Family in East Midlands

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's Nottingham team deals with all aspects of family law with a focus on high net-worth clients and clients with family owned businesses. Rachel Oakes heads the team, ably supported by Judith Speed, who advises clients 'in a way which is objective and yet sensitive to the circumstances'. Speed specialises in the financial aspects of divorces and frequently advises on matters involving family owned property as well as trusts and pensions of significant value. Further focus areas of the team are Children Act applications, cohabitation agreements and disputes, and pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Oakes

Other key lawyers:

Judith Speed


‘Judith Speed represented me on a family matter. She was excellent and supported me through the period. Judith is experienced, fair and measured, accurate in advice and paperwork and prompt.’

‘Judith Speed is very well regarded and one of the most senior family lawyers in the area. She is also a family arbitrator. She is known for fighting her client’s cases robustly.

‘They demonstrate solid legal knowledge, are approachable and adopt a co-operative approach.’

‘Judith Speed adopts a sensible approach to negotiation and is solution focussed.’

‘Judith Speed is a partner who has a sure-footed ability to assess cases and advise lay clients in a way which is objective and yet sensitive to the circumstances in which those clients frequently find themselves.’

‘Freeths are known as one of the top financial remedy specialist firms in Nottingham. They are known for providing a quality service to their clients and undertake complex, high net value financial remedies work.’

‘Judith Speed is the stand out lawyer in their family team. Judith is approachable and knowledgeable and provides excellent legal advice to her clients.’

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP has a reputation for being 'one of the most respected solicitors firms dealing with high net value financial remedy cases in the East Midlands'. Further specialisms of the firm are complex farming family matters and children law matters involving issues of domestic and international relocation. Practice head Fiona Apthorpe 'deals with clients and opponents in a balanced and fair way' as an accredited mediator and arbitrator, and specialises in pre-nuptial deeds and matters relating to same sex marriage and civil partnership breakdowns. Jane Cowley, a financial remedy case specialist, joined from Gateley Plc at the beginning of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Apthorpe

Other key lawyers:

Claire Dean; Jane Cowley


‘I used this firm for my divorce and they were brilliant at every turn of what was a difficult time for me. They were reassuring and ensured that I got a fantastic barrister to represent me in the final court hearing. Professional, reliable but above all reassuring.’

‘All staff are extremely personable, friendly and helpful. They are incredibly experienced in their field and non-judgemental in an extremely professional environment.’

‘They are extremely personable, caring and supportive. Mostly importantly you feel like you are dealing with a human being.

‘Claire Dean was absolutely fantastic – she really went out of her way to go through everything with me and advised me on what I had to do to make things better for myself and my children. I will never ever forget this, and I will be forever grateful for her guidance and support. Claire has consistently provided a professional service whilst being personal and approachable. She has a wealth of experience; she is compassionate and her empathy and understanding have helped me so much.’

‘Fiona Apthorpe stands out .She is an experienced and thorough lawyer whilst also being a mediator who recognises the benefit of all forms of dispute resolution.’

‘This family team is the standout firm; not just in their area but also more widely. It contains a wide array of legal talent from the more senior practitioners to the more junior members of the team. There is a very strong team ethos and junior members are fully supported to grow and learn from the wealth of experience within the team.’

‘Claire Dean is a totally dedicated, a force of nature. She gives each case and client her full attention and energy. The clients will be left in no doubt that they are being guided by a strong capable hand who only has their best interests at heart. Claire is widely a very well respected and no doubt feared opponent.’

‘Geldards are one of the most respected solicitors firms dealing with high net value financial remedy cases in the East Midlands. They regularly deal with complex financial remedy cases, many with an agricultural element or complex family trust issues. They are the go to firm in the area.’

John Hooper & Co

John Hooper & Co is a specialist law firm focusing on family law. The practice specialises in financial disputes between both married and unmarried couples, separations of cohabiting couples and married spouses, children cases as well as personal and financial protection. Head of the firm John Hooper has ample experience in international matters and 'always knows how to cut to the point and get it sorted'. Clients praise the team for being 'extremely easy to work with and always supportive'.

Practice head(s):

John Hooper

Other key lawyers:

Leon Messam; Stephanie Clifton


‘I have dealt with Leon Messam and John Hooper for my case, they have been exceptionally understanding on what has been, and is still, a lengthy and difficult divorce. They are patient and take the time to explain processes in a way so I can understand.’

