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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is particularly specialised in financial issues relating to family matters including cases with an international element or involving substantial assets, trusts and businesses. The department also features a dedicated family mediation service made up of four mediators, led by Adele Wilkinson. Richard Hoare heads up the wider team and is a qualified arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, regularly acting for high-net-worth individuals including company directors and business owners. Oliver Hall's practice focuses on financial claims arising from divorces and separations; he also has a strong reputation for family mediation work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hoare

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Hall; Adele Wilkinson


Professional and efficient client communications; rapid and constructive responses. Clear signposting of procedures and processes. Anticipation of wider implications and suggestions for provision of appropriate support (e.g. wills, investments, taxes etc).

Oliver Hall: Open, attentive and available. Clear client advocacy – timely and pragmatic advice offered. Willingness to talk through complex issues; able to clarify procedures/processes and to provide clear alternatives, indicating pros and cons. Able to ground discussion when client starts to get overwhelmed or off-piste. Robust advocate of client in dealing with other solicitors and in court. Very well prepared for court proceedings – excellent summary statements that are delivered in a measured and compelling manner. Able to calm client in times of stress. Overall, Oliver exudes confidence and competence, which was in stark contrast to the opposing counsel.  I was very pleased to have Oliver as my advocate, he conducted himself in a way that attuned with my values and goals and, importantly, he achieved an excellent final settlement for me.  I would recommend him without reservation.

The Family Team at Andrew Jackson are very united and appear to work closely with each other. They are led by Richard Hoare and every member delivers the high standard of service that Richard himself delivers as a lawyer. The firm itself has a high profile locally and engages in local initiatives and community events. The Family Team are well respected by the local legal profession and other professionals in the local area. They offer a wide range of family law services from legal to mediation to collaborative law and arbitration which demonstrates their commitment to serving the local community in need of help with family law issues.

Richard Hoare is a very good financial family lawyer who has a knowledge and command of tax and financial accounting issues which sets him apart from many other family lawyers. He is very authoritative but takes a sensible and  pragmatic approach to cases – not litigating unnecessarily and seeking to find a settled agreement where possible.

In the past I have dealt with departments of legal practices and they are very independent of each other. Andrew Jackson Solicitors are different, their departments work effectively together and the whole practice is very cohesive. Their correspondence is clear, but friendly. Every person I have dealt with at the practice has been approachable and straight-forward to work with. Apart from that, they get very good results and their pricing is fair and transparent.

Oliver Hall is the most patient, diplomatic, empathetic, yet effective lawyer I have ever dealt with. He took the pressure of a very intense, difficult and quite scary situation off me and helped me to understand the key points and not to get caught up in the emotions of it all. He has the ability to disarm aggressive people through his calm, thoughtful responses. He explained to me very clearly what all of my options were and the pro’s and con’s of each of them. He was supportive of my situation but was also firm with me when he needed to be, usually when I was getting dragged into the emotional drama these situations generate. He managed to obtain the best possible outcome for me and my daughter and this has made both of our lives immeasurably better.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell covers the full breadth of family law work with a particular focus on high-net-worth financial cases. The team also specialises in alternative dispute resolution including collaborative law expertise. Notable developments include a price certainty offering for financial cases and nuptial and cohabitation agreements handled at a fixed-fee rate. Zoe Round, who took over as practice head in 2019 from the retired Martin Loxley, specialises in complex high-value financial cases involving property portfolios, businesses and trusts.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Round


The team were able to offer me a full legal package from family advice to assisting me with company matters and potential tax issues that may arise from my divorce. I’m not sure a smaller firm would be able to offer all the advice in-house. There was always a member of the team available to advise me on pressing matters that arose quickly and needed dealing with instantly.

Helen Revill led the whole team very professionally and delegated works according to the timescales that were imposed on me. Helen made sure all documentation and advice was submitted and given on time whenever required. I always felt my matters were dealt with quickly and professionally and I had total faith in all advice given.

