I currently work as a solicitor at Chapman Pieri solicitors in Southgate. I only take on a few clients per annum, please contact the firm to see if I can help you or if one of my colleagues can take on your case.
1. Free Interview/Fixed fee interview
Most firms will offer you a first free interview or a low fixed fee option. You should take advantage of this and book an appointment with at least 3 solicitors so that you can choose the person that you feel comfortable with. Don't choose the first person you meet as you will have no comparison.
2. Fixed Fee Divorce
Many firms offer a fixed fee service, it is a good idea to find out who will be doing the paperwork in your divorce proceedings. Sometimes, it is cheaper to pay an hourly rate, other times it is cheaper to pay a fixed fee. You should always know who is doing the work, is it the solicitor or their paralegal/secretary?
3. Bespoke Divorce Service
Some people will need to pay for a bespoke service, this is paid for on an hourly rate. If the proceedings are defended then you should expect to pay for this service. Although most people expect their divorce to be defended the costs are prohibitive and the vast majority (estimated at 95%) are not defended.