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Legal Costs in Financial Applications on Divorce

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Legal Costs in Financial Applications on Divorce

The issue of responsibility for legal costs in family law cases has come to prominence since legal aid was effectively dismantled by the coalition government.  The problem is particularly vexed because unlike in civil disputes [for example personal injury claims] the general rule in family law cases is that each party bears their own legal costs.

You should therefore keep the following in mind:-

  • Legal Aid: There is a residual ability to apply for legal aid where there has been domestic violence and we can advise you of that where appropriate.
  • Deferred Payment: In some cases we may be able to defer payment of our costs until the end of a case – although we will always need payment in advance of our out of pocket expenses, such as court fees.  The approach may be appropriate where it is an inevitable that the case will conclude with a substantial capital recovery.
  • It is possible within financial proceedings to apply for an interim Order which can include an element to allow a party to pay their solicitor.  This approach may be appropriate where the Respondent is a high earner. In these applications it is necessary to show that there is no other means of financing the litigation and that the opposing party has the means to pay.
  • Finally, the court can direct one party to pay the other party’s costs where there has been “litigation misconduct”.  This generally occurs where one party behaves dishonestly or requires the other to unreasonably or unnecessarily litigate a specific issue.

Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

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