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.

Initial legal advice

An initial face to face consultation is invaluable as it gives you the chance to talk through your situation and obtain good legal advice to help you decide what to do next. The cost of the first meeting is discounted from our usual rates and is inclusive of VAT. 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.

The costs of the first meeting is as follows:

Norwich £90 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.

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.

Our fixed fee divorce application is £420 inc vat + court fee £550. This applies after we have had the first meeting with you and can only be offered once all divorce issues are agreed. The fee applies to paperwork and process only, as well as ongoing advice about the divorce once the divorce proceedings have started. We also charge a fixed fee of £300 inc vat to represent the respondent in an agreed divorce.

Our fixed fee for drafting a financial consent order is £600 inc vat + court fee £50. This 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.

We can offer other fixed fee services 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

Our hourly rates range from £185 – £250 plus VAT.

We charge most of our work on a ‘time spent’ basis which 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 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 the use of the meeting rooms at No 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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