‘John Hooper always knows how to cut to the point and get it sorted. Leon Messam provides exceptional client service and is always responsive.’

‘The solicitors at John Hooper are extremely easy to work with and always supportive. They take clients views on board and present a united front throughout complexities and when challenges arise.’

‘Leon Messam is extremely personable; a great listener and always supportive. Takes a pragmatic approach to proceedings while always consulting with the client and working towards their objectives. Leon is quick to reply to matters and discusses options in a patient and positive manner, ensuring an excellent client relationship.’

‘All the staff at John Hooper have made me feel at ease at all times. I have struggled emotionally and they have been very supportive at all times. I have confidence in everyone at John Hooper.’

‘Stephanie Clifton gave proper and detailed advice and responded fast to my questions.’

‘Leon Messam has been particularly notable for his honest advice and accurate advice. He has been consistently reliable and communicated effectively.’

‘John Hooper and Stephanie Clifton get to know you personally. They are professional yet friendly. Very responsive. They excel in communication.’

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's family law practice has a focus on advising high net-worth clients on complex children proceedings, such as parental alienation, non-accidental injury and worldwide international relocation, as well as financial relief cases. In December of 2020 Nelsons significantly expanded its family offering in the East Midlands through the acquisition of the specialist family law firm Glynis Wright & Co. Glynis Wright, 'an absolutely excellent, approachable lawyer', heads the Leicester office, while Kelvin Henderson continues to head the family law department. 'First class public law family practitioner' Melanie Bridgen is the head of the children law team.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Henderson; Melanie Bridgen

Other key lawyers:

Glynis Wright; Layla Babadi


‘From the very beginning Melanie Bridgen has been outstanding. Her guidance, advice and personal approach put me at ease whilst dealing with a very emotional and difficult child case. From start to finish she has consistently delivered.

‘Layla Babadi has also been exceptional in her handling of the financial side of my case. A true professional with a wealth of knowledge who is also approachable and gives clear advice that is not confused by legal jargon.’

‘For family law I would not hesitate to recommend Melanie Bridgen, Layla Babadi and the team at Nelsons.’

‘Melanie Bridgen is a first class public law family practitioner. She is a delight to work with and very competitive.’

‘Nelsons is a thoroughly professional outfit with whom I have worked closely for many years. The practice’s enviable reputation in the Derby area, and beyond, is a testament to their excellent delivery of legal services and is well-deserved.’

‘Layla Babadi is a rising star in the financial remedies team. Approachable and knowledgeable, Layla brings a meticulous approach to her cases, ensuring that clients are well advised and embracing alternate dispute resolution in her cases so as to bring an early resolution to cases without clients incurring the costs of full blown court hearings. I would wholeheartedly recommend her.’

‘Glynis Wright is an absolutely excellent, approachable lawyer. Down to earth. Tactically brilliant. In depth knowledge of all areas of family law.’

‘Nelsons were recommended to me, and from the first phonecall I knew that I was dealing with a firm who had an instant understanding of my very complicated situation and also showed huge compassion. Nelsons had a no-nonsense approach and costs were not run up with unnecessary communications. My only regret is that I didn’t find them sooner.’

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on a full array of family law matters, including cohabitation situations, divorces, financial remedy cases, and are 'known for their fair and balanced approach' in high-conflict children disputes which include issues of parental alienation, time the parents spend with children and removal from the jurisdiction. Caroline Elliott heads the team together with Katherine Marshall who 'handles difficult clients with sensitivity' and has particular expertise in surrogacy matters. Sonia Bachu is 'one of the stars of family law in the East Midlands' and is experienced in drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Marshall; Caroline Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Bachu; Stephanie Kyriacou


‘A close knit and supportive team, who plainly enjoy working with each other. Their enjoyment of their work shines through into their client care and the way in which they run their cases. Marked in the Midlands for an energetic team; they are up to date with evolving case law and are known for their fair and balanced approach to children cases.’

‘Katherine Marshall is a leading star in the firm and in the Midlands. Her energetic and open approach to those she represents sees a core team who respect her and enjoy being led by her. Katherine is always ready to go that extra bit for her clients. both in terms of the time she gives and the management of their cases.’

‘Sonia Bachu is one of the stars of family law in the East Midlands, regularly dealing with high value or high profile cases and clients.’

‘Working with Katherine Marshall is always a pleasure. She handles difficult clients with sensitivity and has a practical down-to-earth approach.’

