Family in South West
Burges Salmon LLP has expertise in negotiating financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce. The senior associates Nicky Howarth and Mary Gaskins deal with asset protection in case of divorce and draft domestic and cross-border pre- and post-martial agreements. The firm’s advice on family law incorporates tax and estate planning measures. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in in divorce law and handles corporate and trust issues as well as on the effect of divorce on the clients’ pension schemes. Alison Hawes has a particular expertise in financial settlement cases that involve issues regarding business assets.
- Handling issues regarding trust assets after divorce.
- Advising on maintenance variation with significant pension.
- Assessing the effects of pre-marital agreements on financial settlement.
- Advising on post-nuptial settlement when assets acquired during marriage.
- Assessing claim to assets held in husband’s sole name.
Clarke Willmott LLP assists with cross-border divorce proceedings, handles private children disputes and is experienced in negotiating nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm also drafts financial settlements involving companies, partnerships, trusts and farm businesses. Practice head Gareth Schofield is additionally experienced in advising on unmarried family disputes.
- Advising on a complex cross-border divorce.
- Advising on an international Schedule 1 claim.
- Assisting with a financial settlement on divorce involving SDLT and CGT advice.
- Advising on a financial remedy dispute.
- Advising on an international pre-nuptial agreement.
Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-net-worth financial cases and handles the drafting and negotiation of nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, professional negligence cases arising out of matrimonial work, as well as matrimonial settlements and cross-border divorce proceedings. The practice also assists with the protection of pre-marital wealth. Practice head Nicola Walker specialises in financial disputes and regularly advises on cases involving trust assets and financial remedy matters.
- Advising on a high-net-worth matter involving international business assets and a jurisdiction issue compounded by the parties’ relocation.
Michelmores LLP is experienced in handling divorce and dissolution proceedings, the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation agreements, the enforcement of court orders, as well as the implementation of injunctions that involve protection from harassment. The firm also provides assistance with dispute resolution mediums, such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. Daniel Eames joined the firm as head of family from Clarke Willmott LLP. He regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on international asset protection measures and financial disputes arising from marriage and cohabitation. Louisa Ghevaert left the practice in May 2018. Associate Rachael Shearmur has particular expertise in relation to financial matters and domestic violence.
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Royds Withy King focuses on public children work. The firm assists guardians with the representation of children in care proceedings and handles cases of injuries and legal argument, as well as issues such as adoption and grandparents’ rights matters. Cross-border divorce, wealth protection and the negotiation of nuptial agreements constitute other areas of expertise. Key lawyers include accredited Resolution specialists Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, while Rebecca Stevens deals with family disputes including child protection issues and residence disputes. Will MacFarlane joined as partner from Withers in February 2018.
- Acting on multiple divorce proceedings including, among others, a HNW client in a highly acrimonious divorce case and a complex case involving the valuation of a client’s business.
- Acted for the former partner of a premiership footballer in financial claims pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
- Acting on behalf of a child in a case with serious allegations of domestic violence between the mother and the partner.
- Representing a client within private law enforcement proceedings.
- The team regularly acts on highly complex care proceedings involving cross-border and potential criminal law issues.
Stephens Scown LLP
Stephens Scown LLP covers legal aspects concerning high-net-value divorces involving pensions considerations, private child law and adoption disputes, international abduction and domestic abuse issues, as well as disputed trust and tax issues arising from relationship breakdowns. Practice co-head Liz Allen is a trained mediator and specialises in high-net-worth financial and business settlements on divorces involving companies and partnerships. The practice also handles child maintenance disputes.
Liz Allen; Sarah Atkinson; Peter Marshall
TLT seeks settlements through court proceedings and through out-of-court divorce settlements. The team also advises families on urgent international children cases, with a focus on abduction and relocation cases, as well as child arrangements and parental alienation cases. Practice co-head Mark Sage, who was promoted to legal director in May 2018, is experienced in asset protection cases and the negotiation and drafting of cross-border nuptial, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Practice co-head Natalie Drew covers financial remedy cases and matters involving business and trust elements.
Natalie Drew; Mark Sage
Other key lawyers:
Sarah E. Green
‘I’ve worked with every member of the TLT team for several years and have referred clients to them consistently because they are an exceptional team and the service and skill set on offer is second to none.’
‘Well regarded team for providing matrimonial advice. They are sensible and pragmatic with their approach. Easy to deal with and commercially minded.’
‘TLT are one of the powerhouses in family in Bristol, consistently excellent and highly recommended for good reason.’
