Fee Transparency

At Lionshead Law’s our fees are affordable, straightforward and transparent. For all clients other than those who pay by monthly retainer, we will agree with you a fixed fee for each stage of work, to be paid in advance and there will be no unwelcome invoices for unexpected sums.

Our pricing structure for the different types of work that we can undertake is set out below:

Employment

1.         Acting for Employees

1.1       Settlement of claims

The majority of employment disputes that we deal with will be able to be settled before a formal claim to the Employment Tribunal has been made.

When you instruct us we will provide you with a fixed fee quote for taking instructions, reviewing all documentation, advising on merits and next steps (normally between £275 and £750 plus VAT depending on the amount of documentation and the complexity of the issues). 

Thereafter, we will provide you with further fixed-fees for each stage of the process.  What those stages will be will depend on the nature of your complaint but would normally include the following:

  • Acting for you on any mandatory early conciliation
  • Preparation of your claim
  • Correspondence and communication with your employer/former employer or their representative
  • Advising on and negotiation of settlement

Our estimated fixed fees for carrying out the above, following the initial advice, are £500 – £2500 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the claim and if, and how quickly, settlement can be achieved

Our estimated time scale for achieving a negotiated settlement is between 2 weeks and 3 months from commencement of your instructions to concluded settlement.

1.2         Tribunal Hearings (unfair and wrongful dimsissal)

Depending on the complexity of the matter, hearings before the Employment Tribunal for wrongful or unfair dismissal will generally be expected to last for between 1 and 3 days.  Where claims proceed to a hearing, we will, in almost all cases, need to instruct a Barrister (“Counsel”) to represent you. We instruct only specialist, experienced and highly competent Counsel that are known to us and on whom we can rely to act in your best interests.   Counsel will charge a “brief fee” which will cover all preparation and advocacy on your behalf for the first day of any hearing, plus a refresher, which is an additional ‘per day’ sum, for each additional day of the hearing.

Total estimated fees for bringing employment claims in the employment tribunal:

Up to and including Preliminary Hearing:

Straightforward unfair/wrongful Dismissal claims

Lionshead Law’s fees £750 – £1500 plus VAT

Counsel’s fees £500 to £2000 plus VAT

Total:  £1250 – £3500 plus VAT.

Thereafter up to and including Main Hearing:

Straightforward unfair/wrongful Dismissal claims

Lionshead Law’s fees £4000 – £6500 plus VAT

Counsel’s fees £1000 to £7000 plus VAT

Total:  £5000 – £13,500 plus VAT.

Total:  £6,250 – 17,000 plus VAT

2.          Acting for Employers

2.1         Settlement of claims

The majority of employment disputes that we deal with will be able to be settled before a formal claim to the Employment Tribunal has been made or shortly thereafter.

If proceedings have been issued, then when you instruct us, we will provide you with a fixed fee quote for taking instructions, reviewing all documentation, advising on merits of your defence and next steps (normally between £350 and £950 plus VAT depending on the amount of documentation and the complexity of the issues). 

Thereafter, we will provide you with further fixed-fees for each stage of the process.  Those stages would normally be:

  • Acting for you on any mandatory early conciliation
  • Preparation of your defence
  • Correspondence and communication with your employee/former employee or their representative
  • Advising on and negotiation of settlement

Our estimated fixed fees for carrying out the above, following the initial advice, are £650 – £2500 plus VAT depending on the complexity of the claim and how quickly settlement can be achieved (if at all).

Our estimated time scale for achieving a negotiated settlement is between 2 weeks and 3 months from commencement of your instructions to concluded settlement.

2.2           Tribunal Hearings

Depending on the complexity of the matter, hearings before the Employment Tribunal for wrongful or unfair dismissal will generally be expected to last for between 1and 3 days.  Where claims proceed to a hearing, we will, in almost all cases, need to instruct a Barrister (“Counsel”) to represent you. We instruct only specialist, experienced and highly competent Counsel that are known to us and on whom we can rely to act in your best interests.   Counsel will charge a “brief fee” which will cover all preparation and advocacy on your behalf both at any preliminary hearings and on the first day of the final hearing, plus a refresher, which is an additional ‘per day’ sum, for each additional day of the hearing.

Total estimated fees for defending employment claims in the tribunal are:

Up to and including Preliminary Hearing:

Straightforward unfair/wrongful Dismissal claims

Lionshead Law’s fees £750 – £1500 plus VAT

Counsel’s fees £500 to £2000 plus VAT

Total:  £1250 – £3500 plus VAT.

Thereafter, up to and including Main Hearing:

Straightforward unfair/wrongful Dismissal claims

Lionshead Law’s fees £4000 – £6500 plus VAT

Counsel’s fees £1000 to £7000 plus VAT

Total:  £5000 – £13,500 plus VAT.

Total:  £6250 – £17,000

3.          Discrimination Claims

Our employment lawyers are used to dealing with employment tribunal litigation that is complex, is of higher (uncapped) value, has exceptional features and is potentially reputationally damaging to the losing party. Claims for ordinary unfair dismissal are subject to a cap limiting the amount that can be recovered. The cap is determined on an annual basis by the Government and the possible fees (which cannot normally be recovered by the winning party) are often likely to be disproportionately high when compared to any potential award.  The possible value of any claim of unfair dismissal will be assessed during the initial consultation and we will normally endeavour to bring about early settlement rather than issue proceedings where the value of the claim is relatively low as compared to the likely fees.

