We understand that trying to understand how legal costs are calculated can be quite complex.
Our pricing sets us apart from many of our competitors and other law firms.
First, we have dedicated pricing fee earner for each area of expertise that ensures that the client is working with someone who has an underlying knowledge of the relevant issues.
Secondly, where other law firms only apply a strict time spent option with invoices detailing daily conduct of the work done by each fee earner and the rate applicable to everyone, we offer pricing options where we work with clients and reflect a more collaborative process with clients’ needs at the centre of the process.
At Gulbenkian Andonian we have a number of flexible payment options to suit you.
We will ensure that we fully explain:
- How we calculate our fees
- The likely costs involved to prepare and run your case
- Any additional costs that may be incurred
- Any costs that may be recoverable from, or payable by you to the other party.
Depending on your issue we may offer the following funding options:
Fixed Fee – On some matters we have fixed fee options available. This means that a lawyer will assess your situation and provide you with a fixed fee to assist with your case. This gives you a level of cost certainty to get you to a particular resolution. For some areas we are able to do this in stages of your case which gives you even more flexibility.
Agreed Hourly Rate – This is the traditional fee structure which means that a lawyer will assess your case and provide a fully flexible option on an hour by hour basis. You will be given information about the likely overall cost of your matter and you will be updated as to these costs.
Conditional Fee Agreement (Commonly known as No Win No Fee)– With this option there is no financial risk to you. If you lose your case, you will not have to pay for Solicitors fees and this is the risk we take on your behalf. If we win your case, we take a percentage of the damages (up to 25%).
Value Added Tax (VAT)
All of the prices quoted exclude VAT. This is charged at the prevailing rate and is payable on our fees and on most expenses which we are likely to incur on your behalf. There may be some situations in which VAT is not payable. We can provide guidance on this, however you are advised to seek your own independent tax advice in this regard.
Our expert conveyancing solicitors understand that buying a house or any other property transaction can be an expensive time, with this in mind we are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive range of fixed price services aimed at keeping your conveyancing and property legal costs to an absolute minimum.
Conveyancing – Purchase Price List Service Items Price (Not including VAT)
|Property Price||Our Fee|
|£0 – £250,000||£750-900|
|£250,001 – £500,000||£850-975|
|£500,001 – £750,000||£950 -£1,500|
|£750,001 – £1,000,000||£1,250 – £1,750|
|£1,000,001 – £2,000,000||£1,450- £2,000|
Additional Fees if applicable
|Acting for Lender Fee||£150|
|Bank Transfer Fee||£35|
|Bankruptcy Search Fee||£2.90|
|Priority Search Fee||£3.90|
|ID Check Fee||£7.20 per person|
|Lawyer Checker Fee||£12|
|SDLT submission Fee||£3.60|
|AP1 Submission Fee||£3.60|
|Local Authority search||Postcode dependent|
|Drainage & Water Search||Postcode dependent|
|Environmental Search||Postcode dependent|
|Stamp Duty Land Tax||Postcode dependent|
|Land Registry Registration Fee||Postcode dependent|
Additional fee to be agreed prior to undertaking any work depending on the complexity of the transaction etc.
Exchange of Contracts 4 – 8 weeks
Completion 8 – 10 weeks
Post-Completion 10 – 18 weeks
Estimates and quotations
We do offer fixed fees for most of the work that we provide, and these are indicated as such in this guide. A fixed fee is an agreed fee, which will not be varied up or down, and is not dependant on the application being successful. As set out below, any disbursements or expenses (costs that we incur on your behalf or for the purposes of carrying out our work) are payable in addition to our fees. In the event of your instructions being withdrawn prior to the submission of the application, the fixed fee, together with any disbursements and expenses, will remain payable in full.
We also work on hourly rates. Depending on the work you instruct us to do we may charge by the hour. The rate that we charge, or bill, per hour is dependent on the seniority and expertise of the person undertaking the work. It may be cost effective to have a range of people on differing rates working on your matter, having more junior people doing the basic, routine work and a more qualified person making the strategic decisions and overseeing the work of the juniors. Below is a guide to the hourly rates we charge for people of differing seniority and expertise.
