Lei Dat & Baig Limited

Our Fees Guide

In accordance with our obligations under the Solicitors Regulation Authority transparency Rules, the following information is a guide to average costs and expenses (known as disbursements) for making different application in Immigration Work.

We hold a Legal Aid contract for asylum applications which are excluded from the fees set out below.

In accordance with our customer service charter we provide a professional, customer friendly service. An initial 30 minute consultation is provided free of charge. We will make an assessment of your case during that meeting and provide you with a clear picture on the steps that we will need to undertake to complete your case, the fees involved and likely timeframes from start to finish of your case.

If you proceed further with your instructions to our firm following the initial consultation, we will open a file for you and within 5 days we will provide you with a detailed letter setting out the instructions that we have taken from you, the evidence and documentation we will require from you and confirmation of the fees involved as well as details of the fee earner/solicitor dealing with your case. You will also be allocated a date and time for a further appointment within your letter.

You will be required to make a payment of £250.00 in account of costs if you do proceed with your instructions to us on a private basis.

We have a range of legal specialists including Directors with over 15 years PQE (Post Qualified experience), Solicitor/Advocate with Higher Rights, Solicitors with under 5 years PQE, trainee Solicitors, Paralegal’s and Immigration caseworkers.


We are committed to providing the best and clear advice from the outset of your case, you will be given an assessment of your prospects of success which will be reviewed with you throughout your case. We always aim to provide clear, direct and frank advice to all of our clients. This will enable you to make an informed decision on your case.

Fees guide:

Immigration

Entry clearance / in country extension applications / ILR – fixed fee of £1500.00 plus VAT where this applies (please see further below for circumstances where VAT applies). Fee includes preparation and lodging of applications and advice on the decision from the Home office.

Home office fee – The Home Office fees vary from time to time, here is a link to the current Home Office fees:www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and-nationality-fees-6-april-2020

First tier Tribunal appeal – £2850.00 plus VAT where applicable. This covers preparation of the appeal, lodging of Appellants bundle and representation at the hearing. Any adjourned hearings are charged at £500 plus VAT per hearing.

Disbursement for First tier Tribunal appeals – £140 Tribunal fee. This is paid to the Tribunal at the time the appeal is lodged.

Interpreters charges – £25 per hour (inclusive of VAT)
Experts – varies depending on the nature of the report required. We will always endeavour to obtain the most appropriate expert depending on your requirements. As a rough guide experts reports can cost between £750.00 – £1500.00

DNA reports – varies depending on the nature of the report required and number of persons to be tested. Starting price is approximately £350.00.


Interpreters charges – £25 per hour
Experts – average between £400 – £1200
DNA reports – typical £432

When does VAT apply?

VAT applies on all in-country applications where the person applying has 6 months or more leave to remain.

Entry clearance / in country applications – 12 – 16 weeks
In country applications – 279 days from the date of submission
Tribunal appeals – average 3 months
Judicial Review : 3- 6 months
Divorce : average 6 months
Children’s Act applications : 4- 12 months

These are based on the Home Office stated timeframes which can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services

Average timescales for completion of the case

The following are typical time frames based on the Home Office stated timeframes which can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services, however these can vary especially if your case raises human rights considerations outside the Immigration Rules:

Entry clearance / in country applications – 12 – 16 weeks
In country applications – 6 – 12 months
Tribunal appeals – average 3 months
Judicial Review : 3- 6 months

Family Law cases:

Divorce : average 6 months
Children’s Act applications : 4- 12 months<br/ >

Conveyancing

Property purchase or sale – £500 plus VAT for a property valued at under £100,000. £750 plus VAT for a property valued at over £100,000 – £250,000, £975 plus VAT if the property is worth £250,000 to £500,000. £1250 plus VAT for properties worth £500,000 – £1.5m, and £1500 plus Vat if the property is worth £1.5m – £3m.

Auction purchase – same fees as above

Registrable lease – £750 plus VAT for a lease of 7 years or less, £975 plus VAT for a lease over 7 years

Unregistrable lease – £750 plus VAT


Typical disbursements – local searches £249, Office Copy Entries – £6.00, AML check £7.21, bankruptcy search £9.00, OS1 search £5.00, bank transfer (CHAPS) – £30.00, Admin charge for faster payment or BACS – £30.00, Land registry fee – £40.00, Indemnity Insurance Policy – average £20.00, STLD – £90.00



Family Law

Divorce – uncontested : £875 plus VAT.
Contested divorce: £2000 plus VAT
Ancillary Relief – £195 plus VAT per hour.
Children’s Act applications – £195 plus VAT per hour.

Typical time frames:
Divorce : 6 months
Children’s Act applications : 3 – 12 months

Hourly Charging rates – Director / Senior Solicitor (5 years + PQE) : £250 plus VAT per hour
Solicitor (under 5 years PQE): £195 plus VAT per hour
Caseworkers / Paralegals – £135 plus VAT per hour

Wills £299.00

Probate work is charged at the following rates

The preparation of application for probate and inheritance tax forms £250 plus VAT

Fee for the administration of the estate £1000 plus VAT or 1.75% of the gross value of the estate whichever is the greater.

Thereafter fees for the conveyancing of any estate assets would be charged separately at our normal rate for the sale of property.

Criminal/Civil and Conveyancing is charged at £195.00 per hour

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