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

B P Collins LLP

The family team at B P Collins LLP is highly regarded for its expertise in complex cases with high-value assets, high incomes, overseas elements and complicated trust and tax structures. The team has expertise in all types of family issues both before marriage and upon its breakdown and is increasingly handling cases with an international element. Sue Andrews heads the practice and focuses on issues relating to overseas assets, trust arrangements and property portfolios. Sadie Glover deals with child abduction issues while Hannah Yellop is experienced in navigating complex pension matters.

Practice head(s):

Sue Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Sadie Glover; Hannah Yellop

Testimonials

‘The team appears busy energetic and competent, and run cases efficiently and without unnecessary wastage of costs.’

‘Sue Andrews is a sensible and capable solicitor who gives appropriately forthright advice and fights her clients’ corners extremely hard. She can also see when a case needs to find a settlement for the clients sake and her approach is both sensitive and thoughtful.’

‘A really good quality team of lawyers providing high quality service outside of Central London to the wealthier clients in the Home Counties.’

‘Claire Filer is really good. She gives firm and reasonable advice and always litigates her cases exceptionally well.’

‘Sue Andrews has a great reputation within the industry and remains a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Ella Moxey is incredibly hard-working and details-focused.’

‘B P Collins are the premier firm in family law in Buckinghamshire. They have a highly expert team, headed by Sue Andrews and offer the full service at a very competitive level.’

‘The team at B P Collins are all committed to their clients and plainly dedicated in achieving the best outcome for them.’

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is regularly involved in high-value financial cases and representations in divorce proceedings in addition to advising on pre/post nuptial agreements and living together arrangements. The firm has also handled Covid-19 related issues such as parental disputes regarding the vaccine for children. Practice head Helen Young is experienced in complex financial settlements often involving family businesses. Associate Natalie Lester has expertise in divorce and separation matters while Helen Clyne focuses on children issues.

Practice head(s):

Helen Young

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Lester; Helen Clyne

Testimonials

‘A really strong team based in St Albans who offer great value and high quality advice on a broad spectrum of cases.’

‘Helen Young is always on top of her cases and gives very realistic and settlement-focused advice to her clients.’

‘Natalie Lester and Helen Clyne both do sterling work on some difficult and demanding cases.’

‘I think that the extremely high level of service combined with reasonable rates and ethical approach to billing makes the firm stand out from most other firms. It is hard to find people who work as hard, deploy so much experience and have such a good knowledge of the law and tactics for the fees that they charge.’

‘Helen Young has to be one of the hardest working solicitors I have ever encountered. She has a no-nonsense approach to cases and has seemingly-effortless good judgment. Her clients soon come to trust her implicitly, and rightly so, she always fights hard for her clients whilst giving realistic advice that allows them to choose a path in keeping with their own formulation of risk. She strips emotion out of decision making and helps clients understand decisions from a strategic and pragmatic viewpoint.’

‘Debenhams Ottaway have a great team of family lawyers led by the excellent Helen Young. Great team approach to working too.’

‘Helen Young leads the family team and sets a great example to those in her department with her hard work ethic and approachable style. She’s very popular with her clients and fellow professionals. I enjoy working alongside her.’

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is one of the largest family law teams in the South East and is split across several offices in Harrow, Milton Keynes and Luton. The practice handles a full range of family law matters from divorce matters and financial settlements to pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm is particularly skilled at navigating cases of parental conflict involving elements of domestic abuse and parental alienation. Co-heads Adeeba Naseem and Alia Lewis  specialise in child abduction matters. Other practice leaders Krina Parmar and Ravi Kaur Mahey are well-versed in issues of forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Priyal Patel; Michelle Lubelle

Testimonials

‘I have been instructed as counsel by Duncan Lewis Solicitors a good number of times; I have invariably found the quality of advice they dispense to be excellent and their efficiency in complying with directions and generating briefs and bundles is superbly reliable.’

‘I have been particularly impressed with Priyal Patel, especially in matrimonial finance, whose eye for detail is excellent.’

‘Always been very satisfied with the team in their communication regarding a case and prompt response for any questions regarding a case. Brief is usually very clear and in line with the client’s instructions.’

‘Billing is processing in good time.’

‘Very friendly, professional and put their clients at ease in particular those who are most vulnerable.’

