Next Generation Partners

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands in West Midlands

Brethertons LLP

The first-rate team at Brethertons LLP has niche expertise in areas such as child abduction and international children work. It is also skilled at advising on complex care proceedings, as well as international adoption and surrogacy. Further core strengths of the team include advising on domestic violence, private law children proceedings and advice on high-net-worth, complex matters. Linda Jones is recommended for her work on divorce and financial disputes/pensions matters meanwhile Simon Craddock is a specialist in international child abduction cases. Newly-promoted partner Dawn Millar is an accredited specialist with Resolution and is recommended for her work on complex financial cases.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Russell; Dawn Millar


Leading firm out of London, particularly across areas of family law relating to children. Kim Lehal is committed to ensuring her clients’ interests are her priority and are considered by all. She is a great communicator who gives clear cut advice and gets involved in all key stages of cases‘.

Brethertons has good strength and depth in its family law offering. Simon Craddock whose courtesy, good sense and pragmatism are highly valued by clients and other solicitors alike. Simon has an excellent knowledge of the law, and is able to communicate it clearly and unambiguously and is practical in applying it. Simon is an outstanding negotiator, who is able to get to the heart of issues in dispute without losing sight of the human aspects of a case‘.

Worthy of special mention is Dominic Wisdom, whose good sense and superb attention to detail make him a pleasure to work with‘.

‘Brethertons is a flagship out-of-Birmingham practice. The staff are friendly and approachable, well trained and skilled, and provide excellent value for money. Josh Russell is a complete star. Completely unflappable, he takes everything in his stride with abundant good humour. Excellent knowledge of his subject’.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Reunite International Child Abduction Contact centre to represent them on a pro bono basis as an Intervenor on a case which raised significant issues concerning public policy. The case examined the interplay between asylum under the Refugee Convention 1951 and the child abduction under the Hague Convention 1980.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Anne Thomson  heads a ‘strong team‘ at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP which has an excellent reputation for its work on a variety of high-value and complex family matters, in addition to  Children Act cases. Thomson is particularly recommended for her work on pre-nuptial agreements while the ‘very cleverPhilip Cowell has substantial expertise in dealing with the financial aspects of relationship breakdown. Sarah Millington  has considerable strength in farming cases and the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Claire Darley, a lawyer with a keen focus on complex financial cases, from Higgs LLP.

Practice head(s):

Anne Thomson


‘The whole team was very personable as well as being exceedingly knowledgeable about the relevant subject matter. At all stages the lawyers were helpful in talking me through my legal process so that I fully understood matters. They also made me feel that they were fully in my corner and not just there to bill me for the work‘.

Anne Thomson was absolutely excellent. She was always to the point, made things very clear and was also very honest in her views and opinions. Having Anne represent me gave me full trust in the process and that there would be a fair outcome for all concerned in what was a difficult time. Anne also in times of great stress for me also showed a very caring and kind nature to help me come to terms with the difficulties of divorce‘.

‘Anne Thomson is an exceptional lady, nothing is too much trouble, her advice is spot on and always feels like she is giving you 110%’.

Exceptionally client-focused but also hugely realistic and pragmatic‘.

‘A leading firm in the West Midlands, the case work ranges from the straightforward to the very complex and high net worth. There is excellent partner availability’.

‘Stand out partner is Anne Thomson. She is simply excellent. Calls the outcome right at the start of the case and is relentless in her pursuit of the fair outcome for the client. She undertakes own advocacy where proportionate. Philip Cowell is also good  and fights for his clients’.

My experience of the firm was that it was professional in its conduct of cases; ie it was knowledgeable, efficient and had sufficient resources properly to conduct its cases. Helen Hanson- I considered her to be an excellent solicitor. She is intelligent, conscientious, sensible, with a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of her own client’s case as well as the other side’s. She also works extremely hard‘.

‘Great breadth and depth in terms of those practising in private law children work, including high-end and complex cases. Elizabeth Harris-Clark is a very confident and safe pair of hands in private law children matters, including complex cases. Her ability is well beyond her years. Claire Darley goes beyond the call of duty. She brings sensible balance and wisdom to a case’.


