Pricing

Pricing

Probate: Range of costs (with fixed fee for additional work) and fixed fee

Range of costs with fixed fee for additional work
Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 4 and 20 hours work at £250 per hour. Total costs estimated at – £1,000-£5,000 (+VAT).

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

  • There is a valid will.
  • There is no more than one property.
  • There is no more than 1 bank or building society accounts.
  • There are no other intangible assets.
  • There are 1-2 beneficiaries.
  • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs.
  • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full account to HMRC.
  • There are no claims made against the estate.

Disbursements included in this fee:

  • Probate application fee of £155 (as of 7th December 2018)
  • £10 Swearing of the oath (per executor)
  • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
  • £62.15 Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors (as of 7th December 2018)
  • £50 Post in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (estimated and depends on locality)

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.

Potential additional costs
  • If there is no will or the estate consists of any share holdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
  • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50 pence each (1 per asset usually).
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 3-6 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 4-5 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 3-4 weeks. We can distribute the assets after this and it normally takes 2-3 weeks.

Employment Fees

Our fees for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal in the Employment Tribunal in England and Wales can vary from anywhere between £4,000 to £60,000 or more (excluding VAT and disbursements) depending upon the complexity of the claim. The starting point of £4,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements) will typically be for a claim that involves 1 or 2 witnesses on each side, has only 1 or 2 simple issues, will take between 1 to 2 days to be heard in the Employment Tribunal, and where there is not a vast amount of evidence. Anything more complicated is likely to cost more. Our fees will also depend upon the point at which we are instructed to act.

As an example, a simple case could £4,000-£6,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Medium complexity case: £6,000-£15,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)

High complexity case: £15,000-£60,000 or more (excluding VAT and disbursements)

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • Where there are preliminary issues (for example, whether the claim is out of time, etc)
  • Where the other party is a litigant in person
  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
  • Making or defending a costs application
  • The number of witnesses and the amount of 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
  • The number of days that the Employment Tribunal hearing will take

Disbursements

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

Our firm has a team of Solicitor-Advocates who can represent you at any hearing in the Employment Tribunal. However, should you choose to instruct a barrister instead then the barristers fees will be in addition to our fees. A barrister’s fees for attending a hearing in the Employment Tribunal are estimated to be between £1,000 to £10,000 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate and the type of hearing).

Key stages

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 a claim or response
  • Reviewing and advising on a 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 a bundle of documents
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a cast list
  • Preparation and attendance at the 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, or maybe even instruct us midway through the proceedings or at a later stage. This can also be arranged on your individual needs and our fees are likely to be reduced.

Our fees are calculated by reference to our hourly rates and the time spent, which vary according to the level of seniority of the person dealing with your case. However, we can also consider offering a fixed fee for various stages of the case. The benefit of a fixed fee is that you have certainty about how much you will pay for each stage. Our fee arrangements can be discussed at your first meeting with us.

How long will my matter take?

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 4-6 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 26-52 weeks (although if your claim is complicated it may take longer). This is just an estimate and we will of course give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and we will continually review this as the matter progresses.

British Nationality/Citizenship Fees

There are many different types of applications that can be made for British Nationality/Citizenship. Usually the time taken to prepare and deal with such applications will vary between 5-10 hours approximately. The likely costs on average could be between £750.00 and £2000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) and these figures do not include VAT or disbursements such as application fees, interpreters, translators etc.

Hourly rates:

Senior Solicitors £250.00 (plus VAT Per hour)

Solicitors £200.00 (plus Vat per hour)

Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals £150 (plus VAT per hour)

The following factors for example will determine the exact amount of time that your case will take:

  1. The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider;
  2. Your immigration history in particular if you entered the UK illegally or have overstayed;
  3. If you have any criminal convictions or civil judgments against you;
  4. If you have been involved in any legal activities that suggest you are of a bad character, an extremist etc

The more straightforward the application the cheaper it will likely be and likewise the more complex the matter the more expensive it will be. After the first appointment you will usually be provided with a costs indication.

What services are included?

The work will involve:

  1. Assessing your immigration history to see if you qualify to apply for citizenship;
  2. If you do not meet certain conditions which are not a mandatory reason for refusal then to discuss if and how we might be able to overcome any such issues;
  3. Take detailed information from you and identify what documents you have and what further documents and evidence is needed to maximise your chances of success;
  4. Assist you in preparing and or obtaining further evidence and documents;
  5. Once all of the evidence that is needed can be obtained has been obtained then the application form will be completed;
  6. Submit the application to the Home Office;
  7. Advising you on what to do once a decision is received whether that decision is positive or negative.

