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FIXED FEES

Initial consultation

This is a 45 minute appointment in the office, or via telephone (whichever is preferable to you), with one of our family law specialists.

This includes:

  • Discussion about your situation
  • Providing advice and determining the next steps to be taken, including the fees chargeable.
  • Confirmation of our discussions, advice and agreed actions in writing following the appointment.
  • An assessment about whether you meet the criteria for legal aid funding (where available)

This does not include:

  • Any correspondence with third parties
  • Completion of any forms or drafting any applications
  • Further advice after the appointment. There is no obligation to continue to instruct us following this appointment. If you do choose to instruct us to deal with your issue, further payments will be required as per our fee scale set out below before work can commence.

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £100

VAT                                                                                                                            £  20

Total                                                                                                                          £120

Payment Terms:

Payment is required in full at the time of the appointment (If a telephone appointment payment will need to be made in advance if paying cash, or a card payment can be taken over the phone at the time of the appointment.

 

Divorce/Civil partnership dissolution

Petitioner (undefended divorce / dissolution):

This includes:

  • Advice in the office relating to divorce / dissolution issues
  • Correspondence with your spouse / civil partner or their solicitor
  • Drafting the divorce petition, application for Decree Nisi with statement in support, application for Decree Absolute and sending all documents to Court
  • Completing a fee remission application if required
  • Application for bailiff service (if required)

This does not include:

  • Any advice on financial, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any Court or professional fees g. obtaining a copy marriage / civil partnership certificate, translation of certificate etc.

 

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £  450

VAT                                                                                                                            £    90

Disbursements (Court fee for issue of petition & Decree Absolute)               £  550

Total                                                                                                                          £1090

 

Payment Terms:

An initial deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence and the Court fee of £550 will be payable prior to the papers being issued at Court. You may be eligible for help with the Court fee under the Court fee remission scheme. This will be discussed with you and assistance provided to complete the application, if applicable, within the fixed fee quoted.

The balance is payable within 3 months of us accepting instructions.

NB there may be further costs for external services / disbursements such as the Court fee for bailiff service / deemed service of the petition, obtaining a copy or translation of your marriage certificate, advertising fees. These are payable separately in addition to the fixed fee and are dependent on the circumstances so do not apply to every case.

Additional legal fees are also payable if we need to apply to Court for deemed service or to dispense with service e.g. if your spouse does not reply to the divorce petition and bailiff service is not successful. The fixed fees for drafting such additional applications is £150 plus VAT of £30 and is payable at the time these services are undertaken.

 

Respondent (undefended divorce /dissolution)

This includes:

  • Advice in the office relating to divorce / dissolution issues
  • Correspondence with your spouse / civil partner or their solicitor
  • completing the Acknowledgement of Service and sending to Court
  • Application for Decree Absolute on notice (if required)

This does not include:

  • Any advice on financial, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any Court or professional fees g. Court fee for Decree Absolute on notice application

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £250

VAT                                                                                                                            £  50

Total                                                                                                                           £300

 

Payment Terms:

The fee is payable in full before work can commence. If an application for Decree Absolute on Notice is required the Court fee is payable at the time the application is ready to be submitted to Court.

 

 

If you wish to defend a divorce petition / dissolution petition please contact us and fees will be discussed with you. These are payable at hourly rates. The details of each fee earner’s current hourly rate is set out on our main family page.

 

Financial matters

Stage 1: Negotiation without Court application

Negotiating finances to include:

  • Advice in the office relating to financial issues
  • Correspondence with your spouse or their solicitor
  • exchange of financial disclosure
  • Proposals / counter proposals to try to negotiate a settlement
  • Referral to mediation and help with mediation if required (separate fees for mediation which are paid directly to the mediation service)
  • Drafting Clean Break Consent Order and submitting to Court

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any Court proceedings
  • Any conveyancing work necessary to implement an order / agreement
  • Any Court or professional fees g. property valuation fees, pension fees etc.
  • Any maintenance pending suit or financial injunction applications
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any TOLATA applications

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £600

VAT                                                                                                                            £120

Disbursements (1/2 Court fee for Clean Break Consent Order)                     £  25

Total                                                                                                                          £745

Payment Terms:

An initial deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence and a further payment of £200 plus VAT at the point financial disclosure is exchanged. The balance is payable, together with any Court fee, at the point the agreed order is ready to be submitted to the Court or the separation agreement is ready to be signed.

