Nearly two-thirds of couples divorcing or dissolving a civil partnership now pay fixed fees – but final legal fees for many were higher than expected, a new report has shown.

The UK Family Law Consumer Research Report by IRN Research revealed that 24 per cent of respondents were charged a higher final fee, with just 9 per cent seeing their final fee lowered.

The findings are based on responses from 304 consumers involved in a divorce or civil partnership dissolution in the last five years.

Around 80 per cent of clients declared themselves “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with nearly all aspects of the service offered by firms; although satisfaction levels dropped to 70 per cent on the explan...

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