Firm Profile > Hanne & Co > London, England

Hanne & Co
SW11 3RS

Family Tier 4

Hanne & Co has a large family department that is split into separate public and private family teams. All members of the department have several accreditations, including with the Law Society Children's Panel and Family Law Advanced Panel and with Resolution. In addition, several practitioners in the public family department are members of the Association of Lawyers for Children. The practice regularly advises on complex financial matters, difficult care proceedings and cross-jurisdictional disputes. Many of its clients are international and are in the public eye. Susan Harlow and Lorna Cservenka are the names to note. Grainne Fahy left the firm to join BLM in July 2019.

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The team at Hanne & Co has been superb in every aspect. Its compassion and legal acumen gave me the confidence to undertake my legal challenges. The team’s communication skills and availability were both important factors

The child care solicitors are organised, their knowledge is extensive and they are able to undertake their own advocacy, and undertake tasks in timely manner

Susan Harlow’s integrity and passion were pivotal to a good working relationship. Her calm and clear advice and support were key to me feeling able to proceed in the matter

Caroline Little, Lorna Cservenka and Rokeya Dangor are all highly competent and I received sound legal advice. They were approachable and available when needed. Lorna Cervenka was always hugely committed to the case and willing to go the extra mile for the clients

‘Samantha Cook is efficient, empathetic, friendly and provides excellent legal advice. She is often the legal representative tying all the loose ends together and rallying the other parties to meet deadlines and come to an agreement

Able to manage complicated litigation but also affordable – a rare mix for London. Liz Francis is calm and detailed, and manages clients well

‘Rokeya Dangor is a particularly well-organised, well-prepared and sensible advocate. When she is acting in a case the tribunal knows that she is entirely trustworthy and reliable. Her cases are well managed, and she has realistic expectations for her clients’

James Dunn is an exceptional solicitor who has and continues to go over and beyond expectations. His client care and attention to detail is superb. He is a brilliant, intuitive and compassionate lawyer

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 1889. Across its 130-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 & Commercial Law, Conveyancing, Property Disputes, Criminal Law & Fraud, Wills, Probate & 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.

The Hanne & Co Family Law department
Hanne & Co boasts one of the largest and most highly-regarded Family Law departments in London, with six leading partners (three of whom were awarded Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer status in 2020), 12 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 & Divorce Law). The Public Family team operates from the The Candle Factory, 112 York Road, London, SW11 3RS while the Private Family team works out of Molasses House, Plantation Wharf, London SW11 3TN.

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.

However, Hanne & Co is also a full service law firm providing legal services in areas in addition to Family Law and which include Employment Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Conveyancing, Property Disputes, Criminal Law & Fraud, Wills, Probate & Trusts and Notarial work. We find this assists our clients many of whom benefit from having all their legal needs dealt with by one firm. Every client receives high level dedication from a solicitor specialised in the necessary field and with considerable back up from the other members of the team and indeed from the firm’s other departments as necessary.

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 130 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Private Family Susan Harlow (Partner) 02072280017
Private Family Elizabeth Francis (Partner) 02072280017
Public Family Lorna Cservenka (Partner) 02072280017
Public Family Jackie Pearce (Partner) 02072280017
Private Family Anna Gowen (Partner) 02072280017
Public Family Rokeya Dangor (Partner) 02072280017
Conveyancing Simon Cozier (Partner) 02072280017
Private Client Claire Martin (Partner) 02072280017
Crime Martyn Meadows (Partner) 02072280017
Property Litigation Victoria Copeman (Partner) 02072280017
Employment James Collier 02072280017
Partners : 13
Qualified Fee-earners : 23
Trainees and Paralegals : 12
Support Staff : 15
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Family Law Advanced Panel
Children Law Scheme Children’s Representative
Law Society Children Panel
Children Law Accreditation
Association of Lawyers for Children
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