Today I got my European citizen permanent residence card from the UK Home Office. I had submitted the application with all relevant evidence on the 6th of February, so it only took 19 days to be processed (in reality just 6 working days as the card is dated 14th of February!). Kudos to them for their extremely effective service on this occasion.
I guess it helped a lot the way I organised the evidence in a structured way and the way I wrote the cover letter.
The application is free of charge. Solicitors charge 600 GBP + VAT in order to follow up with the application: “crooks” is the right name for them.
I would recommend to stay away from solicitors offering their services around applications that can be done without having to pay them to convince you of the fact you need their help. You either have the evidence for your application and can do it by yourself or you don’t, in which case you should not apply at all. Funding criminals would make of you a criminal as well.