Work highlights

    Harrison Clark Rickerbys

    Nadia Davis leads the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys which receives acclaim for its ‘extraordinary strength in-depth’. Davis receives a steady flow of instructions on a variety of complex and high-value cases that involve businesses, farming and agricultural assets whereas Andrew Caldicott has a well-established reputation in high-net-worth financial disputes and complex Children Act matters. Newly-promoted partner James Osborne comes recommended alongside Anita Hennessey.

    Practice head(s):

    Nadia Davis


    ‘Very good personal attention with excellent back up. Very professional advice from wise heads with long experience. We received sound balanced advice from the outset. We agreed with them what we believed was a sound and credible strategy which we pursued throughout. We did our best to keep the temperature in check and achieved a satisfactory outcome. Andrew Caldicott was our principal solicitor and he was ably assisted by Chris Finch‘.

    ‘Andrew Caldicott came highly recommended. His manner was kind and direct. I felt supported, heard and through his emotional support as well as legal advice, was able to make the right decisions for myself and my children. I will be forever grateful’.

    ‘It is a strong family law team, headed by Andrew Caldicott who is an excellent lawyer, with many years of experience, and good judgment’.

    ‘Andrew Caldicott is a good lawyer, strong on client care with a real interest and investment in client’s cases. Chris Finch is an excellent lawyer too‘.

    ‘A firm that has always stood out but now more than ever has grown into an exceptional team of solicitors. A formidable presence with a reputation for being tough and determined for its clients’.

    Andrew Caldicott is a one in a million solicitor. Any client is lucky to have him on their side. A combination of super talented lawyer, charming personality, strong advocacy skills and a wealth of knowledge and experience. No-one is quite like him and no-one can challenge his long standing reputation in family law. He is universally liked and respected by other solicitors, barristers and Judges. Working with him on a case is a masterclass in how to strategise, look after the client and charm the opponent and the Court’.

    ‘Nadia Davis is hugely experienced, extremely knowledgeable and reassuringly personable. James Osborne and Anita Hennessey are also highly recommended’.

    Higgs LLP

    At Higgs LLP, Philip Barnsley heads ‘the wonderfully collaborative‘ team, noted for its proficiency in family wealth protection affairs. It is also skilled at advising on family relationship protection as well as on child protection. Rhian Gray specialises in private matrimonial and family law for married couples, civil partners and cohabitees while Sioned Fitt has a primary focus on child arrangements. The team garners praise for its client-centred approach’ for a roster of owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and wealthy families.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Barnsley

    Other key lawyers:

    Rhian Gray; Sioned Fitt; Karen Gray


    ‘Philip Barnsley – great solicitor who very clearly keeps up to date with the law and has great attention to detail. Fantastic with clients and really goes the extra mile for them. His instructions to counsel are very well prepared; it’s always a pleasure to be briefed by Phil who tends to brief me on high value cases with high net-worth clients‘.

    ‘I’ve benefited from timely and great advice. Karen Gray and Rhian Gray are a real credit to Higgs. Warm, very approachable, thorough understanding of my case and robust when needed, neither of them have been fazed by some difficult situations and have always offered clear perspective. Both of them have been very dependable in both reactive and proactive situations and to be able to trust them so implicitly exceeded my expectations’.

    Higgs LLP works to the highest standard, working collaboratively with its clients, ensuring that they understand every step of the process. Providing timely and measured advice. The team is very client focused. The team is tactically astute and gives great levels of service. The team will fight the difficult cases‘.

    Sioned Fitt has a uniquely insightful knowledge of her clients and the difficulties that they and their families / loved ones are facing. Sioned works tirelessly, with great care and patience to provide her clients with the support that they need, in order to move through the litigation process, navigating the inevitable pitfalls with grace and determination‘.

    ‘Our main point of contact was Sioned Fitt. She made us feel at ease right from the first meeting. She took time to understand our needs, review information and ask pertinent questions. Most of all she supported us emotionally and practically, setting out our options, providing professional opinions and legal advice’.