However, because of the compensation cap, we are most frequently instructed to bring and defend employment tribunal litigation involving multiple claims with a variety of features, including claims for discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay or where reputational issues or points of principle arise.  As there are so many variables involved in determining the likely overall costs for these claims, we are unable to provide any meaningful assessment as to overall costs without engaging in an initial consultation (for the fees set out above) and an assessment of the issues.  These types of claim are, in many cases, combined with a claim for either unfair or wrongful dismissal.  Any assessment and budget for undertaking work of this nature will depend on the factors set out below.

4.         Complexity

The following are things that we will consider when determining the complexity of claims

  • Do we need to obtain further documentation/information and, if so, how (e.g. do we need to make an application to the tribunal)
  • Detail and volume of documentation/ information required
  • Whether expert witnesses need to be instructed
  • Time needed to be spent on reviewing, considering and advising on disclosed documents
  • Issues of discrimination
  • Issues of whether claimant is an employee a worker or neither
  • Whistleblowing
  • Evidence gathering, including identity and number of witnesses
  • Mandatory arbitration
  • Prospects for Judicial Mediation
  • Extent of Preparation for Arbitration/Mediation/Tribunal Hearings/Appeals

Immigration

Application Type Fee (excluding VAT) Valid from January 2019
British Passport £350
Our fixed fee includes all attendances and written and telephone correspondence with the client and relevant 3rd parties, assessment of application materials, copying of documents, preparation of application, including all forms required, submission of application and all relevant supporting documents. NB: Fee does NOT include next day/secure postage / translations/any Government fees required/accompanying clients to Home Office sites.  
Compliance Audit (1 Advisor) £2500
Our fixed fee includes travel to UK site (within M25). Our auditor will carry out a full Home Office style audit, go through records and documentation held on all Migrant workers and advise as to accuracy/compliance. We will provide a full, written report on completion with recommendations and next steps to ensure ongoing compliance  
Compliance Training £3500
Working with the client, we will devise a tailored package (e.g. Right to Work) and attend client offices to carry out/present to relevant staff. All course materials will be provided.  
RLMT Assistance £350
Carry out job role assessment/ ensure advertising meets required criteria/demonstrate how to keep compliant records/provide templates for client use. Review on completion prior to RC0S submission.  
Consultation £250
1 hour at our offices to review all aspects of previous/planned/potential application. Explanation of available options/next steps and full follow up in writing.      
Registering with Tier 5 Scheme £1500
Review of Corporate Policies Available on request
To undertake a full review of all company policies and procedures and ensure their compliance with the Immigration Rules. Provide full written summary and remedial action and next steps detail.  
Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship £350
To draft using information supplied by client.  
The below are Level 1 applications, within the Immigration Rules and as such our fees include all attendances, written including email, and telephone conversations with the client and any relevant third parties (e.g. Home Office/Employer), consideration, preparation and submission of applications and relevant supporting documents both online and in paper format as required. All copying of documents and ongoing updates on status. Please note our fee does not include next day secure postage/international postage/translations/Government fee’s/accompanying clients to Home Office site’s. Any additional, foreseeable fee’s will be explained in full to you prior to commencement and any additional unexpected sums required will be advised and approved by our client prior to them being incurred.
Croatian Residence £1000
EEA Family Permit £850
EEA Residence Card £950
EEA Retained Rights £1500
EEA Permanent Residence £1000
Family Visitor Visa (Adult) £950
 
Family Visitor Visa (Child) £550
Spouse Entry Clearance/LTR £1000
Child Entry Clearance/LTR £925
Elderly Dependant £2500
Spouse Extension £1250 – 1500
Spouse Indefinite Leave to Remain £1500
Business Visit Visa (6 Months) £850
Business Visit Visa (2 years] £925
Business Visit Visa (over 2 years) £950
Our fixed Tier 2 fees below include full end to end support service.  
Tier 2 General £1000
Tier 2 ICT – Long Term Staff £850
Tier 2 Settlement (in UK) £1200
Leave to Remain – other £1500
Marriage Visitor Visa £850
Naturalisation £1000
No Time Limit £1000
Offshore Worker £950
Replacement BRP Card £900
Right of Abode £1000
Right to Work checking £200
Sole Representative £2500
Sponsor Reporting – Sponsor Change £400
Sponsor Reporting – Migrant £60
Adding a Tier to Sponsor Licence £1500
Sponsor Licence Application £1500
Sponsor Licence renewal – standalone £1250
Annual COS Allocation request £350
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – initial £2,000-3,000
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – Extension £2,000-3,000
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – ILR £5,000
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent £2,000
Tier 1 General ILR £1500
Tier 1 General ILR Self Employed £1550
Tier 1 Investor – Initial Application £9,000-11,000
Tier 1 Investor – Extension £9,000-11,000
Tier 1 Investor ILR £9,995
Tier 4 Student £1650
Tier 5 Religious Worker £950
Tier 5 Sports and Creative £500
Tier 5 Youth Mobility £950
Vignette Transfer £700
Transfer of Conditions £950
UK Ancestry Entry Clearance £1000
UK Ancestry ILR £1300

Premium Service £400
Priority Postal Service Charge £350
To secure a booking for applicants to use the PPS, fill out all
necessary forms and documentation and submit as a Priority.
 
English Language/NARIC Coordination £250
To work with the client and the UK NARIC system to gain
required written approval from NARIC for English
language/educational qualifications in support of applications.
 
PBS Dependant Unmarried Partner £900
PBS Dependant separate application £600
PBS Dependant at same time £350

*Please note that while our pricing information seeks to ensure that you have the information you need to make an informed choice of legal services provider, including understanding what the likely costs may be, it is only indicative and you will be provided with more precise and personalised costs information should you decide to instruct us.