I started my divorce process (I am the applicant) in 2019 and had my FDR towards the end of 2020. I have changed solicitors twice and both occasions ended up so unhappy. They are not transparent and keep charging for unnecessary emails, and utilising their time (and my money) on unnecessary and useless tasks and never stick to the cost estimates that they provide themselves. I have final hearing coming up and I am looking for an honest and good solicitor who is not after sucking up all of my savings and using my husband complex character who is elongating the divorce process to get more money from me? Any help and advice is much appreciated.
Last edit: 18 Jan 21 by Moosavi. Reason: it was needed to be shorter
Is it the way they are handling the admin or the legal advice they have provided that you are unhappy about?
Do you have the time to do a fair bit of the work yourself? If you think you could deal with the paperwork, perhaps with support from the services provided by this site, yoy could consider a direct access barrister. We have divorce consultants who can help you with the procedures and paperwork and who work closely with DA barristers to support you to Final Hearing.
Have a look at the services tab or give the helpline a call.
Hi Hadenoughnow, I am unhappy both with legal advice (or the lack of it) and how they create more admin work and keep charging me for solicitor's fees (they are the most expensive photocopiers and even charge for their auto-reply emails when they are away from office). I get the sense they want me to stay confused by not letting me to have all the information and not to know everything correctly. This keeps the number of useless email exchange up as I need to get more clarifications on what they are doing before I can instruct them. Another exmaple, My FDR solicitor attended FDR hearing without asking my instruction (or permission) and wants me to pay for a service which I didn't ask for. I kept telling both solicitors that my soon to be ex-husband is using every legal system to manipulate the situation in order to prolong the legal process for as long as he can. He is not moving out family home either. None of these solicitors told me anything about Occupation Order or interim maintenance and how I can apply for it. Please tell me who your divorce consultants are and what qualifications they have?
Client's who use it from the start of their court case can make a huge saving in legal fees.
As you are at the final stage of your case you need to consider carefully if now is the time to change solicitor. Anyone coming on board to help you now has a significant learning curve to get up to speed with your case.
Our alternative to using a solicitor would be to use a Divorce Consultant and then a Direct Access Barrister at the final hearing itself.
This might cost in the region of £3000 to £4000 - so you need to compare that with your solicitor's estimate to complete your case.
You need to consider how much is at stake in your case and whether your expected legal fees are appropriate/proportional.
thank you for getting back. My current solicitor has given me a fee which is way way above your range. The problem with my current solicitor is not only she is too expensive and doesn't give a break down why it would cost so much, she doesn't stick to her quotes and estimations either. Can you tell me what qualifications and experience your Divorce Consultant(s) have and how much would be the fee for DA barrister Many thanks,
I know the feeling re expensive photocopiers 🙄. I could not believe the way bills mounted and I felt very much excluded from the process. In the end the outcome was pretty much what I had said it should be in the first meeting with the solicitor but it took nearly two years and £30k to get to that point.
It may be worth booking an initial assessment to see if the divorce consultant and DA barrister route would work for you. DA barrister costs vary and a lot depends on the complexity of the matter. For Final Hearing costs can be anything from £3-5k for a one day hearing.