Charges will vary depending upon your case and its complexity. As a private paying client you will be charged on an hourly basis.
It is difficult to give you an accurate estimate as to your total fees will cost, as it will very much depend on the work that will need to be carried out. However, we will provide you with an estimate of costs at the outset of your case and prior to each court hearing.
If at any stage we anticipate that our costs will exceed the amount estimated, we will notify you immediately and provide you with a revised estimate.
From time to time it is necessary for us to incur disbursements, for example, search fees, Court fees, and in complex cases, for instructing Counsel. It is this firm’s practice that we have security for any disbursements incurred. You will therefore be notified when it is necessary for us to incur disbursements and will be required to put us in funds before we incur the disbursement.
We are currently offering a 30 minute free initial consultation.
For clients on limited means who are unable to secure legal aid, we are able to offer a reduced hourly rate. This is based solely on financial means (income and capital) which will be assessed at the initial meeting.
Please note that if your personal or financial circumstances change, you will be required to inform us immediately so we can re-assess your eligibility for the discounted fees.In any event, we will carry out regular reviews of your means to ensure that you are being offered the appropriate fee structure.
One of our experienced family solicitors will be happy to assist you in your children matters. Please contact Severine Vincent or Kate Booth on 01926 422101 or visit our Contact page. Alternatively, you can send Severine or Kate a message direct using departments contact form.
Methods of payment
We offer various methods of payment.
This means that you will not receive any form of government assistance such as legal aid towards the costs of your legal fees and you will be responsible for paying them privately.
As of 1st April 2013, legal aid (formerly called public funding) is now administered by the Legal Aid Agency.
You may well be familiar with the term legal aid. In the past, full civil legal aid has been available for a variety of proceedings and has been administered by the Legal Services Commission.
Following the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which came into force in April 2013, legal aid is only available for domestic abuse sufferers for divorce and other family proceedings, and for private law proceedings to protect children from child abuse, provided there is evidence of the abuse. There is no change to the availability of legal aid for injunction proceedings or forced marriage protection order. There is no change in the information required for the application for legal aid and no need to provide evidence of the abuse.
For other private family law proceedings, apart from child abduction, an application for legal aid must include evidence of domestic violence or in the case of proceedings to protect a child, of child abuse. The evidence of domestic violence and/or child abuse is set out in the attached leaflet.
You may be eligible for legal aid. If you are in employment, we will carry out the necessary financial assessment. Whatever your circumstances are, we have the knowledge and experience to represent your interests and those of your children.
If you require a confidential consultation please contact Severine Vincent on 01926 422 101 or visit our Contact page. Alternatively, you can send Severine a message direct using departments contact form.