Pricing Transparency - Penn Chambers - Family

This page gives you the full details of the pricing methodology for Penn Chambers Solicitors Family Team.

 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Penn Chambers Limited

Trading Name: Penn Chambers Solicitors - Family Team

Our charges are based on an hourly fee basis.

 

The figures below do not include VAT which will need to be factored into the fees where applicable.

 

Time spent on your case will include meetings with you and others on your behalf; time spent travelling; considering and preparing papers or documents; considering correspondence (including emails, SMS and WhatsApp messages) and making and receiving telephone calls, SMS and WhatsApp messages from you or anyone else related to your case.

 

It is simply impossible to estimate the number of hours of work to undertake and how long it will take for your matter to complete as this completely depends on the circumstances in your case, whether your application(s) are contested, whether your case has any complicating features and how long it takes any third parties involved, such as the Courts when listing your case.

 

We charge on an hourly basis on top of which we add VAT at the prevailing rate. An hour is divided up into "units" of 6 minutes. Each hour therefore has ten units. The charges relate to the lead Solicitor with conduct irrespective of the actual person who undertakes the work, as the lead Solicitor is the person with full day to day responsibility for your case and will oversee the work of others who may undertake work on your file on their behalf.

 

Each letter, e-mail, fax, telephone call made or received, each WhatsApp message and each SMS is charged as one unit (that is 10% or 1/10th) of the hourly fee charged by the lead Solicitor. Long letters, emails, faxes, telephone calls made or received and each WhatsApp message and each SMS are timed and charged in units of six minutes.

 

We will review our hourly rates annually around April each year and notify you in writing if we increase our rates which will take effect by 01 June of each year.

 

Bills must be settled within 14 days.

 

Other Expenses

 

In addition to our fees, we charge a fee of £15 plus VAT to undertake a money laundering search. This may leave a footprint on your credit file. This is to enable us to pay for an electronic search of various Registers on your behalf to ascertain your identity. The obligation to obtain this information is imposed upon us by law. Although there are various ways to obtain this information, some cheaper, some more expensive, we have found this to be the least intrusive and cost-effective method of obtaining all the information from one source. This is the cost that we pay to a third party for using their system.

 

If we are required to make urgent payments on your behalf such as a telegraphic transfer fee, more correctly described as a CHAP's payment then we will charge you £35.00 plus VAT for sending the CHAP's payment which covers some administration charges and some actual charges imposed by our bank.

 

In addition to our fees, it is likely that disbursements will be payable. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Court fees. By way of example only:

 

  1. The fee to issue your divorce petition is £550;

  2. The fees to issue your children application is £215; and

  3. The fees to issue your financial application is £255.

 

Forecast Of Costs In A Typical Case

 

In family matters, there is no such thing as a typical case in terms of costs or in terms of time. There are a huge range of variables that can affect your case that we simply cannot legislate for in general terms. The costs and time information provided below is intended to be a guide depending on whether your case is defined as

 

  1. Straightforward; or

  2. More complex; or

  3. Complicated.

 

We always intend to deal with your case as expeditiously as possible. If your case runs smoothly, we would expect the following costs to you:

 

Divorce

a) Our fees for a straightforward divorce with no complicating features which is not defended will be in the region of £3,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of approximately £550.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 3 months to 6 months.

 

 

b) Our fees for a divorce with complicating features which is defended will be in the region of £7,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £3,000.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 6 months to 12 months.

 

 

The key stages could be as follows:

 

  1. Preparing and lodging divorce petition;

  2. Preparing the acknowledgement of service form (if necessary);

  3. Preparing the application for Decree Nisi;

  4. Pronouncement of Decree Nisi hearing date; and

  5. Preparing the application for Decree Absolute.

 

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will provide you with revised costs information.

 

 

Children

a) Our fees for a straightforward children application, for example, for contact (ie "access") with no complicating features which is heard in the county court will be in the region of £5,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of approximately £200.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 6 months to 12 months.

