Family in South West

Burges Salmon LLP

Highly regarded for its work on family separation and children’s matters, the family law team at Burges Salmon LLP focuses on high value and complex cases. While the firm has a strong base in Bristol and connections to the local market, it attracts a mixture of prestigious London and international clients. Sarah Hoskinson leads the team, focusing her practice on asset protection with complex or international elements, including pre and post-nuptial agreements. Alison Hawes has extensive experience in this region, focusing her practice on advising farm families and family businesses. Hannah Petherick is also well regarded with an expanding practice in children’s law, including international resettlement.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Petherick; Alison Hawes; Mary Gaskins

Testimonials

‘The Burges Salmon family team is amongst the very best in England – more than a match for any of the London-based national firms.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is a star, with a winning combination of instinct, intellect and integrity. Hannah Petherick is also excellent.’

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West and London. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘Hannah Petherick punches well above her weight . She is exceptionally personable and skilled in family cases.’

‘Alison Hawes has vast experience and excellent judgement.’

‘An outstanding and highly knowledgeable team. Deals with all aspects of family law particularly complex cases involving pensions and an international element.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is an outstanding and highly skilled lawyer with specialist pension knowledge. Top drawer and a pleasure to work with.’

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP‘s expanding family practice advises clients on a variety of nuptial and divorce matters, including complex international and Court of Protection matters. It also offers advice for complex financial matters arising from divorces, such as pensions, family enterprises, and incentive schemes. Gareth Schofield leads the practice, focusing on Schedule Act 1 claims and the firm’s high-value financial remedy cases. Alastair MacLeod has experience in cases with high-value settlements which often include farms and businesses, as well as experience in Children’s law. Clare Webb joined the firm in April 2020 and has a strong practice in cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Alastair MacLeod; Clare Webb; Hannah Livesey; Sarah Marchant

Testimonials

‘Gareth Schofield is hugely respected by peers for his knowledge, experience and approachable manner. Sarah Marchant is approachable and impressive. ‘Hannah Livesey is great to work with.’

‘Alastair MacLeod is always a safe pair of hands. He is thorough and calm in all situations and always gets clients on board.’

‘The team works very efficiently; rather than individuals being left to do almost all the work; they share the effort and this makes things more efficient.’

‘Clare Webb is a straight-talking, pragmatic, approachable solicitor.’

‘Hannah Livesey is bright and tenacious.’

‘Sarah Marchant is a polished and very determined junior member of the team. She is a real star in the making; her approach to her clients is exceptional with her attention to detail and complete availability to her clients.’

Irwin Mitchell

With an emphasis on high-net-worth matrimonial casework, which often involves large property portfolios, private equity investments and family businesses, Irwin Mitchellcombines the firepower of a large firm with the personality of a boutique outfit‘. The team advises on pre and post-nuptial asset protection, matrimonial professional negligence claims and children’s law work, in both financial and criminal cases. Nicola Walker, formerly the head of the Birmingham family law practice, leads the growing team in Bristol, advising in both national and international cases involving pre-marital wealth. Recently promoted partner Erin Sawyer – a ‘star performer‘ – heads up the team’s unique offering for American nationals living in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walker

Other key lawyers:

Erin Sawyer; Hayley Trim; Connie Smith; Lizzie Smith

Testimonials

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West and indeed nationwide. It also has a strong team in other areas so it can cross-refer and stay within the firm.

‘Excellent all-round service’

‘Erin Sawyer is a star performer in the locality. A major force to be reckoned with. Rather have her on your team than be against her.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a leading family practice, both nationally and locally. It combines the firepower of a large firm with the personality of a boutique outfit, offering clients the best of both worlds.’

‘Nicola Walker is hugely experienced, extremely shrewd and leads her team brilliantly. Erin Sawyer is exceptionally industrious and determined in her pursuit of the best possible outcomes for her clients.’

‘Nicola Walker is a partner and fantastic lawyer. She gives pragmatic, thorough and incisive advice. She also has a human touch which her clients appreciate. Connie Smith is also a first-class practitioner.’

‘Lizzie Smith was extremely professional and supportive at all times – she answered all my endless questions and queries.’

‘Lizzie Smith was approachable and objective and I appreciated her empathetic delivery of information.’

Lyons Davidson

Particular specialists in public children law matters, Lyons Davidson offers top quality advice on cases involving child abduction, domestic abuse, including those with an international aspect.  Philippa Morgan, co-head of the family team, spearheads this business area, with national recognition for her work on international child abduction cases. Her fellow co-head Iona Phillips leads Advoca, the child and domestic abuse division, who also specialises in representing guardians. Associate Donna Cummins supports both lead partners, as well as offering clients advice on adoption matters. The firm also offers divorce and financial remedy services, led by Carol Chrisfield.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Morgan; Iona Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Donna Cummins; Carol Chrisfield

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm of solicitors providing exceptional advice and services in respect of international family law. Its child abduction department as one of the the best in the country.’

‘Philippa Morgan is one of the best lawyers in the field of child abduction work.’

‘Lyons Davidson has an outstanding family law team led by Philippa Morgan. They offer an excellent client service in different areas of family work, and are renowned in particular for their specialism in international child abduction cases in the High Court.’

‘Philippa Morgan is one of the leading solicitors in international child abduction in the country. She is hugely experienced in this area and her knowledge of this specialist area of law is unrivalled. She is one of the ‘go to’ solicitors in abduction cases.’

‘Real expertise in dealing with international cases, particularly child abduction matters.’

‘The family team at Lyons Davidson is unique in the South West. The team covers all aspects of family law: public and private law children work; international children work and matrimonial finance to a very high standard. The team has strength in depth and can offer a fantastic service to most clients, no matter how deep their pockets!’

‘Well respected, committed and efficient solicitors who will go the extra mile.’

‘Iona Phillips – firm but fair. Does a lot of her own advocacy. Good attention to detail.’

