Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East

B P Collins LLP

Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP advises high-net-worth clients on complex financial cases, often involving overseas trusts and complicated tax structures, including prenuptial and postnuptial arrangements. Practice leader Sue Andrews handles financial remedy cases involving local and overseas clients, as well as children matters such as international relocation. Claire Filer advises clients on divorce, complex financial matters and cross-border cases involving children. Fran Hipperson is also recognised for her expertise in high-net-worth financial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sue Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Claire Filer; Fran Hipperson


‘B P Collins has strong values of integrity, quality and efficiency. The leadership drives the team forward to achieve optimum results by working well together across different aspects of the firm. Communication and efficiency with their clients is evident throughout the work they deliver, from the planning to the billing.’ 

‘Sue Andrews is extremely experienced, hardworking and driven. She fights her clients’ corner hard, but knows when to settle. She is a pleasure to work with, and I recommend her very highly.’ 

‘As a team, B P Collins stand out by their ability to offer the knowledge and expertise of a leading London firm but with the cost-effectiveness and pragmatism of a regional player. It’s the perfect match.’ 

‘Claire Filer is exceptionally bright and a really standout solicitor. She has great attention to detail, works swiftly and promptly, and has very good judgment. She is also a pleasure to work with.’ 

‘They are very knowledgeable. Led by the experienced Sue Andrews dealing with high-net-worth cases. Fran Hipperson is also very good.’ 

‘Very good lawyers. Strong where necessary but practical too.’ 

‘Sue Andrews is a brilliant family law partner. Her attention to detail and her ability to work through problems is invaluable. She is totally calm and measured. Her help has been essential during what has been a very difficult divorce.’

‘The B P Collins family department is regarded locally as being of the very highest quality. They demonstrate great empathy when dealing with divorcing clients and yet they remain highly professional at all times.’ 

Debenhams Ottaway

The 'well-established and well-respected' family team at Debenhams Ottaway has strength in depth in high-value financial disputes, divorce and separation proceedings involving children, as well as expertise in prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice lead Helen Young specialises in complex financial settlements, often involving family businesses and overseas assets. Natalie Lester handles divorce and separation matters involving issues concerning child arrangements. Helen Clyne focuses on sensitive children matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Young

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Lester; Helen Clyne


‘Debenhams Ottaway have been a well-established and well-respected family law practice for many years now. Their recruitment has been exceptional and they have a talented team of individuals offering a broad range of traditional family law services alongside mediation, collaborative law and the adoption of all ADR processes. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Helen Young repeatedly delivers a wonderfully personable service to her clients. She has a lovely calm manner and explains everything simply and clearly.’ 

‘Natalie Lester has been excellent as my divorce lawyer. She has been thoroughly professional throughout the process. I have found her to be very approachable and she has shared her expertise with compassion and warmth. Natalie was always resolution-focused and helped to keep perspective in the negotiations. I am very grateful for her help and advice and would not hesitate to recommend her.’ 

‘Helen Young has been hugely supportive and helpful in navigating the divorce settlement process with me. I am grateful for her calm manner and ability to negotiate detailed and complicated issues within the settlement. Her attention to detail is excellent, but in addition to that she also has a way of smoothing contentious matters and enabling all sides to remain calm and purposeful. She has been a very steadying hand in a difficult period, and has truly contributed to the outcome of our divorce being as amicable as possible.’ 

‘Natalie Lester is very approachable and knowledgeable.’ 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a large family and child care team, providing advice on a broad range of matters including domestic violence, complex divorce and separation cases, and financial settlements. The team also has considerable experience in care proceedings and cross-border disputes. The practice is led by five directors: Adeeba Naseem, Alia Lewis, and Ravi Kaur Mahey are based in Harrow; Krina Parmar is based in Milton Keynes and Luton; while newly promoted Natasha Khakhar is based in Luton.

