Stone King is pioneering an innovative approach to family law which puts you, the client, in control.
Courts and litigation are not the answer to family disputes in the majority of cases. We are focusing on a new approach to dispute resolution. Our research shows that people with family difficulties want a flexible service that meets their individual needs, offers transparency on costs and is staffed by professionals who will listen to them.
- Initial consultation
Our specialist family law service offers a one hour initial appointment for a fixed fee of £180 plus VAT (Bath), £295 plus VAT (London). This appointment provides the time we need to understand your circumstances and suggest practical ways forward, whatever family difficulties you are facing. You will have a clear letter of advice at the end of the appointment. This new approach to family law services is proving very popular. Our clients like having immediate access to a consultant for a full hour, rather than the standard 30 minute introduction that we used to offer.
After the initial meeting you can choose what future level of support you require based on your needs and budget.
- Face-to-face advice
One of our experienced family solicitors can offer you face-to-face advice. This means that you only pay for the time you spend in a meeting with a solicitor. The meeting can be as long or short as you want or your budget allows. Your solicitor will not write letters for you, make phone calls for you or attend court for you unless you specifically ask him or her to do so. You are in control of your own process and you action all matters directly with your partner or your partner’s solicitor. You will receive first clas professional advice to support you in running your case.
- Traditional bespoke service
Alternatively, we can offer you a bespoke service in the traditional manner where we look after everything for you, including all your letters, telephone and email communications and court documentation, in addition to face-to-face support and advice. Costs will be charged on an hourly basis for the service provided.
Mediation can often be quicker and cheaper than the legal alternative. We charge an hourly rate of £120 + VAT per person for our private mediation service. There are no additional costs for letters and phone calls. We only charge for the face-to-face time and for preparing documents as instructed by you. Stone King is the only legal practice in Bath that offers public funding for mediation to those who can provide evidence that they are eligible for legal aid. This legal aid service is in addition to our private service.
- Stand alone services
We can also offer a range of fixed fee stand alone services such as drafting a Consent Order, attending a one off hearing, drafting a Form E and Divorce. The fees for our stand alone servics can be discussed in the initial meeting.
- Your choice
If you are thinking about separation or divorce, our experienced lawyers will explain the full range of options available to you, together with the likely costs. We can provide you with a flexible and transparent legal service to help you find practical and lasting solutions. Alternatively we can offer our impartial mediation service to you and your partner. It is all about making sure you know exactly where you stand so you can make the best decisions for you, your children and your family as a whole.