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP  represents a wide variety of high-value individuals, including landowners, property developers, business owners, and entrepreneurs in the full array of family law matters. The team focuses on wealth protection, and is regarded as a ‘leader in the field of international private finances’. Daniel Eames leads the practice following the departure of Simon Thomas, focusing on international family law, regularly advising on divorce proceedings with cross-border elements. The team also offers children’s law services, where Rachael Shearmur has expertise. Recently promoted Pippa Allsop is also of note for her strong reputation among the firm’s South West clientele. Sarah Green joined the team from TLT as a senior associate in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Eames

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Shearmur; Pippa Allsop; Sarah Green

Testimonials

‘Daniel Eames is a well regarded international family lawyer, who is an expert on matters of international matrimonial finance law and a keen participant in extra-curricular work in relation to the effects of Brexit on family law. He is well placed to offer excellent assistance to those in need of help in cross-border family cases.’

‘A leader in the field of international private finances. A lovely team of excellent lawyers who are available night and day. Their client care skills are first-class.’

‘Daniel Eames is very bright and knows the area of international finances inside out and is always available. He has even given talks on the area.’

‘Team of specialist lawyers from partners to associate.’

‘Daniel Eames – reliable, predictable, always client focused and prepared to fight to the end for every client’

‘Michelmores are a substantial firm offering the full range of private-client family law. They have very well-resourced offices providing all the required technology. ’

‘Pippa Allsop really cares about her clients and prides herself on delivering first-rate advice and assistance with compassion and care. Warm and personable, clients quickly form a trusting relationship with her.’

‘Sarah Green is thorough and collaborative in her approach.’

Sarah Green has a national reputation for excellence and is a really safe pair of hands for even the most complex of cases.’

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King offers its clients dedicated family law support, focusing on financial relief, and public and private children law work. The firm is particularly well regarded for the latter aspect , with Bath-based co-head Richard Ellis regularly chosen to represent guardians in children in care proceedings. The firm also offers matrimonial disputes advice and representation, often for high-value clients. Swindon-based co-head Maria Mulroe focuses on this area, with a speciality practice advising on Spanish cross-border matters. The well-regarded Rebecca Stevens is regarded as 'a market leader in public law Children Act work', while Katherine Lauder, who leads the children law practice in Bath, is praised for her 'deep sense of compassion and understanding'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ellis; Maria Mulroe; Rebecca Stevens

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Lauder; Emma Young

Testimonials

‘Royds Withy King’s team have a very strong reputation owing to the quality and breadth of their work. The house style is efficiency, creativity and excellence in all areas of family law. In public law children act work in particular the team has a marked record of client care which is exemplary and a polished and very impressive style of case preparation. ’

‘Rebecca Stevens is a market leader in public law Children Act work. She is nationally respected for her robust representation of clients. She is thorough in her preparation of her cases and a hugely creative lawyer; she is an excellent parent’s lawyer in public law fighting for her client’s case, but doing so in a clear, understated and attractive style. She is quite simply an excellent children’s lawyer. She is hugely respected by judges and opponents.’

‘Richard Ellis is particularly effective representing children and guardians and he is measured and thorough in his approach.’

‘This firm is first-class and offers an exceptional service to their clients, regardless of the nature of the case. The firm have adapted well to remote working. ’

‘The firm offer a first class service to their public law clients. When you are instructed by them it is a compliment. Of particular note are the skills of Emma Young. She is an outstanding lawyer and is thoroughly committed to her clients and their cases. ’

‘Royds Withy King have more strength in depth in the area of children law than any other firm in the west and south west. They have no weak links.’

‘Bec Stevens and Emma Young are tenacious in protecting the rights of their clients, whether children or parents, and Richard Ellis has an impressive depth of knowledge combined with practical know-how.’

‘Katherine Lauder’s standard of professionalism far superseded anything that I had previously experienced. She was able to explain to me very complex and technical processes when I was overwhelmed and she did so, always with a deep sense of compassion and understanding. I remember many times when I would ask for something to be explained to me again and she always would, so kindly and patiently. There was never a moment when I didn’t feel she was up to the task. Katherine always went the extra mile in ensuring every detail, every eventuality was covered and prepared for. She is an exceptional lawyer.’

Stephens Scown LLP

The team at Stephens Scown LLP offers a holistic approach to family law, covering all major areas. It divides its larger team into smaller sub-units to provide a sharper focus, covering family finance, children’s law, and international finance and children’s law. The team is split across three separate offices, led by Sarah Atkinson in Truro and Andrew Barton in Exeter. Former team head Liz Allen continues to work on high-value matters. Mark Smith leads the firm’s children law focus on both public and private matters, with a particular specialism in international relocation work. Jill Bruce, who recently joined the firm from Foot Anstey, specialises in wealth protection, and Thea Bennun focuses on pension matters related to divorce.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Barton; Sarah Atkinson; Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:

Mark Smith; Thea Bennun; Jill Bruce; Liz Allen

Testimonials

‘Stephens Scown are the leading divorce firm in Exeter and in Cornwall.’

‘The most dominant team in Devon and Cornwall by a considerable margin. Their geographical spread and quality mean they serve clients well and attract and retain good lawyers. They are strong throughout the tiers of the team and across the region.’

‘The team has true depth and experience, and contains some of the best and most experienced family lawyers in Cornwall: It is supported by excellent IT services, making it agile and flexible.’

‘Sarah Atkinson: superb divorce money advice. Years of experience working in high-value cases. Gets to know her clients extremely well and no stone left unturned. Gives clear, focused advice, with a view to negotiating a great deal without the cost of contested proceedings.’

‘Jill Bruce is a recent addition to the team but again a highly experienced family lawyer specialising in divorce finances, but equally adept at dealing with contentious children’s matters. Her approach balances a firm approach with a commitment to upholding Resolution principles.’ 

‘This is an extremely strong, talented and diverse team of family lawyers who focus their efforts on achieving pragmatic solutions for clients in a collaborative, efficient and cost-effective way. Key strengths are the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience which the team has of all areas of family practice.’

‘Very good teamwork in house: there is always another person named and copied in as a contact in case the partner/solicitor with main conduct not available. Good support with paperwork and prompt response to questions.’

