearing.

You will have 28 days from the date on which you receive the ET1 to file your defence on a form called an ET3.

If you do not file an ET3, a default Judgment will automatically be issued against you. This means that, when you receive an ET1, you should let us know as soon as possible.

We would then discuss all relevant issues with you, including:

The strengths and weaknesses of your position and the Claimant's position;

Any witnesses we would need to speak to, and any further documents we would need to see;

The likely costs of dealing with each stage of the claim process;

Whether or not you want to settle the claim on commercial terms, before we lodge the ET3; and

How you will be paying for each stage of the process, including whether you have legal expenses insurance which would cover our fees.

Once you had decided that you wanted to defend a claim, we would prepare the paperwork for you, to check and approve.

That work would include:

Reviewing the claim form (the ET1);

Drafting the defence form (the ET3); and

Drafting a Grounds of Resistance document, which sets out the details of your defence.

Once you have approved that paperwork, we would lodge it at the Employment Tribunal, electronically.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,000 to £7,000 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The amount of paperwork relevant to your case; and

The number of potential witnesses we would need to speak to.

We may advise you at this stage in exceptional cases that you should apply to the Employment Tribunal to strike out the claim (if for example the Claimant did not have sufficient service to bring an Unfair Dismissal claim), or for an order that the Claimant should pay a deposit as a condition of continuing with their claim (if the claim is very weak).

The typical range of costs for making these applications is: £1,000 to £5,000 + VAT, depending on:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The amount of paperwork relevant to the issues; and

Whether or not there would need to be a hearing of your application, or the Employment Tribunal was prepared to deal with it on paper.

STAGE 4: DEALING WITH THE CASE TIMETABLE 

As the Respondent, the steps you will need to take with us during the case timetable will include:

A review of the Claimant's Schedule of Loss, which is a document setting out the value of the Claimant's claim, and possibly the submission of Counter-Schedule of Loss;

The disclosure process, under which both the Claimant and the Respondent prepare lists of all documents they have which are relevant to the issues in the case, and provide copies of those documents to each other;

The agreement and preparation of a Hearing Bundle, which will contain all of the papers which the Employment Tribunal will see at the final hearing; and

The preparation of Witness Statements, setting out the evidence which your witnesses will give at the final hearing; and

A review of the Claimant's Witness Statements.

The typical range of costs for the Tribunal timetable is £2,000 to £12,000 + VAT, depending on a number of factors, including:

How complicated the legal issues are;

The volume of paperwork;

The number of witnesses you need to call, and the length of their statements;

The Claimant's approach to the agreement of the contents of the Bundle.

Either you or the Claimant may ask the Tribunal to decide various issues during this process, in which case the Tribunal may ask you and the Claimant to take part in a hearing, at which those issues will be resolved by the Tribunal.

These hearings can take place in person, or by telephone, depending on the Tribunal and the types of issue to be considered.

We would generally represent you at the hearing, or we may advise you that we should instruct a specialist Barrister to represent you. This will depend on the type of hearing, and whether it is to be by telephone or at the Tribunal itself.

The typical range of costs for dealing with such a hearing is £500 to £5,500 + VAT, depending on a number of factors, including:

How complicated the legal issues are;

Whether it is to be by telephone or at the Tribunal itself;

The length of the hearing;

The volume of any paperwork;

Whether or not we will need witnesses at the hearing, and/or a bundle of documents; and

Whether or not we instruct a Barrister to do the hearing for us. A Barrister's Fee for a hearing on a simple issue is generally in the range of £750 - £2,500 + VAT.

At each stage of the process, we would continue to review the strengths and weaknesses of the Claimant's and your legal and commercial positions in relation to the Claimant's claims, and consider with you whether, and (if so) on what terms, you should try to settle the case.

The costs of dealing with these issues would be similar to the range of fees set out in STAGES 1A and 2, above.

STAGE 5: THE FINAL HEARING 

If the claims are not settled, we will instruct a Barrister to represent you at the hearing as the date of the final hearing approaches.

We will agree the Barrister's fees for the hearing with their Clerk.

The Barrister's fee will depend on:

The length of the hearing;

The complexity of the issues;

The size of the Bundle; and

The seniority and experience of the Barrister.

We have an excellent relationship with several experienced Barristers, which means we can negotiate best value fees with the best Barristers for your case.

