Family: Birmingham in West Midlands

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a 'highly professional team of top class lawyers' who focus on providing matrimonial advice to professionals and business owners in addition to representing children and family members in complex care and private law children proceedings. In addition it has a growing mediation offering. Elizabeth Wyatt ’s main area of expertise is advising people in divorce proceedings where their financial claims are complex and high-value. Jas Tamber heads the children’s team.  Christopher Lloyd-Smith predominantly deals with divorce/separation and complicated financial matters. Lloyd-Smith is an accredited family mediator and a Resolution-accredited specialist for both financial matters and those involving children. It has 'an extremely strong team at all levels and deals with cases with skill and sensitivity'.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wyatt; Christopher Lloyd-Smith; Jas Tamber

Other key lawyers:

Maria Ramon; Kadie Bennett; Madhur Sharma; Charlotte Raybould; Andrew Crumpton

Testimonials

‘A lovely team who specialise in a diverse range of family law issues. First class client care and on par with many legal London firms. The team can easily get to grips with very complex issues. Clients love them‘.

‘Jas Tamber – a real leader in family law locally. His excellent legal knowledge and wealth of experience make him a real “go to” lawyer for child care matters. Andrew Crumpton  has exceptional people skills and always goes the extra mile for his clients. An incredibly popular choice for child care cases’.

‘Chris Lloyd-Smith is first rate, thorough and on par with any notable London solicitor. He also has the support of an excellent team. He knows finances inside out’.

‘Chris Lloyd-Smith is a trained mediator as well as a partner in the department. He is able to give his clients clear, focused advice at a very early stage. He is extremely well respected with his peers which means that he strikes up an easy rapport with the other side in cases. His people skills are phenomenal. He will often be able to bring about a satisfactory conclusion in some of the most acrimonious of cases’ .

‘Liz Wyatt commands a huge respect in the Birmingham legal community and she combines her legal knowledge with sound judgement. The team is knowledgeable and client friendly. Other members of the team include Maria Ramon, also a trained mediator, who is empathetic and works hard for her clients. Kadie Bennett is one to watch in the future’.

‘Elizabeth Wyatt is no nonsense and straight talking and it fast becomes apparent that she knows exactly what she is talking about. Chris Lloyd-Smith has a work ethic on behalf of his clients that is rarely matched ’

‘Excellent firm that stands out from the competition. Top quality work, very good advice and representation. Elizabeth Wyatt brings in good quality (complex/high value) matrimonial finance work and deservedly so. Maria Ramon is a super member of the team with whom I have worked for some time and she is consistently on the ball, fighting the client’s corner and giving extremely sensible advice’.

‘The family team has a real strength in the West Midlands; all solicitors are on the ball when it comes to case plans and billing, as well as the day-to-day management of its impressive, high quality caseload.  Its reputation in the Midlands is second to none.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a large team that acts in a broad range of substantial and complex matters. It acts for a variety of clients including entrepreneurs, landed gentry, high-profile celebrities in addition to vulnerable clients who have received large personal injury settlements. The team under the leadership of Clare Wiseman receives a lot of plaudits. Zahra Pabani is recommended for her expertise in ultra-high-net-worth cases. Sarah Balfour has a particular niche in dealing with complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements while Mark Hands is sought after for his work with an international dimension. At associate level Fiona Farrell and Gemma Fenton garner praise. Senior associate Charlotte Clewes recently joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Practice head(s):

Clare Wiseman

Other key lawyers:

Zahra Pabani; Sarah Balfour; Mark Hands; Fiona Farrell; Gemma Fenton; Charlotte Clewes

Testimonials

‘This team has a range of expertise across all areas of family law. The lawyers deal with big money cases and simple child contact cases with the same level of attention to detail and fantastic client service. I have been impressed with the team’s ability to provide comprehensive and realistic advice to clients on a cost effective basis. ’

As one of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to thousands of individuals and businesses. Whilst all the lawyers are technically excellent they do not simply recite the law to you; they do not use legalistic jargon and do not sit on the fence when a decision needs to be made‘.

‘This family team have to be the absolute go-to firm not just in Birmingham but nationwide. The team contains so many standout practitioners together with a longstanding team of juniors who have the same ethos and approach to their work. It is unique because of the depth and breadth of talent. An unusual feature is the consistency of the team which I think shows what a great firm it is and how each member is chosen carefully to fit in with the ethos of the service they must provide to clients’.

