Firms To Watch: Family

Bromleys Solicitors LLP is recommended by its peers for its experience in family law, especially regarding its children work involving special guardianship cases, care proceedings, and adoption proceedings.
Lowry Legal  covers divorce and separation cases for high-net-worth individuals with overseas assets, trusts, and pensions.  Katie McCann founded the firm in April 2021, having previously worked at Knights plc.
DTM Legal LLP advises on all areas of family law, including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, financial settlements, and Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings. The team is also experienced in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
HM3 Legal is recommended for its growing family practice, with particular expertise relating to financial disputes as a result of the breakdown of marriage, such as family businesses, property, or pension assets. Elizabeth Hassall is the key contact.
Poole Alcock LLP advises medium and high-net-worth families regarding divorce and family law, relationship breakdown, and disputes involving children. It is especially strong regarding matters involving pension assets.

Family in North West

Brabners LLP

Led by Helen Marriott in Liverpool and Joanne Radcliff in Manchester, the Brabners LLP team may be regional, but it has a national presence in family law. It often advises high-net-worth individuals, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and sports and media personalities. The practice scope includes private law children matters, divorce, financial settlements, and disputes involving cohabiting relationships. Natalie Dickson specialises in the financial aspects of divorce, while Richard Rigg is recommended for his work in children matters and Schedule 1 cases. Leanne Instrall is a key contact for complex children cases. In recent years the team saw an increase in wealth protection work, along with providing advice on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Marriott; Joanne Radcliff

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Dickson; Richard Rigg; Leanne Instrall; Cara Nuttall


‘Fantastic support for clients. Each case is impeccably prepared. Excellent handover to counsel.’

‘I know most of the family team at Brabners, and they are all very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘The team at Brabners are seasoned family law professionals with a wealth of experience. Brabners is a collaborative law firm. Lawyers at Brabners are always exceptionally prepared and provide robust and considered advice.’

‘Leanne Instrall’s preparation work and advice is always exceptionally thorough, insightful and measured. She is adept at managing expectations and providing accurate and realistic advice to her clients. Working with Leanne is a truly collaborative approach.’

‘A compact team that has some good work. Capable of going toe-to-toe with the “big boys”.’

‘Jo Radcliff is a very safe pair of hands. Straight-talking, robust, but sensible.’

‘Professional, friendly, knowledgeable. The team is very approachable and clearly enjoys a strong working relationship with each other and their clients benefit from their collaborative approach.’

‘The Brabners team has a strong reputation in the Manchester and Liverpool marketplace, and rightly so.’

Work highlights

    Hall Brown Family Law

    The boutique family law practice at Hall Brown Family Law advises high-net-worth individuals, athletes, and celebrities on the full range of family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and dissolution of civil partnerships. Practice heads James Brown and Sam Hall are key contacts regarding divorce and complex financial remedy proceedings. Andrew Newbury is also noted for his financial remedy work. Katie Welton-Dillon heads up the specialist children work team and works alongside Beth Wilkins, who covers Schedule 1 Children Act cases and prenuptial agreements. Senior associate Laura Guillon is highlighted for her work on financial remedy proceedings and Schedule 1 Children Act disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    James Brown; Sam Hall

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Newbury; Beth Wilkins; Katie Welton-Dillon; Laura Guillon; Madelaine Hailey


    ‘The team is without doubt one of the leading family law firms in the North West. Their approach is modern, ambitious and they attract high-quality work.’

    ‘Sam Hall has an exceptional reputation in the market. He is always focused on achieving the best possible outcome for his clients, whilst being personable and pragmatic. Together with James Brown he has built a formidable team around him.’

    James Brown is incredibly bright, motivated and has a natural ability to win clients’ trust. He understands the needs of his clients and is an excellent leader at the helm of Hall Brown.’

    Andrew Newbury is undoubtedly brilliant and knows his field inside and out.’

    ‘Andrew Newbury fights his client’s corner. He is sensible and gives straightforward advice, yet will always find an angle that makes the most of the corner you are coming from. His colleague Sarah Hewitt is a good stand-in, and with a tutor like Andrew will be a name to watch for the future.’

    ‘Hall Brown is the premier firm in the North West. They have the best partners and associates and have created a truly exceptional firm that well represents the North West. They have excellent links to the North West financial, media and commerce sector, are excellent at reciprocating work and are well respected by fellow lawyers. Their team is made up of intelligent, dedicated and personable lawyers.’

    ‘Very “hands-on”, considerate, polite and yet utterly professional and effective.They were also very good value for money at considerably less than the opposition’s lawyers even though Hall Brown did the lion’s share of the work.’

    ‘There were no weak team members and they all worked well together in an obviously supportive way from the main partner downwards. Laura Guillon did not put a foot wrong throughout the whole period.’

    ‘Madelaine Hailey is one of the best solicitors I have worked for. Mature beyond her years and a partner in the making.’

    ‘Have dealt primarily with Madelaine Hailey and she really does punch above her weight.’

    Work highlights

      Irwin Mitchell

      Irwin Mitchell advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families on complex matrimonial matters, particularly involving issues with an international element. The team is especially strong regarding alternative dispute resolution and religious and cultural-specific divorce. Ros Bever leads the national team and is noted for her litigation expertise, as well as for her expertise in pre- and postnuptial agreements. Nathaniel Groarke is a key contact regarding prenuptial agreements and alternative dispute resolution for international clients. Senior associate Hannah Saxe is noted for her work on complex international children cases.

      Practice head(s):

      Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke

      Other key lawyers:

      Hannah Saxe; Emma Benson


      ‘This is an outstanding firm which attracts some very good (medium to big money) work. All partners I have worked with at Irwin Mitchell have been excellent and all of them have been very supportive of their clients.’

      Ros Bever is very tenacious. Ready to fight, but equally able to set out all options for a client.’

      ‘Nathaniel Groarke is extremely reliable, supportive to his clients, very good at strategy and has great judgement.’

      ‘Market leaders nationally for financial remedy work at a high level. Trying to be innovative in terms of legal services for women and minorities.’

      ‘Ros Bever is the stand-out managing partner of the Manchester office and head of the family team. Exceptional.’

      Work highlights

        JMW Solicitors LLP

        Jointly led by Michael Chapman and Elspeth Kinder, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth property developers and sports stars on multi-jurisdictional family matters. Chapman is a specialist in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, while Kinder is a key contact regarding matrimonial finance and children proceedings. Liverpool team leader Beverley Jones focuses on complicated children matters and surrogacy cases. David Pickering is noted for advising on cases involving multi-jurisdictional assets and offshore trusts. In May 2022 Ruth Kearns and Katie Lowe were both promoted to partner, while Ruben Sinha joined from Miles Preston.