By way of indication, the fee of a Barrister for representing a Respondent at a one-day Hearing would be likely to be between £750 - £3,000 + VAT, depending on the complexity of the issues and the size of the Bundle.

We may decide with you that it would be best to have a meeting with the Barrister before the hearing. This could be in person or by telephone. Whether or not we do this depends on the complexity of the case, or whether there are any issues which the Barrister wants to discuss.

Our fee for attending such a conference would be in the range of £500 - £3,000 + VAT, depending on the complexity of the issues.

You should also budget for the cost of dealing with any issues which arise in the weeks leading up to the hearing, such as the appearance of new documents, and any issues with the witnesses or the Tribunal administration system. Such work could cost in the region of £500 - £2,000 + VAT.

We will also discuss with you whether you would like us to come to the hearing as well as the Barrister. Typically our charges for attending with the Barrister will be £750 - £1,500 + VAT per day, together with the cost of any overnight accommodation.

HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?

The time it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take four to eight weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is liable to take 26 - 52 weeks. This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses. Hearing dates are determined by the Employment Tribunal and are out of our control.

ESTATEADMINISTRATION

No estate administration procedure is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the complexity of the estate and the extent to which you require us to assist you in the process. For example dealing with an estate which is subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT), or which qualifies for IHT reliefs such as Business Property, Agricultural Property or Heritage Property will have added complexities and will cost more for us to administer than a simple estate which is not subject to IHT.

In addition the number and type of beneficiaries, as well as whether there are conditions on their inheritance, or trust arrangements provided for in the Will or which arise by virtue of the Intestacy Rules will increase estate administration costs. Equally, it may be the case that there are some parts of the estate administration process that you feel able to deal with yourself and this can reduce the time that we spend on the matter, and therefore the costs accordingly. Because of this, we can't give you a reliable estimate of cost for helping you until we have full details of the estate and are advised of the scope of the work that you require us to undertake on your behalf.

We can confirm that our costs for estate administration work are charged on an hourly basis and you can see below details of the team who may work on your case.

OUR FEES

Our fees for obtaining a grant of representation only, where you have provided all required information in a timely manner, would ordinarily incur costs

From £1,500 +VAT

For a simple estate administration fees

From £3,000 +VAT, due to the number of anticipated hours spent dealing with these matters

The average price of a simple estate administration, (which as a general guide would be an estate which is worth less the current nil rate band allowance, there is a valid Will in place, is not contested, has no trust provisions and which provides for the estate to be distributed to no more than 4 UK based beneficiaries), based on 20-30 anticipated hours of time

£5,000 +VAT

These figures may vary depending on the nature of the terms of the Will and the scope of the work, which is why we always give you an individual cost estimate taking into account the nuances of the estate which is to be administered. We would be happy to discuss your specific circumstances with you and provide you with a bespoke cost estimate if you would like to contact us directly.

Please see below for more detail on the work included in the above cost estimate and details of tasks that would cause the fees to increase.

ADDITIONAL FEES

In addition to our legal costs the process of obtaining a grant of representation incurs disbursements, which are additional costs payable to other third parties, for example court fees and Land Registry fees. These include:

The current fee for a solicitor lodged application for a grant of representation

£155 and there is a charge of 50p for each official copy of the grant that it is required. Typically the fee including the office copies would be in the region of £160.

If the estate includes a registered property

a fee of £6 + VAT would be paid to obtain official copies of the title, including plan,

Charge to conduct a bankruptcy search against each UK based beneficiary.

£2 +VAT

Where the executors wish to place Statutory Advertisements to ensure that creditors have been notified of the death then these ordinarily cost

£250 including VAT.

TIMESCALES

Unfortunately it is impossible to provide an exact timescale for the length of time it will take to complete an estate administration as it depends on many external factors. However on average it takes 3 months to obtain the grant of probate and 6 to 9 months to complete the administration in connection with statutory provisions that impact on this timescale.

No estate administration is the same, therefore the information provided is a guide to the likely costs involved but cannot be relied upon as an accurate cost estimate for each individual matter. Please do contact us to discuss your specific circumstances so we can provide you with a bespoke cost estimate for the work involved.

IMMIGRATIONAPPLICATIONS

The preparation and submission of immigration applications excluding asylum applications. All of the fee information set out below is based on the following hourly rates of lawyers within our team. The range of hourly rates with each band of lawyers depends on the seniority of the lawyer, and their office location. Please note that any reference to VAT is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

The indicative cost of each stage of the process will depend on the seniority of the lawyer who is advising you - this would always be your choice - and where the lawyer is based.

