Overview


Our UK immigration team has extensive experience in managing the immigration needs of employers hiring foreign talent, individuals seeking to relocate, families wishing to reunite or relocate, and those looking to reduce their tax exposure by establishing residence or citizenship in the UK. We advise across all categories of the Points Based System, as well as providing advice to those wishing to register or naturalise as British citizen.

In each case, the UK immigration team will undertake a thorough assessment of our client’s position and advice on the most appropriate immigration application for the relevant individual / family.

The UK immigration team offer assistance with following UK immigration applications, under the Points Based System, which allow individuals to come to the UK to live, work and study:

WORK VISAS

  • Tier 1 (Investor);
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur);
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent);
  • Tier 2 (General);
  • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer);
  • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme); and
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker).

STUDY VISAS

  • Tier 4 (General); and
  • Tier 4 (Child)

VISAS FOR DEPENDANTS

  • Points Based System Dependant.

We also offer assistance offer assistance with the following non-Points Based System immigration applications:

  • Spouse visas;
  • Ancestry visas; and
  • Sole Representatives of an Overseas Business.

For every application the UK immigration team prepares on behalf of a client we will work with the applicant in the collation of all necessary supporting documentation and prepare the application to the Home Office in full. We will advise on the necessary steps to be taken at each stage of the process.

Our team


Our team comprises one partner and two solicitors who are assisted by a paralegal and two caseworkers.

All cases will be managed by the partner who will work with other members of our team with the appropriate level of experience. Click on an individual’s name to view their profile.

PARTNERS AND SPECIAL COUNSEL

PARTNER

OTHER TEAM MEMBERS

  • Alice Garside – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2003)
  • Gulcin Kashano – Associate (qualified as a solicitor in 2007)
  • Annie Ee – Caseworker (qualified as a solicitor in 2004)
  • Emily Taylor – Caseworker (has been dealing with immigration work since 2012)
  • Seana Moon White – Paralegal (joined the firm in 2018)

Our charges


Our legal fees are calculated by reference to the total time spent on the transaction and the hourly rates of the member of the team who deal with it. As of 1 July 2018 these are as follows:

  • Partner – £560 per hour;
  • Solicitors – between £340 and £415 per hour;
  • Paralegal – £180 per hour; and
  • Caseworkers – between £105 and £145 per hour.

Please note that these rates do not include VAT and may be varied on 1 July of each year.

View our UK Immigration Fees Table here for further information and guidance on the likely fees for the types of application that we deal with.

Our services and timescales


Every immigration application will require us to:

  • take instructions and provide advice, either in person, over the telephone or in writing;
  • provide details of our strategy, relevant timeframes and details of documents necessary to support an application;
  • consider documents provided by a client;
  • prepare and submit the substantive application; and
  • advise the client on timelines and the outcome of their application.

At the same time, every application will be different and exact amount of work involved in each will depend on a number of factors, such as:

  • the basis on which the applicant makes their application e.g. if they are making a spouse visa application, the basis on which they choose to meet the financial requirement;
  • the number of documents that need to be reviewed and submitted in support of an application;
  • whether the applicant is asking discretion to be exercised by the Home Office; and
  • the overall complexity of the case.

If we are required to undertake more work and spend additional time working on a case, our legal fees will increase.

For guidance purposes, please see our table which sets out a range of likely legal fees for the types of application that we deal with. Please note that the overall legal fees of any application may end up being higher or lower than the figures quoted.

Our legal fees will always reflect the estimate given unless new or unforeseen factors arise. If this happens, we will provide a revised estimate of our legal fees.

The table includes other anticipated expenses that will also need to be incurred such as the application fee that will need to be paid to the Home Office.

We can provide a bespoke estimate of the likely overall costs of an application once we have more information about its specific circumstances.

We will normally be able to submit applications within two weeks of being provided with all relevant documents needed, and let our clients know at the earliest opportunity if there are any reasons why we anticipate their application will take longer than this to prepare. However, we cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times here.

Speak to us

For more information, please contact our client services team who will be happy to assist.

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