Practice head(s):

Adeeba Naseem; Alia Lewis; Ravi Kaur Mahey; Krina Parmar; Natasha Khakhar


‘This is a large firm, but with a local and client focused ethos. They are excellent in their field and provide outstanding support to their clients at what is inevitably an extremely difficult time.’ 

‘Krina Parmar is a pleasure to work for. Good instructions, client care, openness and trustworthy. A really great solicitor. Always diligent.’ 

‘Alia Lewis is extremely thorough, good with young people she represents, organised.’ 

‘Ravi Mahey is organised, thorough and hardworking.’ 

‘Adeeba Nasim is an exceptional director. She is the go-to solicitor for international abduction cases. She is dynamic, savvy and vigorous in her work.’

‘Knowledgeable, thoughtful solicitors who always ensure that casework is completed to a high standard. I know things will be done when they should be.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a mother in an application for a female genital mutilation protection order issued by Hertfordshire County Court.
  • Represented the intervenor in a complex eight party High Court case.
  • Represented a respondent mother with learning difficulties in an ongoing complex Children Act matter.

Hawkins Family Law

Hawkins Family Law is a family law boutique, known for its mediation and arbitration services relating to issues such as finance and children matters. Practice head Joanna Hawkins specialises in financial matters, regularly handling cases involving assets in multiple jurisdictions. Loraine Davenport advises on complex children cases, while Annabel Hayward has expertise in financial provisions and cohabitation matters. Stacey St Clair heads up the Watford office, which opened in March 2020, and Philip Hunter handles divorce and private children matters. Helen Taylor joined from Shoosmiths LLP in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Hawkins

Other key lawyers:

Loraine Davenport; Annabel Hayward; Stacey St Clair; Philip Hunter; Helen Taylor


‘Excellent team of specialists in family finance. The team are hardworking, approachable and a pleasure to work with. They see the wood from the trees and can distill the issues whilst also being on top of the papers.’

‘Annabel Hayward is a leading financial practitioner. Her knowledge of the law is excellent. Clients rate her for her no-nonsense approach and down to earth manner. She is always available, no matter the time of day. A pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is led by Jo Hawkins and she sets the bar high. She brings a fantastic blend of steely determination and pragmatism to cases. Her knowledge of the law is excellent and her judgment impeccable. Stacey St Clair is a newly appointed partner who is following in Jo’s footsteps.’

‘Stacey St Clair provided me with timely updates and concise information. She was realistic with the potential outcomes, but remained positive throughout which provided me with the confidence that the objectives would be met.’ 


IBB Law handles a broad spectrum of family law matters including contentious probate, high-value divorce cases and private law children matters involving welfare issues. The team acts on behalf of a wide range of clientele in the South East, London and internationally. Based in Chesham, practice co-head Amanda Melton has experience in advising middle to high-net-worth clients in divorce and financial proceedings, while co-head Vicky Preece leads the child care team in Uxbridge. Jolene Hutchison joined from Blaser Mills Law in April 2020 and has particular expertise in handling complex financial cases.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Melton; Vicky Preece

Other key lawyers:

Jolene Hutchison


‘They offer very clear, sensitive and brilliant advice.’

‘Efficient, reliable and flexible.’

‘Amanda Melton is quick to grasp details and offers sound and reasonable advice, non-confrontational and a pleasure to work with.’

‘A team of experienced and excellent family solicitors, offering the quality of advice of a top London firm but with a regional price tag. ’

‘Jolene Hutchison has a superb reputation in the family law world and is routinely instructed in complex and sensitive matters. She offers a calm and sensible approach to her cases but never shies away from fighting hard for her clients’ best interests.’

