Price Transparency

Muldoon Britton is regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (“SRA”). As such we are required to publish price information in relation to some of the services offered by the firm in compliance with the SRA Transparency Rules in respect of immigration, nationality and debt recovery matters.

Whilst we are able to provide indicative pricing in the paragraphs below, much will depend on the complexity of individual cases and the bespoke nature of the services that we provide.

Immigration and nationality matters

The information below is intended to inform private individuals about our fees for immigration and nationality matters.

The fees do not apply to work undertaken for litigation clients.

Our Professional Fees

We offer a free 30-minute consultation with a member of our legal team, where we will answer your initial questions and provide a summary assessment of the work needed to complete your case.

Unless otherwise agreed, our fees are based principally on the time spent, and we charge based on hourly rates reflecting the seniority and level of experience of the personnel handling the matter.

Our fees may also reflect the complexity, difficulty, value or importance of the matter and documentation involved and the skill, specialised knowledge involved. Our Engagement Letter which you will receive and be asked to sign at the start of your case, will set out our terms of business including who will handle your application and any other staff members who will assist. We publish hourly fee rates for our professional staff and an estimate of fees to cover any work.

In many cases once we have reviewed your situation, we will be able to fix the costs of your case. This means that we will charge you a fixed fee for your case, even if the work on your application takes longer than anticipated, provided that there are no unforeseen complications or significant changes to your instructions. The fixed fee will not include any disbursements.

Any additional work required outside the scope of the fixed fee will be charged on an hourly basis unless otherwise agreed. If such work is required, we will inform you and provide an estimate.

If you decide to instruct us, we will request a payment on account of the legal costs set out in our Engagement letter scope of services to you.

Our fees for common types of cases are set out below. The fees are per applicant and do not include dependants.

Entry Clearance application for a spouse/child of a British national including fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partners £1500 – £2500 (usually no VAT applicable)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £2000 to £2300

In-country extension applications for a spouse/child of a British national including unmarried partners and proposed civil partners £1200 – £1800 (excluding VAT)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £2000 to £2300

Human rights applications based on Article 8 of ECHR £2000 – £2500 (excluding VAT)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £2000 to £2300

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) / Settlement Applications (based on Long Residency, Family relations and other routes) £1500 – £2500 (excluding VAT)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £2300 to £2500

Naturalisation / Registration as a British citizen £1200 – £1500 (excluding VAT)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £1100 – £1400

Visitor visa £1200 – £1500 (usually no VAT applicable)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £100 – £300

Sponsor Licence Applications for UK Businesses £2000 – £3000 (excluding VAT)
Points Based System (PBS) Applications Skilled Worker / Intra Company Transfer Visa and Temp worker category including GAE/charity/creative worker/religious worker/sporting £1500 – £2000 (excluding VAT)

Home Office standard service fees in this category are typically £2000 – £7500

Representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in relation to appeals against Home Office £3000 – £3500 (excluding VAT)

The court fee is currently £140 for an oral hearing

Disbursements:

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. These can include (but not limited to):

  • Interpreter and/or translation fees. The costs for these services will vary widely depending on the extent to which they are required, the company used as well as the complexity of your case.
  • Independent expert reports e.g., medical experts, barristers’ advice etc. These are not required in many cases; we will let you know as soon as possible if we consider an expert report is necessary.

The costs quoted on our Engagement letter do not include:

  • Any Home Office fees and Immigration Healthcare Surcharge for making the relevant application. You will pay them to the Home Office directly as part of the application process.
  • Where the Home Office refuses your application, advice and assistance in relation to any appeal.

We will always provide you with a quote for such services before incurring costs on your behalf.

More information about Home Office fees, including the Immigration Health Surcharge, can be found here and here.

VAT

All fees and expenses are exclusive of VAT which will be charged where appropriate according to the UK VAT rules. If our services are outside the scope of UK VAT, we do not charge VAT. We will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable when we are instructed and can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

Scope of Work and Information 

Our work is reliant on the accuracy of the information provided to us by you or on your behalf. It is important that in each matter or series of matters, to the extent possible, in a timely manner you (a) provide us with information and documents desirable for us to provide our services to you, (b) inform us of your requirements and (c) inform us of any changes or additions to such information, documents and requirements. 

What Services Are Included

  • Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming this visa category is the most appropriate for you and your family and what other options may be available to you
  • Advising on the process and documentation required to make the relevant application, together with the strategy for demonstrating that you meet the relevant requirements within the UK Immigration Rules
  • Liaising with you to obtain relevant supporting evidence, reviewing your documents, drafting online application form(s)
  • Finalising and submitting your online application form(s) and assisting you to pay online application fees for the Home Office.
  • Scheduling your biometric enrolment appointments with the relevant UK Visa Application Centre in your country of departure or in the UK depending on your circumstances and preparing all the documentation necessary for this.
  • Advising about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take

Our Immigration and Nationally services are provided by, Kara Britton (https://muldoonbritton.com/about-us/our-people/kara-britton/,  Asli Akoya and Keelin Claffey https://muldoonbritton.com/about-us/our-people/keelin-claffey).

How Long Will My Case Take?

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. 

The Home Office service standard is up to six months for most applications. However, for some applications it is possible to pay for additional services, including an expedited consideration of your application under a “priority” service where a decision is made in 5 working days or “super priority” service where a decision is made on the next working day. We can advise you about the costs of these additional services.

You can read the current Home Office processing times here.

If you would like information about how we will handle your case, and the fees we charge, please call us on +44 161 820 5572 or +1 212 653 0677.

Debt Recovery 

The costs below apply to undisputed debt recovery matters.

Please not these fees do not apply where enforcement action is not required. If further work and advice is required, we can provide updated information on fees. 

Debt Amount* Court Fee Our Fee Total
Up to £5,000 £205.00 £200.00 £405.00
£5,001 – £10,000 £455.00 £300.00 £755.00
£10,000 – £50,000 5% of claim amount £500.00

A letter of claim commands a separate fee of £100.00 plus VAT. 

*Interest and compensation may increase the debt amount.

VAT

All fees and expenses are exclusive of VAT which will be charged where appropriate according to the UK VAT rules. If our services are outside the scope of UK VAT, we do not charge VAT. We will confirm whether VAT (at a rate of 20%) is payable when we are instructed and can work out if VAT is properly chargeable.

What Services Are Included

  1. Reviewing your documents and taking your instructions.
  2. Carrying out searches if required.
  3. Drafting claim form and particulars of claim.
  4. Sending you payment if recovered. 
  5. Entering Judgment in default if required and seeking payment.
  6. Providing advice on next steps with a fee estimate if the debt remains unpaid.

Matters usually take 8-26 weeks from receipt of instructions. If the debt is disputed or enforcement proceedings are required, this will take longer, and further costs will be incurred. 

Our debt recovery services are provided by Michael Muldoon (https://muldoonbritton.com/about-us/our-people/michael-muldoon/) and Kris Roper.