Our initial meetings are at no charge and there is no time limit. Thereafter, our charges are based upon hourly rates which range from £110 to £500 depending upon the seniority and experience of the person acting.
Costs are not driven primarily by how much wealth there is in a marriage or by how complicated the parties’ financial affairs are (though this is relevant). The primary driver of costs is the manner in which the parties relate to each other as they separate and afterwards. Contrary to popular belief, divorce does not need to be painfully expensive.
Where both parties are open, reasonable and well advised from the start, the costs will be low. Around 1 in 5 of our cases cost under £10,000 plus VAT and disbursements. This typically equates to less than 1 or 2% of the value in the marriage. It is human nature that most divorces do not start like that, but even after some initial turbulence, we are able to bring most cases to a fair negotiated settlement without the need to go to Court at all.
The average cost is in the range of £20,000 to £50,000 plus VAT and disbursements. These are substantial sums in isolation, but in context they will typically equate to no more than around 1% to 4% of the value in the marriage.
Occasionally, where one party is persistently dishonest or unreasonable there is no way to get a fair outcome except by going to Court. In that case the cost may exceed £100,000, but that will only happen where the value in dispute justifies the expense of the litigation, or in other words there is a good prospect of getting a worthwhile return on the money spent.
We are committed to achieving cost effective outcomes. In order to help you take decisions that will keep your case as cost effective as possible we will invoice you on a monthly basis and provide you with written advice in respect of costs including an updated forward estimate at least once a month as your case progresses.
Our invoices are payable on receipt. In some cases clients are not able to pay as they go. In these cases we are usually able to arrange a litigation funding package with a specialist lender instead. If your case is not suitable for litigation funding we may be able to act for you on credit so that you pay when your case is over.