‘Stephanie Kyriacou is excellent. For someone quite junior in her career I am impressed she is so wise and able to guide clients through a difficult process.’

Smith Partnership

The family law department at Smith Partnership is headed by Ruth Jones, who specialises in the financial fallout from relationship breakdowns. The 'very cohesive' team alsoadvises on pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and divorce matters. In addition, the firm fields a dedicated childcare law department headed by Muctar Johal whose 'knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the law is impressive'. The childcare team is instructed by children, guardians, parents, carers, and local authorities on specialist matters pertaining to placement and adoption orders, leave to oppose adoption orders, special guardianship orders, conflicts of jurisdiction with non-EU states, wardship proceedings and more.

Practice head(s):

Muctar Johal; Ruth Jones


‘Muctar Johal has a strong reputation in the East Midlands for dealing with family cases, criminal cases and commercial cases.’

‘Muctar Johal stands out as the partner in the department. He his legal knowledge is immense. His people skills are excellent. He is well liked and well regarded in the legal community. He has an empathetic approach.’

‘Muctar Johal’s knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the law is impressive.’

‘I have been represented by Muctar Johal; he is very knowledgeable about a range of complex matters and has vast experience in different children’s issues such as deprivation of liberty, non-accidental injury, and vaccination of children. Muctar gives clear and considered advice and he is always calm.’

‘Very cohesive teamworking, with a real sense that everyone is doing their collective best for the client. There is a thoroughly modern, diverse and nurturing ethos across the team.’

‘Muctar Johal is one of the foremost family lawyers of the Midlands, and yet remains so down to earth and approachable. He is a brilliant advocate in his own right, as well an astute and very client-orientated tactician.’

‘Excellent work ethic, talent in depth. Vast range of experience.’

Wilkin Chapman LLP

The 'recognised family practice' at Wilkin Chapman LLP specialises in financial cases, including complex and high net worth financial divorces as well as divorces involving businesses and trusts, and 'can be recommended in particular in family matters where there is a farming business'. The specialist Courts Martial department of the firm offers a full legal service to military personell and specialises in MOD divorce cases and military pensions. Practice head Lisa Boileau is a qualified family law arbitrator who 'deals with matters in a sensitive manner' and frequently mediates on complex financial matters as well as children issues.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Boileau

Other key lawyers:

Faye Bentley; Andrew Holt


‘Lisa Boileau is an approachable practitioner. She has in-depth knowledge in all aspects of family law and deals with matters in a sensitive manner.’

‘Wilkin Chapman have a in a modern day law firm which can be recommended in particular in family matters where there is a farming business.’

‘Lisa Boileau was always available even during this difficult time. I was always kept up to speed on my case by Lisa.’

‘Lisa Boileau dealt with my divorce case personally. From my very first meeting with Lisa she filled me with confidence. I was in safe professional hands.’

‘They were quick to categorise me to the appropriate solicitor. Even with the initial short forecast to complete, I was reassured about ways to pay as to not become overwhelmed.’

‘Always quick to respond and clarify any complicated terminology. With the prolonged case, I have been offered discounts twice during the proceedings.’

‘Faye Bentley has been working on my case for some considerable time now and her attention to detail and relentless approach to ensuring matters are handled correctly, appropriately and to their fullest extent has been hugely reassuring. Her depth and breadth of knowledge and experience are an enormous asset and I am pleased to have her on my side.’

‘Faye Bentley is simply first-rate and is a force to be reckoned with in complex divorce cases. Andrew Holt is a superb litigator, often being a first choice in complex property or trust litigation.’

Key clients

NFU Panel Solicitors – representing farmers in the region

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Banner Jones Solicitors

Banner Jones Solicitors is a full-service firm which covers all aspects of family law. Clients which range from individuals eligible for legal aid to high-value business owners. The family law department consist of two specialist teams; a family law team and a care proceedings team. The teams cooperate with other departments of the firm to complement the offering. 'Very professional' Kelly Parks heads the family law team and 'exceptional' Vince Beckworth heads the care proceedings team. Helena Downing and Peter Jones have retired as shareholders but continue to work as consultant solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Parks; Vince Beckworth

Other key lawyers:

Helena Downing; Peter Jones; Kelly Parks; Shetal Gudgeon


‘Vince Beckworth, Peter Jones and Helena Downing are all exceptional in their respective commitment to their clients and to ensuring that they have the best advice and support available. Their advice always seems to me to be client and child focused and very empathetic towards their clients who often face difficult and emotionally challenging decision making in relation to the future care and welfare of their children.’

