Initial Meeting Charges

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We assist clients who are privately paying and through Legal Aid. We are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency, both for Family Law and Family Mediation.

Legal Aid

When we meet a new client, we will first undertake an assessment for eligibility for Legal Aid if there is a reasonable possibility that the client will be eligible. If you think that you might be eligible for Legal Aid, please make sure that you let us know.

If the you are eligible for Legal Aid (for Legal Advice or for Family Mediation), then after the Legal Aid Form has been signed, and there is correct evidence of means (and in some cases risk of harm), we will then be able to proceed with a meeting under the terms of the Legal Aid Scheme. In most cases this means that our time is FREE to you, as we will be paid by the Legal Aid Agency.

Fixed Fee Initial Legal Advice Meetings

The FEE is £100 + VAT.

For this Value Fixed Fee you will receive;

A meeting of up to 1 hour with a specialist expert Family Law Solicitor or Legal Executive including Legal Advice.

We will give an idea of what the case costs could be.

If requested we will send you a full written Report with our recommendations. There will be an additional charge for this. This is based on time spent.

A Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

The FEE is £100 + VAT.

This is a meeting of up to 1 hour with an expert Family Mediator.

We will discuss with you what mediation is and whether it could assist you to resolve difficulties. We will undertake safety screening.

If after the meeting, or after we have met the other person, mediation is does not proceed, we will countersign a Court Application Form or provide form FM1 for no additional charge

Or

An Options Meeting.

If you are not sure whether they wish to instruct us as a mediation service or as a Solicitors Practice, then we can have an options meeting instead. We will discuss the different options;

  • Mediation
  • Solicitor Negotiation
  • Court Proceedings
  • Collaborative Law

But we will not give Legal Advice in an options meeting unless you wish to move to a Legal Advice Meeting.

The Charge is the same as for a Mediation Information and Advice Meeting (£100 + VAT)

If at any point in the meeting you wish to convert the meeting into a Legal Advice Meeting, then we can do so.