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At Harding Mitchell, we operate a very transparent fees structure and provide our client with full details at the outset:

In general terms, our fees are structured as follows:

FIXED FEE

In certain circumstances we can agree a fixed fee at the outset of your case. Generally speaking this is done in circumstances where the scope and extent of the work is known at the outset.

HOURLY RATE

The charge out rates of the solicitors of the firm are based upon the complexity and urgency of the case and the experience of the solicitor dealing with your matter. This firm’s categories of staff and their current charge out rates are as follows:-

CONDITIONAL FEE AGREEMENT

Generally referred to as No Win No Fee. If the Claim is Lost, the Client will have no liability to pay any of the Solicitor’s charges except for disbursements. However, subject to the provisions set out in the no win no fee agreement, if the Client wins, and damages, interest or any other sum is paid by or on behalf of the Opponent in settlement of the Claim or in satisfaction of any judgment against the Opponent, we get paid a percentage of the sum recovered as per the no win no fee agreement

LEGAL AID


Generally referred to as No Win No Fee. If the Claim is Lost, the Client will have no liability to pay any of the Solicitor’s charges except for disbursements. However, subject to the provisions set out in the no win no fee agreement, if the Client wins, and damages, interest or any other sum is paid by or on behalf of the Opponent in settlement of the Claim or in satisfaction of any judgment against the Opponent, we get paid a percentage of the sum recovered as per the no win no fee agreemen

These are our professional fees in Immigration cases.

Our fees for assisting individuals or businesses with their immigration or visa applications are calculated hourly or by way of a fixed fee. Our fees are as follows:

Hourly rate:

Our hourly rates for all matters (including immigration and asylum) are as set out above. On average, most immigration applications take between 8 – 20 hours to complete, depending on which application we lodge on your behalf. This means that on average costs are between £2,000 and £5,000. All figures exclude VAT where applicable.

The exact number of hours it will take will depend on the circumstances of your case, such as:

The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider to establish you are eligible to be granted a visa / leave to remain.
The language you speak and how familiar you are with the various items and processes.
Whether you are applying with dependents.

If you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable laws under the current UK Immigration Laws, the cost is likely to be at the lower end of the above range

  • Entry Clearance Visa / Leave to Remain Services £1,200
  • Immigration Appeal £1,500
  • Immigration Judicial Review £2,500
  • Administrative Review £1,000
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain £1,500
  • Permanent residency £1,000
  • 10 Year Settlement Applications £2,000
  • Other Long Residence Applications £2,000
  • Human Rights Applications £1,500
  • EU Pre-Settlement and Settlement Applications £1,200
  • Fiancé / Spouse Visa Application – Appeals £1,200
  • Family Visa Application – Appeals £1,200
  • Parent Settlement Application £1,200
  • Domestic Violence Visa Application £1,500
  • Tourist Visit Visas £700
  • Start-up Visa Application and Review £4,000
  • Tier 1 Investor Visa Application and Review £7,000
  • Skilled Worker and Skilled Occupation Application and Review £1,200
  • Intra Company Route Visas and Review £3,000
  • Sports Person Visas and Review £3,000
  • Student Visa Application and Graduate Route and Review £1,200
  • Sole Representative Visa Application and Review £2,000
  • Global Talent, Innovator, Tier 5 Youth Mobility and
    Temporary Worker application
    £1,500
  • Domestic Worker Visa Application and Review £1,500
  • Asylum and Human Rights Application £1,500
  • British Citizenship £1,200
  • British Passport Applications £200
  • Deportation and Removal Injunctions £2,000
  • Immigration Bail Applications £1,500
  • Temporary Admission / CIO Bail Application £500

What is included in the fixed fees.

The work will usually involve the following:

  • 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 laws applicable to you and whether you meet the criteria;
  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how, which on average takes 5-10 hours;
  • Considering the supporting evidence you have provided, which we anticipate will take 5 to 10 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 10 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 attending with you) at the appropriate time. This could be between 5 and 10 hours of work.
  • Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take. *The number of hours for consideration 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.

Not included in the fixed fee

  • Disbursements are not included in costs set out above.

Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa application fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.

 

The costs quoted here do not include:

Any Home Office fees for making the application or Medical insurance fees (HIS Charge) or Premium Service fees. You will pay these to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
Where the Home Office refuses your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
Biometric Appointment fees (if applicable).
Any third party fees such as postage fees, translation fees, test or exam fees.