‘Duncan Lewis have a large Family and Child Care Team that are extremely professional, personable and very efficient. I have been working closely with several branches of Duncan Lewis of the Family Team throughout my professional career and I can only speak highly on their practice across the broad. Adeeba Naseem and her team are standout who stand above and beyond the expected standards.’

‘Priyal Patel and Michelle Lubelle are a credit to Duncan Lewis, both deal with complex Children Act and Domestic Violence cases with particular detail and care. They are really responsive to emails and easily reached on the phone when any enquiries are raised by Counsel or a member of the Clerking Team.’

‘The knowledge of the lawyers is great and it is welcomed to have discussions with the team in relation to court outcomes.’

Key clients

F v M [2021] EWFC 4 (15 January 2021) (18 January 2021)

Work highlights

  • This case is now regarded as a leading case in FGM law.
  • We represent the Respondent Mother (who has learning difficulties) in an ongoing complex Children Act matter.

Hawkins Family Law

Hawkins Family Law is an established practice which offers alternative dispute resolution services in arbitration and mediation to reduce clients’ time and costs. Joanna Hawkins leads the practice and frequently works with high-net-worth individuals to unravel trusts, inherited assets and assess tax ramifications. Loraine Davenport predominantly handles complex company and trust issues but is also well-versed in children cases. Annabel Hayward ‘s area of specialism is financial provision and cohabitation. Stacey St Clair is experienced in representing clients in divorce cases and disputes about residence.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Hawkins

Other key lawyers:

Loraine Davenport; Annabel Hayward; Stacey St Clair

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm in the area with a well-earned reputation for good quality work and at reasonable prices.’

‘Philip Hunter is a very safe pair of hands, he is meticulous and has good judgement.’

‘Hawkins Family Law is a boutique specialist family law firm that punches above its weight. The finance team routinely handle high-value, complex matters and, in my experience, can very quickly respond to time-critical, urgent issues. They also plainly care about clients and supporting them through the process and ensuring that progressions – whether settling or pursuing the matter through contested hearings is in the client’s best interests.’

‘Helen Taylor is sharp, personable, and extremely able. She collaborates with Counsel so that the client’s case is truly understood and a better outcome is more likely for the client.’

‘Wonderful boutique firm with excellent service & great work.’

‘Jo Hawkins leads by example and the firm is excellent with difficult issues for family law’

‘It is a fantastic premier boutique firm that dominates in this location.’

‘Stacey St Clair is an excellent lawyer. She listens to clients and is intuitive at being able to tailor her approach to meet their needs.’

 

IBB Law

The family law team at IBB Law is known for its work in high-value divorce cases and complex private law children matters concerning welfare issues such as mental health concerns and parental alienation. The firm is regularly instructed in matters relating to children being moved through jurisdictions and has developed a niche in representing separating parents of different faiths where there are issues of the children’s future religious upbringing. Financial matters and property disputes expert Amanda Melton co-heads the team with Jolene Hutchison who focuses on divorce for high-net worth clients. Kate Ryan deals with all aspects of divorce and separation.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Melton; Jolene Hutchison

Other key lawyers:

Kate Ryan; Shon Roberts

Testimonials

‘My experience of the practice was a team that could not do enough to help you, but at the same time gave sensible advice to ensure that you did not incur unnecessary costs.’

‘They have been my family solicitors for 3 generations; dealing with everything from death, divorce, conveyancing, POA’s. They are totally reliable.’

‘Kate Ryan was certainly stand out, astonishingly so. She was highly knowledgeable, was a great listener and therefore was fully able to understand the gravity of the situation and what course of action to take.’

‘I was going through a difficult divorce and Jolene Hutchinson who was dealing with my case and Louisa was the most supportive person. Not only in communicating the legal aspects but also was very compassionate and helped me go through the divorce in a more serene way. I did not feel judged in any way and was able to have a reply to any queries and updates in a very efficient way.’

‘The billing is done in a very clear way, informing me of all the costs in a timely manner. Sometimes, I was also advised on ways to keep the invoice to a minimum because I do not have a revenue!’

‘I felt like a real person not just a client.’

‘The team are committed and diligent. They also have backbone and they are not afraid to fight a case at final hearing.’

‘Shon Roberts brings a wealth of experience. He is straight talking and has excellent judgment.’

