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Burges Salmon LLP is β€˜excellent’ in matters involving international, offshore or unusual assets. Catherine Hallam (β€˜one of the best lawyers in the region’) and Sarah Woodsford (who is β€˜a leading light in financial remedies work’) head the practice.

At Clarke Willmott LLP, practice head Gareth Schofield β€˜is a true Bristol legend’ for international divorce and cohabitation matters. Senior associate Alastair MacLeod (who is β€˜a brilliant litigator’) is also recommended. Samantha Hickman joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Headed by Alison Hawes, who is β€˜a go-to family finance lawyer’, Irwin Mitchell’s practice handles high-net-worth divorces, financial remedy and international matters. Also recommended are associates Nicky Howarth and Hayley Trim, who β€˜gives the firm a real edge’.

Michelmores LLP β€˜has established itself in the growing field of surrogacy work’ through Louisa Ghevaert, who splits her time between London and Exeter. Simon Thomas leads the practice, which also handles high-value matrimonial financial matters and operates a joint collaborative law initiative with Stephens Scown LLP.

Key figures at Stephens Scown LLP include Liz Allen, who is β€˜an experienced and tough opponent’; Andrew Barton, who is β€˜calm, considered and technically impressive’ in international divorce and jurisdictional matters; and Mark Smith, who is highly recommended for multi-jurisdictional child cases.

TLT handles financial remedy cases taking place or in assets in multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Natalie Drew and associate Mark Sage have β€˜excellent reputations’. David Wheeler was promoted to legal director and undertakes international children work.

Royds Withy King is β€˜one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has β€˜a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP is β€˜strong in matrimonial finance’, which is Deborah Leask’s forte. Sean McNally is β€˜excellent with clients’ and leads on international child abduction matters.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Mathew Waddington handles matrimonial disputes and Children Act work, while associate John Lawley pursues hidden assets. Practice head Carolyn Green leads on high-net-worth financial disputes.

Lester Aldridge LLP acts in international children disputes and advises on prenuptial agreements, trusts and cohabitation agreements. Mediator Jane Porter β€˜stretches and inspires her team to the client’s benefit’.

Ashley Palminteri’s practice at The Family Law Practice handles financial remedy work, cohabitation agreements, and pre and post-nuptial agreements. Sharon Mahmood made director and is β€˜excellent in private law children matters’. Elizabeth Bruce joined from Lyons Davidson.

Thrings LLP handles high-net-worth matrimonial finance and children law, including international child abduction. Fiona Kellow and Matthew Kellow head the department, which includes James Myatt.

Barcan+Kirby LLP is the product of the mergers of Barcan Woodward and Kirby Sheppard. The combined family practice brings together the expertise of department head Jim Gridley, executive partner Anna Wilson, Hanni Pennelegion and Tom Sharkey from Kirby Sheppard. Sharkey and Gridley β€˜use their experience to the best advantage of child clients’.

Foot Anstey acts for high-net-worth individuals and is β€˜strong in divorce and financing matters for unmarried couples’. Practice head Mark Chanter is β€˜a tough negotiator’.

Gregg Latchams LLP’s caseload includes Children Act cases and civil partnership dissolution. Collaborative law expert Victoria Daniell is β€˜strong on difficult pension issues and cases involving company law’.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF has collaborative law expertise and is strong in mediation arising out of cohabitation, matrimonial and child law disputes. Practice head Jonathan Talbot is recommended.

At Lyons Davidson, department head Philippa Morgan is β€˜a leading player in international child abduction law’ and Iona Phillips is β€˜a confident and able advocate’.

At Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors newly promoted partner Daniela Nickols is β€˜an exceptional childcare solicitor’. Managing partner Tracey Smith heads the practice and concentrates on divorce and separations.

Nash & Co has particular experience in military divorces. William Giles is β€˜especially strong in finance cases’ and Helen Bull is recommended for care matters.

Natalie Gamble Associates β€˜specialises in fertility issues’, including surrogacy and LGBT parenting matters. Natalie Gamble splits her time between London and Salisbury and is β€˜hugely impressive’.

Porter Dodson LLP’s Rebecca Marshall represents children through Cafcass. Richard Baker leads the department, which was joined by associate Cathryn Smith from The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot.

Sharp Family Law’s Richard Sharp β€˜is a leading figure nationally in alternative dispute resolution’ and Sharon Giles is β€˜highly influential’ in collaborative divorce proceedings.

Steele Raymond LLP’s Julie-Ann Harris provides β€˜tactically astute’ advice on financial remedy proceedings and cohabitation disputes. Associate Lindsay Halliwell handles Children Act cases.

Stone King LLP’s β€˜rock solid’ department advises on non-domicile matters, pre-marital and post-separation assets, and child issues. John Brownrigg heads the practice and is β€˜a formidable practitioner’.

The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot handles domestic abuse, divorce and child abduction cases. Managing director Norman Hartnell is the key contact.

Tozers Solicitors LLP’s Tony Wood acts in care proceedings with solicitor Julia Clayton, formerly of The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot. Tracy Lambert leads the pratice, which is β€˜excellent in children law and complex financial remedy matters’.

Samantha Hickman, who joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards from Co-op Legal Services, is skilled in matrimonial, child and cohabitation disputes. Hickman is recommended alongside senior associate Sally Rushton, who is noted for her β€˜first-rate advice’.

Willans LLP fields β€˜the best financial remedies team in Cheltenham’ and is β€˜well-regarded’ for children matters. James Grigg is recommended.

At Wilsons, Katharine Shaw handles disputes relating to children and prenuptial agreements, as well divorce and related financial claims. Christopher Nisbet left the firm.

Boutique firm Woolley & Co, Solicitors is β€˜well thought of’ for international child cases and cohabitation disputes. Susan Harwood and Lisa Macdonald are key figures.

Financial cases and private children law form a key part of BPE Solicitors LLP’s caseload. Elizabeth Saunders* displays β€˜remarkable levels of empathy and care’. *Since publication, Elizabeth Saunders has joined Tanner Solicitors LLP.

Battens Solicitors Limited undertakes financial disputes, mediation and children law proceedings for high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Louise Gidley and senior solicitor Cherise Luke-Bennett head the practice.

At Everys, practice head Kim Stradling is regarded for cases involving injuries to children. Zoe Porter joined from Michelmores LLP, while Stephen Martin retired from practice.

Recent mandates for Kitsons LLP include divorce, Children Act and ancillary relief proceedings. Department head Tony Hunt β€˜is the ideal private client solicitor’. Mogers Drewett LLP’s Rebecca Silcock is noted for her β€˜spot-on advice’ on collaborative law and financial matters.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP’s Maggie Roberts has an extensive caseload in public children law. Lauren Preedy handles financial matters. Kit O’Brien is now with Slee Blackwell.

Stokes Partners LLP’s practice is headed by senior partner David Stokes, who has a track record in financial remedy cases. Joanne Butler leads on child matters.

Trethowans LLP is β€˜a go-to firm for financial remedy applications and private children disputes’. Andrew Mercer is highly regarded.

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