Fees & Funding

Fees and Funding

Our aim is to provide flexibility, allowing you to buy into as much – or as little – of our expertise as you need, when you need it.

Whether you need us to represent you fully or simply need advice to prepare documentation, we can help.

We are happy to offer new clients a free telephone consultation (with the exception of mediation – see below), and we have developed a flexible and transparent fee structure that gives clients two options: a loyalty reward hourly rate contract and a pay as you go service.

Hourly rate contract

Many clients need our help with their case from start to finish and instruct us to represent them fully. This means that we handle everything for them, and they benefit from our hourly rate contract where we charge for the amount of time spent working on their case.

The current hourly rate for all of our solicitors is between £210 and £350 per hour plus VAT depending on work type. We charge legal assistants at £110 per hour plus VAT, and Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals between £190 and £210 per hour plus VAT.

We bill in regular instalments and.can, subject to your circumstances,  agree a monthly payment plan in which interest is charged at 8% on outstanding balances.

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Pay as you go service

For clients who are comfortable representing themselves, we offer a pay as you go service. Simply choose from the menu of services below, and pay on the day for the advice or assistance you receive. With this service, we do not go on the court record as acting on your behalf, and we don’t engage in correspondence with anyone else on your behalf.

Our pay as you go options are as follows:

  • 30-minute appointment and follow-up letter - £120 plus VAT
  • 60-minute appointment and follow-up letter - £220 plus VAT

Children cases

  • Preparation of application - £150 plus VAT
  • Preparation of statement - £200 plus VAT per statement
  • Attendance at Directions appointment - £500 plus VAT (depending on location)
  • Attendance at other hearings - £1250 per day plus VAT

Financial matters on divorce

  • Preparation of Form E - £400 plus VAT
  • Preparation of First Appointment documentation - £350 plus VAT
  • Attending First Appointment - £500 plus VAT
  • Attending Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment - £1000 plus VAT
  • Preparation of consent order from £750 plus VAT

General services

  • Preparation of documentation not specified below – price to be agreed
  • Draft letter of instruction to expert - £100 plus VAT
  • Preparation of Court Ordered bundles - £400 plus VAT (to include 4 bundles and Index)

Divorce proceedings

  • Preparation of petition and supporting documents - £200 plus VAT
  • Preparation of application for directions for trial & statement in support - £100 plus VAT

Pre-nuptial  agreements

  • From £750 plus VAT

Cohabitation agreements

  • From £500 plus VAT

Change of Name Deeds

  •  £150 plus VAT

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Mediation

Our rates for mediation are as follows:

  • Children-only mediations - £650 plus VAT per person
  • Property and Finance only mediations - £750 plus VAT per person
  • All-issues mediation (children, property and finance) - £800 plus VAT per person
  • Child Inclusive mediation - usually we do not charge any additional sums for speaking to a child as part of the two session children-only package as set out above.  This depends upon suitability.

All of the above prices include two mediation sessions plus all the associated paperwork. Additional sessions are charged at £250 plus VAT per person, per session.

  • MIAM (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) - £100 plus VAT per person.
  • MIAM appointments are required for anyone wishing to consider mediation.

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is charged at our normal hourly rate of upto £350 plus VAT.

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Family Arbitration

Our charges for Clare Thornton to act as the Arbitrator in a case are based on an hourly rate of £275 plus VAT.  This is generally shared between the parties so each pays £137.50 plus VAT per hour.  Fixed fees may be available on a case by case basis and enquiries should be directed to Clare Thornton if necessary.

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Wills, probate, trusts and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

Wills

  • Basic Wills start at £250 plus VAT.
  • Single Will with right to reside or life interest start at £350 plus VAT.
  • Severance of Tenancy from £200 plus VAT per property plus £6 plus VAT for office copies per land registry title.
  • Mutual Severance of Tenancy with any Will is charged at £50 plus VAT per property plus £6 plus VAT for office copies per land registry title.
  • Unilateral Severance of Tenancy with any Will is charged at £100 plus VAT per property plus £6 plus VAT for office copies per land registry title
  • Basic Mirror Wills start at £400 plus VAT for both.
  • Mirror Wills with Asset Protection start at £650 plus VAT and £6 plus VAT for office copies.
  • Discretionary Trust Wills/Disabled person Trust Wills - Please contact us for an appointment to discuss further.
  • Letter of wishes to accompany any Will start at £100 plus VAT.
  • Family Trusts start from £1850 plus VAT plus Disbursements.

Trusts, probate and estate administration

Please visit our probate page of this website which sets out the options for how we may assist you with dealing with probate and estate administration and how we charge for those services.

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

There are two types of LPA you can choose from. A Health and Welfare LPA and a Property and Finances LPA. Our fees are the same irrespective of which type of LPA you choose. Please note that there is an additional fee of £82 per LPA to register it with the Office of the Public Guardian.

  • One LPA costs £400 plus VAT (plus the registration fee of £82).
  • Two LPAs (either a Health and Welfare LPA with a Property and Finances LPA for one person, OR two Client’s wanting one LPA each) costs £650 plus VAT (plus the registration fee £164).
  • Both types of LPAs for two Clients (partners) costs £1,100 plus VAT (plus the registration fee of £328).

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Fixed Fee Initial Advice

If you require advice about gifting your home to a family member or into a trust, or you require advice on your role as Attorney or Deputy, we offer new clients an initial advice package. This includes an initial meeting with a solicitor for up to one hour together with a follow up advice. This service is charged at £200 plus VAT.