Firm Profile > John Hooper & Co > Nottingham, England

John Hooper & Co

Family Tier 1

The team at niche family firm John Hooper & Co is highly regarded for divorcing spouses and separating cohabitees matters. Disputes involving children are an additional strength, particularly in the context of financial applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. ‘Knowledgeable' practice head John Hooper is ‘loved by clients’ and ‘cannot be faulted’. The group’s knowledge also encompasses international family law, financial settlements, civil partnerships and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

John Hooper;

Other key lawyers:

Tim Quincey; Philippa Sanderson;

John Hooper & Co operates from offices in central Nottingham and has clients throughout the Midlands. Specialising in family law, the firm has particular expertise in the financial aspects of the breakdown of a relationship.

The firm: Established in May 1995, John Hooper & Co’s principal, John Hooper, together with his colleague Tim Quincey, have many years of specialist family law experience between them; that experience has been enhanced by the presence of Philippa Sanderson and Maria Coster. The firm has close contacts with specialist divorce counsel in London and the provinces, along with forensic accountants and valuers.

John Hooper & Co acts for clients of varying means, with rates geared towards assisting people from a wide variety of circumstances. The firm has specialist expertise in areas such as the negotiation and finalisation of complex financial settlements involving substantial assets and pensions, including offshore trusts and private and public companies; freezing orders; the negotiation and settlement of cohabitee disputes; and the negotiation and settlement of applications for maintenance and lump sums in respect of children.

The firm has growing expertise in international family law, especially in relation to cases involving an Irish or a New Zealand context.

Types of work undertaken: Cohabitation: John Hooper & Co continues to press for the law to be updated in this area, given that, although cohabitation has been a developing trend over recent years, there has been no corresponding response from the legislature to cater for the consequences of the breakdown of such relationships.

International issues: the firm’s director, John Hooper, is a dual-qualified New Zealand barrister and solicitor and also an English solicitor. He has conducted cases involving not only British nationals but also New Zealand nationals, Australian nationals and Irish nationals. Other members of the firm have dealt with cases involving EU states and elsewhere.

Children’s issues: Maria Coster and Philippa Sanderson have particular experience in dealing with disputes concerning children. Their aim is to try to resolve children disputes without reference to court, since litigation frequently causes further damage to effective communication and co-operation between parents. However, where proceedings are necessary, they have acquired a reputation for robust representation of their clients.

Divorce: the firm has dealt with many divorce petitions on behalf of clients, both within the Midlands and throughout England. The firm recommends, to each and every client, all of the alternatives to an actual divorce, ensuring that the client has been properly advised about their rights, together with the consequences of pursuing any particular course of action (whether or not it is divorce, separation, counselling or otherwise).

Other areas include: prenuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and financial settlements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior and managing partner John Hooper
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5