Clare Wiseman leads this team with grace, calm with an underlying inner of steel. I imagine most opponents quake when they know she is on a case. Clients know that they are in the safest and strongest of hands. The team support she provides is immeasurable’.

‘The level of service is excellent and feedback to me, from my clients is always exemplary. I regularly work with Zahra Pabani who has the ability to work with all types of clients at a very difficult time. She ably assisted by Fiona Farrell who has extensive technical knowledge. These individuals stand out amongst the crowd in the wider business community’.

‘Sarah Balfour is a force to be reckoned with. She is super talented yet understated. She is a real powerhouse of legal talent but comes across in a caring and empathetic way to each of her clients. Her opponents must never be in doubt that they are faced with a formidable opponent but one who is always balanced and fair’.

‘Gemma Fenton was excellent and always kept the communication going. Good advice and follow up’.

‘Mark Hands exudes energy, talent and star quality. He has an infectious enthusiasm for his cases which starts from the moment he accepts a case until the moment it is concluded. He, like the others in the team, offers unrivalled support to his clients‘.

Lodders Solicitors LLP

Beverley Morris heads up the family law department at Lodders Solicitors LLP  and is recognised for her strength in financial remedy work. Morris frequently works with high-net-worth individuals and represents trustees where they have been joined to the proceedings or where they may need to become parties to the proceedings. She is, in addition, a skilled advocate. Clients include entrepreneurs, professionals, sole proprietors and sportsmen/sportswomen. Senior associate Vivienne Middleton is equally adept at resolving financial and children cases. Legal director Caroline Dresden specialises in advising clients with very substantial assets and has a particular interest in the pensions issues on divorce. Overall it provides an 'excellent service' with 'top flight performers'.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Morris

Other key lawyers:

Vivienne Middleton; Caroline Dresden; Baldish Khatkar

Testimonials

Beverley Morris is knowledgeable, professional, efficient, reliable, well connected, up to date with current law. She was dedicated and determined for my case and worked hard over many years to achieve the result. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing family law advice and representation’.

‘Beverley Morris – if you cut her she would bleed family law and her clients. She is very dedicated to getting the best for her clients ’.

‘The practice seeks a personal touch with clients seeking to reassure where considerable doubt and concern may exist on the journey ahead‘.

‘Lodders rightly maintain a reputation as one of the leading divorce firms in Birmingham.’

‘Beverley Morris skillfully manages complex and high-net-worth divorces. Baldish Khatkar is an outstanding solicitor. She manages clients sympathetically and provides them with realistic and pragmatic advice. Importantly, she has a sound legal mind and great judgement; finding the best solutions for complex legal problems’.

‘Caroline Dresden and Beverley Morris are unstoppable forces whose names, when mentioned, cause other practitioners to quake in their boots when they find out they are against them’.

Beverley Morris – for many years she has been a superstar solicitor. She exudes confidence and strength. She is a force of nature when it comes to representing her clients’ best interests. She is a careful, measured and tactical solicitor who sees the end of the case and works out how best to take the client to that point. Vivienne Middleton- a senior solicitor whose attention to detail is unrivalled. Clients are blown away by her knowledge of their cases. These two solicitors work so well together and their individual clients know that they actually have two legal giants looking after them’.

‘The Birmingham-based family department runs very much as high end, specialist practice in its own right. It is a match for any such practice, anywhere, and very highly recommended. Beverley Morris is an absolute powerhouse with an extraordinary work ethic. She may well be the brightest star in the region’s family law firmament. She is very ably assisted by Vivienne Middleton’.

Work highlights

  • Representing Nneka Ogbedo in the long-running litigation in the case widely reported as Moses Taiga. The latest litigation has involved the respondent instigating proceedings in the Queens Bench Division which were transferred to the Family Division in which he seeks the repayment of payments made under maintenance pending suit and interim maintenance orders.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a wealth of experience regionally, nationally and internationally in a broad range of complex family law matters. Its recognised family and children team deals with issues as diverse as complex business and trust structures through to highly conflicted children proceedings. Other areas of expertise include advising on property disputes between unmarried couples in addition to advising on international wealth protection. Clients include high profile individuals as well as professional and family trustees. Marc Saunderson has a caseload of predominantly money matters with the vast majority of the cases falling in the £1-£20m bracket. Principal associate Katherine Kennedy routinely deals with more complex financial matters and continues to build her mediation practice.

