Family Law Pricing
Family Law Pricing
Thank you for looking at our services for Family Law. We understand that a family breakdown will be a stressful and emotional time for you and your family and our highly experienced Family Law team are here to make things easier for you. Our team will listen to you, be honest with you and treat you with respect.
Please visit our ‘Family Services’ page for further information in respect of Family Law Matters:- http://www.sbblaw.com/site/services-for-you/family-law/
We have an experienced team who can assist you at what is likely to be a stressful time for you and your family. We will provide advice on what happens next and represent you at each stage of the process.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage leading up to, during and after your hearing.
We are proud to hold Family Law Advanced Accreditation and Lexcel Accreditation issued by the Law Society, ISO 9001:2015 and Family Legal Aid contract. These involve the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care. We are also members of Resolution first for family law.
Our fees will typically include:
- Our advice and assistance to you.
- Face to face meetings.
- Reviewing the relevant documents.
- Negotiations between you and the other party.
- Preparing the relevant documents to the other party and/or court.
- Representing you at court if necessary.
We offer both fixed fees and hourly rates.
The hourly rates charged are
Partner/Consultant - £242
Associate Solicitor - £216
Filex/Senior Executive - £185
Trainee Solicitor/Junior Exec/Paralegal - £134
Assistants - £ 72
Initial consultation ONLY which will include up to 1 hour attendance –
£100 plus VAT (total £120)
Initial consultation ONLY which will include up to 1 hour attendance and 1 letter to the relevant party –
£120 plus VAT (total £144)
For a straightforward divorce we offer a fixed fee of £480 plus VAT (total £576) plus the court fee and disbursements. This will include all the work from preparing the divorce petition to court and obtaining the decree absolute where you will be legally divorced.
If the divorce becomes contested or the Respondent must be personally served with the divorce petition the costs will therefore escape the fixed fee as above.
Finances and Cohabitation Disputes
Unfortunately we are unable to offer any fixed fees but are happy to provide you with a cost estimate in respect of any work to be carried out for financial matters and cohabitation disputes.
We have an experienced team who specialise in financial matters and cohabitation disputes and are on hand to provide you with general advice, engage in negotiations between you and the relevant party, prepare the relevant financial documents such as consent orders, separation agreements and prenuptial agreements and attending court if necessary.
We offer a fixed fee for an application to court in respect of Children Act Matters of £150 plus VAT (total £180) plus the court fee and disbursements. This will include preparation of the application, submitting the application to court and postal or email service of the documents on the other party.
Change of Name Deed
If you require a Change of Name Deed we offer a fixed fee of £60 plus VAT (total £72). This will include preparing the Change of Name Deed and providing you with the original and certified copies. We do prepare Change of Name Deeds for adults and children.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Family team for further information. We will be happy to arrange a face to face meeting and/or deal with matters via telephone or email whichever suits your needs.
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.
Our fees are fixed and include the items detailed above, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees involved in your case. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Additional fees could relate to the instruction of an Agent, Expert and/or Counsel and you will be notified when this will become necessary.
We do provide Legal Aid for both private law and public law family matters. If you believe you may be eligible for Legal Aid you may wish to check your eligibility by visiting https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid or by contacting our Family Law team directly to discuss this further.
You will be notified of the time scales by our Family Law team at your initial appointment which relate to your specific needs.
There are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Meeting with your Solicitor to provide instructions
- Court hearings.
- Mediation meetings.
All our staff are supervised. Please visit our staff profiles pages on our website under the header ‘Our People’ or in ‘Services for you’ and clicking on ‘meet the team’ for more information including details of qualification and experience