Legal Disclaimer

Please read the important information below and the terms of our Privacy Policy all of which apply to your use of this website. By using this website you agree to such terms. You should check this page regularly as we may alter or add to such terms from time to time by posting them on this website. Such alterations or additions will apply to any visit or use of this website from the time of such posting.

Incorporated Practice

Abbiss Cadres is the trading name of Abbiss Cadres LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales, with registered number OC339497. Our registered office is at 11 Ironmonger Lane, London, EC2V 8EY. A list of the members of the LLP appears below and is also available at our registered office. The word “partner” is sometimes used on this website to refer to a member of Abbiss Cadres LLP and shall be construed accordingly.

Regulation

Abbiss Cadres LLP is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) to undertake the following reserved legal activities: (a) the exercise of a right of audience (b) the conduct of litigation (c) reserved instrument activities (d) probate activities (e) the administration of oaths, and (f) to provide immigration advice and immigration services for the purposes of section 84(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Abbiss Cadres is also regulated by the SRA in respect of carrying on other legal activities which fall within section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007. Any services which fall outside the definition of “legal activities” are not regulated. Abbiss Cadres’ SRA ID is 571596. Details of the SRA’s professional rules detailing their regulation of Abbiss Cades as a licensed body can be found on the SRA website under “SRA Standards and Regulations” at www.sra.org.uk.

List of Members of the Firm

The members of the firm are:

Guy Abbiss*
Gary Cullen*
Alasdair Friend*
Bina Gayadien†
David Widdowson*

*denotes solicitor
† denotes non-lawyer

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Abbiss Cadres carries professional indemnity insurance covering the “legal activities” in respect of which we are regulated by the SRA. Our insurer is Axis Speciality Europe SE, address Mount Herbert Court, 34 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2, D02FT72, Ireland. Our PII policy covers all advice given by Abbiss Cadres under our standard terms of business, regardless of where in the world our clients are situated.

Use and Liability

No Reliance

Abbiss Cadres provides the information on this website for general information purposes only and is not intended to be comprehensive. It does not constitute or contain legal advice or any other advice. Abbiss Cadres accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss which may arise from accessing or otherwise relying on any information contained on this site. Abbiss Cadres accepts no responsibility or liability for the content of any website which is linked to, or from, or referred to on this site.

Complaints Handling Procedure

Our goal is to give the highest levels of service and advice to clients at all times. If for any reason at any time you feel that we have fallen short of that goal, we encourage you to let your client partner know about your concerns as soon as possible.

Where the matter cannot be swiftly remedied to everyone’s satisfaction, the process set out below will be followed with a view to reaching resolution as quickly as possible.

1. NOTIFICATION OF A FORMAL COMPLAINT

Where an informal approach has not been successful, the first step is for you to put the detail of your complaint in writing, together with the action that you would like to be taken to remedy the situation.

This formal complaint should be sent directly to our Managing Partner, Guy Abbiss, either by email or post. He will respond to you within 5 working days of receipt of the complaint either:

1.1 Agreeing to the course of action suggested by you to remedy the problem and giving details of the steps that will be taken and the timescales involved in implementing the agreed solution; OR

1.2 Inviting you to a meeting to discuss the matter in order to try and reach agreement on its resolution; OR

1.3 Where further investigation is required, confirming this and asking for further details from you, if necessary. Ordinarily, we will endeavour to investigate a complaint within 10 working days of receipt of such details. If the process is likely to take longer we will inform you in writing and explain why. When the investigation is completed we will either provide you with a written response or invite you to meet with the Managing Partner or his designate to discuss the matter further.

If we have a meeting we will write to you within 2 working days of the meeting to confirm what was discussed and any conclusions we reached.

If we are unable to resolve your concerns in this way we will suggest another stage in the process (or otherwise) in order to resolve your complaint, including the possibility of referring the matter to the Legal Ombudsman if that is your wish.

2. REVIEW BY AN INDEPENDENT LAWYER

Where we consider that it is appropriate to the case and if you agree, we may arrange a review by a lawyer in another firm of any of the issues unresolved through our internal process.

Unless the basis of complaint is a specific technical issue, the reviewing lawyer need not necessarily be an expert and will be chosen on the basis of having the necessary experience to take a balanced view of whether or not your complaint is well-founded and to suggest what action should be taken to remedy the problem.

If we consider this course appropriate, we will write to propose an independent review. Within 5 working days of receipt of written confirmation from you that you wish your complaint to be reviewed by an independent lawyer, we will identify a third party lawyer to review the relevant case file, together with your grounds of complaint and documents created as part of stage 1 of the complaints process. Where stage 1 of the process has been omitted we will also submit a summary of matters that we think should be taken into account.