IM were absolutely brilliant in the way they supported me. The overall impression of the firm is professional, confident, experienced and full of vibrant staff. The building itself is impressive, and it seems to be able to accommodate all meeting sizes, and can cater for all visitors and staff extremely well.

Zoe Round and James Henshall were amazing. They were kind and thoughtful, as well as being really competent and effective. Zoe always answered my calls and texts, and James always seemed to be at work, even after 6pm on Friday nights, and nothing was too much trouble. They made me feel comfortable, relaxed and valued at all times. I feel lucky to have met them.

Depth of knowledge and expertise with empathy towards clients and their situation.

Maisie Huynh is outstanding – her approach to my case and diligence was exemplary. The support she has given me and my family is above and beyond what I would have expected.

Taylor & Emmet LLP

Taylor & Emmet LLP fields a full-service family law team featuring mediators, Children Panel members and Resolution accredited family law specialists. The childcare team has recently expanded and now fields three Children Panel members; the matrimonial team has also grown to four solicitors, all of whom are Resolution accredited specialists. Michaela Evans continues to lead the department and is an active collaborative practitioner acting for a large number of high-net-worth clients. Lucy Rodgers is a key name to note for legal aid work.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Evans

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Rodgers


Howells fields a substantial family team, which also features eight Children Panel members and five Resolution accredited panel members. The department is divided into two teams covering matrimonial work and children law. Practice head Alyson Siddall is a key name for high-value financial work, advising clients in high-net-worth cases involving significant assets and pensions. Elsewhere in the practice, Sarah Walker has a notable regional reputation for handling complex care proceedings and is regularly instructed by guardians.

Practice head(s):

Alyson Siddall

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Walker; John Clegg


The team at Howells is wide ranging, both in the work they do and the geographical reach.

John Clegg is particularly well known and respected for children and finance work. He is one of a handful of solicitors in the city who still does finance legal aid work.’


Keebles' family department is particularly specialised in the financial elements of marriage and wider relationship matters. The team is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and provides full mediation services. Rebecca Crofts is an expert in children work, representing parents, children and guardians in public law proceedings. The practice in Sheffield is led by Joe Bartlett, who specialises in financial relief. Doncaster-based Antony Ball is experienced in high-net-worth financial issues arising from divorce as well as TOLATA and Schedule 1 applications.

Practice head(s):

Joe Bartlett; Antony Ball

Other key lawyers:

Emily Abbey; Rebecca Crofts

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in relation to a divorce including the final hearing relating to resolving a complex financial dispute in terms of distributing the matrimonial assets.
  • Represented a client in a divorce; the case involved complex jurisdictional issues.
  • Prepared a complex separation agreement for a client.

Rollits LLP

The recent expansion of Rollits LLP' family team has led to enhanced expertise in high-conflict injunction work, as well as an increased number of complex private law children matters. Financial issues make up the core of the practice's work; department head Sheridan Ball specialises in financial disputes arising from divorce and separation. York-based associate Karen Myles is a key name to note for complex financial remedy applications with particular expertise in protecting inherited wealth and acting for clients with unusual business structures.

Practice head(s):

Sheridan Ball

Other key lawyers:

Karen Myles


Rollits’ teams in both York and Hull have excellent reputations for providing a professional service whilst conducting their clients’ cases with rigour and tenacity.

Karen Myles, York – Karen is highly experienced in the conduct of mid to high value cases, and brings a compelling mix of rigour and pragmatism to bear in advancing her clients’ claims. Sheridan Ball, Hull – Sheridan is particularly noted for her calm but determined approach in cases, standing up for her clients where necessary but at all times advising them in a balanced and cost-effective manner.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP fields a comprehensive family law practice with particular strength and expertise in financial cases, including complex and high-net-worth financial divorces, farming divorces and divorces involving businesses and trusts. The group also has notable experience in representing armed forces personnel and has a specialist Courts Martial department. James Marsden leads the team and specialises in the preparation of prenuptial agreements and divorces involving substantial farming assets. Elsewhere in the practice, Mark Carlton is a highly experienced matrimonial finance expert.

