For the level and length of experience offered and the status of the solicitor handling your case, we here at David du Pré & Co believe that our hourly rates compare very favourably with those of other specialist divorce lawyers in the central London area, where our offices are located (in Holborn, near the Central Family Court).
Over the longer term this can potentially work out more economically than in other firms particularly if you prefer your first and main point of contact and decision making to be a senior solicitor and for that same solicitor wherever possible to be the one who actually deals with your case on a day to day basis from start to finish rather being delegated to more junior solicitors.
We do not have a set or fixed overall fee for the work we carry out. We charge according to the time we have to spend on your case, at hourly rates which are agreed with you at the outset - presently between £240 and £360 per hour (excluding VAT) for a fully qualified and experienced solicitor. But we offer a free initial one hour consultation if your combined assets are worth more than £500,000 and/or your gross income is over £40,000 pa. If your assets and/or income are less than this, please telephone us to discuss other possible funding options. We do not however undertake publicly funded/legal aid cases.
Having an initial consultation does not oblige you to retain our services. We would however expect you to provide us with full contact details in advance, and we may reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee if you fail to keep the appointment without telling us in advance. If you are unable to come in for a face to face meeting - for example, if you live or work abroad and/or you need urgent advice - we can, by arrangement in advance, make an appointment to have a telephone consultation with you to discuss your situation.