Practice head(s):

Marc Saunderson

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Kennedy; Hayley McCormack; Aasha Choudhary; Louise Spalding

Testimonials

‘A dedicated workforce. The lawyers are all exceptionally different in their approach to cases and truly have someone for any kind of private client dispute. They work well as a team and have strong client relations instilling confidence in those they work with.

‘Marc Saunderson is exceptionally experienced and able to see through the detail to what’s important and what can be left aside. Very easy to work with in terms of his approachability‘.

Marc Saunderson is friendly with a sharp mind and a lovely manner with clients‘.

Catherine Kennedy is a highly rated advocate‘.

It is an incredibly strong team. The lawyers have a thorough and conciliatory approach to all their cases. Louise Spalding is an excellent solicitor. She is robust but also fair – a real star‘.

‘Louise Spalding and Aasha Choudhary are strong, as is Katherine Kennedy‘.

Louise Spalding is extremely efficient and thorough, great with clients, easy to communicate with and great to work with generally‘.

Benussi & Co Limited

Benussi & Co Limited typically acts in cases involving net assets of between £3m -£30m and has extensive experience of cases involving substantially higher assets. Diane Benussi has a formidable reputation for her work on UHNW financial issues as they arise during relationship breakdown. Helen Jane Arnold specialises in complex UHNW cases where there are business structures and trusts or where there is a variation of the post-nuptial settlements. Arnold is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. Denise McKenna is strong on international family law matters especially those involving cross-border business interests.

Practice head(s):

Diane Benussi

Other key lawyers:

Helen Benussi; Helen Jane Arnold; Denise McKenna; Lucy Johnston

Testimonials

‘Benussi & Co was recommended to me because of its professionalism, specialist knowledge in family law and ability to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Denise McKenna stands out due to her caring attitude. Other staff have been extremely helpful from those answering the telephone, accounts and Helen Benussi herself’.

‘Benussi is an effective boutique style firm – providing a central London service in the heart of Birmingham. It is no surprise it is regarded as the best family law firm in the Midlands. Helen Jane Arnold is ace. Hugely knowledgeable and unflappable – a great combination. Denise McKenna has great international experience and puts her commercial litigation experience to great use in the family law context’.

‘The Benussi team is extremely knowledgeable in the field. Its communications are very clear and concise. You get the feeling the lawyers are the top lawyers in their field. They are very good at communicating with experts and clients. Their advice is clear and well reasoned. Helen Jane Arnold is very experienced and well respected by myself and anyone who knows her’.

‘Benussi is undoubtedly Birmingham’s flagship family finance firm, possessing unrivalled expertise and experience. Complex high-net-worth litigation is the bread and butter of its focused, client-friendly staff, always there for clients and formidable opponents’.

‘Helen Jane Arnold is the complete package – an excellent eye for detail, always measured and calm and a tough negotiator. Deals effortlessly with difficult clients and opponents alike, utterly unflappable. A class act. Denise McKenna – one of the most conscientiousness practitioners I know. Denise offers an easy and approachable interpersonal manner, putting clients naturally at ease, always offering realistic and dependable guidance. Lucy Johnston – clear, calm, focused, attention to detail, excellent with clients‘.

‘Benussi & Co was Birmingham’s original ’boutique’ family law firm, and many would say it is still its best. The entire team prides itself on offering its clients the Rolls-Royce service. Helen Jane Arnold has vast experience and exceptional ‘soft’ skills. Denise McKenna is exceptionally commercially astute.’

‘This is a niche firm for high-value financial work in divorce which also very ably handles the complex private client issues which are generated in the running of the businesses which generate the wealth. Great to work with this all female team who is a powerhouse of problem solvers not only of the legal problems but also the commercial issues’.