        Practice head(s):

        Elspeth Kinder; Michael Chapman

        Other key lawyers:

        David Pickering; Beverley Jones; Ruth Kearns; Katie Lowe; Ruben Sinha; Nicola Wilburn-Shaw; Abigail Bennett


        ‘The personal service from Elspeth Kinder was fantastic, and I always had the comfort of knowing that if I needed Elspeth at any time she would be there.’

        ‘A regional behemoth, offering a first-class service. The quality of partners and of associates is unrivaled in the North-West. They have the benefit of being a large nationwide firm, but with considerable local knowledge and resources. If in the North West, there can be no other port of call for anyone requiring the expertise of a solicitor in family law. If advice is needed on a related matter such as property law, their in-house resources enable this to be readily obtained.’

        Katie Lowe has considerable expertise across both children and financial remedy law. She displays a particular aptitude for handling difficult clients in a calm and measured manner.’

        Michael Chapman is a superb tactician. Clients quickly warm to him and trust his instincts and his advice. Adept at achieving the outcome that clients seek.’

        ‘JMW is one of the dominant firms in the North West. One of the things that makes JMW unique is that they have in-house counsel (very rare in family law). Abigail Bennett is truly exceptional and a silk in all but name.’

        ‘Elspeth Kinder is exceptional, it is impossible to fault her, completely on top of all of her cases no matter what is happening and when.’

        ‘Bev Jones and Ruth Kearns are both highly experienced. Both have an enviable reputation as market leaders.’

        ‘Nicola Wilburn-Shaw is an outstanding practitioner – she has a great ability to see through the haze of insignificant detail and draw out pertinent facts to construct a viable position in law.’

        Key clients

        A & B v Manchester City Council

        HW v WW [2021] EWFC B20

        Work highlights

          Maguire Family Law

          The boutique team at Maguire Family Law specialises in both domestic and international divorce for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, complex children matters such as international child abduction, and financial provision proceedings. It also covers pre-nuptial and post-nuptial work, especially regarding cases with an international element. Founding partner and practice head James Maguire is noted for his expertise in children matters, including international relocation of children. Henry Venables covers divorce, cohabitation disputes, and financial matters. Denise Moran is noted for taking on controversial matters involving surrogacy and assisted conception. Lisa Brown departed in January 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          James Maguire

          Other key lawyers:

          Henry Venables; Denise Moran


          ‘Well-known niche boutique family law firm with excellent personnel across the board.’

          ‘The firm has always impressed me as meticulous and thorough that adopts a methodical and forensic approach to their cases.’

          Very good with handling (sometimes difficult) client’s expectations whilst always making them feel totally supported during one of the most stressful periods of their lives.’

          ‘Specialist team of family lawyers all going above and beyond for their clients. Cases are always thoroughly prepared. Instructions to counsel are clear, detailed and helpful. Counsel is always well supported with solicitors either accompanying clients to hearings or being readily available to assist when needed.’

          ‘James Maguire is personable, empathetic, but robust and firm. His wealth of experience is immediately evident in his communication and interaction with clients and counsel.’

          ‘At every level – from associate to partner – Maguire Family Law is made up of impressive and experienced lawyers. My experience of this team is that they are diligent. The client care is exceptional. Their expertise extends to complex private law matters such as international relocation and work with alternative families (e.g. surrogacy).’

          ‘Strong regional firm with a national approach. They have an excellent reputation within Cheshire; primarily Wilmslow, Hale, Alderley and Prestbury. They have excellent links with the local Courts and have a “feel” for the Cheshire area. They are excellent at collaborating with local businesses and other professional firms and have set up a networking portfolio of actuaries, accountants and financial advisers that all work together to promote Cheshire business.’

          ‘Henry Venables is calm, clever, totally dedicated and has a real feel for the case, the outcome and how to secure the right conclusion for each particular client.’

          Work highlights

            McAlister Family Law

            The specialist family team at McAlister Family Law advises children and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on all family-related matters, both private and public. Managing partner Amanda McAlister focuses on complex pensions and divorce involving an international element. Fiona Wood leads the divorce and finance division and deals with complex financial remedy cases, while ‘go-to‘ Nick Hodson leads the specialist public law children team, and Donna Roberts often receives mandates from local authorities and parents and is a well-regarded arbitrator. Liz Cowell and Ruth Hetherington are also both highly recommended. Recent additions to the team include specialist divorce and family finance partners Lisa Brown joining from Maguire Family Law in January 2022 and Caroline Bilous joining from Davis Blank Furniss in April 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Amanda McAlister; Fiona Wood; Nick Hodson; Donna Roberts; Ruth Hetherington; Liz Cowell

            Other key lawyers:

            Lisa Brown; Caroline Bilious


            ‘Relatively new player in the family law sector in Manchester: expanded rapidly in recent times, but always by recruiting quality people.’

            ‘Caroline Bilous has impressed me as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to her cases. She is very good with handling (sometimes difficult) client’s expectations whilst always making them feel totally supported during one of the most stressful periods of their lives.’

            ‘Probably the best team in Manchester for family law work. Staff are all at the top of their game. Some exceptional lawyers . All totally committed to their work and their clients.’

            ‘Nick Hodson is a ‘go-to’ lawyer for a difficult case involving children. Nick has great skill and presence as an advocate. He is incredibly well prepared and researched, and knows his way around complex litigation. Experienced in cases involving international issues and also medical issues. Calm, experienced and totally reassuring – recommended without hesitation.’

            ‘Donna Roberts is extremely experienced and very bright. She is a superb advocate. She immediately identifies key issues and has a highly effective, no nonsense approach to her work. Very popular with children’s guardians.’

            ‘They always bring their ‘ A’ game. Their attention to detail always stands out.’

            ‘The Team at McAlister Family Law is highly regarded, with a number of very experienced and able practitioners.’

            ‘Excellent team, incorporating a broad range of experience. All practitioners offer very good client care.’

            Work highlights

              MSB Solicitors Ltd

              MSB Solicitors Ltd's practice - 'one of the strongest family law teams in the Northwest' - is led from Liverpool by Emma Palmer  and Pauline McNamara. The team handles both legal aid matters and work for high-net-worth clients, with an increasing focus on matrimonial finance. Other areas of specialism include co-habitation disputes, forced marriage and honour-based abuse and child abduction. Other key names include managing partner Emma Carey and well-regarded senior associate Katie Camozzi, who regularly supports Palmer on complex international cases.

              Practice head(s):

              Emma Palmer; Pauline McNamara

              Other key lawyers:

              Emma Carey; Katie Camozzi; Pippa Tudor; Nicola Harris; Hayley Catherall


              ‘Emma Palmer has an encyclopaedic knowledge of  the law relating to children; from complex public law proceedings involving non-accidental injuries to international child abduction.’

