The fees and costs given in our Pricing guide are based on our experience of the likely cost of dealing with similar matters or are based on our best estimate of the likely amount of professional time incurred. In some circumstances, we may need to revise our fee, for example, if your instructions change, or unforeseen or exceptional circumstances arise.
As a law firm regulated by the SRA, we publish information about our pricing for certain services that we provide to the public and to businesses. This pricing information relates to advice we provide on immigration (excluding asylum), employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and motoring offences.
The fees and costs that is stated in our pricing information are based on our experience of the likely cost of dealing with similar matters or are based on our best estimate of the likely amount of professional time incurred. In some circumstances, we may need to revise our fee, for example, if your instructions change, or unforeseen or exceptional circumstances arise.
Unless we agree otherwise, we charge an agreed fee for specific work.
In certain circumstances, we can agree on a fixed fee with a client in all our areas of practice. Our fixed fee starts from £600 plus VAT (where VAT is applicable), depending on the nature of work. In employment law cases, we may also be able to offer a conditional fee arrangements if following an initial assessment , we decide that there are merits to purse a case however, the discretion to offer this type of arrangement solely lies on the firm. In very exceptional cases, we may be able to accept fees lower than the minimum fees indicated in our Pricing Guide.
We offer an initial no obligation consultation which can either be in person or remotely via telephone, skype, zoom or any other agreed online platform. The cost of this service is between £100-£250 per hour excluding VAT depending on the year of experience of the solicitor or caseworker handling the matter.
We also offer 20 minutes free consultation on each 1st Thursday of every month from 10 am-12 noon.
EcoM Solicitors is registered with HMRC for VAT purposes and our VAT registration number is 315853009.
All the prices quoted exclude VAT. This is charged at the prevailing rate and is payable on our fees and on most expenses which we are likely to incur on your behalf.
VAT is payable subject to your immigration status in the United Kingdom.
Disbursements are costs related to a client’s matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees, Home Office fees, or Barrister’s fees and they are borne by clients. We will notify you of any disbursements and request that the fund is paid into the firms account. Once we have received funds from you to cover the cost of any disbursement, we will handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process except the client instructs otherwise.
Prices quoted are subject to VAT and may increase due to the complexity of the matter.
Disbursements payable to third parties may change without our notice.
Our Hourly rates where fix fee is not agreed or where costs need to be assessed are as follows:
- Trainee Solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners: £121 per hour
- Solicitors, legal executives and fee earners of equivalent experience £165 per hour
- Solicitors and legal executives with over 4years’ experience: £229 per hour
- Solicitors and legal executives with over 8 years’ experience: £255 per hour
These indicative fees are subject to periodic review.
|60-minute consultation with a solicitor
|Resident Labour Market Test Assistance
|Certificates of Sponsorship (restricted) Application
|Assigning Certificates of Sponsorship
|Tier 1 – (Entrepreneur Extension)
|Tier 2 – Initial application / Extension
|Tier 4 – Initial application / Extension
|Tier 5 – Initial application / Extension
|PBS Dependents – Initial application / Extension
|Entry Clearance – Fiancé / Spouse / Dependent Child- (FLR(FP)& FLR (M)
|In country Marriage application- (FLR(M)
|Further Leave to Remain base on human rights claims, leave outside the rules and other routes not covered by other forms (HRO)
|Extension of stay –Parent / Spouse / Dependent Child- (FLR(FP) & FLR(M)
|Extension of stay under FLR (HRO)
|European Economic Areas
|EEA Registration Certificate
|EEA Family Permit – Family Member – Entry Clearance
|EEA Family Permit – Family Member – Extension of Leave
|EEA Family Permit – Family Member – In Country Application
|EEA Family Permit – Family Member – Permanent Residency
|EEA Family Permit – Extended Family – Entry Clearance
|EEA Family Permit – Extended Family – Extension of Leave
|EEA Family Permit – Extended Family – In Country Application
|EEA Family Permit – Extended Family – Permanent Residency
|EEA (Derivative Rights of Residence)
|Indefinite Leave to Remain
|Indefinite leave to remain in the UK in various immigration categories and for a biometric residence permit. SET(O)
|Indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a partner of a person or parent of a child already settled in the UK- SET (M)
|Indefinite leave to remain in the UK if you are a child, or are applying on behalf of a child under 18 – SET (F)
|Indefinite leave to remain in the UK if you have lived in the UK lawfully for many years -SET(LR)
|Naturalisation for British citizenship – Adult
|Naturalisation for British citizenship – Child
|Other Immigration Applications
|Visitor Entry Clearance
|Lodging initial appeal
|Preparation of Appeal Bundle and compiling bundle
|**Representation at Immigration Tribunal
|Pre-Action Protocol, including taking instructions by telephone attendance
|Preparation Judicial Review Grounds and Filing in Tribunal
|Preparation for Permission for Oral hearing
|Deportation – Temporary Admission / Bail
|£200 – £600
|Statutory Declaration Preparation
|Name Change Deed Preparation
|Sponsorship Declaration Preparation
|Declaration for Child Travel Consent Preparation
|Certified Copy of Original Documentation
Not all immigration cases attract VAT. If you are liable to pay VAT, 20% will be added to the price quoted.
This fee will cover:
- Taking your detailed instructions and providing advice
- Considering documents
- Completing and submitting the Application
- Attending to you
- Advising you on timeliness and the outcome of your application.
