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Hanne & Co
The Candle Factory
112 York Road
SW11 3RS

Private client > Family Tier 4

Susan Harlow  and Elizabeth Francis co-head an excellent team at Hanne & Co that is equally as adept at handling challenging care proceedings as advising on private financial proceedings and cross-jurisdictional disputes. It is skilled at covering diverse issues such as the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces; financial cases, ToLATA and Schedule 1 cases as well as issues relating to domestic violence, abduction and complex Children Act cases. Elinor Feeny  was promoted to the partnership and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in financial matters and domestic abuse.

Practice head(s):

Susan Harlow; Liz Francis

Other key lawyers:

Elinor Feeny; Anna Gowen; Caroline Little; Rokeya Dangor; Maisie Lockyer; Hazel Kent; James Dunn


‘Liz Francis was outstanding. She gave firm legal guidance yet allowed me to have my say. She made a very stressful time in my life as comfortable as possible and was always very quick to react and prepare the necessary paperwork. She was extremely efficient in all matters’.

‘Elinor Feeny – she is brilliant, and also she is excellent communicator, and has a very high level of emotional intelligence. She has a profound understanding of my needs and makes sure they are met. She is very easy to collaborate with.’

‘Anna Gowen – a powerhouse and no nonsense lawyer. Experienced, dynamic and a safe pair of hands’.

‘I have worked with Caroline Little for over 20 years. She is effective, a fierce champion for children and a highly experienced collaborative family lawyer – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rokeya Dangor is diligent in her work; knowledgeable about family law but is also very empathetic and understanding regarding welfare issues relating to children. I have had a number of very complex cases and she has always been able to keep abreast of the issues and give me legal advice accordingly. She is easy to talk to and listens when providing instructions’.

‘A team of absolutely superb family lawyers who go the extra mile for their clients. Susan Harlow is a thoughtful and measured family lawyer with years of experience. Elizabeth Francis has a reassuring command of the issues in every case and thinks outside the box for her clients‘.

‘Hanne & Co has an exceptional team who work closely together and support one another. They regularly assist one another and appear to work in a genuinely collegiate atmosphere’.

‘Elinor Feeny – an absolutely exceptional solicitor who holds a quiet confidence but won’t avoid being clear and firm with clients. Level headed and calm, she brings a lot of certainty to even the most difficult cases. She is an absolute delight to work with and exceptionally prepared. Susan Harlow is organised, sensible and direct. She provides firm and clear advice for every client’.

About us: Hanne & Co is a Lexcel- and CSQ-accredited South London-based law practice with a very long and established history dating back to its establishment in 1898. Across its 120-year history the firm has established a widely diverse client base over a broad geographical area both within the UK and abroad – earning great respect from within the industry and receiving many excellent testimonials from clients very satisfied with the high-quality, clear, pragmatic and comprehensive advice given.

As a full-service legal firm – covering family law, employment law, corporate and commercial law, conveyancing, disputes, wills, probate and trusts and notarial work – many of our clients find that all of their legal needs can be met in one place, with the important benefit that we can bring to bear all relevant expertise on their behalf in an efficient, timely and “joined up” manner.

Hanne & Co has two offices in Battersea – just 2 minutes’ walk from each other. Both of them are very accessible: they are an 8-minute walk from Europe’s busiest train station, Clapham Junction, are served by a large underground car park and, if needed, are a 2-minute walk from a busy helipad.

Family law: Hanne & Co boasts one of the largest and most highly-regarded family law departments in London, with seven leading partners (three of whom were awarded The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer status in 2022), eight expert solicitors and consultants and six trainees and paralegals. The department commands a large market share with current active family cases exceeding 730. Our solicitors regularly advise on complex financial matters, complex care proceedings and cross jurisdictional disputes and we have many international clients, including clients in the public eye.

The family law department is split into two distinct teams – public family (child care law) and private family (family and divorce law). The team operates from the The Candle Factory, 112 York Road, London, SW11 3RS.

All members of the department specialise exclusively in family law and have several accreditations, including the Children Panel, Family Law Advanced Panel and accreditation by Resolution. Partners and solicitors are members of Resolution and the Public Family team are members of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC), an organisation which promotes justice for children and young people who become involved in legal processes.

