Profile of Person with Overall Responsibility for All Cases Undertaken by Our Firm

 

 

Mr Khashayar Behbahani ( LMS, LLB (Hons) Law, Post Graduate Diploma (Bar Vocational Course) and QLTS ) , who is our Principal Solicitor, will be responsible for all the works which will be undertaken in respect of your specific matter. He will also be responsible for agreeing with you a fee structure regime once he has assessed an accurate indication of costs relating to your matter following receipt of your initial instructions.

 

Mr Behbahani was Called to the Bar in England & Wales, as a Barrister, in 1999 and has been practising as a solicitor since 2007. He maintains a lifetime membership of the Inner Temple as a non-practising Barrister since becoming a solicitor in 2007.


Mr Behbahani has been practising immigration, human rights and asylum law since 1999 with specialist experience of attending to all aspects of immigration cases which relate to both application and court/appeal stages of any particular category as listed below within. He established our Firm in February 2015 and has been practising at our Firm as a specialist immigration law practitioner to current date.


Mr Behbahani, with more than 21 years experience in all aspects of immigration and related human rights law, maintains full conduct and supervisory role in respect of all cases undertaken by our Firm.


Our Fees, Services & Timescales   


Our Firm's fee structure is based on a fee range. We do not charge on an hourly basis but do use an hourly rate so to calculate our respective estimated or minimum indicated fees to our clients so to cover our costs. The hourly rate which we apply is currently £100-£150 per hour plus VAT.


VAT is only charged to client matters, in which the client has or has had residency in the UK. All our non-UK resident clients are therefore exempt of having to pay VAT on their legal costs. The current VAT rate is 20%. We will assess as to whether you qualify for such an exemption right at the start of your matter with us and will keep you informed as to whether there is to be a change in your exemption- for example upon becoming a UK resident during the conduct of your matter at our Firm.

 

We have set out below details of our fees range in respect of some of the most common types of matters which we attend to under the categories of immigration, human rights and asylum. These relate to the services which we provide for both our corporate and private clients (individuals). If your specific intended application is not included in the list below, please do let us know by email and we will of course provide you with the required estimate.

 

Our fees range is set up to take into account the complexity of each case and therefore the overall costs may vary depending on any complexities involved. Nevertheless, by setting out our fees range below, we aim to be transparent so to provide an accurate idea of costs relating to our services. Should you proceed with instructing us to assist you with your matter, our primary aim would be to keep you fully informed and updated regarding the likely overall costs to you in respect of your own specific case. We should also be able to inform you more accurately as to the anticipated overall costs within our fees range and structure once we have been presented with details of your case through your initial instructions. Indeed, it is our Firm's policy to inform you of our minimum estimated/indicated fee at the start of the process (i.e. at the start of opening a file for you at our Firm), so that you will have clear indication of what the minimum costs are in respect of your matter.


Our said estimated fee is assessed by Mr Behbahani and is regularly reviewed so to ensure that we continue to provide all our clients with both transparency and certainty in respect of how much their matter is likely to cost them from start to finish. We have applied this policy to all our matters since the start of our Firm's operations in February 2015. We are pleased to report that, there have only been a handful of matters in which we have had to ask our clients to pay over and above what we had initially indicated or estimated to be their minimum costs. We are therefore confident that we can continue with the same high degree of transparency and certainty in relation to all future matters.

 

Our fees range, as set out below, are based on costs relating to following tasks:


  • considering documents
  • attending on the client either by phone, video conferencing, email, letter or in person,
  • taking their instructions and providing advice
  • preparing and submitting the application or presentation of an appeal
  • advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application
They do therefore include, costs relating to the preparation and appointment arrangements from the start up to submission of your application and/or determination of your appeal by the Tribunal/Court.

It is important to emphasis that our fee range DOES NOT include any applicable application fees to be paid directly to the Home Office and/or Tribunal/Courts; and/or Immigration Health Surcharge payments which, again, will have to paid directly to the Home Office by yourself as part of the application process. They also do not include any third-party costs such as translation costs, expert/medical reports etc.

 

We should also point out that our fees range, as set out below, also does not include any follow up work that may be required once your application/appeal has been finalised and submitted. If any such additional costs are going to be relevant to your matter, you will be informed accordingly during the course of our conduct of your matter.

