Lakhvinder Singh Braitch – Partner – Solicitor (also referred to as Lax Braitch)
L S Braitch is the Senior Partner of Braitch Solicitors and has extensive experience in immigration & asylum, residential conveyancing and commercial conveyancing.
Lakhvinder has been working in these areas of law for a number of years since being qualified in 2001.
Lakhvinder Braitch is also the Supervisor of the Immigration/Asylum Legal Aid Department and manages the day to day running of the firm.
Sandeep Kaur Braitch
Sandeep Kaur Braitch was admitted as a solicitor in 2003 and supervises the Residential Property Department with Reena Kumari Paul.
Reena Kumari Paul
Reena Kumari Paul qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has extensive experience in the area of residential conveyancing and immigration law.
Humaira Kanwal Ali
Humaira Kanwal Ali was admitted as a solicitor in 2012 and has experience in residential conveyancing and specialises in the area of immigration and asylum law.
Davinder Singh Braitch
Davinder Singh Braitch was admitted as a solicitor in 2015 and has experience in residential conveyancing and specialises in immigration and asylum law.
Daljit Kaur Sunar
Daljit Kaur Sunar is a paralegal and works in the residential conveyancing and also asylum and immigration team under the supervision of the appropriate heads of departments.
For details of staff at the West Bromwich office please see the website.
Immigration Hourly Rate Matters
For immigration matters it is difficult for us to give an exact estimate as to our fees. We do have fixed fees for immigration cases and this is variant on each individual case, no case is the same and, therefore, it is difficult to advise exactly what the fees are for certain applications but on a straight forward application the fees offered are as follows:
Our firm’s hourly rates are set out below. These also vary depending on the amount of contact we have from yourselves. Some clients contact the office regularly and, obviously, incur additional costs, however, from our experience the below are indicative:
Application for Naturalisation under the British Nationality Act 1981
Our fees are approximately £250-£500 ( including VAT £300- £600) depending on the complications surrounding the naturalisation application, i.e. if there is any criminality, absences abroad, checking English test and depending on the experience of the fee earner.
Home Offices are subject to change – please see the Home Office website or contact our offices.
Applications for Registration under the British Nationality Act 1981 also vary and from our experience the fees are approximately £500-£750 excluding VAT (£600-£900 including VAT).
Application for European Economic Area Nationals again these vary depending on the type of applications, if it is permanent residence, residence cards or registration cards. A good estimate of fees varies from £500 to £750 excluding VAT (£600-£900) and £200 excluding VAT for each individual dependent. (240.00 inclusive of VAT)
Applications under the Immigration Rules such as spouses and partners or visitors our fees are generally fixed on those, namely £500 ( £600 inclusive of VAT) for preparing applications, £250 ( £300.00 inclusive of VAT) for the online application and there is an additional cost of £250 where the sponsor is self-employed. (£300.00 inclusive)
All the above exclude handling fees which are as follows:
Special Delivery £75 plus VAT ( £90.00)
Recorded Delivery £50 plus VAT (£60.00)
Storage Fee £25 plus VAT (£30.00)
All the above exclude any judicial review and appeal work.
Once applications are posted out then the hourly charges are applicable and our hourly charges are set out below:
Attendance/Preparation £168 p/h ( £201.60 inclusive of VAT)
Travel/Wait £84 p/h (£100.80 inclusive of VAT)
Letters/Telephone Calls £16.80 per item (£20.16 inclusive of VAT )
Disbursements are also not included, that is the cost of interpreters, arranging for translation of documentation and the above also excludes work carried out of hours on Saturday is considered out of hours and any home visits which are also charged at a premium.
Simple application to vary a designated premises supervisor our fees are normally in the region of £175-£225 plus VAT (£210-£270).
In relation to a new application of medium complexity our hourly rates are set out above and we normally envisage 5-6 hours’ worth of work subject to the size of the premises.
Again, please contact our office for a full estimate.
Please note this excludes any disbursements payable to surveyors, local council and appeal work. All fees exclude any barristers’ costs.
The firm will clearly set out all costs in the client care letters. Clients are reminded to check the client care letter to ensure it confirms with their understanding as to the costs and, if not, to raise the issue directly on the next available appointment with the appropriate fee earner or partner, thus avoiding any issues on costs.
The firm is also able to provide advice and assistance under Legal Aid in the area of immigration and asylum, judicial review and Court of Appeal work under Certificate Legal Aid work.
Please note the notarial work is not regulated by the Law Society and is not authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Mr L S Braitch, who is the Notary of the firm, works independently and has his own separate indemnity insurance in that regard.