We will give you details of the lawyer that we propose should undertake the review. The review will not go ahead unless you give your express consent to the independent lawyer being given copies of your client file and all other relevant information.

Unless we expressly agree otherwise the review will be paper-based only. That is, the independent lawyer will not interview you, any partner or member of staff of Abbiss Cadres LLP or any third parties. The timescale for the review will be subject to agreement with the independent lawyer and will be notified to you at the outset. Ordinarily we would expect this to take up to 10 working days.

Abbiss Cadres will be solely responsible for the costs of this independent review.

Once the independent lawyer has completed the review you will receive a copy of his/her written report and recommendations. We will write to you within 5 working days of receipt of the independent lawyer’s report advising you of what action we propose to take to resolve your complaint in light of the findings of the independent review. We will also confirm the process for taking a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman.

3. WHAT DO TO IF WE CANNOT RESOLVE YOUR COMPLAINT

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

If matters have not been resolved to your satisfaction once stages 1 and 2 of this process (if applicable) have been completed, you may also contact the Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman advises that you must give us a chance to address your complaints first and recommends that you allow us at least eight weeks to do so before contacting the Legal Ombudsman. Once it is clear that matters cannot be resolved to your satisfaction and you still wish to pursue a complaint then you should contact the Legal Ombudsman:

  •     Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint

AND

  •      No more than six years from the date of act/omission; OR
  •     No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

Once accepted an Ombudsman’s decision is final.

The Legal Ombudsman’s address is Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ. Telephone: 0300 555 0333 Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.

Further information about the service provided by the Legal Ombudsman and how to complain is available at www.legalombudsman.org.uk.

Please note that the Legal Ombudsman will not become involved unless you have already tried to resolve matters using our internal complaints procedure.

Copyright etc

The contents of this website are protected by international copyright laws. Except for information in respect of which another copyright owner is identified, Abbiss Cadres is the owner of all the copyright and database right contained in this website or its content. In respect of such content owned by Abbiss Cadres users may:

(a) read and take copies of information contained on this website for their own personal use;
(b) circulate copies of copies of extracts from of charge to their third parties for their personal use provided that Abbiss Cadres is acknowledged on the copy as its source and the text is not altered in any way and the third party’s attention is drawn to the provisions relating to the use of copyright etc. on this site.

Unless our prior written permission is received, or otherwise authorised by any applicable law, any use of this site or its contents (including by means of a hypertext or other link) except as identified above is prohibited.

Governing Law

The terms on which you use this site are governed by the laws of England and Wales and users submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in relation to any dispute arising in relation to such use or otherwise in relation to this website.

  • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint
  • No more than six years from the date of act/omission; OR
  • No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

Fees

The cost of high quality legal advice from the large (and not so large) law firms has soared over the last few years to be beyond the affordability of many businesses.

Price Transparency

Employment and Immigration

Employment

Our team has over 30 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to employment law.

We have three members of the team who may work on your matter. Abbiss Cadres is a partner led firm; anyone working on your Matter will be supervised by either David Widdowson, Head of Employment, or Guy Abbiss, Managing Partner.

David Widdowson

David is the head of the Employment Team. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985, specialising in employment law at an early stage, boasting over 30 years of experience in this field.

He has extensive experience in dealing with employment tribunal claims from the perspective of both business and individuals.

Guy Abbiss

Guy qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He has considerable experience in dealing with top executive employment matters.

July Verkade

July studied Music at the University of Cambridge, and completed both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP law school.

She qualified as a solicitor in August 2018 after completing her training contract at Abbiss Cadres. July has experience of employment, tax, company, pensions, share incentives, and immigration law.

During her training contract, she worked on a number of employment claims for both businesses and individuals.

Prices Guidance

Our pricing for bringing and defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal:

  • simple case: £13,500-£18,000 (excluding VAT);
  • medium complexity case: £22,500 – £35,000(excluding VAT); or
  • high complexity case: £45,000 – £135,000 (excluding VAT).

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications to amend claims, strike out claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims that are brought by litigants in person.
  • Claims involving multiple Claimants or Respondents.
  • Making or defending a costs application.
  • Complex preliminary issues such as whether the claimant is disabled (if this is not agreed by the parties).
  • The number of witnesses and documents.
  • If it is an automatic unfair dismissal claim e.g. if you are dismissed after blowing the whistle on your employer.
  • Allegations of discrimination and/or whistleblowing which are linked to the dismissal.
  • There will be an additional charge for attending a Tribunal Hearing of £4050 per day (excluding VAT). Generally, we would allow 1-10 days depending on the complexity of your case.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Counsel’s fees are estimated between £1,500 to £5,000 plus VAT per day (depending on experience of the advocate) for attending a Tribunal Hearing (including preparation).