‘Top flight firm for private client work, with some lawyers also servicing public law child matters to a very high standard. This duality serves private clients seeking representation in relation to child matters very well as the solicitors assisting them are true specialists. ’

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP advises a broad range of clients, including business owners, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, and farming clients. The team is split across four offices in the South West, each allowing it to connect to local clientele effectively. Team head Zoe Porter is based in Exeter and focuses on divorce matters for high-value clients, while Taunton-based Jayne Turner specialises in complex asset protection cases involving pensions, inherited wealth and investment portfolios. Samantha Newton is highly involved in the Bristol team, whose experience is in international relocation cases for children.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Porter

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Turner; Samantha Newton; Megan Prideaux

Testimonials

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘Jayne Turner and the team are very professional. They provide clear and concise updates and keep professional counterparties informed well and can be relied upon to provide good customer service.’

‘I used Ashfords online and in-person over a period of 18 months. On all occasions the service was professional, timely and reassuring. Response to messages was swift, and I always felt kept up-to-date on the progress of my case. Dealing with my solicitor, her team and the office was always a positive experience for me.’

‘The family team at Ashfords in Taunton are the team to recommend, as you know they give excellent advice in a clear concise manner. If you find them acting for the other spouse, you know there is a very good chance of resolving matters amicably, as their client has all the facts to make sensible decisions and they do not act merely as a post box, necessitating the need for court intervention.’

‘Jane Turner leads the team and is an excellent Collaborative lawyer. When in this process, she is solution-driven and works with her client and the other parties to find a settlement which all find satisfactory.’

‘One of the best firms in the South West. They stand out for their attention to detail, the makeup of the firm and their ability to get the job done in a competitive industry.’

‘I have worked with Zoe Porter and Samantha Newton, both of whom are technologically savvy and incredibly driven and hard-working on behalf of clients. They both have excellent client care skills and good thinking strategies.’

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP handles a wide variety of family law matters, including complex children's cases, high-value financial issues, and international and domestic abduction cases. The team also has a notable fertility offering, led by Suzi Denton, which advises on surrogacy, donor issues, co-parenting and fertility treatment law. Deborah Leask and Sean McNally lead the practice from its Bournemouth office, specialising in complex financial and children's matters respectively. Katie Taft brings a particular specialism in working with international children's relocations. Recently promoted partner Ian Butterworth became a deputy district judge in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Leask; Sean McNally

Other key lawyers:

Ian Butterworth; Suzi Denton; Katie Taft

Testimonials

‘A strong and experienced leadership team of Sean McNally and Deborah Leask with highly able junior members who are well known and respected in Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Able to deal with financial remedy, children disputes and international abduction. Friendly, diligent and able.’

‘An unrivalled reputation in the area of Family Law. They have an experienced team with a personable approach, but they cut right to the heart of the issues in a no-nonsense approach. ’

‘Sean McNally – extremely knowledgeable with a robust yet pragmatic approach to cases.”

“Katie Taft – a confident and effective advocate with excellent attention to every detail.’

‘Ellis Jones is a truly excellent firm with a very strong and deserved reputation for excellence in family finance. I would regard them as the leading firm in Bournemouth by some distance.’

‘Deborah Leask is a wonderful solicitor, who is liked and respected by everybody. Her long experience allows her to assess a case quickly and provide excellent service and advice. she is comfortable with even the highest net-worth cases and always works very hard and with great sense. Sean McNally is a top-performer and again is very experienced and highly respected. He is full of excellent pragmatic advice and clients love him. Ian Butterworth is a forensic genius and leaves no stone unturned. He has a nose for seeking out dishonest opponents!’

‘One of the few, exceptional international children law firms outside of London. Frequently instructed in high profile and legally complex cases. They balance that with an excellent, local children practice and effortlessly combine the two.’

‘Sean McNally and Deborah Leask spent many years at top London firms before relocating to Dorset. They offer a high tier service at a very competitive rate. They run an impressive team.’

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys' Cheltenham-based family team offers top quality services to a variety of clients, which include high-profile businesspeople and other noteworthy individuals. The firm has experience in financial remedy, divorce, pre-nuptial agreement and children's act matters. Carolyn Green leads the team, specialising in financial remedy work which often involves complex pension issues and international elements. Andrew Morris is also based in the Cheltenham office, with a particular specialism in cross-border matters featuring complex asset structures.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Green

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Morris; James Grigg

Testimonials

‘High-quality team of experts with real strength in depth. Always willing to above and beyond for their clients. One of the go-to firms in the South West for family finance work. ’

‘They are expert at what they do but are also always approachable and accessible. They always send full instructions ensuring that all issues are clearly identified. Highly recommended.’

‘Strong market presence covering a wide geographical base. Heavy focus on client care.’

‘Carolyn Green and James Grigg would be wanted by any firm I know – they combine decades of experience with never having lost touch. They are good with clients and the best-known divorce lawyers in and around the area.’

‘The team managed my case with equal focus but it was reassuring to know that there was a very capable pair of hands in charge, efficiently orchestrating the work. The headache and anxiety of divorce were hugely lessened by clear and considerate and communication of the team throughout the process. They behaved like a winning team.’

‘Carolyn Green was sympathetically reassuring from the outset and her determination to achieve the fairest settlement for me as the client was unwavering. I was kept informed at each stage of the process and Carolyn listened to and addressed my concerns. The clarity of her communication is exceptional. I would recommend her without hesitation.’

‘HCR Hewitsons is a large firm spanning several sectors but has a very personable and client-friendly feel. Cases are well managed and organised and client care is exceptional.’

‘Andrew Morris is an excellent solicitor who provides exceptional client care. He is not afraid to provide straight-talking advice to clients but ensures they feel well supported and represented throughout the process.’

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP offers expertise across a variety of divorce and financial remedy matters, with an additional focus on complex Children Act matters. While the team's primary client base is in the Dorset area, it has begun to attract an increasing number of clients both in the surrounding counties and internationally. Daniel Sanders leads the team from Bournemouth and specialises in complex, high-net-worth financial remedy matters, often involving substantial capital and income-based wealth. Lindsay Halliwell is also noteworthy both for her financial relief and children law work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Halliwell

Testimonials

‘Daniel Saunders leads a young and hard-working team with good offices and a positive and friendly approach which is rapidly growing the firm’s reputation in family law.’

‘Lindsay Halliwell is a capable and confident solicitor who is a robust and effective litigator.’

