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Blake Morgan LLP’s group is headed by Christine Plews who ‘knows when to push a point, but is also understanding of the client’s needs’. Associate Catherine Morgan is the other key figure.

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s clients appreciate the practice’s ‘concise and carefully considered advice’. Andrew Don is ‘an experienced solicitor who is well-regarded locally’, and Brenda Long has ‘an excellent knowledge of the law’. The ‘outstandingClaire Dyer attracts praise for her ‘commitment to achieving a successful resolution and effective handling of matters’.

FreethsRachael Oakes is ‘a first-rate lawyer who instils great confidence in her clients’. Qualified mediator Claire Colbert joined from Blake Morgan LLP in 2016.

Kerry Smith is the key figure at K J Smith Solicitors, and is praised for her combination of ‘attention to detail while never losing sight of the client’s objectives’. Suzanne Foster is ‘highly professional in all matters’.

Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘excellent for high-net-worth cases’. Kerry Fretwell’s expertise includes child-related matters and financial settlements. Jane Mitchell is recommended for complex financial cases and child-related disputes, and Ruth James for her knowledge of complex and high-value financial matters.

Barrett & Thomson’s ‘solid, user-friendly’ practice is headed by Claire Fitzgerald, who ‘has extensive knowledge of the law, and is honest and direct’.

At Brethertons LLP, Simon Craddock is ‘clever, sensible and absolutely top-notch’. Sally Clark advises on divorce, separation, civil partnerships and cohabitation.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is ‘a sound family practice with particular strength in financial work’. Key figures include ‘formidable litigator’ Anne Deller, who heads the group in Wokingham, and Reading-based Kate Grant, who provides ‘effective and knowledgeable advice’.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s James Davies is ‘a real fighter who squeezes the best result from any situation’. Michelle Mann is recommended for high-value financial disputes, and Sue Baker specialises in Children Act cases.

Seona Myerscough is the key figure at Gardner Leader LLP. Jenny Buchanan specialises in financial matters, and Collette Bailey handles high-wealth divorce proceedings.

Royds Withy King’s group is led by Simon Bassett who is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. The ‘efficient and committed’ Anne Davies specialises in child-related work.

At Herrington Carmichael LLP, Maria Mulroe is noted for her ‘ ability to guide the client forward’. Andrew Smith is ‘ to reach out to’, and ‘always focused on the results’. The group is noted for its expertise in high-net-worth matters.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s John Randle regularly acts for high-net-worth clients in matters relating to financial settlements and divorce proceedings.

Rod Fowler is the key contact at Reeds Solicitors, which advises on divorce law and financial settlements, child protection, domestic abuse and injunctions.

Rowberry Morris is headed by Jasbinder Dail and includes the ‘professional and informativeJulie Gallimore.

Spratt Endicott is singled out for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Standout figures include ‘kind, patient and efficient’ practice head Patrick Mulcare and Naheed Taj.

Tony Roe Solicitors is a boutique divorce and family law specialist with a reputation for providing ‘outstanding service’ to clients including high-net-worth individuals, senior businessfigures and high-profile politicians and sports figures. Tony Roe’s extensive experience encompasses high-value and complex ancillary relief, childabduction cases and SEN matters. Other key figures include Tracey O’Dwyer, who specialises in cohabitee disputes involving multiple properties.

At Turpin & Miller LLPEmily Boardman ‘leads the team in a pragmatic, empathetic and focused way’, and mediator Ruth Hawkins is noted for her ‘good relationship with clients and peers’.

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