 

 

Disbursements (fees and costs in addition to our fees):

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Home Office fees, medical or other experts’ fees / interpreter fees, etc.

  1. Interpreter’s fees at £25.00 to £50.00 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 3-5 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
  2. Translation of any documents that are not in English, if necessary we will let you know as soon as possible and what the likely costs are.
  3. If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional costs and disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  1. Any Home Office fees for making the application. The relevant fee can be checked on the Home Office website because they change from time to time.
  2. The fee quoted above does not cover the costs of attendance at any interview.
  3. Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing times can be checked on the Home Office website. There may be options for making applications on the same day service you will be advised about this once the case has been assesses.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 4 weeks of you instructing us if all the necessary documents are readily available. A more accurate time span will be given to you after we have assessed your case.

European Union (EU) Law Applications

Citizens of the EU can make a variety of applications the most common will be for residence permit, permanent residence and family residence permits. These applications generally speaking are straightforward and will take between 5-10 hours of work. The average costs could vary between £750.00 and £1750.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

Hourly rates:

Senior Solicitors £250.00 (plus VAT Per hour)

Solicitors £200.00 (plus Vat per hour)

Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals £150 (plus VAT per hour)

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  1. The type of application that we have to make
  2. Your immigration history
  3. If there are any dependents that will be included in your application
  4. The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  5. If you need the use of an interpreter

The more straightforward your application and the less the amount of documentation we have to consider the less the costs will be. You will usually be provided a fee quote following the first meeting based on the information and documents that you have provided.

What services are included?

The work will typically involve:

  1. Understanding your situation and identifying the most appropriate application;
  2. Giving you advice about the requirements of the relevant legal requirements and how to meet them;
  3. Identifying the supporting evidence that is required and evaluating the evidence you have;
  4. If needed helping you to obtain further evidence such as proof of work in the UK;
  5. Completing your application and submitting it to the Home Office;
  6. Dealing with the Home Office while they are considering your application;
  7. Advising you in relation to the end result.

Disbursements (fees and costs in addition to our fees):

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Home Office fees, medical or other experts’ fees / interpreter fees, etc.

  1. Interpreter’s fees at £25.00 to £50.00 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 3-4 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
  2. Translation of any documents that are not in English if necessary we will let you know as soon as possible and what the likely costs are.
  3. If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional costs and disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses. The fee quoted above does not cover the costs of attendance at any interview.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  1. Any Home Office fees for making the application. The relevant fee can be checked on the Home Office website because they change from time to time.
  2. All disbursements;
  3. Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing times can be checked on the Home Office website. There may be options for making applications on the same day service you will be advised about this once the case has been assesses.

We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 4 weeks of you instructing us if all of the necessary documents are readily available.

Applications under the Points Based (PBS Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5)

Applications for Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain, Further leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement under the above categories.

Hourly rates:

Senior Solicitors £250.00 (plus VAT Per hour)

Solicitors £200.00 (plus Vat per hour)

Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals £150 (plus VAT per hour)

Tier 1 Entrepreneur/Businesspersons

This includes Graduate Entrepreneur, Sole Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur team applications.

On average, this type of work takes between 20-30 hours to complete. These types of applications are complex and never straightforward and this means that on average costs are between £3000 and £5000 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

The price of researching and preparing a business plan is not included in this fee estimate although reviewing and advising in relation to the business plan that has been prepared is. The cost of preparing a business plan varies depending on the nature and size of the business but will be between £1500.00 to £3000.00 excluding VAT and disbursements.

The Investor Visa

The likely time that will be taken on such an application will be between 20-30 hours and the costs will be £3000.00-£5000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

Tier 2 Worker Visas

The exact costs associated with this type of visa application will vary and depend on the nature of the job and the organisation that the applicant will be joining. On average, this type of work takes between 10-20 hours to complete; the costs will typically vary between £2000.00 to £4000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

Tier 4 Child Student Visa Applications

The costs associated with such applications will vary depending on whether the applicant is a child who will not be living with a parent or close relative (grandparent, brother, sister, step- parent, uncle (brother or half- brother of your parent) or aunt (sister or half- sister of your parent) who is aged 18 or over) then adequate care arrangements will have to be made and evidenced.

