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Open Counsel has an entirely transparent and fixed-price fee structure. This means you know from the start how much you will be paying. Our fees are always competitive as we minimise our overheads allowing us to charge reasonable prices for the professional service you receive. You may browse the table below for guidance on our fees for your case. If you are not sure, we will be happy to explain and provide a quote by telephone or email.

Consultation – 30 Mins


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- 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 Law Fees

Immigration and Asylum law are vast and complex. There are several legal services that Open Counsel offers.

Immigration applications

Open Counsel provides a comprehensive start to finish service for making visa, settlment 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 between £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.

Immigration 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.

Family Law Fees

Family law cases may involve divorce, children proceedings and financial proceedings. These cases can be extremely complex and it is necessary to have a proper understanding of the law and procedure to maximise success.

 
£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 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. 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.
£700 - 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. 
£1000 - 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.

 

Civil Law Fees

Civil law cases may relate to breach of contract, negligence, property and many other types of case. They will either be heard in the County Court or High Court.

County Court Fees

County Courts are where the majority of civil litigation occurs including actions for breach of contract, negligence, property cases and even some family cases. There are vast amounts of codes, regulations and procedures that should be properly understood if victory is to be achieved and instructing an expert barrister is recommended.

 
£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 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. 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.
£700 - 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. 
£1000 - 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.

High Court Fees

The high court is used for high value or complex civil claims and for judicial reviews against government decisions. Due to the increased seriousness of high court cases a greater level of expertise and legal research is demanded. Open Counsel provides a barrister with solid experience of drafting grounds and advocating within the high court.

£175/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. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£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 2 – 6 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.

Criminal Law Fees

Criminal Law matters are highly sensitive and require real expertise to maximise prospects of success. Cases will either be heard in the magistrates or crown court.

Magistrates Court

The vast majority of criminal cases are heard at the magistrates court. Cases can range from anything from a speeding ticket to more serious offences such as burglary. Due to the speed with which these cases are dealt with Defendants are often left without a proper opportunity to put their case across. Instructing a barrister can be the difference between being acquitted and being convicted.

£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 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£350 – Your first hearing when charged will be a first appearance whereby the evidence against you is provided and you are expected to plead guilty or not guilty. Having a barrister can help you understand your rights, how strong the case is against you and what you might need to do to successfully defend the charge. If you are in prison and wish to be released then you must make a bail application. Having a barrister to represent your position can be the difference between imprisonment and liberty
£650  - Trials in the magistrates courts are often listed for half a day and involve examination and cross examination of the defendant and all witnesses giving evidence against them. Proper cross examination is a skill that barristers have particular expertise with which can unravel the prosecution case. A good barrister will enormously increase the chances of successfully defending a charge. 
£1100  - More complicated offences will be listed for a full day and will often involve examination of multiple witnesses. Barristers are experts at the art of cross examination. Having a barrister protect your position and speak on your behalf can vastly increase your chances of successfully defending the charge against you.

Crown Courts Fees

The Crown Court is the venue for serious criminal offences. A conviction from the crown court will, at the very lest, strongly effect your career and social stability or potentially result in your imprisonment for years. Crown courts have jury members who determine your guilt and a persuasive and articulate barrister can enormously help to put your case across in an effective way. Cross examination is a barrister’s forte and can help reveal weaknesses in the prosecution case against you.

£200/£100 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. £200 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£450 – At case management hearings important features of your case are discussed including the admissibility of evidence and the determination of witnesses. They are important for case strategy and a barrister can help to guide your plan at this stage. Bail applications can also be made to release the Defendant from imprisonment during the course of the case proceedings.
£900 – A half day trial will involve examination of prosecution witnesses, the Defendant and closing speeches to a jury. Having a barrister is critical to ensuring that your case is put forward in the best way possible.
£1500 – Cases in the crown court are often a full day or more and involve examination of several witnesses. A barrister is required to prepare for the case at length and use expert advocacy in order to maximise the potential for successful acquittal of a charge.

Motor Defence Fees

Open Counsel has powerful experience in acquitting individuals from a wide range of traffic and motor related offences. Our fees are straight forward.

£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 will be charged for each hour a barrister is required to work on your case and £80 per hour a legal assistant is required. Open Counsel will inform you up-front how many hours will be required so that a fixed quote is provided before work begins
£450 - Your chances of successfully defending a charges for speeding, failure to provide information, insurance matters, driving under the influence and other traffic offences can be drastically improved with legal representation. This fee include 2 hours of Case Preparation at no extra cost.
£400  - If you have already accepted the charge, or have been found guilty, there are a wide range of sentences you receive including fines, points or even imprisonment (depending on the charge). Having a barrister to represent you will drastically help mitigate your sentence.