The private family team prides itself on providing clients with the experience and expertise of central London firms (who are frequently opponents), but at affordable prices, while the public family team is proud to be able to provide a full Legal Aid service to care clients.

The department is best known for its breadth and depth of expertise in family law with an emphasis on individual partners and senior fee earners specialising in niche areas. The partners are strong litigators but are also committed to ensuring that clients recognise and understand the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and, where appropriate, the alternatives of mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and private FDR/round table meetings.

The private family team advises on matters including but not limited to:

  • matrimonial finance including high-net-worth cases;
  • third party interests;
  • locating undisclosed or hidden assets;
  • confiscation proceedings;
  • recouping disposed assets;
  • freezing orders and appeals;
  • unmarried party disputes including trust of land property disputes all the way up to appeal;
  • children including child arrangement orders, relocation; specific issue and prohibited steps orders;
  • forced marriage;
  • schedule 1 disputes;
  • international child abduction;
  • divorce including same-sex marriage, civil partnerships, customary marriages, Talaq divorces and the legitimacy and recognition of foreign marriages;
  • domestic violence protection orders;
  • pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements; and
  • separation and cohabitation agreements.

The public family team, one of the largest of its kind in London, advises on:

  • care proceedings;
  • placement proceedings;
  • adoption;
  • secure accommodation orders;
  • emergency protection orders;
  • location and recovery orders;
  • radicalization;
  • female genital mutilation;
  • non-accidental injury;
  • fabricated or induced illnesses;
  • special guardianship orders;
  • representing children and guardians in private law proceedings;
  • wardship proceedings;
  • deprivation of liberty proceedings;
  • removal from the jurisdiction; and
  • pre-proceedings and advice in relation to involvement with children’s services.

The firm’s specialist lawyers in all departments are highly regarded and well respected in the legal industry and receive excellent testimonials from clients. The firm prides itself on giving high quality advice that is clear, pragmatic and comprehensive and allows clients to make informed choices throughout their cases.

Across its 120 year history Hanne & Co has established a widely diverse client base over a broad geographical area both within the UK and abroad. Hanne & Co also has a strong commitment to training young lawyers and provides a high number of training contracts each year through a highly competitive interview process.

Looking to the future, Hanne & Co intends to maintain and further develop the reputation it has acquired over its long history and to build on its reputation of providing high quality legal services akin to a city firm, but without the price tag that follows.

Private Family Susan Harlow (Partner)susan@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Private Family Elizabeth Francis (Partner)elizabeth@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Private Family Elinor Feeny (Partner)elinor@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Private Family Anna Gowen (Partner)anna@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Public Family Rokeya Dangor (Partner)rokeya.dangor@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Conveyancing Simon Cozier (Partner)sc@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Private Client Claire Martin (Partner)clairel@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Property Litigation Victoria Copeman (Partner)victoria.copeman@hanne.co.uk02072280017
Partners : 13
Qualified Fee-earners : 23
Trainees and Paralegals : 12
Support Staff : 15
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Financial Remedies and Children Law
Family Law Advanced Panel
Children Law Scheme Children’s Representative
Law Society Children Panel
Children Law Accreditation
Association of Lawyers for Children
Notary Public :


Hanne & Co is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in its own policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which it has influence. This applies to our professional dealings with staff and partners, clients, other solicitors, barristers and third parties. We are also committed to promoting equality and diversity in those areas in which we have influence and are signed up to the Law Society’s Equality and Inclusion Charter and the use of the supporting best practice protocols. We intend to treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of their disability, gender, marital status, age, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief or sexual orientation. We are committed to complying with rule 6 of the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct 2007 and with all current and any future anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice and any relevant amendments to or further codes of practice. 