 

 

Type of application/appeal

Our fees range depending on complexity

Excluding VAT Charged at 20% (if applicable – see blow explanation on VAT)

Consultation appointment (whether by phone, video call using Microsoft Teams, Skype, WhatsApp/FaceTime audio call or face to face meeting at our office or elsewhere) up to an hour

 

£90

Follow up consultation appointments, checking applications which you may have completed yourself, further and more detailed discussions regarding your specific matter as raised in your initial consultation  whether by phone, video call using Microsoft Teams, Skype, WhatsApp/FaceTime audio call or face to face meeting at our office or elsewhere).

 

£90-£500

Start-up, Innovator and Tier 1 (Investor) applications (to cover the preparation of the required business plan, drafting of all required legal documents, bank letters, checking all documents as well as completion of relevant application forms for the client and any dependants).


In respect of Start-Up and Innovator categories, our fee range will include costs relating to assisting clients in seeking and obtaining endorsement from endorsing bodies.


In respect of Tier 1 (Investor) category, our estimated fee will include time to be engaged in assisting in meeting the specific investment requirements as well as the bank arrangements.


PLEASE NOTE: Most applications under all three categories can be completed at around £6895; however our fee range is intended to be a guide so to also include the unusually complex applications.

 

£6,895-£10,000

Tier 1 (exceptional talent) applications

 

£6,895-£8,000

Tier 2 applications (general work visas, intra-company transfer visas, ministry of religion visas and sports person visas)

 

£1100-£2000

Other work-related visa applications (for example: representative of an overseas business visa, domestic workers in a private household visa, UK ancestry visa, Turkish business person visa or worker visa

 

£6,895- £8,000

Sponsor/Sponsorship Licence applications by employers

 

£3,000-£6,000

British citizenship (including naturalisation or registration) applications

 

£375-£500

EEA applications (for example: leave to remain as a family member of an EEA national, EU Settlement applications etc)

 

£650-£1300

Applications for leave to enter/remain as a partner/fiancé of a settled person in the UK (to include both entry clearance applications from outside of the UK as well as in-country applications)

 

£1100-1300

Applications for leave to enter/remain as a child/parent of a settled person in the UK (to include both entry clearance applications from outside of the UK as well as in-country applications)

 

£1100-1300

Applications for entry clearance under the category of adult dependant

 

£1300-1500

General visit visa applications (to include tourist visas, business visas, medical visas etc.)

 

£750-£1500

Applications for leave to enter/remain as a student (Tier 4)

 

£900-£1100

Family reunion applications (to include both entry clearance and in-country applications)

 

£1100-£1300

Further leave to remain applications (to include in-country human rights applications outside of the rules etc.)

 

£1100-£1300

Further leave to remain/extension applications under the categories of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and/or (Investor) and Tier 2


PLEASE NOTE: Our fee range is calculated so to include factors which increase costs such as complex business structures, previous immigration history and number of dependent family members.

  

£2000-£5000

Further leave to remain/extension applications under the category of spouse, parent and child of a settled person in the UK (visa or in-country applications)

 

£1100-£1300

Applications for indefinite leave to remain (to include Long Residence applications, spouse/parent/child of a settled person applications)

 

£1100-£1300

Applications for indefinite leave to remain under the categories of Tier 1 and Tier 2


PLEASE NOTE: Our fee range is calculated so to include factors which increase costs such as complex business structures, previous immigration history and number of dependent family members.

 

£2500-£5000

Asylum applications (to include the entire pre-decision stage from the moment of the making application to the Home Office up to receipt of the Home Office’s decision following interview)

 

£1100-£1350

Asylum fresh claim applications

 

£1100-£1500

Applications for indefinite leave to remain following completion of 5 years limited leave to remain as a refugee or on humanitarian protection basis

 

£350-£500

Applications for further leave to remain following grant of discretionary leave to remain

 

£1100-£1300

Representations in response to the Home Office’s intention to issue a deportation order, revocation/curtailment of a refugee status or revocation of indefinite leave to remain etc.

 

£1300-£2000

Immigration appeals before the First-Tier Tribunal (these include human rights, family reunion and other immigration related appeals)

 

£1495-£2000

Asylum appeals before the First-Tier Tribunal

 

£1495-£2000

Deportation appeals on human rights and/or asylum grounds

 

£1495-£3000

Applications for bail before the First-Tier Tribunal

 

£1000-£1200

Applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal following dismissal of the appeal by the First-Tier Tribunal

 

£350

Representation of appeals before the Upper Tribunal following grant of permission to appeal

 

£1100-£2500

Judicial Review applications (including compliance with Pre-Action Protocol, drafting grounds, compliance with the Directions including preparation of bundles, etc.)