‘Diane Benussi is a highly experienced senior partner whose breadth and depth of experience is an invaluable resource in finding solutions to difficult and high value cases. She never forgets the commercial fundamentals which will mean that she can steer many cases to speedy compromise. Helen Jane Arnold is an experienced, diligent and competent senior partner who complements the skills of Diane’.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Rayner Grice, who provides 'outstanding client care', leads a team at Clarke Willmott LLP that has a strong reputation for its work on the whole range of family law issues with a particular focus on complex financial and private law children matters. The team has considerable experience in dealing with family businesses. Clients include sports personalities as well as local professionals. Associate Caroline Young is a known name for her work on financial disputes and private law children matters.

Practice head(s):

Rayner Grice

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Young

Testimonials

‘The practice is outstanding. Rayner Grice and her team have always kept me informed and guided me through this extremely difficult time. The whole team is very well informed about your case and again very supportive.  I have also worked with Caroline who is outstanding.  I would highly recommend this firm. Divorce is an extremely stressful life changing situation. The whole team has all the skills to guide you through, maybe the most vulnerable and life changing time of your life’.

‘A very professional team. Rayner Grice is exceptional, experienced and knowledgeable with an outstanding work ethic.’

‘Caroline Young offered tremendous support and timely advice throughout my divorce proceedings. I was particularly happy with the way in which she understood my perspective on how I wanted to contest the divorce in a fair way without seeking to simply maximise my financial benefit. I found her to be firm and fair in her communication with my ex-wife’s lawyers and hugely sympathetic to the situation in which I found myself’.

Caroline Young was incredible. She was sympathetic and understanding. She guided me through a difficult divorce, financial matters and child matters’.

‘The team is extremely approachable. It has a winning combination of absolute drive to achieve the best results in every case coupled with sound advice delivered in a pragmatic way.’

‘Sterling commitment to client care and terrific at supporting clients through the most difficult of times. Compassionate and consummate professionals‘.

‘Rayner Grice and her team are one of the go-to teams in Birmingham for divorce work.

‘Rayner Grice has a wealth of experience in matrimonial finance cases. She has exceptional legal knowledge and client care skills. She will always go the extra mile to get the best outcome for her clients and will take a pragmatic and sensible approach to negotiations while relishing the battle if settlement is not possible’.

Work highlights

  • Advising on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements concentrating in particular on the protection of family business.
  • Advising on complex financial claims on behalf of children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Dealing with disputes regarding arrangements for children on separation, including international relocation.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors frequently represents clients who are facing emergency situations as well as advising clients on divorce and separation issues. The team is skilled at helping clients with significant vulnerabilities and also has considerable strength in international child abduction cases. All solicitors undertake their own advocacy. Krina Parmar and Richard Gray  specialise in all aspects of public law children matters. Parmar is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and Gray is an accredited member of the Law Society Children’s Panel. The team is well-regarded too for its work on culturally complex cases including Islamic law.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gray; Krina Parmar

Other key lawyers:

Anita Bains; Henna Sajid; Adam Bloodworth; Emma Haynes

Testimonials

‘Anita Bains tenaciously pursues her clients’ cases and is extremely effective. Her work speaks of her enormous attention to detail and understanding of the complexities of any case. She combines an excellent understanding of the relevant legal principles with the ability to give clear advice. Clients feel reassured by her involvement and supported during difficult proceedings’.

‘Henna Sajid is extremely hardworking and will always go above and beyond for her clients. She is always willing to discuss the case and agree an appropriate approach. She is a determined individual’.

‘Henna Sajid has been amazing. Henna has always been cooperative and extremely reliable. Henna is always punctual, prepared and presentable when having to attend court or legal meetings. I have always felt very comfortable when speaking to Henna and she is incredibly understanding, non-judgemental and has shown empathy when needed. Duncan Lewis is good value for money and the service that is provided is carried out to the highest standards and quality’.

‘Exceptional service help guidance from Henna Sajid – cares about clients’.

‘The solicitors are very down to earth and friendly and make you feel at home speaking to them. I worked with Anita Bains who has been exceptionally kind and understanding no matter how many times I have called in distress. She has always been patient and understanding with me and remembered personal details of my case even when we had had no contact for almost a year’.

‘Adam Bloodworth is very clued up on family law and comes across as though he has been doing this for 30+ years. Very confident, intelligent and very glad he was my solicitor’.

‘The family team at Duncan Lewis is hardworking and always has its clients at the forefront of its minds. Emma Haynes is very hardworking and is always there when needed by the client. She manages the client’s expectations extremely well and is always there for the client when they need her’.

