Ian Walker value for moneyCharges 

Unlike most Solicitors firms we have always been happy to publish all our hourly charge rates on our website.

Legal services are expensive. This is because running a legal practice is expensive and our charges need to take into account our overheads. For example, we have invested in the best legal library and practice support service available for family lawyers. Other overheads include insurance and regulatory costs, maintaining Lexcel and other accreditations and investing in training so that legal knowledge within our team is up-to-date.

We invest in technology which allows us to offer a secure cloud where clients can access their documents.

You should also read our Fair Charging Policy – this explains in detail how we charge and why we don’t offer a “free” half hour.

What we do is aimed at delivering the best legal knowledge and assistance in a way that remains affordable.

How our charge rates compare

When we last surveyed the charge rates of other law firms in Devon and Somerset we found that Partners with Solicitors firms in Exeter and Taunton to whom we would wish to be compared were between £250/£300 +VAT per hour.

We have one of the most experienced family law teams in the South West with all of David Howell-Richardson, Fiona Griffin, Kim Stradling and Sandy Powell being former partners and Heads of the family law teams at previous practices. With us they have chosen to focus on utilising their experience for providing advice and representation, without the distractions of management. All of our lawyers (apart from Ian) who are more than 10 years qualified are charged at £220 +VAT, which is comfortably below the £250 +VAT plus going rate.

If you are unsure about instructing us because our charge rates are not high enough – then we will happily charge more and donate the extra to an agreed charity.

There are family lawyers within the area who charge less, but they are less likely to be part of a specialist team of the size of our team; with the support our team has; or they may be less experienced or without the same accreditations.

Openness about charges

We are always upfront about charges. This is right from the very start. Our bills are always fully itemised.

We charge a fair price for our services. We are always happy to discuss charging/charges.

We are always happy to discuss any alternative costs estimates you may have received. Price should not be the most important factor when choosing a solicitor (expertise should be), but we recognise that it is a factor.

Our Charges

Here are our charges:

Team member/Meeting Rate/Fee Notes
Ian Walker
£240 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
(When acting as a mediator or arbitrator each client pays for one half of Ian's time in connection with the process)
Sandy Powell
Associate Solicitor
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Fiona Griffin
Consultant Solicitor
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Kim Stradling
Consultant Solicitor
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
David Howell-Richardson
Consultant Solicitor
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Nicole Phare
Consultant Solicitor
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Karen Elliott
Consultant Chartered Legal Executive
£220 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Carrie Meikle
Associate Solicitor
£200 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Julie Cornwell
Child Consultant
£120 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Paralegal or Trainee Legal Executive £120 plus VAT per hour Hourly Rate
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with Ian Walker £100 plus VAT For a meeting of up to 1 hour
Initial Legal Meeting (one hour meeting including advice) £100 plus VAT For a meeting of up to 1 hour
Pay-as-you-go Legal Advice Hourly Rates Please ask for more details
Legal Aid Available for children and family law and for family mediation Unless the case is brought by Social Services, Legal Aid is subject to a means test. Evidence of abuse may be needed in non mediation cases

If you are thinking about making an appointment, if available we are happy to have a preliminary chat with you on the phone.

We cannot give you advice without meeting you.

How do we keep our hourly charges competitive?

We can keep our charges so competitive because:

  • We keep our overheads as low as we can. (but we have invested in a top level family law library and legal practice support service).
  • We have avoided basing our administrative hub in a city centre.
  • Our administrative hub based in a business centre in Honiton (good parking, IT, good catchment: cheaper than city centre alternative) and we use our other offices purely for client meetings. This allows us to cover a wide area without the costs of a traditional branch network.
  • We have outsourced admin/support tasks where this saves us money
  • We are a team, so can deal with work efficiently between us

Our growing family law team is now the largest in Honiton and surrounding area. Our team is bigger than most Exeter / Taunton family law solicitors and is one of the most experienced tam of family lawyers in the South West.

We use the same top level specialist family law library and legal practice support service that is used by many leading family law solicitors nationally.

But how we charge is not just about Charging rates. It’s also about avoiding unnecessary work. We are open and transparent about what we charge.

It is very easy for Legal Costs to spiral out of control.

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is to identify the overall outcome that you want to achieve. We will then assist you to achieve a realistic outcome that achieves as much of what you want as possible, but which does not lose sight of any relevant children.

We try to avoid futile side disputes and focus on the main issue.

We are committed to the use of Negotiation and Mediation and Collaborative Law where it be most effective. If going to Court is the best option, then our aim will be to progress the case to a Final Hearing as soon as possible.

Initial Meetings

If you are eligible for Legal Aid, then we will want you to be able to successfully apply for Legal Aid at our initial meeting. We are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency, both for Family Law and Family Mediation.

If you qualify for Legal Aid and provide us with the correct evidence, then initial meetings are Free.

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, then we do make a modest charge of £100 + VAT for an initial one hour long meeting.

Full details are on the initial meetings page. We do not offer a free 15 minute or 20 minute or 30 minute initial meeting because that does not allow enough time to properly understand your matter. We feel an hour is the right amount of time for an initial meeting.

We will send to you our full terms and conditions, charging details and other important regulatory information before our first meeting, so that everything is clear, including how we will look after your data.

We have no hidden charges.