Our Family Law department comprises our Partners, Susan Wightman and Sally McCartney. Susan was admitted as a solicitor in 1987, came to Kippen Campbell in 1991, and has been a partner since 1996. She is a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Family Law Specialist, a designation first awarded to her in 1997. She is also a member of the Family Law Association and a qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer. Sally was admitted as a solicitor in 1997, joined the firm in 2003 and was assumed as a partner in 2009. She is a member of the Family Law Association.
We have a wide range of experience in guiding clients through the legal processes and assisting them resolve disputes arising from their relationships. We can set out options for you and discuss with you what is the right option for you. Sometimes legal action through the courts is the only option, but it may be possible to resolve your case without entering into the adversarial court forum. For example, if you wish to resolve the matter by solicitor negotiation, collaborative law (Susan is a trained collaborative lawyer), arbitration, or other alternative dispute resolution options, we have the experience to assist you.
If you would like our assistance to resolve your dispute by solicitor negotiation, collaborative law, or alternative dispute resolution methods, we would charge for that work by reference to an hourly rate. Our hourly rates are revised on 1st May each year, with Susan’s current hourly rate being £255 per hour plus VAT (currently 20%) broken down into £25.50 per 6-minute units or part thereof. Sally’s hourly rate is £245 per hour plus VAT (currently 20%) broken down into £24.50 per 6-minute units or part thereof. Additionally a charge of 5% of the total assessed fee, plus VAT, will be charged to cover posts and incidents.
Telephone calls will be charged at £25.50 and £24.50 per 6-minute unit or part thereof, respectively.
Letters will be charged at 1.25 units per page of 100 words or part thereof.
The drafting of Deeds and Court documents will be charged at 5 units per sheet of 200 words or part thereof.
Copying will be charged at £1.00 per page for the first copy of any document and 40p per page for each subsequent copy.
There will be a separate one-off charge of £25 plus VAT at 20% in respect of our gathering (and updating, where necessary), documentation to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering regulations and administrative matters when opening your file.
The number of hours spent on your case will be determined by the complexity and the unique circumstances of your case. We will discuss the likely cost of your case with you at our initial meeting and at subsequent meetings. If additional costs arise due to unforeseen circumstances, we will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity and we will advise you of any increase in cost that may arise. The hourly rate does not include any outlays that may be required. These are variable depending on the nature of the case. We will discuss what these may be at our initial meeting, or at subsequent meetings.
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