‘The department benefits from high-net-worth clients, many of whom are regional business owners. The family team provides an appropriately professional service. Instructions are well-prepared, preparation for court hearings is high quality and there is a high level of client care. ’

‘Daniel Sanders is a highly experienced family litigator; particularly in financial remedy cases. He is numerically articulate and has a firm grasp of businesses, their value and how they should be managed in the context of a divorce. He builds an excellent rapport with clients. He is robust but pragmatic with his opponents.’

‘Steele Raymond are a firm with an exceptional reputation on the south coast. Clients receive a high quality service delivered by a personable and approachable team.

‘Lindsay Halliwell is a formidable lawyer. Her work ethic is second to none; she is able to provide realistic advice, delivered in the most sensitive of manners; as well as being one of the most approachable practitioners (with a cracking personality) ’

‘The team are very cohesive – they share information and ideas well within the team and actively support each other.’

‘The family team at Steele Raymond, led by Daniel Sanders, are an extremely impressive department.’

The Family Law Practice

With a strong emphasis on its financial remedy work, Bristol boutique The Family Law Practice represents a variety of professionals and high-value individuals. The group has significant experience in cases with complex factors, such as commercial interests, trust and pension assets, offshore assets and complex income structures. The firm also offers experience in cohabitation, children's and international work. Ashley Palminteri, who founded and leads the firm, also serves as a deputy district judge. Elizabeth Bruce and Mark Sage, who recently joined from TLT, are also well regarded for their wide-ranging family law experience.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Palminteri

Other key lawyers:

Mark Sage; Elizabeth Bruce

Testimonials

‘Niche family law practice. Tight team. Lots of experience. ’

‘Elizabeth Bruce is approachable, experienced, pragmatic.’

‘A really interesting, niche firm, created over the last decade and based around a simple model with good recruiting and lots of value. They have good senior strength and willing and able associates. It is a firm very much in its image of its founder, Ashley Palminteri, which is a good thing – robust, innovative and creative as well as solid lawyers.’

‘Gaining Mark Sage adds to the firm’s experience.’

‘A big player in Bristol and one of the few decent owner-run specialist divorce practices.’

‘Ashley Palminteri is a bruiser and a street-fighter.’

TLT

TLT represents its clients across a broad variety of family law matters, with a focus on financial remedy work for its high net-worth clients. In addition to work on behalf of individuals in divorce and children's matters, the firm offers support on the impact of divorce on commercial matters. Natalie Drew leads the team from its Bristol office and often works with private children's law matters involving implacable hostility and domestic abuse.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Drew

Testimonials

‘Excellent family team in a large regional firm, is able to offer wide range of support and cross-selling to clients.’

‘Good teamworking and communications – there is always someone to deal with queries. Very good with clients and setting up a relationship of trust.’

‘Highly competent individuals, showing commitment to client and putting in whatever time needed even at short notice. Sensitive to client needs and give competent straightforward advice.’

‘Natalie Drew delivers really first-class service to clients. She offers the kind of high-quality City service that few regional firms can compete with.’

‘Natalie Drew is one of the leading family lawyers in Bristol with real breadth and depth of expertise that is rarely matched.’

VWV

With experience in financial remedy, Children Act, TOLATA, divorce and separation planning cases, VWV offers complete expertise in family law to its clients. The firm tends to act on behalf of clients with complex financial situations, including wealthy professionals and celebrities, many of which have an international element. Samantha Hickman leads the team in Bristol; she has significant experience representing healthcare professionals in family matters. Melita Bown is also regarded for her unique experience with leave to remain and private children's law matters.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hickman

Other key lawyers:

Melita Bown; Katie Hanson

Testimonials

‘The team work incredibly effectively together, ensuring that there is always someone one hand to answer any queries that a client may have. Members of the team are knowledgeable, pragmatic and are leaders in family law. It is a pleasure to work with them. ’

‘Sam Hickman is a strong leader and ensures that her team are well supported. She is an excellent lawyer. Katie Hanson is always well prepared, thorough, approachable and excellent at client care.’

‘A relatively small niche team team in a substantial city practice, and offering great levels of service.’

‘The powerhouse that is Sam Hickman has done great things with the family department since she took it over. It now has a more high-profile which sits well alongside the wider practice areas of the firm. ’

‘This firm have a fabulous reputation in Bristol. It also has a strong team in other areas so it can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘The team is well known for being solid and dependable. Its reputation proceeds it in the region.’

‘I particularly worked with Sam Hickman on a very difficult case. She was easy to deal with and reasonable.’

‘A team with a depth of knowledge in all family practice areas.’

Barcan+Kirby LLP

Barcan+Kirby LLP handles a range of matrimonial and children’s law matters for all types of clients, ranging from low value to and high-net-worth individuals. The team has notable experience in domestic abuse, gender recognition and child abuse, as well as other less common matters. The ‘experienced, client focused and approachableHanni Pennelegion lead the team from its two Bristol offices, both of whom have expertise in financial matters arising from divorce. Kirsten Hale heads the divorce and separation finances team.

Practice head(s):

Hanni Pennelegion

Other key lawyers:

Chris Miller; Kirsten Hale; Tom Powles; Anna Wilson

Testimonials

‘The team dealing with my case has made an incredibly stressful process bearable, run smoothly and collaborated well to ensure I had the best chance of success.’

‘The department occupies an important niche in Bristol – good value without cutting corners. They are good at attracting undervalued talent and retaining it.’

‘Hanni Pennelegion is a great partner – experienced, client focused, approachable and realistic.

‘Kirsten Hale is commendable in all ways.’

Foot Anstey

Offering expertise across divorce, co-habitation, children's and family financial matters, Foot Anstey acts on behalf of a national and international client base. The team is embedded within the firm's larger private wealth team, allowing it to easily collaborate across departments. Jessica Pitt heads up the segment, acting for a diverse portfolio of high-value individuals both in the region and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pitt

Other key lawyers:

Emily Botham

Testimonials

‘Good value, strong knowledge base, pragmatic.’

‘Friendly associates and partners, willing to consider my point of view and avoid litigation wherever possible.’

‘Emily Botham is friendly, understanding and amenable. She uses humour to make me feel at ease and is very conscious that I am aiming for an amicable divorce.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and a common sense approach. ’

‘Both Jessica Pitt and Emily Botham dealt with a difficult matter sensitively, hands on, speedily and with care. ’

‘Jessica Pitt (ably supported by Emily Botham) have been able to empathise with my position and the position of the family and have offered advice against that backdrop. ’

‘Foot Anstey are a substantial and reliable firm dealing with the full range of private client family law. They are particularly strong on financial matters.’