Status

Charge-out rate per hour

Senior Associate

£260 - £300 + VAT

Solicitor

£175 - £190 + VAT

Trainee Solicitor

£140 + VAT

Paralegal

£110 - £135 + VAT

Please note that any reference to VAT is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

As part of your visa application there are likely to be disbursements payable by you direct to the Home Office and/or other third party organisations in addition to the legal fees incurred.

The cost of those disbursements will depend on whether you are applying from within or outside the UK, and whether it is a first time visa application or a visa extension application.

A list of current visa application fees can be found on the Home Office website here.

The cost of advising on the preparation and submission of immigration applications will vary depending on the type of application. An indication of these costs are set out below.

Before advising you about the application and submission process, we will take detailed instructions from you in order to tailor our advice and fee estimate to your individual circumstances.

The typical range of costs for this initial assessment stage for all visa applications is: £250 to £1,000 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many initial documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether you have any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

If your circumstances fall outside the normal immigration rules e.g. if you need to rely on "exceptional circumstances" or human rights grounds;

Your ability to produce all original documents required by the Home Office in a timely manner;

The jurisdiction in which you are making your application - each jurisdiction is different and has different biometric submission procedures.

TIER 1: ENTREPRENEUR AND INVESTOR VISA APPLICATIONS 

Stage 1: Advice note

We will prepare a detailed advice note which will cover:

The eligibility criteria for the relevant Tier 1 visa application or extension application;

The application process;

The supporting documents required;

The Home Office fees associated with the application;

Any priority services available to speed up the application processing time; and

The likely timescales involved.

The advice note, which will be detailed and tailored to your personal situation, is likely to cost in the region of £1,750 - £3,000 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether you have any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

If your circumstances fall outside the normal immigration rules e.g. if you need to rely on "exceptional circumstances" or human rights grounds;

The jurisdiction in which you are making your application - each jurisdiction is different and has different biometric submission procedures;

Stage 2: Checking the application and supporting documents

Stage 2 of the process involves:

us checking your application (online or paper form) once;

suggesting amendments to your application;

checking your supporting documents once; and

suggesting any amendments to your supporting documents/any additional documents needed.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,500 - £3,500 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether you have adverse immigration history or previous refusals;

Circumstances outside the normal immigration rules e.g. exceptional circumstances and human rights based applications;

Any changes to your initial instructions;

You producing all original documents required by the Home Office in a timely manner;

The jurisdiction from which you are applying - each jurisdiction is different and has different biometric submission procedures;

Disbursements may increase if you want to use priority visa services (payable by you direct to VFS or other third party organisations);

Problems with the transportation of documents, e.g. documents being held by customs in the relevant country.

Additional checks above and beyond that set out above and drafting of bespoke documents (e.g. supporting letters or affidavits) will be charged separately based on our hourly rates.

Disbursements (not including any priority services):

Visa application fee: £1,021 (in person, outside the UK) or £1,277 (online or by post); and

Immigration health surcharge: £200 per year of visa

TIER 1: SPONSORSHIP OF SKILLED WORKERS 

The fees set out below will vary depending on:

The complexities of your/your business' circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many initial documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether the sponsored worker has any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

Your ability to produce all original documents required by the Home Office in timely manner;

The jurisdiction in which you are making your application - each jurisdiction is different and has different biometric submission procedures;

Disbursements may increase if you want to use priority visa services (payable to VFS or other third party organisations);

Any changes to your initial instructions;

Problems with the transportation of documents, e.g. documents being held by customs in the relevant country;

Whether the business already has a Sponsor Licence in place and an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship ready to assign for extending visas or employing new hires with a salary over £155,800.

Stage 1: Employer applying for a Sponsor Licence

We will advise your business on:

Setting up the application;

Completing the application;

Compiling supporting documentation;

Completing additional information required by Home Office under Appendix A; and

Sponsor obligations and roles of key personnel.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,500 - £2,500 + VAT depending on the variables mentioned above.

Disbursements: £536 - £1,476 (the fees depends on whether the business falls within the definition of a "small employer").

Stage 2: Resident Labour Market Test

We will advise your business on:

Identifying the relevant SOC Code for the role and the minimum salary requirements;

Review/assist with preparing the Job Description; and

Advertising the role and the essential evidence to compile and retain to satisfy the Home Office that the RLMT has been met

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £750 - £2,000 + VAT depending on the variables mentioned above.