‘The team is able to work with women who have extensive trauma from domestic abuse. Duncan Lewis is able to gain the women’s trust to take legal action by informing them of their rights. Our clients after gaining knowledge from Duncan Lewis about their legal stance are empowered to take legal action. Some clients have never had any experience with a solicitor and it takes a lot of patience which Duncan Lewis is able to give’.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is led by the ‘exceptional’ Kevin Harris-James, who is recommended for his skill at handling complex financial disputes as they arise on divorces regionally, nationally and internationally. Andrew Breakwell is a known name for his work on financial remedy cases where there are complex trusts and where there are hidden assets. Breakwell is an accredited Resolution specialist in substantial asset cases and a fully qualified arbitrator in family finance. Victoria Fellows specialises in high-net-worth divorces and financial matters and has substantial experience in cohabitation issues.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Harris-James

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Breakwell; Victoria Fellows; Georgina Burrows; Shereen Chohan

Testimonials

‘Kevin Harris-James is a very strong leader of his team. He works tirelessly for the pursuit of his clients’ interests and by virtue of his endeavour he motivates a young team’.

‘Kevin Harris-James is the stand-out lawyer. Andrew Caldicott has had a great deal of experience over the years and is particularly adept at dealing with children cases’.

‘Georgina Burrows stands out for me as passionate, knowledgeable and exceptionally proficient. Her commitment to her clients is unrivalled. She provides sensible and accurate advice. She acts with the utmost integrity. I would recommend her to act for my own family and friends’.

‘Enthusiastically led by Kevin Harris-James, HCR’s private client team in Birmingham offers a city-based service experienced in dealing with higher-value property issues as part of its strong family law practice’.

‘Kevin Harris-James is a tough operator who always fights his client’s corner hard. Victoria Fellows is a skilful and sympathetic family lawyer‘.

‘In Kevin Harris-James, HCR has the market leader in financial remedy work. His client base is second to none and there is no one in the circle of financial work that he does not have a professional relationship with – accountants, finance executives, judiciary, professional sports people, celebrities and the like all seek him out for his professional services’.

‘Kevin is supported by a number of excellent practitioners in his team including Andrew Breakwell and Victoria Fellows. Shereen Chohan is worthy of special mention, an undoubted star in the making’.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has strength in all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on complex financial matters. Mary Kaye is recommended for her work on complicated children matters. Helen Bowns is a highly respected practitioner who specialises in financial remedy cases including those involving farms, overseas assets and partnership disputes as well as business structures. Legal director Prem Ahark is another name to note. Key clients are high net-worth families, high profile footballers, business professionals and CEOs.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bowns; Mary Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Prem Ahark; Monica Ghai

Testimonials

‘The family department is brilliant. It has been built up due to Mary Kaye’s efforts. She leads by example and combines legal knowledge with common sense and fantastic people skills. She commands a loyal following and her clients appreciate her honest appraisal of their cases. She does most of her own advocacy and is very “hands on” in all of her cases. Her clients receive excellent service. Her department follows the high standards set by Mary. ’

‘Helen Bowns is a complete star!’.

‘The family law solicitor that has been representing me throughout the last year has been thorough, considerate and taken note of my instructions. I feel the level of knowledge around family law matters makes the solicitor stand apart from the rest that I have encountered ’.

‘Excellent team throughout my divorce. Always felt connected and up to date with the process. Made to feel at ease and confident. Cannot recommend highly enough. Financial statements were updated regularly and kept within the quoted budget. Always felt at ease with Mary Kaye. Could talk easily and without hesitation throughout the divorce process. I felt I could put my trust in Mary and she would achieve the best outcome for my family which she did. She has an excellent team around her including Monica Ghai who was empathetic to my journey and very helpful too. I cannot recommend highly enough. I would recommend Shakespeare Martineau in particular Mary Kaye to friends and family’.

‘It is a good team and works really well together. The lawyers are always up to date with their clients’ case. They are polite and caring. Prem Ahark is very good and I would recommend her to others. Her knowledge base in family law is really good and spot on. She has a positive attitude and does her best to get a good outcome for her clients’.

‘The family team stands at the forefront of assisting clients in every aspect of the broad spectrum of relationships.’

