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Fixed Fee Pricing Structure

Stage 1: All steps up to issuing an application for Financial Remedy into Court

  • An initial appointment to discuss your case
  • Exchange of financial disclosure with your spouse
  • Negotiation with your spouse, as far as possible, to achieve a settlement
  • Advice relating to financial settlement
  • Preparation of a Consent Order or Deed of Separation and required supporting documentation if an agreement is reached and submission of this to the Court for approval and sealing

Our fees: £2,000.00 plus VAT
Court fee for filing a Consent Order: £45.00

Stage 2: All steps from issuing an application for Financial Remedy into Court up to and including the First Directions Appointment (FDA)

  • Preparation, filing and serving of an application for Financial Remedy
  • Preparation, filing and serving of a Form E (financial statement)
  • Inspection of your spouse’s Form E and, if necessary, raising any questions about the information provided
  • Considering any replies to questions received from your spouse
  • Where appropriate, responding to any questions your spouse has raised about your Form E
  • Preparation, filing and serving of documents required by the Court for the FDA (including a chronology of events, a statement of issues in dispute and a costs estimate)
  • Preparation for and representing you at the FDA
  • Negotiation with your spouse, as far as possible, to achieve a settlement

Our fees: £2,000.00 plus VAT
Court fee for filing a Financial Remedy application: £255.00

* If the FDA is used as a Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing, there will be an additional uplift fee of £500.00 plus VAT to take into account the additional time spent at Court.  This means it is unlikely there will be a stage 3 process and you will progress to stage 4 if there is no settlement.

Stage 3: All steps from the FDA up to and including the Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing (FDR)

  • Responding to any questions your spouse has raised about your Form E, if not previously appropriate
  • Considering any replies to questions received from your spouse, if not already received
  • Attending to any directions made by the Court at the FDA, such as arranging for valuations of properties
  • Preparation, filing and serving of documents required by the Court for the FDR
  • Preparation for and representing you at the FDR
  • Continued negotiation with your spouse, as far as possible, to achieve a settlement

Our fees: £2,000.00 plus VAT

*  There may be additional costs if the Court makes directions which involve instructing third parties e.g. property valuations.  These costs are not included in our fixed fee.

Stage 4: All steps from the FDR up and including the Final Hearing

  • Updating any financial disclosure for the Final Hearing
  • Attending to any directions made by the Court at the FDR, such as preparing, filing and serving statements
  • Continued negotiation with your spouse and attempting to achieve a settlement
  • Preparing, filing and serving an offer of settlement required by the Court for the Final Hearing
  • Preparing, filing and serving documents required by the Court for the Final Hearing (including an updating chronology of events, case summary, statement of issues and costs estimate)
  • Preparation of bundles of all relevant documents filed in the proceedings for use by the Court and witnesses at the Final Hearing
  • Preparation for and representing you at the Final Hearing

Our fees: £3,000.00 plus VAT

When is our fixed fee price structure available?

  • The above scheme is based on an average case structure.  We appreciate that not all cases are ‘average’ and we will therefore offer our fixed fee scheme on a case by case basis and from stage to stage.
  • You can choose whether you would like to proceed to the next stage on a fixed fee basis, or whether you would prefer to instruct us on an hourly rate.
  • Ultimately, we have discretion to decide whether your case is suitable for our fixed fee scheme.  It is likely to be suitable if:
    • There are no international aspects to your case (i.e. you, your spouse, any minor children and all assets are in England and Wales)
    • The combined value of you and your spouse’s assets is less than £500,000.00
    • Your annual income is less than £50,000.00
    • There are no business assets to be considered
    • There are no trusts to be considered
    • There is no third party involvement

What is / is not included?

  • All of the work we do for you is included in our fixed fees.
  • There may be occasions when there are additional and unexpected Court fees or payments to third parties required.  These costs will not be included as part of our fixed fee.   We will however discuss these with you in advance.
  • If an agreement is reached at any stage before the Court hearing, the fixed fee will include the preparation and submission of a Consent Order and required accompanying documentation to the Court, but not the £45.00 Court fee.
  • If an agreement is reached early in a stage, you will only be billed a percentage of the fixed fee for that stage