Other fixed fee legal service packages

Financial Settlements / Pensions / Property

Sorting out the financial settlement on divorce is often difficult. Every case is different so it is hard to give an accurate estimate as to fees involved for an individual case. However, we do appreciate that people like to have some certainty about the potential costs involved.

Subject to an assessment of the complexity of your case, we may be able to offer fixed fees for negotiating a financial settlement on your behalf, without the need for a court application or for the various stages of dealing with a court application.

The fixed fees will be agreed with you and will be tailored to the particular needs of your case.

If it is possible to reach an agreement regarding your property and finances, we can draw up a consent order which, if approved by the court, has the same effect as an order made by court following a full hearing. (Usually when a consent order is negotiated, documentation is approved by the court without the need for parties to attend.)

How much does a separation agreement cost?

Our fixed fee is £750 + VAT (£150) What does this cover?

  • Meeting with you to discuss details of the proposed agreement
  • Advising you on matters to consider before formalising any agreement
  • Informing you of the financial information required from you
  • Considering the financial information provided by the other party
  • Preparing/approving the agreement
  • Arranging completion of the agreement

Are there any additional costs?

Our fixed fees will not apply where there is no agreement at the outset and ongoing negotiation is needed. In this situation we could charge at an hourly rate and give you an estimated cost, or we could consider whether an alternative fixed fee arrangement would be suitable for you.

How much does a pre-nuptial agreement cost?

Our fixed fee is £1,500 + VAT (£300)

What does this cover?

  • Obtaining information from you in order to draft the agreement
  • Advising you on matters to consider before formalising the agreement
  • Drafting the agreement
  • Informing you of the financial information required from you
  • Completion of the document

Are there any additional costs?

Our fixed fees do not include negotiations if there is a disagreement or any additional expert reports that may be commissioned. Also, fixed fees do not apply for agreements where a couple’s assets are worth in excess of £1m.

How much does a cohabitation agreement cost?

Our fixed fee is £750 + VAT (£150)

What does this cover?

  • Meeting with you to discuss details of the proposed agreement
  • Advising you on matters to consider before formalising any agreement
  • Drafting and amending the agreement
  • Arranging signature of the agreement by both parties

Are there any additional costs?

Our fixed fee will not apply where there is no agreement at the outset and ongoing negotiation is required.  In this situation we would charge at an hourly rate and give you an estimated cost up front.

Disputes over children

Our fixed fee is £750 + VAT (£150) + court fee

What does this cover?

  • Our fixed fee covers the preparation of an application for you and the steps up to, but not including, the first court hearing.
  • Up to 2 hours work in taking your instructions, corresponding with your partner (or their solicitor) to negotiate agreement
  • Drafting the court application for you
  • Service upon your partner or solicitor
  • Advising you in relation to the first court appointment

Are there any additional costs?

If you wish us to attend the first court appointment for you, we will do so for an additional £500 + VAT (£100) for up to ½ day. Our fixed fee does not include any experts’ reports that may be commissioned. If for any reason the case proceeds beyond a first hearing we would either charge at our hourly rate or discuss a possible alternative fixed fee arrangement.

Court proceedings

Before commencing court proceedings, all cases must be referred to mediation.  If the case is not suitable for mediation, or mediation is unsuccessful, an application to the court can be made.

A Court application can typically be broken down into 3 stages:

  • Work up to and including the first court appointment – First Directions Appointment (FDA)
  • Work up to an including the second court appointment – Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR)
  • Work up to and including a final hearing.

We will be prepared to discuss and agree with you a fixed fee for each of these stages.

If your case does not settle at or before the FDR then the case may need to proceed to a final hearing. For this we would normally revert to an hourly rate but once we have a clear understanding of the issues involved, it may be possible to agree a further fixed fee to include work up to and including a final hearing plus the cost of instructing a barrister on your behalf.

Sometimes it is necessary to obtain valuation of property reports from experts and accountants. These fees are payable on top of any fixed fee.

If you have any questions regarding our fixed fee service or wish to obtain a no obligation quote for your situation please 0345 671 0276 or make an enquiry using the web form.