‘The team provide sensible and pragmatic advice. They are always the go to firm when I am dealing with the drafting of a pre or post-nup and the spouse requires independent legal advice. ’

GL Law

The family team at GL Law offers its clients extensive knowledge and broad experience of high-value family and divorce matters, often involving business, pension and property assets. James Myatt, practice head, offers his clients advice on a full range of private family issues and is highly experienced with matters involving court proceedings and pensions. Rachel Pritchard is particularly experienced in private children's matters.

Practice head(s):

James Myatt

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Pritchard

Testimonials

‘I believe what makes GL Law unique is that although they are modest in size, they are able to compete with much larger Bristol family firms. They were able to move relatively seamlessly to remote working as the firm already had the foresight to invest in robust IT solutions and platforms.”

‘James Myatt’s knowledge of family law is so in-depth his clients have a knowledge of their position from date one, with the support of his team he is able to offer practical advice and solutions to their case.”

‘I would recommend Rachel Pritchard for divorce and finance work. She has a good manner with her clients and is a good advocate.’

‘This is a modest-sized team which enables them to provide a personal and supportive service. They are led by the extremely experienced and knowledgeable James Myatt.’

Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

Exeter boutique Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors has enjoyed a period of sustained growth during 2020, with headcount and turnover doubling over the year. The firm offers a wide range of expertise across marital and children's law matters, and is recognised for its innovative approach. Ian Walker, who founded the firm in 2012, is known for 'thinking creatively to support clients'; he has recently been joined by a number of senior recruits, including Sarah Hindle, who joined from Bindmans LLP in 2020 and now heads the care team. Other key figures include Kim Stradling - described as 'a fighter for her clients' - and Bridget Garrood, who is known for her work for LGBT clients.

Practice head(s):

Ian Walker

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Hindle; Kim Stradling; Lauren Preedy; Bridget Garrood

Testimonials

‘Sarah Hindle has a luminous intelligence. Her capacity to steer a sensible course through the choppy waters of a difficult case is standout. Nothing but the best will do for her clients.’

‘Rapidly growing West Country family law firm with a strong emphasis on dispute resolution.’

‘Ian Walker is very well known legal practitioner with keen interest in encouraging dispute resolution practice outside of the court arena.’

‘Sarah Hindle is an outstanding lawyer and is in high demand for both complex care proceedings and private client work.’

‘Ian Walker is always willing to engage in innovative ideas and discuss ways of supporting separating families, both within his own practice and in the practice of others. He is open to discussing multi-disciplinary approaches, including family mediation, to resolving family disputes and is prepared to think creatively to support clients. This is very beneficial to families going through separation.’

‘Sarah Hindle is an outstanding lawyer and is in high demand for both complex care proceedings and private client work. She is very good with clients and offers them outstanding support and client care.’

‘Kim Stradling stands out amongst her fellow practitioners. A work ethic second to none, clear advice, efficient – years of experience give her a keen eye for the real issues in a case. A fighter for her clients.’

‘Bridget Garrood is a specialist in LGBT work, and passionate about helping gay, lesbian and trans clients.’

Key clients

Devon County Council

Cafcass

Work highlights

  • Acting for a vulnerable client as intervenor in care proceedings in which they had been accused of sexual and physical abuse towards close family members. Successfully achieving client’s exoneration after fact finding hearing.
  • Acting for a client in a high-net-worth divorce from spouse, who is a high earning celebrity. The family’s substantial assets were held in the UK, the US and the EU.
  • Acting for a high-profile client in a high-net-worth divorce involving trust and business issues and substantial pensions.

Lester Aldridge LLP

The family law team at Lester Aldridge LLP has notable experience in high-value financial remedy cases, frequently representing business clients who are joint shareholders with a spouse. It also has experience in pre and post-nuptial agreements, complex children's law matters, and cohabitation agreements. Split across three offices, including one in London, the team is able to offer both local amenities as well as specialist London services. Rosemary Sharp leads the team from its Bournemouth office, with expertise working with agricultural clients and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Rosemary Sharp

Testimonials

‘Lester Aldridge have an excellent reputation across the south coast that is well deserved. The level of service, in terms of knowledge base, cross-area specialisms (i.e. family cases where there is a business or commercial element), facilities and client contact are all comparable to leading London firms.’

‘The people in this firm are what make it. Each member I have spoken to are friendly polite and informative, they always get back to you, and are reassuring and knowledgeable.’

‘Rosemary Sharp is a long experienced solicitor and very able. She is very good with the clients and works very hard for them. “

‘The firm is very well respected across the South West and nationally. The clients know from start to finish that they will receive top quality advice and excellent tactical decision making. The firm has embraced digital working and briefs and papers are well prepared. ’

‘Rosemary Sharp is a star. Rosemary works tirelessly for her clients and fights incredibly hard. It is always a relief to see her name on the brief because I know that she will be a pleasure to work with and the case will be immaculately prepared. Rosie is very supportive on difficult cases and works well with counsel in a team.’

‘The team work in a collaborative manner and are all extremely approachable and hard working.’

‘I regularly work with Rosemary Sharp. She is incredibly approachable and empathetic with clients. She is very competent.’

Nash & Co

Nash & Co offers expertise on matters including matrimonial finance and private children's law work. The team is well known for work in domestic abuse cases involving children. Helen Bull and Eleanor Barber lead the Plymouth-based practice. Bull heads the work on public children's law, while Barber focuses on collaborative solutions to complex financial disputes and domestic abuse cases.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bull; Eleanor Barber

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ash

Porter Dodson LLP

Porter Dodson LLP splits its family team into two, one focusing on pre-marriage planning divorce and financial matters, and the other focusing on children's law. It works with both local and national clients, many of whom are high-value individuals. Richard Baker leads both halves of the team, with a focus on high-value financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Baker

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Marshall; Cathryn Smith; Julia Perrins

Testimonials

‘Richard Baker was able to communicate effectively with my wife’s lawyers – something which my previous lawyer was unable to do and a resolution was found. Highly recommended’

‘The firm worked for me with utter commitment and compassion following a long and drawn-out divorce process and a great deal of cost. The team managed to secure for me a fair deal under the circumstances and with great understanding.’

