Solicitor & Founding Director
- Children issues arising from relationship breakdown
- Child contact and living arrangements
- Complex and intractable cases
- UK and international relocation
- International child abduction
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.
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. For relationship breakdown, a comprehensive initial review is always necessary. Please call us to make an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers.
All prices below include VAT and court fees.
One meeting with a qualified lawyer regarding all legal and practical aspects of your situation, to include assessment of the best routes to resolving your situation.
Any preparation which is required in advance of the meeting.
Any further work after the meeting which you tell us to do.
Please note: occasionally we may need to charge a higher fixed fee for this service. This would be if your situation is complex, or if we need to review extensive documentation before or during the meeting. If this is the case, we will let you know in advance of the meeting.
One meeting with a senior solicitor to review your family circumstances and your financial situation, advise on what is achievable with an agreement, the legal requirements, the process, the best way to introduce the idea of an agreement, and the likely overall cost of the agreement.
Any work on the agreement itself
Court fee of £593.
All steps required throughout the divorce process.
A comprehensive initial review will be needed prior to us undertaking your divorce.
Any initial advice on your matrimonial situation. For this, you need our comprehensive initial review.
Any advice on whether you should apply for divorce on your own, or jointly (we will do this during our comprehensive initial review).
Any issues regarding the finances of your marriage, or your children
Dealing with difficulties in serving the divorce proceedings.
Making a claim for costs in the divorce proceedings.
Where your spouse is in another country.
Court fee of £53.
Drafting the court order and negotiating the wording with your spouse or their lawyer.
Completing the D81 Statement of Information for a Consent Order (minimum 23 pages) and negotiating the wording with your spouse or their lawyer (no more than 2 redrafts of either the order or the Statement of Information).
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.
Please note: We will advise you on what Tier your situation falls into before commencing work on the Court order.
Initial solicitor meeting, up to 1 hour.
Alerting you to potential inheritance tax issues. Up to 2 redrafts.
Please note there is an additional £7.20 fee for anti-money laundering checks
Advising on or creating complex tax structures, trusts or overseas assets.
Non-domicile issues. Storage of your Will.
Initial meeting with a solicitor
Registering the LPA
Please note there is an additional £7.20 fee for anti-money laundering checks
Office of the Public Guardian
(OPG) fees of £82 per LPA
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 below list of rates).
The majority of the work will be carried out by Judith Chesters or Chris Strogen who are experienced solicitors, occasionally assisted by Amber Morgan, Zoe Kalton Morris.
We can give an estimate of the likely charges involved in a probate matter after an initial meeting or discussion. Such a discussion is without obligation.
Please see further down this page for more details on Probate Grants.
For all of the above fixed fee 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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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:
If administration support is needed we can:
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
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 put a lot of legal information on our website and if you have a single question about your situation, you should find an answer in our blog here.
If you need a greater level of help, please use this form and one of our team will call you to make an appointment. Please note that we cannot offer Legal aid.
Unfortunately due to the level of single question enquiries we receive, we cannot guarantee to provide written answers to individual questions posted via this enquiry form.
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