Machins Solicitors LLP

Based in Luton, Machins Solicitors LLP's public law family team represents parents, extended family members and friends in care proceedings and handles complex cases involving non-accidental injuries and abuse. Largely operating from the Berkhamsted office, the private law family team has considerable experience in advising high-net-worth and overseas clients on complex Child Act proceedings. Practice co-leader Kathryn Ainsworth handles cases involving businesses or complex financial arrangements, while co-leader Sarah Ashby specialises in complex child care cases. Richard Phillips is experienced in high-net-worth divorces often involving child arrangement issues.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Ainsworth; Sarah Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Richard Phillips


‘A highly experienced and skilled team in respect of representing parents and children in care proceedings. The team at Machins stand out from their competitors in respect of their outstanding service to their clients.’ 

‘Machins is a very personable and hard working family team. Their approach towards instruction of counsel is fair and their involvement of counsel in case management is superb; and, such ensures the delivery of the best quality legal services for the lay and professional client.’ 

‘Sarah Ashby is extremely knowledgeable, has superb judgement and fights hard for her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. She is an excellent advocate and is well respect by her colleagues, clients, contemporaries and judges. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Kathryn Ainsworth leads by example. She truly rises above all the unimportant stuff and gets to the crux of the issues of a case in a heart beat. Her client skills are also second to none.’

‘Both Kathryn Ainsworth and Richard Phillips are sensible, practical and constructive solicitors to have on the other side of a case.’

‘Richard Phillips is a standout mediator. It is not uncommon for family law clients to dislike mediation but Richard always manages to keep clients in the process and on board.’

‘Machins Solicitors have a phenomenally professional approach, their service is expedient and diligent. Their key capability is being able to provide a high quality service whilst doing so in an approachable and flexible manner.’ 

Rayden Solicitors

Based in St Albans, Rayden Solicitors specialises exclusively in family law, handling all types of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and collaboration on financial and children matters. Practice leader Katherine Rayden advises on complex cases involving financial issues, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cross-border disputes and private law children matters. Other names to note include Priya Palanivel, who specialises in cross-border divorce and finance matters, Emily Watson and Claire Wood. Rosalind Fitzgerald joined from Bindmans LLP at the same time of the opening of the firm's Bishop's Stortford office in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Rayden

Other key lawyers:

Julian Bremner; Priya Palanivel; Emily Watson; Rosalind Fitzgerald; Claire Wood


‘Practising in all areas of family law from high-net-worth to small cases, the service is impeccable throughout.’ 

‘Katherine Rayden is one of the leading family law solicitors of this generation. Astute, knowledgeable and extremely good with clients of all backgrounds.  She brings calmness, professionalism and strategy to every case.’

‘A growing team who are blazing a trail in family law.’

‘Priya Palanivel is an outstanding partner with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-net-worth cases, which makes her an extremely safe pair of hands in dealing with financial remedy cases. She is very hard working, with an excellent eye for detail and a very astute strategic sense.’  

‘A dynamic and leading firm of family law solicitors which is opening new offices all the time. A modern and client focused business. Teams of high calibre solicitors providing a high level of service.’


SA Law LLP’s family team has experience in challenging children matters involving sensitive issues such as abuse, as well as complex financial cases often with an international element. Based in St Albans, the team regularly uses mediation as an alternative method of resolution. Practice leader Marilyn Bell advises on a range of family matters including high-net-worth financial cases, civil partnerships and domestic violence. Kiran Beeharry handles prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as receiving regular instructions from clients in respect of divorce and financial provision for children. Other key members of the team include Simran Gupta and Julie Cohen.

Practice head(s):

Marilyn Bell

Other key lawyers:

Kiran Beeharry; Simran Gupta; Julie Cohen


‘The team at SA Law all work really well together. Marilyn Bell heads up the team and is incredibly knowledgeable, with a softly spoken manner, yet a very robust stance. Marilyn would always be on hand to help and encourage anyone within her team. She is widely respected an looked up to.’ 

‘Marilyn Bell is exceptional, not just in relation to the law, which is what you would expect, but also has wisdom and insight into what might really help clients get through a difficult situation and come out the other side in the best way possible. Kiran Beeharry is a partner in the team and he is extremely bright, on the ball and confident.’ 

