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Guide to our fees

Ashfield Solicitors is one of the most specialist immigration law firms in London. We offer an effective legal service, tailored to the precise needs of each client, giving focused and decisive advice on both the technical and practical aspects of immigration law and policy. We provide strategic guidance on all available immigration options and the best courses of action for each client. Founded on our commitment to excellence, we pride ourselves on the quality and speed of our services. To ensure our clients and our potential clients have the information they need to make informed choices about the services offered by Ashfield Solicitors, we set out below a guide to our prices.

As a specialist immigration firm, we undertake the broadest range of immigration work and this guide deals largely with the work that we undertake on behalf of members of the public. We guide clients and their families through the full immigration process, from visa/entry clearance applications, extension applications, to indefinite leave to remain (ILR), to obtaining British citizenship and passports. We have extensive knowledge of advising individuals on human rights claims and appeals.

We do not provide a generic service - we understand every client is different and so always provide a personalised service with solutions tailored to the client’s priorities and preferences. Once we have an understanding of the issues, complexities and urgencies around individual case we will provide you with a bespoke quote.

The information below relates to these circumstances and these are indicated as such in this guide.

Depending on the type of application and the client’s circumstances, our work is charged on an agreed fee basis, ensuring transparency from the outset, with no hidden charges or additional costs. An agreed fee is, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependent on the application being successful. As set out below, any disbursements or expenses (costs that we incur on your behalf or for the purposes of carrying out our work) are payable in addition to our fees.  In the event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full. After having agreed a fee, if you withdraw instruction, we will not issue any refund.

Scope of work

Our agreed fees typically include:

  • taking your instructions;
  • understanding your circumstances, priorities and immigration goals;
  • assessing the routes available and developing a tailored strategic plan;
  • providing you with detailed advice on the criteria, evidence and procedure requirements for your application,
  • preparing the relevant application form;
  • reviewing all supporting documentation;
  • providing written supporting legal representations to be submitted with your application;
  • liaising with the Home Office as required with regard to the application; and
  • providing you with further detailed advice on the next steps once the application has been decided.

Key stages

Our lawyers provide strategic alternatives and procedural timing options right for the circumstances of each client, and although the majority of immigration applications follow three key stages, the time frame for each will depend on the type of application, country where the application is being submitted, the type of service chosen, and any specific complexities related to the matter.

Stage 1 - Obtaining instructions, providing strategic advice and preparation of application.

Factoring in the needs of each client, the completion of stage 1 can takes from a few days to a few weeks/months depending on the individual circumstances and the timings of the strategic plan agreed.

Stage 2 - Submission of application, consideration and decision-making by the Home Office.

Home Office processing times can vary between 24 hours to more than six months, depending on the type of application, the availability of premium services, the country from which the application is made, and any case-specific complexities

Stage 3 - Post-decision advice.

Once an application has been decided we promptly provide post-decision advice, explaining the next steps.

The circumstances of each individual applicant is unique and it is notoriously difficult to provide a single price which would cover all eventualities, so when considering whether or not you would like to engage our services for any of the applications set out in the guide below, it is essential to take careful note of the following information:

 

Value Added Tax  (VAT)

All of the prices quoted in this guide exclude VAT, which is charged at 20%. This is charged at the prevailing rate and is payable on our fees and on most expenses which we are likely to incur on your behalf.  There may be some situations in which VAT is not payable.  We can provide guidance on this.

 

What is included in the Prices in Guide

These fees represent our professional fees; in other words, this is the amount that we will charge for the legal work that our firm will undertake on your case. Due to the individual nature of each application, the services provided to each client may differ. Generally, in each standard application, our services 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;
  • advising you about the relevant law and procedures, requirements of the Immigration Rules, EEA Regulations or citizenship laws and whether you meet the criteria.
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how,
  • considering the supporting evidence, you have provided, 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;
  • where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses, ;
  • liaising with you and third parties (where necessary) on your behalf
  • preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf and generally dealing with the matter until a decision is reached on the application.
  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take,

 

What is not included

Any costs which we may incur on your behalf are not included in our professional fees. These can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Payments made to the Home Office on your behalf, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs etc.;
  • Payments made to third parties on your behalf, HM Passport Office .;
  • Counsel's fees. In the event of us seeking the advice of a Barrister (Counsel) you will be liable for their fees which vary depending on seniority. We will discuss with you, options and costs in relation to Counsel before instructing them on your behalf and we shall keep you informed as to their fees.;
  • Fees payable to Courts or Tribunals;
  • External Translation fees;
  • Costs of Experts or Agents instructed on your behalf
  • Non-routine postage charges and courier charges;
  • for a representative of Ashfield Solicitors to attend with you at the Home Office's Public Enquiry Office or premium centre in the UK.
  • Travel and meeting expenses.
  • Non-routine Photocopying and print services;
  • Document Certification Fees;
  • Document scanning and uploading documents to Home office

 

Factors which could increase the overall cost of your case

This applies where an agreed fixed fee is quoted for a standard application. Some examples are:

  • Unexpected circumstances in your immigration history, personal circumstances, which we were not aware of at the outset;
  • Delays in obtaining information requested;
  • Information provided being inaccurate, out of date, inadequate or requiring translation;
  • Where there are short deadlines.
  • More complex applications, we will always advise you on this.

Factors which could decrease the overall cost of your case

This applies where a fixed fee is quoted for doing the work. Some examples are:

  • Where we have undertaken work on your behalf in the past and your immigration history is familiar to us; or
  • Where we do multiple applications for the same organisation or family; or
  • Where you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules.

Please note that the guide below sets out the prices for different types of immigration applications, but individual circumstance may call for a combination of applications or for some intervention in advance of the application. We will always advise you about this and the anticipated cost. We make sure that there will be nothing unexpected. As your matter progresses, should it become clear that further costs may be necessary, we will of course provide an update at the earliest opportunity.

Immigration Fees

You can read more about the fees for certain types of immigration applications and appeals here.