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02 Feb 11 #249345 by bumblebee2011
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I'm in the final stages of divorce but not getting anywhere with the financials so it looks like we have to go to court and get a judge to decide. We've tried mediation but didnt help as my soon to be ex husband is an arrogate so and so. My solictor tells me that it could cost up to £5000 for 3 hearings but when I called the county court today I was told £240 which would include up to 3 hearings and a judgement. Why such a difference and what is correct? Help!!!:blink:

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03 Feb 11 #249350 by wikivorce team
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The £240 is the court fee, to cover costs of court staff, use of court room, judges time etc.

The £5000 is the solicitor's fee based on their billing rate (around £200/hour) and how many hours of the solicitor's time he believes it will take to support you through the whole process.

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03 Feb 11 #249367 by .Charles
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£5k seems low to me for three hearings, particularly if one of these is the final hearing.

If you have this in writing you can rely on it at a later date in case the solicitor tries to charge more.

Charles

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03 Feb 11 #249377 by bumblebee2011
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Thank you all that have replied.

My solicitor has recommended that I represent myself if court, 2 questions;

1- Is that a good idea?

2- Would the £5k that she is quoting then not apply?

Thanks again

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03 Feb 11 #249387 by .Charles
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It is important to establish that the figure your solicitor has given is an estimate not a quotation.

£5k would probably cover advice and documentation but not attendance at court.

As an example, the cost associated ONLY with the final hearing are something like this:

(1) 20 hours preparation

(2) 50 routine communications (each 6 minutes therefore 5 hours)

(3) Attendance at court by a barrister for one day £2500.00

(4) Attendance at court by a clerk/paralegal - 6 hours

Assuming an hourly rate of £180 for the solicitor and £100 for the paralegal that would be fees of £4500.00 + £600.00 + £2500.00 + VAT = £9120.00. More if you need to involve experts in relation to valuations.

By only preparing for the hearings and giving advice, your legal fees will be substantially less than if the solicitor dealt with all aspects of your case.

Charles

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