Practice head(s):

James Marsden

Other key lawyers:

Mark Carlton


James Marsden, very approachable attitude, particularly knowledgeable about pensions. Provided sound legal advice but was also sensitive to the emotional impact of legal proceedings.

Wilkin Chapman are a large business but always make you feel that you are their top priority. The staff are kind, knowledgeable and clearly experts in their field but with the unique ability to guide you through complex legal situations, which can be upsetting, with care and diplomacy. They are always on your side and want the best outcome for you.

James Marsden was my solicitor. He was truly amazing and I felt at ease with him immediately in the free half-hour session. He very clearly knows all aspects of family law and has a unique ability to recall suitable cases as examples whenever needed. James is very personable and can explain things very clearly whilst maintaining professionalism. He anticipates questions or queries you may have and is always available to help. I was never made to feel that I was bothering or inconveniencing him.


Mark Reeves leads the family practice at Gosschalks, which handles the full spectrum of family law issues including matrimonial work, children issues, cohabitation matters and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The group also has capabilities in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, fielding several collaboratively trained practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Mark Reeves

Graysons Solicitors

Graysons Solicitors handles the full range of family law matters and specialises in high-value and complex family cases with particular expertise in round table solutions and out-of-court dispute resolution. The group provides a variety of payment options including traditional fixed fee arrangements and pay-as-you-go credit facilities. Bradie Pell leads the practice and deals with the full spectrum of legal issues including divorce, separation, finance, injunction and children matters. She works with Nicola Cancellara, who is based in the firm's Chesterfield office.

Practice head(s):

Bradie Pell

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Cancellara


Very dedicated and hardworking. Exceptional value for money.

The practice was recommended to me and it proved a good piece of advice as the service was good and advice given was sound.

‘Bradie Pell stands out for her attention to detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases. Bradie is different from her competitors as she is incredibly down to earth and accordingly expends more energy than most others in establishing a strong rapport with her clients. Qualities valued include her speed and diligence.’

‘Nicola Cancellara is a professional that I have worked with over a number of years. From the experience I have had of working with Nicola, she always approaches her cases and deals with clients in a timely, calm, thorough and professional manner.’

‘Nicola Cancellara is an individual with great integrity, professionalism, loyalty and tenacity and I have every confidence in her ability to provide an excellent service to her many clients.’

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett provides clients with a range of traditional and collaborative law options to resolve issues stemming from family breakdowns including pre- and post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The department primarily advises high-net-worth clients and has particular expertise in handling financial provisions for family breakdowns in relation to security, tax issues, pensions and the effects of divorce on companies and trusts. Christopher Burns leads the practice and has substantial experience dealing with complex financial and children cases.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Burns

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Arrowsmith

Stowe Family Law LLP

International work is a notable growth area for the practice at Stowe Family Law LLP, with the team acting on several cases in competing jurisdictions. Other key areas include advising on same-sex relationships and nuptial agreements. The firm also has a dedicated in-house forensic accountancy team. Managing partner Christopher Birch is regularly instructed in matters involving complex high-value assets, pension sharing issues and inherited wealth.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Birch


Stowe Family Law are client focused, highly professional and competent in their area of law. They deal with each case thoroughly and attentively, giving realistic advice and managing the client’s expectations. They have a manageable client base that enables them to focus on each client and give them the attention they need. They are quick in responding and always polite.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a mother’s application to remove the parties child to Singapore, which was contested, and also in relation to divorce and financial proceedings issued by the husband.
  • Instructed on behalf of a child (through the father acting on his behalf). Acted in the child’s claim under the Inheritance Provision for Family and Dependants Act.
  • Represented a wife in financial proceedings. The parties had been married for over 20 years and, separate to the matrimonial home, owned a further eight rental properties.

Switalskis Solicitors

Alternative dispute resolution is a substantial element of Switalskis Solicitors' practice; Doncaster group head Toby Netting is an accredited mediator while his Sheffield counterpart Alison Kitchman is collaboratively trained. The team handles divorce, finance and children law matters including pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and domestic violence issues.

