Our Prices

When we started Evolve Family Law in 2015, we knew that we wanted to give our clients value for money. To achieve this goal we are always fair and transparent on fees.

This has been part of our culture from day one, and it is why we are one of the first law firms in the country to publish our fees online.

 

Our vision is to be the most trusted and first choice advisors for everyone going through relationship changes.

Our Standard Fixed Fees

We may be able to do any kind of work for you on a fixed fee basis. However, for anything other than the list of services below, we would need to assess this on an individual basis after we know more about your situation. We are always happy to have a no-obligation, no-charge call with you for up to 30 minutes to work out what we can do for you and how we would charge. Please call us to make an appointment to speak to one of our lawyers. You may need to provide written information about your case in advance.

All prices below include VAT and court / government fees.

Service

Includes

Excludes

Price (inc. 20% VAT)

Relationship breakdown:
Comprehensive initial review
Timescale for completion:
Normally within a week of you contacting us.
One meeting with a solicitor regarding all aspects of your relationship situation.
Any documentation or preparation which is required in advance of the meeting.
An email or letter from us confirming our advice and the recommended next steps.
Any further work after the meeting which you tell us to do.
Any expenses incurred by us for the meeting (for example Land Registry searches).
£300
Divorce:
You as petitioner
Timescale for completion:
Can complete within 5 months, mostly dependent on court waiting times.
Court fee of £550.
All steps required in order to obtain a final divorce decree, including:
advising you on best grounds;
liaising with your spouse or their lawyer to minimise unnecessary conflict;
drafting, filing and serving the divorce application;
applying for decree nisi;
advising you on appropriate timing and application for decree absolute.
Any initial advice on your matrimonial situation. For this, you need our comprehensive initial review.
Any issues regarding the finances of your marriage.
Defended proceedings, or where your spouse does not acknowledge receipt of the divorce application.
Where your spouse is in another country.
£1222
Consent order regarding marital finances
Timescale for completion:
Can normally complete negotiation and drafting work within 4 weeks, but depends on co-operation from your spouse. Normally at least 6 more weeks for court approval.
Court fee of £50.
Drafting the court order and negotiating the wording with your spouse or their lawyer.
Helping you to complete a Statement of Information for a Consent Order.
Completing any other required documentation (e.g. Pension enquiry form, Pension sharing annex).
Negotiating the agreement (if you and your spouse haven’t already reached one).
Advising you on whether the agreement is fair. For this you need our comprehensive initial review.
Dealing with any queries raised by the court.
Attending any hearings.
£866 – Simple
no ongoing maintenance / pensions
£1,682 – Moderate
ongoing maintenance / pensions
£2,330 – Advanced
ongoing maintenance and pensions
Bespoke Quote
companies, 3rd parties, international, trusts
Will writing
Timescale for completion: Can complete on same day as meeting if need be.
Initial solicitor meeting, up to 1 hour.
Alerting you to potential inheritance tax issues. Up to 2 redrafts.
Advising on or creating complex tax structures, trusts or overseas assets.
Non-domicile issues. Storage of your Will.
£300
Single Person
£450
Couple (Mirror Wills)
Lasting Power of Attorney
(LPA*)
*There are two types of LPA: Health and Welfare, and Financial Affairs.
You can have one or both
Timescale for completion:
Can complete on same day as meeting if need be.
Initial meeting with a solicitor
Registering the LPA
Office of the Public Guardian
(OPG) fees of £82 per LPA
£240
Single type of LPA for one person
£450
Both types of LPA for one person / single type of LPA for a couple
£720
Both types of LPA for a couple

 

For all of the above work, we will send you an invoice for 50% of our fixed fee (and any expenses) before we start our work, which will need to be paid before we start our work, and an invoice for the remaining 50% of our fee shortly prior to completion of our work, which will need to be paid before we complete our work.

 

Our Hourly Rates

Unless we agree a fixed price with you for our work, our fees are calculated on an hourly rate basis. All activity is charged according to the exact number of minutes it takes. Unlike all other law firms, we do not have a minimum charging unit of six minutes, which we think is outdated and unfair. Our hourly rates are as follows, and in order to provide you with an efficient and cost effective service, any or all of the following people may carry out work on your matter.

All prices below include VAT

We will provide you with an estimate of our likely overall charges and expenses once we know enough about your case, which is normally after we have had initial contact with the other parties.

