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Cambridge Family Law Practice

Private client > Family Tier 1

Cambridge Family Law Practice is a specialist practice that is 'imaginative in finding solutions and provides empathy while giving straight and firm advice'. The firm's partners are vastly experienced and have broad-ranging practices, though each has specialist areas of expertise. Simon Bethel is adept in complex children disputes and high-value financial matters, and Gail Marchant-Daisley is a leading light in both local and national family law matters, including those concerning same-sex couples and alternative family structures. Adam Moghadas has experience in everything from legal aid matters to cases for high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and is a go-to mediator for complex cases. Qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer Tricia Ashton frequently handles high-value financial disputes, and Jeremy Ford's practice includes surrogacy law, child abduction work and medical treatment of children disputes.


‘Simon Bethel is a highly knowledgable and accomplished litigator. Never short of a new idea to get the very best for his client.’

‘They are a really excellent practice providing a service that is as good if not better than many leading central London firms. Cambridge prices with Central London Magic Circle excellence.’

‘Gail Marchant-Daisley is outstanding – extremely approachable, experienced and she always provides sound and realistic advice. Tricia Ashton is another star – very able with a first class legal mind and also a very good.’

‘CFLP are unique in the sense that all of the fee earners are partners within the firm, so you are always guaranteed to be getting someone with a superior legal knowledge and years of experience. They are also able to deal with cases collaboratively, whilst always negotiating the very best outcome for their clients.’

‘Special mention would go to Jeremy Ford, who is an outstanding lawyer. He thinks outside the box and his years of experience working for CAFCASS sets him apart from the competition when it comes to Children cases. In finance matters, Tricia Ashton is a leading light. Her advice is clear and precise, but always first rate!’

‘Gail Marchant-Daisley – excellent all round. Simon Bethel – great with clients, bright, grade A1 attention to detail. Picks all the important points and runs with them. Tricia Ashton – super intelligent, gets the issues straight away and gives rock solid advice.’

‘Adam Moghadas is an outstanding family lawyer and partner. He is always looking for solutions and has an incredibly understanding but reassuring manner. He puts clients at ease and they know that he will find the best solution for their family whilst preserving the post separation relationship. Adam is a pleasure to work with on cases.’

Cambridge Family Law Practice specialises exclusively in private family law matters. Partners Gail Marchant-Daisley, Adam Moghadas, Simon Bethel, Sue Varty , Tricia Ashton and Jeremy Ford provide exceptional depth and breadth of expertise and are all highly regarded in the region and nationally. CFLP has one of the largest family law teams in East Anglia and has established itself as a leader in the field with highly regarded mediators, collaborative lawyers and arbitrators.

The firm: As a multi-partner firm specialising exclusively in family law, Cambridge Family Law Practice is both unique and innovative in the region. The firm has gone from strength to strength since opening in February 2007 and has a vibrant client base in East Anglia and London, but also draws clients from throughout the UK, Europe, US and the rest of the world on recommendation and by reputation. CFLP’s historic city-centre offices overlooking Parker’s Piece in Cambridge are a pleasure to visit, with parking available for clients.

Cambridge Family Law Practice is a different sort of family law firm. Its partner-only make-up means that every client gets the personal, expert service they deserve. There is no drop in service levels when a solicitor is away as clients will always be assisted by someone of the same level of experience and equally committed to the case. The partners work separately or together depending on the demands of the client and the individual case. As a partnership, CFLP has over 90 years of family law experience.

Cambridge Family Law Practice has particular expertise in cases involving substantial assets, often including high-value or overseas trusts, pensions and family businesses. The partners are highly experienced in dealing with private law children matters, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, and CFLP is one of the most experienced firms in the country in the law where it applies to same-gender relationships. Newly appointed partner Jeremy Ford brings a wealth of experience from his background in CAFCASS Legal and is renowned for his work in complex children work including assisted reproduction, medical treatment, child abduction and surrogacy cases.

The firm is proud to offer a full choice of dispute resolution options for clients. All partners are adept both at court advocacy and in collaborative practice. The firm offers a private mediation service which is highly regarded by other specialist family lawyers, including direct consultation with children in mediation. Simon Bethel and Jeremy Ford were the first qualified arbitrators in the country in private children matters, and both sit on Resolution’s national Children Committee (Simon Bethel as Chair of the Committee).

The majority of Cambridge Family Law Practice€’s clients are recommended to the firm because of its expertise, ability to resolve disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and exacting standards of client care. Referrals come regularly from members of the judiciary, other solicitors and barristers, although former clients are CFLP’s most regular referrers of work. Clients and referring professionals alike know that CFLP’s partners act decisively, give clear and practical advice, and pride themselves on the tailored service they are able to provide for each client.

Types of work undertaken: Cambridge Family Law Practice has an excellent reputation for dealing with financial, property and children issues for high-value and professional clients in complicated divorce and separation matters, often involving business assets or international aspects. CFLP is able to provide an expert service to all its clients, whether through negotiation, conventional litigation, mediation or collaborative law, on the full range of family issues.

Family/Matrimonial Simon
Family/Matrimonial Gail
Family/Matrimonial Sue
Family/Matrimonial Adam
Family/Matrimonial Tricia
Family/Matrimonial Jeremy
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other fee earners : 2