At Aman Solicitors Advocates we pride ourselves on providing a high level of service at a cost which is extremely competitive, we take pride in providing clear and realistic cost estimates. We provide an estimate at the outset of any matter and on request. While the cost of court action can be difficult to estimate our longstanding experience enables us to provide you with an accurate and realistic costs estimate. We are always happy to discuss your matter and agree an amount that we will not exceed without your written agreement.
We offer a professional service with very reasonable fees and where possible flexible payment terms for all of our clients;
IMMIGRATION LAW Applications under the Points Based (PBS Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Our agreed fee charges are as follows:
Tier 1 Entrepreneur/Business persons
This includes Graduate Entrepreneur, sole Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur team etc
These types of applications are complex and never straightforward and the costs will vary from £3000.00 to £5000.00. 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 £2000- £3000
The Investor Visa
The costs of this type of visa application can vary between £2000-£4000
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. The costs will typically vary between £2000-£4000
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. The costs of dealing with such applications will vary between £1200- £2000
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. The costs of dealing with such applications will be between £1000-£1500
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
The costs associated with such applications will vary depending on the nature of the application and will typically be between £800-£1000 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
Our agreed fee charges for Entry Clearance, Leave to remain, Indefinite leave to remain/Settlement applications visitor visas, family reunion, spouses/partners, parents /children, Long Residency, EEA, 33other applications and responding to decisions to start deportation are as follows:
- Application for Entry Clearance as a Visitor - £450
- Application for Entry Clearance as a Fiancee/ Spouse and Family Reunion - £600-£900
- Application for Entry Clearance as an Adult Dependant Relative - £1200-£2000
- Extension of Leave to Remain in the UK (on all categories) – £600-£900
- Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK – £700-£1000
- Applications under Private Life route (20 years long residence, 7 years continuous residence by a child, half of life in the UK) – £800-£1200
- Application for Naturalisation – £450
- Asylum, Human Rights, Bail and Deportation cases - £1000-£2000
- Judicial Review – £1500-£3000
- Citizens of the EU and their dependants can make a variety of applications (such residence card as a family member of EEA national, retaining rights of residence as a family member after divorce or death, derivative residence card as a primary career, residence card as extended family members, registration certificate as an EEA, permanent residence as an EEA national).Our fees vary from £300-£600 depending on the application
The amount of supporting evidence that we need to consider
- Which language(s) you speak
- Whether you are applying with other dependants
- There will be an additional charge of a minimum of 50% (per person) where there are dependants/ more than one applicant.
Our agreed fee covers all work relating to your matter including, the work will typically involve:
- Taking initial instructions to understand 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 advising you to obtain all relevant further evidence such as bank statements, letters from banks, documents from your employer, university or school, charity etc;
- Checking the supporting documents for the application/appeal
- Preparing the necessary application/appeal forms on your behalf
- Preparing grounds of appeal
- Preparing representations in support of your application
- Sending the application form, representations and support evidence to the Home Office
- Where necessary representing you at the tribunal hearings/appeals
- Dealing with communication between the Home Office concerning your application/appeal until we receive a written decision in your matter
- VAT (where applicable)
- Any Disbursements
- 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.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
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 £40.00 per hour. Applications can 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.
It is difficult to estimate how long it will take before the Home Office can reach a decision in your matter as this will depend on a case and a caseworker dealing with the application, however they can typically take anything between 3 and 12 months to process an application.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case, at which point we may be able to agree a fee with you at a certain (fixed) level for our charges (excluding VAT and disbursements e.g. Home Office fees). Please be advised that we will not issue any refund if you withdraw your instructions
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 £3000 to £20000 or more depending upon the complexity of the claim. The starting point of £2000 will typically be for a claim that involves one or two witnesses on each side, has only one or two 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 £3000-£5000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
Medium complexity case: £6000-£15000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
High complexity case: £15000-£20000 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 are not included in the fees quoted. 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 Solicitors 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 £1500 to £3000 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
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 3 and 6 months. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take between 12 and 18 months (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
We anticipate the cost of applying for the grant of probate, gathering and dividing the assets to be between £750 and £2000
The exact cost will depend on the nature of the case and the work that is required. If there is only one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, numerous properties 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 are not included in the fees quoted. court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as
- Probate application fee (Charged by HMCTS as at the time of the application)
- £10 Swearing of the oath
- Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (£2 per beneficiary)
- Publishing in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
- £50 for posting in a Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims (estimated and depends on locality)
- 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.
On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 4 and 8 months. Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes 8 to 10 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4 to 8 weeks. We can distribute the assets after this and it normally takes 6-14 weeks.
The costs quoted here for all areas of law do not include:
- VAT (where applicable)
- Any Disbursements
Senior Solicitors £250.00 (plus VAT Per hour)
Solicitors £225.00 (plus Vat per hour)
Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals £200 (plus VAT per hour)