Katarzyna Smierzchalska, Registered Foreign Lawyer (RFL) is our Family Law advisor.
We offer advice in all areas of Family Law including Divorce and associated financial remedies i.e. the financial settlement of matrimonial assets; separation; domestic violence; and private childcare matters.
Our fixed fees for a straightforward divorce are £900.00 plus VAT. This is based on the time an average case will take – i.e. between 5 and 6 hours at £195.00 per hour. In addition, there are Court fees of £593.00. There could be additional costs if the marriage certificate needs to be translated or if the divorce is not straight forward and there is a need to make an additional application such as an application for deemed service.
Fees for all other areas are calculated on the basis of the time spent on the matter at the hourly rate mentioned above of £195.00 per hour plus VAT. In financial remedy proceedings these can range from £1,000.00 plus VAT to over £20,000.00 plus VAT. The sooner parties can reach agreement the lower the fees!
If it is necessary to apply to the Court for an order, there will be additional Court fees. For a child contact or residence order the application fee is £232.00; for a financial remedy order the fee is £275.00; for financial order by consent the fee if £53.00; for a judicial separation the fee of £365.00. There will also be fees to employ a Barrister to represent a client in court. Such fees are negotiated on a case by case basis and agreed with the client upfront.
Our firm has chosen not to register with the Legal Services Commission. We therefore do not offer advice on a publicly funded legal aid basis.
We offer a one-off consultation. The fee is set at £175.00 plus VAT for a one-hour interview.
For further information please contact Katarzyna Smierzchalska.