Immigration Law

Polpitiya & Co has over 25 years of experience in advising and assisting in Immigration and Asylum casework. We have a team of immigration solicitors specialising in immigration law (SRA accredited senior immigration caseworkers). Their up-to-date knowledge and experience help our clients to achieve the best results. We provide expert advice and representation at every level, from Tribunal appeals and bail hearings, through to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

We cover all areas of UK immigration law including:

  • Asylum

  • Human rights law

  • European Law

  • Naturalisation

  • Arrests, detention and bail

  • Deportation and removal

  • Spouse and family member applications

  • Long residency applications

  • Domestic victim applications

  • Human Trafficking & Slavery

  • Judicial Review

  • Tier 1 (highly skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors and graduates)

  • Tier 2 (sponsored skilled workers)

  • Tier 4 (students)

  • Tier 5 (temporary workers)

  • All types of settlement applications

Our corporate immigration team can assist with the following:

  • Applications for Sponsorship Licenses

  • Certificates of Sponsorship

  • Complying with sponsor duties

  • Applications for Skilled Workers

Our clients include individual applicants as well as Commercial Organisations. We undertake publicly funded and privately funded cases.

 

Fees & Funding

 

We will advise you as early as possible of the likely costs in your case, and methods of funding. Polpitiya & Co operates a fair and reasonable pricing policy. We keep things as transparent as possible so that there are no hidden extras.

Whenever possible we will give you a detailed breakdown of the estimated total costs, whether these are our own fees or for an external resource such as a barrister or expert. As with all solicitors, we require your authority to make these payments, known as disbursements, to other people on your behalf.

In litigation matters you may be able to recover your costs from the opposing party if you win your case.


Usual methods of funding include:

  • Private fees

  • Legal aid, subject to merits and financial circumstances

  • Third-party funding

  • Litigation insurance

  • Conditional fee agreement (no-win-no-fee)

We always advise you on the options available to you for funding your case

 

Private fees

We always seek to keep you informed of our fees and to work within an agreed budget. We are based in outer London, with easy access to Central London. We provide a high quality service for competitive rates.

Fixed fee or hourly rate

We have a comprehensive fee structure for a wide range of legal issues.

Whenever possible we seek to agree a fixed fee. This is often a preferred method of payment, which enables our clients to manage their budget. In cases where complex issues are involved or where protracted litigation is involved it is difficult to estimate our fees. In such cases we apply hourly rates. We will advise you of our fees on a continuing basis. Please note that, in addition to our fees, you will be required to pay disbursements, court fees, expert fees, interpreters/translators fees and counsel’s fees if they are applicable to your case.

You will be advised of the best option suitable for your circumstances. If you have a limited budget, we can agree to carry out only limited or essential work for a fixed fee.

Sometimes it may be necessary to use interpreters/translators in your case. We use several reputable external companies for Interpreters and translation of documents. There charges are normally £35 Per hour for interpreters and £15p per word for translating documents.

VAT will be applicable depending on your case and your circumstances. We will advise you if VAT is applicable to our charges and other disbursements.

 
Public Funding

Polpitiya & co we undertake work funded by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA). Legal Aid is a system of government funding, administered by the LAA, for those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice and representation. Franchises are granted by the LAA for practising in specific areas of law and are an endorsement of our quality system, client commitment and legal skills in those areas.

 

Legal Expenses Insurance

Many household and motor insurance policies include cover for legal costs. It may be worth checking the policy wording of your existing insurances before your first appointment to find out if this is an option in your case.

Please contact us so that we can assess what funding may be available to you.

We use external Law Costs Draftsmen/Cost Lawyers, to prepare bills in the format required by the courts, Legal Aid Agency and our clients.

 

Following is a list of our fixed fees in Immigration matters: 

 

 

For Judicial Review cases and representation in Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights our hourly rates will apply.

Please note our hourly rates below;

Grade A fee earners (Solicitors with over 8 years’ experience)-  £282

Grade B fee earners (Solicitors with over 4 years’ experience) - £232

Grade C fee earners (Other Solicitors and fee earners of equivalent experience) - £185

 

Grade D fee earners (Trainee solicitors, paralegals and other fee earners) - £129

 

Please note VAT (currently @20%) will be applicable to above charges, depending on your case and your circumstances. We will advise you if VAT is applicable to our charges.

Please also note that, in addition to our fees, you will be required to pay disbursements, such as, court fees, expert fees, interpreters/translators fees and counsel’s fees if they are applicable to your case.