The firm is not franchised with Legal Services Commission to receive public funding or to qualify for any legal aid grant. Therefore we are unable to assist clients on legal aid matters unfortunately in family law and immigration law. However should any individual wish to instruct the firm for any work then our professional fee needs to be paid privately by the individual.
We will ask clients to provide payment on account before we undertake any substantive work on their case. This positively ensures that we have been instructed by clients who are serious in obtaining legal representation to meet their needs and at the same time, it also helps us in keeping the cost apparent from the outset.
We offer fixed fee in almost all of our legal representations. A fixed sum is agreed as our professional fees at initial instructions stage. You can either settle it as a single payment or enter into a flexible mode of payment if single payment is not possible. But we would require all payments to be completed before any appeals or applications to be lodged and for any courts appearance for litigation matters.
We reserve our rights to stop acting or to withdraw our legal representation from courts records or notify the Home Office or Immigration and Asylum Chambers’ to that effect, if you fail to make payments promptly upon issuing our invoice. We also reserve our right not to accept you as our client until you have completed our formal procedures of instructions and make a payment towards the agreed fees.
Our usual disbursements would be in addition to our fixed fees which include:-
1) Payments of court fees, home office fees, translation of documents, interpreter’s fees incurred in dealing with your matter;
2) If counsel or barrister is appointed then it would be an additional charge;
3) Courier charges and Special / Recorded Delivery Charges;
4) Any travel by the solicitor for representation in your case or home visits in accordance to the mileage travelled or the value of public transport ticket fares.
Please take note that the usual disbursement of the firm such as photocopying, fax, calls will be included into your fixed fees normally unless indicated otherwise. Bundle work and application supporting evidences will be charged at a rate 10pence per page.(paper,copy and scan inclusive)
At present we are not VAT registered therefore we do not charge any VAT to clients for our legal services.
We do accept matters which are referred to us for legal advice. Should the person referred instruct us further to act in their matter then we would pay the referring party a referral fee between £30 to £100.
However this would NOT be an additional charge to your total bill. We will pay this from our professional fees.
Pro Bono Service / No Fee
We have been running immigration surgery at Watford Women’s Centre for the past two years successfully. We meet women with Immigration Problems and provide Initial Immigration Advice free. Some of the women that we have met have progressed to be our Private Immigration Client and we have successfully solved their Immigration Problem. They are now living in the UK free from Immigration Control with their family members happily. However we are unable to assist each any everyone as some women would require legal aid and therefore we have to sign post them to an Immigration legal aid firms thereafter.
Mode of Payment
- Cash payment;
- Payment by cheque payable to South England solicitors;
- Internet transfer to our office account of South England Solicitors;
- Telegraphic Transfer through your bank to our office account of South England Solicitors;
All payments should be made to South England Solicitors directly and not through any third party. We will not authorise anyone to collect payment on our behalf other than our bank. We will only issue receipt for payments that has been received directly to South England Solicitors account.