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Family/Matrimonial


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Family/Matrimonial - The South

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Guildford

What the team is known for Substantial family team formed of various specialist groups, such as those handling international finance, family mediation and cohabitee issues, allowing it to provide a focused service to clients. Recognised for its abilities in collaborative law and mediation, with particular focus on working with children.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work is done in a focused and cost-conscious fashion. They are competent, able and keep their clients well informed."

"They are excellent and very sympathetic. They really lay it out on the table and don't avoid the issues."

Notable practitioners  

Judith Ball leads the firm's family law group and is recommended for her expertise across a broad range of complex cases. She is held in high regard by sources, who note that "she's committed to the case, has a good ability with clients, provides sound advice and is good at knowing when to fight her battles."

Associate Joanna Kemp has attracted much praise for her impressive family law practice and has been described as "very personable - you feel that she's listening and is genuinely concerned, that it's not just another case."

Basic facts about the department
- 6 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Woking

What the team is known for Highlighted for its representation of both parents and children in a range of issues, including care proceedings, domestic violence issues and cases with complex medical aspects. Houses impressive solicitor advocate capabilities, while also providing a mediation services for a range of areas. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They put everything together so well and provide an extremely good service for clients. They don't limit themselves, so they can see all perspectives."

"They're realistic with their clients and communicate well with them; a lot of that has to do with their being firmly embedded in the local community."

Notable practitioners  

Penelope Moult leads the firm's family department.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Eastleigh

What the team is known for Equipped to handle matters for a wide range of clients, spanning areas such as domestic violence, children proceedings and inheritance. Particularly noted for its experience in ADR such as mediation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They had a good grasp of a complex, difficult issue. Each person we dealt with listened carefully, treated us with respect, offered good advice and, above all, communicated with us at all times."

"They are straightforward, clear and good with advice. They are good with communication and records. They have strength in being able to draw on different practice areas."

Notable practitioners  

Simon Burge is head of the family department and is particularly respected for his collaborative work. Sources say that "he is responsive, quick and very supportive in a quiet and unassuming manner; he really got a hold on the situation."

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Maidstone

What the team is known for Commended for its experience in acting for a range of clients in relation to high-value matrimonial finance cases. Provides a rounded service, with close links to specialists in other areas as well as an increasing focus on collaborative law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are an efficient, able team in which everyone pulls together. They cover a whole range of work and provide an excellent service."

"Working with them feels relaxed and comfortable and they all work together to a high standard in which the client comes first." 

Notable practitioners  

Mary Raymont is notably experienced in the financial and child-related aspects of divorce, as well as matters related to adoption. She is a respected mediator and gains praise for her work as "an extremely determined advocate who can take the sting out of any situation."

The "calm, efficient, sympathetic and diligent" Stephen Smith is recognised for his work relating to complex matrimonial finance. Sources appreciate that "you can sense that he's doing his absolute utmost for his client, helping them get the best possible outcome at a very difficult point in their lives."

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Guildford

What the team is known for Works across the full scope of family and matrimonial law, while garnering particular recognition for its involvement in complex matrimonial finance cases. Provides clients with mediation expertise and collaborative methods of resolving cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They put their cases very strongly and bring the best out in those around them; they really make you think and have an excellent reputation in the area."

"They are excellent - the people they've attracted and retained are very high-calibre and they've got the resources to get the right people."  

Notable practitioners  

Margaret Tyson is praised for being "incredibly hard-working and efficient. She forms a strong rapport with her clients and they adore her." She is highly regarded for her expertise in financial issues related to divorce and sources say that "she is a legend in the area and will run a case the way it should be run."

The "extremely clever and capable" Karen Wilsher is praised for her work on the financial and children-related aspects of divorce. Sources state that "she's very down to earth and builds excellent client relationships." 

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Orpington

What the team is known for Equipped to serve high net worth clients in complex ancillary relief and marital assets matters, including those with an international aspect. Further recognised for its capabilities in collaborative law as well as TOLATA, Children Act issues and prenuptial agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were extremely professional, empathetic in terms of the issues they were dealing with, realistic and gave advice in a sensitive and professional manner."

"They didn't dramatise the situation - they were completely pragmatic and their advice was spot-on."

