Costs

You are looking for excellent effective valuable legal representation that suits how much you can afford. FM Family Law is dedicated to making specialist family law services available to you to suit your budget, regardless of your circumstances.

Each client is different and has their own unique set of circumstances and needs. Every client is important to us.

We will discuss your situation with you to understand what you hope to achieve and advise on your possible options and the likely cost.

We take time to understand your objectives and how much involvement you want us to have, as this will affect your costs. We are transparent about how much it is likely to cost. We inform you monthly how much your fees are, and we regularly update you on your likely costs.

We can also offer fixed fees for some of our work so that you know exactly how much it is going to cost you. Fixed fees can be for divorce proceedings, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, parenting plans and agreed financial settlements. See below for more information.

Your one to one meeting with us

Please join us for your first meeting.

We like to meet all our clients and develop a meaningful relationship with you. The first step therefore is a face to face consultation. Our clients tell us that first meeting is invaluable as they know exactly how much it is going to cost and it gives them the chance to talk through their situation and obtain good legal advice to help them decide what to do next.

We know this first step can be daunting and that you may be worried about costs. To help with that, we have discounted the cost of that first meeting. What’s more we don’t spend the time gathering information from you as we obtain that information from you before the first meeting. This means you get all our time and attention in the meeting, giving you excellent legal advice and excellent value for money. (If you are not local to Norwich or Cambridge we are happy to offer a telephone consultation or skype meeting at the same rate.)

How much is the initial advice consultation

Norwich £100 inc vat for up to one hour (Sue Bailey or Karen Fox)

Cambridge £150 inc vat (Christina Hale) and £200 inc vat (Fiona McLeman) for one hour.

After 60 mins the time is charged per our usual hourly rates.

Please contact us for your advice consultation.

 

Fixed fee costs

We offer some of our work on a fixed fee basis, e.g. divorce proceedings, consent orders, attendance at court, case overview, second opinions and bespoke advice.

Divorce costs

Our fixed fee divorce to represent the petitioner in an agreed divorce is £600 inc vat. There is a  court fee of £550. Our fixed cost applies after we have had the first meeting with you and applies to all divorce work except if the divorce is defended or contested.

Our fixed fee divorce to represent the respondent in an agreed divorce is £420.   Our fixed cost applies after we have had the first meeting with you and applies to all divorce work except if the divorce is defended or contested.

Consent order

Our fixed fee for drafting a financial consent order is £600 inc vat. There is a  court fee £50.This cost applies after we have had the first meeting with you and can only be offered once all financial matters are agreed. There are separate charges if the financial settlement includes pension sharing.

Our fixed fee for checking a draft prepared by another lawyer is £420. This cost applies after we have had the first meeting with you and can only be offered once all financial matters are agreed. There are separate charges if the financial settlement includes pension sharing.

Other fixed fees

We can offer other fixed fee services for other work if it suits you better. If there is something you feel can be done  for you on a fixed fee basis, please talk to us and we will try to work that way wherever possible.

Please feel free to contact us using the following form if you have any queries.

Costs after the first meeting

Costs can be charged on a time spent basis, like most lawyers, or a fixed fee. When the time spent approach is applied, we charge for the time we spend working for you based on an hourly rate. Our rates range from £185 – £250 plus VAT. Charging our work on a ‘time spent’ basis means you pay for the amount of time we spend working for you. The rate is per hour but this is divided into 10 units of 6 minutes.

Our hourly rates are lower than other family lawyers in our field. Why is this? Well, we try to keep overheads as low as possible. We have small and efficient teams of solicitors in each office. In Cambridge, we have a small office in the centre of the city (with car parking and 10 minutes from the Family Court). In Norwich, we have our office and mediation suite on 72 Thorpe Road, Norwich (right next to Norwich train station).

Our team may be small but we work efficiently and with a conscience to make sure that our time is used effectively and with value. We care about our work and we care about making sure we offer the best value for money for you.

Pro bono in the community

FM Family Law is proud to be associated with Anglia Law Clinic, Cambridge. The Clinic runs  family law advice sessions once a week. For more information please see  https://www.uea.ac.uk/law/clinic. Fiona and Christina are rota’d to assist with delivering free initial family law advice sessions to the Cambridge community.

FM Family Law is proud to be associated with the Cambridge Family Court pro bono in court mediation service. This runs every Wednesday at Cambridge Family Court. Fiona and Christina are rota’d with other Cambridge family lawyer mediators to support couples involved in court proceedings regarding their children.

Sue is involved with Norfolk Community Law Service.http://www.ncls.co.uk/. They are a registered charity dedicated to providing access to justice and equality in Norfolk. All their services are free, independent and confidential.

 

 

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