Blakewater Certus Solicitors – Immigration
Blakewater Certus Solicitors are regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority and they require that we provide all clients and prospective clients with certain information relating to aspects of this firm’s Immigration practice. The information we need to provide is in relation to:
- Applications for naturalisation or registration under the British Nationality Act 1981
- Applications on behalf of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members under the applicable EEA Regulations or Immigration Rules, including applications for permanent residence, residence cards, and registration certificates
- Applications under the Immigration Rules, including:
- student and work experience visas
- visit visas (for tourism, or visiting friends / family)
- spouse and partners applications, including fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners
- applications for work, business or study under the Points-Based System;
- dependent relative and family reunion applications
- ancestry visas
- other categories, such as applications on the basis of long residence
We are not required to publish prices for the following types of applications:
- Asylum applications
- Statelessness applications
- Human rights / private life applications
- Applications for Secretary of State immigration bail
- Reconsideration and legacy requests
- Judicial review, such as claims for unlawful detention
- Immigration services to businesses (e.g. applications for certificates of sponsorship or confirmation of acceptance for studies).
The information that is required is in relation to the fees and disbursements we charge, what is involved in the work, how long it will take and who will be responsible for handling the work and how are they supervised.
The fees that we have set out below include:
- considering your documents
- attending to you
- taking your instructions and providing advice
- preparing and submitting the application
- advising you on timelines and the outcome of your application
Please be aware that the fees we quote do not include any disbursement such as interpreter’s fee, independent expert reports (e.g. medical reports), NHS surcharge etc.
In relation to interpreters fees in particular, these are difficult to estimate, can very quickly mount up and can easily form a significant proportion of the overall cost to you. For this reason we will assess your requirement for an interpreter at the outset and try and provide you with an estimate based upon your specific need. We cannot therefore give you anything other than an hourly rate range – since the costs will also depend upon the language required and the availability of interpreters in this locality.
If you have someone who can interpret for you then you may wish to use those persons which is perfectly acceptable to us provided they are competent to undertake the interpretation for you.
Please note that the figures included do not include any application fees charged by the Home Office since all such fees are paid directly by you.
Where the Home Office refuses an application, please be aware that advice and assistance in relation to any appeal is not covered by the fee quoted below.
The current hourly rates of our solicitors and fee earners unless otherwise agreed, are as follows:
- Solicitor Grade A [Solicitors & Legal Executives with over 8 years experience]: £272 per hour + VAT (20%)
- Solicitor Grade B [Solicitors & Legal Executives with over 4 years experience]: £233 per hour + VAT (20%)
- Solicitor Grade C [Other Solicitors & Legal Executives & Fee Earners with equivalent experience]: £189 per hour + VAT (20%)
- Solicitor Grade D [Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals & Other Fee Earners]: £134 per hour + VAT (20%)
Clearly the cost will depend to an extent upon the time taken.
The figures below are estimates, price varies in cases with particular complexities, urgency, importance, implications and location of the matter at hand. It will also depend upon the amount of supporting evidence to be considered, the languages you speak and whether the applications include dependents.
In the event that any unexpected complications arise that have an impact on our fees, we would immediately inform you.
Blakewater Certus Solicitors have a transparent fee structure. To assist you we have listed below prices for a number of types of application. Please note that these are for guidance only and the final costs that you will be charged depend upon factors such as the complexity of the matter, whether you have any previous convictions and of course the merits of the case.