Disbursements: advertising costs payable by your business to the advertising company.

Stage 3: Applying for a Certificate of Sponsorship

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £150 - £300 + VAT depending on the variables mentioned above.

Disbursements: £199 (per Certificate)

Stage 4: Tier 2 visa application

We will advise the visa applicant on:

How to make the visa application;

Completing / checking the online visa application once;

The supporting documents; and

Checking supporting documents once.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,000 - £2,500 + VAT depending on the variables mentioned above.

Disbursements (not including any priority services):

Visa application fee: £610 - £1,220 (depending on length of visa)

Immigration health surcharge: £200 per year of visa

Immigration Skills Charge: £364 - £1000 (depending on size of organisation) for the first 12 months and then £182 - £500 for each additional 6 month period. Therefore, a maximum of £1,820 for a small organisation and £5,000 for a large employer.

DEPENDENTS OF TIER 1/ TIER 2 VISA APPLICATIONS

The typical range of costs for advising on visa applications for dependents of Tier 1/Tier 2 migrants is: £1,000 - £3,500 + VAT depending on:

The number of dependants;

Whether the dependants are added to the main applicant's visa application or are joining at a later date - our costs are likely to be higher where a dependant is joining at a later date;

The complexities of the personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether the dependants have any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

If the dependants' circumstances fall outside the normal immigration rules e.g. if relying on "exceptional circumstances" or human rights grounds;

The dependants' ability to produce all original documents required by the Home Office in timely manner;

The jurisdiction in which the dependants are making their applications - each jurisdiction is different and has different biometric submission procedures;

Disbursements may increase if using priority visa services (payable to VFS or other third party organisations);

Any changes to the initial instructions we are given;

Problems with the transportation of documents, e.g. documents being held by customs in the relevant country.

Disbursements per Dependant (not including any priority services):

Visa application fee: £482 - £1,878 (depending on type and length of visa)

Immigration health surcharge: £200 per year of visa

INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN, NATURALISATION AND BRITISH CITIZENSHIP

Stage 1: Advice Note

We will prepare a detailed advice note which will cover:

The eligibility criteria for the application;

The application process;

The supporting documents required;

The Home Office fees associated with the application;

Any priority services available to speed up the application processing time; and

The likely timescales involved.

The advice note, which will be detailed and tailored to your personal situation, is likely to cost in the region of £1,000 - £2,000 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether you have any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

If your circumstances fall outside the normal immigration rules.

Stage 2: Checking the application and supporting documents

Stage 2 of the process involves:

us checking your application once;

suggesting amendments to your application;

checking your supporting documents once; and

suggesting any amendments to your supporting documents/any additional documents needed.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £750 - £2,000 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Any adverse immigration history or previous refusals;

Circumstances outside the normal immigration rules e.g. exceptional circumstances and human rights based applications;

Any changes to your initial instructions;

You producing all original documents required by the Home Office in a timely manner.

Additional checks above and beyond that set out above and drafting of bespoke documents (e.g. supporting letters or affidavits) will be charged separately at our hourly rates.

Disbursements:

Indefinite Leave to Remain application fee: £2,389

Naturalisation/Citizenship application fee: £1,330

Citizenship ceremony fee: £80

FAMILY VISAS - SPOUSE, FIANCE AND UNMARRIED PARTNERS 

Stage 1: Advice Note

We will prepare a detailed advice note which will cover:

The eligibility criteria for the application;

An assessment of which category of the financial requirement is the most appropriate in the circumstances;

The application process;

The supporting documents required;

The Home Office fees associated with the application;

Any priority services available to speed up the application processing time; and

The likely timescales involved.

The advice note, which will be detailed and tailored to your personal situation, is likely to cost in the region of £1,000 - £3,000 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Whether you have any adverse immigration history or previous visa/entry refusals;

If your circumstances fall outside the normal immigration rules e.g. if you need to rely on "exceptional circumstances" or human rights grounds.

Stage 2: Checking the application and supporting documents

Stage 2 of the process involves:

us checking your application once;

suggesting amendments to your application;

checking your supporting documents once; and

suggesting any amendments to your supporting documents/any additional documents needed.