    ‘Sioned Fitt was quite simply outstanding throughout the case. The issues throughout this case were of the upmost seriousness and having Sioned fight your corner is like being in there with your best mate. Articulate, intelligent, always available and passionate, I never felt alone. All of the pressure was taken off me during my time working with Sioned‘.

    ‘Excellent empathy during my divorce. Phil Barnsley was very companionate, knowledgeable and provided the relevant information so that I could make an informed choice. Outstanding professional practice and knowledge and most importantly care and kindness I will never forget how they got me through the most difficult part of my life it was like a therapeutic process‘.

    ‘Personal qualities that we perceive have been instilled across the whole team….. The support clients get is honest, to the point, will not be “dressed up” and will be truthful even if it isn’t what you want to hear, but most importantly will be delivered to you in a way that is both supportive and positive. These qualities are instilled by Phil Barnsley, head of the family law team. When negotiating on behalf of clients, the team is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The focus is to obtain the best outcome for the client but, importantly, they are mindful that the best outcome also includes avoiding unnecessary cost‘.


    Work highlights

      Thursfields Solicitors

      Thursfields Solicitors fields a team praised for its ‘very high standard of client care’ and for having ‘bags of integrity’. Practice head Shane Miller has a wealth of experience in financial matters in the context of divorce and is particularly adept in matters involving international and jurisdictional issues, businesses, interveners and complex shareholding/deals. Philip Rea is another key practitioner who covers all aspects of family law including pre- and post-nuptial agreements and private law children matters. Laura Williams primarily acts for wealthy clients with overseas assets, complex business structures or farming/development land while Hannah Nicholls is also highly-regarded.

      Practice head(s):

      Shane Miller


      ‘The team is friendly and approachable. The lawyers are extremely collaborative when it comes to working with counsel. Hannah Nicholls deals with cases thoroughly and sensitively. She is sensible and pragmatic. Philip Rea has a wealth of experience and gives sensible, commercially effective advice. Eilidh Rose shows real concern for her clients and is willing to go the extra mile’.

      The Thursfields family team provides a great regional offering for clients across the West Midlands / Worcestershire / Kidderminster area. The lawyers look after their clients well, supporting them through the whole process. Hannah Nicholls is a great lawyer, supporting her clients whilst also expertly helping them to navigate the complexities of their relationship breakdown‘.

      ‘Phil Rea is superb. He is a gifted lawyer who sees each case from every possible angle. Hannah Nicholls is destined for great things. She is already a star in the field of family law.  Eilidh Rose is a star in the making. She is a lawyer who is mature beyond her years‘.

      ‘A Black Country Practice providing assiduous client care, realistic advice and excellent value for money. Laura Wiliams – excellent eye for detail, assiduous attention to detail. Also stand out: Shane Miller‘.

      ‘Thurfields has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is now rightly regarded as having one of the leading family teams in the region. Philip Rea is excellent. He is affable, assiduous and astute. Lorna Tipple is also highly recommended, as are Hannah Nicholls and Eilidh Rose’.

      ‘Phil Rea is an exceptional solicitor with whom I work regularly. I trust his judgement and he is a pleasure to speak with about any case. His honesty, integrity, and studied intellect mark him out as one of the very best. Lorna Tipple is a brilliant solicitor who carefully approaches each and every one of her cases to ensure that her client gets the very best outcome possible for them. I am never left in any doubt that she cares deeply about each one of her clients‘.

      ‘The solicitors care deeply about their clients and the impact family proceedings can have upon their lives. Thursfields is synonymous with class, commitment and a culture of excellence’.

      ‘Shane Miller – A first class operator. A good lawyer who really cares for her clients. Philip Rea – The same could be said about him. Two of the best in the West Midlands’.

      Work highlights

        Lanyon Bowdler

        Lanyon Bowdler has an agile team that advises on financial remedies, children and divorce; it is skilled at advising on internal and external children relocation cases, domestic violence and other significant welfare issues. The head of department is Sue Hodgson , who regularly deals with complicated matrimonial matters and sensitive children disputes, while Philippa Pearson advises on nuptial agreements and on living together and separation agreements for non-married couples. 

