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Irwin Mitchell’s ‘first-rate’ practice is led by Peter Morris, who often handles cases involving complex matrimonial finance issues. The team saw some changes with the arrival of Teresa Davidson from Ward Hadaway and Carol Grundell’s departure to establish her own practice.

One of the top niche practices’, Jones Myers LLP specialises in financial remedies and children work, with a particular focus on proceedings involving overseas assets. Practice head Richard Peaker is ‘a leading light’.

Lake Legal LLP has ‘an extremely well-regarded’ practice headed by Lyn Ayrton, who primarily handles high-value financial settlements arising from divorce and separation.

Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘top-quality advice’ on multi-jurisdictional disputes, including those involving trust structures and pensions. The ‘outstandingPhilip Way leads the practice.

Under the leadership of Simon Preston* (who ‘gets excellent results’), Stewarts Law LLP provides ‘excellent, pragmatic advice’ to high-net-worth individuals. Frances Bailey is now at Mills & Reeve LLP. *Since publication, Simon Preston has left the firm to establish North Family Law.

Clarion’s private client practice is headed by the ‘formidableJustine Osmotherley and includes Fiona Kendall, who leads on family matters and handles multi-jurisdictional issues, with a focus on surrogacy work.

Harrogate Family Law handles complex financial proceedings arising from separation, divorce and civil partnership dissolution, and has seen an increase in matters involving prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice head Andrew Meehan has a strong track record on cases with an international element.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department is headed by Christopher Burns in Leeds. The group has particular expertise in handling financial remedies.

The ‘excellent’ team at Berwins primarily handles separation and divorce matters. Practice head Sarah Smith is experienced in prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, children work, and collaborative law.

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s group is headed by the ‘particularly helpful’ Ann Robinson, who often handles divorce settlements, and has a particular focus on cases involving businesses, pensions and overseas assets.

The ‘impressive’ team at Raworths primarily advises high-net-worth individuals, as well as owners of family businesses and large agricultural estates. Carmelita Ardren heads the practice; her expertise includes prenuptial agreements, children work and collaborative law. The ‘extremely useful’ Zoe Robinson is also recommended.

Simpson Millar LLP primarily advises trade union members and domestic violence survivors. Clients recommend solicitor Melanie Webb, who ‘negotiates strong settlements’, and practice head Emma Pearmaine.

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