Fees

Effective from 1st October 2021

Fixed Fee Guide

What areas of work can we offer under a fixed fee?

We offer advice and a range of services in relation to all areas of family law including:

Divorce/Separation
Financial Matters
Adoption Change of Name Deeds
Care Proceedings
Civil Partnerships
Cohabitee Disputes
Domestic Abuse
Grandparents’ Rights
Pre-Nuptial Arrangements
Parental Responsibility
Parental Abduction
Injunctions/Non-Molestation
Specific Issue Orders
Prohibited Steps Orders

Berry Legal Services is not able to offer its client’s legal aid at present. Therefore, all fees will be offered on an hourly rate basis, unless a fixed fee is agreed.

What is a fixed fee?

A fixed fee is exactly what it sounds like. We will agree to undertake a specific piece of work at a fixed price.

We will agree with you what we will do and fix the price. Any legal issue involving your family or a relationship breakdown is stressful and can be an expensive experience. We aim to provide our clients with certainty on costs so wherever possible we will offer a fixed fee. Our fixed fees are aimed at keeping the strain that our clients face to a minimum. Our clients can have the certainty of knowing exactly how much their costs are. Not all work is suitable for a fixed fee and if this applies to your case we will advise you accordingly. In these cases then we will be able to give an estimate of our fee and we will not exceed this estimate without your agreement.

How does the fixed fee work?

Your case will be considered by one of our experienced staff. We will then agree the action that we will take and provide the fee that will be charged. We can offer a fixed fee for different stages of your case and you can purchase all or some stages to suit your individual needs or a package to deal with the whole of your case.

Unlike other firms you do not need to instruct us to deal with your whole case but can purchase legal advice for certain stages which you find difficult to deal with. We can offer a fixed fee to deal with all aspects of your case, including Court proceedings. You can limit your costs up to the stage that is purchased and then you have the choice whether or not to purchase the next stage. You have the control over how much your costs are. There are always occasions when the unexpected occurs and additional work is required. We will tell you immediately if this happens and no further cost is incurred until a further fee agreement is agreed.

Variations from the fixed fee can also occur if the work needed changes significantly. Your solicitor will consider the change and impact on your case. If the change means that the work required falls outside your agreed action you will be notified in writing and given the option of a new fee arrangement.

How do appointments take place during Covid-19?

Due to the current pandemic appointments will take place via telephone or Zoom.

General Fees

General Fees

Initial consultation and assessment of case with Solicitor and letter to the other side

Fees

£200

Hourly rate*

£150

*This rate does not apply to financial settlements.

Divorce/Separation Fees

Divorce/Separation Fees
Divorce (Petitioner and Uncontested)

Fee

£500

Court Fee

£593

Total

£1093

Divorce (Respondent and Uncontested)

Fee

£300

Court Fee

Total

£300
Divorce (Respondent and Contested)

Fee

£400

Court Fee

Total

£400

Dissolution of Civil Partnership

Fee

£400

Court Fee

£593

Total

£993

Financial Settlements

Financial Settlements
Financial proceedings*

Fees

£200
*Charged per hour.

Children Fee Guide

Children

Application for an order (C100) – Preparation

Fee

£300

Court Fee

£232

Total

£532

Application for order, directions or leave (C2) – Preparation

Fee

£200

Court Fee

£232

Total

£432

First hearing (Representation for Applicant)

Fee

£600

Court Fee

N/A

Total

£600

First hearing (Representation for Respondent)

Fee

£400

Court Fee

Total

£400

Single direction hearing (Representation for Applicant)

Fee

£600

Court Fee

Total

£600

Single direction hearing (Representation for Respondent)

Fee

£400

Court Fee

Total

£400

Final hearing (Representation)*

Fee

£1000

Court Fee

Total

£1000

Bundle preparation

Fee

Hourly Rate

Court Fee

Total

Work outside the above will be undertaken at an hourly rate.
Please see General Services table for hourly rate.
*Charged per day.
All work outside of the fixed fee is to be undertaken at the hourly rate of the allocated fee earner.

Please contact us for further information and advice.