Public Access – Financial Remedy – arising out of a Divorce or Separation
Our barristers can advise and represent you in court throughout your financial remedy proceedings. We can advise you if you and your former partner cannot agree on Financial Matters during, or after, a divorce.
For example, you may not be able to agree on how assets should be divided, whether to sell our home or other assets, maintenance payments and pension sharing.
If you cannot agree, you can apply to a court for a financial order. You may also need to attend a number of court hearings – our Barristers are happy to be instructed to attend these hearings on your behalf.
Timescales for our services may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the value and complexity of the assets involved, availability of documents, whether children are involved and even the approach of the other side.
As a guide, written advice in your case will be available within two to four weeks where possible. For court hearings, we would ideally need two weeks’ notice of the date of the hearing, however, we appreciate you may also need representation at short notice. If so, please contact the clerks and our barristers will aim to represent you at the hearing where possible.
Court Hearings for a financial order tend to take 6-12 months. This does not include possible appeals.
We charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. These fees will be payable before written work is provided or a hearing/ conference commences. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers in Queen Square Chambers. VAT will be charged on top of these fees (where applicable)
Your fixed fees may vary depending on your needs – for example, your fees may be towards the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and/or you have assets in excess of £300,000. If you have a particularly complex case or it has an unusually high volume of paperwork, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below. Additional travel costs would depend on the location of the court or conference venue.
As a rule the Barristers at Queen Square Chambers do not undertake litigation. This has however since January 2014 been possible with the appropriate authorisation and one member of the team, Robert Trevis is suitably qualified and authorised to undertake litigation for clients on a Direct Public Access basis. For further information on this please contact the Clerks on 0117 9211966.
|Stage of Case||Range of fixed fees (estimates)|
|Written advice on your financial dispute||£750 – £1500|
|Preparation of case, including conferences with you and assistance with drafting of any court documents||£750 – £1500|
|First directions appointment (first court hearing exchanging financial information)||£900 – £1750|
|Financial dispute resolution hearing (second court hearing to reach a financial settlement)||£1000 – £2500|
|First day of final hearing (if no settlement was reached in the financial dispute resolution hearing)||£1500 – £5000|
|Court appearances per day, after the first day of the final hearing||£950 – £1500|
All information is correct as of May 2019, but fees are estimates only. For the most accurate fixed fee estimate, please contact the clerks on 0117 921 1966 (or e-mail email@example.com).