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For some, Charles Russell Speechlys LLPremains the paragon of a family law firm in Surrey’. The practice handles all aspects of family law including divorce, childcare and court of protection work. Karen Wilsher took over as head from Margaret Tyson, who retired; clients praise her ‘impressive command of the law’.

Mundays LLP’s Sarah Duckworth is ‘a first-rate family and matrimonial specialist’, and newly promoted partner Rachel Lemon is ‘knowledgable and fair’. Miranda Green is also recommended.

The ‘extremely bright and astute’ Joanna Pratt leads the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, which includes the ‘energetic and pragmatic’ Kirstie Law, Sarah Judd and senior associate Desmond O’Donnell.

asb law LLP’s growing practice is led by Mark Rennie, who excels in asset preservation for high-net-worth individuals. Associate Gail Brooks, who joined from Gullands Solicitors, is also recommended.

At Barlow Robbins LLP, the ‘calm and experiencedJudith Ball and ‘practical and results-driven’ Joanna Farrands are experienced in children disputes and cases involving offshore assets.

The ‘canny and insightfulStephen Smith heads the practice at Brachers, which includes the ‘robust and determinedMei-Ling McNab.

Cripps LLP’s practice is noted for its handling of high-value divorces and pre-nuptial agreements. Practice head Alex Davies and Vanda James are the key practitioners. Kate Lovegrove left the firm in May 2016.

Key figures at Family Law Partners include Alan Larkin, senior associate Lisa Burton-Durham and solicitor Sarah Jelly.

Jones Nickolds provides ‘a Rolls-Royce service at much more affordable prices’. Lisa Jones and Claire Nickolds are the key contacts.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded Caroline Gordon-Smith and includes ‘truly exceptional’ senior associate Grace Parker-White.

At TWM Solicitors LLP, Sarah Cornes, Lindsey Alexander and newly promoted partner Sarah Bostock are all recommended.

Rayma Collins heads the practice at Warners Solicitors and is well regarded for her collaborative law expertise. Matthew Aves is also recommended.

Blackfords LLP’s practice is led by Penelope Moult and specialises in children law matters and divorce proceedings.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP’s practice leader Stephanie Calthrop-Owen is noted for her ‘boundless energy and enthusiasm’.

Robert Worthing is the key contact at Rawlison Butler LLP.

Recommended individuals at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP include the ‘excellentAlan Foster and solicitor Sarah Phillips.

Stantons Solicitors’ Jan Stanton is noted for his ability to ‘think outside of the box’.

At Whitehead Monckton, practice head Dawn Harrison and associate Jonathan Miller are well regarded.

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