Fees

Ashley’s Fee Ranges for LOW VALUE CASES where the net asset values are £400,000 or less and the income of the parties does not exceed £60,000 pa gross:

*Subject to cases of exceptional complexity 
(Travel/overnight costs may be added to hearings outside the North West).

INSTRUCTION

FEE RANGES* & **

1. Conferences / Advice Fixed Fee: £500 (plus vat)
2. First Appointment Fixed Fee: £500 (plus vat)
3. Questionnaire Between £250 and £350 (plus vat)
4. Financial Dispute Resolution Between £1,000 and £1,250 (plus vat)
5. Final Hearing / Appeal – one day Between £1,750 and £2,250 (plus vat)
6. Appeal Skeleton (for Appeal Notice) Between £500 and £750 (plus vat)

** The fees above are based upon the reasonable presentation of instructions and accompanying documentation to counsel (see Ashley’s Instructions Guide)

Ashley’s Fee Ranges for ALL OTHER CASES:

*Subject to cases of exceptional complexity and/or asset value
(Travel/overnight costs may be added to hearings outside the North West).

INSTRUCTION

FEE RANGES* & **

1. Pre Form E Conference Fixed Fee: £700 (plus vat)
2. Conferences Post Form E Between £850 and £1,750 (plus vat)
3. Written Advice (substantive) Between £750 and £1,500 (plus vat)
4. Pre-Nuptial Agreements Between £2,000 and £4,000 (plus vat)
5. First Appointment Between £1,000 and £1,500 (plus vat)
6. Questionnaire Between £500 and £750 (plus vat)
7. Financial Dispute Resolution Between £2,000 and £3,500 (plus vat)
8. Offer Letters Between £350 and £450 (plus vat)
9. Final Hearing/Appeal – one day Between £3,000 and £4,500 (plus vat)
10. Final Hearing/Appeal over one day Brief fee/ refresher to be negotiated (plus vat)
11. Appeal Skeleton (for Appeal Notice) Between £1,000 and £2,000 (plus vat)

**The fees above are based upon the reasonable presentation of instructions and accompanying documentation to counsel (see Ashley’s Instructions Guide)

Ashley welcomes any discussion with his solicitors over the appropriate fee level in any individual case and invites his solicitors, if it is not possible to provide him with sight of the papers for this purpose in advance. to supply him with a brief summary of the issues in a case, the amount of reading required and the value involved.

Ashley also welcomes instructions on the alternative basis of payment at a hourly rate if desired, in which event his charge out rate is £250 per hour plus vat* & **.

Ashley is the author of a chapter and precedents on Pre-Nuptial  Agreements  in a standard legal textbook (‘Cohabitation, Law, Practice and Precedents’ – Jordans Publishing) and of several articles on such Agreements published in the Family Law Journal over the last decade. All instructions accepted by Ashley in relation to advising and/or drafting such Agreements are strictly upon the basis that his liability for negligence in relation to his professional services are agreed and accepted by his solicitors and client as limited to his Bar Indemnity Insurance cover of £2.5m.

Liability for and Payment of Ashley’s Fees:

Subject to Ashley’s agreement in writing otherwise, liability for and/or the payment of his fees in respect of any instruction given /booking of his services made will be pursuant to the the Bar Code of Conduct (Annex T) and any amendments thereto from time to time applicable – a copy of Annex T can be accessed by clicking here : and in the event that Ashley has been booked for a Court hearing in respect of which the booking is subsequently cancelled by or on behalf of the client then, if the brief for that hearing has not already been delivered to Ashley, there shall be no liability for any fee for that cancelled booking save and except in the following circumstances:-

i)                    where the cancellation is in respect of a hearing listed for a day and the cancellation is made less than two full working days before the day of the hearing, then in such event the full brief fee for the hearing shall be payable; or

ii)                  where the cancellation is in respect of a hearing listed to last more than one day and the cancellation is made less than 7  days before the first day of the hearing then in such event the full brief fee for the first day of the hearing shall be payable; or

iii)                where the cancellation is in respect of a hearing listed to last more than one day and the cancellation is made 7 days to 14 days before the first day of the hearing then in such event one half of the full brief fee for the first day of the hearing shall be payable