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Bristow is recognised for a wide range of skills including dealing with divorce and financial claims, children matters and civil partnership disputes. One impressed client says: "He gives me a lot of confidence because he is assured in how he deals with me and is working in my best interests."

Clients say that Claire Schneck "is very knowledgeable, but also has a caring attitude and isn't just about the facts. She has my best interests at heart and can give me detailed and inclusive advice." She is commended for her experience across diverse areas such as cohabitation disputes, children-related work and divorce. 

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Portsmouth, Southampton 

What the team is known for Established reputation for dealing with issues related to armed forces pensions, as well as a wider practice including financial agreements, children matters and prenuptial agreements. Additionally noted for its collaborative law and mediation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very supportive, reassuring and realistic; they set out the parameters very early on and were good at keeping a reasonable approach."

"They are able to engage in a sensible exchange of views, they're willing to work together and sort out solutions which makes a huge difference."

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Upfield is highlighted for his work in divorce and financial matters, with a particular focus on matters pertaining to armed forces pension schemes. He is also particularly respected for his work as a mediator.

Sally Pike is respected for her collaborative law work, and is experienced in the range of divorce issues, including financial and children issues. One satisfied client says: "She balanced the need for empathy at a very difficult time with the need for pragmatic solutions."

Associate Tina Day has a broad practice, handling work such as collaborative law, mediation and prenuptial agreements. She is "very focused on making sure that experiences aren't a battlefield" and has "a very calm, professional approach that is extremely realistic."

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Experienced in a wide range of issues, from prenuptial and cohabitation agreements to financial and children matters arising from divorce proceedings. Increasingly active in mediation, and noted for its ability to handle complex financial issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I cannot speak highly enough of them and I would recommend them without hesitation. They give great, realistic appraisals of what the outcome might be and always keep me up to date on their progress."

"The team is very professional and supportive. I can always reach someone if I have a particular problem or concern."

Notable practitioners  

Alex Davies is head of the firm's family department and is respected for his experience across areas such as children matters and financial issues arising from divorce. Sources note that "he is sensible, proactive and good with clients."

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bournemouth

What the team is known for Regularly handles cases with complex financial and international facets, drawing on notable experience in mediation and collaborative law as well as traditional dispute resolution. Works across a broad spectrum of areas, including children matters and pension issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A team of great people who are nice to deal with, solid and technically good."

Notable practitioners  

Deborah Leask is impressively experienced across a range of family law work, with expertise in matters such as pensions and complex financial disputes. Sources appreciate that "she does complex cases and has the ability to get to the nub of the issues and resolve them."

Sean McNally is recognised as "one of the mainstays of the firm," particularly for his work on major financial cases and children matters such as international abduction and relocation. He has an extensive mediation and collaborative law practice.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Brighton

What the team is known for Niche family law firm, committed to providing clients with dispute resolution ranging from litigation to mediation and collaborative law. Recognised for its leading capabilities across a range of matters such as complex financial issues, TOLATA and disputes involving children.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've never before encountered a firm that's had their degree of expertise. They have a wide-ranging skill set and I commend their client care in every way. Their advice is second to none."

"They were amazing; they gave me the right help and advice and brought in the right people. I would recommend them to anyone."

Notable practitioners  

Alan Larkin is commended for his extensive experience in financial remedy work. Commentators state that "he has a great way about him, a superb manner with clients and great attention to detail."

Robert Williams is recognised for his "great foresight and phenomenal experience across the board in matrimonial cases," and focuses on financial disputes. Clients note that "he is practical and his advice always has a clarity about it," stating that "he has a very clever way of getting into the issues and understanding the problems."

Linda Lamb is respected for her "outstanding manner with clients" and capabilities in relation to children matters. She is also recognised for her strength as a mediator.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Beckenham

What the team is known for Dedicated family specialists catering to a wide range of clients. Equipped to offer collaborative law and mediation, with expertise across areas such as divorce, financial issues and disputes involving children.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive, thoughtful and strategic - I can't speak highly enough pof them."

"They are friendly and client-focused, and are driven by doing a good job, which makes them better at dealing with these sensitive situations."

Notable practitioners  

Lisa Jones "has an incredible reputation and lives up to it." Her practice has a wide scope and includes areas such as matrimonial finance and international cases. She is highlighted as being "practical and able to get on with things in a no-nonsense way. She gets to the root of the problem very quickly."