As an employer, we will treat all employees and job applicants equally and fairly and do not discriminate unjustifiably against them. We recognise the benefits of having a diverse workforce and will take steps to ensure that: 

  • we endeavour to recruit from the widest pool of qualified candidates possible; 
  • employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on the basis of candidates’ individual qualities and personal merits; 
  • where appropriate, positive action measures are taken to attract applications from all sections of society and especially from those groups which are under-represented in the workforce; 
  • selection criteria and processes do not discriminate unjustifiably on the grounds of disability, gender, marital status, race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, other than in those instances where the firm is exercising permitted positive action; 
  • wherever appropriate and necessary, lawful exemptions (genuine occupational requirements) will be used to recruit suitable staff to meet the special needs of particular groups; and 
  • all recruitment agencies acting for the firm are aware of its requirement not to discriminate and to act accordingly. 

Promotion within the firm is made without reference to any of the forbidden grounds and will be based solely on merit.   

Corporate Social Responsibility 

We have long been committed to helping our local and wider community. We are one of the few firms that will still provide some Legal Aid assistance where clients are eligible. As a firm and as individuals within the firm we support a number of good works, such as Rights of Women advice line, the London Legal Support Trust and Free Wills campaign. We have an active charity committee and every year vote on a charity to support/fund raise for. This year we are supporting the local Katherine Low Settlement and if you want to read more about this and our CSR ethos please see our website: 


CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Liz, many thanks for this and for all of your assistance throughout what has been one of the most difficult periods of my life. You handled my case with the perfect blend of professionalism and sensitivity. I am extremely grateful to you.”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Over the period I found you to be professional, assured, confident and well-prepared dealing with the technical and complex. Sometimes issues were almost forensic. This was complimented by your ability to understand the personal anxiety that a client experiences as the process takes different directions and help with an empathetic approach which was much valued”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Your great patience was much appreciated, your lovely approach to people made me feel like a friend rather than a client- that makes the trauma of divorce easier to get through. Thank you again for everything”

CLIENT: Child Care Proceedings Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Despite your busy work schedule, you always made our case at the top of your priority list, you kept us calm and soothed our fears. Without your wonderful advice and your firm’s legal experience, we would not have the outcome we had. I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who needs a brilliant solicitor.”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“A MASSIVE THANK YOU for your support, you were an angel. I really appreciate that and owe you a debt of gratitude”

CLIENT: International Child Abduction client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“I will never forget the feeling when I heard the outcome of the court ordering my children to be returned home. I cannot thank you enough for your assistance. Your legal expertise, professionalism and attention to detail went above and beyond my expectations throughout the course of my case. It was a pleasure doing business with you.”

CLIENT: International Child Abduction client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“I just wanted to thank you for all the time, effort and meticulous attention to detail regarding my case over the past year or so.  You are always prepared to go the extra mile, working long hours and your ability to recall the smallest and often most significant details amongst a wealth of facts in my highly complex case never ceases to amaze me.  I appreciate all you have done and the manner in which you conducted my case and liaised with me throughout. It was very reassuring to have you on my side.  I do not know what I would have done without you.”

CLIENT: Child Care Proceedings – acting for Grandparents
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“It is with immense gratitude that we say thanks to you and Caroline. Your representation for us was greatly appreciated and it will be my pleasure to recommend you to anyone needing a solicitor. Caroline was cool and calm but effective.  She was elegant in her submission. To choose you all to represent was the best choice we made. Once again thanks.”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“I would like to say Liz you are a wonderful solicitor and I am proud to have had you as mine. I can never thank you enough for all the hard work and kindness you have given me over the years. I now enjoy like to the full, I have a lovely partner we are engaged and very happy. So, my life has turned out good after all that upset.”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Elinor Feeny provided me with outstanding service during my very painful divorce … I have already referred a friend to her and will continue referring anyone who needs her services.”

CLIENT: Matrimonial Divorce, Children and Finance client
COMPANY/FIRM: Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL:“Hanne & Co is the best solicitors I could recommend to anyone, and I have been recommending to my friends since they helped with my divorce. My solicitor Elinor Feeny made me feel well supported through this difficult period of my life.  I felt like she was passionate and dedicated towards helping me with my situation.  She was professional but at the same time warm and caring, and never made me feel uncomfortable.  The atmosphere in the office was welcoming and supportive, and the staff that I spoke to were all friendly.  This was a hugely disruptive period of my life and I am very grateful for the emotional and professional support that Hanne & Co gave me.”