              ‘Katie Camozzi has the knowledge and experience of a senior partner whilst only being a senior associate. She is an excellent international family lawyer.  She is excellent with vulnerable clients.’

              ‘Emma Palmer is extremely knowledgeable and tactically astute; she has an excellent reputation for international family law matters and is able to deal with cases which are technically complex and challenging. Emma is empathetic and robust and exercises good judgement in her cases, giving realistic and sensible advice.’

              ‘Katie Camozzi is extremely conscientious and deals with difficult cases with skill and determination.’

              ‘Pippa Tudor is sensible and dedicated.’

              ‘Pauline McNamara is hugely experienced and knowledgeable and offers robust and clear advice to clients whilst being supportive and empathetic.’

              ‘Nicola Harris is robust and clear in her advice.’

              ‘Nicola Harris is an outstanding solicitor. Some of the younger members of the team are future stars of the family law world.’

              ‘There is nothing about matrimonial finance law that Pauline McNamara doesn’t know.’

              Stephensons Solicitors LLP

              Stephensons Solicitors LLP represents families in complex financial disputes, financial remedy proceedings, and parental alienation and domestic abuse matters. Practice co-head Victoria Gethin specialises in advising victims of domestic abuse and complex public law cases, while co-head Amanda Rimmer frequently advises on high-net-worth divorces. Gwyneth John is another key contact regarding children law. Notably, Tim Galbraith and Jackie Price were both promoted to partner in April 2021, with Galbraith noted for his work on complex care proceedings, while Price covers serious non-accidental injuries and allegations of physical and sexual violence.

              Practice head(s):

              Victoria Gethin; Amanda Rimmer

              Other key lawyers:

              Gwyneth John; Tim Galbraith; Jackie Price


              ‘I have found the solicitors with whom I have worked to be highly professional, clear communicators and warm, compassionate people. They have always been efficient and timely in supplying me with information.’

              ‘Victoria Gethin, Jackie Price, and Gwyneth John are all solicitors with whom I have worked closely and all of whom have impressed with their thoughtful thoroughness and ability to be assertive as needed.’

              ‘The team is efficient, understanding and flexible in terms of payments. I have worked with other city centre law firms and they haven’t been as patient or committed to my case as Stephenson’s have been.’

              ‘Victoria Gethin is exceptional. She truly has gone above and beyond for me. When other lawyers have told me bluntly I won’t stand a chance with my case at court, Victoria Gethin has researched and researched, and has used similar case studies to support my case at court. She is committed, kind and highly conscientious. She’s approachable, empathetic and determined.’

              Jackie Price is an exceptional lawyer, She strives to deliver a high level of advice and representation to her clients, whilst approaching issues in a sensitive manner.’

              ‘Excellent family law team that is well respected by judges and other lawyers in the filed of child care.’

              ‘Jackie Price is one of the most highly regarded children’s solicitors in Greater Manchester. Jackie has a working, current and strong knowledge of the law, but it is her application of such that makes her outstanding.

              ‘Stephensons is a diverse practice of extremely capable lawyers, particularly in family law. I have always found them to be extremely knowledgeable and they strive for a collaborative approach where possible.’

              Work highlights

              • Complex cross-jurisdictional case representing the mother dealt with in the High Court in England under the provisions of the 1980 Hague Convention in relation to child abduction with a very positive outcome for the client.
              • Matrimonial dispute where the wife successfully received a pension sharing order, spousal maintenance, contrary to the husband’s for a clean break in addition to a lump sum which included “add-back” (where the court adds back into the matrimonial pot money which the other party had spent reducing the matrimonial assets) and which is difficult to obtain.
              • Representing a baby who has suffered multiple fractures with multiplicity of experts across various fields taking the lead in the expert instruction, bringing to the fore case management issues in a complex case in which the parents are represented by Queen’s Counsel.

              Weightmans LLP

              Weightmans LLP is highly experienced in advising on international family law, as well as pre- and postnuptial agreements and children work. The team is noted for its work on behalf of LTBTQ+ families, as well as its mediation expertise. National team leader Emma Collins advises on relationship breakdown and children work, while Carole Atkinson is a key contact regarding onshore and offshore trusts and prenuptial agreements involving multiple jurisdictions. Liverpool team leader Fiona Davidson specialises in children law and financial matters involving relationship breakdown, while Fiona Turner exclusively covers family law issues. Associate Rachel Lim is noted for advising on divorces involving insolvency and bankruptcy.

              Practice head(s):

              Emma Collins

              Other key lawyers:

              Carole Atkinson; Fiona Davison; Fiona Turner; Rachel Lim


              ‘The team is helpful and supportive to clients and efficient in its dealings with court staff and other professionals.’

              ‘Fiona Turner is a sensible, thoughtful solicitor who gives firm, but positive advice and works hard to achieve the best outcomes for clients.’

              ‘Fiona Davison is fantastic. She is warm, friendly and sensible, but is not to be underestimated – she knows which cases to fight. Always well prepared she is pragmatic and efficient.’

              ‘The team is well-resourced and dedicated. It provides an efficient legal service with good awareness of the client’s needs and good tactical awareness. The team contains a number of experienced lawyers with good knowledge of the issues, adopting a pragmatic approach to cases.’

              ‘Fiona Davidson is excellent – reassuring, technically able and clear and calm. Fiona brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her cases and is pragmatic and sensible in her advice. Fiona builds excellent client relationships and clients trust her instincts and advice.’

              ‘The team at Weightmans is well known in family law circles and have expertise in financial remedy application and private law children disputes. They are pragmatic and sensible in their dealings with other professionals; and are respected for representing clients in a courteous and straightforward way.’

              ‘Fiona Turner is a well-respected lawyer who is dependable and pleasant to deal with. Fiona is well known amongst family law professionals for her reputation and is involved in co-ordinating seminars for the region with key practitioners.’

              ‘All members of the team I have met have been very friendly and personable. They are all experts in their field and have the ability to explain complex legislation in a easy to understand manner.’

              Work highlights

                Aaron & Partners LLP

                Based in Chester, Aaron & Partners LLP are experts regarding financial matters concerning relationship breakdown. The team is particularly experienced in advising on pre- and postnuptial and separation agreements, often with an international element or involving offshore investments. Additionally, the team is experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Practice head Richard Barge is a highly experienced family litigator, while Simon Mawdsley and Lorraine Saunders deal with financial remedy work and private children law. Solicitor Jane Tinsley  joined in June 2021 from Martin-Kaye LLP Solicitors and is a key contact regarding high-conflict children work in the Court of Appeal and High Court.

                Practice head(s):

                Richard Barge

                Other key lawyers:

                Simon Mawdsley; Lorraine Saunders; Jane Tinsley


                ‘The team is solid, lead by Richard Barge.’