‘The family team at Banner Jones are a strong team of highly capable lawyers and advocates. Their practice is varied and deals with everyday matters together with complex cases of a serious nature. The team is approachable and they have an innovative approach to client care since the pandemic by making sure that all team members are able to conduct remote conferences and hearings. Face to face meetings are possible if deemed safe for all.’

‘The directors and associates stand out due to their client care. They go above and beyond for each client making sure that they feel at ease and know that their case is being handled as efficiently and effectively as possible. Helena Downing is an asset to the firm and her in-depth knowledge and ability to understand the issues from the client’s perspective are second to none. ’

‘Caring and compassionate and thinks of the individual not as just a client.’

‘Kelly Parks is very professional yet has a wonderful aptitude to make you feel comfortable and at ease.’

‘First class care and attention to legal and practical detail in relation to their clients. Full support and respect for the role and needs Family Court whilst never compromising on their client’s needs.’

‘The team have been amazing throughout my divorce. Not only this, but they have been able to discuss various situations of my divorce with different departments. Response times and the support given has been second to none. The level of detail and support, along with explanations of various terms and situations has helped me to fully understand each stage.’

‘I appreciate Shetal Gudgeon’s honest approach and professional manner.’

‘I have used other law firms but only Shetal Gudgeon offers the expertise and positive experience I am looking for. Compassion with directness make the women I work with feel confident in getting a positive result. Passion without compromise. A unique understanding and patience when my clients have mental health issues.’

Work highlights

  • Complex care proceedings matter involving identification of a parent outside the jurisdiction, and the subsequent placement of the child outside England & Wales.
  • Acted in a complex financial remedy case worth £1.5m, where the client’s mental health meant that psychological and psychiatric evaluations had to take place to confirm the client’s capacity to continue.
  • Acting for the parents in a matter involving allegations of non-accidental injury & physical abuse where both the parents have significant learning difficulties.

Flint Bishop LLP

Flint Bishop LLP's family law practice is made up of ‘very committed and determined practitioners‘ who regularly act for high net-worth individuals and ‘offer a real feeling of a bespoke and individual care‘. The team acts on a variety of issues, including divorces, variations of existing court orders, children matters as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Other key lawyers:

Janine Hobday; Angela Davis


‘This team has outstanding children lawyers who work as a team to support all of the clients. They are all very committed and determined practitioners. They offer a real feeling of a bespoke caring and individual care for their clients.’

‘Angela Davis – a senior well established lawyer with a real strength and depth in her approach to cases which only comes after years of working within this field. A calm considered and determined solicitor.’

‘Janine Hobday is extremely bright and clearly destined for a bright career in family law.’

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a divorce settlement involving businesses and assets of over £10m, spread across the UK and Europe, after a private FDR which took place before the first national lockdown. The terms were then successfully renegotiated with the husband’s London lawyers, post lockdown, to ensure compliance.
  • Advised an ex-husband in relation to the discharge of a periodical payments order, which could have saved him c£80,000 had he sought advice earlier.
  • Advised a young wife after a short marriage not to accept her husband’s London lawyers proposed settlement. Negotiating favourable terms for her to include: A mortgage free property valued at over £600k, a lump sum order of £100k, spousal maintenance at the rate of £1.5k per month, child maintenance at the rate of £1k per month, school fees order for primary, secondary and tertiary education payment of her legal costs.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's family law department 'is known for a quality service' advising clients from various backgrounds, many of which are high net-worth. A specialism of the practice are complex financial cases, in particular those involving estates, businesses as well as tax and jurisdictional issues. The team further represents clients in children act proceedings, including with regard to domestic violence. Practice head Justine Flack is a 'fair, constructive' qualified collaborative lawyer with a focus on breakdown of marriages and the preservation of assets, such as businesses, properties and pensions.

Practice head(s):

Justine Flack


‘I switched to Howes Percival on a recommendation and this proved to be an excellent decision. Every member of the team I had contact with was incredibly professional, friendly and accessible.’

‘Justine Flack was my main point of contact and was outstanding. From my initial call, I had total confidence in her advice and guidance. Justine very quickly assessed my case and her recommendations ultimately proved the basis of the judge.’