Our fees for non-contentious probate is usually set at 1.5 total value of the estate excluding VAT plus disbursements. For contentious probate matters, we charge hourly as follows

  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £250 – £350 per h + VAT
  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £185 – £200 per h + VAT
  • Assistant Solicitors with over 4 years’ experience £150 – £185 per h + VAT
  • Trainees/Paralegals/Legal Assistants £150 – £185 per h

For debt recovery matters, our fees set out either by way of fixed, hourly rate or a conditional fee agreement ( no win no fee).

Fixed fee In most cases, we charge a fixed fee for pre-action work which varies on average between £1000 and £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements. Alternatively, we can charge an Hourly Rate as follows depending on the experience of the solicitor handling the matter

  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £250 – £350 per h + VAT
  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £185 – £200 per h + VAT
  • Assistant Solicitors with over 4 years’ experience £150 – £185 per h + VAT
  • Trainees/Paralegals/Legal Assistants £150 – £185 per h
  • For all litigation matters, our fees set out either by way of fixed, hourly rate or a conditional fee agreement (no win no fee).

    Fixed fee: In most cases, we charge a fixed fee for pre-action work which varies on average between £1000 and £2,000 plus VAT and disbursements.

    Hourly Rate: Where we charge hourly, the amount of our professional fees will be calculated by reference to the amount of time we spend dealing with the client’s case. All solicitors and other legal staff at our firm record the time they spend on the client’s matter. Time spent will include the following:

  • Time spent in meetings with the client and others (including time spent in travelling to meetings outside our offices),
  • Time spent in inter-office meetings where more than one fee earner is involved,
  • Time spent dealing with correspondence,
  • Making and receiving telephone calls,
  • Reading and working on papers relevant to the case,
  • Any necessary research,
  • Attending Court hearings and conferences,
  • Any other necessary work to progress the matter.

    We will provide an outline of the work we have done and any further details about time spent and work done as you might reasonably request.

    The charge out rates of the solicitors of the firm are based upon the complexity and urgency of the case and the experience of the solicitor dealing with your matter. This firm’s categories of staff and their current charge out rates are as follows:

  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £250 – £350 per h + VAT
  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £185 – £200 per h + VAT
  • Assistant Solicitors with over 4 years’ experience £150 – £185 per h + VAT
  • Trainees/Paralegals/Legal Assistants £150 – £185 per h

Type of fee: Our fees for employment matters are set out as follows:-

Fixed fees

No win no fee agreement
Private hourly rate agreement

Fixed fees: Generally speaking, our fixed fee for employment cases are set between £1000 –

£15,000 depending on the nature of the matter and the work involved.

Hourly Rates:

Our hourly rates for all including employment are as follows:-

  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £250 – £350 per h + VAT
  • Partners and Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience £185 – £200 per h + VAT
  • Assistant Solicitors with over 4 years’ experience £150 – £185 per h + VAT
  • Trainees/Paralegals/Legal Assistants £150 – £185 per h

On average, this type of work entails 40 -50 hours of work.
We will inform a client, after an initial paid meeting, whether a case is suitable for a fixed fee agreement or a no-win no-fee agreement.

The precise number of hours it will take depends on the nature of the case and the issues involved in a particular case. Such as:

The volume of the evidence to be relied upon by the parties.

The number of witnesses and complexity of the evidence.
The amount of correspondence we have to handle
The volume of documents we have to prepare
The complexity of the case.
The time we have to spend in negotiations/ mediation with the other side
Time spent in meetings with you and others (including time spent in travelling to meetings)
The number of days the hearing is listed for
The failure of a client to cooperate with advice


Conditional fee agreement Subject to a satisfactory merits assessment, we conduct some employment matters on a conditional fee agreement (also known as no win no fee). In these circumstances, the client makes no payment up front. If the Claim is Lost, the Client will have no liability to pay any of the Solicitor’s charges except for disbursements. However, if the Client wins, and damages, interest or any other sum is paid by or on behalf of the Opponent in settlement of the Claim or in satisfaction of any judgment against the Opponent such sums shall be paid to the Solicitor who will deduct 33% (including VAT if applicable) of such sums as consideration for the supply of its services under this agreement and will make secure arrangements to pay the balance to the client.

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