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In addition to advising on pre-and-post-nuptial deeds, divorces and dissolutions of civil partnership, Cartwright King has particular expertise in children disputes and fields a dedicated childcare team led by Chet Desai. Other key practitioners include Wayne Hollingsworth, Hugh Young and Adrian Rose. Fiona Lazenby left to join Knights Professional Services Limited.

Freeths has a ‘very highly regarded family law team’, which includes Judith Speed and Diana Copestake, who are ‘incredibly experienced’ and ‘a massive asset’. In addition to handling high-value prenuptial agreements (often with an international element) and financial remedy applications, the practice also has particular expertise in pensions issues.

John Hooper & Co’s ‘high-calibre team’ provides advice that is ‘excellent and always insightful’. It regularly acts for clients in divorces and financial disputes between spouses and cohabitees, and is also experienced in Children Act cases. John Hooper and Timothy Quincey are recommended.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s practice handles mediation and collaborative law issues, as well as divorces involving high-net-worth individuals and often with an international element. Emma Lawler has particular strength in divorce cases, mediation and private law children disputes. John Conlon, who heads the firm’s children law practice, is also recommended.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Andrew Breakwell continues to act in the complex cross-border case Chai v Peng, and on a long-running High Court case involving assets in excess of £50m. Associate Sonia Bachu is also recommended.

Smith Partnership’s ‘exceptional’ team attracts praise for its ‘comprehensive and impressive advice in all aspects of family law’. Key figures include partners Muctar Johal, Peter Dadswell and Ruth Jones, and ‘highly professional, diligent, and tenacious’ associate Bina Modi.

Turner Nicholson was established in January 2016 by highly regarded family law specialists Brigid Turner and John Nicholson. Turner has extensive experience in high-value, multi-jurisdictional divorce cases.

Lisa Boileau heads Wilkin Chapman LLP’s family team, which covers all aspects of family law and has particular strength advising clients from an agricultural and armed forces background.

Flint Bishop LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable, experienced and exceptionally customer-focused’ team is headed by Kirpal Bidmead, who is noted for her expertise in children cases and mandates involving complex financial issues.

Howes Percival LLP’s family team works closely with the firm’s Leicester, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich offices. It routinely acts for high-profile individuals on family issues in connection with their property and business interests. Jane Cowley is the key contact.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘well-established, highly regarded’ team is led by Jayne Chilvers, who specialises in ancillary relief mandates for high-net-worth individuals. Victor Collins and Melanie Bridgen are also recommended.

Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ key practitioners are Paul Cobb – an expert in complex matters involving businesses, taxation, trusts and pensions – and Ann-Marie Bowman, who has extensive experience advising on public children law cases.

At Roythornes Solicitors, practice head Nick Ingrey is noted for his track record in divorce cases related to the division of agricultural assets.

Swati Somaiya remains the key contact at Spearing Waite LLP’s family team, routinely acting for high-net-worth clients in connection with disputes involving children, civil partnerships and domestic violence.

Banner Jones Solicitors’ ‘excellent and supportive’ team is headed by Toby Netting and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Helena Downing, who is praised for her ‘strong advocacy skills and sensible pragmatic approach’.

Geldards LLP’s family practice is lauded for its ‘efficient, accurate, and client-focused advice’. Key figures include Claire Dean, who ‘will go the extra mile for her clients’, and Fiona Apthorpe, who has key strength in cases involving children.

Sally Robinson heads Wilson Browne Solicitors’ ‘organised and efficient team, which inspires trust and confidence’. Edward Rawlins and Helen York are also recommended.

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