If you are the Applicant or Defendant the costs will depend very much upon the nature, length and complexity of the proceedings. As a general guide we would indicate as follows:
|Description||Fee Basis||Fee Range|
|Application under Family Law Act 1996||Preparing application and all steps up to and including the First Hearing||Time spent basis||£4,000 to £5,000 +VAT (a Barrister may also be instructed at £750 to £1,500) +VAT|
|Continuing Proceedings||Preparing and Considering statements and attending any Further Directions Hearing||Time spent basis||In addition to the above£6,000 to £10,000 +VAT|
(a Barrister may also be instructed at £1,000 to £1,250 +VAT)
|Contested Proceedings||Preparing for and attending the Final Trial||Time spent basis||In addition to the above£12,000 to £20,000 +VAT|
(plus Barristers fees in region of £1,500 to £2,500)
The above assumes that the proceedings relate to one substantive non-molestation and/or occupation order and if there are at the same time Children Act issues then please refer to the estimate for that aspect which is in addition to the fee estimate here which relates to the Family Law Act application only.
There can be further disbursements such as a process server to personally deliver documentation.
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