Partner in Wehrle and Sheehan a firm of solicitors with three practices in S.W. Wales, U.K. 28 Station Road 40/41a Alfred Street 19 Dillwyn Street Port Talbot Neath Swansea Tel: 01639 883237 01639 630844 01792 410016 Fax: 01639 871313 01639 630776 01639 630776 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org DX: 38359 Neath Born: 31/3/50 at Neath, S. Wales, Great Britain. Qualifications: 1961/68 Neath Boys' Grammar School. 6 O-Levels and 2 A-Levels. 1968/72 Leeds Metro. University. LLB. Hons. 1977 Qualified as a Solicitor. 1998 Qualified as a Family Mediator. Employment: 1973/5 Messrs. Watkin Jones & Co., Solicitors, Swansea. Articles. 1976/77 Mid Glamorgan County Council. Consumer Protection Officer. 1977/81 Meyrick Owen & Co., Solicitors, Pembroke Dock. Assistant Solicitor. 1981 Wehrle & Sheehan, Port Talbot. 1998 Qualified as a Family Mediator 1998 Appointed as Assessor to the Law Society's Family Law Panel Experience: Since qualifying as a solicitor I have dealt with more family cases than any other. I have dealt with a wide range of family matters to include defended divorces, wardship, care proceedings, difficult ancilliaries, apart from the usual divorce and Children Act problems that are common nowadays. The majority of my current files are family orientated. I qualified as a Family Mediator in readiness for the change in the law next year. Membership: Member of the Law Society. Associate Member of the U.K. College of Mediators. Member of the Law Society's Family Law Panel
FEES We like to think that we are competitive so as fees are concerned. We try to, so far as we can, give an estimate of the likely global cost of any given matter. Obviously if we encounter unforseen or unusual problems then the client will be advised and fees re-negotiated, hopefully to the client's satisfaction! Divorce: As a Petitioner in undefended proceedings, fees are usually £350 excluding VAT and there are disbursements such as court fees which add almost £200 to this. As a Respondent the fees are £250 excluding VAT and there are no disbursements. If the proceedings become defended then, as a rule of thumb, multiply these figures by 10 if the case proceeds to the 'bitter end'. House-purchase: We usually quote a fixed fee as the work involved is routine and straight-forward. However, bear in mind that disbursements such as searches, VAT, and fees due to estate agents, Land Registry and possibly Stamp-Duty add substantially to the cost of buying and selling a property. The solicitor has no control nor discretion over these and they have to paid. Litigation: Fees are calculated on a time-basis arising from the amount of time spent on the case in any given day or week. As a lot of the work can be routine and can be done quickly and therefore cheaply. Nearly every client believes that all lawyers have a system that has the 'clock ticking' from the time he accepts instructions right to the end of the case, very much like a taxi does. Not so. Files are worked on for around 30 minutes a week on average but this figure goes up sharply at the beginning of a case when evidence has to gathered or if there is a hearing on the horizon. Insofar as Legal Aid is concerned, we always assess our clients at the first appointment to see whether they qualify. Our hourly rate from the 1st. January 1998 is £80 with up to a 50% markup. We review this figure at regular intervals. No-Win No-Fee Litigation: We are prepared to take cases on this basis where the client only pays disbursements as they are incurred. There is no hourly rate, no fixed fee only a payment out of compensation successfully obtained for the client. The Law Society maximum is 25% excluding VAT. Disbursements are usually recovered and repaid to the client. We always operate on this basis in Criminal Injury Compensation claims but other cases are scrutinised very carefully before a decision is made. Wills: Routinely our fees are £30 for one will. £50 for wills for husbands and wives together. For more complicated wills then we go back to our time basis. Probate and All Other Matters: Usually on a time basis unless the work is staightforward and then we can quote a flat fee. Obviously if snags are encountered then we reserve the right to operate on a time basis. Method of Payment: Fees may be paid by cash or cheque. We accept Visa or Mastercard for fees but not for disbursements.
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