                ‘Richard Barge is a really incisive, tenacious and good-humoured family lawyer, who rightly instils massive confidence in his clients.’

                ‘An efficient, knowledgeable and approachable team.’

                ‘Simon Mawdsley has been exceptional. He has been reassuring and insightful. He has made the process a lot easier than I expected. I have found Simon Mawdsley to be an excellent listener, open and engaging.’

                ‘Aaron’s Family law department consistently provides great client outcomes and is always prepared to go above and beyond.’

                ‘This is a very proactive, and helpful practice. They are always willing to go the extra mile, and be available to clients. The aim to move matters forward, and during the challenges of Covid they have developed working practices using technology which have had lasting impacts of making the delivery of advice more efficient.’

                ‘Lorraine Saunders is very good with the clients that she looks after. She is always available for clients, and regularly takes calls and answers questions out of hours. She is very knowledgeable, and yet still very approachable for clients. They are a cohesive and proactive team who calls in skills from subject experts, and think out of the box in order to provide solutions.’

                Work highlights

                  Farleys Solicitors LLP

                  Farleys Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth clients on the full range of family law matters, including both private and public law cases, as well as matters with cross-border elements. The team is especially strong regarding children matters, including complex Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Practice head Antonia Love is noted for her work on financial remedies after divorce, Ian Brunt covers children law and care proceedings, and associate partner Angharad Bentley deals primarily with cases involving relationship breakdown, as well as care proceedings.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Antonia Love

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Ian Brunt; Angharad Bentley


                  ‘I know first-hand that the team at Farleys Solicitors has your best interests at heart. The service that I have received was carefully considered and meticulously planned to achieve the best outcome for everyone involved.’

                  ‘Clients are reassured by the highly personalised and effective service offered by Farleys. What shines through is that clients are instilled with a lot of confidence in the clear and pragmatic advice offered by every file handler with whom I have worked. Farleys are a joy to work with.’

                  ‘Farleys has cornered the market in Blackburn as the financial remedy specialists.’

                  ‘Antonia Love has excellent people skills and is comfortable with reams of paperwork.’

                  Work highlights

                    Hill Dickinson LLP

                    Hill Dickinson LLP is a boutique family practice with a focus on complex, high-value matrimonial disputes, complex financial remedy matters, and international children relocation cases. Its clients often include footballers and their partners, media personalities and actors, and business owners. Practice head Joanne Raisbeck is noted for her expertise in high-profile financial matters, including pre- and postnuptial agreements and divorce, while senior chartered legal executive Sarah McCarthy focuses on private children law. Senior associate Ellie Webster joined from Weightmans LLP in April 2021 and demonstrates particular strength in international children relocation work.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Joanne Raisbeck

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Sarah McCarthy; Ellie Webster


                    ‘They were professional, approachable and up to date with current procedures.’

                    ‘Hill Dickinson LLP practice has demonstrated a highly professional yet empathetic approach when dealing with my matter. Having compared them with other family law practices I can conclude that they are the best in their field. I considered many aspects from personal approach, efficiency and legal expertise. Would only ever consider Hill Dickinson LLP to deal with any further family law matters that may arise in the future.’

                    ‘Ellie Webster has been extraordinary throughout our exchange. I appreciate how knowledgeable and helpful she was under the time pressure that we were under to resolve my family law matter. Her experience, empathy and utmost professionalism has made dealing with this matter as seamless as it was possible. I would trust Ellie to handle any of my future family law related inquiries.’

                    ‘I believe the practice has been very professional and diligent dealing with the aspects of my case. They were able to use the information I provided them in the best possible way, focusing on the important ones. Family law cases can be very emotionally charged for the people involved, so it is important to have legal representatives that can form a strong structure for the arguments to be presented in the court.’

                    ‘Sarah McCarthy has been very professional, but also understanding of the difficulties I was facing. She has proposed some excellent ideas that helped my case a lot.’

                    ‘This practice delivers an excellent service to its clients. Their knowledge and expertise is communicated to the client in a way that makes complex issues easily understood.’

                    ‘Joanne Raisbeck and Sarah McCarthy have an excellent manner. They deliver complex information with appropriate explanation to provide a thorough understanding of procedure and possible outcome. Their diligence/documentation of fact and summary are exceptional. This pragmatism is delivered compassionately. A rare skill.’

                    ‘The family team of Hill Dickinson LLP is known for its quality of legal advice and for its excellent focus on client service. The team is responsible for resolving matters amicably and sensitively and the team carries out the process as quickly as possible.’

                    Work highlights

                      Mills & Reeve LLP

                      Mills & Reeve LLP advises high-net-worth individuals and sports professionals on all family-related matters, as well as representing clients in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, often involving business interests. The team also covers children proceedings, international wealth protection and specialist pension funds, as well as proprietary estoppel and TLATA claims. Practice head Alison Bull is well regarded for her extensive experience in family mediation and arbitration. Principal associate Andrew Moore often advises on financial settlements, with additional niche expertise advising on same-sex relationships and separation agreements. Principal associate Sue Brookes is noted for her expertise in cohabitation law. Consultant Nigel Shepherd and principal associate Rose-Marie Drury are also highly recommended.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Alison Bull

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Andrew Moore; Sue Brookes; Nigel Shepherd; Rose-Marie Drury


                      ‘Sue Brookes is an excellent solicitor. I found Sue does not leave anything out and goes through things with a fine-toothed comb. I am very impressed with her ways and work, I would certainly recommend her services to others.’

                      ‘The team at Mills and Reeve North West is constantly alert to changes in the family law market and innovative in its approach for individual clients. This gives them enormous strength in their abilities to be agile and responsive and to identify key trends early. They are able to offer a full range of services across dispute resolution services, additional services to support their clients and in litigation as and when necessary.’

                      ‘The whole of the family law team are stand-out practitioners and it is difficult to name any one of them as offering less than excellent, knowledgeable and exceptional client service. However, high praise must go to Alison Bull who brings her passion for the law and for assisting families in a very human way to what is overall superb practice as a cutting edge family lawyer.’

                      ‘The team is experienced, hardworking and committed to its clients. They are also innovative and embrace all forms of dispute resolution and technology to assist their clients in resolving their family law issues.’

                      ‘Andrew Moore is a safe and sensible pair of hands. He is absolutely focused on finding the right solution for his clients, whilst working hard to avoid unnecessary animosity.’

                      Nigel Shepherd is a leader in his field. He is absolutely dedicated to the improvement of the family law justice system and his expertise and experience is unrivaled.’

                      ‘The best private law team in the jurisdiction in terms of reputation and quality of solicitor. Their focus on collaborative family law means that family disputes, often, are resolved through less destructive means on court proceedings. Their solicitors are without exception highly qualified, very bright and also careful with every detail of a case. Their client care is very impressive.’

