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  • Employment tribunals (unfair or wrongful dismissal) pricing

    Team

    The Edwin Coe LLP employment team has a great depth of collective experience in delivering high quality work in respect of all matters relating to employment law including all types of claims which may brought before an Employment Tribunal and High Court claims in respect of bonuses, team moves, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement or challenge of post termination restrictions.

    This costs information however is given in relation to claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal before the Employment Tribunal only, whether we are acting for an employee who is bringing such a claim or a business which is defending such a claim. This includes whistleblowing claims but not discrimination claims.

    A partner in the team will always be assigned to your case which will be managed on a day to day basis wherever possible and appropriate by a more junior member of staff, always subject to the supervision of the relevant partner.

    The team comprises:

    Linky Trott (Head of Department)

    Alexandra Carn (Partner)

    Rachel Harrap (Consultant)

    Ruth Hickling (Partner)

    Emma Sangeelee (Partner)

    Elliot Francis (Associate)

    George Orman (Associate)

    Trainee (who will change every 6 months)

    Costs Information

    We do not usually offer fixed fees. We are prepared to consider it on a case by case basis but the nature of Tribunal claims is such that it is difficult to predict the final costs as these will depend in part on the conduct of the other side and the manner in which they conduct the claim.

    Our costs are calculated on a time spent basis in 6 minute units at the hourly rate of the individual doing the work and we will keep a record of time spent on your matter by means of a daily time sheet.  We will where possible agree a fixed fee with you for a particular stage of the claim; if a fixed fee has been agreed, our costs will not exceed that fixed fee unless something unexpected happens in relation to that stage of the proceedings which makes the costs higher than initially anticipated by us.

    As soon as any such unexpected event arises, we will advise you that this will incur further costs over and above the fixed fee.  This could include for example, the late service of additional witness statements by the other side.

    The hourly rates of our team are:

    Partner £395 – £515 plus VAT
    Associate £240 – £290 plus VAT
    Second year trainee £200 plus VAT
    First year trainee £180 plus VAT
    Paralegal £165 plus VAT

     

    No two claims are the same and our fees will reflect the particular circumstances of the claim. The sorts of factors which will make a claim more complex and could therefore increase costs could include; if it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims; providing further information about an existing claim; bringing or defending claims where the other side is acting for themselves and has not instructed solicitors; making or defending a costs application; dealing with complex preliminary issues such as jurisdictional issues regarding to status or time limits; whether or not a claim or any part of it has been brought out of time; whether or not a ‘protected disclosure’ for the purposes of a whistleblowing claim has been made; the number of witnesses and documents; if it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if it is said that the employee was dismissed after blowing the whistle on their employer; if it is a constructive dismissal claim (i.e. the employee has resigned in response to a serious breach of the employment contract by their employer);; the length of the hearing which can vary from between one day for a straight forward unfair dismissal claim to 10 days or more for a complex whistleblowing claim.

    Because of this, we cannot give you a reliable estimate of the costs of us helping you until we have details of the nature of the claim being brought or defended and have been able to take instructions from you to identify the issues that are likely to arise and how the claim may be conducted.

    Subject to that however we set out below the range of costs that could be expected in a ‘Simple’, ‘Medium Complexity’ and ‘Highly Complex’ case for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal cases including whistleblowing claims but not discrimination claims:

    • Simple case: £30,000 to £50,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements)
    • Medium complexity case: £50,000 to £100,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements).
    • High complexity case: £100,000 to £250,000 (excluding VAT and disbursements).

    The fees set out above would typically cover all 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 award (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
    • Entering into pre-claim conciliation.
    • Preparing your claim or response.
    • Reviewing and advising on your claim or response from the other party.
    • Exploring a 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 bundles of documents.
    • Reviewing and advising on the other parties’ witness statements.
    • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or a list of those matters relevant to the facts of the case.
    • Preparation and attendance of final hearing including preparing instructions to a barrister.

    The stages set out above are an indication of what may be expected and if some of the stages are not required, our costs would be reduced accordingly.  You may wish to handle all or part of a claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages.  This can be arranged on your individual needs.

    It is also important to note that in the vast majority of cases we reach an agreed settlement with the other side and claims more often than not, do not proceed to a full hearing before the Employment Tribunal. Cases may settle at any stage and we will regularly discuss settlement with you with a view to reaching an agreed settlement with the other side. We have an excellent track record of achieving good settlements for our clients.

    A ‘Simple Case’ would be a straight forward unfair dismissal claim which would not take more than one day for the hearing before the Employment Tribunal.