Stage 2: Financial Applications at Court

 

This stage covers from the issue of the Financial Application to the First Appointment at Court. Court representation is charged separately and noted below

 

This includes:

  • Preparing and issuing the Court application if you are the applicant, and advising on the same if you are the respondent
  • Drafting your Form E financial statement and advising you on the financial statement prepared by your spouse
  • Arranging any expert reports e.g. valuation report or pension report
  • Correspondence with your spouse’s solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Preparing the statement of issues, chronology, questionnaire Form H and sending all documents to Court
  • Preparing the Court bundle if you are the applicant and approving the bundle if you are respondent
  • If an agreement is reached, preparing a draft consent order and submitting this to Court for approval

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any conveyancing work necessary to implement an order / agreement
  • Any Court or professional fees e.g. property valuation fees, pension fees
  • Any maintenance pending suit or financial injunction applications
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any TOLATA applications
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

You may be eligible for help with the Court fee under the Court fee remission scheme. This will be discussed with you and assistance provided to complete the application, if applicable, within the fixed fee quoted.

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £1500

VAT                                                                                                                            £  300

Disbursements (Court fee to be added in of £255 if Applicant)

Total                                                                                                                          £1800

Payment Terms:

An initial deposit of £500 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 2, plus the Court fee unless you are eligible for remission. Monthly payments will then be required on account at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month, with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the First Appointment at Court.

 

 

Stage 3: Financial Applications at Court

 

This stage covers work after the First Appointment through to the Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing. This is the 2nd hearing and at this hearing the Judge will try to assist the parties in trying to reach an agreement. Court representation is charged separately and noted below

 

This includes:

  • Preparing your replies to your spouse’s questionnaire and considering / advising on their replies to your questionnaire
  • Correspondence with your spouse’s solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Advice about the merits of making or accepting settlement proposals
  • Preparing the statement of issues, chronology and Form H and sending all documents to Court
  • Preparing the Court bundle and schedule of income, assets and liabilities if you are applicant, and approving the bundle / documents if you are respondent
  • Arranging any expert reports e.g. valuation report or pension report
  • Considering any further financial disclosure provided
  • If an agreement is reached, preparing a draft consent order and submitting this to Court for approval

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any conveyancing work necessary to implement an order / agreement
  • Any Court or professional fees e.g. property valuation fees, pension fees
  • Any maintenance pending suit or financial injunction applications
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any TOLATA applications
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £1500

VAT                                                                                                                              £300

Disbursements (to be added in as required)

Total                                                                                                                         £1800

Payment Terms:

A payment of £1000 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 3. Monthly payments will then be required on account at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month, with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment at Court.

 

 

Stage 4: Financial Applications at Court

 

If your case has not settled at Stage 3, a final hearing will be listed by the Court. At this hearing the Judge will hear evidence from you and your spouse and decide how your assets should be split.

This includes:

  • Preparing any updated documents, narrative statements, witness statements
  • Correspondence with your spouse’s solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Negotiation to attempt to settle, including advice about the merits of making or accepting settlement proposals
  • If an agreement is reached, preparing a draft consent order and submitting this to Court for approval
  • Preparing the Court bundle and preliminary documents if you are applicant, and approving the bundle / documents if you are respondent
  • Considering any further financial disclosure provided
  • Advice on open proposals, preparing the document and submitting to Court. Considering with you your spouse’s open proposals.
  • Liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at the hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister (barristers fees are payable separately)

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children or domestic violence issues
  • Any conveyancing work necessary to implement an order / agreement
  • Any Court or professional fees e.g. property valuation fees, pension fees
  • Any maintenance pending suit or financial injunction applications
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any TOLATA applications
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

 

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £1500

VAT                                                                                                                              £300

Disbursements (to be added in as required)

Total                                                                                                                         £1800

Payment Terms:

A payment of £1000 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 4. Monthly payments will then be required on account at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month, with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the Final Hearing. We will require payment of your Barristers fees in full 14 days before the Final Hearing.

 

Financial Applications to Court

Advocacy / representation at Court (excluding VAT):

 

Up to 2.5 hours                                                                                                         £300 + VAT

2.5 to 5 hours                                                                                                            £500 + VAT

5+ hours                                                                                                                    £750 + VAT

Final Hearing (per day)                                                                                        £1000 + VAT

Payment Terms:

For the First Appointment, Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment and any interim hearings we require a payment of £300 plus VAT 14 days before the hearing. If the hearing does then exceed 2.5 hours, we will require payment in full of any remaining balance within 7 working days of the hearing. For Final Hearings we require payment of £1000 plus VAT per day 14 days before the hearing, so if your case is listed for 3 days, we will require payment of £3000 plus VAT.