‘ Monica Ghai is a standout solicitor. She is able to assist in all aspects of family law and particularly where there are parallel proceedings involving both children and complex financial remedy applications. She is the rising star at the firm. Monica is hugely committed to achieving the best outcome for every single client. She has a core of impressive qualities which combines her sharp analytical skills with a natural ability to make each client feel at ease. She remains calm and focused throughout. She is a highly respected advocate and clients report that she has been fantastic in difficult family law proceedings fighting fearlessly for the right outcome’.

Shoosmiths LLP

The family team at Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its work on complex financial issues as they arise on marital breakdown and other relationships. Clients include wealthy families, business owners and entrepreneurs as well as sports and TV personalities and other high-net-worth professionals. The team works closely with its court of protection and clinical negligence teams and frequently prepares cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements for people who have been awarded very large awards of compensation. In Birmingham Adam Maguire receives a lot of accolades. Maguire advises on all aspects of private family law. Hannah Nicholls is now at Thursfields Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Watson

Other key lawyers:

Adam Maguire

Testimonials

‘My dealings with Adam Maguire. have been very good: he never over-promised and assembled the facts to do with the financial aspects of my divorce methodically and comprehensively; he always gave sound advice, and gave due consideration to making sure the costs of fighting my case were kept in check. His main strength is that he demonstrated his mastery of family law issues; he always had a friendly manner’.

‘Professional, honest straight talking. Efficient and prompt and gave confidence’.

‘Adam Maguire has a real quality in client care. Really impressed by his ability to find a path through tricky legal points’.

‘A professional, client-focused firm, with a high standard of client care. There was a good analysis of the issues in the case, with a rigorous attention to detail’.

‘I worked with Adam Maguire. I would describe the experience as a positive experience. It was a joint and collaborative effort between myself and Adam. Adam was very well prepared and had a very good grip on the details of the case. He had a clear view and approach to getting the best outcome for the client. I would also add that he was suitably supportive to the client who found the process quite daunting’.

‘Shoosmiths is a law firm with a national presence. I have worked mainly with the Birmingham office in family finance cases. I have worked for Adam Maguire for several years. He has an excellent mind, a great eye for detail and handles complex family finance cases with ease. He has a calm and thoughtful manner, dealing with challenging cases (and clients) with sensitivity, and is easily able to communicate complex arrangements to them in a simple and digestible fashion.’

‘Adam Maguire is hugely personable and incredibly professional. He delivers matters succinctly.’

Stowe Family Law LLP

With Rebecca Calden-Storr at the helm at Stowe Family Law LLP, the team provides a  'Rolls-Royce service', advising clients on divorce, financial settlements, complex Children Act matters as well as Schedule 1 cases. Other strengths lie in advising on domestic abuse cases and issues that arise for cohabiting and same sex couples. Senior lawyer Shelley De’Worringham specialises in financial remedies and private law children matters. Senior solicitor Hollie Orgee joined the team from Irwin Mitchell and focuses on complex Children Act cases, often with an element of physical/emotional abuse,

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Calden-Storr

Other key lawyers:

Shelley De’Worringham; Hollie Orgee

Testimonials

‘Stowe Family Law is a leading national firm in family law. The lawyers are well respected specialists. It is a formidable firm to face on the other side. Clients are given sound advice and their cases are managed efficiently by experienced lawyers’.

‘Rebecca Calden-Storr is highly respected. She fights passionately for her clients and is excellent at building their trust. She is a very sound lawyer; with a good knowledge of the up to date developments in the law. Her instructions are succinct. Hollie Orgee works very hard for clients; looking for every angle by which to gain the upper hand. She is always well-prepared’.

‘Shelley De’Worringham is currently my solicitor and she, whilst doing her job, offers continued support and professionalism with a sympathetic approach. Shelley has that approachable and understanding side. She continually offers 110% effort and support, and always has the time to listen whilst offering unbiased opinions’.

‘First-rate firm. Easy to work with, excellent instructions and bundles and very well prepared. The lawyers also really know their stuff and have some exceptional lawyers working there. Shelley De’Worringham is exceptional. She specialises in a range of financial cases and private children act matters, gets to grips with complex issues very quickly and has first-class client care skills. She definitely has a bright career ahead of her‘.