    A ‘Medium Complexity’ case would be a two to four day hearing before the Employment Tribunal.

    A ‘High Complexity’ case would be a hearing lasting more than four days.

    Many individuals have insurance cover that covers some or all of their costs of bringing employment law claims.

    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties such as barristers’ fees.  Our fees do not include payments which would have to be made to third parties. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    The main disbursement in all cases will be for barristers’ fees.  Barristers are usually instructed to advise in conference with us and you before a claim is issued and to draft the Particulars of Claim or the Response (the defence) to a claim as applicable.

    Barristers may also be instructed to represent you at any preliminary hearing that is listed by the Employment Tribunal (depending on the complexity of the case) to include the drafting of the ‘list of issues’ which is a list of the matters an Employment Tribunal will have to decide at the full hearing. The barrister may also attend any additional hearing before an Employment Tribunal that may be required (such as an application for the disclosure of documents which are not provided voluntarily by the other side).
    The barrister may also be instructed to assist with the drafting of witness statements and to appear at the final hearing to conduct the claim on your behalf before the Employment Tribunal.
    Barristers’ fees can vary hugely depending on the experience of the barrister and whether or not we and  you consider it necessary to instruct a very senior barrister known as a ‘Queens Counsel’ (QC); this may be required in a complex whistleblowing claim but is very unlikely in a straight forward unfair dismissal claim. The decision as to which barrister to instruct, and at what lever, will be made by you in in conjunction with us.

    As a guide however, excluding a QC’s fees, Counsel’s fees for such steps in a Simple, Medium Complexity and Highly Complex claim could be in the region of the following:

    A ‘Simple’ case: £3,000 – £8,000 plus VAT

    A ‘Medium Complexity’ case:  £10,000 – £30,000 plus VAT

    A ‘Highly Complex’ case: £30,000 – 75,000 plus VAT

    Other disbursements likely to be incurred will be conference call costs and bulk copying costs and you will be advised that such disbursements will be incurred before they are incurred.

    VAT

    VAT is payable when acting for a UK business; if the business is based in the EU then VAT will not be chargeable if the business has a valid VAT number; if the business is based outside of the EU, then no VAT is charged.  When acting for employees, VAT is only charged for those based in the UK. For employees based outside of the UK, no VAT is charged.

    The current rate of VAT is 20%. So an hourly rate of £100 plus VAT will mean a charge of £120. VAT rates however do vary and we are legally required to charge the applicable VAT rate at the time that the work is undertaken.

    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.  No two actions are the same and when the matter is listed for a final hearing will depend upon the availability of relevant witnesses, the length of the hearing and the Employment Tribunal resources to list matters before an Employment Judge.

    The Employment Tribunals are currently experiencing administrative challenges which can result in delays in the issuing and service of claims, dealing with correspondence and listing hearings. This makes it very difficult to predict how long a claim would take. However a Simple Case would be expected to be completed in 6 – 9 months. Medium Complexity and Highly Complex cases would take longer.

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  • Residential property conveyancing pricing

    Team

    The Edwin Coe LLP residential property team has over 175 years’ of collective experience in residential conveyancing and financing work.  The team deals with both freehold and leasehold properties and has particular experience in dealing with high value transactions often of some complexity and under short deadlines.

    Each matter will have a supervising partner although a junior member of staff may well have the day to day conduct of the matter.  In addition, under the CQS scheme there is also a Senior Reporting Officer.

    The team comprises:

    Stephen Brower (Head of Department) 34 years’ PQE
    Rosie McCormick Paice (Partner) 22 years’ PQE
    Julian Gore (Partner) 42 years’ PQE
    Ian Gilmour (Partner) 32 years’ PQE
    Katherine Simpson (Partner) 25 years’ PQE
    James Davies (Associate) 11 years’ PQE
    Safia Azra-Smith (Associate) 4 years’ PQE
    Natalie Cameron (Associate) 1 year PQE
    David Johnson (Associate) newly qualified
    First year trainee Who will change every 6 months
    Second year trainee Who will change every 6 months

     

    Stephen Brower is the Senior Reporting Officer under the CQS scheme.

    Costs information

    Below sets out the range of fees charged for typical conveyancing transactions at the values indicated up to £3 million.

