There are a variety of ways in which a Home Office decision can be challenged and the available options will depend upon the nature of your case and if you are given a right of appeal. There are certain types of application that can be appealed using the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). The process of appealing a decision to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) can be long and costly. For example, it can take over a year for a claim to be listed for a hearing after it is first lodged.
Our fees for assisting with an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) will vary greatly depending on many factors including but not limited to: the nature of the claim (i.e. what is being appealed), your individual circumstances, the complexity of the case, the level of urgency, the number of witnesses and the documentary evidence required. Our fees for advice and representation at the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) are therefore difficult to estimate, but would typically start from £20,000 plus VAT and disbursements, but may be significantly higher. Each fee quote will be given on a bespoke basis depending on the individual facts and merits of the case and this will impact the ultimate cost. Our fees will also vary depending on the seniority and experience of the lawyers who will assist you. Our hourly rates range from £340 to £495 plus VAT for our non-partner solicitors and £620 to £745 plus VAT for partners.
In addition to our fees, disbursements such as barristers' fees, translation, copying and courier costs, any expert witness fees and the First-Tier Tribunal fees will also be payable. Please note, however, that this is not an exhaustive list of all possible costs.
Where the matter is an appeal to the First-tier tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), the stages may include:
- taking your initial instructions and receiving a full background of your immigration history and circumstances;
- reviewing the refusal decision and all relevant supporting documentation to advise you on the merits of the appeal;
- preparing the grounds of appeal and lodging the notice of appeal on your behalf;
- assisting you to prepare all required supporting evidence;
- instructing a barrister to represent you at the appeal;
- reviewing the supporting evidence and advising on the same;
- attending the tribunal hearing; and
- advising you on the tribunal’s decision and explaining any next steps which may be required.