 

£2500-£8000

Administrative Review applications (including both entry clearance and in-country applications)

 

£900-1500

Representations to the Home Office in relation to immigration/asylum related matters (to include one-off or follow up representations either at the initial stage of a particular immigration/asylum matter or as part of its follow up)

 

£300-750

 

Please Note: The above fee ranges are calculated as indicators based on general anticipated complexities of any particular category. Therefore, the lower fee range is our usual estimate for straightforward matters and the higher figure is for the more complex matter. For example, straightforward (i.e. non-complex) Further leave to remain/extension applications under the category of spouse, parent and child of a settled person in the UK (visa or in-country applications) usually cost £1100; whereas those with complexities which may require extra time to be spent on them will cost £1300. It is for this reason that we will provide you with a specific estimated fee indication depending on the particular circumstances of your matter, right at the start, so that you will have clarity and certainty as to what the anticipated costs are going to be in respect of your own specific matter. 

 

VAT: All fees as indicated above are excluding VAT (20%). You will qualify for exemption to pay VAT on your legal costs if, at the time of instructing us and us carrying out the work, you do not have leave to remain in the UK and/or you have not previously had leave to remain in the UK. Therefore, all fees relating to entry clearance applications and asylum/immigration applications of those who do not and have not previously had leave to remain in the UK will not incur VAT whereas all other applications will be outside the scope of VAT.

 

As mentioned above, please note that our above fees range is intended to give you an accurate indication of costs relating to your intended application. However, given the nature of immigration/asylum work, there is always the risk of increased/additional costs being incurred in consequence of further complexities or additional issues arising during the process of preparations of the applications and/or appeals. Therefore, whilst we will do our absolute best to maintain our fees within our above fees range for your specific matter, there is always the possibility of additional costs being incurred. In such circumstances, we will of course inform you immediately.

 


Further Guidance on our Fees and what will be included:


Immigration law and its application are very much dependent on particular facts of any particular case. It is therefore very difficult to generalise as to what level of work will or will not be involved in any particular case. However, in general our fees will cover the following:


  • discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether your intended application is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;

  • giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.

  • if you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;

  • considering the supporting evidence you have provided;

  • 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;

  • Possible 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.

  • giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

Disbursements & Application Fees  (not included in costs set out above):


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees, interpreter/translation fees, expert reports (including medical reports) etc. We can handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Alternatively you may pay these disbursements yourself directly. We will discuss both options with you should your matter incur any disbursements.


As mentioned above, the costs quoted here do not include any Home Office Application fees and/or Immigration Health Surcharge fees for making the application. You will pay this to the Home Office directly as part of the application process. You will be advised of the respective fees for your particular application(s) at the start of the matter and will be referred to the relevant pages of the Home Office website for further information.

 

Some of the common disbursements ( with exception of Home Office fees) which arise in respect of immigration cases handled by our Firm are:

 

·         Reports by Country Experts: Between £600 to £1000- depending on the expert and the issue involved.

 

·         Medical reports: Between £35 (for simple GP letter) to £1000+ for detailed medical reports by a specialist.

 

·         Interpreter/translation costs: Between £30 to £50 per page of certified translation. We do not generally use interpreters for client meetings as Mr Behbahani speaks the languages of most of our clients. However, if a specific language requirement is to be raised in a particular case, we will obtain a quote from a reputable registered interpreter/translator agency and inform you accordingly.

 

Information on Key Stages and Timescales:
 

The key stages of any immigration matter can be divided into three. The first stage is the preparation stage. The second stage is application/representations stage; and the third stage is the post decision stage.

If upon completion of these three stages, your application is successful you will receive advice and assistance as to your rights and entitlements. Conversely, if your application in unsuccessful you will receive advice and assistance in respect of the consequences of such refusal including the task of assisting you with any appeal rights or other means of challenging the refusal decision.


In respect of timescales, we cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. The Home Office does however have certain published processing times which you may wish to refer to as a guide on its website. In general, the Home Office's performance in respect of adherence to its own processing times is somewhat unpredictable particularly during these difficult uncertain times created by the COVID-19 pandemic.


We can however guarantee that, all efforts will be made to ensure that your application is prepared and submitted in a timely manner and in full compliance with the time limitation periods specific to your particular matter under the Immigration Rules or relevant Acts of Parliament.