Key Stages

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:

  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely compensation (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
  • Entering into pre-claim conciliation where this is mandatory to explore whether a settlement can be reached.
  • Preparing claim or response.
  • Reviewing and advising on claim or response from other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing or considering a schedule of loss.
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
  • Reviewing and exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
  • Preparing bundle of documents.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party’s witness statements.
  • Conferences with counsel.
  • Drafting and agreeing a list of issues, a chronology and/or cast list.
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing, including instructions to Counsel.
  • The stages set out above are an indication and if some of stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How Long Will My Matter Take?

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved. If a settlement is reached during pre-claim conciliation, your case is likely to take 2-4 weeks. If your claim proceeds to a Final Hearing, your case is likely to take 45-60 weeks. This is just an estimate and is heavily dependent on Employment Tribunal resources. We will of course be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.

Immigration

Our team has over 18 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work on business immigration matters for companies, their employees and the employee’s families.

We have two members of the team who may work on your immigration matter. Abbiss Cadres is a partner led firm; anyone working on your matter will be supervised by Guy Abbiss, Managing Partner, for the purposes of SRA rules.

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan leads our immigration team and has more than 20 years experienced in this area.

Jonathan qualified as a Barrister in 1994 after graduating in Law from Oxford University. He started practising in immigration law in 1997 and has focused exclusively in it since 2001. He is vastly experienced in all areas of immigration law, has lectured on it and produces the Bloomsbury online Immigration briefing.

Jonathan joined Abbiss Cadres in 2015 to lead our business immigration offering. He is experienced in all types of applications and has assisted thousands of people in applying for permission to be in the UK.

July Verkade

July studied Music at the University of Cambridge, and completed both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP law school.

She qualified as a solicitor in August 2018 after completing her training contract at Abbiss Cadres. July has experience of employment, tax, company, pensions, share incentives, and immigration law.

During her training contract, she assisted on immigration applications for individuals and employees of businesses.

Nicole Caraglia

Nicole is a tax manager in the global mobility and international assignments team at Abbiss Cadres.

Beginning her training at Ernst and Young before joining Abbiss Cadres, Nicole has 5 years’ experience in international assignments.

Guy Abbiss

Guy Abbiss qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He is the supervisor on immigration matters for SRA purposes.

Immigration Pricing

Hourly Rates

Guy Abbiss Managing Partner £495
Jonathan Martin Senior Consultant £415
July Verkade Legal Associate (Solicitor) £275
Nicole Caraglia Tax Manager £250
Immigration Support Standard hours required
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 general (restricted CoS) migrants 4 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 general (unrestricted CoS) migrants 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) migrants 3 – 4.5 hours
Applications to extend leave to remain by Tier 2 migrants 2 – 3 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants 5 – 8 hours
Applications for leave to remain by Tier 1 (Investor) migrants 4 – 6 hours
Applications for leave to remain by family members of points based system migrants 2 – 3 hours
Applications for leave to remain by other points based system migrants 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications to settle in the UK by points based system migrants and their families 3.5 – 5 hours
Applications for leave to enter the UK or remain her by representatives of an overseas business 4.5 – 6 hours
Applications by EU nationals for proof of residence 2 – 3 hours
Applications by EU nationals to settle in the UK 4 – 6 hours
Applications to become a British citizen 3.5 – 5 hours

The suggested number of hours quoted above are in respect of time spent on the applications by the Senior Consultant. The work will include considering documents, discussing the application with the applicant, taking their instructions and giving advice, advising on timelines, preparing and submitting the application and advising on the outcome. If your case is particularly complicated or there are a large number of complex documents to be considered or obtained it may be necessary to exceed the number of hours at the upper limit set out above.

We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. We will normally be able to submit applications within 3 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.

All applications are likely to vary and we can give a more accurate estimate once we have more information about your specific case. Unless otherwise agreed all applications and advisory time will be charged on a time-spent basis at the hourly rates set out above but we would be happy to agree fixed rates if you prefer.

The time estimates above are per visa and exclude relevant government fees, VAT and expenses.

If you are thinking of instructing us then please do contact us for our rates in relation to areas of our practice offering not mentioned above. If day to day transparency on fees is important to you we can give you access to details of your billed and unbilled costs through Online Services.

Discounting

We offer discounts to those who make significant commitments to work with us.

Legal Advisory

For legal advisory services if we are unable to give you a clear fixed fee or capped fee quote, we are happy to give estimates of what each step of the process will cost and explain any variance to you.

Legal Products

Where we are producing an agreed output to an agreed specification we are happy to give capped and fixed fee pricing arrangements.