Financial Remedies Stage 4 – After the First Appointment to the Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing


The FDR is the court hearing at which the judge will assist the parties in trying to reach an agreement.  If both parties have been open and honest about their financial and other circumstances in the course of disclosure, the chances of reaching agreement at this Stage are high and very few cases proceed to final hearing.


What we will do for you


  • Draft your replies to your spouse’s questionnaire and consider their replies to our questionnaire with you
  • Correspond with your spouse or their solicitors
  • Advise about the merits of making or accepting settlement proposals
  • Prepare the concise statement of issues and chronology for the hearing
  • If you are the applicant, prepare the bundle of documents and schedule of incomes, assets and liabilities for the hearing and if you are the respondent, approve those documents
  • Represent you at the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford or Crewe courts
  • If agreement is reached, prepare a draft consent order for the judge’s approval, usually while at court on the day of the hearing.


What is not covered in Stage 4


  • Any work or advice on children, divorce or domestic violence
  • Any conveyancing work necessary to implement an agreement.
  • Any other professional’s fees or barrister/solicitor agent’s fees for a FDR other than in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford or Crewe courts.
  • Any maintenance peding suit of financial injunction applications.


What are the costs?


The fixed price for Stage 4 is £1,200 + vat.  This fee is reduced to £1,000 +vat       if you instructed us for Stage 3.

Additional hearings at Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford or Crewe courts at FDR level will cost £600 + vat.

An initial deposit of £500 +vat is required.

A second payment of £300 + vat is required on exchange of replies to questionnaires.

The final payment of £400 + vat is required 14 days before the FDR.

The fee for any additional Court attendances is required 21 days before the relevant hearing.