    Freehold sale and purchases

    Up to £1.5 million £3,000-£3,750
    £1.5 million to £2 million £3,500-£4,500
    £2 million to £3 million £4,500-£5,500

     

    Leasehold sale and purchases

    Up to £1.5 million £3,000-£3,750
    £1.5 million to £2 million £3,500-£4,500
    £2 million to £3 million £4,500-£5,500

     

    (All fees exclusive of VAT)

    The fees set out above cover all work, including taking your initial instructions and dealing with AML requirements, in relation to the following key stages of a conveyance being:

    For purchases:

    • Investigating the title of the property
    • Arranging for searches to be carried out
    • Perusing standard property information forms completed by the seller and any supporting documentation
    • Perusing a survey report and / or valuation
    • Raising enquiries from these
    • Checking any planning issues
    • Reporting to you on the title
    • Dealing with a lender, if required
    • Agreeing and exchanging contracts
    • Preparation for completion including agreeing the form of Transfer
    • and completion itself
    • Dealing with drawdown of a mortgage if relevant
    • Payment of SDLT and registration of the Transfer and any legal charge

    For sales:

    • Preparation of a sales pack including completion of a standard Property Information Form, a Fittings and Contents Form and assembling any other relevant information
    • For leasehold properties, completing a Leasehold Information Form and replies to Leasehold Property Enquiries from the managing agent plus the assembly of supporting documents and information
    • Drafting a contract for sale
    • Responding to enquiries raised by the buyer’s solicitor
    • Dealing with landlord’s consent for an assignment of a lease, if required
    • Agreeing the contract and exchanging contracts
    • Preparing a completion statement
    • Agreeing a form of transfer and completion
    • Dealing with the discharge of any mortgage

    The stages set out above are an indication. If some of the stages above become unduly protracted, perhaps due to a buyer being in a long chain, or complex issues, such as those below arise, then fees can increase although this will only be done in full consultation with the client at the same time as fully discussing the issues with them.

    Factors that could make a case more complex and / or more protracted and could therefore increase costs to include the following:

    • Issues with the title requiring rectification or variation
    • Dealing with unregistered land
    • Where a lender has its own solicitors
    • Country properties involving basic payment schemes and/or countryside stewardship schemes
    • The Property being a listed building and / or having a complex planning history due to substantial alterations having been carried out
    • Obtaining retrospective consents where alterations that have been carried out without planning or building regulation consent or, in the case of leasehold properties, landlord’s consent.
    • Material issues arising from a survey report
    • Dealing with unusual requirements for a lender
    • Advising on loan documentation
    • Resolving any issues to ensure that a property is marketable and mortgagable
    • Dealing with breaches of historic restrictive covenants and other restrictions on the title
    • Enfranchisement issues such as extending the lease of a flat or purchasing the freehold of a house

    We may increase our standard fees in the following circumstances:

    • Exchanging contracts within a very short time frame
    • Doing an attended exchange of contracts
    • Dealing with purchases at auction
    • Following a succession of abortive sales
    • Where a lender has separate solicitors

    Where there is a period of over one month between exchange and completion we reserve the right to charge 75% of our fees following exchange of contracts

    The work involved in a refinancing matter is akin to that of a purchase.  The lender is akin to a buyer and the borrower is akin to a seller.  Therefore our work for re-financing will include the work set out in point 5 above

    The ‘headline’ hourly rates of the fee earners in the residential conveyancing team are:

    Stephen Brower (Head of Department) £550
    Rosie McCormick Paice (Partner) £450
    Julian Gore (Partner) £450
    Ian Gilmour (Partner) £450
    Katherine Simpson (Partner) £450
    James Davies (Associate) £340
    Safia Azra-Smith (Associate) £325
    Natalie Cameron (Associate) £295
    David Johnson (Associate) £275
    First year trainee £180
    Second year trainee £200
    Paralegal £180

     

    Our costs are calculated on a time spent basis in 6 minute units and we keep a record of time spent on your matter by means of a daily time sheet.

    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties such as search fees. The amount of disbursements differs between sales and purchases with the cost of disbursements for a purchase being much higher than those for a sale.

    For purchases we will lodge searches on your behalf handle and handle payment for these.   These include searches at HM Land Registry, a local authority search, a water and drainage search, an environmental search and other relevant searches such as a flood search.    We ask for £550 on account of searches.

    For a sale of leasehold property there are the fees of the managing agent to pay for the provision of replies to Leasehold Property Enquiries and supplemental documents.  In some instances there are landlord’s fees to pay for a licence to assign the lease.

    The largest disbursement in a purchase transaction is the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.  This is assessed on the purchase price.   HMRC provide an on-line SDLT calculator which can be used to calculate the tax due.    This is paid at the end of the transaction.

    Once SDLT has been paid, the transfer is registered at HM Land Registry.  There is a set of scale fees set by HM Land Registry which are based on the price set out in the transfer.