Claire Nickolds is lauded for her skilled work on complex and high-value cases, with sources reporting that she is "responsive, thoughtful and strategic. She's perfectly at ease with complex matters." She is praised as being "fantastic both in court and in collaboration - she sets a good standard for the whole team."

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bournemouth

What the team is known for Full-service group offering expertise in areas such as complex financial remedy, cohabitation issues and children matters. Developing a further niche practice within the surrogacy and fertility fields, as well as an ongoing focus on mediation and collaborative law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"As a team they complement each other well. They took the burden off my shoulders and I would recommend them to anyone." 

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely superb" Jane Porter is praised for her work in a range of areas including complex divorce and adoption matters. Sources appreciate that "she has the combination of a good lawyer's brain with a pragmatic and practical approach," noting that "she's a font of sensible advice and really puts clients at their ease."

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cobham

What the team is known for Commended for its international expertise, particularly with regard to divorce and prenuptial agreements. It has strong capabilities in high net worth financial cases and offers a full range of ADR services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are superb for a number of reasons, including their good team, value for money and support system for clients."

"They are pragmatic and we are always pleased when we deal with them."

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Duckworth is respected for her skills in collaborative law and mediation, as well as her ability to handle complex financial matters. Sources describe her as "user-friendly, sensitive, efficient and timely."

Veronica Gilmour has a practice focused on financial matters, with particular expertise in issues involving pensions and divorce. Sources appreciate that "she is easy to work with, but also tough on behalf of her clients."

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton

What the team is known for Large family team offering expertise across a broad range of matters, including cohabitation disputes and private law children work. Offers deep collaborative law and mediation expertise. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A well-established family team with a concentrated local presence that gives them an advantage, making them one of the premier family offerings in Southampton."

"They have a holistic package, being both caring and bright."  

Notable practitioners  

Neil Davies has particularly notable experience with complex financial issues. He is praised for being "hugely experienced, very good with clients and capable of handling cases of any size. He's very much the polished product."

Huw Miles is head of the firm's family team and is described as being "a pleasure to deal with. He's calm and good at taking the heat out of a situation." He is recognised for his expertise across a wide scope of issues, including finance, cohabitation and prenuptial agreements.

Frank Prior is collaboratively trained and is recognised for his work on both the children and financial sides of divorce proceedings. Sources say he is "incredibly engaging, very able and laid-back," while also noting that he is "extremely efficient and well liked by clients."

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Dorchester

What the team is known for Highlighted for its work in fertility, surrogacy and assisted parenting, with wider expertise in areas such as prenuptial agreements and children matters. Provides a range of services, including mediation and collaborative law.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Baker is a key contact.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Uckfield, Brighton, Sevenoaks

What the team is known for Substantial family team, recognised for its abilities across a broad spectrum of matters such as private law children work and complex financial settlements. Increasingly focused on family arbitration and other methods of ADR.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is always up to speed - I'm extremely pleased and satisfied, and can't heap enough praise on them."

"I was really impressed with how they pushed things forward in a fair way."

What's new? Partner Michael Hayes has relocated to the firm's Sevenoaks office, as a result of the firm's growing work in that area.

Notable practitioners  

Alan Foster is widely respected for his expertise in areas such as contentious probate disputes and matrimonial work. Clients appreciate that he is "extremely calm and very efficient - he provides a very personal service."

Julia Dyson "keeps her client's interests at the forefront of her mind," while working on matters including children disputes, cohabitation and finance. Commentators note that "she can focus on what's important without being sucked into the peripheries, and she makes things easy and comfortable for her clients."

Vanda James has a broad range of strengths, including prenuptial and cohabitation agreement, and complex children matters. She has particular expertise in the sports sector. Sources note that "she's fantastic, conciliatory and tells you how she sees it without confrontation." 

Michael Hayes is respected for his work in a variety of issues, including private law children matters, matrimonial finance and cohabitation matters. He is a qualified arbitrator and is recognised for his capabilities in ADR.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- Office locations ranked: Lymington

What the team is known for Established family practice that covers the full range of family law matters, including children and financial issues. Noted for its arbitration and mediation skills, as well as its ability to handle issues in areas such as property assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A team of very experienced family lawyers who know their stuff and are easy to work with. They are the sort of people you can have a sensible conversation with even if you're miles apart on an issue."