                      Work highlights

                        Myerson Solicitors LLP

                        Myerson Solicitors LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals in England and Wales. The team is particularly strong regarding complex nuptial agreements, as well as private children work involving foreign jurisdictions. It also has niche expertise on matters involving leave to remove applications and special guardianship applications, as well as in fertility and surrogacy matters. Practice head Jane Tenquist is noted for obtaining Section 37 freezing orders and dealing with complex property and wealth portfolios. Senior associate Nichola Bright is a key contact regarding financial remedy claims, prenuptial agreements, and agricultural divorces. She also covers complex children cases involving findings of fact and domestic abuse.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Jane Tenquist

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Nichola Bright


                        ‘They ensure that relevant experts are brought into the process when matters are outside the remit of the lawyers. This ensures clients get the best possible advice.’

                        ‘The individual team members are thorough in their approach to dealing with client enquiries and fully understand the need to ensure outside experts like myself are brought into the process when required. This gives clients the reassurance that all avenues have been explored when dealing with their case.’

                        ‘Jane Tenquist and Nichola Bright have forged an excellent practice within a multi-disciplinary firm.’

                        Work highlights

                          SAS Daniels LLP

                          Led by Shelley Chesworth, SAS Daniels LLP provides advice to high-net-worth clients regarding divorce, child arrangments such as internal and external relocations, and financial resolution cases. Cheryl Haywood is a key contact regarding breakdown of marriages and relationships, as well as related financial matters. Anita Scorah is noted for her experience advising on same-sex partnerships, divorce, and pre- and postnuptial agreements.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Shelley Chesworth

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Cheryl Haywood; Anita Scorah


                          ‘Whoever you speak to at SAS Daniels gives you great advice. Everyone works together. They seem to get the job right the first time where other firms take many attempts. The firm listens to what you want and works with you. Billing is easy and transparent compared to other firms who seem to pluck figures from thin air. This firm really understand the challenges of child custody cases and treats you like its their own child.’

                          ‘Specialist solicitors dealing with all aspects of private family law. Helpful and thorough instructions. A great team to work with.’

                          ‘Anita Scorah’s client care is second to none. Anita goes above and beyond proving herself to be supportive, reliable and approachable. Her advice to clients is clear and on point. Her empathetic approach enables her to effective communicate even difficult advice to clients. She is the solicitor I recommend to friends and family without hesitation.’

                          Work highlights

                            Slater Heelis

                            The team at Slater Heelis advises high-net-worth clients on a broad range of family law matters, including matrimonial finance and wealth protection, Schedule 1 of the Children Act matters, children disputes, and international family law. Its clients are often active in sports and media. Mark Heptinstall leads the family team and is a key contact regarding contested trusts, Court of Protection matters, and complex financial remedies. Patricia Robinson and Charlotte Beck are noted experts in financial remedy and private children disputes. Vicki McLynn joined from Vardags in December 2021.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Mark Heptinstall

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Patricia Robinson; Charlotte Beck; Vicki McLynn; Faye Bentley


                            ‘The coordination and communication between senior members and junior members of the team are confidence-building.’

                            ‘Mark Heptinstall has the amazing ability to bring calm into troubled waters.’

                            ‘Charlotte Beck is outstanding. She is extremely intelligent, yet modest. Understands complex matters without any difficulty, presents them simply to you and delivers first time, on time, every time. She makes it easy to discuss the most intimate matters and is always compassionate. Charlotte is without any doubt at the very top of her profession.’

                            ‘The family law department was exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble, they were exceptionally well organised and incredibly knowledgeable. Immediately from the first meeting I knew I had appointed not just the right law firm, but the right lawyer.’

                            ‘Excellent lawyers and really outstanding client care.’

                            ‘Philip Rhodes is a strategic thinker, pragmatic, leaves no stone unturned, outstanding legal knowledge and wonderful client care. A star turn.’

                            ‘A very impressive department with high-quality work and a relentless commitment to first rate client care’

                            ‘Charlotte Beck is an extremely impressive individual. Clients love her just as much as opponents fear her. She wants a good outcome for the client almost as much they want one for themselves. She is definitely one of the best around.’

                            ‘Well liked firm with strong legal team.’

                            Work highlights


                              Vardags often represents high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families in complex divorce work and children cases. Head of the Manchester office Emma Gill made senior director in June 2021 and is a well-regarded matrimonial lawyer, specialising in divorce and matrimonial finance. The practice scope extends to financial forensics, with Katharine Anderson in charge. The team grew in June 2021 with three new promoted associates: Kate Taylor, Reece Johnson, and Natalie Bruce. Lucy Williams, a specialist in private children issues, made director in January 2022. Vicki McLynn  departed in December 2021.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Emma Gill

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Katharine Anderson; Kate Taylor; Reece Johnson; Natalie Bruce; Lucy Williams


                              ‘My team headed by Emma Gill was a breath of fresh air combining energy and advice with humour thrown in. Emma was instantly accessible, providing clear strategic advice in her no-nonsense Mancunian manner. Engaging with this team made the whole process of finding a resolution almost enjoyable.’

                              ‘Lucy Williams is a stand-out. She helped me tremendously with my very difficult divorce and was both highly technical and extremely compassionate throughout. Amazing combination of strength and empathy.’

                              ‘Kate Taylor is an excellent individual to deal with. She is equally professional and personable. She always listened, understood and offered professional and thorough advice. No question was silly, nor was to explain or repeat the answer a chore. I cannot recommend her help in matters such as those I faced highly enough.’

                              ‘The whole team has been exceptionally caring and professional throughout. They have always been there to reassure me of my concerns and to make sure that I was realistic in my expectations. Their genuine care for what is best for my children shines through, and so far they have been entirely accurate on the likely outcomes of each hearing/process.’

                              ‘Kate Taylor in particular has been outstanding to work with. Her professionalism during difficult times was exceptional, and she has always been there to help me through some difficult processes. I have always felt that the whole team has been in total control and knows exactly the best way to proceed during all outcomes faced. At no time have I felt the need to question their decisions.’

                              ‘Lucy Williams was so empathetic to my very difficult situation. She was always there when I needed to speak with her and made sure I felt reassured and comfortable with what felt like an impossible court battle throughout.’

                              ‘A strong team in a competitive market with some very good quality work.’

                              ‘Emma Gill is best of breed. She stands out as a value adding powerhouse who is able immediately to assess a situation and strategise accordingly. Really first class.’

