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The ‘fast, efficient and excellent’ team at Brethertons LLP is headed by the ‘professionally superb, personally sensitiveLinda Jones. The practice has acted in a number of complex divorce proceedings, such as those with spouses who seek to obfuscate the true value of their wealth and assets. Rachel Adams and Emily James are also recommended.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP’s team specialises in marital breakdown, co-habitation, children’s issues and nuptial agreements. Telford-based Anne Thomson heads the department, and Fay Rothery, who works in the Wolverhampton office, is also recommended.

Kevin Harris-James leads the ‘enormously well-respected’ department at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. His team acted for a number of high-profile clients, including advising a Premier League footballer on his divorce and assisting a well-known actor with a prenuptial agreement. Andy Caldicott, Jonathan Brew and Brenda Spain are recommended.

Higgs & Sons’ team handles divorce and financial settlements, prenuptial agreements and children’s matters involving high-net-worth individuals and disputes involving family businesses. Phillip Barnsley heads the department and Hannah Nichols* is noted for being ‘empathetic, responsive and motivated to put people first’. *In August 2016, Hannah Nichols left to join Thursfields Solicitors and Claire Darley joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Duncan Watts LLP provides ‘an overall excellent service’. Joint practice heads Martin Croom and Joanne Connor focus on collaborative process and mediation in relation to divorce and relationship breakdown issues.

MFG Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Gurdip Kaur Brring, who specialises in farming divorce cases and complex business structures, and Bromsgrove-based Alison Webber, who focuses on financial arrangements of divorce and cohabitation disputes.

The ‘very responsive and timelyMercy Messenger team advises wealthy individuals and family businesses. Associate Gemma Fenton is ‘a very safe pair of hands with very high standards in her work’.

The team at Thursfields Solicitors focuses on divorces and financial matters relating to relationship breakdowns. Shane Miller is a key contact, and Paul Gammon is also recommended.

Wright Hassall LLP provides ‘sound, realistic advice to manage clients’ expectations’, and represents high-net-worth individuals, senior executives and business owners. Practice head Peter Lowe specialises in farming cases; and ‘formidable opponentJustin Creed has a specialisation in farms, rural businesses and overseas assets.

The team at Ansons Solicitors Ltd is led by Susan Davies, who is ‘a highly experienced matrimonial solicitor with great client care skills’. The team handles all aspects of divorce and civil partnership breakdowns, nuptial agreements and disputes involving children, and has a strong focus on collaborative practice.

Band Hatton Button LLP assists clients with a full range of family matters. Practice head Tracy Cross is ‘extremely empathetic and knowledgeable’.

Knights Professional Services Limited’ team is led by Martin Ridings and acts on instructions on all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial remedy agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and disputes involving children’s custody.

Lanyon Bowdler acts in all aspects of family law. A notable recent matter was the successful application for adoption by clients acting as foster carers. Colin Spanner heads the practice and Sue Hodgson was promoted to partner. Peter Flint retired.

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