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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP’s recent work includes handling the dissolution of the civil partnership of a public figure. According to one client, the team ‘provides the highest-quality legal services in Birmingham’. Team leader Elizabeth Wyatt and childcare law specialist Jas Tamber are both highly recommended.

Benussi & Co is a ‘niche firm offering a “Rolls-Royce” service’. Recent matters for the firm include acting for applicants with substantial wealth and assets in divorce proceedings. Diane Benussi is the senior partner, and Helen Jane Arnold and Sue Leach are also highly regarded.

Headed by Joan Price and Beverley Morris, Divorce and Family Law Practice handles all aspects of familial law. Associate solicitor Caroline Dresden is also recommended.

Blair Allison’s team specialises in children’s welfare cases and is led by the well-respected Grant Bird, who one client says is ‘possibly the best childcare lawyer practising in the Birmingham courts’. Associate Baldish Khatkar is recommended.

Kevin Harris-James heads the department at Harrison Clark Rickerbys; he specialises in assisting professional footballers with marital issues. Birmingham-based associate Anna Taylor is also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell strengthened its showing in this area with the addition of Clare Wiseman from George Green LLP. Notable work included seeking financial remedy for its client in a divorce case involving assets valued in the millions, and acting for a client in an overseas shari’ah law divorce. Nicola Walker heads the department.

Mills & Reeve LLP has represented clients in cases involving substantial wealth and also in cases involving assets in multiple jurisdictions. The team has ‘strength and depth and is able to comfortably deal with any issue that may arise’. Practice head Marc Saundersonbuilds empathy with clients and has first-rate judgement’.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has recently acted in a number of relationship breakdowns of high-net-worth individuals and their partners. Zahra Pabani is ‘head and shoulders above all the other financial remedy lawyers’, according to one client.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s practice is headed by Rayner Grice, who ‘provides an excellent service for her clients’. Recent work for the team includes managing the estate of a man who died intestate and who had no formal records in his country of origin, and where there were competing claims for inheritance.

Shoosmiths LLP’s team focuses on the financial implications of relationship breakdowns. Recent work includes representing an international footballer whose wife filed for divorce.

Sydney Mitchell LLP’s Karen Moores (who ‘maintains excellent rapport with clients’) runs a ‘first-rate legal team, which is hardworking and always contactable’. Mauro Vinti is also recommended.

Weightmans LLP handles all aspects of relationship breakdowns, as well as wealth protection, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Recent highlights include the resolution of a case involving an overseas trust with a substantial value but with uncooperative trustees. Fiona O’Sullivan is ‘a first-class and astute lawyer who is both well respected and feared as an opponent by her professional colleagues.Carole Atkinson heads the practice.

Cartwright King handles all aspects of family law and financial remedy, but the team is particularly well known for its work in public law children’s cases. Clare Butterfield is ‘adept at dealing with cases involving international and cross-jurisdictional issues’.

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