For some cases we are able to offer you the peace of mind to know that your legal fees will be fixed from the outset

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

Pre-nuptial agreement

You may wish to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement to help to ensure that assets you own before, or you accumulated during, the marriage or civil partnership remain yours.

Cohabitation agreement

Unwinding your finances if you have been living with a partner and are separating can be complicated and expensive, particularly if you own a house or have children together. To help reduce the cost and disputes associated with relationship breakdown you may wish to consider a Cohabitation Agreement which sets out how the assets should be dealt with.

Undefended divorce or civil partnership dissolution

For the Petitioner (ie the person bringing the divorce)

In many cases we can offer a fixed fee for the undefended divorce or dissolution in England and Wales. To be eligible:

  1. the marriage ceremony or civil partnership should usually have taken place in the UK,
  2. you know the whereabouts of your spouse or partner, and
  3. your spouse or partner is willing to co-operate with the process.

For the Respondent (ie the person being divorced)

Fixed fees are also available for a Respondent to an undefended divorce or civil partnership dissolution.

Financial Consent Order

In many cases we’re able to charge a fixed fee for preparing a formal document, known as a Consent Order. This contains the terms of the financial agreement you’ve reached.

Finalising the divorce itself may not prevent either you or your former spouse or partner making financial claims against each other in the future. For complete peace of mind you should consider a Consent Order which can prevent any further claims.

Separation agreement

For married couples or civil partners who wish to separate but not divorce, financial certainty can be achieved by setting out a temporary or permanent financial agreement in a Separation Agreement.

Change of name deed

We can offer fixed fees for dealing with the change of names of an adult or a child.

Parenting plan

Following the breakdown of a relationship we can record the agreed arrangements for the children in a parenting plan.

Parental Responsibility Agreement

Parental responsibility is “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. Sometimes a father may not automatically have parental responsibility. This can be rectified by using a Parental Responsibility Agreement.

Court representation

For certain cases we are able to offer a fixed fee for representing you in court.

Wills and Power of Attorney

Whether you are getting together with a new partner or spouse or in the process of separating, it is important that you consider making or updating your Will, and making a Power of Attorney. It is easy to overlook these steps. Visit our sections on making Wills and Powers of Attorney for more information.

Implementing the agreement

Once you have reached an agreement you may need help implementing it. We can offer fixed fees for a number of transactions including transferring assets and property. Visit our property section to find out more about our property services.

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

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At a very difficult and stressful time, Sharon quickly made me feel at ease with her knowledge, reassurance and friendly, proactive outlook. I would have easily been persuaded to continue an impossible and damaging situation if it had not been for her help, advice and constant support.
Mandy McEvoy

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