If you are the Applicant or the person receiving the application the costs are likely to be similar. The costs will depend very much upon the nature, length and complexity of the proceedings. In particular how much correspondence is entered into to try and achieve an agreement.

Our typical ranges of fees for each stage of the process are laid out below.

DescriptionFee BasisFee Range
Negotiation and Initial ProceedingsThe Children Act 1989 Application up to and including First HearingTime spent basis£3,000 to £5,000 +VAT (plus court fee of £215)
Continuing ProceedingsPreparing and Considering statements and attending Further Directions HearingTime spent basisIn addition to the above£3,000 to £10,000 +VAT
(a Barrister may also be instructed at £1,000 to £1,500 +VAT)
Contested ProceedingsPreparing for and dealing with the Final HearingTime spent basisIn addition to the above£8,000 to £20,000 +VAT
(plus Barristers fees in region of £1,500 to £2,500 +VAT)

The above assumes that the proceedings relate to one main Children Act issue (e.g. contact) and does not involve any Public Law (Care proceedings) aspect.

There can be further disbursements such as mediation fees or the cost of a hair strand test.

What our customers say  

I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation on how you helped me and supported my case throughout this divorce. Needless to say it’s been a stressful and painful period for me, that’s normal, and I am trying to recover, being optimist about the future of myself and my son. I greatly appreciated your efficiency and professionalism in handling it with a good dose of pragmatism but I especially valued your capacity of not losing sight of the ‘untangible’ aspects of such unpleasant process on the family which are often...
I want to say a huge thank you to Adrian Boulter for his incredible expertise while dealing with my tenancy dispute. Without Adrian’s advice I would have been completely unaware of my rights and the complexities of my tenancy agreement.  His advice was straight talking, and simplified what I thought was a complicated matter. Adrian gave me the confidence to stand my ground and his energy gave me the positivity I needed to see through what has been a difficult time.  As your solicitor he truly has your best interest...
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