"They are very pleasant, pragmatic and technically proficient."  

Notable practitioners  

Suzanne Sutherland heads the firm's family law department and is a trained collaborative lawyer experienced in all aspects of relationship breakdown. Sources note that she "is always prepared to communicate and negotiate so a reasonable solution can be reached."

Dinshaw Printer is particularly noted for his work as an arbitrator. Sources appreciate that "he takes a rounded and sensible approach and is always looking to the final outcome." His experience includes dealing with high-value financial matters involving complex business assets.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Guildford

What the team is known for Experienced in working with clients such as high net worth individuals, particularly in relation to complex financial structures and agreements. Also houses expertise in private children work and has an increasing ADR practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"As a firm, they do a broad spectrum of work and train their solicitors well, which really assists them in the family department, and gives them the ability to deal with complex matters."

"They're good to talk to - they can get through the outer issues and work in the best interests of their clients." 

Notable practitioners

Caroline Gordon-Smith's impressive practice includes areas such as the financial aspects of divorce, including cases with international elements and children matters. Sources note that she is "very well respected in what she does."  

Nicola Harries is experienced across a range of financial and children matters, handling work such as prenuptial agreements and divorce. She is trained as a collaborative lawyer and sources appreciate that "she's pleasant to deal with and gives sound advice."

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Representing high-profile clients in a broad and varied spectrum of children and finance cases. Recognised for its ability to handle matters relating to international assets and multi-jurisdictional issues, as well as its expertise in collaborative services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I'm really happy with them, they communicate well and keep me informed. They're great to deal with and they work hard."

"They provide good value for money and an excellent service, and they know the courts very well." 

Notable practitioners  

Kirstie Law is "absolutely committed to moving things along, getting a result and resolving cases," and is highly respected for her collaborative law expertise. Sources say: "She is one of the most effective lawyers practising in this area. Her approach is wonderfully refreshing and straightforward."

Sarah Judd "takes on the unusual cases and is able to think creatively - she's able to handle cases that others can't fit into their envelope of practice." She is skilled in mediation and collaboration, and is praised for her abilities in finance and children matters.

Joanna Pratt is head of the firm's family department and is recognised for her work in areas such as domestic violence, children matters and finance. She is "sensible and sensitive. She really cares about her clients and has the human touch while being efficient and staying on top of things."

Desmond O'Donnell impresses commentators with his handling of challenging matters in the family space. He is experienced across a range of collaborative law and mediation work. 

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton, Salisbury

What the team is known for Handles the breadth of family law issues, including cohabitation, separation and children matters. Particular expertise in high net worth financial provision and cases with complex farming and business aspects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They identify the issues very early on in the case and the advice given right at the start tends to be spot-on. They work incredibly well together."

"They provide support and rapid response and their performance is excellent, from reception to their senior solicitors." 

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Mercer is described as "extremely able, gracious and sensible and a very good negotiator." He is particularly recognised for his financial settlement work, and handles areas such as children work and prenuptial agreements.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Guildford

What the team is known for Substantial group highlighted for its work in areas such as financial remedy, private children matters and prenuptial agreements. Offers extensive mediation and collaborative law capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've got a really good team there and a big client base. I've always been impressed by their approach."

"I feel very safe in their hands and am sure we have got good value for money."

Notable practitioners  

The family department is led by Sarah Cornes.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Sevenoaks, Tonbridge

What the team is known for Tackles a range of complex finance and private law children matters, housing expertise in litigation as well as mediation and collaborative law. Particular skill in cases with international issues such as global assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a very strong team that covers every aspect of family law from the contentious to the collaborative. They've got depth and breadth of experience, and can offer any route that the client wants to go down." 

Notable practitioners  

Rayma Collins is "very pragmatic and very good at seeing the detail as well as the overview." She is well respected for her collaborative law work, as well as her expertise in areas such as cohabitation, prenuptial agreements and children matters.

Matthew Aves is a trained mediator, and is respected for his expertise in dealing with matters involving complex trust and property issues. Sources say: "He balances advocacy with mediation. He's good at coming up with solutions and brings that experience into play."

Charles Tennant is noted for his wide-ranging expertise and is particularly experienced in financial and children issues stemming from divorce. He is commended as being "client-focused - he provides a high level of service."

