As a result of our Family and Matrimonial Contract, subject to eligibility criteria being fulfilled, we may be able to act for you on a Publicly Funded basis (Legal Aid). If you think that may be entitled to public funding (Legal Aid), please inform our Receptionist when calling to make an appointment and bring evidence of your income/benefit entitlement to your first appointment.
For those clients who instruct us on a privately paying basis we appreciate that the costs of proceedings may be substantial, as a result we will invoice you at regular intervals to ensure that the costs remain manageable, alternatively we would be happy to discuss payment by standing order enable you to pay as you go.
Please note that all work undertaken on your behalf or advice given, is chargeable, we do not offer free or fixed price interviews except for family matters.
Private Charging Rates
If we do not work for you under the terms of a Legal Aid Certificate or Conditional Fee Agreement basis or in a respect of a conveyancing or other fixed fee matter, we will charge you in accordance with the following schedule of fees:
|Fee Earner||Status||Hourly Rate||Routine Letters/Disbursements|
|Angela Ashcroft LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£220.00||£22.00|
|Andrew Simpson LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£220.00||£22.00|
|Claire Truscott LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£220.00||£22.00|
|Fiona Aitken BA Law||Consultant Solicitor||£220.00||£22.00|
|Janine Hobson B Hum||Associate Solicitor||£220.00||£22.00|
|Karen Greenwood LL.B||Assistant Solicitor||£190.00||£19.00|
|Abigail Lawson LL.B||Assistant Solicitor||£190.00||£19.00|
|Laura Thomson LL.B||Assistant Solicitor||£190.00||£19.00|
|Joy Geggie||Senior Legal Clerk||£177.00||£17.70|
|Associate Legal Executive||£150.00||£15.00|
Family Charging Rates
|Christine Anderson LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
|David Ashman LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
|Claire Truscott LL.B||Director - Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
|Andrew Wilkinson||Director - Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
|Sharon Walker LL.B||Associate Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
|Lisa Russell LL.B||Assistant Solicitor||£195.00||£19.50|
Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney, Asset Protection Trusts
|Straight forward Single Will||£140.00 + VAT|
|Straight forward Mirror Will||£180.00 + VAT|
|Lasting Power of Attorney -|
|Single (either Personal Welfare OR Property and Finance)||£300 + VAT|
|Double (two people OR both Personal Welfare and Property and Finance)||£450 + VAT|
|In addtion, Court fee is £110 per LPA|
|Deputyship Order||£850 + VAT and Court fee - This is a fixed fee approved by the Court of Protection|
|Asset Protection Trust||£1,400 = VAT and disbursements|
Family Fixed Fees
We offer an initial consultation for a fixed fee of £50 plus VAT which covers an initial appointment of up to 30 minutes where we will provide you with advice tailored to your circumstances and the advice will be confirmed in writing.
We are now able to offer a fixed fee service in certain circumstances in relation to some family matters. For example to represent a Petitioner in relation to an uncontested divorce we would charge a fixed fee of £450 exclusive of disbursements (eg Court fees) and VAT. To represent a Respondent in these circumstances we would charge a fixed fee of £300 exclusive of disbursements and VAT.
We are also able to offer a fixed fee service of £500 in certain circumstances in relation to a number of other family matters for example financial matters ancillary to divorce proceedings, separation agreements, consent orders, cohabitation agreements and private law children matters. This can potentially include representation at Court hearings in relation to those matters.
To enquire as to whether our fixed fee service may be applicable to you contact a member of our experienced family department who will be able to provide you with further details and discuss your needs in full. Please contact our Family Department on 5144323 (Sunderland office) or 5118222 (Seaham office).
These are the legal conveyancing costs that we charge for residential/commercial conveyancing work that we do on your behalf including, but not limited to, buying, selling, remortaging, freehold purchses, transfers of property, purchase of land. This is a fixed fee which covers the legal work that we carry out on your behalf from your intitial instructions to completion of the transaction and dealing with all the formalities in between. There are additional costs involved other than the conveyancing costs, such as Stamp Duty at the prevailing rate, bank transfer fees, Land Registry fees and other search fees. You should contact a member of our experienced Conveyancing Department who will be able to provide you with a bespoke quote for yor particular transaction and discuss your conveyancing needs in full. Please contact our Conveyancing Department on 5144323 (Sunderland) or 5118222 (Seaham).
Payment by credit card will attract a fee at the prevailing rate charged by our bank, there is no fee for debit card or standing order payments.
All charges are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.
- 40p + VAT per black and white A4 sheet.
- 60p + VAT per colour A4 sheet.
Disbursements (payments to others) are charged separately.
To ascertain whether or not you are eligible for Public Funding (Legal Aid), you will need to give us details about your income and capital position then we can assess your financial eligibility.
Funding may be available in the form of "Legal Help" for advice or under a "Certificate of Public Funding" if representation at proceedings is required.
If you qualify for Public Funding (Legal Aid) then you will need to provide documentary evidence about your financial circumstances. If you do not, you may be financially responsible for any charge incurred. You may be liable to pay monthly contributions for the lifetime of the case.
In the event that you recover or preserve money or property which is in dispute then subject to your costs being paid by the other party you may have to pay your own costs.
To find out more about Public Funding (Legal Aid) go to https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid.
Accelerated Possession Proceedings – Fixed fees
We are now able to offer a fixed fee service in certain circumstances in relation to Accelerated Possession Proceedings. By way of example we will prepare and serve a straight forward Section 21 notice for £120 plus VAT. We will also obtain a Possession Order using the accelerated route in the County Court without any hearing for £250 plus VAT and disbursements.
Small Claims – Fixed fees
We are now able to offer a fixed fee service in certain small claims cases for each stage of a case. By way of example our charges pre-proceedings start from £50 plus VAT and then if Court proceedings are required we can offer a fixed fee for each stage of the case up to and including the final hearing, and then also for enforcement.
To enquire as to whether our fixed fee service may be applicable to you contact a member of our experienced litigation department who will be able to provide you with further details and discuss your needs in full. Please contact us on 5144323 (Sunderland Office) or 5118222 (Seaham Office).
Conditional Fee Agreements
We can offer to act on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis in certain types of matters, for example - Personal Injury.
Such arrangements are subject to assessment.
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