Focus on our family law team at Clarke Willmott
Our dedicated teams work hard to look after clients, whatever their legal needs. Our broad expertise across the firm means that anyone of our lawyers has access to a network of experts who can be recommended to ensure you are receiving the best holistic legal care at the right time.
In this series, we’re showcasing the individuals who make up our talented team. We’re speaking with our legal experts to learn more about their areas of expertise, what they enjoy most about their work, and how they work together to provide exceptional legal care to our clients.
Our family law team works with clients who have complex cases, often involving considerable wealth, at important and emotional times in their lives. They can help with divorce, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, estate planning and much more.
We spoke to Chris Longbottom – partner and head of the family law team at Clarke Willmott. We asked Chris about the work of the team, and how they leverage relationships with other teams at Clarke Willmott to provide a complete service for clients.
How does our family law team support its clients?
As a team we have years of experience that make us well placed to help you navigate and understand the variety of decisions that need to be made with multiple factors at play.
If you have assets to protect, for yourself or future generations, it is best to be proactive. We help our clients prepare for possible future scenarios, and we can also assist parents of children who will inherit assets with wealth management. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation, we are also well versed in acting reactively, to support divorce or custody cases and disputes.
How do you work with other teams to help clients?
In family law, we have many points of contact with other legal teams at Clarke Willmott. Being part of a firm that practises in so many different areas means that we can meet many of our clients’ needs with support from our experienced colleagues.
Our clients can count on us to do the work for them, and to utilise the relationships we have within the firm, to ensure that all their needs are catered for.
Why would you recommend Clarke Willmott’s family law lawyers?
At Clarke Willmott we pride ourselves on taking a holistic view to a client’s circumstances. We don’t expect the client to be an expert or know exactly what they need. All you need to do is ask for help and we do the rest. Beyond the immediate case, the relationships we have with lawyers across the firm mean we can help you with anything else that might be impacted further down the line, like changing a will or advising on an affected business.
I see my work in three parts. Part one is deciding how best I can help, part two is actually doing it, and part three is empowering clients with the right information on what their future looks like.
Many forget the third step, or feel it’s less important, which can lead to complaints where clients do not understand the outcome or their future. We work with clients who may have had a big life change. For someone who comes into a large sum of money for any variety of reasons, it can be difficult to understand what an amount of money means for their life and future. A big part of our job is ensuring that our clients know how best to manage their money, so they don’t end up feeling short-changed. We therefore work closely with financial advisors to assist the client after ‘our job is done’. We often stay in touch with a client for years to come, which is lovely.
Legal fees can be expensive, but the overwhelming majority of our clients feel it was worth it, particularly when they know the value and impact our work has had on their future asset base. With Clarke Willmott, they know they’re paying for expertise and the reassurance that their whole case will be taken care of.