Louise Halford
Solicitor, Director
Standard rate £276
Higher rate* £336

Robin Charrot
Solicitor, Director
Standard rate £300
Higher rate* £360

Chris Stogen
Solicitor
£240

Debra Lowy
Solicitor
Standard Rate £264
Higher Rate* £288

Andrew Lee
Solicitor
Standard rate £264
Higher rate* £288

Alison Barnett
Solicitor
Standard rate £264
Higher rate* £288

Bethany Davies
Solicitor
£204

Amber Morgan
Paralegal
£168

Zoë Kalton-Morris
Paralegal
£120

Stephanie Richardson
Legal Assistant
£108

Tracey Carney
Legal Assistant
£108

 

*We will apply the higher hourly rate to your case (or to parts of your case) where our work is exceptionally urgent, complex, or where it requires significant out of hours work.

For any travel on your matter we charge 50% of the person’s hourly rate. We will invoice you for our hourly rate-based charges and any expenses on a monthly basis, which are payable straight away, unless we are undertaking a very high level of work for you, in which case we may submit invoices more frequently.

Expenses

Our day to day office overheads (for example printing and copying) are included in our above charges. Any expenses under £200 (for example Land Registry fees or parking charges) will be paid by us and then added to our invoices. For any expenses over £200 (for example a property valuer) we will normally ask you to pay the expense directly. Whenever we use a barrister, we will ask you to pay their fee to us before it is incurred.

 

Probate Work, Pricing and Timescale

As every estate administration is different and unique on it`s facts, we do not charge fixed fees and instead charge on an hourly rate basis for all work (see above list of rates).

The majority of the work will be carried out by Chris Strogen who is an experienced solicitor, occasionally assisted by Amber Morgan, Zoe Kalton Morris, Stephanie Richardson

We can give an  estimate of the likely charges involved in a probate matter after an initial meeting or discussion. Such a meeting is without obligation.

Not all estates require a grant of probate. Some smaller estates where no house is owned can be dealt with informally using a bank or building society`s internal procedure.

Where a grant is required, whether there is a will or not (an intestacy) the work required is broadly of two types, completing the appropriate Inheritance Tax Return and completing the Oath to be signed by the executors or administrators setting out their entitlement to act and confirming their acceptance of the legal responsibility.

After the grant is obtained, we will complete as much of the administration work as the executors require.

Applying for a Grant of Probate only, where there is a will and no help with administration is required and only a short form tax return is needed (as no tax is payable )will typically cost £600-720 including VAT.

If a long form tax return is required as tax is due before the grant can be issued, typical charges for the grant stage will be £1,500-1800 including VAT.

In both cases the following work will be required:-

-checking for the existence and validity of a will or applying the rules of intestacy

-obtaining valuations of estate assets to inform the tax return and oath application

-applying for the grant of probate

-assessing and dealing with any claims on the estate, considering any variations

-liaising with the representatives and beneficiaries to the estate, corresponding with all relevant financial institutions and organisations

-where Inheritance Tax is payable, assisting in the releases of funds

 

If administration support is needed we can:-

-gather in the assets using the grant

-transfer any jointly held assets, assist with transferring ISA benefits

-prepare estate accounts and distribute legacies

-complete and file tax returns for the year of death, liaising with accountants if required

-assist with any IHT corrective accounts if assets have increased during the administration, consider Capital Gains Tax with appropriation out where possible, completing the tax return for the administration period

-consider any ongoing responsibilities for executors becoming trustees to give effect to will trusts ad for example manage money for children until they become of age

-create final estate accounts

Typically, in the smaller estates the administration phase might involve further fees of £600 including VAT, the larger estates will vary depending on the number and complexity of assets held and could exceed a further £1,200 including VAT

Obtaining a simple grant in the time of Covid can take as little as 12 weeks, a larger estate may take 6-9 months to complete.

The fees that may be payable to other organisations include

  • Probate Fees paid to Court £155
  • Copy fees per grant £1.50
  • Advertisements for debtors under the Trustee Act £75.50
  • Copy Death Certificate £10

Other occasional fees may include tracing fees for an individual £75, for HMLR records £6, professional valuations for shares from £60, replacing lost share certificates from £25

We are offering appointments via phone and video call

Our staff are working from home and are available for all your family law needs. Please call us on 0345 222 8 222 or email info@evolvefamilylaw.co.uk