        Practice head(s):

        Sue Hodgson


        ‘Sue Hodgson is absolutely first rate. She gives excellent, sensible advice. She always makes time for me, so that she is there when I need her help. I highly recommend her as the best for guiding her clients through complex and stressful situations‘.

        ‘This practice has a great family team. It offers a variety of divorce solutions and is working towards alternative methods of dispute resolution. The lawyers are innovative and embrace a multi-disciplinary approach when working with clients. This firm has utilised podcasting as a way of reaching out and sharing information with clients and colleagues alike. As a practitioner it is a joy to work with the family team’.

        ‘My divorce was handled by Gemma Hughes and to be honest I found things very difficult at times and it was her considerate and insightful guidance that has seen me get through it, at all times when I struggled with some issues she reassured me and helped me see the right way forward, I’d recommend her to all my friends for their divorces’.

        ‘Philippa Pearson went above and beyond the call of duty. Calls were always returned even if after normal office hours. Ms Pearson led a small team working on my case and they all went further than I could have possibly expected. I am convinced that the tremendous effort put in by Philippa Pearson and Staci Robinson had an enormous bearing on the successful outcome of the case. I will be forever grateful for their hard work and support’.

        Philippa Pearson takes time to fully understand the complexities of her clients’ cases, particularly where non-disclosure is an issue, complex finances or complicated factual matrix (e.g. trusts, farm land, business assets, serious disputed allegations). I enjoy working collaboratively with her on cases’.

        ‘A strong regional firm offering committed and bespoke legal solutions to knotty legal issues. Philippa Pearson is a stand out member of the family team. She has an acute sense of legal and practical judgment with a personality that has a devastating blend of toughness with charm’.

        Lanyon Bowdler’s family department enjoys one of the leading teams of specialist family lawyers in Shropshire and Herefordshire (although my experience is that they are frequently instructed in complex and interesting cases much further afield too). Caroline Yorke is absolutely committed not only to achieving the best possible results for her clients but also to ensuring that the litigation process is as comprehensible and as painless as possible for them’.

        ‘Staci Robinson gives pragmatic advice and her briefs are always meticulously prepared. I can be confident that clients are receiving the best possible representation and advice. She is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to hearings where she has instructed me’.

        Work highlights

          Mercy Messenger

          Mercy Messenger is a specialised firm that focuses on dealing with family businesses, advising on children matters and supporting mothers with children under the terms of Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Under the leadership of Mercy Messenger, the team is also skilled at advising on cases involving coercive control or narcissist behaviour. Other names to note include Harpreet Saund; Lauren Parton and Patrice Coughlin

          Practice head(s):

          Mercy Messenger

          Work highlights

            MFG Solicitors LLP

            MFG Solicitors LLP is particularly well-known for its handling of farming divorce cases and has developed considerable experience of dealing with high-net-worth clients, often in respect of complex financial arrangements. Head of department Claire Backler  specialises in advising on the financial aspects of divorce and separation while Gurdip Kaur Brring  frequently advises on pre-marital agreements and the protection of property on co-habitation. Katherine Tippetts  has substantial experience of ancillary relief cases and the team is also home to senior associate Rupinder Nandra, lauded for her work on contested children matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Claire Backler


            ‘I was delighted by the practical approach taken by the team. The lawyers engaged with the substance of the dispute without rising to any of the emotion. Rupinder was super. She was very focused on outcomes and did a good job of keeping me focused on the same. Rupinder’s pragmatic approach saved me tens of thousands and I have already recommended her to friends‘.

            ‘Intelligent, clear, friendly and very prompt. I feel that my solicitor ‘has my back’. I’ve mainly dealt with Claire Backler who I’ve found to be excellent. She always responds quickly’.

            ‘Claire Backler gave me sound professional advice, understood my situation and showed genuine concern for me. It was this sense of care and support that made the whole divorce process manageable. Claire was always approachable and discreet, her knowledge and skill ensured that my interests were always at the forefront of the process. Claire’s overall support and empathy for me as an individual, both professional and personal, cannot be bettered‘.

            ‘Prompt and appropriate responses to queries. Very personable and friendly to talk to. Takes trouble to understand your position and stance‘.

