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stupid question is my solicitor expensive

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03 Jun 12 #334907 by sexysadie
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I have had two London solicitors both costing around £200 per hour, one much much better than the other. My ex probably paid about the same and his was useless. So I would say that yours is a bit expensive.

If your ex is using the solicitor he uses for business he is stupid. They won''t be a family lawyer and consequently won''t have a clue.

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03 Jun 12 #334910 by Stingrayj
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Mine was that an hour until it went up to 305 an hour in April. I am hoping he will be worth the money as it''s not a straightforward case...and also my ex has helped more than double costs because he has totally ignored the proceedings up until 2 weeks ago.
I try not to contact them unless absolutely necessary, though last month has seen another 2K put on the final bill :(

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04 Jun 12 #335041 by Crumpled
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Thankyou to all of you ...that has given me some focus especially about planning the time wisely so as not to incur unnecessary costs....
i like my solicitor she is very blunt and to the point and i like that i was just really worried that i was paying well over the odds but obviously this is roughly what it should be she is a partner in a very good practice and my divorce is potentially going to be complicated she thinks he will use one of the top london practices as she knows his business etc so she knows what she is dealing with..(he has already started sucking up to some barrister friends... my solicitor made me laugh because she said she knew bigger better barristers!!).my oh is very controlling and will be furious that i have started proceedings before he wants me to so i am expecting him to be really difficult
thankyou all for your advice and support i really appreciate it

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