|Type of Work
|Fees starts from
All Prices are subject to VAT @ 20%
|Half Hour Consultation
|One Hour Consultation
Fees for Individuals
|Type of work
|Fees starts from All Prices are subject to VAT @ 20%
|Tier 1 Investor Visa £
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur / Graduate Entrepreneur Visa
|Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa
|Tier 2 Visas—THIS TIER 2 HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY SKILLED WORKER VISA
|Tier 4 Student Visas – THIS TIER 4 STUDENT VISA HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED BY STUDENT VISA
|Standard Visitor/ Marriage Visitor/Parent of Tier 4 Student Visitor Visa
|Business Visitor Visa
|Application to join British Citizen in the UK as a spouse, parent or child
|EEA Residence Card
|EEA Family Permit Visa (for family members of settled EEA nationals in the UK)
|EEA Permanent Residence Application
|Further Leave to Remain / Discretionary Leave to Remain Applications
|Family Reunion Application (per applicant)
|Settlement Application following Refugee Status
|Other Settlement Applications
|Section 120 reps (detention)
|British Nationality Application
|British Passport Application
|NTL, TOC Applications
|BRP Replacement, Travel Document Applications
Fees for Tribunal and Court Matters
|Type of Work
|Fees starts from
All Prices are subject to VAT @ 20%
|First Tier Tribunal Appeals
|Upper Tribunal Appeals
Stage 1 – Up to and includes lodging of Grounds of Appeal at the First Tier Tribunal
Stage 2 – Up to and includes lodging of Grounds of Appeal at the Upper Tribunal
Stage 3 – Up to and including representation at the Hearing
|Court of Appeal / Judicial Review Proceedings
Stage 1 – Up to and including the Paper application
Stage 2 – Up to and including the Renewed Hearing
What is included in the work we do
The work that we do includes:
- discussing with you your circumstances and the application you are making. We will advise you on whether that application is the appropriate one for you to make and what other options you may have;
- provide advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
- in the event that you do not meet certain of the criteria, whether this can be overcome and how (5-7 hours);
- looking at the supporting evidence provided by you (6-11 hours);
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf, (3 hours);
- 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. This could be between 1 and 6 hours of work.
- giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
Note that the number of hours depends on the number of documents, whether they need to be translated, whether anything is missing and how long it will take to obtain the missing documents.
For Appeal proceedings
- discussing any refusal letter and assessing if there are merits in appealing the decision;
- advising you about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether Home Office have made a decision based on such rules;
- looking at any the supporting evidence provided by you, (6-11 hours)
- preparing Grounds of Appeal (1-2 hours)
- preparation of the Court Bundle (3 hours)
- where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and DNA reports, of required), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- Attendance at a Hearing: If you are required to attend the hearing, we will give you clear advice at the appropriate time. Advocacy at the hearing. This could be between 3 and 6 hours of work.
Disbursements are fees paid by us on your behalf to third parties. They might include, depending upon the matter,
- Interpreters fees. These tend to cost between £20-£30 per hour and an average application will require in the region of 4-6 hours of the interpreter’s time. You may however use your own interpreter provided they are competent to do so.
- Independent expert reports e.g. medical experts. Not usually required but if they are we will let you know if such an expert report is necessary.
- Additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses if we need to attend any interviews or similar with you.
Please note that our costs do not include:
- Home Office fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Court fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
- Where the Home Office refuse your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.
- Any external Counsel of your choice, in case of appeal hearings, whose costs normally will be in region of £350.00 – £1,500.00 based on the experience and availability of the Counsel involved.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please see the Gov.uk webpage “Visa processing times: applications outside the UK” on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-processing-times-applications-outside-the-uk
We will normally be able to submit this type of application within 1-4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.
Please note the anticipated number of hours and fees 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.
Who will deal with this matter?
You need to complete the following information yourselves as I have no details of who will undertake the work.
Our immigration team has many years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration.
We have X members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by NAME who is a Partner/Other and Head of probate and estate administration at the firm.
Name 1 – Partner/Other – Name1 joined Blakewater Certus Solicitors in XXXX and has mainly undertaken private client work since this time.
He/She/They qualified as a Solicitor in XXXX and etc.
See the SRA’s examples which I have set out below
Tamara Singh – Partner
Tamara is the head of our team and has more than 20 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. Tamara has been working in this area since she qualified and has helped thousands of families and individuals.
Tamara qualified as a solicitor in 1996 after gaining a First in Law from the University of Exeter. She completed her training contract at Legal & Co and worked at different firms before moving on to join our firm in 1998. She became a partner in 2006.
Tamara has also completed several professional development courses in probate and estate administration.
Linda O’Connor – Senior Associate
Linda qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She attended the University of Birmingham and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course with distinction.
She has been working in our probate team since she qualified and is particularly skilled at dealing with complex estate matters, having dealt with over one thousand complex estates since starting at our firm. Linda speaks fluent Russian and German.
John Rotherham – Associate
John qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and has been working in our probate team ever since. John has a degree in History from the University of Sheffield and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Nottingham. John did seats in probate, immigration and commercial property, and has a strong interest in developing his skillset in probate. He has quickly gained experience in this area, successfully advising on more than 100 probate and estate matters since qualifying.
Ismail Lakhani – Trainee Solicitor
Ismail has a degree in Economics from Newcastle University and has completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the BBP law school in Manchester. Ismail began his training contract with us in September 2017 and will work in our probate, tax and litigation and dispute teams.