At Descartes, Solicitors offers we understand that the cost of legal services is a significant consideration for our clients. We are therefore clear about costs and work in ways that provide value for money and agree our fees on a fixed fee basis.
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Our Immigration, Family, Employment and Litigation teams are made up of qualified solicitors (with at least 10 years’ experience), lawyers with at least 4 years’ experience, trainee solicitors and paralegals (1-4 years’ experience). The team is supervised by Evelyn Ofori-Koree who has over 15 years’ experience working in Immigration, Family, Employment and Litigation and qualified as a solicitor in 2005.
We recognise that similar cases can often present with different levels of complexity and even cases that seem straightforward can, sometimes, take several months to make sure everything is done properly.
It is for this reason that we encourage you to contact us so that we can provide you with a realistic estimate of costs to make sure that you receive the right amount of support to meet your individual circumstances. We will agree costs with you for specific aspects of your case so you can stay in control throughout.
Descartes Solicitors does not carry out any publically funded work. If you require Legal Aid assistance please contact The Law Society on 020 7320 5650 Monday-Friday between 9.00 and 17.00 or by using their online ‘Find a Solicitor’ Directory at http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
VAT is payable subject to your immigration status in the UK so please contact us so that we can provide you with an individual quote based on your specific circumstances.
We offer an initial no obligation consultation which can either be in person, by telephone or by email up to an exchange of 6 emails. The cost of this service will be £150 exclusive of VAT.
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.
|POINTS BASED SYSTEM|
|Tier 1 (Investor)||15,000-20,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)||6,000-10,000 per main applicant|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)||5,000-7,000|
|Tier 1 (General) – dependant||2,000 per dependant|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application||5,000|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant||1,500 per dependant|
|Tier 1 Extension Applications||3,000|
|Tier 2 (General)||3,500|
|Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)||3,500|
|VISAS FOR TURKISH NATIONALS|
|ECAA (Turkish businessperson)||1,500-3,500|
|Turkish worker||750- 1,500|
|Spouse/Civil partner visa||1,500-3,000|
|Spouse Extension Applications||2,800|
|Child (sole applicant)||2,500|
|Dependant on main applicant||500 per dependant|
|Dependents||250 per dependent|
|Standard Visitor (Tourism)||1,500-2,000|
|Visit Visa Extension Application||950|
|Paid Permitted Engagements (academic, legal, sports, creative)||2,500|
|Private medical treatment||2,500|
|Representative of an overseas business||5,000|
|Dependents||500 per dependent|
The work will involve:
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the Home Office, court and interpreting and translation fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a seamless process.
Interpreters’ fees are agreed in advance on a fixed fee basis depending on the complexity of your case. Some, however, charge an hourly rate ranging from £15-£20 per hour. Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. These are not required in many cases: we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary. If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
Factors likely to increase costs of your matter
The following factors are likely to increase the cost of your matter:
As soon as any complications arise we will discuss these with you and agree on the fee for the additional work being carried out in advance of any additional work being undertaken.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. You can read more about the current processing times here
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal.
|UNFAIR AND WRONGFUL DISMISSAL|
|Simple case||2,000-5,000 (excluding VAT)|
|Medium complexity case||5,000-15,000 (excluding VAT)|
|High complexity case||15,000-35,000 (excluding VAT)|
Factors that could make a case more complex:
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 seamless process.
Counsel’s fees are estimated from £1,500 to £2,000 per day (depending on the experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal hearing (including preparation)
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)
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of the 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 aspects of the stages. This will be tailored to 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 and the Tribunal diary. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 4-8 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a final hearing, your case is likely to take 12-36 weeks.
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.