The fee quoted here do not include Home Office fees, Barrister’s fees, interpreter’s fee or any other disbursement.
If your application is refused, this fee will not cover our legal services for advising you on the merits of lodging an appeal, preparing grounds of appeal, and lodging the appeal on your behalf. Our fees for doing this is stated above.
We cannot guarantee how long it will take the Home Office to process your application. Please read the Home Office current processing times on their website, Home Office-GOV.UK.
*Tier 1 Entrepreneur route has now been closed to new applicant and is now replaced by the Innovator visa
** Representation at Immigration Tribunal- Fees would differ if a Barrister is to be instructed and we would inform you of their fees in advance with the requirement that any Barrister fees must be paid in advance of the Court hearing.
***Judicial Review- We do charge hourly rate for certain Judicial Review claim and we would inform you if we are to do this.
It is difficult to ascertain the fee that will be incurred for each employment matter as each case is unique. Therefore, the following factors are to be taken into consideration (including but not limited to):
Whether there is a dispute as to whether the claimant is disabled
- The amount of documents
- The number of witnesses
- Any allegations of dismissal
- If the dismissal occurred as result of whistle blowing
- Initiating or defending a costs application
Our fees are based on the following and on the assumption that the parties and any third parties instructed to undertake work will do so in a timely manner:
- Obtaining initial instructions of case, perusing and considering the papers and employment manuals, reviewing the contracts of employment before advising you on the merits of the case and possible compensation. Please note that this is likely to change and therefore will be reviewed throughout the case
- Drafting and considering letter before action
- Collate and review medical records
- Commence pre-claim reconciliation with ACAS (to discuss settlement before issuing proceedings)
- Draft claim or defence
- Considering and advising on claim or response from other party
- Negotiations on settlement
- Drafting and considering a schedule of loss in the case
- Preparations for attending a Preliminary Hearing
- Exchange of documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle (document)
- Obtaining instructions for witness statements, drafting statements and confirming same with witnesses
- Preparing and collating documents for the preliminary hearing, final hearing or remedy hearing
- Considering and advising on the other party’s witness statements
- Preparations for, and attendance at a Preliminary Hearing
- Agreeing a list of matters, a chronology and/or witness list
- Arranging conference with barristers if necessary
- Considering and reviewing barrister’s notes, arguments and opinions
- Make necessary preparation, attend preliminary hearings, final hearings or remedy hearings
- Receive payment/compensation
- Finally, negotiate terms of settlement
How much will be issuing or defending a claim be?
We charge an hourly rate between £121-£250 plus VAT (Head of Employment Department)
There is an initial consultation fee of £100-£250 to obtain instructions and ascertain the merits of your case depending on the year of experience.
A defended Employment Tribunal claim could cost between £10,000 to £50,000 (inclusive of vat) depending on the merit, length and complexity of the matter.
Disbursements are costs due to third parties regarding your case, such as:
- Medical and Occupational Health reports
- Company search fees
Clients will be informed of the Mediators fees (if the parties agree to settle through mediation)
Please note that the above fee does not include barristers’ fees. This can range from £1,200 to £3,500 (inclusive of VAT) per day (depending on experience of the barrister and the complexity of the issues involved) for attending a tribunal, preliminary, final or remedy hearing (including, perusal, advice, drafting and preparation of documents).
Duration of case
The duration of case depends on the stage at which the parties reach an agreement. This is also dependent on when the case is allocated by the Employment Tribunal. Therefore, if an agreement is reached by the parties during conciliation stages, your case may take 2-3 months (this is only an estimate).
In the event that it proceeds to a final hearing, the case may take between one year to 19 months. Further information on the time scale will be available upon receipt of instructions and as the case progresses.
Conduct of your case
Your file will be dealt with by an experienced caseworker. At the start of your case, you will be provided with the details of the caseworker with conduct of your matter and his/her supervisor solicitor.
Motoring Offences (summary only motoring offences under Part I of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and s89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984)–
Fixed fee of £750.00 plus VAT.
2 hours attendance/preparation
- considering evidence
- taking your instructions, and
- providing advice on likely sentence
Attendance and representation at a single hearing at the Magistrates Court
The fee does not include
- Instruction of any expert witnesses
- Taking statements from any witnesses
- Advice and assistance in relation to a special reason hearing
- Advice or assistance in relation to any appeal
The key stages of your matter are based on the presumption that you have entered a guilty plea and have a date for your hearing.
- Meet with your solicitor to provide instructions on what happened.
- We will consider initial disclosure, and any other evidence and provide advice.
- Arranging to take any witness statements if necessary. This will have an additional cost of £120 plus VAT per hour.
- We will explain the court procedure to you, so you know what to expect on the day of your hearing, and the sentencing options available to the court.
- We will conduct any further preparatory work, obtain further instructions from you if necessary and answer any follow up queries you have.
- We cannot provide a time-scale of when your hearing will take place, as this depends on the court listing for that day.
- We will attend court on the day and meet with you before going into the court room. We anticipate being at court for half a day.
- We will discuss the outcome with you. If advice is required on appeal, this will carry an additional cost.
Any additional hearing will attract a hearing fee of £300.00 plus VAT
s will carry an additional cost.
- Any additional hearing will attract a hearing fee of £300.00 plus VAT