 

 

b) Our fees for a children application, with some complicating features which is heard in the county court will be in the region of £10,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £3,000.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 12 months to 18 months.

 

 

c) Our fees for a children application, with significant and substantial complicating features, such as an abduction, or which has an international element to it, which may be heard in the High Court will be in the region of £20,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £10,000. 

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 18 months to 2 years.

 

 

The key stages could be as follows:

 

  1. Preparing and lodging your children application;

  2. FHDRA hearing;

  3. DRA hearing;

  4. Final hearing.

 

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will provide you with revised costs information.

 

 

Finances

a) Our fees for a straightforward consent order regarding finances with limited assets and dismissing all claims each party has against the other will be in the region of £5,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of approximately £50.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 6 months to 12 months.

 

 

b) Our fees for a contested financial case with some complicating features which goes all the way to court with interim hearings will be in the region of £10,000.  On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £3,000.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 12 months to 18 months.

 

 

c)  Our fees for a contested financial case with complicating and substantial features (such as serious and deliberate evasiveness by the other side in providing financial information or involving substantial overseas assets or numerous valuable investments which goes all the way to court with interim hearings and a Trial will be in the region of £20,000.  On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £10,000.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 18 months to 2 years.

 

 

The key stages could be as follows:

 

  1. Preparing and lodging your financial remedy application;

  2. First Appointment;

  3. FDR;

  4. Final hearing.

 

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will provide you with revised costs information.

 

 

Injunction

a) Our fees for a straightforward injunction protecting your personal safety with no complicating features and without a claim for property exclusions will be in the region of £5,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and with no expected payments to third parties known as disbursements.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 14 days.

 

 

b) Our fees for a contested injunction protecting your personal safety and a contested issue of excluding the other party from the home for example which goes all the way to court will be in the region of £7,000. On top of this you will need to add VAT and payments to third parties known as disbursements in the sum of say £3,000.

 

The possible time it takes to conclude such a case could be in the region of 4 weeks to 6 weeks.

 

 

Key Stages

The keys stages could be as follows:

 

  1. Preparing and lodging your injunctive application;

  2. Without notice hearing;

  3. With notice return hearing date;

  4. Final hearing.

 

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will provide you with revised costs information.

 

 

Work Included

 

The above work will involve:

 

1. Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;

 

2. Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;

 

3. Considering the supporting evidence and helping you obtain further evidence and giving you advice on that supporting evidence, if required;

 

4. Attendances with you, with third parties in the office and at possible other locations;

 

5. Attendances with you and third parties at Court. If you are required to attend Court, we will give you clear advice at the appropriate time. It is simply impossible to confirm the cost of a Court hearing as this depends upon the preparation required, the hours of attendance at Court, the type of hearing and whether there are any complicating features to take into account;

 

5. Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.

 

Charges

 

The range of advisors we have in the Family Team could be as follows, but at present we only retain a Partner level advisor:

 

A Partner level advisor who charges at £400 per hour

A Senior level advisor who charges at £300 per hour

A Solicitor level advisor who charges at £250 per hour

A Legal Executive level advisor who charges at £200 per hour

 

 

Factors That May Increase Costs

 

Please also note that there are factors to take into consideration that could increase overall costs, such as:

 

  1. If you do not provide us with instructions or return relevant documentation in good time which requires us to chase you for a response;

  2. If third parties do not respond to us in a timely fashion which requires us to chase them for a response;

  3. If the Court take some time in listing your matter; and/or

  4. If experts/third parties file and serve their reports or other documentation late.

 

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will provide you with revised costs information.

How Do We Keep This Information Up To Date?

Penn Group will occasionally make changes and corrections to the above. If we believe that the changes are material, we’ll let you know by doing one (or more) of the following:

(1) posting the changes on our website site, or

(2) sending an email to you informing you about the changes; or

(3) writing a letter to you informing you about the changes. 

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