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:
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.
We charge a fixed fee of £650 (plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements) to obtain letter of probate.
Breakdown of costs
1. Legal fees - £650
2. VAT on legal fees (at 20%) - £130
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.
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
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.
Our probate services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor, |Josephine Nonyelu who has over 7 years experience dealing with both contentious and non-contentious probate matters.
We generally follow the standard hourly rate guidelines set by HMCTS at £282 per hour plus VAT at 20% and any disbursements.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Student Visa - £900
Skiled Worker Visa - £1,200
Start-Up/Innovator - £2,800
Exceptional Talent - £4,500
Tier 1 Investor Visa/Extension - £5,500
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 (Naturalisation) - £800
Indefinite Leave to Remain - £1,000-1,250
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
1-hr Consultation - £282
Travel Document Applications - £300
British Passport Applications - £250 per hour
Visit Visas Hourly Rate - £250 per hour
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Our family law services are carried out by the Principal Solicitor who has over 7 years experience dealing with housing disrepairs and possession.
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.
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.