‘Professional competence, humanity and sector experience. I have always found the individuals I worked with hugely accessible, personable and understanding – particularly Richard Baker.’

‘Far more professional yet personable than other legal firms that I have dealt with.’

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West. ’

‘Cathryn Smith is extremely well-regarded and gives sensible, thoughtful advice’

‘A solid team with a considerable level of experience between them. Key players in the Taunton area – well known for providing a quality service ’

‘Julia Perrins is incredibly experienced, has real gravitas and is a very calm and safe pair of hands. She is a seasoned collaborative lawyer and keen to promote this service.’

Sharp Family Law LTD

The team at Sharp Family Law LTD - 'a niche and boutique firm offering very good service' - is able to advise on the full array of family law matters to its clients, with an emphasis on process-based approaches such as mediation, collaborative law and constructive negotiation. The team, led by founder Richard Sharp, is based out of Bath with business connections in Bristol. Victoria Barnett is praised for 'engendering the trust of her clients through her attentiveness and compassion.'

Practice head(s):

Richard Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Tina Marshall-Kelliher; Victoria Barnett

Testimonials

‘A small, specialist firm focused on client care and high levels of service’

‘Warm and friendly, Victoria Barnett readily engenders the trust of her clients through her attentiveness and compassion – they feel listened-to. With sound legal knowledge and pragmatism, she delivers high-quality advice and assistance to ensure the best outcomes for her clients. ’

‘Niche and boutique firm offering very good service. ’

‘Victoria Barnett is a champion for her clients and pushes hard for them. Great client care and provides stellar service. She is empathetic and engages brilliantly, totally unfazed by complex cases. ’

‘Sharp Family Law are a unique practice who focus solely on family law, they are wholly collaborative in their approach and highly regarded amongst peers and clients. ’

‘The team is very professional and considerate. They appear up-to-date with technology and can document share either online or by post, which was extremely useful. The office facilities were excellent as well as the hospitality and compassion during the initial consultations.’

‘Very pleased with all the team that I have worked with.’

‘The individuals I worked with were excellent. I was very impressed with the professional support and advice that I received from Victoria Barnett.’

Stone King LLP

The 'friendly, approachable and professional' team at Stone King LLP has a broad family practice with particular skills in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Its primary work includes financial remedy, cohabitation and private children's law cases. Tracey Smith leads the team in Bath, focusing on high-value matrimonial matters. Caroline Fell and Meg Moss are also notable for their work in mediation and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Smith

Other key lawyers:

Meg Moss; Caroline Fell; Daniela Nickols

Testimonials

‘Over the many months that I have been a client of Stone King, my experience throughout my divorce, has been that all the team are friendly, approachable, professional, reliable and work as a fully cohesive unit’

‘Meg Moss has been a consummate professional and was impressively calm and efficient throughout. She is engaging and empathetic and provides thorough, timely and constructive cost-effective advice, whilst being totally committed to a fair outcome despite challenging legal issues.’

‘Experience and breadth of expertise, open to new ideas for settlement.’

‘Tracey Smith, Meg Moss and Caroline Fell are a good partner team, all bringing different skills to the mix.’

Stowe Family Law LLP

National specialist firm Stowe Family Law LLP offers top-quality expertise on a full range of matrimonial and children's law matters. It primarily represents high net worth individuals, many of whom have international assets, and professionals. It also offers unique services, such as a forensic accountancy team to be used during divorce proceedings. The 'extremely dynamic' Jemma Slavin leads the team from Bristol; she is well-regarded for her client care and 'very approachable manner'.

Practice head(s):

Jemma Slavin

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Newton; Rachel Fisher

Testimonials

‘Rachel Fisher has a sensible solution to issues which arise. Calm and unflappable, she is effective at pouring proportionate water on the flames of indignant litigation. She is conscientious and will empathise with a vulnerable client. ’

‘The team offer a wide range of services to clients and are keen to look at the bigger picture. They invest a great deal of time into offering more than just legal services which is demonstrated by their commitment to the local areas their offices are located in. ’

‘Jemma Slavin stands out as she is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, with a very approachable manner. ’

‘Very professional and caring firm, really take the time to empathise with clients. Innovations such as the use of a divorce coach and counsellor have been received very positively.’

‘Jemma Slavin is extremely dynamic and has really pushed on the development of the Stowe brand in the Wales and South West area in the last few years. Her client care is very good, and she strikes a perfect balance between empathy and measured, tactical advice to suit the client’s dispute.’

‘A firm which prides itself on a comprehensive service – exploring every avenue and taking every step to achieve the best for its clients. Good use of divorce coaches to support clients through the process in a more cost-effective way.’

‘This firm have a fabulous reputation all across the South West and indeed nationally. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross refer and stay within the firm ie employment and conveyancing ’

‘The team at Stowe in Bristol are excellent – very responsive, very knowledgeable and very reassuring to their clients. They work holistically with other professionals to provide clients with a full level of support.’

Thrings LLP

The family law team at Thrings LLP is well regarded for its expertise within the farming and landed estates community. It advises on divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements, and other asset protection services with an eye for the complexity that farming and other landowning assets bring to a case. Fiona Kellow and Matthew Kellow respectively head the private client and family law practices from Swindon.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Kellow; Matthew Kellow

Other key lawyers:

Anna Patterson; Kathryn Bew; Tara Connor-McLaren

Testimonials

My experience has been a clear, proactive service. Billing is clear and informative.’

‘Kathryn Bew has always provided a very clear, informative, proactive service. Kathryn has always been able to navigate a way forward that feels supportive and encompassing of my understanding. Kathryn’s depth of appreciation of my emotions has empowered me to have confidence in not just the legal aspects of my situation, but my own personal growth in feeling validated.’

‘I felt very supported and well advised over a very prolonged and difficult period. I always felt that Anna Patterson had my best interests at the core of her advice.’

