Nobody wants to pay more for legal advice than they need to. There are a number of different ways we can help you to keep costs to a minimum, without compromising on the quality of the service we provide.
Family Law Initial Fixed Fee Meeting
Experiencing problems at home, particularly when children are involved, can be difficult and distressing. You may be unsure of how to proceed and may just want to find out what your options are before taking any further action. Our family law department offers a fixed fee appointment for initial advice for just £75 plus VAT.
Fixed Fee Packages
We understand that uncertainty around costs can be off putting. No one wants end up with a huge bill that they haven’t budgeted for. That is why we have developed a range of family law fixed fee packages to help our clients control their costs.
Business clients can also keep costs under control with our range of fixed fee contract reviews.
The Right Representation
There are times when you will want one of our most experienced lawyers on your case. At other times, for less complicated matters, you may not need a partner or associate solicitor involved, and it may be more appropriate for a more junior member of our team to handle your work. We will always make sure that the most appropriate person is assigned to your case, so that you are not paying for expertise that you don’t need.
Alternatives To Court
Going to court can be a very expensive, and often lengthy, option. But very often, going to court can be avoided. We will do whatever we can to resolve your dispute through other, more cost effective, channels. In many cases, mediation may be the most appropriate way of resolving your case. Our accredited and experienced mediators will work with you to help you find an acceptable solution to your dispute without going to court.
Conditional Fee Agreements – ‘No Win, No Fee’
In certain situations, we may be able to work for you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. In these cases, we may be able to reduce our fee, sometimes by as much as 100%. If you lose your case, you only pay the reduced fee (or nothing at all if we have agreed to reduce your fee by the full 100%). If you win your case, we will charge our normal fees, plus an uplift on our costs, which reflects our risk. In the majority of winning cases, your fees and costs will be paid by your opponent. Your solicitor will tell you whether a conditional fee agreement is appropriate for your situation at your initial appointment with us.
Legal Aid allows people with a low income to get free legal advice and help from a solicitor or an experienced legal adviser. The solicitor or adviser must have a contract with the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to be able to provide Legal Aid.
We are only able to take on legal aid cases through our family law department in Stamford. Please note: as a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), which came into force on 1st April 2013, Legal Aid is only available for family law cases involving domestic violence, forced marriage or child abduction. Legal Aid continues to be available for child protection matters (care proceedings).
In criminal defence matters, legal advice and representation at the police station is free to everyone. In the magistrates court advice and representation is free if the case is judged to be serious; other assistance is means tested.