Have I been overcharged for my divorce litigation fees?

Has your solicitor overcharged you for your litigation fees?

Keeping track of legal fees during litigation can be very difficult when your mind is focused on the case itself.

In many case bills seem to arrive with alarming regularity, sometimes at the same time as requests for “payment on account” or retainers, and there is no way of checking whether the work done was reasonable or even necessary. This might all be at the same time as trying to keep an eye on what you might recover in legal costs if you win (which is often a different figure to the figure that you are being billed) and how much of the other side’s costs you might be liable for if you lose.

Whether you are in the middle of proceedings and worried about mounting bills, or have reached the end of your case and are now being asked to pay a balance that seems too high, we can help.

You are entitled to a detailed bill in order to check your legal fees and, subject to certain time limits, there is statutory provision under the Solicitors Act 1974 for the court to determine what amount the solicitors ought to have charged.

You can see some of the wins that we have had in litigation cases here.

We can act either on an hourly rate or a “no win, no fee” basis depending on the particular circumstances.

If you would like us to check your legal fees please call us on 0800 689 5183, email us via info@checkmylegalfees.com or complete the form below:

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Note: some firms of solicitors have very similar names, so it is important that you get the name right, or can tell us their location or website address so that we know precisely which solicitors were involved.
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Note: The original “terms of business” letter or agreement is the most important document to your claim. If you have kept a copy of it, it would help us to deal with your case quickly if you could upload it here. Don’t worry if you cannot locate it right away though – we can look at your claim anyway – but we may have to ask you to look for it at some point in the future.

  • The terms of business letter (sometimes called a “client care letter” that you were asked to sign at the outset
  • Any correspondence that was sent by your solicitors at the same time
  • Any bills or invoices that you were sent by the solicitors
  • Any other correspondence or court forms relating to costs
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