Barristers Fees

You can decide to instruct a barrister if preferred to represent you at any hearing. In those circumstances we will liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at the hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister

Payment Terms:

Barristers fees are payable separately and the costs will be confirmed by the barristers chambers when booking. We will require payment of your Barristers fees in full 14 days before the hearing date

Professionals Fees / Experts Fees

These costs are payable separately and will vary dependent on the expert type. We will provide you with full details of costs to be paid to external experts / professionals prior to any instructions being sent.

Payment Terms:

Experts / Professionals fees are payable separately. We will require payment of Experts / Professionals fees in full at the time of instruction. If they are called to give evidence at Court further fees will be payable.

 

Children Arrangements

Stage 1: Negotiation without Court application:

Negotiating arrangements for your children to include:-

  • Advice in the office
  • Correspondence with other parent, or their solicitor
  • Proposals / counter proposals to negotiate an agreement
  • Referral to mediation and help with mediation if required (separate fees for mediation which are paid directly to the mediation service)
  • Drafting Contact Agreement / Parental Responsibility agreement

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, financial or domestic violence issues
  • Any Court proceedings
  • Any international elements or advice about removal from the jurisdiction
  • Care proceedings, child abduction or enforcement of existing Court orders
  • Any other professionals / expert fees e.g. GP or other medical report
  • Any child maintenance issues
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications

Please note that if there is no agreement after 4 months we reserve the right to terminate Stage 1 and will advise you on the next steps to progress the matter.

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £600

VAT                                                                                                                            £120

Total                                                                                                                          £720

 

Payment Terms:

An initial deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence, followed by two monthly payments of £150 plus VAT, and a final monthly payment of £100 plus VAT. If at any stage an agreement is reached before the payment terms above have lapsed the outstanding balance is payable in full at the point the agreement is ready to be signed.

 

 

Stage 2: Children Act Applications to Court

 

If an agreement cannot be reached by negotiation at Stage 1, or you are sent Court papers which have been issued by your child(ren)’s other parent, this stage covers work from the issue of proceedings up to the first hearing at Court which is called the Children Dispute Resolution Hearing (CDRH).

This includes:

  • Preparing and issuing the Court application if you are the applicant, and advising on the same if you are the respondent
  • Correspondence with the other parent, or their solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Proposals / counter proposals to negotiate an agreement
  • Preparing the statement of issues and chronology and sending all documents to Court
  • Preparing the Court bundle if you are the applicant and approving the bundle if you are respondent
  • If an agreement is reached, preparing a draft consent order and submitting this to Court for approval

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, financial or domestic violence issues
  • Any international elements or advice about removal from the jurisdiction
  • Care proceedings, child abduction or enforcement of existing Court orders
  • Court fees, process servers fees or any other professionals / expert fees g. GP or other medical report
  • Any child maintenance issues
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any interim contested hearings
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

 

You may be eligible for help with the Court fee under the Court fee remission scheme. This will be discussed with you and assistance provided to complete the application, if applicable, within the fixed fee quoted.

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £1000

VAT                                                                                                                              £200

Total                                                                                                                         £1200

Court Fee                                                                                                                    £215

 

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £500 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 2. Monthly payments will then be required at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month on account with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the CDRH at Court.

 

Stage 3: Children Act Applications to Court – CDRH to IRH

If an agreement cannot be reached at Stage 2 the Court will make directions which have to be complied with and will list your case for an Issues Resolution Hearing (IRH). At this hearing the Judge will try and assist you to reach an agreement about what is best for your children. This stage covers work from the conclusion of the CDRH to an IRH.

This includes:

  • Preparing your statement of evidence and the statement of any witnesses
  • Correspondence with the other parent, or their solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Proposals / counter proposals to negotiate an agreement
  • Liaising with experts / professionals and instructing them to prepare reports
  • Applying for police / medical and any other records directed by the Court
  • If an agreement is reached, preparing a draft consent order and submitting this to the Court for approval
  • Preparing the statement of issues, chronology and Court bundle if you are the applicant and approving the bundle if you are respondent

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, financial or domestic violence issues
  • Any international elements or advice about removal from the jurisdiction
  • Care proceedings, child abduction or enforcement of existing Court orders
  • Court fees, process servers fees or any other professionals / expert fees g. GP or other medical fees, police disclosure fees, process servers fees
  • Any child maintenance issues
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Any contested hearings – such hearings are charged at Stage 4
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £1500

VAT                                                                                                                              £300

Total                                                                                                                         £1800

 

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £1000 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 3. Monthly payments will then be required at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month on account with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the IRH.