The typical range of costs for this stage is: £1,000 - £3,500 + VAT, depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Any adverse immigration history or previous refusals;

Circumstances outside the normal immigration rules e.g. exceptional circumstances and human rights based applications;

Any changes to your initial instructions;

You producing all original documents required by the Home Office in a timely manner.

Additional checks above and beyond that set out above and drafting of bespoke documents will be charged separately at our hourly rates.

Disbursements:

Your situation

Apply outside the UK

Apply in the UK online or by post

Apply in the UK in person with the premium service

Joining your partner, parent or child

£1,523

£1,033

£1,643

Each dependant added to your application

£1,523 each person

£1,033 each person

£1,643 each person

Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative

£3,250

£1,033

£1,643


EEA NATIONALS 

A new application system for EEA Nationals is due to be launched in March 2019. We will provide indicative fees for such applications at that time.

Initial advice to EEA Nationals on their status in the UK in light of Brexit is likely to cost in the region of £200 - £1,000 + VAT depending on:

The complexities of your personal circumstances;

How complicated the legal issues are;

How many documents there are for us to consider;

Whether you would like us to advise you in person (at one of our office locations or a mutually agreeable location within the UK), in writing or over the phone - again, this would be your choice. Advising in person tends to be more expensive than advising by telephone or in writing;

Any adverse immigration history or previous refusals;

Circumstances outside the normal immigration rules e.g. exceptional circumstances and human rights based applications;

Any changes to your initial instructions;

You producing all documents required in a timely manner.

Disbursements: the Government have indicated the following in relation to the new applications which are due to be launched in March 2019:

The fee to apply will be:

£65 if you’re 16 or over

£32.50 if you’re under 16

It’ll be free to apply if:

you already have valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK;

you have a valid permanent residence document;

you’re applying to move from pre-settled status to settled status; or

you’re a child in local authority care.

HOW LONG WILL MY MATTER TAKE?

The time from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on a number of factors that include the type of immigration status or document you are applying for, the complexity of the requirements, the country from which you are making the application and how quickly the Home Office process your application.

The longest time it is likely to take is 12 months but this will only be for complex matters. We are more than happy to discuss with you the details of your application, at which time we can give you a more accurate estimate of likely timescales.

MORTGAGE OR REMORTGAGE OF AFREEHOLD OR LEASEHOLD PROPERTY

HOW MUCH WILL THE LEGAL FEES BE?

No property is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your mortgage or remortgage transaction (which we will call your 'financing' in this note. Because of this, we cannot give you an exact estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of your intended transaction. That is why we will always give you an individual cost estimate at the start of the transaction, taking into account the actual features of the transaction (based upon the information which you provide to us). We will always advise you immediately about any complication and discuss the potential impact before and additional charges are incurred. Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the financing, including dealing with the Land Registry.

In the large majority of property financings we will be able to give to you specific details upfront of legal fees and the disbursements which you will incur. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. In a few limited instances, where it is particularly difficult to determine what the transaction will involve, we will deal with the matter based upon the time spent in completing the transaction at an agreed hourly rate (see below). For transactions involving residential property, this is quite rare and we can usually provide you with accurate details of the legal fees upfront.

Our typical legal fees involving a residential financing range from around £500 (+VAT) for a simple transaction to £3000 (+VAT) for a generally larger and individual property (with its associated complexities). Please note that any reference to VAT is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated. Our firms fees for dealing with leasehold properties tend to be more than for a freehold property of similar price. This is due to the additional legal complexities with (and time which we need to spend on) leasehold transactions.

In relation to disbursements:

On a property financings we will incur the cost of obtaining copy title documents from the land registry (on average less than £10) and the cost of obtaining copy documents other sources such as copy planning document (on average less than £20).

We would suggest you budget £400 for search fees. The actual amount you incur will vary depending upon the property and the local authority area it is in.

Land Registry fees generally range between £40 and £250 depending upon the type of transaction and the value. They are on a sliding scale. Visit the Government website for guidance.

Further administrative costs can be incurred when financing leasehold properties including : Notice of mortgage fee – commonly in the region of £100 to £200 ; Certificate of Compliance fee - commonly in the region of £200.

The above figures are either inclusive of VAT or no VAT is payable. When we provide you with detailed costings we confirm the VAT payable.

WHAT IS COMMONLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING THE LEGAL COSTS WITHIN THE RANGE GIVEN?

