Your options for family law advice and funding

‘From the start, we’ll discuss likely costs with you and ways of paying them’

One of your biggest concerns, apart from reaching the right agreement, is likely to be “how much is it all going to cost me?” We can assess your situation and discuss family law advice and funding you’ll need. We’ll always make our costs clear and straightforward, and look at all options for payment.

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 which may include family law legal aid. Here is a quick run down of some things you might like to know about family law advice and funding your case.

  • Hourly rates
    For some cases we simply charge an hourly rate, which will vary depending on the level of expertise you need. We’ll be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of how many hours your case will require and the likely fees.
  • 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.
  • Loans
    As a leading firm of family lawyers, we have access to financial products that many other firms are unable to offer. These include those from specialist providers who have products specifically designed for helping fund family law advice and the cost of divorce.
  • Fixed fee option
    We may be able to deal with your case for a fixed fee. Get in touch with us today 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, 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.


Our 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

“Royds Withy King’s group is led by Simon Bassett who is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. The ‘efficient and committed’ Anne Davies specialises in child-related work” Legal 500 2016 South East


Contact us to find out more about funding your case, such as the cost of divorce or family law legal aid

The service received from James could not be improved as his professional help and conduct was exemplary. At a time when I was completely unable to deal with anymore confrontation for a divorce, James recognised this and took the helm… [he] was able to achieve a successful final outcome for my sons and I, and I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for us.

Lorraine Hockly

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