                              Work highlights

                                Butcher & Barlow LLP

                                Butcher & Barlow LLP deals with both public and private children matters, often advising on alleged cases of domestic and sexual abuse. Practice head Kevan Hankinson focuses on complex private law children matters and is a dispute resolution specialist. Caroline Cockill-Guy is an accredited mediator covering family law cases, while Nicola Wingfield is a key contact regarding sexual abuse cases, allegations of serious non-accidental injury, and Contested Court proceedings. In July 2021 care work specialist Hollie Loughman joined as solicitor from Bury MBC, Bury Council’s not-for-profit supported employment agency. Rachael Pyke made solicitor in September 2021.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Kevan Hankinson

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Caroline Cockill-Guy; Nicola Wingfield; Hollie Loughman; Rachael Pyke


                                ‘Caroline Cockill-Guy was very impressive. Great command of case, and of a difficult client. She appeared to have given clear and sensible advice at the very outset of the case and managed the client’s expectations carefully throughout.’

                                ‘Open, approachable and collaborative team who works well together and who is available to provide assistance at short notice. High levels of empathy without losing sight of the need to effectively and appropriately advise.’

                                ‘Caroline Cockill-Guy has impressed me as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to her cases.’

                                ‘Kevan Hankinson is an effective and very competent solicitor. His caseload is significantly complex and he is able to find the nuances in the evidence which he uses to piece together an effective case for his client.’

                                ‘This is a professional and caring firm whose primary focus is the best interests of their clients. They have a good reputation across the industry and are well respected by other professionals they work with on cases. Members of the family team are accredited and on the relevant panels and therefore have considerable experience and expertise in family matters.’

                                ‘Nicola Wingfield is hard-working and conscientious and goes above and beyond for her clients. Nicola is a great listener and is committed to understanding the needs of her clients to provide them with the best possible outcome available to them. She demonstrates empathy with her clients and works hard to find solutions, maintaining professionalism at all times. Nicola is passionate about family law and I cannot recommend her highly enough.’

                                ‘Nicola Wingfield and her team are extremely helpful. They summarise complex information for me which makes my job easier. She is very knowledgeable, approachable and friendly.’

                                Clarke Willmott LLP

                                Clarke Willmott LLP acts for high-net-worth clients on complex private law children matters, Schedule 1 Children Act claims, separation planning, and financial remedy proceedings and settlements. Chris Longbottom leads the Manchester family team and is a key resource regarding prenuptial agreements for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Solicitor Emily Finn is noted for work on domestic abuse matters as well as divorce and related financial issues.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Chris Longbottom

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Emily Finn


                                ‘Emily Finn and Chris Longbottom: Combined, they consistently demonstrate a real commitment and dedication to their clients. Coupled with the provision of sound advice, my experience is that their clients can rest assured that all that can be done to progress their cases has been done.’

                                ‘Emily Finn consistently demonstrates ability beyond her years. Her client care and communication with counsel is first class.’

                                ‘Chris Longbottom builds an excellent rapport with clients. He cuts through the issues in a case to find a sensible solution.’

                                ‘A very strong, close local team, within a broad-based national firm.’

                                ‘Chris Longbottom is a very experienced, well-respected and well-connected lawyer.’

                                ‘Chris Longbottom has an excellent relationship with clients and has a good reputation for Schedule 1 work.’

                                Work highlights

                                  Forbes Solicitors

                                  The family team at Forbes Solicitors is equally split to cover both public and private law: the public law team often deals with complex children matters while the private law team, often lead by Rubina Vohra, advises on mid-to-high-value financial, divorce, and children matters. The team also covers FGM, forced marriage, and domestic violence cases. Helen Shirbon is noted for representing children in public law proceedings as well as complex private law disputes. Shirley Wignall and Gill Carr are also key contacts regarding children matters.

                                  Practice head(s):

                                  Rubina Vohra; Helen Shirbon

                                  Other key lawyers:

                                  Shirley Wignall; Gill Carr


                                  ‘The family team is extremely knowledgeable and has experts within the department, the staff is friendly and provides excellent client services. The level of expertise compared to their charges means the service offered is value for money. The team are familiar with technology and use it effectively.

                                  ‘Rubina Vohra is knowledgeable, an expert in family law. She is pragmatic, robust, approachable, and flexible.

                                  ‘The team is very approachable and dedicated. They are efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

                                  ‘I regularly work with a few individuals, including Gill Carr, Shirley Wignall, and Helen Shirbon. I would recommend each of them to my colleagues. They are all very good at their roles and case management. They are each very amenable, reliable, and experienced.’

                                  ‘This is a well-established firm; they are well known to my organisation and are relied upon frequently. They are consistent in their approach to each individual child they represent, and they do an amazing job from start to finish.’

                                  ‘I work with Shirley Wignall; she is by far the most proactive solicitor I have worked with; she is dependable and goes above and beyond.’

                                  ‘The practice is unique as a result of the service it provides. The solicitors and staff are friendly and approachable and the advice and communication was very good. This meant that I was kept up to date with any developments and I could make informed decisions in a timely way. The good communication, in comparison to other firms, does stand out.’

                                  Work highlights

                                    Stowe Family Law LLP

                                    The boutique family law team at Stowe Family Law LLP covers a diverse set of matters, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, international child abduction, and financial settlements. Niche areas include providing legal advice for same-sex couples and Islamic Law. Managing partner Helen Miller is noted for her work on complex financial disputes involving family trusts and offshore assets, as well as relocation arrangements for children. Managing partner Gareth Curtis often deals with Schedule 1 Children Act claims and divorce matters, especially for high-net-worth individuals. Lesley Smythe departed in March 2021.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Helen Miller; Gareth Curtis


                                    ‘Stowe Family Law is a great team – absolutely professional, efficient, organised and reassuringly ‘present’ and responsive. Anticipating and facilitating. A wonderful blend of business-like organisation and compassionate people skills.’

                                    ‘Gareth Curtis: At all times he was articulate, patient, knowledgable, compassionate, reassuringly realistic, pragmatic and supportive. I have no hesitation in recommending him. It is no exaggeration to say that his application, diligence, resourcefulness and professionalism has changed my life. He helped achieve an incredibly positive outcome. He has a fine legal brain and is an exceptional human being.’

                                    ‘One of the fastest-growing names in family law with a diverse range of talented individuals across the country.’

                                    Top level investment in the firm and its people to ensure their growing team has enviable strength in depth across the spectrum of family law work.’

                                    ‘Helen Miller is great to work with in order to achieve a fair resolution on financial matters. She is approachable, takes a sensible and pragmatic approach, but is certainly no pushover. She represents her clients well.’

                                    Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors

                                    Susan Howarth & Company Solicitors provides advice to mid-to-high-net-worth individuals on the full spectrum of family matters, including divorce, financial remedy, domestic abuse, and parental alienation cases. Founder and practice head Susan Howarth is noted for her expertise advising on complex family finances and family cases involving an international element. Victoria Poole covers divorce, domestic abuse, Children’s Act claims. She is particularly experienced in advising on cases involving coercive control. Solicitor Nicola Deakin joined from Poole Alcock LLP in September 2021 and is a key contact regarding divorce and separation agreements.

