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Cambridge Family Law Practice

Private client > Family Tier 1

Cambridge Family Law Practice is a boutique firm with six partners who exhibit ‘refreshingly collegiate approach with deep experience of family law’. Clients remark upon the ‘care, empathy and honesty’ shown by the partners. ‘The intelligence and humour which he brought to our meetings made a huge difference’, said one client of Jeremy Ford, whose practice includes surrogacy law, child abduction, and the medical treatment of children disputes. Tricia Ashton is ‘excellent both in the strategy phase and its implementation’. Simon Bethel has ‘a pragmatic approach and an ability to cut to the nub of the issue‘. Adam Moghadas, Gail Marchant-Daisley, and up-and-coming partner Kathryn Evans, who ‘combines detailed and practical knowledge of relevant case law with genuine compassion for her clients‘, are also highly recommended.


‘Refreshingly collegiate approach with deep experience of family law. Clear, transparent approach to billing that builds confidence between client and lawyer.’

‘Kathryn Evans brings a detailed and practical knowledge of relevant case law, which she combines with a genuine compassion for her clients and their issues.’

‘I was recommended to Cambridge Family Law by a previous client and I have been delighted by the level of care, empathy and honesty they have shown me regarding my situation. I feel they have always been totally upfront and open about all aspects of my case.’

‘Tricia Ashton is a superb lawyer. She is excellent both in the strategy phase and its implementation. Her writing skills are also excellent, and she is very fast, working around the clock. At the same time, she is empathic, appreciating the importance of the deeply personal matters that are the centre of a case, but this does not blur her vision of what needs to be done and her ability to give frank advice.’

‘Simon Bethel has supported and advised me during a particularly long and protracted family dispute. I appreciate his pragmatic approach and his ability to cut to the nub of the issue in order to achieve resolution in what has proved to be a high-conflict dispute. Throughout this time, he has given good support, been readily available, easy to interact with, and provided clarity around the various options available and the associated pros and cons.’

‘Jeremy Ford was very approachable, reassuring but realistic, and very supportive. With a high level of professionalism, mixed with humour and a down-to-earth manner, Jeremy was the right person to act for us and win our landmark case. We would highly recommend Jeremy and CFLP to anyone with a family law case to proceed and are hugely grateful for everything they did for us.’

‘Kathryn Evans has been very approachable, has explained my options thoroughly, and has guided me through every step of my divorce. I feel she has given me realistic expectations and has taken the time to listen to my concerns and to understand the complexity of my particular family dynamic.’

‘We were both extremely impressed with Jeremy Ford in particular. The intelligence and humour which he brought to our meetings made a huge difference to me and my husband, and we were able to proceed in a way which we had imagined impossible.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a same-sex couple in relation to the failure of their local registrar to record the non-biological mother on the child’s birth certificate.
  • Representing a litigation friend of a child born to a man (who was recognised as a woman at the time of his own birth) in relation to the recording of his father as ‘mother’ on the child’s birth certificate.

Cambridge Family Law Practice specialises exclusively in private family law matters. Partners Gail Marchant-Daisley, Adam Moghadas, Simon Bethel, Tricia Ashton, Jeremy Ford and Kathryn Evans 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. The firm has also recently opened a ‘by appointment only’ office in Stamford.

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 110 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. 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.  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 or have sat on Resolution’s national Children Committee (Simon Bethel as former 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Family/Matrimonial Simon Bethel 01223443334
Family/Matrimonial Gail Marchant-Daisley 01223443331
Family/Matrimonial Kathryn Evans 01223224382
Family/Matrimonial Adam Moghadas 01223443338
Family/Matrimonial Tricia Ashton 01223443332
Family/Matrimonial Jeremy Ford 01223443388
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other fee earners :


Cambridge Family Law Practice has an equal number of male and female partners.

Prob Bono

Jeremy Ford acts on a pro bono basis in his representation of the child in the case of R (McConnell) v General Registrar for England & Wales [2020] EWCA Civ 559.


Adam Moghadas sits on the Domestic Violence Forum for Cambridge and is a director of the local child contact centres.

CLIENT: Helen Arnold and Sarah Osborne
COMPANY/FIRM: Cambridge Family Law Practice
TESTIMONIAL: “We are so grateful for everything CFLP, and Jeremy Ford in particular, have done for us throughout our case. We felt consulted and informed throughout the whole process, receiving regular communication and all relevant paperwork to help us understand and get through what was a unique, and often stressful case. Jeremy was very approachable, reassuring (but realistic) and very supportive. With a high level of professionalism, mixed with humour and a down-to-earth manner, Jeremy was the right person to act for us and win our landmark case. We would highly recommend Jeremy and CFLP to anyone with a family law case to proceed. Thank you for all you have done for us.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Cambridge Family Law Practice
TESTIMONIAL: “I am extremely grateful to Simon Bethel and the whole of his team for making the difficult experience of the last few years of divorce as straightforward as possible. Thank you to Simon for his wise advice and for his balanced and family focused approach in achieving a very satisfactory outcome outside of the court process.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Cambridge Family Law Practice
TESTIMONIAL: “I would like to give my most warmest thanks to Kathryn Evans. I can’t recall the last time I have met a person that has such common sense and so much professional understanding. When it comes to taking charge, reading the room and controlling the most critical situations, she is the person to go to! Thank you so much to Kathryn for helping me get through this hard time in my life and making it so much easier.”

COMPANY/FIRM: Cambridge Family Law Practice
TESTIMONIAL: “I could not have had anybody better than Kathryn Evans to help and support me through a very complicated and messy child protection case involving my grandchildren. She grasped the complexities of the situation very quickly and is very perceptive. She has advised with warmth and kindness. Kathryn is always extremely well-prepared, allowing me to completely trust in her expertise and ultimately feel less anxious about the process. Everyone I have encountered at CFLP has been helpful and thoroughly professional. I would not hesitate to recommend this practice and Kathryn in particular.”