 

Stage 4: Children Act Applications to Court

If an agreement has not been reached at Stage 3, the Court will list your matter for a contested hearing. This could be an interim contested hearing, a Fact Find Hearing, or a Final Hearing.

An interim contested hearing may be listed when the Court needs to decide where a child will live or when they should spend time with their other parent whilst the case is still going on pending further reports and monitoring.

A Fact Find Hearing is listed when the Court needs to decide whether allegations made by one parent against the other are proved. Usually after a Fact Find Hearing the case is adjourned for further reports to be prepared before being listed for a Disposal hearing. The Disposal hearing will be heard by the Court at a later date.

A standalone Final Hearing (sometimes called a “rolled up final hearing”) will involve the Court making decisions about any factual disputes and also deciding the long term arrangements for the children. Even though the hearing is termed a final hearing, the Court may still list another review hearing afterwards to see how things are going.

Final hearings and Fact Find Hearings usually take place over a number of days.

There may be more than one contested hearing i.e. a Fact Find Hearing followed by a Disposal Hearing, or an interim contested hearing followed by a Final Hearing and a Review Hearing.

The Court will hear evidence from witnesses and make final decisions. This stage of Children Act Proceedings is expensive because of the amount of work involved in preparing for contested hearings.

Our Stage 4 quote therefore covers all work from Issues Resolution Hearing to conclusion. This is on the basis that representation at Court is charged separately per hearing.

This includes:

  • Preparing further statements of evidence and the statements of any witnesses you have
  • Correspondence with the other parent, or their solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Liaising with experts / professionals and instructing them to prepare further reports / arranging for their attendance at Court
  • Preparing the Court bundle and preliminary documents if you are the applicant and approving the bundle if you are respondent
  • Liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at the hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister (barristers fees are payable separately)

 

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, financial or domestic violence issues
  • Any international elements or advice about removal from the jurisdiction
  • Care proceedings, child abduction or enforcement of existing Court orders
  • Court fees, process servers fees or any other professionals / expert fees g GP or other medical fees, police disclosure fees, process servers fees
  • Any child maintenance issues
  • Any Schedule 1 Children Act applications
  • Barristers fees
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

Fixed Fee                                                                                                                  £2000

VAT                                                                                                                              £400

Total                                                                                                                         £2400

 

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £1500 plus VAT is required before work can commence on Stage 4. Monthly payments will then be required at a minimum of £200 plus VAT per month on account with any remaining balance payable in full 14 days prior to the Contested Hearing.

 

Children Arrangements

Advocacy / representation at Court (excluding VAT):

Up to 2.5 hours                                                                                                         £300 + VAT

2.5 to 5 hours                                                                                                            £500 + VAT

5+ hours                                                                                                                    £750 + VAT

Contested hearing (per day)                                                                                  £1000 + VAT

Payment Terms:

For the CDRH, IRH and any interim hearings we require a payment of £300 plus VAT 14 days before the hearing. If the hearing does then exceed 2.5 hours, we will require payment in full of any remaining balance within 7 working days of the hearing. For contested hearings we require payment of £1000 plus VAT per day 14 days before the hearing, so if your case is listed for 3 days we will require payment of £3000 plus VAT.

Barristers Fees

You can decide to instruct a barrister if preferred to represent you at any hearing. In those circumstances we will liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at the hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister.

Payment Terms:

Barristers fees are payable separately and the costs will be confirmed by the barristers chambers when booking. We will require payment of your Barristers fees in full 14 days before the hearing date

Professionals Fees / Experts Fees

These costs are payable separately and will vary dependent on the expert type. We will provide you with full details of costs to be paid to external experts / professionals prior to any instructions being sent.

Payment Terms:

Experts / Professionals fees are payable separately. We will require payment of Experts / Professionals fees in full at the time of instruction. If they are called to give evidence at Court further fees will be payable.

Non Molestation Orders / Injunctions

Applicant

We can assist you to obtain a Non Molestation Order which is a form of injunction to prevent a person associated with you from harassing, pestering, using or threatening       violence against you. Breach of a Non Molestation Order is a criminal offence.

