Initial ConsultationOur hourly rate for the initial consultation is in the range of GBP 120 to GBP 150, depending on the complexity of the matter.
Generally speaking, initial consultations take up to 60 minutes to complete. At times, it can take more than 60 minutes and may cost more. The exact cost of the initial consultation would depend on the circumstances in your case. For example: The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider Which language(s) you speak Whether you are applying with other dependants If you can 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 involved in the initial consultation includes: discussing your circumstances and deciding 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 and if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how.
Charges are based on time spent, the skills, specialized knowledge, and responsibility required of the members of the firm handling the matter, the complexity and difficulty of the matters involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out (for instance if due to the urgency, evening or weekend work is required or if an unusually large amount of documentation needs to be considered). The most important of these factors is the amount of time spent by members of the firm in dealing with your case.
Fee Earner Rates
The current hourly rates of our solicitors and fee earners unless otherwise agreed, are as follows:
Senior Solicitors (Grade A – more than 8 years’ experience) £275/hr.
Other Solicitors (Solicitors with less than 8 years’ experience) £200/hr.
Depending on the type of case you have we can offer a range of funding options which we can discuss with you at an initial consultation. Whatever funding option you choose we will be transparent about costs and keep you informed as to what your costs are at regular intervals.
Pay as you go
To suit your budget you may wish to dip in and out of obtaining legal advice for which we can either agree on a fixed fee or an hourly rate but limited to a set fee.
In some instances, we can offer you a fixed fee and set out what work we can carry out within that fixed fee, for example for an undefended divorce. The fixed fee will depend on what work needs to be done and the seniority of the person dealing with your case. We will provide you with our list of fixed fees upon request.
Conditional Fee Agreement /Contingency Fee Agreement
This is a way of funding a case without running the risk of facing legal costs if you lose. It means you only pay our costs which are set out in our agreement with you if you win your case and you pay us nothing if you lose. You can call us to enquire whether this is an option for your type of case.
As well as the charges for time spent on your matter, incidental expenses (called disbursements ) are chargeable. These may include:
- Barrister’s fees
- Expert fees
- Court fees,
- Travel expenses,
- Courier costs
Where disbursements are to be incurred you will be consulted for your approval.
We presently have expertise in the following areas. Please note that this list will grow as we have more solicitors joining the Firm:
- Divorce & Family
- Landlord & Tenant
As required by our regulators, we publish our price guides for the services we offer.