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP is an established family law practice based in Luton which deals with both public and private matters. The team advises in relation to applications for special guardianship orders including international adoption and represent parents and family friends in care proceedings. The department is specialised in dealing with high net-worth individuals in the banking industry with regard to private children proceedings. Co-head Kathryn Ainsworth handles business and financial arrangements while co-head Sarah  Ashby has expertise in child care matters. The ‘astute and pragmaticRichard Phillips is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Ainsworth; Sarah Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Richard Phillips

Testimonials

‘Machins has a strong family team with a wealth of experience in all areas of family law. They are able to provide advice and in-house representation to adults, children and professional clients. They maintain a commitment to legal aid work where many local solicitors have ceased to undertake it.’

‘Excellent team of solicitors who go the extra mile for the clients. Would highly recommend. Always happy to work late and assist drafting documents to ensure everything is fully prepped.’

‘Kathryn Ainsworth is very good on strategy and knows the law inside out.’

‘I’ve worked with Richard Phillips who always strikes me as sensible and proportionate in approach with excellent judgement.’

‘Richard Phillips is great to work with. He’s sensible, astute, pragmatic and always focused on getting the best possible results.’

‘Fantastic firm that upholds the value of truly serving and protecting the most vulnerable in society.’

‘Their team ethic. They are so cohesive, all under the watchful eye of the brilliant Kathryn Ainsworth’

‘Kathryn Ainsworth. Steers the ship better than any captain!’

Rayden Solicitors

Based in St Albans, Rayden Solicitors fields a large family law team which provides a full range of legal services including alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Practice head Katherine Rayden regularly represents high-net worth individuals in issues relating to relationship breakdowns, financial disputes and also prepares pre and post nuptial agreements. Emily Watson focuses on complex children cases that often have an international element. Rosalind Fitzgerald‘s expertise includes advising on surrogacy. Priya Palanivel moved to Sheridans in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Rayden

Other key lawyers:

Emily Watson; Rosalind Fitzgerald

Testimonials

‘Very able and capable team from top to bottom. Always able to handle the more complicated or acrimonious cases with confidence and tenacity.’

‘Katherine Rayden and Julian Bremner are excellent family practitioners, always fully on top of their cases and ready to engage constructively with their opponents. A very nice firm to deal with.’

‘Raydens is a firm of solicitors where the service provided across the 10 offices and across the solicitors is of the highest calibre. By maintaining a very high standard for recruitment the team has built a stellar reputation. Whether the client is of modest means or of high net worth, they will get first rate advice from the start. The business model is very modern with the clients being given focused and clear advice, expectations and fee estimates.’

‘Katherine Rayden is the founder of the firm which she has built to 10 offices now. She combines a sharp intellect and brilliant mind with being very down to earth, accessible and warm. The clients appreciate her accessibility and her realistic and nuanced advice. From the very start of each case she has a clear strategy and goals for the outcome. She is equally skilled at out of court dispute resolution as hard fought litigation.’

‘There is strength in numbers and the quality of the work is always fantastic. The team is always available to speak.’

‘Paula Butterworth is a knowledgeable and experienced solicitor who treats her clients with care and attention.’

‘A determined and well organised firm of litigators.’

‘Stuart Clarke. Very well prepared, all the bases are covered off, experienced and effective.’

SA Law LLP

The family law team at SA Law LLP are frequently instructed on challenging and serious issues including physical and mental health matters in addition to sexual abuse cases. The St Albans-based practice regularly use mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution. Marilyn Bell leads the practice and handles a range of family law matters from domestic violence to civil partnerships and financial cases. Kiran Beeharry advises on urgent child care cases and prepares pre and post nuptial agreements. Associate Simran Gupta is experienced in matters concerning children while Julie Cohen is well-versed in divorce matters.

Practice head(s):

Marilyn Bell

Other key lawyers:

Kiran Beeharry; Simran Gupta; Julie Cohen

Testimonials

‘Marilyn Bell has excellent attention to detail, wonderful manner with clients, has worked with me for a significant period of time on a long-running and complex case with much of the work being carried out pro bono, strategic thinker.’

‘Simran Gupta is very thorough in her approach to cases, able to take a big picture view and also be extremely keyed in on details, will always find time to speak to counsel which is invaluable, continuously puts her client at the forefront of everything she does.’

‘SA LAW has a very good collaborative ethos which is on a par with good London firms. Diverse partnership and personnel.’

‘Simran Gupta always goes the extra mile for the client and the clients comment on how much they feel they have had the “very best service” . Simran is great to work with, she always “thinks out of the box”, ensuring that the client’s best interests are always ensured.’