Senior Solicitors, Associates & Consultants £400
Senior Legal Officers £300
Trainee Solicitors, Legal Executives £175
It is always difficult to accurately gauge the costs of a case where we charge by the hour as this can vary depending on new information, underlining issues, the complexity of the matter etc. In these cases, we will try to provide you with estimates for each stage. Where we provide an indicative fee range or estimate, it operates as a guide and not a cap. Estimates will be based on a number of assumptions and if we encounter unforeseen work or complexity this may cause our fees to increase above any fee range or estimate provided. You must not consider them to be maximum or fixed-fee quotations.
We will always inform you of who will be working on your case and their hourly rate.
Factors which could increase the overall cost of your case
This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work for a standard application. Some examples are:
- Unexpected circumstances in your immigration history, personal circumstances, or financial status which we were not aware of at the outset;
- Delays in obtaining the information requested;
- Information provided is inaccurate, out of date, inadequate or requiring translation; or
- Where there are short deadlines.
A complex application may attract higher fees, and we will always advise you on this.
Factors which could decrease the overall cost of your case
This applies where a fixed fee is quoted or where the amount charged is based on the hourly rates of the people doing the work. Some examples are:
- Where we have undertaken work on your behalf in the past and your immigration history is familiar to us; or
- Where we do multiple applications for the same organisation or family; or
- Where you are able to provide sufficient evidence at our first meeting and clearly meet the applicable Immigration Rules.
A guide to our fees
|Type of Case||Guideline Fees|
|Initial Consultation||£100.00 – £250 (price of consultation may be deducted from
professional fees if further instruction is made).
| Investor applications
Applying to reside in the UK on the basis of investing either £2,000,000 or more
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Entry Clearance||£8,000 – £15,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – In-Country Switch||£6,000 – £10,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Extension||£5,000 – £6,000|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – Indefinite Leave to Remain||£3,500 – £6,500|
|Entry Clearance||£6,000 – £12,000|
|Start-up||£3,000 – £5,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Extension||£5,000 – £8,000|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Indefinite Leave to Remain||£3,000 – £5,000|
|Entrepreneur applications for Graduates
Available to graduates identified by Higher Education Institutions as having developed genuine and credible business ideas and entrepreneurial skills to establish one or more businesses in the UK.
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) £4,000
|Students – over 16 years old
Available to students who have been offered an unconditional offer for a course at the required level by an
education provider, who is recognised as a Tier 4 Sponsor by the Home Office.
|Tier 4 (General) Student||£1200 – £1,400|
|Students – aged between 4 – 17 years old
Available to students who have been offered a place on a course at an independent school in the UK
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – Entry Clearance||£800 – £1,200|
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – In-Country Switch||£700 – £1,000|
|Tier 4 (Child) Student – Extension||£500 – £800|
|Parent of a Child at School||£1,200 – £1,500|
|Individuals from participating countries
Available to sponsored young people (aged 18 – 30 years old) from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the UK.
|Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)
£800 – £1,000
|Family members of applicants under the Points-Based-System
Applying with or to join a family member who is making an application/ already granted with a visa under the Points-Based-System (PBS).
|PBS Dependant Entry Clearance||£1,500 for first dependant
£1000 for each additional dependant applying
|PBS Dependant In-Country Switch||As above|
|PBS Dependant Extension||As above|
|PBS Dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain||£2,000+ depending on the complexity of the matter|
|Adult Dependant Relative – Discretionary||£2,000|
|Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – indefinite leave
Available to those who hold settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK. You can apply for a BRP to replace the visa held within your passport.
|No Time Limit Application||£500 – £800|
|Replace your visa with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) – limited leave
People who have limited leave endorsed in a passport that is lost, stolen, damaged or due to expire can have their leave transferred to a BRP.
|Transfer of Conditions||£400 – £800|
|BRP is lost or stolen
You can report your BRP lost or stolen from inside or outside the UK. You can only order a replacement from inside the UK.
|BRP Replacement||£500 – £800|
| Visiting the UK
If you are visiting the UK for any purpose (such as leisure or business), you may require a visit visa to enter the UK.