‘Natalie Drew and Mark Sage form an incredible leadership within their team. You’ll never be let down by them and they’re a pleasure to work with. Excellent.’
‘Mark Sage is perhaps the most pragmatic and sensible family lawyer in Bristol. He listens to both sides of the arguments and makes a balanced judgement. Always a positive when he is on the otherside.’
‘Natalie Drew is forging a presence in London.’
‘Natalie Drew is a fantastic lawyer – very acute and with great client care skills who gives very good advice.’
‘Mark Sage is a very safe pair of hands with a great manner and very approachable.’
‘I have known Mark Sage for many years. He gives good, balanced advice and is knowledgeable about what he does. Mark handles clients and their expectations well. He cares well for clients. He is efficient and personable.’
‘Natalie Drew is a well known figure in matrimonial law circles in Bristol and she and Mark from a good team. Both attract good work.’
Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP
Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP advises on the division of family assets and businesses, the challenging and defending of nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes, and private children cases, particularly on internal and external residential relocation as well as on special guardianship cases. The firm also has expertise in advising on posthumous conception and fertility treatment, including donor conception, donor disputes and co-parenting arrangements. Katie Taft advises on matrimonial finance and has expertise in matters concerning international child abduction and injunctions.
Deborah Leask; Sean McNally
Other key lawyers:
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Harrison Clark Rickerbys handles domestic and international divorce proceedings and advises married and cohabitating high-net-worth individuals on asset, tax and pension structuring measures. Carolyn Green heads the practice and is experienced in assisting with cross-border divorce, financial settlement and Children Act proceedings. Other areas of expertise involve ancillary relief matters and the drafting and negotiation of nuptial, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. James Grigg joined the team from Willans in July 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Lester Aldridge LLP
Lester Aldridge LLP undertakes financial remedy cases, advises on pension and tax structuring and is experienced in drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial agreements as well as declaration of trust and cohabitation agreements for the protection of assets. The firm is also specialised in private children law and is involved in international children cases that encompass disputed contact, residence and surrogacy aspects.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised in connection with an application under Schedule 1 of the Children Act in respect to a client’s three-year-old daughter.
- Assisted with international relocation proceedings.
- Advised on financial remedy application.
- Acting in Children Act proceedings.
- Advising on divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
Lyons Davidson has expertise in nuptial agreements, divorce proceedings and private child law. Practice co-head Philippa Morgan handles international child abduction cases including wardship cases, applications to recognise and enforce foreign orders and applications to permanently remove children from the jurisdiction in question. The practice also advises prospective adopters and special guardians in child proceedings. The firm is additionally experienced in handling divorce disputes and financial remedy aspects.
Philippa Morgan; Iona Phillips
NGA Law has expertise in fertility law, surrogacy and LGBT-related family matters. Natalie Gamble leads the practice and is experienced in dealing with divorce disputes, the negotiation of nuptial agreements, and wealth protection measures for married and cohabitating partners. Another area of expertise is private children law and matters regarding relocation as well as adoption, special guardianship and maintenance claims.
Steele Raymond LLP
Steele Raymond LLP advises on financial remedy and cohabitation disputes, as well as on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The practice also covers the drafting and negotiation of prenuptial agreements and assists with the protection of assets. Polish-speaking practice head Daniel Sanders handles child-related matters such as relocation disputes and regularly acts for members of Polish community groups. Senior associate Lindsay Halliwell is a family mediator and advises on urgent interim child arrangements. High-net-worth individuals, landowners and business owners count to the practice’s key clients.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised on divorce and financial remedy proceedings
- Advising on Children Act as well as Family Law Act and assisting with proceedings concerning living and contact arrangement regarding the children
- Advising on application for internal relocation, with potential for cross-border issues
- Advised on a prenuptial agreement to protect high-net-worth assets
- Advising on divorce specifically relating to financial matters
The Family Law Practice
The Family Law Practice is experienced in advising on divorce and financial remedy work within matrimonial proceedings as well as on the negotiation and drafting of pre-nuptial agreements. Practice head Ashley Palminteri deals with high-net-worth individuals who he advises on the protection of commercial and trust assets as well as on the effect of marriage on income, tax and pension structures.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised in divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
- Advising on TOLATA and Schedule 1 proceedings.
- Assisting with the negotiation and drafting of a pre-nuptial agreement.
- Representing client in divorce, financial remedy and private children proceedings.
Thrings LLP acts for landowning families and high-net-worth individuals on marriage-related farm asset planning and advises on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The firm drafts and negotiates nuptial agreements and is also experienced in negotiating nuptial agreements. Another key area of expertise is the representation in cross-border family disputes, which involves children relocation disputes and cross-border divorce proceedings. Samantha Newton has expertise on the impact of divorce on assets owned by business owners.