                                    Practice head(s):

                                    Susan Howarth

                                    Other key lawyers:

                                    Victoria Poole; Nicola Deakin


                                    ‘The whole team has been great in preserving my interest and pointing out where I was too vulnerable in my case following personal circumstances. My case happened in the middle of the pandemic, yet the follow-up was great. Billing arrived on time, every bill was very well broken down and the accountant would clarify any question I may have had.’

                                    ‘Susan Howarth Solicitors team is unique due to its caring professional attitude which works as one family unit to make sure all of their clients are treated with outstanding empathy. They care, they listen, they act to all of your personal needs, they go that extra mile.’

                                    ‘The team at Susan Howarth is a very close-knit dedicated team. They worth together in a seamless fashion. The staff on reception never let you down, if they can help you they will or they make sure you are contacted back as soon as possible with the answers to your queries.’

                                    ‘Victoria Poole is dedicated to ensuring I have all the best advice and support that I need. Vicky is very sympathetic, but straight-talking. She gives you realistic advice. Vicky always listens to what you have to say, she then considers your thoughts and feelings. She then gives her professional advice, but she gives it you in a straight-talking way with no jargon.’

                                    ‘From the outset, this practice has been exceptionally professional. They have a clear understanding of how to guide clients through a difficult personal process.’

                                    ‘The team at Susan Howarth always give 100% to each of their clients. It is clear that they take pride in their job and they work in a very professional manner.’

                                    ‘A very competent team that is not afraid of difficult cases. Their wide experience of difficult family disputes means that they can offer a complete service. They utilise technology in an impressive way, which shows in the quality of their court documents and the briefs they send.’

                                    ‘Nicola Deakin has a wide experience through a rich CV covering all aspects of family law. She is tenacious in pursuing outcomes and realistic in the advice she gives. The clients love her ability to tell it straight.’

                                    Work highlights

                                      Ward Hadaway LLP

                                      Ward Hadaway LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on divorce proceedings and related matrimonial disputes, especially involving financial issues or children disputes. The team is also noted for advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as its litigation work involving Children Act proceedings. Its niche expertise includes advising on international surrogacy arrangements. Christine Barker and Liz Bottrill co-lead the team. Barker is a key contact regarding high-value divorce disputes and complex financial settlements, while Bottrill specialises in children law and surrogacy and fertility law.

                                      Practice head(s):

                                      Christine Barker; Liz Bottrill

                                      Work highlights

                                        Watson Ramsbottom

                                        The specialist family law practice at Watson Ramsbottom covers areas such as domestic violence, forced marriage, and FGM. In recent years it has seen an increase in ancillary relief cases involving coercive control and financial abuse. Director and department head Rachel Horman-Brown is an expert in dispute resolution regarding domestic violence and forced marriage. In February 2022 Sophia Isa was promoted to director, while Stuart Barton was promoted to senior associate.

                                        Practice head(s):

                                        Rachel Horman-Brown

                                        Other key lawyers:

                                        Sophia Isa; Stuart Barton


                                        ‘Rachel Horman-Brown heads up a strong team of specialists in relation to children law and domestic abuse. The department is well known nationally for representing survivors of abuse, including coercive control, stalking, cyber stalking and forced marriage. The firm is also able to represent survivors challenging CPS decisions not to charge perpetrators of abuse.’

                                        ‘Rachel Horman is an activist lawyer representing survivors of abuse. Particular expertise in coercive control, stalking and cyber stalking. Highly knowledgeable, approachable, empathetic. Incredibly hard-working with her client’s best interests at the forefront of everything she does.’

                                        Sophia Isa is a pleasure to work with work with. She is totally committed to her clients.

                                        ‘The team has an in-depth knowledge around VAWG issues, especially in regard to domestic abuse and stalking and harassment. They have a team that is reflective of the local community and are able to provide staff with linguistics skills that match local community. They are proactive in the local community assisting in campaign work and innovation on key local issues They are a company to be trusted.’

                                        ‘They go the extra mile, keep clients informed and are honest around expectations They value the client relationship and are proactive in challenging injustice.’

                                        Work highlights

                                          BPS Family Law LLP

                                          The family team at BPS Family Law LLP is lead by Caroline Swain, a specialist in cases such as divorce, financial settlements, and children matters for high-net-worth individuals. The team’s child work includes child custody and maintenance disputes, especially involving trusts and overseas properties. The group is especially noted for its expertise advising members of the Manchester Jewish community, as well as frequently appearing in magistrates, county, high courts, and appeal courts in the North of England.

                                          Practice head(s):

                                          Caroline Swain


                                          ‘The openness from the very start. Sympathetic, but firm instruction. Very knowledgeable.’

                                          ‘The team at BPS Family Law is exceptional. Their ethic, capability and professionalism was worlds apart from the other solicitor I had dealings with. Caroline Swain provides a complete service due to her wealth of knowledge with her reassuring manner.’

                                          ‘Caroline Swain is extremely professional and has been exactly what I needed to support me. It is tough to think clearly and make good decisions, but she gained my trust from day one and proved her vast knowledge and experience of family law. She was reassuring, articulate, knowable and effective. I am forever grateful to Caroline for everything she has done for me and would not hesitate to recommend or return to her for further advice if needed.’

                                          ‘Caroline Swain has been very understanding and been there throughout this difficult process. Being a small practice it makes me more comfortable in this difficult time. I would not want to go to a large firm and just be a name on a list. Caroline is working hard to help me and I never get passed to anyone else, it’s only her which I like.’

                                          ‘I have found Caroline Swain to be sympathetic. She clearly had a strong working relationship with barrister colleagues, which was helpful during my case.’

                                          ‘BPS Family Law has a niche practice in South Manchester with a lot of ‘word of mouth’ work and a good reputation developed over a number of years.’

                                          ‘One of the best firms in the North West. They are extremely well respected within the industry; have amazing links with local businesses and manage to reciprocate work. Their strength is their people skills; they treat every client as if they were the most important client the business has and this is reflected in their service standards and level of commitment.’

                                          ‘Caroline Swain is a leading individual in my opinion. Caroline is clever, hard-working, passionate about her clients and always strives to achieve the best possible outcome.’

                                          Gorvins Solicitors

                                          The boutique family law team at Gorvins Solicitors provides specialist matrimonial and family law work to medium-to-high-net-worth individuals, with related work for public sector clients such as police federations in the UK. Additional work includes financial remedy proceedings, non-molestation orders, and allegations of abuse. Practice head Nicola Fraser is noted for her expertise in complex divorce settlements and children disputes.

                                          Practice head(s):

                                          Nicola Fraser


                                          ‘From my first meeting with Nicola Fraser, she was very understanding of my situation and made me feel comfortable and at ease. Her professionalism stood out, and she always had my back and fought my corner in some tricky situations.’

