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Initial meeting

Initial Meeting

If you’re meeting with a solicitor in our family team for the first time here’s a quick guide to what to expect.

What to bring

As part of what we do, we’re required by law to check who you are, so everyone who meets with us is asked to bring identification. We’ll take copies of these to add to our files. It’s quite straightforward; we just need you to bring the following to your first meeting:

  • Your original passport or photo driving licence
  • A recent utility bill (which confirms your current address)

If you’re thinking of issuing divorce or dissolution proceedings, you’ll also need to bring your original marriage or civil partnership certificate too.

You might also find it useful to make a note of any questions you have before the meeting and bring these along, that way we can cover all your concerns. If you think of more questions after the meeting, please feel free to contact us as we will be pleased to help.

Our fees

Meetings usually last 1-2 hours, depending on your circumstances, but we won’t place a limit on how much time we spend with you.

We will charge you for the time spent in your initial meeting, unless we’ve agreed other arrangements with you and we’ll also add VAT to our fees and disbursements if these have been incurred.

Please contact us for the team’s individual charge-out rates.

Sometimes a legal assistant or trainee solicitor might also be present at your meeting. They are bound by the same terms of confidentiality as your solicitor and will respect them in the same way. If there are two people at your meeting you’ll only be charged for one unless this has been agreed with you.

We can’t carry out work under the public funding (legal aid) scheme but if we think you’re eligible we’ll let you know. We do offer certain fixed fee packages subject to availability and suitability from time to time.

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