            ‘Exceptional response from partner in family law. Takes a very balanced and informative view. Gives excellent advice. Shows human approach to difficult circumstances’.

            ‘ Gurdip Brring was professional, calm, supportive and human which really helped through a horrendous process  giving me good advice, ensured I concentrated on what was important and didn’t get distracted or misled’.

            Rupinder Nagra is excellent‘.

            Katherine Tippetts’ communication was regular, clear and reassuring’.

            Work highlights

              Wright Hassall LLP

              Wright Hassall LLP is recommended for its work on the full spectrum of complex and high-value cases, acting for many clients in the agricultural and commercial sectors. The team also acts for individuals in relation to private applications for children and frequently advises on pre-and post-nuptial agreements involving both UK and overseas assets. Peter Lowe deals with a variety of complex financial disputes and matters relating to children meanwhile Dal Heran covers all aspects of family law for married and unmarried families.

              Practice head(s):

              Dal Heran

              Other key lawyers:

              Peter Lowe; Laura Stocks


              ‘Dal Heran has taken personal care of my case for over a year. it has been a complex case with international components and she has provided an excellent service throughout. She is knowledgeable, supportive, responsive, and thoroughly professional. I would be happy to recommend her to anyone facing a similar family law situation’.

              ‘I would, and have already recommended, Dal Heran. I do not believe I would have achieved the divorce settlement I did without Dal’s involvement. She guided me through the whole process and even when issues arose that didn’t seem logical or fair to me – she was able to provide legal context and steer me in the right direction. Dal is always very calm and reassuring and I particularly valued her ability to second guess what the other side would do or how they would react‘.

              The Wright Hassall team was incredible, my solicitor Dal was always there when I needed her for advice and reassurance. She was continually honest and upfront with me about my cases and always worked in the best interests of me and my children. She worked tirelessly to ensure that I was happy with my case, whilst working with me to ensure that the children were always the focus. For me I needed a solicitor that always put the children first, she did this continually and I will always be grateful for that‘.

              By listening to the team’s advice, my experience was actually far smoother than I believed it could be’.

              ‘Laura is very attentive and contactable via email and phone. Usually gets back to me quickly and answers my questions clearly’.

              ‘Laura Stocks – l was extremely pleased with the professionalism and sincerity Laura demonstrated throughout my divorce process. She was extremely efficient, knowledgeable, and helpful, whilst at the same time showing a great deal of empathy. For my part l have to say Laura’s manner was extremely friendly and the advice she gave always turned out to be the right path for my particular circumstances’.

              ‘Breadth of expertise and a thorough and client-centred approach. Well capable of dealing with big money cases’.

              ‘I have known and worked with Laura Stocks for about 10 years. She is a first rate family law solicitor. She is extremely conscientious, has real legal acumen and is very client care driven in her approach to cases‘.

              Work highlights

                Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd

                Erica Kemp heads the department at Alsters Kelley Solicitors Ltd and is a trained mediator and a collaborative lawyer, predominantly advising on financial matters following divorce. Sarah Ingram mainly focuses on financial matters in the aftermath of relationship breakdown, children matters and on cohabitation agreements. Catherine Stephens is vastly experienced in all aspects of public law children proceedings.

                Practice head(s):

                Erica Kemp


                ‘I think it’s the overall approach to clients; the lawyers gauge clients’ needs and try and focus efforts efficiently. They try and bill effectively to mean 15 mins of their time is worth more than a day of anyone else’s. They are clear in setting out the risks and will change strategy if you ask but it’s very much a  relationship of trust with them‘.

                ‘The team is very personable and empathetic, whilst very efficient and capable. The lawyers pull together and have a great level of expertise between them. The team also collaborates well with other professionals to ensure that the clients get the best well-rounded advice and achieve the best outcomes. The lawyers understand that their clients are going through a difficult and stressful time, but put them at ease and guide them throughout the whole process‘.

                ‘Sarah Ingram is exceptionally competent, professional and a pleasure to deal with. When I have collaborated with Sarah she has always been across all aspects of each case. Sarah is very pragmatic in her approach and genuinely cares about getting the best outcome for each and every client‘.

