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Fixed fees

We understand that clients prefer to know in advance how much their fees will be. Uncertainty can be a real cause of concern. We always provide clients with an estimate of our fees from the outset depending on their own particular circumstances. In many cases, we are able to confirm a fixed fee for a service which can often be paid by regular monthly instalments.


First Appointment — £75.00 plus VAT

If you are experiencing relationship difficulties or have separated from your spouse or partner, or you are unable to agree the arrangements for you or a former partner to spend time with your children, you shoud seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Call us to arrange a no-obligation appointment with one of our family law specialists. At the fixed fee appointment we will take specific information regarding your circumstances, including where relevant, details of your income, assets and debts, to help us identify the various issues and advise you about your legal position and options available to you to resolve problems as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. The appointment takes about one hour and at no extra cost, we will write to you afterwards to confirm our advice, details of likely costs and we will send you our relevant Information Pack.


Divorce/Dissolution of a Civil Partnership — £500.00 plus VAT and Court Fees

For an undefended divorce/dissolution, we offer a fixed fee to deal with the entire legal procedure to dissolve your marriage or civil partnership. This fee does not include dealing with any issues concerning children or finances, but we can give you advice on these separately.

Our fees £500.00
VAT £100.00
Court fees* £550.00
Total £1,150.00


*Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be entitled to an exemption or reduction in respect of the Court fees. This is subject to the Court assessing your means and you will need to provide the documentary evidence that the Court requires. The court fee is also subject to change.

We accept payments by monthly instalments towards our fees (six monthly payments of £100.00).


Financial Orders of the Court — From £400.00 plus VAT

If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement about financial issues, we can convert this into a binding Order of the Court for a fixed fee to be agreed, depending on the assets and complexity of the agreement. We include all routine correspondence with your spouse and the Court concerning the Order, but in cases where the agreement is complex or aspects of it require further negotiation or information, additional charges may apply and we will provide a quotation. The fee will depend on the complexity of the agreement and the assets involved.

Our fees (from) £400.00
VAT £80.00
Court fees* £50.00
Total £530.00


Agreements — From £400.00 plus VAT

We are able to prepare Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements and Pre-Nuptial Agreements at a fixed fee, to be agreed once the full circumstances and complexity of the Agreement are clear.


Advice in Mediation

We encourage our clients to consider mediating any issues with their spouse or former partner before resorting to Court proceedings. If separating parties are able to resolve issues by agreement, better outcomes are achieved for families and at less cost, in terms of time, money and emotional stress. We can make a referral for you to a specialist family mediator and during the mediation process we can provide you with legal advice on the issues discussed and the legal consequences of any proposed agreements before legally binding agreements are prepared.

For advice on the outcome of Mediation, concerning finances and children, our fixed fee is £300.00 plus VAT.*

For advice on the outcome of Mediation dealing with finance and property, our fixed fee is £250.00 plus VAT.*

*This fee includes reading through all of the mediation paperwork in advance and providing advice at a meeting for approximately one hour.


Representing you in Court proceedings — from £400.00 plus VAT

If you are involved in Court Proceedings , we can attend at Court to represent you at a fixed fee, from £400.00 plus VAT, depending on the location and nature of the hearing. Fees will vary depending on the exact circumstances of your case and the work involved, however we will discuss your requirements and we will be very happy to provide you with a quotation.


Help during Court proceedings

If your budget will not stretch to employing us to represent you at Court hearings, we will be very happy to help you with preparing documents for use in your case and advice on the Court procedures and requirements at an agreed fee. You will be in charge of your case at the Court, but we can be working with you in the background.

Please contact us to discuss any of these fixed fee services.