                                          ‘Nicola Fraser handled my divorce from initial conversation through the financial settlement and court applications. She was professional, supportive, always responsive and provided great advice. It made what could have been a difficult and adversarial process as stress-free as possible.’

                                          ‘I was extremely impressed with Nicola Fraser. She understood exactly what I needed. Very professional, but also very approachable. I would highly recommend her to anyone.’

                                          ‘The practice dealt with my case with the utmost professionalism. They were helpful and efficient and had a wealth of knowledge within the context of my case. I have worked with other practices and Gorvins provided a superior level of client service and attention to detail, getting my case moving and closed even through the tough years of COVID-19.’

                                          ‘I worked with Nicola Fraser – she was supportive, knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with my case from the initial phone conversation to the final completion day. Nicola is a credit to the practice.’

                                          ‘They offer a friendly and supportive service and most importantly are very efficient and effective at dealing with my issues. They have dealt with my problems as quickly as is possible and when I haven’t understood something they provide clear guidance to make sure I understand.’

                                          Work highlights

                                            gunnercooke LLP

                                            gunnercooke LLP is a specialist family team covering agricultural-related cases and farming assets involving relationship breakdown. It often represents high-net-worth families on divorce, matrimonial finance matters, and child arrangements, especially regarding cases of alleged abuse and familial violence. Roland Humphreys frequently advises professional footballers, professionals and well-known businesspeople and lawyers on matters such as child maintenance litigation, and alternative family structures.

                                            Practice head(s):

                                            Roland Humphreys


                                            ‘Highly specialised, very personalised service. The client is dealt with throughout by the fee earner they instructed and not passed down a team. Clients will always get a dedicated service from Roland Humphreys personally. There is always access to other professionals in the practice when needed for different specialisms.’

                                            ‘Roland Humphreys is an extremely experienced family lawyer. He specialises in dealing with cases from average net-worth to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and regularly acts for well-known sports people and prominent members of the business and legal communities.His attention to detail and planning are second to none. He is realistic in his advice, but always willing to fight for his clients and obtain the best possible outcome. He is well liked by clients who value his ability to cut through the superfluous and focus on the key issues that really matter. He is well respected by colleagues, counsel and the judiciary alike.’

                                            Work highlights

                                              Jolliffe & Co LLP

                                              Based in Chester, the boutique practice at Jolliffe & Co LLP focuses on complex family matters for high-net-worth individuals, often on matters involving an international element. Senior associate Helen Davies is a key contact regarding complex financial matters and children arrangements. Former practice head Elizabeth Hassall departed in May 2022; new arrival Marie Proud now leads the practice.

                                              Practice head(s):

                                              Marie Proud

                                              Other key lawyers:

                                              Helen Davies

                                              Work highlights

                                                Keystone Law

                                                Keystone Law advises high-net-worth families on matrimonial disputes, wealth protection, and children matters. Its cases often have an international element, such as disputes involving foreign nationals or offshore assets. The team regularly appears in the High Court and Central Family Court. Sarah Thompson joined in August 2021 from Slater and Gordon. She covers financial remedy proceedings, Schedule 1 applications, and pre-marital agreements, as well as matrimonial disputes involving complex pensions.

                                                Other key lawyers:

                                                Sarah Thompson


                                                ‘The Keystone team is expanding in the North West and is very lucky to have acquired Sarah Thompson.’

                                                ‘Sarah Thompson is an exceptional lawyer. She has a brain the size of a planet and fearlessly fights her client’s corner. She is a pleasure to work with and works tirelessly. I was fortunate enough to work closely with Sarah over the last year on several complicated matters and she was so well prepared and calm, despite many curved balls being thrown at her by her opposite number!’

                                                ‘A very agile, client-focused firm.’

                                                ‘Sarah Thompson is a fantastic matrimonial finance solicitor. She is vastly experienced, knowledgeable and approachable. You could not ask for more from a solicitor. She delivers.’

                                                Work highlights

                                                  Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

                                                  Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is known for advising high-net-worth individuals and international sports figures on high-value wealth protection and matrimonial matters, especially those involving trusts and offshore assets. The team also advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Practice head and senior lawyer Colin Davies often acts in matrimonial cases involving complex business assets.

                                                  Practice head(s):

                                                  Colin Davies


                                                  ‘A small department within a larger firm, but continue to attract high-net-worth clients and cases of considerable complexity. In a crowded Manchester market they have a great reputation and presence.’

                                                  ‘Colin Davis is as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to his cases. He is very good with handling (sometimes difficult) client’s expectations whilst always making them feel totally supported during one of the most stressful periods of their lives. He is sensible and always prepared to reach (and actively seeks to find) a fair out of court settlement when possible. If not, then he is more than capable of representing a client’s interests robustly in court.’

                                                  ‘Colin Davies is outstanding. He has a very sensible approach and sees all sides of things, he is cool, calm and collected. He is always 1 step ahead.’

                                                  ‘The practice is unique in that the quality of work and instructions for a firm outside of London is second to none.’

                                                  ‘Highly capable technically, personable with a family firm feel. Focus is on the client and their plans and goals.’

                                                  Work highlights

                                                    Slater and Gordon

                                                    Slater and Gordon advises medium-to-high-net-worth individuals on financial remedy and children cases, regulalry representing clients in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and matrimonial disputes. Georgina Chase leads the team and is an expert in family law work, including matrimonial finance, private children disputes, and nuptial agreements. Principal lawyer John Owens joined from MSB Solicitors Ltd in June 2021.

                                                    Practice head(s):

                                                    Georgina Chase


                                                    ‘They were extremely professional, always highly responsive and understood my case and the issues fully. This is not something other firms had been able to do.’

                                                    ‘The team is very organised and offers clear and straightforward advice to clients. The firm is well resourced with practical support for clients with technology and attending court to ensure that clients are well-supported and well advised consistently.’

                                                    ‘This team is superbly led by Georgina Chase. She is a star in relation to family law. She has vision, charisma and leads a highly committed and energetic team. Clients should feel comfortable that their services will be tailored to their specific needs. They have been proactive at integrating their team with fellow professionals to grow the confidence and sustainability of a highly competent, effective and friendly team. They are highly recommended.’

                                                    ‘Georgina Chase is a stand-out family lawyer. She has incredible drive and a personality to match which inspires the team around her. She takes a very proactive approach and is undoubtedly one of the leading family lawyers in the region.’

                                                    ‘They are a team of excellent family practitioners.’

                                                    ‘Well established and very highly regarded in the filed of matrimonial finance law in Manchester.’

                                                    ‘Georgina Chase is a brilliant lawyer, who is approachable and very bright. Deservedly commands great respect in Manchester and beyond.’

                                                    Work highlights