‘Very strong family team dealing with complex children and financial matters in a practical and proportionate way. Realistic advice given at every stage which is client focused and designed to keep costs to a minimum. Very personable lawyers making clients feel confident in the advice they receive.’

‘Kiran Beeharry is the leading light in the field of family law. Looks at every possible angle and is very bright. Clients gave unwavering confidence in him and rightly so.’

‘Kiran Beeharry leads the team and the firm offer a whole breadth of services.’

‘Very honest and straight talking – high quality of advice presented in an understandable way.’

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law offers family law services from offices in Amersham, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth, Marlow, Silverstone and London. The firm is experienced in divorce issues with particular expertise in complex prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Lucinda Holliday heads the family and divorce team with experience in dissolution, divorce and separation. She is supported by Naim Qureshi who is well-versed in high-net worth matrimonial finance work. Associate Javita Malhotra regularly handles complex cases with cross-jurisdictional elements.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Holliday

Other key lawyers:

Naim Qureshi: Javita Malhotra

Testimonials

‘They were easy to contact at all times during my process. When my key contact was away I was always advised who would be looking after me in her absence. Work was distributed amongst the team where appropriate therefore keeping costs down when possible. Billing was always thorough and clear. The online payment process was extremely easy.’

‘My dealings were with Lucinda Holliday. She was clear and concise. I was confident from the first meeting that she would look after my case to the best of her knowledge and my interests were always at the forefront. She explained the process and followed everything up efficiently.’

‘Good communication and coverage especially when an urgent response is required or priorities shift.’

‘Prompt and helpful response always given.’

‘Javita Malhotra looked after my business impeccably. I was confident of a good outcome from my first contact with her.’

‘Blaser Mills are a team of professionals who provide an outstanding service to their clients. They are experts in law and provide an exceptional service to their clients. Would have no hesitation in recommending and using again.’

‘Naim Querishi is a true professional providing sound advice at all times. Naim is knowledgeable, always providing exemplary advice and support throughout and is a pleasure to work with. He is undoubtedly someone I would recommend.’

Jonathan Gallop is an excellent professional who offers sound advice, caring and advising his clients on their best interests. Another true professional who I would recommend.’

Crane & Staples LLP

Crane & Staples LLP‘s family law practice offers a mediation service as a form of dispute resolution ‘together with a great overall service‘. The firm’s private law cases include divorces involving complex pensions and non-disclosure of assets and child arrangement cases with abduction allegations. The public law offering often involves care cases with abuse, addiction and non-accidental injury. Danielle Peters leads the practice and specialises in financial remedy matters while Sharon Montgomery focuses on nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Peters

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Montgomery

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, honest and always available when needed.’

‘They are honest and transparent with the process, including costs and work together with the client. They are friendly and care about getting you a good outcome.’

‘The team are professional and pull together to provide a great overall service. They connected me with the right people and advice to meet my needs.’

‘Great professional and technical knowledge but also the experience to know how and when to apply this knowledge in the right context and situation which was essential in the advice that I needed.’

‘This practice has approached our issues with complete professionalism, throughout the Covid pandemic, with the challenges that has caused they have continued to operate successfully with compassion and empathy. They had made it possible to make regular payments through online banking. They have also made home visits where necessary.’

‘Our solicitor, Sharon Montgomery has been very compassionate and understanding given the difficult circumstances our situation presented to her.’

‘Every member of stuff from receptionist to para legal and solicitors / barristers are very polite professional and nothing is too much trouble.’

‘An outstanding team who always go the extra mile in supporting clients. Such high quality work and attention to detail within end to end support approaches.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the maternal grandmother in care proceedings after the mother was tragically killed by her ex-partner.
  • Acting for a wife-to-be in preparing a pre-nuptial agreement involving assets of £1.5 million.
  • Acting for the wife in divorce proceedings where the husband failed to disclose significant assets.

Shoosmiths LLP

The family team at Shoosmiths LLP acts for a diverse range of clients such as professional sports stars, CEOs and individuals with complex business interests. The firm has international expertise and frequently advises on cross-jurisdictional issues such as overseas assets and relocation. Caroline Watson heads the practice and advises on high-value financial cases involving business interests and trusts. Faye Wright is competent in pension matters within divorce.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Faye Wright

Testimonials

‘A diverse team offering a range of services – the full package.’

