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The Dawson Hart Family Team are ranked as leading lawyers in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners publications.
We offer an initial free consultation to discuss your options.
At Dawson Hart we understand that any relationship breakdown is an emotional and difficult time for all involved. Our team are experienced in dealing with the issues that arise and will provide practical and clear advice that is tailored to you and cost effective.
All members of our team are members of Resolution, an association of family lawyers committed to a code of practice which promotes dealing with all family matters in a constructive way.
What the team is known for
The Legal 500 says:
‘Dawson Hart is a very experienced firm with a long track record of handling sensitive family disputes. With a primary focus on matrimonial finances, the team frequently assists with international asset protection as well as spousal and child maintenance disputes for high-net-worth clients.’
Chambers and Partners says:
"Respected team specialising in complex financial issues connected with relationship breakdown. Also well versed in private law children issues including leave to remove matters. Represents professional clients from a range of industry sectors and committed to resolving disputes outside of court where possible."
“The "absolutely top-notch" Mahie Abey "is sympathetic, very thorough and committed," according to clients. He brings experience practising at the Bar to his family law practice, which includes both financial and private children matters”.
Our services include the following areas (further information is available by clicking on the links on the right hand side of this page):-
- Financial Arrangements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Property Disputes for Cohabiting Couples
- Financial Provision for Children of Cohabiting Couples
- Civil partnerships
- Pre-nuptial and Post Nuptial agreements
- Separation agreements
- Personal Protection
- Collaborative law
How much will it cost?
We want to be as transparent as possible regarding the likely costs of your matter. There are some areas of work where we can give you a clear idea of costs. For example, a straightforward uncontested divorce would cost around £600 to £800 plus VAT and a Court fee which is currently £550.
If you and your partner have agreed all of the financial matters and simply wish for us to draw up the legal documentation, the costs are likely to be between £800 to £1,200 plus VAT and a Court fee which is currently £50.
However, where there is a dispute between you and your partner about financial matters or matters relating to the children it is much harder to give a clear idea of the total likely costs because many different factors will determine how much time and work might be needed before your case is resolved.
We charge our time on an hourly rate, which currently ranges from between £180 to £255 per hour plus VAT. The hourly rate depends on the level of experience and seniority of the solicitor that you choose to instruct.
We offer an initial free consultation for all new clients and in that meeting, once we have learnt a bit more about you and the circumstances of your matter, we will be able to give you some clearer guidance as to what the likely costs will be, as well as what route we think would be most appropriate to enable you and your partner to be able to resolve all the matters arising from the breakdown in your relationship as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an initial free consultation or email your enquiry to our family team.