This includes:

  • Preparing and issuing the Court application, which can be done on an emergency basis the same day if the circumstances are so serious that you require immediate and urgent protection (subject to our availability and / or that of a barrister).
  • Correspondence with the other party, or their solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Drafting statements
  • Preparing the statement of issues and chronology and sending all documents to Court for a return date hearing
  • Liaising with experts / professionals and instructing them to prepare further reports / arranging for their attendance at Court
  • Preparing the Court bundle
  • Liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at any contested hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister (barristers fees are payable separately)

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children, or financial issues
  • Occupation orders
  • Court fees, process servers fees or any other professionals / expert fees g. GP fees, police disclosure fees, process servers fees
  • Barristers fees
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

You may be eligible for help with the Court fee under the Court fee remission scheme. This will be discussed with you and assistance provided to complete the application, if applicable, within the fixed fee quoted.

Legal Costs excluding advocacy / representation at Court                              £1500

VAT                                                                                                                              £300

Total                                                                                                                         £1800

 

Payment Terms:

 

An initial deposit of £1000 plus VAT, together with any Court fee unless you are eligible for remission, is required before work can commence. The balance is payable 14 days before the return hearing.

 

Respondent

We can assist you to defend a Non Molestation Order.

This includes:

  • Advising you on any Court application you have been served with
  • Correspondence with the other party, or their solicitor and advising you in the office
  • Drafting statements
  • Approving the Court bundle and any preliminary documents
  • Liaising with experts / professionals and instructing them to prepare further reports / arranging for their attendance at Court
  • Liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at any contested hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister (barristers fees are payable separately)

This does not include:

  • Any advice on divorce, children, or financial issues
  • Occupation orders
  • Court fees, process servers fees or any other professionals / expert fees g. GP fees, police disclosure fees, process servers fees
  • Barristers fees
  • Representation at Court (which is charged separately and set out below)

Legal Costs excluding advocacy / representation at Court                              £1500

VAT                                                                                                                              £300

Total                                                                                                                         £1800

Payment Terms:

A full payment of £1500 plus VAT is required before work can commence.

 

 

Non Molestation Orders / Injunctions

Advocacy / representation at Court (excluding VAT):

 

Up to 2.5 hours                                                                                                         £300 + VAT

2.5 to 5 hours                                                                                                            £500 + VAT

5+ hours                                                                                                                    £750 + VAT

Contested Hearing (per day)                                                                                 £1000 + VAT

Payment Terms:

We require a payment of £300 plus VAT to be made immediately if the hearing is urgent (and we go to Court the same day). For a return date we require a payment of £300 plus VAT 14 days before the hearing date. If any hearing does then exceed 2.5 hours, we will require payment in full of any remaining balance within 7 working days of the hearing. For Contested Hearings we require payment of £1000 plus VAT per day 14 days before the hearing, so if your case is listed for 3 days we will require payment of £3000 plus VAT.

Barristers Fees

You can decide to instruct a barrister if preferred to represent you at any hearing. In those circumstances we will liaise with you to select a barrister to represent you at the hearing and prepare a brief to the barrister.

Payment Terms:

Barristers fees are payable separately and the costs will be confirmed by the barristers chambers when booking. We will require a payment of your Barristers fees in full 14 days before the hearing date

Professionals Fees / Experts Fees

These costs are payable separately and will vary dependent on the expert type. We will provide you with full details of costs to be paid to external experts / professionals prior to any instructions being sent.

Payment Terms:

Experts / Professionals fees are payable separately. We will require payment of Experts / Professionals fees in full at the time of instruction. If they are called to give evidence at Court further fees will be payable.

Pre-Nuptial Agreement

This is contract drawn up between you and your future spouse / civil partner which sets out the agreement about how you would resolve financial / children matters in the event that you separate. It is drafted, agreed and signed before a wedding / civil partnership takes place.

These agreements are not binding and can be overturned by the Courts, but on the basis that both parties have had independent legal advice, there has been full and frank disclosure and both parties have entered into the agreement freely and voluntarily, the Court would view the agreement as an important statement of evidence about your mutual intentions.

Pre-Nuptial agreements are chargeable at hourly rates and a quotation will be provided to you at the outset. The current hourly rates charged by our fee earners are detailed on the main family page.

An example of the fees involved in drafting a typical pre-nuptial agreement where there are are no business assets, overseas property, substantial inheritance prospects, trusts or large pensions to consider will be between £500 to £1000 plus VAT and disbursements. The costs will vary dependent on the assets involved and the complexity of the circumstances.  A full discussion will take place and fees will be agreed before work commences.

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence. We will then agree a monthly payment schedule with you.

