Your options for funding your family law case
When there are issues to resolve within a family, concerns about how legal fees can be paid should not stop you from ensuring peace of mind or your emotional wellbeing. Neither should it stop you bringing something to the attention of a solicitor that you feel you are entitled to, such as a fair division of assets in divorce.
Concerns about money can often result in nothing being done, which in the long term can often become more costly.
If you want to discuss an issue involving family law, but you are concerned about the financial implications the most important thing to do is to contact us first.
Enquiring with our team is completely free and there is never any obligation to proceed. We can discuss the wide range of financial options with you and come to an arrangement that suits you and your unique needs.
Honest and open about costs
We’ll always be upfront and transparent with our costs. Dealing with legal matters can be stressful enough for you without having to worry about the actual cost of divorce and paying unexpected family law fees.
From the start, we’ll discuss likely costs with you and ways of paying them. To help you understand how this works we have listed a simple guide below.
The majority of cases we charge an hourly rate, which will vary depending on the fee earner and the complexity of your case. We’ll be able to give you an estimate of the overall fees once we are fully aware of your circumstances.
Legal Services Orders
In some cases we can apply for an order that your spouse or partner contributes to your legal costs. This Legal Services Order can even cover the costs of attending mediation or enforcing the terms of a court order.
As a leading firm of family lawyers, we can refer you to providers of financial products that many other firms are unable to offer. These products are specifically designed for helping fund family law advice and the cost of divorce.
Fixed fee option
We may occasionally be able to deal with your case for a fixed fee for very specific pieces of work. Get in touch with us today to arrange an appointment to find out more.
‘Pay-as you go’ Simplicity service
If you just want access to advice now and again, Simplicity is straightforward and stress-free. We meet up for an hour as and when you need it. There are no phone calls, letters or emails between us unless agreed, which keeps the costs down. You simply ‘pay-as-you-go’ at an hourly rate depending on the experience of the lawyer you need.
You can use the time with us however you like. For example you may need a hand to draft court papers or letters, coaching on how best to represent yourself in court, or advice on suitable settlement proposals.
Ways to pay
Many of our clients like to pay by regular standing order. This option may well be best for you and help you budget. If you prefer, we’re happy to take payment by credit or debit card (but there is a charge for credit card payments).
Contact our team today to discuss your legal question and find the best funding scheme for you.
Frequently asked questions about funding
Do you offer free initial consultation?
In some of our offices we offer a free initial consultation (in person or on the phone) which can last for up to 30 minutes and is meant as an opportunity for us to discuss your circumstances in general and how we can help, including funding going forward.
In some of our offices we offer a fixed fee initial consultation, the cost of which will be refunded to you should you decide to instruct us formally.
Please get in touch with your preferred office to find out more.
Do you do legal aid work?
We are able to represent clients on a publicly funded basis but we are restricted in our ability to do so by requirements set by the Government and by the Legal Aid Agency. Public funding in family cases has been significantly limited by recent cuts and is not as widely available as it used to be.
Can you tell me more about your hourly-rate charging system?
Our solicitors’ hourly rates are set in accordance to their level of experience. We will ensure that your case is allocated to the most suitable level of expertise depending on your circumstances.
Do you offer fixed fees?
We offer a limited fixed fee package. Depending on your needs and circumstances, we will advise you about your options and we will discuss the best funding arrangement for your case.
The Family team's credentials
“What the team is known for: Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary. Active representing guardians in public law care proceedings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are highly skilled and committed professionals who work incredibly hard and diligently for their clients.” “They provided an excellent service in a very straightforward and non-technical way.” Notable practitioners: Richard Ellis (Band 2) enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases. He is hailed by one commentator as “phenomenally good and a great advocate.” Sharon MacDonald (Band 3) frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” Jon Toogood (Eminent Practitioner) handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner.” Katherine Lauder is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 South West
“What the team is known for: Well-known team in the Oxford market, with substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on public law children cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A really good outfit, and universally likeable.” Notable practitioners: Mark Phillips (Band 3) is experienced advising in divorce and financial remedy matters, especially those involving complex assets such as pensions and business interests. One source says of him: “He is very intellectually able, and has a pleasant, persuasive way about him.” Head of the Oxfordshire family team Simon Bassett (Band 3) is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has ‘a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.” Legal 500 2016 South West
Simon Bassett is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. Legal 500 2016 South East