                ‘Erica Kemp is very passionate about her work and strikes up a fantastic rapport with her clients. Erica’s clients are so reassured and confident in her that it takes away a lot of their stresses and anxieties during a difficult time‘.

                ‘Jonathan Miller is kind and caring, he listens to my concerns and worries and will go over these as many times as I need until they have sunk in. He has a good sense of humour which makes a very difficult situation more bearable. Most importantly he has a cool head and vast experience and talks things through with me helping me see the issues and problems from all sides, enabling me to make good decisions‘.

                ‘Sarah Ingram dealt with my case with sensitivity, efficiency and with a down to earth, friendly approach. She supported me through an incredibly difficult time in my life, replied to all of my concerns and worries swiftly and honestly. I can’t thank Sarah enough’.

                ‘The family law group at Alsters Kelly is renowned in the Midlands for exceptional service across the practice areas (public, private law, matrimonial finance). Sarah Ingram – an excellent solicitor who instructed me on a tricky financial remedies final hearing. The preparation of the case was outstanding which made my job as counsel infinitely easier. It was apparent the client had received careful but realistic advice and the rapport was clear to see. It is always a pleasure being instructed by, and working with, Sarah’.

                ‘Sarah Ingram showed compassion, kindness and patience with me from start to finish’.

                Work highlights

                  Band Hatton Button LLP

                  Tracy Cross heads the department at Band Hatton Button LLP; she is a Resolution trained and accredited family mediator who is qualified to offer child inclusive mediation and hybrid mediation. Peter Martin is another key figure who is an experienced advocate in cases involving complex children and financial issues. The practice frequently advises on cases where there are companies and family businesses.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Tracy Cross

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Peter Martin


                  ‘Caring and efficient! Tracy Cross‘.

                  ‘First class service, if your solicitor is unavailable there is always someone else to assist. Very competitively priced and prompt with service‘.

                  Everything is described in layman’s terms not solicitor jargon. Peter Martin always responds to calls and always very prompt with his work‘.

                  ‘As a barrister, I am frequently instructed on mid to high net worth value cases from Band Hatton. The client care is excellent. The firm’s key strength is having specialist practitioners in financial remedies. This means that the solicitors keep up to date with the relevant law and are able to advise their clients accordingly. Early settlement without issuing proceedings is encouraged, which reduces costs for clients’.

                  ‘Tracy Cross – her preparation of the briefs is superb‘.

                  Work highlights

                    George Green LLP

                    George Green LLP's practice is headed by Mark Vandaele who has particular strength in dealing with complex financial matters on divorce. The team is increasingly active in advising on pre-and post-nuptial agreements for the firm’s business clients and wealthy families. Recently-promoted partner Richard Port specialises in complex child arrangement cases and matrimonial matters.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Mark Vandaele

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Richard Port; Alex Mansfield 


                    ‘Mark Vandaele and his team are on the ball, and clearly they operate together as a team to support their clients needs. I saw real expertise in the financial negotiations, the family law regarding children, as well as the day-to-day court processes. I can’t speak highly enough of the team working‘.

                    ‘Mark Vandaele’s work over the last year or so has been exceptional, he has a real balance to his communication that in my dealings with solicitors elsewhere I haven’t found before. He has that great personable approach that makes him really easy to talk to, which is vital when explaining difficult family situations. He is very pragmatic, and has my upmost respect for always telling me both sides of the coin to make sure I didn’t get carried away with any possible outcomes and that I knew the risks involved’.

                    ‘This firm has a professional but friendly approach to enquiries and the employees work as a team with good cover especially in the Wplverhampton office but also between offices in the Black Country. Online payments and accurate itemised billing. Used during the recent pandemic so good electronic communication including video and telephone contact’.

                    ‘The team’s legal knowledge is second to none, however what stands them apart is the lawyers who are down to earth, explain everything in detail, treating all as humans rather just business clients. This is demonstrated by the pricing strategy used. Legal matters are a huge strain on financial resources, yet the ‘scope’ method used by the team allowed me to effectively plan financially at the most stressful time of my life, whilst still ensuring a continuous flow in the processing of my matters‘.

