We recognise that the cost of legal advice is often a major source of concern for our clients when they contact us. Initial fixed fee appointments are available for £130 per hour, plus VAT.
After initial consultation, we can offer fixed fee pricing for some areas of our practice so that we can provide clients with the security of knowing that part if not all of their costs will be clear from the outset. We are able to offer such fixed pricing for example the following areas;
- Initial advice (no obligation appointment)
- Divorces (Undefended)
- Dissolution of Civil Partnerships (undefended only)
- Wills (dependant on complexity)
- Preparation and Registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney
We will consider a fixed pricing arrangement in other areas upon request. Please contact us for further details of the fixed fees currently chargeable.
The remainder of the work that we undertake is charged in accordance with the hourly rate of the person undertaking the work for you. As these are reviewed periodically and are subject to change we suggest that you contact us for further details of these.
It is our policy to offer clear information to our clients on a regular basis about the level of costs they are incurring. We have a computerised time recording system and all our fees are charged strictly in accordance with the amount of work that our staff undertake for a particular client.
Work is time recorded by our staff as they complete it and detailed information about work completed and recorded can be made available to clients upon request. At the outset of your case we will give the best estimate that we can as to the number of hours of work that will be needed to complete that case and this estimate is reviewed regularly for accuracy during the cases.
In this way clients are fully aware of their potential and actual costs liability as their matter progresses.
We discuss with clients at the beginning of our involvement the different funding options available to them and agree how and when costs will be paid. Different arrangements are agreed with clients depending on their particular circumstances.
Mediation Charges – The normal hourly rate for Family Mediation is £240 per hour, plus VAT, which is £120 per hour, plus VAT, for each person.
We are not able to offer Legal Aid (Publicly Funded Mediation) but we do have a discounted rate for people whose incomes are below £30,000 per annum, where we charge that person £100 per hour, plus VAT.
Charges are made for the Mediation Sessions themselves, and for drafting documents. These include the following:-
- Face to face mediation sessions (usually 1 – 2 hours)
- Interim summaries prepared following each session (usually 1 hour)
- The Open Financial Statement (usually 1 – 2 hours)
- The Memorandum of Understanding (usually 1 – 2 hours)
There is no charge for routine letters and phone calls. If we need to write a joint letter to seek expert advice (for example to a pension actuary) we will agree a charge with you beforehand for this work.
Each of you is individually responsible for your fees unless it has been agreed at mediation that one of you will be responsible for them all.
We reserve the right to raise a cancellation charge of £50 plus VAT per person in the event of cancellation of a mediation session at less than 48 hours notice.
Preliminary appointments before mediation starts are charged at £95 plus VAT.
All fees are payable at the start or at the end of the mediation session or preliminary meeting. Invoices are not generally sent.