Easy To Understand Cost Estimates From The Outset
We will tell you how much your case is likely to cost once we have discussed your needs with you at your initial meeting with us.
We will highlight anything that could potentially increase or decrease these costs (for example, If you are involved in a dispute, it could be more expensive to resolve if both parties fail to reach an agreement through mediation and the case ends up in court) and we will review this estimate on a regular basis.
If anything happens as your case progresses that could significantly increase or decrease your costs we will let you know as soon as possible, and certainly before any additional costs are incurred.
How We Calculate Our Fees
The basis for calculation of our fees is by reference to the time spent in dealing with the case. This includes meetings we have with you, preparing paperwork, and making and receiving telephone calls. Our charges range from £100 plus VAT an hour for a paralegal through to £250 an hour plus VAT for a partner. You may also need to pay court costs and other expenses, but the likely cost of these will be explained to you at your initial meeting 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).
If you are not sure whether or not you qualify for legal aid, we will help you to complete the assessment process. We are not able to offer Legal Aid for housing disputes or personal injury claims.
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.
Paying Your Bill Conveniently
We offer a number of options for paying your bill. Visit our payment options page for more information.