Fiona Kellow; Matthew Kellow
Other key lawyers:
- Advising on cross-border financial negotiations after divorce
VWV provides legal advice on legal aspects of family breakdown and divorce proceedings, which covers assistance with financial settlements, unmarried family disputes, separation planning and wealth structuring. Other aspects include cross-border relocation issues, child support agreements, cohabitation claims and Court of Protection proceedings. The firm seeks settlements both within and outside court hearings. Practice head Samantha Hickman is especially active in matrimonial and cohabitation disputes, as well as on disputes involving children.
Michelle Rose; Samantha Hickman
- Advised on an application to vary the terms of a periodical payments order.
- Advised on a leave to remove application and international child arrangements.
- Advised on divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
- Provided cohabitation advice.
- Advised on the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.
Ashfords LLP handles divorce proceedings, advises on disputes involving children, collaborative law and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and provides legal advice on the rights of unmarried couples. The firm also acts for clients in cases of severe domestic abuse and undertakes measures to protect victims. Practice head Zoe Porter specialises in financial matters arising from relationship breakdowns, while Jayne Turner focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals on the protection of inherited wealth and investment portfolios.
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Barcan+Kirby LLP has expertise in collaborative law, financial negotiations in cases of relationship breakdown and divorce, as well as on children-related matters, which involves acting on behalf of children in care proceedings. The team is experienced in matrimonial finance and also assists with maintenance claims. Another area of expertise is the provision of legal assistance in cases of severe domestic violence.
‘The size of the practice allows good communication and working relationships to develop between partners and associates. There is a instant feeling/ reassurance that you will be well represented when you enter the Barcan & Kirby practice. The receptionists are friendly and very professional. I thankfully have only had to deal with one practice and feel that I don’t need to look any further than B&K.’
Barcan & Kirby provide a consistent legal service in both children and financial remedy cases. They have a high street presence which translates into effective legal representation at court.’
‘Barcan & Kirby are one of the largest family law practices in Bristol and surrounding area. A very capable high street offering with a number of good quality and practical lawyers who are client focused and effective.’
‘A mid-tier firm which punches above its weight in terms of the service and quality of advice.’
‘Great value for money as well as being well known in and around Bristol. They provide a good service to their many longstanding clients.’
‘The Family team combines expertise with a truly client-centred culture.’
‘Alison Whiles is an excellent advocate for collaborative and non-contentious divorce related matters. She approaches her work in a calm and practical manner which is relayed well to clients.’
‘Chris Miller is calm, thoughtful and offered complete reassurance. He guided me well through a tricky divorce and always made me feel it would all work out well.’
‘Alison Whiles has better attention to detail than anyone else I know. She is also bright, sensible and personable.’
‘Chris Miller is a good communicator and proactive. Always willing to pick up the telephone to discuss issues.’
‘Kirsten Hale is very client focused and will fight hard for her clients in all circumstances. She does however see the bigger picture and ensures that expectations are managed leading to effective negotiation.’
Hanni Pennelegion and Kirsten Hale are both absolutely excellent. They’re each really down-to-earth and quickly gain a client’s trust. Their advice and judgement is usually impeccable so client expectations are really well managed. They also prepare really well for counsel.’
‘Alison Whiles is tenacious and extremely hard-working.’
‘Hanni Pennelegion is extremely popular and likeable. Clients always feel that she is on their side and she puts them at ease. She is not afraid of the complicated or unusual case.’
‘Jim Gridley provides a wealth of experience and brings calm and empathy to every case.’
‘Chris Miller is experienced with a thoughtful and creative approach to problem solving.’
‘Anna Wilson shows great empathy and a sharp mind.’
‘Kirsten Hale is passionate about getting the best outcome for her clients and applies diligence and creativity in equal measure.’
Blanchards Bailey LLP is experienced in drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and has expertise in dealing with divorce proceedings, relationship breakdown, financial matters and private children law matters. The team also advises on the rights of grandparents as well as on the implementation and dismissal of Child Arrangement Orders. Another area of expertise is the relocation and removal of children from their domicile, which regularly involves cross-border matters.