    VAT

    The current rate of VAT is 20%. So an hourly rate of £300 plus VAT will mean a charge of £360. VAT rates however do vary and we are legally required to charge the applicable VAT rate at the time that the work is undertaken. We will notify you of any changes to the VAT rates.

    Although the sale of residential property is exempt from VAT, VAT is always payable on fees relating to residential property matters irrespective of whether a party is an individual or a business and whether located in the UK or abroad.

    How long will my matter take?

    No two property transactions are the same and the time scales vary significantly.   Moreover either one of the parties can slow down the transaction which can be frustrating for the other party.    In addition it can takes some weeks for all the search results to come back.

    On average it can take around 4 weeks from agreeing a sale to exchange of contracts.

    The completion date is agreed between the parties.  Therefore it can be anything from being simultaneous with exchange or some months away.

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    Conditional fee or damages based agreements

    We do not act on a conditional fee basis. ie. We do not act on a “no sale no fee” basis.

    Regulatory information

    The firm’s SRA number is 462112.

  • Probate pricing (uncontested cases with all assets in the UK)

    Team

    The Edwin Coe LLP Private Client team has over 140 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters related to probate and estate administration. The team has particular expertise in high value estates and inheritance tax matters.

    A partner in the team will always be assigned to be responsible for your matter which will be managed on a day-to-day basis wherever possible by a more junior member of staff, always subject to the supervision of the relevant partner. The team comprises:

    Alison Broadberry (Head of Department)

    David Goepel (Partner)

    Nick Giles (Partner)

    Michael Reynolds (Senior Associate)

    Marina Russell (Senior Associate)

    Ania Chapman (Associate)

    Wendy Hall (Associate)

    Ben Harle (Associate)

    Brendan O’Shea (Associate)

    Eva Moynihan (Associate)

    Charles Hancock (Associate)

    The team are assisted by trainee solicitors and paralegals as necessary.

    Costs information

    We do not usually offer fixed fees for the entire matter. Our costs are based on the anticipated time the matter will take, bearing in mind the hourly rates of the individual(s) with the level of qualification and experience we believe it is necessary to have in order to provide the services required on each matter. Work will normally be carried out by the most appropriately experienced member of staff in order to limit costs as far as possible.

    Our costs are calculated on a time spent basis in 6 minute units at the hourly rate (exclusive of VAT) of the individual undertaking the work and we will keep a record of time spent on your matter by means of a daily time sheet. We will wherever possible agree a fixed fee with you for a particular stage of the matter; if a fixed fee has been agreed, our costs will not exceed that fixed fee unless something unexpected happens in relation to that stage of the matter which makes the costs higher than initially anticipated by us. As soon as any such unexpected event arises, we will advise you that this will incur further costs over and above the fixed fee.

    No two estates or therefore probates are exactly the same and our fees will reflect the particular circumstances of the estate of the deceased, the number, nature and value of assets they held, the number of beneficiaries; the overall complexity of the situation; the extent of review and analysis of other documents and information required; the amount of calls, meetings and email or letter correspondence, and your particular requirements in relation to those aspects of probate or estate administration on which you give us instructions to act for you.

    For example, dealing with an estate where there are a lot of beneficiaries, a lot of properties or a lot of separate bank accounts and investment holdings will cost more than dealing with an estate where there is one beneficiary, one property and one bank account. Dealing with an estate which qualifies for inheritance tax reliefs such as Business Property Relief or Agricultural Property Relief, will have added complexities and will cost more for us to administer than a simple estate. Because of this we cannot give you a reliable estimate of the costs of us helping you until we have details of the deceased’s estate, including details of lifetime gifts made and exactly what role you would like us to take. We hope however the following information and examples are helpful. Our typical fees in a straightforward estate valued at under £1m where there is no Inheritance Tax Return required, to obtain a Grant of Representation will be £3,600 (inclusive of VAT). Our fees for undertaking the full estate administration on such an estate will typically range from £4,320 (inclusive of VAT) to £6,000 (inclusive of VAT). Wherever possible we will always agree with you a fixed or indicative cost to be agreed with you before we undertake any work.

    The hourly rates of our team are:

    Partners £450 – £570 plus VAT
    Senior Associates £385 – £460 plus VAT
    Associates £295 – £350 plus VAT
    Trainees £180 – £200 plus VAT

     
    What services are provided?

