This is really easy to deal with. We spoke. I said I would confirm what we spoke about.
If you go to your local county court and speak to the court office, and ask them whether you can swear a statutory declaration please, they will normally do it for free. It takes a minute.
Alternatively, go to any solicitors office and ask them if you can swear a statutory declaration please. They will normally do it without an appointment because it takes two minutes and they get a fixed fee of 5 pounds for it. They cannot charge more.
Sometimes, the statutory declaration may refer to an additional document and if it does there is an extra fee of 2 pounds for each additional document.
Hence, you are talking about beer money, not GBP250 per hour!
If a solicitor wanted to make an appointment to do this, walked down the street and find one who will do it there and then. It’s not worth making an appointment for the sake of two minutes.