Frequently Asked Questions

Do you deal with Legal Aid?

Yes we can offer Legal aid subject to satisfying LLA conditions and subject to financial assessment.

Do you do no win no fee?

No. We are a traditional firm. We charge fair and reasonable fees for the work we do. Subject to many exceptions, if you are involved in a successful claim against a third party you can expect to recover most of your costs.

How do I prepare for my initial meeting?

You will need to bring to your first interview your passport or modern driving licence with a photograph and a domestic utility account or bank statement showing your current address. We need these to comply with anti-money laundering regulations.

How quickly will I be able to have an appointment?

According to the urgency of your legal business, you can expect to have an appointment within a matter of days. Naturally, in urgent cases our solicitors will be able to see you out of normal office hours please take a not of our 24 hour emergency contact number : 07623947072

How much will it cost?

By special arrangement we would not charge for the first, short, interview when we would access your case. At this stage neither you or our firm would be under any obligation. It is very important however at that stage that both you and we know of the kind of cost your case might involve. You can expect us to provide information about this but, in any event, you should ask. Terms of business including about the cost will be confirmed in writing.

Will I be able to speak to my solicitor in person or over the telephone?

Yes, we regard it as important that you can speak directly to the solicitor handling your case. Of course, he or she will not always be immediately available but other staff in the office will take a message for you and your call will be returned. Only exceptionally would this not be possible on the same day.

Do you offer fixed fees?

Yes. We offer fixed legal fees for most family, residential conveyancing and will writing services.

Do your solicitors take legal aid for family cases?

Changes to legal aid (effective April 1st 2013) removed private family law matters – including divorce, financial matters and contact with children – from the scope of legal aid funding. Exceptions apply in limited cases, but as a rule only cases involving child protection issues and domestic violence or abuse still qualify for legal aid.

What are your office opening hours?

We are open between 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

What are your areas of legal expertise?

Our experienced solicitors in tynside specialise in all aspects of family law, residential conveyancing, wills, trusts and probate and commercial property. Please refer to the ‘Services’ menu for further information about the advice and support we can offer you in each of these areas.

Can I only use you if I live in North Shields?

In some cases expertise is much more important than location. As experts in our field we will acess each case individually however our focus is primarily in the North East region,

Can I have a free initial consultation with a solicitor?

Yes. We offer a free 30 minute consultation.In this meeting we will discuss your personal circumstances, offer some preliminary advice and provide an initial estimate of the likely cost of our services.

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