There is no charge for an initial consultation. Following the first meeting a retainer will be required to be lodged in your name in my trust account. In the event that legal fees in excess of the retainer are to be charged, then a quotation will be issued in writing for your consideration before further work is completed. This will either be done on an hourly basis or as a fixed fee for the whole matter. Fee estimates will always be given if requested.
Legal aid is administered through the Ministry of Justice. A link to their website with more information is here. Check the website to find out whether you may qualify.
There is no charge for the first consultation. From that point onwards I will charge either by the hour or provide you with a fixed fee for the entire matter. My hourly rate depends on the nature and complexity of the case. In most cases some form of retainer will need to be lodged and held in my trust account. Written fee estimates will always be given in advance if requested.