|Visit Visa||£1,000 – £1,300|
|Residing in the UK as a European Economic Area (EEA) national or family member of an EEA national|
|EU Pre Settled Status||£500 – £700|
|EU Settled Status||£1,000 – £1,200|
|EU Complex Cases||£1,500 – £2,500|
|EEA Family Permit
Available if you are a family member
of an EEA national wanting to enter the UK
|£1,500 – £2,500|
|EEA Registration Certificate
Available for EEA nationals currently residing in the UK
|£700 – £800|
|EEA Residence Card
Available to family members of an EEA
national to confirm status in the UK
|£1,500 – £2,000|
|EEA Permanent Residence (PR)
Available to EEA nationals or family
members of EEA nationals who have
been residing in the UK for 5
|£1,500 – £2,000|
|EEA PR + Nationality + Passport||£3,000|
|Settlement under Immigration Rules|
|10 Year Lawful Residence
Available to applicants who have been
living legally in the UK for 10 continuous years
| Becoming a British Citizen
For applicants who want to obtain British nationality.
|Naturalise as British Citizen 6(1)
Available to individuals who have already
obtained settled status in the UK (either
Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave
to Remain) and held it for 12 months
|£1,500 – £2,200|
|Naturalise as British Citizen 6(2)
Available to individuals who have already
obtained settled status in the UK (either
Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave
to Remain) and are married to a British Citizen
|£2,000 – £3,500|
|Nationality plus passport||£2,500- £4,000|
For individuals who do not meet all requirements
|Register a Child as a British Citizen
Available to children under 18 years old who
wish to obtain British nationality
| Family members of British Citizens
Available for those who apply as a spouse of a British citizen
or settled person in the UK (Appendix FM)
|Entry Clearance||£1,500 – £3,500|
|In Country Switch||£1,000 – £3,500|
|Extension||£1,500 – £3,500|
|Indefinite Leave to Remain
|£2,500 – £3,000
|First British Passport Application||£500|
|Discretionary Passport||Hourly rated|
|Working in the UK|
| Tier 2 (General)
Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a skilled job in the UK
|Tier 2 (General) Entry Clearance||£2,000 – £3,500|
|Tier 2 (General) Leave to Remain||£1,500 – £2,500|
|Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant
Available to applicants who are from outside the EEA and have been offered a role in a UK branch from their overseas employer
|Tier 2 (ICT) Entry Clearance||£2,000 – £3,000|
|Tier 2 (ICT) Leave to Remain||£1,500 – £2,500|
|Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain
Only available to Tier 2 General, Sportsperson
or Minister of Religion migrants who have spent
a continuous period of 5 years in the UK
|£2,500 – £4,000
|Tier 5 (GAE)
Available to applicants who want to come
to the UK for a short time for work experience
or undertake training
|£1,000 – £1,800|
Available to applicants who are the representative of an overseas company and plan to set up a UK branch/ subsidiary
Also available for employees of a news agency on a
long-term assignment to the UK
|Response to Illegal Worker Notice
Applicable to clients who have been notified by the Home Office that they have employed or are currently employing a person who does not have the right to work in the UK
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
Available to applicants who are a recognised leader in their field of expertise
First-tier Tribunal £3,000 – £5000
Application for permission to appeal
to the First-tier Tribunal £1,000 – £1,500
Application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal £1,000 – £1,500
Permission hearing £1,000 – £1,500
Preparation of Pre-Action-Protocol letter £1,000 – £1,500
Preparation of judicial review grounds and issuing
proceedings £2,500 – £3,500
To prepare judicial review renewal grounds £800
Judicial review renewal hearing £1,500 – £2500
Judicial review substantive hearing £3,500 – £5,000
Administrative Review £1,000 – £1,500
Application for leave to remain in UK
Private & Family life £2,500 – £3,500
What is not included
Our professional fees do not include the following:
- Any fees payable to the Home Office fee, such as application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge, submission costs etc.
- HM Revenue & Customs, HM Passport Office or to the Land Registry etc.;
- Counsel’s fees.
- Fees payable to Courts or Tribunals;
- External Translation fees;
- Costs of Experts or Agents instructed on your behalf
- Non-routine postage charges and courier charges;
- Travel and meeting expenses.
