Our Fees

We follow the standard hourly rate guidelines set by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) at £282 per hour for a Grade A lawyer (over 8 years' experience) at the London 3 band (outer London). This fee is exclusive of VAT at 20% and any disbursements. Please be guided by rates in the link below:

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/solicitors-guideline-hourly-rates 

For initial consultations, we charge the same rate of £282 per hour plus VAT to discuss your case in detail and if it is worth taking on.

In some cases where processes are complex and hours rendered are not easily quantified, we offer fixed fees or packaged rates.

PROBATE

Fees

We charge a fixed fee of £650 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements).

Breakdown of costs

1. Legal fees - £650

2. VAT on legal fees (at 20%) - £130

 

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Probate court fee - £155 where net estate is over £5,000 (no fee where net estate is below £5,000)

  • Application for a second grant in an estate where a previous grant has been issued - £20

  • Swearing of the oath (per executor) - £7

  • Official copy of probate (per copy) - 5p

We also offer different packages whereby our costs are based on SRA-recommended fees of 0.75% of the estate value and 1.5% of the financial value of any other assets (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements).

 

Furthermore, we do special considerations and offer agreed fees (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements) which will be determined between ourselves and the client.

Services Included

As part of our fixed fee we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate solicitor to work on your matter

  • Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries

  • Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require

  • Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms

  • Draft a legal oath for you to swear

  • Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf

  • Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you

Timings

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 2-3 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 6-8 weeks once you have provided the relevant information to us.

Experience

Our probate services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with both contentious and non-contentious probate matters. 

EMPLOYMENT

Fees

We generally follow the standard hourly rate guidelines set by HMCTS at £282 per hour plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements.

Cost Range

1. Simple case: £3,000-£10,000 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements)

2. Medium complexity case: £10,000-£20,000 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements)

3. High complexity case: £20,000-30,000 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim

  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person

  • Making or defending a costs application

  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)

  • The number of witnesses and documents

  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer

  • Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Examples include:

1. Counsel's fees for Tribunal Hearing - £800-£2,000 per day (plus VAT at 20%) depending on counsel's experience & included preparation

2. Postal charges - depending on weight of item

Sevices Included

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)

  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;

  • Preparing claim or response

  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party

  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process

  • preparing or considering a schedule of loss

  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing

  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents

  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses

  • preparing bundle of documents

  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements

  • agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list

  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel

The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

Timings

The time that 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 from 3 months to 8 months depending on the complexity of your case. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take a year to 1.5 years. 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.

Experience

Our employment law services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with unfair dismissal and age & racial discrimination cases.

IMMIGRATION

Fees

We operate mainly on an hourly rate of £282 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements). We also offer a one-off fixed fee consultation. Where there is significant extra work, our fixed fee may change based on the changes in a client's circumstances. These fees are set out as follows:

WORK/STUDY

Student Visa - £900

Skiled Worker Visa - £1,200

Start-Up/Innovator - £2,800

Exceptional Talent - £4,500

Tier 1 Investor Visa/Extension - £5,500

PRIVATE/FAMILY

Adult Dependent Relative - £2,200

Permission to Remain - £1,000-1,250 (plus £300 for each dependant)

Entry Clearance Application - £1,000-1,250 (plus £300 for each dependant)

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP/SETTLEMENT

British Citizenship (Naturalisation) - £800

Indefinite Leave to Remain - £1,000-1,250

APPEALS/ASYLUM/DETENTION/DEPORTATION

Bail Application - £1,500 (additional fees apply if hearing is not London-based)

Deportation Appeal - £2,800-3,200 (additional fees apply if hearing is not London-based)

Deportation Advice/Application - £1,500

Refugee Family Reunion - £900 (plus £300 for each additional dependent)

Asylum Appeal - £2,800-3,200 (additional fees apply if hearing is not London-based)

Fresh Claim - £1,250-1,800

Asylum Pre-Decision - £1,500 (additional fees apply for Home Office representation interview)

Appeals against Home Office Refusal - £2,800-3,200 (additional fees apply if hearing is not London-based)

EU SETTLED STATUS

Simple - £300

Complex - £800

 

OTHER SERVICES

1-hr Consultation - £282

Travel Document Applications - £300

British Passport Applications - £250 per hour

Visit Visas Hourly Rate - £250 per hour

Disbursements

1. Visiting detention center - £600 plus VAT at 20%

2. Expert witness - £600-£800 plus VAT at 20%

3. Counsel's fees for Immigration Hearing - £800-£2,000 per day (plus VAT at 20%) depending on counsel's experience & included preparation

4. Home Office fees - you may find the fees here

5. Interpreter/translation fees - depending on translator

4. Postal charges - depending on weight of item

Services Included

The work will involve:

  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;

  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.

  • if you do not fulfill certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes an hour;

  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 3 to 5 hours;

  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;

  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, which we anticipate will take 5 hours;

  • Attendance at a Home Office interview: 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) at the appropriate time. This could be between 2 and 4 hours of work.

  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take

*the amount of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents

Timings

Current process times can be found here. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application.

 

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 2 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Experience

Our immigration law services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with different aspects of immigration such as ILR, deportation advice & application, and appeals against Home Office refusals.

HOUSING

Fees

We generally follow the standard hourly rate guidelines set by HMCTS at £282 per hour plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements. In some cases where serious disrepairs are involved, we take matters on a No Win No Fee basis.

Experience

Our family law services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with housing disrepairs and possession.

FAMILY

Fees

We generally follow the standard hourly rate guidelines set by HMCTS at £282 per hour plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements. In some cases where domestic violence is involved, we take matters on a No Win No Fee basis.

Experience

Our family law services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with child arrangements, divorce, financial settlements, non-molestation orders, etc.