    As part of our probate services, we will:

    • provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate practitioner to work on your matter.  There will always be a responsible partner supervising the matter together with one or more experienced practitioners suited to the particular work required
    • identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
    • accurately identify the type of Grant application you require
    • obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
    • complete the Probate application and the relevant HMRC forms
    • draft an oath or statement of truth
    • make the application to the Probate Registry on your behalf
    • obtain the Grant and Court sealed copies.

    If you wish us to do so and we are instructed to do so, we will then collect and distribute all the assets in the estate or such assets as we are instructed to collect and distribute.  We can also file tax returns for the estate if required and instructed to do so.

    Testate estate where the estate value is under £1m and there is no inheritance tax payable

    Our estimated total costs to acquire the Grant of Probate only is £3,600 (inclusive of VAT).

    This quote is for estates where:

    • there is a valid Will
    • there is no more than one property
    • there are no more than two bank or building society accounts
    • there are no other tangible or intangible assets
    • there are one to three beneficiaries
    • there are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets.  If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
    • there are no claims made against the estate
    • no meeting is required
    • you have provided all required information in a timely manner.

    Testate estate where there is inheritance tax payable

    Our estimated total costs to acquire the Grant of Probate only is £4,500 (inclusive of VAT).

    This quote is for estates where:

    • there is a valid Will
    • there is no more than one property
    • there are no more than two bank or building society accounts
    • there are no other tangible or intangible assets
    • there are one to three beneficiaries
    • there are no disputes between beneficiaries on the division of assets.  If disputes arise this is likely to lead to an increase in costs
    • there are no claims made against the estate
    • no meeting is required
    • you have provided all required information in a timely manner.

    Bona Vacantia estates

    Intestate estates that are Bona Vacantia or which are for some reason unclaimed or where no known kin can be traced initially require specialist skills. Having dealt with this type of intestacy for many years, Edwin Coe has the right procedures in place to administer the estate with all due speed and at reasonable cost. Inevitably, the complications mean that, on average, it takes about 12 months (but it can be anywhere between 6 and 18 months) from being instructed to distribution. We rely on other parties to respond promptly to our enquiries – people like banks, building societies, pension providers and utility companies.

    We know that estates come in all shapes and sizes. An estate worth £5,000 might have 50 beneficiaries or more but an estate of £500,000 might only have 2 or 3 beneficiaries. Or it can be the other way round. Sometimes there is a claim against the estate from the partner of the deceased or there might be an invalid Will. The assets in an estate can vary widely from one case to the next. There is no “one size fits all”.

    For this reason, our standard fee structure for this type of work involves a much lower hourly rate than we charge for Probate cases but we also charge 1% of the value of the estate. The logic behind this decision is that the beneficiaries of a small estate get a small distribution so our fees should reflect that fact. It is all about proportionality. It also means that, on average, our fees work out at between 2 and 5% of the value of the estate but in some cases these limits will be lower or higher depending on the exact circumstances of each case.

    The hourly rate for a Probate Manager is £240 plus VAT of £44 giving a total of £288. Our charges for Bon Vacantia estate are £198 plus VAT per hour spent by the relevant fee earner and 1% of the value of the estate.

    Potential additional costs

    Where there is no Will or where the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks or bonds), life policies or pensions, or if the deceased had made lifetime gifts during their lifetime, the matter will take additional time and there will accordingly be additional costs which could range significantly depending upon the particular circumstances of the estate and how it is required to be dealt with under the terms of the Will or intestacy. 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 £0.50 each (ideally you need one copy for each asset).

    If any executor wishes to renounce their appointment, an additional charge will be incurred for preparing the renunciation documentation.

    Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included and would usually be dealt with by a member of the firm’s Property team.

    Dealing with any income tax returns up to the deceased’s date of death is not included.

    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties.  Our fees are not inclusive of any such third party disbursements.  At the outset of a matter we will always inform you of the likely disbursements relevant to your matter.  We will handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf if you wish, to ensure a smoother process for you.

    Typical disbursements relevant for all probate matters include:

    • Probate application fee lodged by a solicitor: currently £155 (no VAT)
    • Each official copy of the Grant £0.50 (no VAT)
    • Land Registry searches (£3 per property)
    • Bankruptcy search (£2 plus VAT for each beneficiary)
    • Notice in London Gazette – typically £64.87 plus VAT – protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors
    • Notice in local newspaper – fee varies depending on newspaper but could be in the region of £250 (inclusive of VAT) – this also helps to protect against unexpected claims.

    How long will my matter take?

    On average, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 8 to 16 weeks.  Collecting and distributing assets can only begin once the Grant has been obtained.  This can typically take between an additional 4 weeks and 6 months (and can take longer) but is very dependent upon how long the Inheritance Tax Office take to progress the matter and conclude any enquiries into the estate.