- Bank charges
- Document Certification Fees;
- A fee of £300 (plus VAT) for a representative of Gulbenkian Andonian to attend with you at the Home Office’s Public Enquiry Office
Please note that the guide above sets out the prices for different types of immigration applications. However, our fees may vary depending on individual circumstance may call for a combination of applications or for some intervention in advance of the application. We will always advise you about this and the anticipated cost. As your matter progresses, should it become clear that further costs may be necessary, we will, of course, provide an update at the earliest opportunity. The fees quoted above are for standard applications, except where specified. More complex matters will attract higher fees, but we will always advise you on this.
At the outset, we will provide you with a Client Care Letter, which sets out the work which you have instructed us to undertake and the anticipated cost, as well as any other costs that we expect, will be associated with your application. We are always happy to carefully explain the various steps and how the total costs have been calculated. If you do agree with our terms, you will be asked to return a signed copy of the letter to us.
Our Client Care Letter will also set out when our fees are due, and when you will have to pay the Home Office fees. In most cases, you will pay those fees to us and we will pay them to the Home Office on your behalf.
It is important to note that our Client Care Letter clearly sets out the scope of the work we have agreed to do for you and the price quoted is for our services up to the point that a decision is made on your application. If your application is refused, or if there are further steps you would like us to take, we will provide you with a further quotation for those services.
The Client Care Letter will also set out all the other terms of our arrangement with you and wherever possible we will also provide you with an estimate of how long it will take to prepare your application and how long the Home Office may take to make a final decision on your application.
What services are included within the displayed price?
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming which is the most suitable application for you and what other options may be available to you, based on the information you have provided us with;
- Providing advice and assistance about the relevant requirements and procedures of the Immigration Rules and whether you appear to meet the criteria;
- If you do not fulfil the criteria, whether this can be overcome, and how, and the likely time and cost involved in this;
- Considering the supporting evidence provided. Depending on your circumstances and the information provided, in hourly rated cases this can increase the cost;
- Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records, the opinions of experts or your previous immigration history by means of a Subject Access Request). The costs associated with obtaining this evidence are usually in addition to any fixed fee, or hourly-rated estimate we may provide;
- Preparing your application and submitting the application on your behalf. Please note that any Home Office Application fees, submission fees or booking fees are not included within our costs guide.
Advice about unsuccessful applications and further steps you may need to take
If your application is unsuccessful, or if you need to make further applications or submissions in order to achieve your aim, we will advise you on those costs before undertaking any further work on your behalf. To be clear, the costs of appeals, administrative or judicial reviews are included in the price guide.
The stages of an application
Every application is different, and each client’s circumstances are unique. This makes it difficult to provide an exact overview of an application, however, to give our prospective clients an idea of what they can expect we have set out some guidelines below. Not every case follows this format, as short deadlines, or exceptional immigration history or circumstances can extend or curtail these stages.
Contacting our office to arrange a meeting:
You can telephone our office and ask to speak to a solicitor about your immigration matters and to arrange to meet. If we think we can be of assistance, we will invite you to our office to discuss your case with us. Once you have met with us there is no obligation to instruct us to take your case any further if you do not wish to.
If you prefer you can arrange to have an initial consultation. These meetings are charged for and the price is in the guide. The range of price is dependent on the seniority of the professional who meets with you. At the initial consultation we will give you comprehensive verbal advice about your case and make recommendations as to how you should proceed, we will also give you an indication of what we will charge you to do the work. Again, you are not obliged to engage our services if you do not want to. If you do decide to instruct us, we will deduct the cost of the initial consultation from your overall professional fees.
Client Care Letter:
If you do decide to engage our services, we will provide you with a Client Care Letter and our Terms of Business, setting out the terms of our arrangement with you. This will include what we have agreed to do for you, who will work on your case, the likely costs involved as well as details about what other costs you may incur. If someone else will be paying your fees, we shall ask you to provide their details and proof of their identity.
Once you have instructed us, and we have accepted your instruction we are bound by our professional obligations including confidentiality and we will not communicate anything you have told us to anyone else without your permission.