Clare Cherry; Laura Martin
- Applied for contact with a grandchild
- Advised on the dismissal of the father’s application for a Child Arrangement Order
- Advising on a divorce proceeding and a £1.5m financial claim involving a family business
- Acted as mediators on financial matters arising from separation
- Advised on the protection of future inheritance
Foot Anstey assists with divorce proceedings, cohabitation disputes, children-related disputes as well as wealth protection measures and property disputes. The firm is also experienced in the drafting and negotiation of pre- and postnuptial agreements. Exeter-based Jessica Pitt is the practice head and regularly liaises with high-net-worth clients and farming families on setting out financial claims arising out of relationship breakdown.
Gregg Latchams LLP
Gregg Latchams LLP advises on relationship breakdown matters, including separation, divorce, dissolution of civil partnership and disputes between cohabitating coupled. The firm also assists with claims for financial provision for children. Other areas of expertise are Children Act laws and applications to remove children from particular jurisdictions. The team is also experienced in dealing with financial settlements and asset structuring.
Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors
Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors handles divorce and separation proceedings as well as asset protection measures for high-net-worth individuals. Managing partner Tracey Smith heads up the family law team, which includes solicitor Lucy Terrell, who specialises in private children matters and has expertise in advising clients accused of sexual offences and those with an ASD diagnosis. The firm also assists with care proceedings and handles cases that involve the relocation of children to other jurisdictions.
Other key lawyers:
Lucy Terrell; Meg Moss
‘High quality advice allied to approachability.’
‘The firm provides a client-centric approach, delivered in a personable manner with no doubt as to the professional excellence that underpins advice. I have only dealt with three of the team at Mowbray Woodwards and found them to be very personable while also very knowledgeable and proficient. While most people want to do business with professional and efficient companies, they will ultimately choose this companies that they like doing business with. The friendly and personable approach to clients makes the difference.’
‘Tracey Smith is experienced and practical.’
‘Meg Moss is a tough negotiator who knows her stuff.’
‘Meg Moss is tenacious in pursuing a satisfactory outcome for her clients, whilst providing a comforting and reassuring aura in what is a difficult time for clients.’
‘Tracey Smith and Meg Moss are two very capable experienced and expert family lawyers who you can work with to achieve a positive outcome for the clients.’
‘I dealt with Meg Moss and her team and Meg was always very helpful, knowledgable and efficient in her work.’
‘Tracey Smith was the partner who handled my recent divorce. She provided me with excellent advice and guidance. She is extremely knowledgeable and supported me through a very difficult and stressful period in my life. Her advice to me was invaluable. Tracey was attentive to my wishes whilst trying to get the best outcome for me. I would recommend Tracey to anyone who needs a good divorce solicitor and I would tell them to allow her to fully lead proceedings.’
Nash & Co
Nash & Co handles negotiations on financial settlements in cases of divorce and separations, negotiates and drafts nuptial agreements and has expertise in cases involving domestic abuse. The firm also regularly advises on special guardianship and child arrangement orders. Practice co-head Helen Bull specialises in public children work, with particular experience in acting for children and parents in care cases involving non-accidental injuries. Practice co-head Eleanor Barber was promoted to partner in December 2018 and covers financial matters arising from divorce and relationship breakdown.
Helen Bull; Eleanor Barber
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Porter Dodson LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals, business owners and landowners on relationship breakdowns and divorce, which involves dispute resolution and litigation, wealth protection measures, the negotiation and drafting of financial settlements, as well as the representation of disputes regarding the relocation of children. The firm is also experienced in handling private and public children law matters and advises on fertility law.
Sharp Family Law LTD
Sharp Family Law LTD is experienced in advising on estate planning, asset protection, as well as on the drafting and negotiation of financial settlements and child maintenance agreements between divorcing and separating partners. One key aspect of managing partner Richard Sharp’s work is assistance with disputes about the domestic and cross-border relocation of children. The firm collaborates with psychotherapists and relationship specialists.
Other key lawyers:
Sharon Giles; Clare Webb
Stone King LLP advises on divorce and financial relief proceedings and is also experienced in mediating for married couples and between cohabitating individuals on financial matters and maintenance claims. The firm is also experienced in dealing with private children law matters, which involves relocation disputes. Another area of expertise is the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in allegations of domestic violence.
- Advising on divorce and financial relief proceedings
- Advising on negotiations regarding financial claims and maintenance issues
- Mediated on financial issues
- Advising on children relocation matter
- Advising on children law dispute involving allegations of domestic violence
Tozers Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on divorce proceedings as well as on the drafting and negotiation of financial settlements, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The firm also acts for vulnerable children and victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The firm also assists family members with children law disputes over residence and contact. Practice head Tracy Lambert is a qualified mediator.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised on divorce settlement
Trethowans LLP is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and marital agreements, advises on cohabitation disputes and assists with children-related matters that involve relocation disputes, the negotiation of living arrangements and maintenance claims. The firm also assists with asset structuring and financial settlements after divorce or relationship breakdown. The firm has also expertise in private law adoptions and fertility law, which includes the negotiation of donor agreements.