Practice head(s):

Alison Kitchman; Toby Netting

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Lindsey Canning leads the family team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited and is a highly experienced Resolution accredited specialist. Canning is supported by associate Alison Gaddes. The group focuses on divorce and separation matters and also handles cohabitation issues, civil partnerships, grandparent's rights mandates, name changes and unmarried couple work.

Practice head(s):

Lindsey Canning

Other key lawyers:

Alison Gaddes


They are friendly and knowledgeable.

Alison Gaddes represented me throughout, she really cared about the case and answered all of my questions clearly and thoroughly.

Professionalism, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, compassion all much better than the firm I had used previously.

Lindsey Canning worked conscientiously, and with skill and humanity. Queries were dealt with promptly and thoroughly. I have recently recommended Lindsey to a friend of a friend who is seeking a divorce lawyer.

From the very beginning I always felt that I was treated with great respect and understanding as to the position I was in. I was immediately given the guidance and help that I needed and that trend continued right throughout the ten months I was their client. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t think twice about using them again if I ever required legal advice.

I will always be very grateful to them both for their advice, constant help and overall for the very successful outcome that they both gained for me. Two very professional ladies.

Bell & Buxton

At Bell & Buxton, collaboratively trained Demelza Wrigley leads the family law practice and deals with all aspects of family law including finances, child issues and proceedings, injunctions and domestic abuse matters.

Practice head(s):

Demelza Wrigley


Demelza Wrigley is an exceptional family lawyer who has the utmost commitment to her clients.

Bell and Buxton family have depth of experience in all Family Law matters. They offer clear advice and i have noticed how supported clients feels by their service.

Demelza Wrigley is an exceptional lawyer. She is sensible in her advice to clients and has significant experience in a wide range of family law cases. Her case preparation is excellent.

Demelza Wrigley is outstanding in that she has a fantastic legal brain and is able to build a brilliant rapport with clients.

Cartwright King

Cartwright King has significant capabilities in child protection work with five solicitors accredited as members of the Children Panel. The team handles the full gamut of public law children proceedings; the department also specialises in applications for care and supervision orders including interim contested hearings, case management hearing and final contested hearings. Paul Szabo leads the practice and is regularly instructed to act on behalf of vulnerable young people.

Practice head(s):

Paul Szabo

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Green


Clear and effective communication is definitely a strength compared to other firms.

Paul Szabo – very good communicator, provides clear instructions, very professional.

The team is exactly that, a “team” who works together in the best interests of those they represent. They are a group of experienced, compassionate and dedicated professionals who are highly committed to achieving the best outcomes for their clients.

Each solicitor in the team brings their own strength and expertise which makes this team robust and holistic in terms of knowledge and skill. The solicitors are individually polite, empathetic, dedicated and adaptable to the ever changing nature of child protection work.

A friendly team who will work collaboratively to achieve the right income for all involved.

Taylor Bracewell

Taylor Bracewell undertakes a wide range of family issues arising out of the separation of married partners, civil partners and cohabitees. Dawn Hughes joined the practice and conducts her own advocacy in relation to children matters and financial dispute resolution hearings. Sharon McKie leads the department and deals with high-net-worth cases as well as complex Trust of Land Act applications.

Practice head(s):

Sharon McKie

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Hughes


Taylor Bracewell are able to assist with a variety of legal issues, provide an excellent service, dealt with in a professional and expedient matter. I have dealt with them both in a professional capacity, and have instructed them on a personal matter and have been impressed on each occasion with their knowledge, assured nature, and their ability to deal with matters in a timely and professional way.  I will continue to recommend them.

I have worked with Sharon Mckie for a number of years and continue to have contact with her. Her knowledge in her chosen field is excellent, and is a pleasure to deal with. Sharon is understanding in dealing with clients, supportive and confidence inspiring. I have done and will continue to recommend her to clients and professionals alike.