‘Caroline Watson is an excellent family lawyer who has a fantastic eye for detail. Clients feel very safe with Caroline. I have had her as an opponent and been impressed. She also works collaboratively.’

‘Faye Wright is also one to watch and impressive.’

‘Going through a divorce is a very emotional experience and a time when I just wanted to walk away as quickly as I could even if it meant taking a lot less than I was entitled to. Caroline remained very focused on the practical and legal elements ensuring that we remained focused on moving things forward and explained the broader implications of some decisions for my and my family’s future.’

‘Caroline was a pillar of support sorting out facts from emotions which I really needed at the time.’

‘Caroline is extremely thorough and found cases that were similar to mine to set a precedence for the hearing. Whilst one would expect any lawyer to do this, that doesn’t equal that it would happen. Caroline ensured I was completely prepared for the hearing covering every angle that might have been thrown at me.’

‘Caroline Watson was thoughtful, helpful and pragmatic.’

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP is a full service family law practice which supports alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Practice head Ben Twitchen  advises on all areas of family law with a particular focus on divorce. Will Mercer advises on divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships while Olive McCarthy handles high-net worth financial remedies and appointment of trustees act matters. Emily Woodhouse is a key lawyer in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Twitchen

Other key lawyers:

Will Mercer; Olive McCarthy; Emily Woodhouse

Testimonials

‘Taylor Walton family team are very experienced, trustworthy and provide quality advice to their clients.’

‘Will Mercer is a stand out partner. He is empathetic, honest, and adopts a constructive and practical approach to his matters. He is trusted by clients, very knowledgeable and they are in safe hands.’

‘An exceptionally good provincial firm who provide a stand out service in divorce law.’

‘Olive McCarthy is an outstanding matrimonial lawyer, with enormous tenacity, incredibly meticulous, knows every nook and crevice of a case yet always focuses on the key points and priorities. She provides sage advice and fearless and incredibly efficient championing of her client’s interests at all times. From counsel’s perspective in terms of being briefed, case management and lay client handling you could not ask for more.’

‘They have always responded quickly to me and I have found their advice spot on.’

‘Taylor Walton have provided a seamless and stress free service during a difficult termination of a marriage. Their service and commitment to ensuring client satisfaction is commendable.’

‘Olive McCarthy has provided an incredibly reassuring service to me and nothing has ever been too much trouble. Her extensive knowledge of family law has been a constant reassurance during a difficult time.’

‘Olive McCarthy has been outstanding and totally professional but has also helped me deal with and understand how to cope with a very unpleasant period in my life.’

Tees Law

The Bishop’s Stortford-based family law team at Tees Law is best known for its experience in dealing with matters involving farming assets and high net worth individuals. The practice is also known for dealing with children issues, wealth held in company structures and trusts with tax implications. Practice head Sally Powell  is a specialist in financial proceedings and family trusts. Associate Helen Midgley has experience in pension matters and as a mediator.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

Helen Midgley

Testimonials

‘I thought the Tees practice was very professional, hard working and dedicated. Even when I visited the office, the secretaries were extremely accommodating. It was lovely.’

‘Tees team as a whole were very supportive to me, always in contact and reassuring me when I needed it. Katie Stewart in particular, who was my appointed solicitor, was amazing. Genuinely caring and worked extremely hard to benefit me and my case.’

‘To potential clients I would say that there key strengths are their diversity to adapt to your unique needs and situation having all the relative people and services to hand in-house.’

‘I think you get a friendly efficient no nonsense firm. As good as any firm in the city without the pomp, posh offices and price tag.’

‘They deliver what they say they will do without a lot of need for chasing or follow up.’

‘I found David Redfern, my Partner to be well engaged, but Helen Midgely really kept on top of things. She is excellent and would be happy to recommend her. An Associate on the way up.’

Level headed realists who told you the truth and not always what you wanted to hear.’

‘They managed expectations, were patient when I was not, and they came in at the end pretty much where they promised in the beginning in terms of estimated results and outcomes.’

Work highlights

  • Sally Powell is advising her client in complex financial order proceedings relating to a farm estate worth £5 million. On this occasion Sally has been sought out due to her particular expertise in farming divorces.
  • Helen Midgley is advising her client in a very high value financial remedy case involving a long marriage where the parties have combined assets of over £5 million.
  • Sally Powell assisted by Katie Stewart are advising a parent regarding a child arrangements order under The Children Act 1989, in respect of their young daughter.

