Depending on the nature of the case, we work on fixed fees or hourly rates. Attendance at hearings is usually done on fixed fees. Other work, such as drafting documents or providing advice, is done on either a fixed fee or an hourly rate. Our fees are always agreed in writing with the client before instructions are accepted. Members of the public instructing us directly should note that our fees do not include any third-party costs (often called “disbursements”) such as court or tribunal fees, expert witness fees, or visa application fees. 

We may be able to work with Legal expenses insurers.

We are unable to handle client money, i.e. money other than our own professional fees, therefore any third-party costs must be paid to the third-party directly, e.g. a court fee must be paid by the client directly to the court.

Our fees may entail a VAT charge. Some immigration work is exempt from VAT. Wherever VAT is chargeable, this will be notified to the client. 

The exact fees for any given piece of work vary depending on several factors, including: whether the instruction is from a solicitor or member of the public directly, the seniority of the barrister, the complexity of the work, the time that will be required to complete the work, the timeframe within which the work is required to be completed, and in the case of court and tribunal hearings, the location of the court or tribunal. 

Likely fees for common areas of work are as below (individual barristers reserve the right to quote higher fees in accordance with the factors identified above). All fees assume there is a single client and are exclusive of VAT:

Hourly rates:

  • £200 – £350 per hour

Fixed fees:

  • Visa applications (entry clearance or leave to remain): £1250-£3,000
  • Drafting documents: £500-£3,000
  • Appearing in court (1 hour hearings): £500–£1,500
  • Appearing in court (1 day hearings): £1,500–£4,000 
  • 1–1.5 hour consultations: £300–500