The BFJ Chambers is committed to providing its services either free or at a maximum fee for the whole case (not per hearing) of £950.00 for domestic violence and private children cases and £4000 for financial cases, plus court and process server fees (as applicable).
All fees must be paid once there has been an initial telephone advice, followed by a face to face meeting and the completion of the first piece of written work. Until these have been done you may withdraw without any financial obligation but if you decide to formally instruct at that stage then full fee is payable at that time. Please look at the “letter of engagement” link in the above menu for details of this and other terms of the contract between us. If, having looked at your referral, we decide to act for you and you wish to instruct us to do so then this is the contract that you will need to sign and send to us with your advanced payment.
In deciding whether to charge anything, and if so, how much chambers will look at the referral form that you provide.
Please click on “Referral Forms” in the above menu; complete the applicable referral forms and submit either electronically or by post. Chambers may well contact you by phone for further information.
*** Court and Process Server Fees
We will inform you of these costs but as a guide the current court fees for issuing an application for a domestic violence injunction is £75.00, for an order relating to children £215.00 and for financial matters £255.00.
In domestic violence cases there is often the need to serve court orders and other documentation personally on the other party. A private process server will charge £90.00 for doing so.
Please note that if you are in receipt of state benefits you may be exempt from court fees and if so the court bailiff will also serve any documentation on the other party free of charge; although our recommendation is to use a private process server who charges a reduced fee of £60.00 for those on state benefits.