At E1 Solicitors we are very transparent about our fees. Most of the straightforward cases we are able to make a fixed fee agreement. However; our fees are primarily calculated using an hourly rate, which is set according to our fee earners’ knowledge and expertise. Please refer to our fee earning categories.
Our existing hourly rates range (excluding Asylum Application)
- £267 for partners and solicitors over 8 years post qualification experience
- £229 for solicitors and legal executives with over 4 years experience
- £165 for other solicitors and legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience
- £121 for trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives and other staff of equivalent experience
On average, this type of work takes between 3-6 hours to complete. This means that on average costs are between £750 and £1500. All figures do not include VAT unless specifically stated as we are not VAT registered but we are happy to discuss our fees directly with you to give approximate costs based on your individual circumstances, including the complexity of your case as well as the level of service you require.
For your convenience we have set out some conventional application fees that we normally undertake. Our fees range only deal with the office based work and exclude in person attendance at the home office or any interview. Should you require any of these additional services, we are happy to discuss and quote our additional fees. This fee covers submitting your application to the Home Office for consideration and not additional work.
In addition this fee also does not cover any other disbursements. Disbursements mean and include expenses such as Home Office fees, Court fees, Counsel’s fees and travelling expenses that we have to pay on your behalf. Further costs will be incurred in respect of any additional or complex work required and we shall discuss these with you should that situation arise.
We are not registered with the VAT but some of the Home office applications require to pay VAT in addition to our fees. We will notify you in advance where VAT is applicable.
In the event of any concern about our fees please refer to our Complaints Procedure.
Fee earner category and applicable rates:
All fee earning members are subject to strict supervision
|Type of Application / Matter
|Our fee range (exc. VAT)*depending on complexity and seniority of lawyer
|One Off Consultation or Initial Advice
|£50.00 – £150.00
|Citizenship (Naturalization or Registration)
|£350.00 – £750.00
|EEA applications (e.g. Registration Certificate, Permanent Residence or Family Members)
|£650.00 – £950.00
|Partner or parent applications – Further Leave to Remain (FLR) in-country.
|£650.00 – £1550.00
|Partner or parent applications – Entry Clearance from Abroad )
|£750.00 – £1550.00
|Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) e.g. based on Long Residence, family relationships, or other routes
|£950.00 – £1550.00
|Other Application including NTL, TOC, Travel Documents, ROA etc.
|£350.00 – £950.00
|Points Based System applications (in-country or from abroad)
|Tier 1: £1500.00 – £2500.00
Tier 2: £950.00 – £1800.00
Tier 4: £650.00 – £950.00
|Family Member Immigration Appeal – First Tier Tribunal
|£1250.00 – £1850.00
|Initial stage including representations and evidence gathering: £1,500.00 – £3500.00
FTT deportation appeal: £1500.00 – £5500.00
|We have expertise and vast experience in litigating judicial reviews cases– please contact one of our team member for a affordable and reasonable quote.
|Asylum Applications and Appeals
|We only deal with privately paying clients. please contact one of our team member for a affordable and reasonable quote.
|Initial stage including Taking instructions and submitting initial representation £250.00 – £450.00
Court Representation: £350.00 – £650.00
|Our Fees (excluding VAT @ 20%)
|Expected Disbursements (Costs that clients will be responsible to pay on top of our fees)
|Expected Timescales after instructed, required supporting documentation and fees received
|Advising other funding options available, such as cover under an insurance policy
|Work to be completed at first appointment
|Form ET1 (the claim form outlining your case and the nature of the dispute)
|3 working days
|Form ET3 (the response form when a claim has been made against you)
|3 working days
|Particulars of claim (document that sets out the factual detail of your claim, and the legal basis for it)
|3 working days
|Making an Unless order – If you do not comply with an order made by the Employment Tribunal you risk losing part (or all) of your claim/response
|3 working days
|Interlocutory applications (a provisional decision given during the course of a legal action)
|3 working days
Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal
Simple case: £3,000.00 – £4,500.00 (excluding VAT)
Medium complexity case: £6,000.00 – £9,000.00 (excluding VAT)
High complexity case: £12,000.00 – £18,000.00 (excluding VAT)
Factors that could make a case more complex:
- If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim
- Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person
- Making or defending a costs application
- Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties)
- The number of witnesses and documents
- If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer
- Allegations of discrimination which are linked to the dismissal
There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £750.00 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-2 days depending on the complexity of your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Counsel’s fees estimated between £750.00 to £1,200.00 per day excluding VAT (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation)
The fees set out above cover all of the 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 compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change)
- Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached;
- Preparing claim or response
- Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party
- Exploring 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 bundle of documents
- Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list
- Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel
The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.
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. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 18-24 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 36 – 48 weeks. 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.