‘Client focused, down to earth firm that is knowledgeable and supportive for clients. Rebecca Calden-Storr: she cares for her clients and adds a personal touch to each of her cases. when you are instructed by Rebecca she brings you into the case to work closely ensuring that you have a united approach’.

‘Two very competent lawyers who are part of well resourced team. Shelley De’Warringham a great personality who brings this to all aspects of her work. She blends pragmatism and enthusiasm in all her dealings. Fantastic client handling skills. Rebecca Calden-Storr is a bright and clever solicitor whose case preparation has impressed over and over again’.

‘An excellent family law firm, proactive and able to deal with all family related matters in a clear and compassionate way. Rebecca Calden-Storr is approachable, but also takes a no-nonsense approach, guiding clients to the best outcome’.

The team is amazing, extremely hardworking and dedicated professionals. The lawyers go the extra mile for the client.  Rebecca Calden-Storr sought to achieve success for me with enthusiasm and I was strongly impressed by both her professional knowledge and dedication. She was always approachable, replied to questions and emails always as quickly as possible. She definitely always went the extra mile for me and even returned prematurely from her holiday to be able to be personally present at my final hearing – she wanted to be there physically to support me. I would not have won the case without Rebecca’s excellent advice to me and her meticulous work, superb expertise and most of all her dedication and compassion for my situation’.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Sydney Mitchell LLP has a dynamic collaborative law practice with three fully qualified collaborative lawyers. Key focus areas include advising on divorce/civil partnership dissolution as well as on protective injunctions, child arrangements and cohabitee disputes. Karen Moores is recommended for her work on issues such as matrimonial finance and complex children issues. Mauro Vinti is strong across all aspects of family law including advising on cases where there are international assets or complex pension structures. Teresa Mannion is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel.

Practice head(s):

Karen Moores; Mauro Vinti

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Mannion; Amanda Holland; Gemma Whitchurch

Testimonials

‘Karen Moores is a very experienced solicitor dealing with family law; in my case divorce. She is extremely knowledgeable but also very straightforward, friendly and easy to talk to which certainly helped to put me at ease. She was always available and provided expert advice and support during what was a very difficult time emotionally and financially. She left me in no doubt that she was focused on helping me get the best result for me but also helped me understand the potential consequences of pursuing a result through the courts which was very helpful. Her humour and positive attitude were much appreciated. I have already recommended her to a friend’.

‘Karen Moores is an outstanding and exceptional solicitor, and has a compassion and dedication to her work that’s second to none. If you are lucky enough to have her as your legal representation, then you can rest assured that you are in very safe and skilled hands, that as far as I am concerned, are the best there is to offer’.

‘I immediately felt at ease with Mauro Vinti because of his friendly and easy manner. I was instructing him to manage my divorce after a very long marriage. This was sensitive and difficult work. Mauro was always genuinely empathic and supportive. I had never been through a divorce before and he provided consistent guidance and explained everything clearly. We had regular contact and he always followed through with what he said he was going to do’.

‘Sydney Mitchell not only offers its clients a stellar service, but also the professionals they work with.’

‘Sydney Mitchell is professional and efficient. The lawyers offer a legal service that does not disappoint, whoever the client may be.  Those who stand out for me are Amanda Holland, Karen Moores and Gemma Whitchurch. They are efficient, professional and straight talking, whilst also approachable and personable. They are very much normal and unstuffy people, yet their friendliness as professionals does not deter them from the impeccable job they do‘.

‘Karen Moores is a superstar solicitor. She has enormous energy and enthusiasm for each of her cases. Clients are left in no doubt that she will do everything to help them to achieve the outcome they seek’.

‘One of the hardest-working and committed teams I know. The team has a synergy that is palpable and productive. Everyone gets on and they are a pleasure to work with. The two stand-outs are Karen Moores and Mauro Vinti, a double act par excellence. Karen never stops, she is a dynamic legal whirlwind. She fights every injustice to the last with consummate skill, professionalism and charm. Her client base is loyal and deservedly so. A pleasure to work for and concerning to be against. Mauro mirrors such attributes and also brings to the firm the dynamic of well considered pragmatism and knife sharp negotiating skills’.

‘An excellent team of first rate family lawyers. Karen Moores is extremely savvy, very down to earth and refreshingly forthright. Mauro Vinti is patience and calm personified, which makes him particularly adept at dealing with the trickiest of cases’.