‘Marilyn Bell is a hugely experienced lead at the firm. She has a wealth of experience in family law which she puts to very effective use in case resolution. Clients love her and are very loyal as a result of the service she provides. She generates a lot of client referrals as a result.’

‘Simran Gupta is effective and highly capable support. She is very engaging and makes herself very accessible to clients, especially those needing a lot of emotional support.’ 

‘Kiran Beeharry is wise beyond his years, goes above and beyond to deliver and bills fantastically.’ 

‘There is a lot of collaboration within the team, meaning that clients are getting a strong and holistic service from the off.’

‘Simran Gupta has great instincts and is brilliantly able to guide clients through the complexities of post-separation fall-out.’ 

‘Marilyn Bell brings a wealth of experience to every case in which she acts; she has excellent judgment and clients have a huge amount of confidence in her. Marilyn is thoughtful and considered and will leave no stone unturned in getting the best outcome for her clients.’

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law, which has offices in Amersham, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth and London, has specialist expertise in high-net-worth financial matters, including complex prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. The child care team is led by Denise Herman, who acts on behalf of parents and children in complex cases involving non-accidental injury to children, sexual abuse and other highly sensitive issues. Head of the family and divorce team Lucinda Holliday joined from LGP Solicitors in March 2020 and has experience in dissolution, divorce and separation matters often with cross-jurisdictional elements. Naim Qureshi advises on matrimonial finance matters and private law cases, while Javita Malhotra handles high-net-worth financial remedy work.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Holliday; Denise Herman

Other key lawyers:

Javita Malhotra; Naim Qureshi


‘A very knowledgable, professional, efficient team, who readily make themselves available to their clients. They not only provide sound advice but also research related cases in order to provide a more rounded analysis.’ 

‘Blaser Mills are very professional and the services provided are outstanding. They are thorough, efficient, knowledgeable, helpful and provide clear and comprehensive advise.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge, client care and management of proceedings from beginning to end. A quality firm who seem to bill very reasonably. All of the Blaser Mills family team I have worked with are very approachable and sensible.’ 

‘Javita Malhotra showed an immediate grasp of the situation and was most sympathetic, understanding and professional in her approach. She kept me focused on the actions I should take and did her best to make herself available when I needed advice.’ 

‘Lucinda Holliday is exceptional. She has an eye for detail, knows the law inside out and is very good at managing client expectations.’ 

‘Naim Qureshi has excellent legal knowledge, takes a strategic approach to cases from the start, and has very empathetic client care. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team have a strong collaboration and ensure that between them the work is completed to a high level.’

‘Lucinda Holliday has a sharp legal mind, combined with a pragmatic sensible approach. She is always on top of the issues in the case and is able to give her clients robust advice when needed. She is approachable with both clients and counsel, and is a pleasure to work with.’ 

Crane & Staples LLP

Located in Welwyn Garden City, Crane & Staples LLP advises on all aspects of family law, servicing both private and public clients. The team handles high-net-worth divorces and children cases, including abduction, domestic abuse and complex care issues involving non-accidental and serious injuries. Practice leader Danielle Peters is an advocate in private children cases and advises on complicated divorces involving high-value pensions and assets. Sharon Montgomery utilises her dispute resolution expertise in financial cases involving pension issues, nuptial agreements and child arrangements. Attia Hussain deals with complex children matters, specialising in cases involving older children.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Peters

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Montgomery; Attia Hussain


‘The team at Crane & Staples offers sensible and pragmatic advice to their clients. They have experience in a range of family issues, and are quick to identify the keys issues and try and resolve disputes as amicably and cost effectively as possible.’ 

‘Danielle Peters is extremely bright, talented and effective.’

‘Sharon Montgomery is an experienced and effective negotiator with commercial acumen.’