Tozers Solicitors LLP

Tozers Solicitors LLP offers a diverse range of family law services, including matrimonial and divorce law, with a particular emphasis on children's law. The firm has four Children's Panel specialists on the team and often represents both children and guardians in complex cases at extremely short notice. Tracy Lambert leads the Exeter-based team, with support from children's law specialist Tony Wood.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Tony Wood; Caroline Ryan; Mark Williams; Aimee Aspinall

Testimonials

‘Tozers are one of the top family law practices in Devon. The divorce team has at its head two quality practitioners in Tracy Lambert and Caroline Ryan. The care team led by Tony Wood is one of the largest teams of child law specialists in the South West.’

‘The team are good lawyers and straightforward and good to work with.’

‘The team in the private client department are second to none. They are friendly, approachable and very, very helpful. I know that if I had a problem any of the team would help me. The knowledge is excellent. The bills were prompt and correct. There are no hidden charges. I cannot speak highly enough about them. ’

‘I received support from the family team who were kind, helpful and very diligent and made a very stressful time much easier to cope with.’

‘Aimee Aspinall was really great, she made difficult things easier to understand and helped me to make the right decisions at the right time she was calm and professional.’

‘I have been treated with kindness and patience, I found the whole divorce process frightening and daunting but the team were amazing, explaining each step and listening to me. ’

‘Aimee Aspinall is an asset to the law firm, she met every challenge with a professional and positive attitude while also being fair and considerate to the other party. When she took on my case I was concerned about my future but she put me at ease and continued to throughout the whole process. I am in no doubt that without her I would now be in financial difficulties.’

Trethowans LLP

With a strong focus on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, the team at Trethowans LLP offers a wide variety of family services. The team acts on behalf of a wide range of wealthy individuals and other professionals; Andrew Mercer heads the team from its Salisbury office, focusing on collaborative cases, while Emma Wilders-Pratt has significant expertise in cases involving coercive control and Kimberley Davies has a specialism in advising on assisted reproduction.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mercer

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wilders-Pratt; Kimberley Davies

Willans LLP

Willans LLP's family law team focuses on advising wealthy individuals on a variety of complex family law matters. In addition to financial matters deriving from separation and divorce, it has a strong emphasis on childrens' law, cohabitation agreements, and separation agreements. Sharon Giles leads the practice from Cheltenham and has experience across the full range of family matters. She is supported by Jonathan Eager.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Giles

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Eager

Testimonials

‘Sharon Giles stands out as being an approachable, pragmatic and supportive family lawyer. She is able to engage and understand where clients are coming from but also able to provide pragmatic advice.’

‘Jonathan Eager deals with high net worth clients and has a great practice. He has an enviable ability to cut through a case and get to the core issues fast. His judgement is excellent. His clients adore him.’

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation in Cheltenham. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘Willans has a good reputation in family law and are known for their pragmatic and constructive approaches to disputes.’

‘Sharon Giles is a sensible, level-headed solicitor who looks for solutions rather than simply turning to litigation.’

‘Approachable, human, client-focused.’

‘Jonathan Eager; eager by name, eager by nature to help his clients – very fair and balanced in his approach, and supportive and sympathetic.’

‘Very good local team, friendly, fair and proactive.’

Blanchards Bailey LLP

Well regarded in the Dorset area, Blanchards Bailey LLP offers expertise across a wide set of family law matters. The firm is particularly regarded for its work regarding the pensions of army and other public service officers, constructing strong relationships with nearby camps. The recently promoted Laura Martin heads up the team - she is praised for being ' just as capable dealing with emotions as with legal procedures.'

Practice head(s):

Laura Martin

Other key lawyers:

Julie Keogh

Testimonials

‘Blanchards Bailey is a firm I have and would use again. The vast knowledge and professionalism showed to me made me feel secure and I trusted the decisions they helped me make were for my best interests.’

‘Laura Martin is outstanding and hardworking. I can’t thank her enough for her patience and for helping me through such a difficult time. Making the decision to file for divorce was the worst time but Laura helped by being professional, understanding and honest with me during the whole process. Laura made an extremely difficult time and process manageable and I really appreciated this.’

‘Julie Keogh is my solicitor and she has been exceptional, particularly in these difficult times. She has made me feel supported, comfortable, and understood. She is sensitive and offers excellent unprejudiced advice. Julie always makes herself available when required. I haven’t felt like just another client – Julie has shown great empathy and I trust her advice. Julie is very friendly and her communication and delivery of information regarding my situation has been excellent.’

‘Julie Keogh was extremely personable. Her calm manner made me feel instantly more relaxed in what was an emotive case. Julie was very professional and gave clear advice with regards to family matters. Her calm and friendly demeanour enabled her to deliver advice regarding a child contact case sensitively. At times, Julie had to change my way of thinking and encouraged me to view the wider picture before things reached court. Julie was very aware how emotive and difficult the case was and handled this incredibly sensitively and professionally.’

‘Laura Martin was fantastic throughout the time I used her. She was always on time with appointments, prepared, knowledgeable, empathetic, relatable. I always felt so comfortable talking with her and she made me feel looked after.’

‘Laura Martin has treated me with respect and dignity. I left an abusive partner and toxic marriage – Laura has been extremely sensitive and understanding. I have felt understood and listened to. I have felt supported and not pressured to act upon her advice.’

‘Laura Martin was brilliant in handling my case, she was very professional but also kind and understanding, and helped me to understand every stage of the case process. ’

‘Laura Martin is exceptionally pleasant to deal with, radiates kindness and compassion combined with sound legal knowledge and a very conscientious approach to work and providing a standout service to clients. She is just as capable dealing with emotions as with legal procedures.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a wife in financial remedy court proceedings over matrimonial assets worth £1.8m.
  • Acting for a mother in Children Act proceedings on a shared childcare arrangement.
  • Acting for husband in Financial Remedy Court proceedings on matrimonial assets worth £1.3m and income in excess of £130,000 net per annum.

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP offers a variety of service to its local and international client base. The team has experience in divorce, financial remedy, mediation and private children's matter, and has a growing practice in cohabitation and pre and postnuptial work. Helen Cankett leads the practice from its Cheltenham office, advising high-value clients on a full array of family law matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Cankett

Other key lawyers:

Jemma Jones; Hannah Mills

Testimonials

‘I found Helen Cankett extremely knowledgeable and patient. Her understanding of the complications caused by my divorce and how she dealt with the matters gave me comfort in knowing I had the right person and firm.”