The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership frequently advises professionals and their spouses in addition to owners and their spouses of owner-managed businesses. Aaron Keene is on the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and is a collaborative lawyer. Ruth Harrison-Byrne leads the childcare team and is a member of the Children Panel. Harrison-Byrne receives complex instructions from parents, other family members and on behalf of children and is currently advising on a number of non-accidental injury cases as well as several cross-jurisdictional matters. Associate Sian Kenkre is experienced in surrogacy and assisted fertility cases.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Keene; Ruth Harrison-Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Sian Kenkre; Gail Hope

Testimonials

Ruth Harrison-Byrne is a class act – an absolutely brilliant strategist who knows exactly how to handle really difficult situations. She is a highly effective solicitor who really has the ear of her opponents, client and legal team. She has a piercing intellect which she deploys to good effect. It is truly appropriate to say that she is razor sharp and uses it to spot the strengths and weaknesses in her client’s case. She is an indefatigable and detail-oriented solicitor.’

A specialist, high-end firm without unnecessary airs and graces. Aaron Keene is a Birmingham institution, an absolute gentleman and a leading light of the local legal community. Sian Kenkre is brilliant and has a particular talent for reassuring clients for whom the process can, at times, seem very daunting‘.

‘Sian Kenkre is a highly skilled and client focused solicitor. She is a really talented, charming and understated talent. She has a real charm and careful controlled approach to her cases. She is very smart and tactical but also provides a strong supportive base for her clients going through emotional times. She is far too modest to sing her own praises but the results she achieves and the happiness of her clients shine through‘.

‘Legal executive Samantha Hodson is technically brilliant and commercially minded. She is erudite, likeable, and charming and looks to secure a practical outcome for the client. She is a safe pair of hands who instils absolute confidence in her clients‘.

‘Gail Hope is praised for her diligence and drive on children matters, along with her eagle eye for detail which make a huge difference on how cases shape up‘.

Aaron Keene offers an efficient, commercial and modern approach to deal with all of the issues clients encounter during divorce or relationship breakdown and often deal with high-net-worth individuals‘.

Weightmans LLP

The specialist family team at Weightmans LLP has a national reach and is led by Manchester-based Emma Collins. In Birmingham Fiona O’Sullivan and Tania Derrett-Smith are well-regarded. O’Sullivan advises on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown with particular expertise in pensions. A significant proportion of her work comes from referrals from barristers, judges and other members of the legal profession. Principal associate Derrett-Smith’s areas of practice include divorce, pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as advising on arrangements for children.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Fiona O’Sullivan; Tania Derrett-Smith

Testimonials

‘Tania Derrett-Smith and Fiona O’Sullivan are very experienced and respected in the wider legal community. I have had cases involving both in the last 12 months and have found they have a good legal knowledge, great attention to detail and most importantly they are opponents you can work with rather than against. ’

‘Fiona O’Sullivan and Tania Derrett Smith are a great pair to do business with; very friendly and helpful and of course they know their stuff’.

‘A very strong team across the years of seniority, in both financial relief and children. A good balance of realistic and good advice whilst being a fierce opponent. A strong competitor but the fees are fair and proportionate, lower than many other firms offering a poorer service. Tania Derrett-Smith is head and shoulders above her peers; approachable, tenacious and professional with clients. She ensures the case is always prepared’.

‘Weightmans has a team that can call upon its considerable talents country-wide. This holistic approach means that the firm can steal a march on small, localised practices and the pandemic has highlighted this’.

‘Fiona O’Sullivan is captain of the family ship in Birmingham. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, practice and procedure and is deeply experienced. Her talents are acknowledged throughout the locality and deservedly so. I can pay her no better tribute than to say that I would want her to represent me if ever I were in need of such services. Fiona is very ably supported by Tania Derrett-Smith & together they are a formidable duo’.

‘The lawyers listened to what I had to say and how I wanted my divorce to go. They outlined what the worst and best case would be. I always felt in control and fully supported. Fiona was amazing from the first phone call to the last meeting. Fiona was smart and very savvy. She knew every move my ex-husband would make. I really admire her as a professional’.

‘I have worked with Fiona O’Sullivan for many years, Fiona is a straightforward, honourable person work with, and gives direct pragmatic advice to her clients, thus making negotiations to settlement a more confident process’.