We are a niche family law practice. Our focus is on providing excellent, timely and specialist family law advice with a high standard of client care that is personal and tailored to support you and your families needs, through a difficult and stressful time. We understand – because we only deal with clients who need family law advice – the particular difficulties and challenges that you face during this time.
We know how to support and advise you and your family. We are committed to obtaining the best outcome for you.
It is not often publicised and perhaps therefore not well-known, that solicitors and barristers are under a professional duty to act in your best interests at all times. This is the core duty of a solicitor and barrister. This is not the case for other advisors or personnel one may come across in relation to family legal matters. We are also covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance. Our main focus and professional duty is on you and your best interests.
Family law clients usually need to fund their legal fees privately – from their own personal savings or income – particularly since the removal of Public Funding (Legal Aid) for most cases of Family Law.
If court proceedings are necessary it may be possible to apply for your spouse to assist you with your legal fees as, since 1 April 2013, the family courts have had the power to make a ‘legal services order’, which is a new form of interim order compelling one spouse to make provision for the other’s legal costs.
We can advise you if your case meets certain criteria for this application to be successful. Litigation loans are also a possible source of funding for legal costs for those facing court proceedings.
We understand the financial pressures which individuals are under when they are separating or divorcing. We will do our best to ensure we are clear about the likely legal fees in your case and the options available.
We offer a face-to-face initial consultation of up to one and a half hours with Founder & Director Katy Zikking or Directors Fiona Greener, or Nicky Howarth for a fixed fee of £250 plus VAT (£300) or with Associate solicitors Hannah Holdaway or Ros White, for a fixed fee of £215 plus VAT (£258). This initial consultation incorporates a free half-hour of time in addition to the usual hourly rated meeting.
At the initial consultation we can discuss your case in detail, provide you with initial advice, the options available and provide an estimate of your legal costs to deal with your matter.
We offer an agreed fee for undefended divorce proceedings if your case is straightforward (please note this does not include the negotiation and finalisation of the financial agreement), change of name deeds, separation deeds, living together agreements and pre-nuptial agreements.
In all other cases, Directors charge an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT (20%) and Associate solicitors £215 plus VAT. This does not include disbursements which are payable by you (disbursements are payments to other people or organisations, for example, court fees, barristers, or other experts).
For example, the legal work required to reach a financial agreement between you and your ex-spouse or ex-civil partner would be charged at our hourly rate of £250 plus VAT or £215 plus VAT depending on who is dealing with your case.
We will be able to provide you with an estimate of overall legal costs once we have spoken to you about your case in detail.
Cost Illustration for Divorce proceedings only (this does not including financial or children issues) –
Typically, the divorce proceedings, where you are the Petitioner (the person beginning the divorce process) will cost:
£600 plus VAT (Your Legal Costs) & £550 (the Court Fee payable by you)
The divorce proceedings, where you are the Respondent (the person replying to the divorce petition) would cost:
£250 plus VAT (Your legal Costs)
Please note as a Respondent in divorce proceedings you may be ordered to contribute towards the legal costs of your spouse.
If the divorce proceedings become defended or involve jurisdiction or other complications, which is rare, your legal fees would be charged at the hourly rate.