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  • Immigration pricing

    Immigration pricing

    We have prepared pricing information for individuals in relation to the preparation and submission of immigration applications (excluding asylum applications) as well as advice and representation at the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and in relation to appeals against a Home Office decision to refuse a visa or a Home Office decision.

    Team experience and profile

    The Edwin Coe LLP immigration team, which is led by Dhruti Thakrar, has over 33 years’ of collective experience in immigration work. The team has extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of immigration and nationality matters as well as immigration appeals before the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. The team also has significant experience in dealing with business immigration work and in particular, Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur visas as well as Tier 2 visas for senior executives, skilled workers and sole representative visas. We pride ourselves in securing speedy decisions and positive outcomes.

    Each matter will be dealt with by Dhruti Thakrar or Christine Chiew, who will be assisted by George Curie.

    Costs information

    We have provide details of the average costs for each type of visa application which are set out in the tables below.

    If you require a consultation, our fees will be £200 + VAT for half an hour (this is because we are still required to obtain documents from you to satisfy the requirements of anti-money laundering regulations and open a file). Should you require a full hour then we have a consultation fee of £300 + VAT, which is reduced from fee earner’s hourly rates.

    The fees set out above cover all work to include the following:

    • Attending upon you (our client) to take instructions and to discuss your circumstances in detail and to confirm whether a particular application is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you and;
    • Dealing with AML requirements;
    • Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria and if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome;
    • Where appropriate advising as to the documents and information we need to support your application;
    • Advising you about the process;
    • Considering the supporting evidence you have provided;
    • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
    • Preparing and submitting the application;
    • Where appropriate and should you wish us to do so, attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time or attendance at an Immigration appointment;
    • Advising you on timelines and the outcome of your application.

    We will ask you to pay costs such visa fees (referred to by us as disbursements) and immigration health surcharge fees related to your matter that are payable to the Home Office’s outsourced service provider (currently BLS) who manage the application submission and biometrics process.

    Should you require an interpreter, their fees are £80 per hour. The cost of their travel will also be at the same rate.

    Although not required in many cases, should we require independent expert reports we will let you know as soon as possible, if we consider an expert report is necessary.

    If there is an interview and we do attend with you, there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.

    Factors where we may determine and increase fees :

    • Your inability to produce the requisite documents;
    • You fail to produce the documents on time and we continue to have conduct of the matter;
    • We have to repeat advice we have already provided you;
    • A more than the normal level of ‘handholding’ that might be expected from us;
    • There is an increased amount of communications via phone and email;
    • You produce documents which are not the ones requested;
    • If your circumstances change;
    • You provide information which we were not made aware of at the outset of the application;
    • Dealing with requests outside the scope of the work agreed at the outset.

    We may also increase the costs where:

    • The Home Office unreasonably decides to refuse your case;
    • Were your case is rejected by the Home Office for non-payment of a fee;
    • Where you are invited for an interview that was not expected or budgeted for.

    The ‘headline’ hourly rates of the fee earners in the Immigration team are:

    Dhruti Thakrar £435
    Christine Chiew £300
    George Curie £180

     
    Disbursements

    Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are payable to third parties such as the Home Office or their independent contractor (BLS)  The amount of disbursements depends on the type visa you are applying for as well as the length of time you are applying for.

    Currently you have to pay the following fees:

    • Home Office application fee appropriate to the application you are applying for and the length of time the visa is applied for. Please see fees page which details this.
    • There is also an IHS fee which is £200 for each year of the visa so if it is a 3 year visa then this would be £600. This fee is due to increase in December 2018 (this is subject to Parliamentary approval) to £400 per year.
    • There is also a Skills Charge of £364 per year (for a small company) or £1000 for a (large company) which is usually payable by an employer when issuing a certificate of sponsorship.
    • We may have to charge courier fees where we have prepared an application pack to be submitted overseas.

    VAT

    The current rate of VAT is 20%. Therefore, an hourly rate of £300 plus VAT will mean a charge of £360. VAT rates however do vary and we are legally required to charge the applicable VAT rate at the time that the work is undertaken. We will notify you of any changes to the VAT rates.

    How long will my matter take?

    No two immigration matters are the same and the time scales vary significantly. We endeavour to write to you as to the next steps following confirmation of that you wish to proceed as well as payment of a deposit towards the fee quoted.

    We will normally be able to submit an application within 2-4 weeks of you providing the documents requested by you, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

    Please note the anticipated fees and hours are an estimate based on the facts above. All applications are likely to vary and of course, we can give you a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case.