At the outset, we will advise you of the likely time frames of your application. The Home Office does publish guidelines about how long they take to process various types of applications, but these are only guidelines. We will advise you, based on our experience, how long the Home Office usually takes to make a decision on the kind of application you have instructed us to make. Also based on our experience, we will advise how long it is likely to take us to prepare your application and the factors which may speed up or delay that process.
Information we will require from you:
Initially, we will ask you to provide us with information so we can identify who you are. You will need to provide us with photographic proof of your identity and proof of your current address. Depending on your circumstances, we may require further information from you.
When our fees are payable:
For fixed fee matters our professional fees, as well as the anticipated Home Office fees and any other fees which we have told you about, will usually be payable at the start of your matter. We can discuss this with you and make arrangements to suit your circumstances and the time frames of your matter.
On hourly-rated cases, we will ask you to pay us an amount to be held in anticipation of our fees and costs we may incur on your behalf. This is held in our Client Account and we will inform you before we take any of this to settle our professional fees.
When the Home Office fees are payable:
Home Office fees and any other fees (for example, medical expert, barristers, translation) must be paid before we book your appointment with or submit your application to the Home Office.
Unpaid fees or costs:
If you do not pay all the fees and costs associated with your application, we may decline to submit your application. If we do submit your application and there remain fees and costs outstanding at the conclusion of your matter, we are entitled to retain your documents, including originals, until all our fees have been settled.
Further information we will require:
We will ask you to provide us with the information we need to start doing the work you have instructed us to. The Home Office is very prescriptive, and we will have to obtain the information they require in precisely the format specified. As a result, we may need to ask you for more information, depending on what you have provided to us and its particular relevance. The speed with which you provide us with the information we ask for, and its accuracy, will have the most significant impact on the timing of your case and how long it takes us to prepare and finalise your application.
Clarification, or additional evidence based on the information provided:
The Immigration Rules and policies are constantly changing and as we prepare your matter and complete the application forms it may become apparent that we require information or details which we had not asked you for before. Again, the speed and accuracy with which you are able to provide these will impact on how quickly we can complete the work.
Draft application form:
Where applicable we will complete the application form on your behalf, and we will ask you to confirm that all the information on the form is accurate. This is your responsibility and if there are any errors, or omissions, or information which is incorrect (for example you have not advised us of a criminal conviction, or previous immigration refusal) it is up to you to ensure that this is correct. The consequences of providing incorrect information can be severe and we set out further details about this in our Terms of Business.
Final application form:
We will prepare a final application form and ask you to confirm that this is correct before we submit this on your behalf. Again, we stress the importance of ensuring that this information is accurate.
We will usually prepare a covering letter to be submitted with the documents we are required to provide in support of your application. This letter will be provided to you in draft for you to check as well.
Creating the bundle:
We will create a bundle of the documents we are required to submit in support of your application. In some circumstances, these may have to be original documents or certified copies of originals.
In some circumstances you may be asked to submit your biometrics, this means that you will need to go to one of the appropriate centres and provide your fingerprints. Your signature and a digital photograph will also be taken.
Home Office Interview:
Some applications require that you have an interview with the Home Office or that the application is submitted in person. Depending on the type of application there are various methods of submission, all taking different lengths of time and with different associated costs. This may include postal applications, Priority Service and the Super Premium Service.
At the outset of your matter, we will tell you which of these is available to you, depending on your particular application and circumstances, and the likely costs. We will discuss this with you, and we will agree which option we will select depending on time and cost.
The Home Office will usually advise us directly about the outcome of your application and where applicable will usually send your passport, or biometric permit, or other documents to us. We will advise you as soon as we have this and make arrangements as to how to get this to you.
Depending on the application and the status you have been granted you may be obliged to take further steps, for example, registering with the police or collecting your biometric residence permit from the post office. We will advise you about this. We will advise you of the consequences of not meeting these obligations.
We will also tell you about any expiry or renewal dates which are applicable, and what steps you will need to take to make sure you meet these dates. We will advise you of the consequences of not meeting these dates
Your further application:
We will advise you if and when you will be able to make any further applications, for example, an application for nationality, or a first British passport. We will also tell you what our likely costs of submitting any further application on your behalf will be.