Mr Robert Williams > Family Law Partners > Brighton, England > Lawyer Profile

Family Law Partners

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Founding Director, Solicitor, Collaborative Lawyer & Arbitrator


Robert qualified 1994 and specialises in family law. He is a Collaborative Lawyer, Deputy District Judge, Family Law Arbitrator and a member of Resolution (First for Family Law). Robert specialises in finances following a relationship breakdown, whether by separation, divorce, or dissolution of civil partnership. In the 2019 edition of Legal 500, he was recognised for his financial remedy and arbitration work and described as a ‘first-rate, empathetic family lawyer’. 


Robert is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Robert is a member of Resolution and an Accredited Specialist in ancillary relief and emergency procedures. He is a Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer and a member of Brightpod, Seapod and a founding member of Sussex Family Solutions, an inter-disciplinary network of collaborative lawyers, mediators, counsellors, life coaches and IFA’s.


LLB (Hons) Anglia Ruskin, First Class Hons Solicitors’ Finals.

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South East > Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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Robert WilliamsFamily Law Partners

The ‘first-rate family boutique practice’ at ‘forward-thinking, fast-acting, client-focused firm’ Family Law Partners spans Brighton and Horsham and achieves the ‘best possible results’. Having launched its Agreeable model, a service for divorcing and separating couples, in April 2022, and embedding an in-house family therapist in its offering, the practice is led by a trio of lawyers including managing director and collaborative lawyer and arbitrator Robert Williams, who specialises in finance-related matters after relationship breakdown. Also co-heading the team is the ‘truly stellar’ Kate Elliott, who is a Resolution trained mediator and undertakes a range of family matters relating to private children work, high-net-worth individuals, nuptial agreements, domestic violence and addiction issues, and Lisa Burton-Durham, who is ‘bright, personable and a pleasure to work with’ and offers expertise in spousal maintenance work, property portfolios, cohabitee disputes and TOLATA issues, as well as private children matters such as coercive control and parental alienation mandates. Collaborative lawyer Christopher Maulkin deals with financial issues and family matters involving unmarried couples. Also noted is ‘approachable and friendly solicitor’ Gemma Hope.

South East > Private client > Family: Essex

Overseen by Robert Williams in Brighton and led by Essex-based Louise Buttery, Family Law Partners fields a particular strong dispute resolution practice and is praised by clients for ‘going the extra mile in offering support’. Clients ‘would fully recommend’ Buttery, who is equipped to handle high-value financial cases, as well as complex children matters.

London > Private client > Family

Family Law Partners ‘is a truly modern and progressive firm that is entirely focused on securing realistic and effective results for its clients’. Farhana Shahzady has particular expertise in complex cases with both financial and children elements. Trisha Siddique specialises in Islamic and Middle East law and complex cases concerning religious marriage ceremonies. Other names to note include Emilie Helm and Robert Williams. Mark Harrop took up a consultancy role at Collyer Bristow LLP at the beginning of 2023, and Rosa Schofield moved to The International Family Law Group LLP in October 2023.