    Conditional fee or damages based agreements

    We do not act on a conditional fee basis. ie. We do not act on a “no win no fee” basis.
     


     
    Our fees and Home Office immigration and nationality fees 8 October 2018. 
     
    Visas and applications made outside the UK 

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Visit visa < 6 months £93 £1800-£3500 £2160-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Visit visa < 2 years £350 £1800-£3500 £2160-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Visit visa < 5 years £636 £1800-£3500 £2160-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Visit visa < 10 years £798 £1800-£3500 £2160-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Visa to enter the UK as a spouse / fiancé / fiancée with a view to Settlement £1523 £2500-£3500 £3000-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Visa to enter the UK as the child / parent with a view to settlement – other dependant relative £3250 £2500-£3500 £3000-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules £2389 £2000-£2800 £2400-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £388 £1200-£1800 £1440-£2160 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Representative of an overseas business £610 £6000-£12000 £7200-£14400 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) £154 £350-£600 £420-£720 £600-£800 £720-£960

     
    Points based system – applications made outside the UK
     

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)- visa enabling to come to the UK to set up a new business or take over existing  business. £1021 £6000-£30000 £7200-£36000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Investor) visa for investment to enable you to come and live in UK £1623 £6000-£30000 £7200-£36000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) if you are a recognised./emerging leader  in any of the following science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology, arts fashion and have sufficient credentials to obtain an approval letter from a recognised competent body – initial application £152 £2200-£2800 £2640-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £456 £1800-£2800 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – subsequent application £608 £2000-£2800 £2400-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £608 £1200-£1800 £1440-£2160 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)- only for those with an bachelors/master’s degree / PhD and have an appropriate endorsement from an authorised UK Higher education institution £363 £4000-£6000 £4800-£7200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant £604 £1200-£1500 £1440-£1800 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less £610 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (Inter-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee £482 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Short Term Staff (dependants only) £482 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years £1220 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (general) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less £464 £1800-£2200 £2160-£2640 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 4 £348 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 5 £244 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960

     
    Optional premium services outside the UK 

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Priority visa service – settlement £573 N/A N/A
    Priority visa service – non-settlement £212 N/A N/A
    Super priority visa service £956 N/A N/A

     
    Optional premium services in the UK
     

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Expedited processing – Premium Service Centre – Super Premium service – Super Priority service (new arrangements) £610 N/A N/A
    Expedited processing – Priority service £477 N/A N/A
    Super Premium service £10500 N/A N/A

     
    Applications made in the UK
     

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Indefinite leave to remain on the following grounds:
    (i) Long residence (10 years legal stay) £2389 £2200-£3500 £2640-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    (ii) Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) £2389 £4000-£12000 £4800-£14400 £600-£800 £720-£960
    (iii) Tier 1 Investor £2389 £4000-£12000 £4800-£14400 £600-£800 £720-£960
    (iv) Tier 2 General  visa £2389 £1800-£2600 £2160-£3120 £600-£800 £720-£960
    (v) Spouse visa £2389 £1800-£2800 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Leave to remain – Other £1033 £2000-£3500 £2400-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention £1033 £2000-£3500 £2400-£4200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming the identity and immigration of nationality status – limited leave to remain £161 £350-£650 £420-£780 £600-£800 £720-£960
    TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain £229 £650-£850 £780-£1020 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Processing of an application made under Appendix EU which is subsequently rejected as invalid – Adult £65 £1800-£2500 £2160-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Processing of an application made under Appendix EU which is subsequently rejected as invalid – Child £32.50 £1800-£2500 £2160-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Retired person of independent means £1949 £1800-£2500 £2160-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Representative of an overseas business £704 £4500-£10500 £5400-£12600 £600-£800 £720-£960
    European residence document (registration certificate, document certifying permanent residence, residence card, accession resident card, derivative residence card, permanent residence card) £65 £1800-£2800 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Naturalisation £1330 £1200-£2500 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens £1000 £1200-£2500 £1440-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult £1206 £1800-£2800 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Nationality registration as a British citizen – child £1012 £1800-£2500 £1440-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult £901 £1800-£2500 £1440-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child £810 £1800-£2500 £1440-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Renunciation of nationality £372 £650-£850 £780-£1020 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Administrative review £80 £750-£2500 £900-£3000 £600-£800 £720-£960