Collins Solicitors

Watford-based Collins Solicitors offers both public and private law services to a range of different clients. The firm is increasingly being asked to advise on pre-nuptial agreements, on separation and divorce disputes. Danielle Messenger leads the practice and specialises in financial disputes arising out of divorce. Donna Downes handles serious children matters such as sexual abuse, honour-based violence and drug addiction.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Messenger

Other key lawyers:

Donna Downes

Testimonials

‘Very efficient and ensure that documents are provided swiftly. An opportunity to talk through aspects of the case particularly when matters are finely balanced.’

‘The approach is fair and based on a wealth of experience. I trust the advice that I receive.’

‘Professional and thorough service provided with experienced and competent solicitors. Robust and considered advice is provided allowing you to make an informed decision. Additionally, the solicitors have always made themselves available despite extremely busy schedules.’

‘Donna Downes is an extremely experienced solicitor on the children’s panel who undertakes work within the family matters, is a stand-out member of the team. I cannot rate her highly enough, her knowledge, experience, and advice in the areas of public and private law matters is second to none. I have always received a highly professional service from Ms Downes, which is reliable and efficient in communication and case management matters.’

‘Donna Downes is one of the best children solicitors in the country. She is client focused, has her finger on the pulse of family law and brings a strategic dynamic energy to all her cases. She is tenacious and has brilliant judgement. Donna Downes is the go to solicitor for many as she goes above and beyond to ensure that children’s voices are heard in cases. She is calm under pressure and a steadying influence when emotions run high in cases.’

‘I am instructed by Donna Downes at Collins. She is an incredibly experienced and competent as a childcare lawyer and a joy to be instructed by as her briefs are always sent out in a timely manner.’

‘My knowledge of Collins arises from working on the opposite side of matters. It strikes me as a small firm which provides a lot of bang for its buck.’

‘I have worked on cases with Danielle Messenger at Collins. She is technically excellent and very constructive. It was a pleasure to work with someone so sensible!’

EMW Law LLP

The matrimonial team at EMW Law LLP is well regarded for its experience in acting for wealthy individuals and business owners in matters relating to financial remedy proceedings, cohabitation and nuptial agreements. The Milton Keynes-based practice is led by Stephen Smith who handles divorces and complex children cases.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Smith

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP is a well-regarded family law practice headed by Tracey Dargan who has extensive experience of pre-nuptial agreements involving substantial assets. The team routinely handles matters including separation agreements, protective injunctions, dissolution of civil partnerships and financial provision for children. Many of these cases have an international element involving foreign nationals or assets held outside the UK. Kerrie Hall specialises in high net worth cases regarding divorce and separation.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Dargan

Other key lawyers:

Kerrie Hall

Testimonials

‘Tracy Dargan is very experienced and a thorough and good lawyer.’

‘This highly professional practice is an absolute gem, led by the experienced, considerate, and articulate Tracey Dargan. The practice provides a very personal service, tailored to your needs. You are not just another client in their eyes but an individual they want to help. With good junior lawyers in hand, the practice provides the right level of expertise and support to their clients, blending experience with efficiency, and of course cost. They are fabulously well prepared, and service levels never dropped once during the pandemic, always available and responsive and without distraction.’

‘Tracey Dargan is as good as they get. As well as her undoubted knowledge and experience, Tracey is an excellent and highly effective communicator, able to blend consideration of the whole family dynamic whilst representing your interests. Tracey never waivers from having to advise and take difficult decisions which are in your best interests. Of her many qualities, this is the one I admire the most. It is important to have integrity around your clients, and to be able to provide clear, constructive, and thoughtful guidance in challenging circumstances is a real asset.’

‘The Longmores team are always willing to help and assist, advise to the best of their ability and show endless patience throughout the process.’

‘The team are approachable and open, always willing to offer help and support in difficult circumstances guiding through circumstances that are alien to their customers. Jessica Few and Tracey Dargan have been my points of contact with the company.’

‘Friendly and experienced. Gives you a large degree of confidence that your needs are being well represented.’

Neves

The family law team at Neves is well versed in a broad range of matters including divorce, nullity, nuptial agreements, financial settlements, parental alienation and care arrangements. Practice head Beth Woodward has expertise in acting for clients who are beneficiaries of family trusts and in pension matters. Associate Heidi Fleming is experienced in divorce, nullity and children disputes.