Common factors include :

The complexity of the property

The value of the property

The amount being borrowed

The time which it is anticipated will need to be devoted to the matter

The number of titles included within the property

Whether it is freehold or leasehold

The urgency

The qualification level and specialist knowledge of the adviser who needs to be allocated to the matter (see below for charge out rates).

CAN YOU GIVE SOME EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE OF MATTERS WHICH COULD FALL OUTSIDE THE TYPICAL RANGE GIVEN ABOVE?

Property transactions are many and varied. Generally it is the complexity and risk involved which brings a transaction outside the usual range of costings. Examples would include : high value transactions (generally in the millions of pounds); farms and agricultural land; financings of part where titles are being split and detailed consideration needs to be given to the grant and reservation of easements (e.g. rights of way and rights for services) and the imposition of covenants ( things which a buyer cannot do or is obliged to do) ; complicated unregistered titles.

HOW LONG WILL MY FINANCING TAKE?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until completion will depend on a number of factors. The average transaction takes between 4-8 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on factors such as : title problems needing to be resolved ; surveys revealing items of disrepair which require rectification ; further information being required by the lender.

WHAT ARE THE STAGES IN THE PROCESS?

The precise stages involved in the financing of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have set out some common key stages on sales and purchases :

Borrower's lawyer takes instructions and give initial advice

Borrowers liaise with their lender in connection with the issue of the mortgage offer.

Borrowers (through their Lender) organise a valuation of the property

Lender issues instruction to borrowers lawyer to act. In most instances the lawyer acts for lender and borrower. In some instances the lender insists upon separate representation.

Searches are carried out by the borrower's lawyer (these will vary depending upon the nature of the property)

The lawyer obtains information from the borrower in relation to property

The lawyer investigates title to ensure it is safe to lend.

The lawyer arranges for the borrower to sign the appropriate documentation (including the mortgage deed)

Contracts are signed in readiness for exchange the lawyer reports to the lender that it is safe to lend.

Monies are obtained by the lawyer and provided to the borrower, after redeeming and mortgage to be paid off and deducting any other costs.

Buyer's solicitor deals with application for registration of the new charge/mortgage at Land Registry (and, where the property is leasehold, follows the notice procedures set out in the lease)

WHO IS THE LEGAL ADVISOR WHO WILL DO THE WORK FOR ME?

Please follow this link which will give the details of all of our legal advisers who deal with residential property transactions. This will give details of the adviser's specialisms, the proportion of their time spent on given areas , experience and qualifications. It also gives the advisers charge out rate which is taken into account when determining the legal fees. One of these advisers will be allocated to you and will liaise with you directly.

PURCHASE OF AFREEHOLD PROPERTY

HOW MUCH WILL THE LEGAL FEES BE?

No property is exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular requirements of your purchase. Because of this, we cannot give you an exact estimate of the cost of us helping you until we have details of your intended transaction. That is why we will always give you an individual cost estimate at the start of the transaction, taking into account the actual features of the transaction (based upon the information which you provide to us). We will always advise you immediately about any complication and discuss the potential impact before and additional charges are incurred. Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase, including dealing with the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

In the large majority of property purchases we will be able to give to you specific details upfront of legal fees and the disbursements which you will incur. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. In a few limited instances, where it is particularly difficult to determine what the transaction will involve, we will deal with the matter based upon the time spent in completing the transaction at an agreed hourly rate (see below). For transactions involving residential property, this is quite rare and we can usually provide you with accurate details of the legal fees upfront.

Our typical legal fees involving a residential property purchase range from around £700 (+ VAT) for a simple transaction to £5000 (+ VAT) for a generally larger and individual property (with its associated complexities). Please note that any reference to VAT is at the current rate of 20% unless otherwise stated.

In relation to disbursements :

We would suggest you budget £400 for search fees. The actual amount you incur will vary depending upon the property and the local authority area it is in.

Land Registry fees range between £40 and £910 depending upon the type of transaction and the value. They are on a sliding scale, click to view the details.

Stamp Duty Land Tax - The amount of SDLT depends on the purchase price. Assistance with calculating the amount you will need to pay can be obtained by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.

The above figures are either inclusive of VAT or no VAT is payable. When we provide you with detailed costings we confirm the VAT payable.

WHAT IS COMMONLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING THE LEGAL COSTS WITHIN THE RANGE GIVEN?

Common factors include:

The complexity of the property

The price

The time which it is anticipated will need to be devoted to the matter

The number of titles included within the property

Whether it is freehold or leasehold

The urgency