Immigration Law

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imm1Immigration law is extremely technical and subject to constant change. An error made in an application can have drastic consequences for all involved and it is crucial to have the assistance of a real expert who knows exactly what they are doing. In immigration and asylum law, Ousman frequently represents in the Upper Tribunal for a broad range of Immigration and Asylum appeals including deportation, domestic violence, spouse visas, entra clearance, PBS, refugee and human rights appeals. His confidence in the Upper Tier is based upon strong experience in the First Tier where Ousman built a reputation for robust skeleton arguments, passionate advocacy and dedication to his clients. He enjoys a great reputation among Immigration lawyers and Immigration barristers in London. In recent months Ousman has developed a growing High Court practice in matters relating to Immigration and Asylum law by drafting successful grounds for Judicial Review or representing at permission hearings. At Open Counsel, our Immigration barristers are authorised to conduct litigation which means you do not need to go through an Immigration solicitor to come to us.

Our Specialisms Include:

  • Immigration
  •  Asylum
  • Country Guidance
  • Human Rights
  • Deportation
  • National Security
  • European Union
  • Detention
  • Procedural
  • Family and Children Immigration Matters
  •  Business Immigration

 

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 Fees

Consultation – 30 Mins

 

icon_6219123£75 - If you are unsure about your legal position, want advice on the merits of your case or an opinion on what next steps to take we recommend that you book a consultation. In this consultation you are guaranteed a minimum of 30 minutes of advice directly from an expert barrister. Often this advice will provide you with everything you need to continue alone. Alternatively, at the end of your conference you may request a quote from your barrister on completing any further advice, drafting or representation for your case

 

Immigration Applications

Open Counsel provides a comprehensive start to finish service for making visa, settlement and passport applications for the UK. There are a many types of application that can be made. We charge a ‘per hour’ fee and will inform you up-front how many hours your application will require so that you know how much you are paying. A typical application will cost around £1200 – £2000 depending on complexity.

£160 / £80 per hour -We charge £160 for each hour that a barrister is required for your application. This includes legal research, drafting witness statements, cover letters and application form completion. We charge £80 for each hour that a legal assistant is required, this includes essential services such as creating chronologies, indexes, bundles and filing. Previously, only immigration solicitors could carry out the casework but our immigration barristers at Open Counsel, London are now authorised to draft and submit applications on your behalf.

Appeals

If you have been refused an application you may wish to appeal. This involves drafting grounds of appeal, preparing witness statements, documentary evidence and liasing with your appeal tribunal. In addition, it requires an expert barrister to represent you at the appeal hearing to give succint and powerful closing submissions.

 
£160/ £80 per hour - Case preparation involves drafting witness statements, skeleton arguments, grounds of appeal, orders and communications with the opposition or courts. Case preparation is the most crucial aspect of victory in court. £160/hour is charged for work done by an expert barrister and £80/hour for work done by a legal assistant. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£400 – Directions hearings are very important to the outcome of cases as they often determine what types of evidence are to be admitted before a full hearing and how costs are to be managed. This quote includes representation at the hearing plus 1 hour case preparation. If more than 1 hour is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed.
£600 - Many full hearings will be listed for half a day and will likely include examination and cross examination of witnesses and closing speeches. Our fee includes representation at the hearing plus 2 hours case preparation. If more than 2 hours is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed. 
£800 - Full hearings are often listed for a full day where there are several witnesses and closing speeches to get through. This fee includes representation at the hearing plus 3 hours case preparation. If more than 3 hours is required then this will be calculated before the fee is agreed.

Judicial Review

If you do not have a right of appeal, you may still apply to judicially review your immigration application. This is done at the High Court of Justice and requires specialist legal expertise.

£175 / Hour – When challenging a government decision at the high court the claim must be accompanied with grounds for judicial review. These grounds are required to be in a particular format and require real expertise to strengthen the prospects of victory. Drafting grounds can take from anywhere between 4 – 8 hours depending on the complexity.
£650 – Cases are often listen in the high court for 1 hour only. However, they are often complicated matters which require extensive legal research and expertise. This quote includes 2 hours of case preparation. If your hearing requires longer then this will be calculated extra before the fee agreed.
£1000 – Representing in the high court requires a greater degree of sophistication in legal argument and more thorough research. This quote includes 3 hours of case preparation time. If your hearing is likely to require more time then this will be calculated as extra before a fee is agreed.
£1800 - Representing in the high court requires a greater degree of sophistication in legal argument and more thorough research. This quote includes 4 hours of case preparation time. If your hearing is likely to require more time then this will be calculated as extra before a fee is agreed.