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B P Collins LLP’s ‘leading’ family law practice is led by Sue Andrews, who is singled out for her ‘keen attention to detail’, and includes ‘excellent’ senior associates Emma Baillie, Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is noted for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘insightful and timely advice’. The practice is equally adept at handling financial remedy cases and childcare matters. Key names for high-value divorce work include Amanda Melton and Richard Phillips. The ‘superbElizabeth Fitzpatrick is also recommended.

Boutique family specialist Rayden Solicitors is ‘a class act’ with a strong track record acting for high-profile individuals. The ‘very brightKatherine Rayden leads the team, which includes partners Julian Bremner, Nadia Biles Davies and Paula Butterworth. Also recommended are newly promoted partner Emily Watson, who is ‘a superb lawyer’, and the ‘constructive and pragmaticPriya Palanivel. Kate Elliott left the firm in January 2017.

Debenhams Ottaway’s practice head Helen Young provides ‘sound, practical advice’ and is supported by senior associates Richard Gilbert and Belinda Strange.

Hawkins Family Law is best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has ‘a wealth of experience’), Annabel Hayward, who provides ‘sound and pragmatic advice’, and Loraine Davenport.

SA Law LLP’s clients single out Marilyn Bell, for her ‘innate ability to always put her clients’ needs at the forefront of her work’, and senior associate Ruth Abrams, for her ‘sage and strategic advice’. Keith Docking retired.

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