     
    Points based system – applications in the UK
     

    Fees Category New Home Office fee from 8 October 2018 Our Fees Our Fees including VAT Premium / Priority Service (where available) Premium / Priority Service including VAT
    Tier 1 (General) – dependant £1878 £1800-£2000 £2160-£2400 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) £1277 £6000-£30000 £7200-£36000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Investor) £1623 £6000-£30000 £7200-£36000 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) £493 £4000-£6000 £4800-£7200 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application £152 £2200-£2800 £2640-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £465 £1800-£2800 £2160-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – extension £608 £2000-£2800 £2400-£3360 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £608 £1200-£1800 £1440-£2160 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less £704 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee £482 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Short Term Staff (dependants only) £482 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years £1408 £1800-£2600 £2160-£3120 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less £464 £1800-£2200 £2160-£2640 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years £928 £1800-£2600 £2160-£3120 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 4 £475 £1800-£2600 £2160-£3120 £600-£800 £720-£960
    Tier 5 £475 £1800-£2400 £2160-£2880 £600-£800 £720-£960

     

  • Debt recovery pricing (up to the value of £100,000)

    Team

    The Edwin Coe Debt Recovery team has over 50 years’ of collective experience in debt recovery work. The team deals with general debt recovery matters raising from small claims to more complex high value actions in the County Courts.

    Each matter will have a supervising partner although a junior member of staff may well have the day to day conduct of the matter.

    The team comprises:

    David Greene (Head of Department)
    Simon Rayment (Senior Legal Manager)
    Penny Haynes (Litigation Executive)
    First Year Trainee (who will change every six months)
    Second Year Trainee (who will change every six months)

    Costs information

    We do not usually offer fixed fees. However, we will consider flexible or fixed fees in certain circumstances and low value claims (which will exclude disbursements). Our costs are based on the anticipated time the matter will take bearing in mind the hourly rates of the individuals with the level of qualification and experience we believe is necessary to have in order to provide the services required on each matter and work will normally be carried out by the most appropriate member of staff in order to reduce costs as far as possible. Our costs are calculated on the time spent basis in 6 minutes per unit at the hourly rate (exclusive of VAT) of the individual undertaking the work and we will keep a record of time spent on your matter by means of a daily timesheet. As soon as any unexpected event arises, we will advise you that this will incur further costs over and above the fee estimate provided to you. This include for example, the late service of additional witness statement by the other side.

    The hourly rates of our team are:

    David Greene £515.00
    Simon Rayment £260.00
    Penny Haynes £175.00

     
    Our pricing for initial advice, letters before action, commencing or defending claims (up to and including Trial) in relation to debt recovery will fall within the following ranges:

    • Simple case (£300 – £5,000) plus disbursements
    • Medium complexity value (£1,000 – £8,000) plus disbursements
    • High complexity value (£2,000 – £10,000) plus disbursements

    Services provided – key stages

    • Taking initial instructions, review the papers and advising you on the merits and likelihood of recovery (status subject to change throughout the proceedings)
    • Letter Before Action and Pre Action Correspondence
    • Issue Proceedings
    • Review and advising on your claim or response from the other party. Preparation of Defence/Defence and Counterclaim
    • Preparation/attendance on Costs and Case Management Conference
    • Stay of Proceedings to explore mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • Disclosure and Inspection of Documents
    • Preparation and Exchange of Witness Statements
    • Pre-trial review
    • Preparation/attendance on Trial.

    Factors that could make a case more complex and therefore increase costs could include the following:

    • Amending a Claim
    • Dealing with a Defendant outside the Jurisdiction
    • An Application for an Extension of Time for Service outside the Jurisdiction
    • Recovering a debt against a Company which has been removed from the Register of Companies (making an application to restore the company to the register)
    • Request for Further Information
    • Application for specific disclosure
    • Relief from sanctions.
    • Disbursements are costs relating to your matter and are payable to third parties such as court fees and Counsels fees. The amount of disbursements differ on each claim depending on the value of the claim and Counsels fees will differ depending on the nature and complexity of the instructions and the seniority of the Barrister.

    VAT

    The current rate of VAT is 20%. So an hourly rate of £300 plus VAT will mean a charge of £360. VAT rates do vary and we are legally required to charge the applicable VAT at the time the work is undertaken. We will notify you of any changes to the VAT rates.

    How long will my matter take?

    No two actions are the same and timescales can vary significantly. The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends on the stage at which your case is resolved. Once an action is issued, all timescales are dependent upon caseloads, workflow and listing arrangement of individual courts.

    Links to other useful websites

    HMCTS Court Fees – Form EX50

    Conditional fee or damages based agreements Fee

    We do not act on a conditional fee basis i.e. we do not act on a no sale no fee basis.

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