Legal fees for Immigration Matters


(excluding asylum applications)

Legal Fees and action we will take


Legal Fees are the amount you will be required to pay for all of the work performed by us in actioning your instructions, from commencement of your case to conclusion. VAT will be payable on our fees and some disbursements, currently 20% and we will clearly confirm which disbursements carry VAT in our formal quotation or as we advise you to incur them.

The firm deals with many types of immigration matters ranging from entry clearance applications, visa extensions, settlement, visa, naturalisation, representation at the first tier tribunal (immigration and Asylum chamber) and appeals etc.

In majority of the matters, we can offer a fixed fee service to our clients. In the event that the nature of the application is complex or there is a lengthy immigration history, you will be charged at the hourly rate of the fee earner, details of which will be provided to you at the outset of the matter.


We are able to offer an initial consultation free of charge for 15 minutes and thereafter at a cost of £75 – 100 + VAT (£90 – £120 Inc. VAT) with the Senior Partner to discuss your matter and advice on the steps to require to regulate your immigration status.


The fees supplied below include the following services:

  • Consideration of documents
  • Client attendance
  • Taking instructions and providing advice
  • Preparing and submitting the application
  • Advising on the outcome of the application


All fees are average:


In majority of the matters, we can offer a fixed fee service to our clients. In the event that the nature of the application is complex or there is a lengthy immigration history, you will be charged at the hourly rate of the fee earner, details of which will be provided to you at the outset of the matter.


Our hourly rates range between £175 – £300 + VAT (£210 – £360 Inc. VAT) or for outside of office hours range between £225 – £450 (£270 – £540 Inc. VAT) which will depend on the experience and qualification of the case handler as follows: –



Position Rate per hour (£) Rate per hour (£) (outside office hours)
Senior Partner £300 + VAT (£360 Inc. VAT) £450 + VAT (£540 Inc. VAT)
Partner £235 + VAT (£282 Inc. VAT) £300 + VAT (£360 Inc. VAT
Solicitor £235 + VAT (£282 Inc. VAT) £300 + VAT (£360 Inc. VAT
Trainee Solicitor £195 + VAT (£234 Inc. VAT) £262.50 + VAT (£315 Inc. VAT)
Legal Assistant £175 + VAT (£210 Inc. VAT £225 + VAT (£270 Inc. VAT)


The average Fixed Charges we apply are:


  • Consultation by appointment – £75 – £100 + VAT (£90 – £120 Inc. VAT)
  • Spouse visa applications/ further leave or settlement (Entry Clearance) – £950 to £1,050 + VAT (£1,140 – £1,260 Inc. VAT)
  • Spouse Visa Extensions Application (in-country)- £950 to £1,250 + VAT – £950 to £1,050 (£1,140 – £1,260 Inc. VAT)
  • Applications for leave to remain under the family or private life route – £1,250 to £1,500 + VAT (£1,500 – £1,800 Inc. VAT)
  • Naturalisation Applications (Applications for British citizenship) – £2,250 to £2,500 + VAT (£2,700 – £3,000 Inc. VAT)
  • Indefinite Leave/Settlement Applications – £2,000 to £2,500 + VAT (£2,400 – £3,000 Inc. VAT)
  • Pre-Settled status or Settled status under EU Settlement Scheme- £950 to £1,050 + VAT (£1,140 – £1,260 Inc. VAT)
  • Premium same day service to the Home office in Croydon – On request
  • PBS Dependant’s visa (applying separately from/with the main applicant) – On request
  • Dependants of EEA migrants other than spouse or child – On request
  • Applications for leave to remain outside the immigration rules – On request
  • Applications for an EEA residence card for a partner or child of an EEA national – On request
  • Immigration Appeals- On application
  • Judicial Reviews Application- On application
  • Applications under the Tier Points-Based System-On application


  • We will charge the sum of £50 + VAT (a total of £60 Inc. VAT) for Electronic money transfers.


If at any stage our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This would typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.


Our average fees assume that:

  1. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise.
  2. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from any parties providing documentation.


Disbursements and Other Costs


Disbursements may be incurred in the handling of the matter for you. Typical Disbursements may include:

  • Court representation at Case Management Review Hearings, First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal will be chargeable at counsel’s rate. If Counsel is required to be instructed a quotation for their services will be obtained from them and discussed with you before they are instructed to ensure you are fully aware of the fees that will be charged. However, we have given examples of costs below:
    The fees of a barrister vary depending on the experience of the advocate and their expertise. In our experience, the initial fee for a barrister and the first day of the hearing (known as the brief fee) will be in the region of £1,000 – £2,000 plus VAT (£1,200 – £2,400 Inc. VAT). Each subsequent day would be an additional £750 – £1,000 plus VAT (£900 – £1200 Inc. VAT).


If you want a very experienced barrister, then the cost is likely to be more. You may also incur additional charges such as travel costs for us to attend meetings and hearings.


Interpreters Costs


Where an interpreter is required, you will be responsible for the costs at the interpreter’s hourly rate. Fees of interpreters can vary depending on, for instance, the experience and qualifications of the interpreter.


A typical hourly fee range for interpreting into and/or from English, based on our previous research, may be £50 – £75 + VAT per hour (£60 – £90 Inc. VAT) and plus any disbursements (such as any costs they need to pay to third parties, such as travel-related costs) the interpreter may incur in providing their service.



How long will my matter take?


Provided all the relevant documents in a timely manner, we should be able to submit your application in 2-4 weeks. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please read the published processing times which are approximate.


This is just an estimate and we will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.


For further information relating to our pricing structure or any other questions you may have relating to our fees and services, please contact our Immigration Team on 0208 577 1222.


  • Senior Partner, Chaman Lal MA LLB (Hons) is the founder of CL Law Solicitors. He is the driving force of the firm and thrives in dealing with complex cases. He has over 20 years of experience in a broad spectrum including pursuing and defending immigration matters, entry clearance applications, visa extensions, settlement, naturalisation applications and appeals. His strength is to take on board key details and find a speedy resolution. His extensive knowledge and experience in Immigration ensure that clients can expect to receive the highest level of service. Chaman has built a reputation and gained respect for being honest, talking straight and being able to explain complex issues and procedures in simple terms.


  • Head of the Immigration Department, Hardeep Singh Grewal LLB (Hons) is a Partner at the firm with substantial experience in drafting Immigration applications, visa extensions, settlement and naturalisation applications and making representation at the tribunals. He joined the firm in December 2014 as a Legal Assistant and progressed to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2019. Hardeep handles Immigration matters succinctly and is known for his focused attention to detail and prides himself on excellent client care, ensuring all matters run smoothly and efficiently.


  • Mandeep Kaur Neta LLM is a Trainee Solicitor. She joined CL Law Solicitors in February 2017. Mandeep is supervised by the Senior Partner, Chaman Lal. Mandeep has become an integral part of the Immigration Department and assists the Partners in all aspects of Immigration matters. She has gained considerable experience in dealing with Immigration matters. She thoroughly enjoys the client contact aspect of Private Client work.


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