Gemma Hope > Family Law Partners > Brighton, England > Lawyer Profile

Family Law Partners

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Director, Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer


Gemma qualified 2006 and is a Solicitor, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. She is a member of Resolution and a Resolution Accredited Specialist (Children and Complex Financial Remedies). Gemma promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family issues to minimise conflict and always focuses on solutions that are in the best interests of any children.


A member of Resolution and a Resolution Accredited Specialist (Children and Complex Financial Remedies).


First class honors in the Family Law elective within her Law degree at Sheffield University, where she also secured a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice with a distinction.

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Gemma HopeFamily 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.

London > Private client > Family: mediation

Family Law Partners ‘offers not only the best in litigation but also the full remit of alternatives to going to court coupled with a comprehensive counselling therapy and well-being space. Truly a team who can offer a “good divorce”.’ It has an abundance of talent where the lawyers offer ‘a holistic approach to divorce and separation enabling clients to move on from an emotional and difficult process with clarity and confidence‘. Gemma Hope is a member of the Family Mediation Council and is an accredited mediator. Kate Elliott has an excellent practice – she qualified as a mediator in 2019 and is working towards accreditation. Sarah Jelly is also well-regarded and can provide statutory Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings. Hazel Manktelow is also a child-inclusive mediator.