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
Initial advice consultations?
We know that embarking on a divorce or separation can be daunting and that you may be worried about taking that step and about how much it will cost. The first step is a face to face consultation to give you initial advice on your situation and help steer you to the next stage, as well as arm you with information about your options. We offer a one hour initial advice consultation all of which time is spent giving you advice. We don’t spend valuable time at the meeting time gathering information from you as we obtain relevant information from you beforehand. This means you get all our time and attention in the meeting, with 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 cost for initial advice for up to one hour is £150 inc vat (Sue Bailey, Karen Fox or Laura Clay-Harris), £200 inc vat (Christina Hale or Carla Morphett) and £250 inc vat (Fiona McLeman) After one hour the time is charged per our usual hourly rates.
Second opinions or already in court proceedings?
Please note that this cost does not apply to second opinion meetings or if you are already engaged in litigation. We are more than happy to meet with you and offer a second opinion or take your case on from another lawyer during litigation and our time is charged per our usual 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 to represent the petitioner in an agreed divorce is £600 inc vat. There is a court fee of £593. 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.
Our fixed fee for drafting an agreed financial consent order ranges from £600 -£1500 inc vat depending on the level of complexity. There is a court fee £53.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 and for any other advice or other work that is not covered by the fixed fee charge.
Our fixed fee for checking a draft prepared by another lawyer ranges from £420 – £720 depending on the level of complexity. 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, and for any other advice or other work that is not covered by the fixed fee charge.
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 £140 – £275 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, Christina and Carla 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, Laura and Carla are involved with the Norfolk Community Law Service. They are a registered charity dedicated to providing access to justice and equality in Norfolk. All their services are free, independent and confidential.