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Brabners LLP is singled out for its ‘meticulous preparation, and the highest possible standards of advice and client care’. The team specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals in financial remedy cases where there are complex asset structures, and representing parents in children proceedings. Paula Milburn is ‘extremely thorough’ and Helen Marriott is highlighted for her track record in divorce cases.

DWF has a ‘thoroughly professional team that is always available and very attentive to its clients’ needs’. It advises high-net-worth individuals on a range of issues including divorce, financial claims and disputes involving children. Standout individuals include the ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ David Pickering, Beverley Jones, who is ‘fabulous with clients’, and the ‘energetic’ Elspeth Kinder, who ‘manages to secure excellent outcomes for her clients’.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘very knowledgeable and compassionate’ team ‘provides fantastic advice’. Led by the ‘simply brilliant’ Ros Bever (who is ‘very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail’), the ‘top-quality team’ acts on a range of major disputes and complex money cases. It successfully represented two clients in the Supreme Court and represented two high-profile appellants in the Court of Appeal.

At JMW Solicitors LLP, the ‘very practical and approachableCatherine Jones jointly heads the department with Beth Wilkins. The team is experienced in complex and high-value family and matrimonial cases. James Brown and Sam Hall left the firm to establish their own practice.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘knowledgeable team provides very well-rounded advice’. The ‘very professionalNigel Shepherd has a ‘great eye for detail’ and is recommended for his financial remedy work. Also recommended are Alison Bull, for family mediations involving business owners; and ‘very efficient’ principal Associate Andrew Moore. Robin Charrot left the firm to set up his own practice.

Slater and Gordon’s team ‘really knows its stuff’ and regularly advises on large and complex family law cases. The firm also fields a well-regarded children team. Key figures include the ‘very clever and experienced’ Andrew Newbury, ‘capable and focusedAmanda McAlister, Fiona Wood, ‘calm and sensibleBeverley Darwent, and ‘meticulous’ Vicki McLynn.

Weightmans LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable team’ advises high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of issues, often with an international dimension and involving onshore and offshore trusts. It also has particular expertise in pre and post-nuptial agreements. Carole Atkinson leads the team, which includes Fiona Davidson, Fiona Turner and Emma Collins, who are ‘incredibly sensible’.

Aaron & Partners LLP’s ‘very responsive’ team predominantly advises high-net-worth individuals when relationships break down. Lorraine Saunders is ‘very measured and calm’ and head of department Richard Barge is especially recommended for his work on pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Farleys Solicitors LLP advises on all aspects of marital agreements, divorce, children law and domestic abuse. ‘Very capable and efficient’ practice head Antonia Love has ‘extensive knowledge of family law’.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team stands out for its ‘efficiency and speed, which are second to none’. The team has particular expertise in pre-nuptial agreements and is ‘exceptional for matrimonial finance’. The ‘experiencedTricia Cottrell and ‘calm’ senior associate Joanne Raisbeck are recommended.

James Maguire & Co stands out for international child law matters and for financial ancillary relief. The ‘extraordinarily clever’ James Maguire is recommended.

Laytons advises on all areas of family law including divorce, children issues and pre-marital agreements. Head of department Christine Barker is ‘highly experienced, well prepared and adopts a no-nonsense approach to provide sensible solutions’.

SAS Daniels LLP’s four-partner team provides ‘clear advice and is very responsive’. Shelley Chesworth jointly heads the team with Nicola McInnes, who is praised for her ‘high level of attention to detail’. The ‘knowledgeable and empathetic’Angela Moores is also recommended.

Pauline McNamara heads the team at Cassell Moore and covers a range of matrimonial and children law issues.

Helen Shirbon heads the team at Forbes Solicitors, which focuses on complex matrimonial cases, children law matters and issues of domestic violence.

Gorvins Solicitors is experienced in all aspects of matrimonial matters, from children law to cohabitation disputes, and has niche expertise in police divorce work. Practice head Sally Leaman is ‘highly conscientious and excellent with clients’.

Tony Broadley heads the team at Linder Myers, which advises high-net-worth individuals and regularly acts on cross-jurisdictional family matters. Karen Leadbetter ‘fights hard for her clients’.

Key figures at Myerson Solicitors LLP include the ‘calm, thorough and tenaciousJane Tenquist and senior solicitor Nichola Morris, who is ‘always very well prepared’.

Slater Heelis LLP is noted for its ‘excellent advice and sensitive management of clients’ needs and expectations’. Practice head Mark Heptinstall is singled out for his cost-effective approach to client issues.

Ward Hadaway is best known for acting for business owners, entrepreneurs and high-profile individuals. Martin Karran and Michael Chapman are the primary contacts.

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