‘Attia Hussain is a diligent and hardworking individual whose representation of young clients is second to none in the area. Her case preparation is detailed, carefully analysed and well prepared.’ 

‘Sharon Montgomery is a very experienced practitioner. Sharon offers very good advice, is realistic in managing the client’s expectations and is wholly committed to delivering a thorough and comprehensive service to the client.’ 

‘Attia Hussain is an excellent and committed Children Panel lawyer with a specific expertise in representing young people directly in the family courts. She is passionate and committed.’ 

‘The family team consists of solicitors extremely committed to their clients. They are able to act swiftly with emergency matters and provide excellent client care. They are equipped with the necessary technology for remote working. They conduct a wide range of family work and therefore are equipped to deal with most family clients who need their assistance. They are also very friendly and approachable.’ 

Shoosmiths LLP

The Milton Keynes family team at Shoosmiths LLP frequently collaborates with colleagues in the firm’s network of offices across the UK, providing an  effective service to both national and international high-net-worth individuals. Led by Caroline Watson, the practice handles financial matters including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, jurisdictional issues involving overseas assets, as well as cohabitation settlements. Sally Robinson joined in April 2021 from Wilson Browne Solicitors in Northampton, where she was practice head. Faye Wright advises on divorce and financial settlements, as well as child arrangement matters.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Sally Robinson; Faye Wright


‘The Shoosmiths team is dynamic and bursting with enthusiasm. They are led by Caroline Watson, who is ambitious and driven but providing great internal support to her team. Standards within the team are universally high and legal knowledge in particular is commendable. ’

‘Faye Wright is always open, honest and caring in her matters of supporting me. She has been very observant of what I am after and took my wishes into account and always looked for my direction before engaging with the opposition.’

‘This team takes real pride in its work and strives to provide the best, both legally and emotionally, to clients.’

Taylor Walton LLP

Based in St Albans, Taylor Walton LLP is well-regarded for its use of alternative dispute resolution methods in family law matters including arbitration, mediation and collaborative law. Practice leader Ben Twitchen is experienced in high-value divorce and financial matters, often involving an international element. Olive McCarthy handles complex financial remedy proceedings as well as child arrangement cases. Other key members of the team include Will Mercer and Emily Woodhouse, who advises on contested private children matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Twitchen

Other key lawyers:

Olive McCarthy; Will Mercer; Emily Woodhouse


‘They have an excellent team that work together collaboratively.’ 

‘Will Mercer is solution focused, knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. He provides his clients with good, practical advice and thinks outside the box. He is efficient and effective in achieving successful outcomes. He always adopts a constructive and sensible approach, and encourages his clients to be child focused.’ 

‘Olive McCarthy has been amazing through my long acrimonious divorce. Calm, clear, empathic, bright, compassionate and always 100% on the ball.’

‘Ben Twitchen is an exceptional solicitor. Ben’s bedside manner and reassuring demeanour were greatly appreciated during a very drawn-out and convoluted case, and his intelligent approach, maven-like insight, and confidence under pressure were absolutely critical to getting the results required. Where financing became an issue, Ben was able to find solutions.’

‘Well organised, professional and got the job done, always kept up to date.’ 

‘Will Mercer and his team were knowledgeable, approachable and very capable. They kept me informed of all changes, clearly laid out possible options and anticipated future issues. This was maintained throughout the entire proceedings, even as the matter became more complicated.’ 

‘All the staff at the practice are very approachable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Olive McCarthy guided me through my divorce and made it easy for me. She made a massive difference to me and was always on the other end of the phone when I needed her.’ 

Tees Law

Tees Law acts for high-net-worth individuals and farming families on a range of family law matters including inherited assets, complex financial remedies involving overseas trusts and private law children cases. The family team regularly uses alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Executive partner Sally Powell leads the team in Bishop's Stortford, handling complex farming cases involving significant assets and trusts, as well as children matters such as cross-border relocations. David Redfern advises on complex financial issues, while Elizabeth Gale has experience in contentious trusts and nuptial agreements, often with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

David Redfern; Elizabeth Gale; Helen Midgley


‘The team at Tees puts its clients needs first and foremost. Its approach is collaborative, flexible and agile.’ 