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Maidstone, Tenterden, Canterbury

What the team is known for Highlighted for its experience in matrimonial finance cases, particularly those involving complex business assets. Possesses additional expertise in areas such as cohabitation, prenuptial agreements and collaborative law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are good in their approach, willing to listen to both sides and achieve a reasonable outcome. They are effective while still keeping the proceedings civil." 

Notable practitioners  

Dawn Harrison is head of the firm's family department and is described as "a pleasure to deal with." She is a qualified mediator and is recognised for her work in a wide variety of areas, including private children matters, cohabitation and financial issues.

Graham Jones is respected for his work in financial remedy cases, particularly those involving complex agricultural or business assets. Sources say that "he looks after clients and is always happy to offer a sensible opinion." 

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Charlotte Adler of Adler Fitzpatrick Solicitors is commended for her mediation and collaborative law capabilities, and is someone who "really wants to solve your problems and get results." She is experienced in finance and children matters and "performs very well, getting the best for her clients."

Charlotte Collier is the managing partner at Atkins Hope and is "well known in public childcare," child protection and parental disputes. She is committed to advocating on behalf of children, and is recognised for her ability to handle complex issues.

Lucy Gregory of Brighton & Hove Law is "incredibly fair in the way she deals with clients and will seek out answers to any issues," and is an experienced family law litigator. One pleased client says: "She really shifted the balance of the case and made the other side realise that their argument was flawed."

The "terrific, calm and assured" Mahie Abey of Dawson Hart is widely respected for his experience in high-value and complex cases, particularly those involving property and business assets. He is lauded as being "fiendishly intelligent and an excellent communicator. He fights his corner, but is always approachable and works in a collaborative manner."

Julian Hunt heads the family law department at Dean Wilson LLP and has long-standing expertise as a collaborative lawyer. Sources note that "he is very accomplished and gives good, sound advice."

Commentators state that Helen Fitzsimons of Edward Hayes "is incredibly thorough and efficient." She leads the firm's family department and has particular experience in working on public and private children law matters.

The "well-known and well-regarded" Susi Gillespie of Furley Page Solicitors is experienced in a range of areas of family law, but garners particular praise for her work on children matters. She is also experienced in collaborative law.

Susan Hayes heads the family department at Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP, and is experienced across diverse areas such as prenuptial agreements and high-value ancillary relief cases. Sources commend her "excellent manner - she reassures her clients and is empathetic and realistic."

The "very experienced" Jane Longworth recently joined Irwin Mitchell. She works on a range of civil partnership and matrimonial matters, and has particular experience in financial issues. Sources appreciate that she is "very clear on her guidance, realistic with clients and finds a good balance in being firm and astute while also being conciliatory."

Karin Walker of KGW Family Law is lauded as "sensible, pragmatic and very much dedicated to finding solutions." She has particular expertise in mediation involving children, and is described as  being"a really committed family lawyer who works hard to achieve results for her clients. She understands the market and provides an excellent service."

Grant Cameron of Pitmans LLP is "an astute family lawyer, who is prepared to think creatively," with experience handling cases with complex business and trust assets. Sources describe him as "everything you want in a family lawyer: he's fair, calm and focused on the client."

Debra Emery leads the family law group at Moore Blatch LLP and is "well respected and has a good, sensible approach." She handles collaborative law matters, and is recognised for her work in matrimonial finance and wealth protection.

Natalie Gamble of Natalie Gamble Associates is highly respected for her "absolute mastery of surrogacy law," gaining praise for her "thoughtful, insightful and knowledgeable" approach. She has leading expertise across areas such as fertility law and same-sex family matters.

Robert Worthing heads the private client litigation team at Rawlison Butler LLP. His experience spans a wide range of issues, including divorce, mediation and financial remedy.

Sarah Haywood is one of the founding members of ThomasHaywood and has experience across a range of family law matters. Sources commend her work as a mediator, stating that "she handles cases extremely sensitively, but also in a simple and straightforward way." Clients stated that "she was always willing to go over and above, which was very comforting."

Christopher Nisbet of Wilsons is experienced in all aspects of relationship breakdown, particularly those involving high-value assets. Sources describe him as "au fait with the entire matrimonial finance world - he's in a different league."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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