Financial Disputes on Divorce where Joint Assets are less than £300,000

Our barristers can advise you if you or your former partner cannot agree on financial matters during, or after, a divorce or separation. For example, you may not be able to agree on how assets should be divided, whether to sell your home or other assets, maintenance payments or pension sharing.

If you cannot agree, you can apply to a court for a financial order. You may need to attend a number of hearings – our barristers can represent you at these hearings.


Timescales for your case may vary depending on factors such as your barrister’s availability, the value and complexity of your assets, whether you have children, how much you have already agreed with your former partner, and their approach. Written advice on your financial dispute will be available within two to four weeks where possible. As a guide, court applications for a financial order may take up to two years from start to finish.


We may charge fixed fees, which means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work. Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers at Harcourt, where the parties have joint assets which are worth less than £300,000. All fees are subject to VAT where applicable.

If we charge fixed fees, these may be towards the higher-end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister. If you have a particularly complex case, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below.

Stage of Case Ranges of fixed fees – Estimates
Preliminary Advice in Writing or Conference Given Prior to 1st Appointment £500 – £1,000
General Written or Advisory Work £500 – £1,000
General Drafting of Court Documents £500 – £1,000
First Appointment (first Court Hearing Exchanging Financial Information) £1,000 – £2,000
Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment (which includes FDAs used as FDR) £1,500 – £3,000
First day of Final Hearing £2,500 – £5,000
Court Appearances per day after the first day of the final hearing £1,000 – £2,500

All information is correct as at 1 January 2021 but the fees shown are estimates only. There may be additional work required, for example by way of further or unanticipated hearings and for which likely fees will be somewhere in the region of between £1,000 – £2,000. For a quotation, please contact the clerks either by telephone on 020 7353 6961 or by email.

Please also contact the clerks for a quotation if you and your former partner have joint assets which are worth more than £300,000.


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