‘Sally Powell is bright, tactical, has brilliant client care and is a superb all-rounder. A leader in her field and a go-to for difficult private law or financial family disputes.’ 

‘Elizabeth Gale is a standout member of the team. She is a firm but fair negotiator, and not afraid of picking up the phone.’ 

‘The team work from the heart when dealing with clients, they put themselves in the clients shoes ensuring they fully understand the issues.’ 

‘David Redfern remains one of the top senior family lawyers in his area. He understands the needs both of high-net-worth individuals who wish to retain their family and business assets and their spouses who are trying to unlock the wealth to secure a fair award. His clients love his calm and reassuring manner. He is excellent at explaining possible options and outcomes.’

‘Helen Midgley is excellent; she offers very sound advice and manages client expectations brilliantly. Her preparation is always top notch. She knows the details of her cases and goes the extra mile.’ 

Work highlights

  • Advised a wife on a complex farming matter involving significant assets.
  • Settled a £9.5m claim for a client.
  • Settled a £2.4m case involving foreign property.

Collins & Hoy Solicitors

Based in Pinner, Collins & Hoy Solicitors advises medium to high-net-worth clients on family matters including divorce and separation disputes, financial remedy proceedings and complex children cases. Practice co-head Bernadette Hoy offers her clients a broad range of services, from collaborative negotiations to hybrid, family and child inclusive mediation. Practice co-head Aisling Collins is also an accredited mediator and advises on complex financial disputes and child matters. Other key members of the team include Andaleeb Khandaker and Kate Moran.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Hoy; Aisling Collins

Other key lawyers:

 Andaleeb Khandaker; Kate Moran

Collins Solicitors

The family team at Collins Solicitors in Watford advises middle-to-high-net-worth clients on divorce and separation disputes, and financial remedy cases. Practice leader Danielle Messenger specialises in financial disputes relating to divorce and separation, and assists clients in drafting prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. Donna Downes and Reena Vadera are both members of the Law Society Children Panel; Downes leads the firm's public law children team and Vadera is a solicitor advocate who was called to the Bar in 2000.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Messenger

Other key lawyers:

Donna Downes; Reena Vadera

Work highlights

  • Represented a child (through his Children’s Guardian) in a non-accidental injury case. Following a fact finding hearing the mother appealed the judgment on the basis of the inadequacy of the judge’s reasoning. This appeal was supported by the Children’s Guardian and the Local Authority. The case was in the Court of Appeal and the appeal was successful.

Longmores Solicitors LLP

At Longmores Solicitors LLP in Hertford, divorce and family law head Tracey Dargan primarily advises on the complex financial fallout from divorce, as well as prenuptial agreements, often working with high-profile clients - she is described as 'up there with the very best' in her line of work. She is supported by 'empathetic and understanding' senior solicitor Kerrie Hall, who also handles high value financial cases, as well as complex Children Act matters.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Dargan

Other key lawyers:

Kerrie Hall


‘The team at Longmores is professional yet approachable and user-friendly. The firm is welcoming and do a great job for their clients.’

‘Kerrie Hall is pragmatic, sensible and gives sound, realistic advice.’

‘Tracey Dargan is very thorough and diligent and is always thinking strategically in terms of the best interests of her client. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Kerrie Hall is a fantastic solicitor. She provides a highly personal level of service whilst fighting her clients’ cases with tenacity and determination.’

‘Tracey Dargan – in the words of my ex-husband, she is a class act. Professional, human, steadfast in her resolve and unwavering. She is inspiring and has clear goals, communicates effectively and takes you on the journey with her. At a time in my life when I was the most vulnerable, the fact she listened, advised, consulted and didn’t have her own agenda – just mine – stood out a mile.’

