Hall Brown Family Law > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Hall Brown Family Law
M2 4WU

Private client > Family Tier 1

The boutique family law practice at Hall Brown Family Law advises high-net-worth individuals, athletes, and celebrities on the full range of family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and dissolution of civil partnerships. Practice heads James Brown and Sam Hall are key contacts regarding divorce and complex financial remedy proceedings. Andrew Newbury is also noted for his financial remedy work. Katie Welton-Dillon heads up the specialist children work team and works alongside Beth Wilkins, who covers Schedule 1 Children Act cases and prenuptial agreements. Senior associate Laura Guillon is highlighted for her work on financial remedy proceedings and Schedule 1 Children Act disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Brown; Sam Hall

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is without doubt one of the leading family law firms in the North West. Their approach is modern, ambitious and they attract high-quality work.’

‘Sam Hall has an exceptional reputation in the market. He is always focused on achieving the best possible outcome for his clients, whilst being personable and pragmatic. Together with James Brown he has built a formidable team around him.’

James Brown is incredibly bright, motivated and has a natural ability to win clients’ trust. He understands the needs of his clients and is an excellent leader at the helm of Hall Brown.’

Andrew Newbury is undoubtedly brilliant and knows his field inside and out.’

‘Andrew Newbury fights his client’s corner. He is sensible and gives straightforward advice, yet will always find an angle that makes the most of the corner you are coming from. His colleague Sarah Hewitt is a good stand-in, and with a tutor like Andrew will be a name to watch for the future.’

‘Hall Brown is the premier firm in the North West. They have the best partners and associates and have created a truly exceptional firm that well represents the North West. They have excellent links to the North West financial, media and commerce sector, are excellent at reciprocating work and are well respected by fellow lawyers. Their team is made up of intelligent, dedicated and personable lawyers.’

‘Very “hands-on”, considerate, polite and yet utterly professional and effective.They were also very good value for money at considerably less than the opposition’s lawyers even though Hall Brown did the lion’s share of the work.’

‘There were no weak team members and they all worked well together in an obviously supportive way from the main partner downwards. Laura Guillon did not put a foot wrong throughout the whole period.’

Work highlights

    Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 2

    The ‘exceptional’ team at Hall Brown Family Law is headed up by the ‘meticulous and thorough’ Alison Fernandes, who, along with Martin Loxley, specialises in complex financial and private children cases. The family team’s workload mainly consists of advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients on complex financial cases, involving trusts, pre-nuptial agreements and the division of business assets including farming and equestrian assets. The team covers marriage and civil partnership dissolution matters, which are often cross-jurisdictional in nature. It also advises on emotionally complex private child cases; Louise Butcher specialises in private children matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Fernandes

    Other key lawyers:

    Martin Loxley; Louise Butcher; Laura Guillon; Alice Rogers


    ‘Alison Fernandes has impressed me as a meticulous and thorough practitioner who adopts a methodical approach to her cases. She is very good at handling clients’ expectations whilst always making them feel totally supported. She is sensible and always prepared to reach a fair out-of-court settlement when possible. If not, then she is more than capable of representing clients’ interests robustly in court.’

    ‘Martin Loxley has an abundance of experience in matrimonial finance litigation. He is one of the leading practitioners in the north of England.’

    ‘The team at Hall Brown make their clients feel like family; the personal approach.’

    ‘I really appreciated Alison’s straightforward explanations of the legal process and her pragmatic advice and guidance. She advised me to contact a family mediator, which kept the divorce process as amicable as possible whilst also keeping costs down. The whole team were always quick to respond to any concerns or queries I had, which I really appreciated during a stressful time.’

    ‘Hall Brown, Sheffield, are an exceptional team. Each team member is equally effective in communication and they clearly support each other in their roles, which made a very unpleasant divorce a lot easier to cope with.’

    ‘Laura Guillon is a new partner and she is exceptional – she has the ability to see what needs to be done and then gets it done. A class act. Alice Rogers is also superb and has a fabulous manner with clients.’

    ‘Alison Fernandes is an absolute delight to deal with – constructive, collaborative and calm in her approach. Communicates promptly and directly, bringing practical solutions to difficult and complex cases. I have no hesitation in recommending clients to Alison.’

    ‘Martin Loxley gives sensible and pragmatic advice to his clients and deals with solicitors for the other party in a non-confrontational manner.’

    Work highlights

      Private client > Family

      Izzy Walsh and the team at Hall Brown Family Laware very responsive and collaborative. They have great technical knowledge which they apply seamlessly to the commercial and practical realities of the client’. Walsh is skilled at advising high-net-worth clients on a broad range of matters. Catherine Bell is also recommended.

      Hall Brown Family Law is a boutique family law firm with offices in Manchester, London and Sheffield. The firm started trading in April 2016 and in only two years was ranked in the Top Tier of The Legal 500 where it has remained since. Highlights include:

      • Five of the best known and most highly regarded matrimonial lawyers in Manchester/North West – Andrew Newbury, Beth Wilkins, James Brown, Sam Hall and Michael Devlin.
      • Izzy Walsh, a Chambers and Partners High Net Worth ranked specialist has chosen to leave a top ranked London firm to head up Hall Brown’s London office. She is supported by Catherine Bell, a fellow Chambers and Partners High Net Worth ranked specialist and a team of lawyers in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
      • Alison Fernandes, ranked in the top tier of Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners has chosen to leave a top ranked firm in Sheffield to head up Hall Brown’s Sheffield office.
      • Every single lawyer in the entire firm has been recruited from or worked at a family law department that has been recognised as the best in the country by Chambers and Partners.
      • Sam Hall and James Brown are now the “solicitors of choice” to present to Premier League and Championship clubs for “wealth protection” from a co-habiting or marital sense.
      • Three quarters of the department’s workload consists of cases worth in excess of £5m.
      • Nearly all of the firm’s work comes from personal referrals to each of the partners.  Work is referred in by former clients and other professionals.
      • The firm has already established itself as one of the country’s leading boutique family law firms.
      • High net worth cases. Current cases range from £10m to in excess of £550m.
      • High profile cases. Current cases include over a dozen of the most famous sports stars in the world as well as high profile celebrities and business people, politicians and members of the judiciary.
      • Complex financial cases including trusts, complicated business structures and injunctions.
      • Assets across multiple jurisdictions.
      • Complex and unusual pension arrangements.
      • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
      • Divorce
      • Dissolution of civil partnerships.
      • Schedule 1 Children Act cases, including paternity claims brought against well-known individuals.
      • Co-habitation cases.
      • Private children law (including leave to remove and child abduction).
      Family James Brownjames.brown@hallbrown.co.uk0161 804 7000