Any remaining balance will be required in full at the date the agreement is ready to be signed.

Post-Nuptial Agreement

This is contract drawn up between you and your future spouse / civil partner which sets out the agreement about how you would resolve financial / children matters in the event that you separate. It is drafted, agreed and signed after a wedding / civil partnership takes place.

These agreements are not binding and can be overturned by the Courts, but on the basis that both parties have had independent legal advice, there has been full and frank disclosure and both parties have entered into the agreement freely and voluntarily, the Court would view the agreement as an important statement of evidence about your mutual intentions.

Post-Nuptial agreements are chargeable at hourly rates and a quotation will be provided to you at the outset.  The current hourly rates charged by our fee earners are detailed on the main family page.

An example of the fees involved in drafting a typical post-nuptial agreement where there are are no business assets, overseas property, substantial inheritance prospects, trusts or large pensions to consider will be between £500 to £1000 plus VAT and disbursements. The costs will vary dependent on the assets involved and the complexity of the circumstances.  A full discussion will take place and fees will be agreed before work commences.

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence. We will then agree a monthly payment schedule with you.

Any remaining balance will be required in full at the date the agreement is ready to be signed.

Living Together Agreement

This is contract drawn up between you and your future cohabiting partner which sets out the agreement about how you would resolve financial / children matters in the event that you separate and decide to live apart. It is drafted, agreed and signed before you move in together.

These agreements are not binding and can be overturned by the Courts, but on the basis that both parties have had independent legal advice, there has been full and frank disclosure and both parties have entered into the agreement freely and voluntarily, the Court would view the agreement as an important statement of evidence about your mutual intentions.

Living Together agreements are chargeable at hourly rates and a quotation will be provided to you at the outset. The current hourly rates charged by our fee earners are detailed on the main family page.

An example of the fees involved in drafting a typical living together agreement where there are are no business assets, overseas property, substantial inheritance prospects, trusts or large pensions to consider will be between £500 to £1000 plus VAT and disbursements. The costs will vary dependent on the assets involved and the complexity of the circumstances.  A full discussion will take place and fees will be agreed before work commences.

Payment Terms:

A deposit of £200 plus VAT is required before work can commence. We will then agree a monthly payment schedule with you. We will then agree a monthly payment schedule with you.

Any remaining balance will be required in full at the date the agreement is ready to be signed.

 

Overseas Marriage Declaration

Legal Costs                                                                                                   £100

VAT                                                                                                                £  20

Total                                                                                                              £120

 

Payment Terms:

Payment is required in full at the time of completing the Declaration

Change of Name Deed

 

Legal Costs                                                                                                   £100

VAT                                                                                                                £  20

Total                                                                                                              £120

 

Payment Terms:

Payment is required in full at the time of completing the Change of Name Deed

 

Parental Responsibility Agreement

 

This can apply to natural parents and step-parents. We will advise you about parental responsibility, what this means and how you can obtain it. If it is agreed, we can draft a parental responsibility agreement for you, which you can arrange to be signed by the other parent(s) and you can register.

This includes:

  • Advice in the office
  • Preparation a Parental Responsibility Agreement for you
  • Advice on how to have your agreement witnessed and how to register this

This does not include:

  • Negotiation / correspondence with the other parent(s) – if this is required, please see our information on Children Act Proceedings

Legal Costs                                                                                                   £100

VAT                                                                                                                £  20

Total                                                                                                              £120

 

Payment Terms:

Payment is required in full at the time of completing the Parental Responsibility Agreement

 

General

For anything not set out herein, our hourly rates are chargeable. A costs estimate will be provided to you at the outset of any such matter and payment terms agreed.

At the initial appointment an assessment of your eligibility for legal aid will be undertaken. Please note that legal aid funding is now extremely limited for family matters. We have information on our website about the circumstances in which legal aid is still available. If you are likely to be eligible for legal aid we will confirm all the information you need to provide and arrange a further appointment to complete a legal aid application with you. There will be no charge for an appointment to complete a legal aid application but no further work will be undertaken until the legal aid has been granted.

We ask all of our clients to sign an irrevocable Notice of Acting in Person at the outset. If at any time our payment terms are not adhered to, and your account falls into arrears, we reserve the right to terminate our retainer with you and will not carry out any further work on your behalf until payments are bought up to date. In the event that Court proceedings are underway, we will file the Notice of Acting in Person with the Court and ask to be removed from the Court record as acting for you. We will not attend any Court hearings and you will be required to attend the hearings in person.

Family Fixed Fees

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