‘The BPE team have provided me with excellent service throughout. Their responses to my endless questions are rapid and very informative. They are not afraid to challenge me when I may be heading in the wrong direction. When I pose them a really tricky question they have senior members of staff to consult, although this doesn’t happen too often.’

‘Hannah Mills was my solicitor throughout. Her attention to detail was brilliant. She was also very understanding of my situation and took the time to fully explain each situation along with the options moving forward.’

‘A really cohesive team who work well together and support each other with excellent consistency of approach.’

‘Helen Cankett and Jemma Jones are extremely capable lawyers with a good grasp of the technical knowledge alongside pragmatism and compassion. They gain the trust of a client by listening and sympathising, but serve them well by managing their expectations realistically and delivering excellent outcomes for their cases.”

‘The team have a good reputation, especially Helen Cankett who has a high net worth client base.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a husband in divorce and financial remedy proceedings involving two properties and a Firefighter’s Pension fund accrued prior to the parties’ marriage.
  • Acting for a husband in divorce and financial remedy proceedings involving a family farm in which his parents and the wife are shareholders.
  • Acting for a wife in divorce proceedings and in negotiations to secure a complex financial settlement.

GA Solicitors

The family team at GA Solicitors not only offers clients a full range of private law services, including divorce, financial remedies and mediation, but also strong public law services, covering neglect and domestic violence. Michelle Grove leads the team from Plymouth, specialising in divorce, private children's law and unmarried couple/ToLATA cases.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Grove

Other key lawyers:

Gloria Dyer; Andrew Wonnacott; Angela Timbrill

Testimonials

‘I found all members of the team to be friendly and helpful. They came across as non-judgemental and compassionate, the utmost professionals. ’

‘Gloria Dyer held my case for two years. She was consistent and stable by my side the whole time. I always felt listened to and she was upfront with me when I needed it most. Always professional, supportive and non-judgemental. ’

‘GA is a well established and quality family law team based in Plymouth. I have worked with them for many years and the current team have continued that good work. Michelle Grove is a worthy successor and runs a strong team. They are good to work with.’

‘I have particular dealings with Angela Timbrill and Andrew Wonnacott in the care team. Angela in particular is a highly committed and long-standing member of the Devon Resolution Committee. She is very willing and gets on with things in the right way.’

‘Andrew Wonnacott goes the extra mile for clients.’

‘Gloria Dyer is very efficient.’

Goughs Solicitors

Well regarded in the Wiltshire market, Goughs Solicitors acts on matters concerning matrimonial finance, private children's law, cohabitation law, coercive control cases and pensions on divorce. Matthew Drew heads up the team from Corsham, handling the firm's international matters and specialising in cases involving armed service members.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Drew

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Boyce; Richard Bebb

Testimonials

‘Dealing with a divorce on my own, with no family to help me, I have been so very grateful to all the team, at Goughs for being so approachable, supportive and caring.’

‘I conducted affairs with Goughs while abroad. At all times they were responsive, advice sound and reasonably priced with their fees.’

‘Matthew Drew is excellent at listening and interpreting his clients requirements.’

‘The financial remedies team has and keeps talent – many have been connected to the firms for years. They know their market and locality. The team is good value for the quality of work they do. I would say it is a firm that is underestimated.’

‘Tom Boyce would be a valued leader of any financial remedies team and in Matthew Drew and Richard Bebb Goughs have no lack of such. There is a good range of associates.’

‘An outstanding multi-site rural practice offering city firm quality.’

‘When the likes of Richard Bebb and Tom Boyce join a rural practice, the firms profile grows exponentially. They have the balance just right, contributing their city experience and expertise without any form of arrogance. Richard Bebb has built around him a first-rate team offering first-class and efficient service. ’

‘Goughs have a strong team across the board, with an excellent reputation, which attracts interesting and well-remunerated work at all levels of seniority. ’

Ince

The Bristol family team at Ince offers the full array of family law support to its clients in the South West and further afield. The team focuses on working with professionals but has a growing base of high-net-worth individuals. It also offers a solid private children's law practice. 'Class act' Kerry Graham leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Graham

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Aston-Jones

Testimonials

‘A great team who provide a brilliant boutique service to clients.’

‘Rebecca Aston-Jones gives great realistic advice to the client. Kerry Graham is a class act and always on the ball when it comes to cases.’

‘My experience in working with them is that they pride themselves in providing a quality service from start to finish.’

‘Rebecca Aston-Jones is a star with experience well beyond her years. She leaves no stone unturned when representing clients and does everything within her power to secure a great result.’

‘Kerry Graham is always organised and sensible when providing instructions, and available to communicate as and when required. She is clearly committed to her clients and passionate about their causes, gaining return instructions as a result.’

‘It has the backing of a large firm and internal network, but at local level operates like a very personalised small firm which is a key strength.’ 

Wansbroughs

The Wiltshire-based team at Wansbroughs has a strong footprint in public family work, covering the breadth of care law matters on behalf of parents, children, grandparents and guardians. The firm also represents many high-value individuals in various divorce matters. Naomi Owen and Jeremy Tier lead the team from Devizes, specializing in children's law and matrimonial law respectively.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Owen; Jeremy Tier

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Roberts

Testimonials

‘Naomi Owen is a superb role model in terms of client care and attention to detail. She facilitates the cohesion within the team.’

‘A small but outstandingly professional firm who demonstrate excellent colleague relationships to support the practice they offer.’

‘The solicitors go above and beyond their legal job role by being available outside of working hours and offering highly skilled advice. I have been impressed by Naomi Owen’s depth of knowledge and approach to complex child care cases. She has represented me with dedication and aplomb.’

‘The solicitors from this firm have consistently provided high-quality service in respect of representing children within family cases. This includes where a child is represented separately and also when the solicitors take instructions from the children’s guardian.’

‘The team are friendly and supportive and provide expert legal advice. They are continually successful at achieving the very best outcomes for children. ’

‘All staff friendly and helpful right from front of house through to secretaries and solicitor. Good communication. ’

The practice feels small friendly and personal. The service we received was first class we were kept informed throughout the whole process.’