‘I found this practice to be pragmatic whilst handling my case with sensitivity. Howes Percival were professional and punctual, if my solicitor was away from her desk there was always someone to handle my call.’

‘This was my first experience with talking to a solicitor on my own. Finance is not my strongest point but Justine Flack helped to put me at ease and explained things clearly.’

‘The firm has a commercial presence in Leicester and is known for a quality service.’

‘Justine Flack manages cases in a professional and experienced manner.’

‘Very positive – I consider the firm to be a professional outfit and think very highly of Justine Flack.’


Rotheras' family law practice is noted as being 'friendly, helpful and understanding'. Paul Cobb heads the 'good, strong team' that has a focus on financial settlements and private children issues. Cobb has a specialisation on advising on divorces, aspects of separation as well as pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and civil partnership agreements. Sally Hartland represents children in court in matters involving sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abduction. The team is praised for not giving up 'until they have the outcome that is best for you'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cobb

Other key lawyers:

Sally Hartland; Emma Adcock


‘They are a good, strong team that support you from beginning to end and they don’t give up until they have the outcome that is best for you.’

‘The individual that worked with me went above and beyond to help solve my case and even after they went pro bono so to make sure i was still getting where I needed to be.’

‘The people are friendly, helpful and understanding. I had a messy divorce and Emma Adcock was great at getting it sorted under the circumstances of a pandemic.’

‘Emma Adcock is understanding and supportive in every way.’

Sills & Betteridge LLP

The family department at Sills & Betteridge LLP is made up of four individual groups. Helen Derry heads both the family department overall as well as the mediation group. The matrimonial and finance group is headed by John Mitchell who 'is undoubtedly the stand-out partner'. The emergency work group focuses on domestic abuse and child abduction matters and is headed by Chrystal Theofanous, a 'solicitor whom you really want on your side'. Mo Hayes heads up the care team which represents children and parents in care proceedings brought by local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Helen Derry; John Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Chrystal Theofanous; Mo Hayes; Ailsa Tennant; Siobhan Thompson


‘John Mitchell is the ideal combination of low-key, non-confrontational, but also well able to stand up to more ‘theatrical’ opponents. He is also more than willing to listen to your views first, then give his without trying to push you into any action your not comfortable with.’

‘Siobhan Thompson provided first class work in a very difficult case acting for a child with highly litigious and confrontational parties in person. She struck just the right balance in dealing thoroughly with a fact-heavy situation.’

‘Chrystal Theofanus is passionate about the interests of her clients, most of whom are vulnerable. She brings to their cases that mix of empathy and tenacity. She is selfless and fearless in her dedication to her clients. A solicitor whom you really want on your side. She is available at whatever time should her clients interests require it.’

‘Siobhan Thompson is a solid performer who has a reputation for being able to identify the nub of the issue when dealing with complex cases.’

‘Excellent solicitors who work the case effectively and doggedly.’

‘John Mitchell is undoubtedly a stand-out partner and often represents the child in private and care proceedings.’

‘A powerful team of hardworking dedicated lawyers who will do the mileage to provide excellence to their clients. They are always completely up to date with the case law.’

‘Ailsa Tennant listened to my needs, was consistent in her replies and assisted with an out of court settlement, for which I’m grateful. She responded to communication promptly and clearly.’

Work highlights

  • Achieved a successful outcome for a mother in a published Court of Appeal case that dealt with the issue of how to determine a child’s habitual residence for Hague Child Abduction Convention purposes.
  • Represented a father with a net worth of £15m in matrimonial proceedings involving complex farming and land issues.
  • Acted for a wife in financial remedy proceedings, involving pensions of over £2 million and businesses valued at £1 million and £5 million.

Excello Law

Swati Somaiya, formerly of Knights plc and Spearing Waite, joined Excello Law in mid-2020. She is praised for her 'supportive, caring' approach, and draws on over two decades of experience to advise clients - including high-net-worth individuals - on the full range of family law services, with a focus on divorce, financial settlements, cohabitation arrangements, pre and post-nuptial agreements and children cases. She is a collaborative lawyer and mediator and is also a co-chair of the Leicestershire Collaborative Family Law Group.


‘Swati Somaiya handled my divorce with tremendous skill and understanding. I would recommend her services without hesitation.’

‘The business model of Excello Law is particularly effective at providing access to partner-level lawyers, with a wider team behind the scenes to support should this be necessary.’

‘Excellent service provided and good communication with clients.’

