February 7, 2020

This is the last of my costs-saving top tips for now, including the extra two in 2020.  You can look back to see the previous posts in this series for future reference to help minimise your legal costs.

There are some things in family law that cannot be done without a s...

January 31, 2020


Recently, Women’s Aid told the BBC that in their view the Family Courts were not “safe spaces for domestic and sexual abuse survivors”, following a Family Court ruling on the nature of consent in the context of a rape allegation. The background was that in 20...

January 29, 2020

Maybe it goes without saying, but this is one of the reasons that having a good rapport with your solicitor, is an investment.  You need to be able to tell us anything.  We are on your side – our client’s best interests are our first priority. 

It may not seem...

January 22, 2020

Your choice of solicitor is yours, and yours alone.  Having a good rapport with them will

be important as time goes on and if you understand one another well, this will help with your costs. 

This is especially the case when it comes to family law.  Divorce, separation a...

January 13, 2020

Sometimes your costs may be agreed at a fixed fee.  Even then, you should be aware of anything that may take you out of the fixed fee, and how then your costs will be incurred.

I have said before that you get what you pay for.  It is worth bearing this in mind when look...

January 7, 2020

Last time on this blog, my advice was to make sure you read everything your solicitor sends you.  But for some of us, reading doesn’t come all that easily.  If reading isn’t your strength, tell your solicitor.  We do need to keep a record of conversations, and putting...

January 2, 2020

Yesterday, that is, on 1 January 2020, civil partnerships became available to heterosexual couples.

This means that to enter into a relationship involving promises (and let’s not forget of course, legal implications) heterosexual couples have a choice.  As well as havin...

December 19, 2019

Top Tip 7/10


 Top Tip Number Seven


It may seem obvious, but often I find myself explaining to a client what I have already said to them in writing. 

We solicitors do inevitably work with the written word.  On a basic level, it is one of our key skills and we a...

December 11, 2019

Since my theme this week in my Ten Top Tips to save on legal costs was Resolution, it seems appropriate to pause today and consider what Resolution are campaigning for, this election week.

Resolution is the Association of Family Justice Professionals (it was previously...