Practice head(s):

Beth Woodward

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Fleming

Testimonials

‘A truly down to earth style, and genuinely want to get to know and represent you. Neves are always polite, professional and do what they say. In the time that I have used them I could not fault one thing. They managed expectations and delivered in budget and quicker than expected.’

‘Beth Woodward made my dealing with Neves an absolute breeze. Throughout the whole process she understood me, knew how I wanted to be spoken to and was always one step ahead of me.’

‘Beth Woodward is a very approachable hard working bright and warm head of the family team. She always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Beth Woodward is an innovative head of the family team. She thinks outside the box and has the greater good of the family at heart as well as working hard to get the best outcome for her clients wherever possible.’

‘Neves are a fairly small outfit, but the work that they do and the expertise they have is more akin to a large specialist firm. The family law department is made up of individuals with significant expertise, who are able to tackle more than “high street” type case loads.’

‘I have worked regularly with Heidi Flemming throughout my career. She is excellent. Heidi has a really lovely personality, that makes working with her a dream. I always enjoy working with her.’

‘Every member that I have dealt with at Neves has been extremely warm, friendly and helpful. In particular Tina Shah, who I would recommend anyone requiring help with family law, has been really supportive and a true advocator.’

‘Beth Woodward is very sympathetic and practical and works extremely hard to achieve the best possible outcome.’

Nockolds Solicitors

The Bishop’s Stortford-based team at Nockolds Solicitors has expertise in advising on relationship breakdowns, wealth protection planning and children-related matters. In addition, the team is developing a niche area of specialism in surrogacy and assisted reproduction matters. Lynn Cowley focuses on pensions matters and co-heads the practice with Peter Dodd who is well versed in divorces and children issues. Zen Thompson and Francesca Davey are key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Lynn Cowley; Peter Dodd

Other key lawyers:

Zen Thompson; Francesca Davey; Adam Dunkley

Testimonials

‘The team at Nockolds when dealing with my divorce were extremely helpful and professional, always willing to help, and were clear and transparent in their dealings with me.’

‘Adam Dunkley and Peter Dodd went above and beyond in their dealings with myself and my family whilst I was going through a very traumatic divorce. They dealt with me and my emotional roller coaster of emotions with the utmost patience, kindness, and professionalism and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for helping me get through a number of court appearances ranging from circuit judges up to the Court of Appeal.’

‘I was mainly dealing with Zen Thompson, he was very fair in approach seeing both sides for the argument and advising me when he thought the costs outweighed the argument to avoid unnecessary charges.’

‘Nockolds has a diverse team able to handle a broad range of legal issues. The firm handled the pandemic disruption professionally and service remained uninterrupted throughout. Experts from different areas are called upon as and when required and dovetailed well with core team.’

‘Nockolds have a great family team with real depth and excellent collaboration. They have strong roots in the local area, seeking to make a difference in individuals’ lives as well as the community.’

‘Adam Dunkley is a real rising star. Very collaborative, solution focused and a pleasure to work against.’

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s family team provides both public and private law advice and representation. The firm also offers a range of alternative dispute resolution services with access to mediators, arbitration and private dispute resolution hearings. Jane Charlton heads the practice with expertise in financial cases involving property portfolios and pre and post nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Jane Charlton

Testimonials

‘I received a very personalised and professional support and advice from the team.’

‘Jane Charlton, Legal Director, was not only pragmatic throughout my divorce proceedings process but she acted with total compassion which I greatly appreciated.’

‘Wonderful customer relations, going the extra mile to alleviate anxieties and concerns whilst breaking down the legal jargon to become fully understandable.’

‘Liaising between legal departments to ensure that both processes of my requirements were linear and neither were held up by either department ensuring the best possible outcome for their client.’

‘Jane was very professional, thorough, knowledgeable and sensitive in all aspects of the legal process I went through, fully contactable and always ensured that I understood all options available before reaching a decision that was most beneficial to myself. I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Jane should I need further assistance.’

‘I have only dealt with Jane Charlton, but she has been amazing. Jane has always been very respectful of how I wished to proceed, she has answered all my questions clearly and I’ve always felt listened to by her. It made a world of difference to work with her, compared to the previous firm.’

‘The firm has a reputation as a strong team.’

‘Jane Charlton is an excellent solicitor. She has a quiet strength and a fierce intelligence. She is settlement focused but firm. Her attention to detail is second to none.’