‘Swati Somaiya provides a supportive, caring and one-to-one service to clients who are able to communicate with her directly, including out of hours. The support and care that Swati offers to clients, together with the high level practical and timely advice provided, means that clients can reach a resolution in the least stressful way possible. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Swati for matrimonial and family related issues.’

‘I would personally recommend Excello and have already on several occasions with friends who have had similar issues.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the wife, after a 20-year marriage and three children, in a complex and divorce settlement with assets between the couple of over £2m including a commercial business (in which they were both partners) and related commercial property, family home, holiday home and pensions.
  • Instructed by husband following 16-year relationship and two children in relation to divorce proceeding and finances involving the valuation and ownership of properties, non-matrimonial and matrimonial assets (£6m-12m), business interests, employment issues and payment of child maintenance.
  • Representing husband following a three-year marriage. There are no children. Main issues – divorce and financial proceedings; husband a high earner; wife seeking interim spousal maintenance and legal services order. Wife also seeking a financial settlement for payment of alleged joint liabilities incurred by her. Husband asserts financial conduct issues. Parties agreed to mediation.

Roythornes Solicitors

Roythornes Solicitors' family law department has a focus on advising medium to high-value matters which often involve pension, farming and partnership assets as well as trusts, and are noted for being 'well versed in the court of protection' field. A primary aim of the team, which is headed by 'supportive and helpful' Nick Ingrey and has particular experience with farming businesses, is to preserve any businesses during the disentanglement of separating individuals. The team also produces a divorce podcast as an information resource for those contemplating a separation.

Practice head(s):

Nick Ingrey

Other key lawyers:

John Boon; Neil Denny


‘I felt my money was spent very wisely with Roythornes. My dealings with all staff, from secretaries to solicitors, I found to be highly professional and communication was slick and timely. My bills were simple to understand and, in my opinion, money very well spent.’

‘I instructed Neil Denny last year in connection with my divorce. His calm but firm approach to dispute resolution completely changed the dynamics of the communication – and we now have reached a successful conclusion. I believe this would not have happened without Neil.’

‘Prepared to go the extra mile, working evenings and weekends when needed to address urgent issues.’

‘Nick Ingrey has been supportive and helpful and has provided support beyond what could reasonably be expected.’

‘When I was at first looking for legal representation, Roythornes stood out for their attitude of getting a fair settlement rather than just setting out to grab anything. This was in contrast to other solicitors I had spoken to. Once they were dealing with my divorce I genuinely felt they cared and had my wellbeing as a concern of their own.’

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Browne Solicitors covers all family law matters and shows 'a strong skill-set within the private client team from partner level down to the paralegals'. Ed Rawlins heads the team and is experienced in advising on breakdown of cohabitation, marriage and civil partnership relationships. In order to give clients a full service, the firm draws upon the expertise of its various departments and cooperates with financial advisors, accountants, pension actuaries and therapists. Former practice head Sally Robinson left to join Shoosmiths LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ed Rawlins

Other key lawyers:

Helen York; Heather Davies


‘Helen York was absolutely brilliant. From the initial point of contact I felt so much trust towards Helen, she really is exceptional. Her expertise, availability for contact and her general way was beyond anything I could have hoped for.’

‘This firm met the challenge of the pandemic from the off with a virtually seamless transition to working remotely. There is plainly a strong skill-set within the private client team from partner level down to the paralegals.

‘Helen York and Heather Davies are sensible, well-informed and robust.’

‘Helen York is knowledgeable about the law, excellent at engaging with clients and managing their expectations, and keeps each and every of her cases in apple pie order. Her approach to cases is incisive and profoundly sensible. Her attention to detail is excellent.’

‘This practice is not just knowledgeable and experienced in family law but they are really invested in their clients’ cases and wellbeing.’

‘Heather Davies brings a forthright determination and innate sense of fairness to all her cases. ’

‘Wilson Browne focuses on open and transparent client communication and rightly prides itself on the excellent advice it provides. They are always up to date with developments in the law and will always seek assistance where required.’

‘Helen York is a superb professional. Her client handling and client care is second to none. She is thorough, careful and measured in her advice.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a parent in a highly complex parental alienation case in the High Court with cross jurisdictional issues.
  • Advised a husband on a financial settlement within divorce involving numerous business assets.
  • Successfully represented a party in complex Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 negotiations regarding their beneficial in three properties valuing circa £1m.