Price and service notice – Family

December 2020

Our charges

We will provide you with a clear and accurate estimate of our charges in writing on application.

We aim to provide complete transparency in respect of the fees we charge.

Our charges are based on the time we spend dealing with a matter unless a fixed fee or other funding arrangements are agreed.  Time spent will include meetings with you and, where appropriate and necessary, with others; any time spent travelling; drafting documents; considering papers, letters and emails received and preparing for meetings, and where appropriate, attending court on your behalf.  We also charge for drafting and sending letters and emails and making and receiving telephone calls. In addition to the time spent, we may take into account a number of factors, which include the complexity of the issues, the speed at which action must be taken, the expertise or specialist knowledge that the case requires and where appropriate the value of the property or subject matter involved. The value element reflects the importance of the transaction to you and the consequent responsibility falling on this Firm. 

 

The hourly rates are reviewed from time to time.  The current private client rates are set below: –

 

  Fee Earner Hourly Rate 
  Solicitor-Advocate (Advocacy & Preparation therefor) £250 – 270
  Partner (Member)

  Senior Solicitors with over 15 years’ experience

£250

£250

  Solicitors, members of CILEX and other fee earners with over 8 years’ experience £240
  Solicitors and members of CILEX 

  Other fee earners with over 4 years’ experience 

£230

£220

  Clerks & Trainee Solicitors £130
  Support Staff £110

 

Qualifying service personnel may be eligible for a discount of up to 10%

VAT at the current rate will be added

 

Specific Family matters

 

Cohabitation

Cohabitees are encouraged to enter into a cohabitation agreement. The hourly rates set out above are applied. The likely cost to be incurred from instruction to completed agreement is between £1,000 and £1,500 + VAT

 

Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial agreements

Pre-nuptial agreements and to a lesser extent Post-nuptial agreements have become more common in recent years. They are particularly relevant where the parties to a marriage have very different accumulated assets or inheritance expectations or they intend to marry for a second time having children from their first marriage. The likely cost to be incurred from instruction to completed agreement is between £1,000 and £2,500 + VAT depending on the financial issues which need to be addressed.

 

Divorce/Terminating a Civil Partnership

Clients are encouraged to deal  with their own petitions by filing online at https://www.gov.uk/divorce/file-for-divorce

Middletons Family Team will provide help and advice if asked. The hourly rate referred to above will be applied.

The court fee payable is currently £550.

 

Financial Remedies on Divorce/Termination of a Civil Partnership

The hourly rates referred to above will be applied in each case.

The average cost for advice, negotiation and agreeing the terms of a financial remedy order by consent is 12 – 15 hours work – £3000 to £3750 + VAT

More complex cases or cases where agreement cannot be reached will cost more, depending on the stage reached at court.

Court fees for a financial remedy claim are £255.

A common budget for cases which reach the First appointment at court and settle, is £6,250 + VAT (25 hours). For cases which reach a Financial Resolution Appointment and settle, a common budget is £10,000 + VAT (40 hours). If a case progresses to a final hearing the cost can vary substantially and can be as much as £30 – 40,000 + VAT. Clients are kept informed of budget changes and they are encouraged to talk, negotiate and settle rather than litigate.

 

Private Children issues

The hourly rates referred to above will be applied in each case.

Court proceedings for a Child Arrangement Order can be costly and clients should be made aware of this at the outset. Clients are encouraged to talk, negotiate and settle rather than litigate.

The court fee is currently £215.

Typically, a case which requires advice, preparation of court papers and attendance at court with settlement at the first directions hearing at court will incur costs of £6,250 + VAT (25 hours).

Cases involving children often require a number of court appearances, preparation of reports, statements and other court documents and costs can easily reach £12,500 + VAT (50 hours) but more commonly costs involve about 25 hours work – £6250 + VAT.

 

Family Mediation

Middletons has two Accredited Family Mediators who mediate with Mediation Wiltshire and West Limited, one of whom is qualified to mediate with lawyers present (hybrid mediation)

Mediation is charged at £250 an hour divided equally between the parties. There is no VAT on these fees. An individual Mediation information meeting (MIAM) is charged at £100 for each person. Mediation is subject to the parties signing an agreement to mediate.

A typical all issues mediation (both children and financial issues) will take between 3 and 5 sessions of no more that 1.5 hours each. Preparation time is usually 3 to 5 hours. Accordingly, the typical cost ranges between £1,875 and £3,750.

Participants in the mediation process are advised to take their own solicitor’s advice during the process and when they have reached a resolution which will have a separate cost.

 

Our Terms and Conditions set out details of our complaints procedure.

 


We provide client focussed legal advice and assistance.

Our solicitors strive to deliver the best advice and assistance and an outstanding customer experience.

We serve our customers right the way across Wiltshire and Hampshire with offices in Warminster, Amesbury and Stockbridge.

Enquire about our services today.

Just a short note to once again express my sincere thanks to you, Sue and the M&U team, for all your help, cooperation and first class professional support. I am most grateful to you all.

Chris Stephenson, Warminster

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