                    ‘Richard Port has been phenomenal. His ability to speak to me on a human level, empathising with my situation but at the same time actively progressing my matters at literally all times of the day, even at weekends, has been invaluable to me. His genuine nature always comes through whenever he has acted on my behalf, yet at the same time his professional knowledge has also shown through‘.

                    ‘Local firm with strength and breadth. Alex Mansfield was impressive in a tricky private law children act case. Her client care was exceptional. She guided her client through a difficult case in a calm and focussed way. She was insightful and pragmatic. Through her determined efforts her client was able to achieve a sensible compromise enabling the client to move forward‘.

                    ‘Mark Vandaele is an excellent solicitor. He has a charm and ease about it that puts clients at ease. He has a keen eye for tactics and works very hard to achieve the outcome for the client. He works closely with counsel when instructed and provides huge support when cases are due for trial’.

                    ‘Alex Mansfield is a really charming understated lawyer. But behind her calm exterior she has a sharp mind and never misses a detail. She has an eye for every single point and when working together with counsel is like having a junior on the case with you’.

                    Work highlights

                      Pickerings Solicitors

                      The family team at Pickerings Solicitors is jointly led by Susan Davies, who specialises in divorce and finance, and Richard Westley, who leads the children law team. Joanna Craddock and Victoria Harvey are also key members of the children team and, alongside Craddock, are members of the Law Society’s Children Law accreditation scheme and are often instructed by the children’s guardian on some serious and complex cases. Davies handles all aspects of divorce and separation and is a collaboratively trained lawyer.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Susan Davies; Richard Westley

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Joanna Craddock; Victoria Harvey


                      ‘Great team. The staff is all professional and caring and explained everything well to me so I knew the process . Would highly recommend this firm !’

                      ‘Susan Davies is incredibly easy to talk to, I felt well supported during each and every stage. Very professional but with a caring nature which you need during divorce proceedings. She made the whole process much easier with her explanations of each stage of my proceedings. Her knowledge and experience made me feel confident and the outcome was better than I expected all down to her hard work‘.

                      ‘Joanna Craddock is a highly knowledgeable solicitor who really cares about her clients, she works extremely long hours and goes above and beyond to achieve the best possible result for her clients’.

                      ‘Reliable firm with consistent practice. Joanna Craddock provides clear advice, very timely responses to any queries always willing to go above and beyond’.

                      Diligent, organised and willing to go the extra mile for the clients. Susan Davies and her family law team‘.

                      Work highlights

                        Aaron & Partners LLP

                        Neil Hobden and Richard Barge  co-head the department at Aaron & Partners LLP which is adept at handling high-value and complex financial disputes on relationship breakdown. Barge is a trained collaborative lawyer and has developed a particular niche in drafting and advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Hobden has a wealth of experience in handling disputes involving complex business assets, inherited wealth and hidden money.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Neil Hobden ; Richard Barge


                        ‘A good firm with strengths at all levels. Neil Hobden is a wise old hand – unperturbable and reliable and with a shrewd strategic brain. Highly recommended’.

                        Work highlights

                          Shakespeare Martineau LLP

                          Helen Bowns at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is based in the Stratford-upon-Avon office and regularly helps clients with all aspects of relationship breakdown. Clients include business owners, farmers, professionals and those with inherited wealth. In Solihull, Dipika Mistry specialises in divorce, financial remedy and children work.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Helen Bowns ; Dipika Mistry


                          ‘A full service firm, offering excellent matrimonial finance work. The team has great expertise in the more complicated areas of family law – trusts, companies and farming. Helen Bowns heads up the team. She is super bright and great to work with‘.

                          A very high quality firm with good staff who are fully able to do the job effectively and efficiently. Helen Bowns is highly effective whilst also ensuring that the work is completed in an entirely non-aggressive manner‘.

                          ‘Shakespeare Martineau has been nothing but professional and precise. They understand all situations and concerns their clients have and help them to understand the process and guide them through step by step. Helen Bowns  has been exceptional and very knowledgeable. Her calm manner has allowed her clients to follow and proceed with the same calm manner. She gives great guidance and support throughout the process and is available when needed so her clients feel at ease. Her personal skills are second to none’.


                          Work highlights