Willans LLP's team handles complex cases of divorce, separation and relationship breakdown, as well as financial settlements and disputes concerning children. The firm is also experienced in dealing with cross-border disputes concerning the residence of children and the making of maintenance claims, and assists with the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and nuptial agreements. The team is now led by Sharon Giles, who joined the firm in September 2019, while other key team members include 'highly experienced' senior associate Jonathan Eager.
Other key lawyers:
‘Jonathan Eager is highly experienced. He is good with clients and quickly identifies the key issues.’
- Advising on financial matters in a divorce case
- Advising on financial claims and the relocation of children after divorce
- Advised on financial claims arising from an offshore business as the sole matrimonial asset
- Assisting with an urgent application to the court concerning children and financial matters against the backdrop of a prognosis predicting the approaching death of the critically ill wife
- Protecting the right of the mentally ill mother to stay in contact with her children
Woolley & Co, Solicitors is experienced in advising on the financial implications of cross-border divorce proceedings and relationship breakdown. This includes advice to vulnerable clients with additional financial needs arising from mental and physical health issues. The firm also assists with international children relocation and domicile disputes, including the prevention of a removal from particular jurisdictions. Clients involve high-net-worth individuals and families, couples and British expatriates.
Battens Solicitors Limited
The legal expertise of Battens Solicitors Limited involves divorce proceedings, nuptial agreements and financial settlements. Senior associates Louise Gidley is the practice head and has over 13 years post-qualification experience in high-net-worth matrimonial disputes and guardianship issues concerning children. Senior associate Gareth Bishop also covers children act proceedings and represents parents, guardians and children in cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
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Battens Solicitors is a beacon of good practice and ability in care proceedings and private law children cases
The family team is universally strong, with a clear shared ethos placing the client at the centre of their work
Battens is in the top flight of firms that deal with care proceedings
A solid outfit with expertise throughout the field and a well-pitched personal approach
Louise Gidley, Gareth Bishop and Georgina Bacon are outstanding and well-prepared lawyers
Gareth Bishop shines in his case preparation, advocacy, and knowledge of care proceedings
When working with Gareth Bishop for parents and guardians, his ability to intellectually dissect the most complex of care cases shines through
BPE Solicitors LLP advises on divorce and separation proceedings and has experience in drafting and negotiation nuptial agreements and post-nuptial financial settlements. Another key element of the firm’s legal work is the provision of assistance with children act applications and advice on cross-border children relocation disputes. Practice head Helen Cankett is regularly active as a family mediator. Typical clients are high-net-worth individuals, business owners and their spouses and cohabitation partners.
- Advising on a divorce and financial remedy proceeding
- Advising on private law children act proceedings involving an application by mother to relocate
- Advising on children arrangement proceedings
GA Solicitors acts for high-net-worth individuals and covers financial disputes arising from disputes and relationship breakdown, which covers advice on the ramifications of divorce on tax and pension structuring. The firm also drafts and negotiates nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm is equally experienced in private children work involving guardianship and relocation disputes as well as on mediation.
Goughs Solicitors drafts and negotiates nuptial and cohabitation agreements and negotiates on behalf of parents on the relocation of their children. The firm is also involved in drafting financial settlements, including the negotiation of favourable cross-border child support arrangements. The firm also assists with wealth protection issues and undertakes tax and asset structuring before marriages and after relationship breakdowns.
- Negotiated prenuptial agreement for a marriage abroad
- Secured 50% of asset share in a cohabitation case where all assert where initially in former partner’s name
- Excluded non-matrimonial property from divorce settlement
- Assisting with a cross-border relocation dispute regarding the children
Kitsons LLP regularly advises on the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and nuptial agreements, which includes advice on wealth and asset protection as well as tax and pension structuring. Practice head Tony Hunt leads the team who also deal with divorce and separation proceedings, which incorporates maintenance and relocation disputes concerning children and financial settlement disputes. Another area of expertise is legal assistance with the claiming of protection against domestic abuse.
Mogers Drewett LLP assists with the drafting and negotiation of nuptial and cohabitation agreements and is also experienced in private children matters involving domestic and cross-border relocation as well as maintenance disputes. Rebecca Silcock heads the practice and has experience in the legal ramifications of divorce and relationship breakdown on financial matters ranging from family trusts and inherited wealth to commercial ventures and family businesses.