‘Tracey Dargan is thoughtful and considered in her approach, with a clear focus on getting the best outcome for the client.’

‘Kerrie Hall is an empathetic and understanding family lawyer. She is also quite feisty and strong and works well to ensure you have a successful outcome. To be honest, she is the type of person, if she were not my lawyer I would like to befriend.’

‘Tracey Dargan is up there with the very best. Always easy to communicate with, offering prompt replies to issues raised and despite these restricting times it feels as if we have been in actual one to one meetings rather than the reality of the no contact meetings we have to put up with at the moment.’


Operating from offices in Harpenden, Luton and Milton Keynes, Neves covers a range of family matters such as middle to high-net-worth divorce and separation cases, cross-jurisdictional issues and child act proceedings. Practice leader Beth Woodward handles complex financial cases including prenuptial agreements, property assets, pensions and trusts. Heidi Fleming advises on high-net-worth divorce and separation disputes involving children, such as cross-border relocation and parental alienation.

Practice head(s):

Beth Woodward

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Fleming


‘Neves are efficient, professional, but have the friendly approach that ensures the clients feel comfortable with them, which is important when referring people you know.’

‘Beth Woodward leads the team superbly and is a fearless litigator.’

‘Heidi Fleming has a very bright future within the profession.’

‘Exceptional client service from Heidi Fleming.’

‘Beth Woodward is an extremely bright, knowledgeable and empathetic partner. Her colleagues are also experienced in both finance and children law and she is supported by a high quality team.’

Nockolds Solicitors

The family team at Nockolds Solicitors is well-established in the Hertfordshire and Essex regions, with experience in alternative dispute resolution methods including arbitration and mediation. The practice advises on high-value divorce and financial settlements, often with an international element, as well as complex matters involving children. Practice co-leader Lynn Cowley has experience in handling cross-border matters in Spain, while practice co-leader Peter Dodd advises on high-value divorce proceedings. Other key members of the team include Zen Thompson and Francesca Davey.

Practice head(s):

Lynn Cowley; Peter Dodd

Other key lawyers:

Zen Thompson; Francesca Davey


‘Nockolds are well known for their strong and knowledgeable family team. They will try to find the best solutions for their clients and are happy to discuss matters with fellow professionals to try and find the best outcomes. They are known for their positive and professional approach.’

‘Peter Dodd is an experienced, friendly and approachable professional colleague. He is someone who is easy to work with and always willing to discuss cases to find solutions and general family law issues.’

‘Great outreach and thought leadership. Multi-disciplinary practice offering in-house service to family law-related aspects.’

‘Calm, confident and solution-finding.’

‘A small team of family law specialists who really know their stuff.’

‘Peter Dodd is excellent at ADR and litigation.

‘Pete Dodd is a stand out partner. He naturally puts clients at ease in the collaborative environment which aides successful meetings and outcomes. He is one of my go-to collaborative solicitors when my client’s spouse/partner asks for a recommendation.’

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Milton Keynes team is part of a national practice, frequently collaborating with other teams across the UK to handle complex family matters concerning wealth management, wills, residential and commercial property. The niche practice offers a range of family law dispute services including mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Practice leader Jane Charlton specialises in high-value and complex financial cases, and has experience in sensitive children matters, including sexual abuse cases.

Practice head(s):

Jane Charlton


‘Shakespeare Martineau’s family team is very professional and provides excellent quality of work. They work really well together, and have easy access to other teams within the firm. What makes the family team fantastic is their knowledgeable, pragmatic and solution-focused approach. They are literally and metaphorically an award winning team.’

‘Jane Charlton is super experienced in her field and really very able. She’s very objective and incredibly sound and sensible. Her clients love her. She has a knack of quickly gaining their confidence in often very difficult circumstances and is prepared to go that extra mile to find the best solution.’