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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP¬†¬†‚Äėundertakes the heaviest of care cases‚Äô, and is ‚Äėmarket leading matrimonial finance work.‚Äô Elizabeth Wyatt¬†heads up the private client team and has strong expertise in divorce proceedings. Jas Tamber¬†leads the children team and is an expert in complex childcare cases. Senior associate Elisabeth Howe¬†is also a key figure and has strong experience in divorce proceedings, civil partnerships and separations. Also recommended are senior associates Helen Mottram¬†and Maria Ramon¬†as well as associate Nev Zaki, who are all experts in children‚Äôs law.

Lodders Solicitors LLP¬†¬†is led by Beverley Morris, who has extensive experience in complex financial cases. She recently represented¬†Graham Mills on his appeal to the Supreme Court regarding the periodical payments he is obliged to pay to his ex-wife. She also acted on a divorce for the wife whose husband owned a property development company which complicated financial proceedings. Other key members of the team include: associate Caroline Dresden, who has a similar focus on high value divorce proceedings; associate Vivienne Middleton, who has expertise in both financial and children cases; and associate Christine Williams, who advises on matrimonial issues. Also recommended is solicitor Amy Parker, who regularly assists Morris with her cases.  

The 'extremely good' Mills & Reeve LLP  is 'simply superb' at family finance and 'extremely accomplished' at children act disputes. The team is led by Marc Saunderson who, according to some, is 'the best family law partner is Birmingham'. He predominantly focuses on high value matters, and 'knows the law inside out', 'has an amazing work ethic' and 'always gets good results'.  Other key figures include: principal associate  Katherine Kennedy , who is 'a first class family lawyer' and 'a true professional'; senior associate Aasha Choudary, who has 'bags of common sense' and 'a great nose for getting a good deal'; associate Louise Spalding, who is 'a rising star', 'very clever' and 'wise beyond her years'; and principal associate Hayley McCormack, who is 'superb with both cohabitation disputes and children act cases'.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of family law matters, with a keen interest in international and high value disputes. Zahra Paban co-leads the team and regularly represents high net worth individuals in financial remedy proceedings, while fellow practice head Mary Kaye focuses on complex children matters. Catherine Walker is based in the Stratford office and is an expert in complex divorce cases, as is newly promoted director Fiona Farrell. Other key figures include: senior associate Marie Kilgallen, who is experienced in wealth protection as well as pre and post nuptial agreements; associate Charlotte Clewes, who is notably strong in trust law; and solicitor Elizabeth Scriven.

The 'first rate' Grant Bird  leads the practice at Blair Allison  and is highly experienced in handling complex cases relating to children and adoption. He is supported by associate solicitor Matt Cannan  who regularly advises on Children Act cases.

Irwin Mitchell is 'a class act' with 'strength in depth across the team' and 'boasts a number of the most talented and knowledgable family lawyers in the West Midlands'. Clare Wiseman  leads the team and has 'a formidable reputation in the world of Birmingham family law'. She is assisted by senior associate Sarah Balfour , who is an expert in pre and post-nuptial agreements. Matrimonial specialist solicitor Mark Hands is 'extremely well organised','utterly dedicated to each case' and 'ridiculously hard-working'.

Baches Solicitors LLP is 'a very strong firm' who is 'well-organised' and provides 'an excellent service for its clients'. Managing partner Jo Johnson heads the childcare team and Lindsey Newell heads the matrimonial team.  Johnson brings 'knowledge', 'experience' and 'sensitivity'  to her cases with 'an ability to communicate effectively with parents'. Newell is 'highly competent', 'tenacious' and 'approachable'. Jill Darbyshire is also a key figure in the childcare team. Also recommended are Lucie Taylor and Rebecca Littleford, who 'equally demonstrate their excellent working knowledge and commitment to working sensitively with parties'.

Benussi & Co Limited is known for its specialisation in high value family finance matters.  Key figures at the firm include: Helen Jane- Arnold, who is 'outstanding' and 'a very safe pair of hands'; and Denise McKenna, who is experienced in international matters. Diane Benussi is also a noteworthy name.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†provides 'high quality financial remedy work which is expertly handled' and is also highly skilled in children-related work. Practice head¬†Rayner Grice¬†is an 'excellent technical lawyer with equally good client care skills', focusing predominantly on financial and children matters. Chartered legal executive¬†Caroline Young¬†'provides excellent support' to Grice and has a similar focus on complex relationship breakdowns.  

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in matrimonial and children cases, with notable strengths in cross-border disputes. Krina Parmar  has extensive experience handling public law children cases, with a strong focus on marriage protection orders and child abduction. Director Richard Gray is also a key figure and specialises in complex public law childcare cases. Also recommended are solicitors Adam Bloodworth and Rupinder Jagdev, who are both experienced in advising on relationship breakdown cases.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is led by Kevin Harris-James, who specialises in high-value and complex divorce cases, which regularly encompass an international aspect. Senior associate Victoria Fellows is also a name of note, with a strong skillset in finance and children cases.

Shoosmiths LLP's key presence in this space is in financial proceedings cases, with the practice also having a growing workload of childcare cases. Neil Hobden leads the team and has a strong background in complex divorce proceedings. He is assisted by associate Sushma Kotecha, who focuses on high net worth mediation cases. Other noteworthy names include associates Rebecca Calden-Storr and Adam Maguire, who both focus on the financial elements of family breakdowns.

Complex matrimonial cases has been a mainstay of Weightmans LLP's work in this space. Consultant Fiona O'Sullivan has extensive experience in matrimonial disputes, particularly on aspects such as pensions, assets, cross-border issues and pre-nuptial agreements. Associate Tania Derret-Smith is also a key figure and specialises in divorce cases.

The 'excellent'¬†Sydney Mitchell LLP¬† focuses on complex matrimonial disputes and childcare arrangements. Karen Moores¬†is a key contact and is known for her 'compassionate' and 'understanding'¬† manner. Mauro Vinti¬†is also recommended and advises on all aspects on relationship breakdowns.  

Financial and childcare cases are two key areas of focus for Cartwright King . Family solicitor Karen Brennan leads the Birmingham team and has notable expertise in handling divorces, separations, pre-nuptial agreements, nullities and financial remedies. Childcare solicitors Carol Clleland and Fiona Bowen are also noteworthy names.

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