Our Service and Prices
Our pricing structure and the service we provide.
We can assist you throughout the entire immigration and asylum application and appeals process. We do not offer legal aid but our prices are extremely competitive.
Rather than charging you by the hour we offer to do your case for a fixed fee so you do not have to worry about charges changing during the preparation of your application or during the appeals process.
When we first meet you we will charge you a consultation fee of £100. We will ask you lots of questions so we can establish how straightforward or complex your case is and then we will be able to tell you what fixed fee we will charge. If you then agree our fixed fee and want us to deal with your case we will deduct the £100 from the fixed fee.
You must pay your fixed fee before we carry out the work. That way we are able to keep our costs as low as possible.
There may be different stages to your case and each stage will attract its own fixed fee. For example we will charge one fixed fee for dealing with your application and then if your case goes to appeal we will charge another fixed fee for the appeal. This way you know exactly what you are going to be charged.
You will also have to pay any disbursements such as the Home Office fee, interpreters fees, medical report fees and barristers fees. We will tell you as soon as we can what these might be. Disbursements are different in each case depending on what is required.
Sometimes our fees will have VAT added on but only if you have settlement in the UK.
If you do not we will not charge you VAT. Many of our clients do not have to pay VAT as they do not have settlement in the UK. We will advise you about the VAT issue once we see you at the consultation.
Our experience and qualifications
Our firm has an outstanding reputation. You will always be seen by a qualified solicitor or a law society accredited caseworker. All our supervisors have many years of experience. You will always be in good hands.
How long will the case take?
Every case is different so it is difficult to say how long the case will take but once we meet you we will try and give you some idea. Sometimes the Home Office say that they will deal with your application within a certain time so this can help us estimate how long the case will take. If the case goes to appeal then how long it will take will often depend on how soon the court can list your case and unfortunately we do not have any control over that. It can take weeks or even months.
Pricing and costs information for applications.
We ensure that all of our clients are aware of the services we are providing for them as well as the cost of the Home Office fees, prior to submitting the application to UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) or commencing work on your appeal or judicial review matters.
We charge an initial consultation fee of £100 (plus VAT if this applies) and then £150 – £400 per hour. Ordinarily we operate fixed fee prices for each case. The costs may vary according to the complexity of the case. When you attend the first appointment you are under no obligation to become our client and you do not have to pay a retainer for our services, unless you decide to instruct us.
You are not liable for VAT if you do not have permission to live in the UK, if you are a visitor or if you are making an application from abroad for entry clearance. Therefore, our prices depend on your personal circumstances and the nature of the application. If you are subject to VAT, this will be added to the costs.
The time spent in the first consultation will form part of the fixed fee for the case. You will pay a deposit in order to have a retainer You will be asked to sign an authority for us to act on your behalf. Before we submit your application you will be required to pay the balance due.
All disbursements are in addition to the fixed fee. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees, interpreters, translations, country expert reports, medical reports and of course the Home Office fees and the NHS surcharge, if applicable. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smooth process.
The quoted fixed fee will include:
- Taking instructions and providing advice regarding evidence and procedure
- Perusing documents
- Preparing representations and submitting the application
- Uploading evidence
- Liaising with UKVI or the court
- Advising on timelines and the potential outcome of the application
- Assisting you in all stages of the application process up to the decision of UKVI.
Irving and Co Solicitors takes payment by bank transfer, card payment or cash.