This application on average will take between 10-20 hours to complete and the average costs will vary between £2000.00-£4000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

 

Tier 4 Student Visa Applications

Applications for adults to study at universities or appropriate institutions that are approved by the Home Office will usually be more straightforward then those relating to children. On average this type of work takes between 10-15 hours to complete. The costs of dealing with such applications will be between £1500.00-£3000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

The costs associated with such applications will vary depending on the nature of the application. The time taken to complete this kind of work will be 10-15 hours and the costs will be between £1500.00-£3000.00 (depending on the complexity of the work and the seniority of the one does the work) excluding VAT and disbursements.

The amount of work involved in any particular application will depend on a number of facts such as:

  • Your immigration history
  • Are any dependents such as your spouse/partner and or children included on the application
  • If you can give clear instructions in English
  • The number of third party individuals or organisations we will have to deal with in preparing your application

What work is included?

The work will typically involve:

  • Understanding your situation and identifying if you meet the requirements of the relevant immigrations rules and requirements and how you can prove you meet them;
  • Identifying the supporting evidence that is required, considering the evidence you have;
  • If needed helping you obtain all relevant further evidence such as bank statements, letters from banks, documents from your employer, university or school, charity etc;
  • Completing your application and submitting it to the Home Office;
  • Dealing with the Home Office while they are considering your application;
  • Advising you in relation to the end result.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Home Office fees, medical or other experts’ fees / interpreter fees, etc.

  • Interpreter’s fees at £25.00 to £50.00 per hour. This kind of application will normally require between 4-8 hours with an interpreter, depending on the complexity of your case.
  • Translation of any documents that are not in English or expert reports if necessary we will let you know as soon as possible and what the likely costs are.
  • If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional costs and disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses. The fee quoted above does not cover the costs of attendance at any interview.

The costs quoted here do not include:

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing times can be checked on the Home Office website https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times). There may be options for making applications on the same day service you will be advised about this once the case has been assesses.

We will normally be able to submit applications within 4-8 weeks of you instructing us do long as all the necessary documents are readily available at the first meeting. We will let you know at the earliest opportunity how long it will take.

Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate. All applications are likely to be different we will give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

Applications

Entry Clearance, Leave to remain, Indefinite leave to Remain/Settlement applications (visitor visas, family reunion, spouses/partners, parents /children and settlement applications) and responding to decisions to start deportation

Hourly rates:

Senior Solicitors £250.00 (plus VAT Per hour)

Solicitors £200.00 (plus Vat per hour)

Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals £150 (plus VAT per hour)

On average, this type of work takes between 5-20* hours to complete. This means that costs could be between £1000.00 to £3000.00. All figures exclude VAT and disbursements.

 

Examples of prices:

Visit Visas, Family Reunion and Marriage applications from £1000.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Settlement applications from £1250.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

Responding to notice of intention to deport from the UK from the £1500.00 plus VAT and disbursements.

The exact number of hours it will take depends on the circumstances in your case. Such as:

  1. The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
  2. Which language(s) you speak
  3. Whether you are applying with other dependants

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable immigration rules, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of this range.

The work will involve and includes:

  1. Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming which is the most appropriate application for you to make and what if any other options may be available to you;
  2. Giving you advice about the requirements of the relevant immigration rules and whether you meet the criteria.
  3. If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether the problems can be overcome and how;
  4. Assessing the supporting evidence you have provided;
  5. Where necessary, helping you to obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements) including taking statements from all relevant witnesses;
  6. Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;
  7. 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) and assistance at the appropriate time.
  8. Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

*The number 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.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as interpreters, visa fees, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS is refundable if your application is unsuccessful). We can handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  1. Interpreter’s fees at £25.00 to £50.00 per hour. These kind of applications will normally require between 4-8 hours with an interpreter depending on the complexity of your case.
  2. Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts, country experts etc. These are not required in all cases and we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary in your case.
  3. If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional costs and disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses. The fee estimates noted above do not cover the costs of attendance at the interview.

The costs quoted here do not include:

  1. Any Home Office fees for making the application. The relevant fee can be checked on the Home Office website because they change from time to time.
  2. Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

How long will my application take?

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The processing times can be checked on the Home Office website. There may be options for making applications on the same day service you will be advised about this once the case has been assessed.

We will normally be able to submit most applications within 4 weeks of you instructing us if the documents that are required are readily available. 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. All applications are likely to vary and we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have information about your specific case.