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Specialist family law solicitors

Experienced, compassionate family and divorce lawyers

Our specialist family law solicitors will help you protect what matters to you and secure the future for yourself and your loved ones.

Whatever your family structure, planning ahead will help to protect you and your family in the long run. However if you don’t have arrangements in place and your marriage, civil partnership or relationship has broken down, we can advise and support you through this difficult time with patience and compassion.

Our family and divorce solicitors understand the sensitivities and complexities that can arise when children, business interests, personal wealth and even pets are involved and we regularly advise wealthy individuals, business owners, farming families and sports professionals with complicated circumstances to navigate.

Please get in touch online to contact our expert family law team.

How our family and divorce lawyers can help you

Whatever your situation, our specialist family law solicitors will work with you to resolve difficult issues out of court and in the least confrontational way, including family mediation and collaborative law. We’ll also take great care to manage your costs and make the process as simple and straightforward for you at a sensitive and emotional time.

Are you married or soon to be?

Whether you’re already married or getting married soon, our specialist family law solicitors can help you set up a pre- or post-nuptial agreement. This sensible step protects your pre-marital assets, including your business interests, and can hugely simplify negotiations if you were to separate or divorce in the future.

Are you trying for a child or co-parenting?

There are many ways to start, grow or raise a family. While the law has evolved to support a more diverse spectrum of families, it must be navigated carefully to ensure parental rights sit and remain with the intended people.

Our family law solicitors understand the highly sensitive issues that can arise when trying for a child through fertility treatment or surrogacy, adopting or fostering a child or sharing parental responsibility with someone you’re not in a relationship with.

Are you living with your partner?

If you’re unmarried and living with your partner, we can advise you on setting up a cohabitation agreement. This states what your financial arrangement is and how your property and other assets would be divided if you split up in the future.

We can also advise you on protecting your interests when separating from your partner, as your legal rights are very different to those of a married couple.

Are you getting divorced?

Our divorce specialists can advise you at any stage of your divorce and support you through this challenging time, using robust negotiation to protect your assets and other interests when needed.

We have particular expertise in the highly sensitive areas that can make the process difficult and complex, such as custody of your children and agreeing financial arrangements.

If you live, were married or have assets overseas, we can also help you navigate the international divorce process in your, and your family’s, best interests.

Are you separating?

If you are separating but are not yet ready to divorce, we can help you reach a fair and carefully considered separation agreement, including settling financial terms and arrangements for children.

If you’re unmarried and separating from your partner, we can help you to formally agree how jointly owned assets and liabilities should be divided between you and, if you have children, how you will co-parent in their best interests going forward.

Are you a business owner?

We understand that protecting your business is key, particularly for a family business or farming family. We can advise on how to safeguard your business against marriage breakdown.

We also have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the additional practical and legal challenges of divorce involving business interests, providing both sensitive and commercial advice.

Why choose our family lawyers?

  • Member of Resolution – we fully subscribe to Resolution’s Code of Practice, which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to family law matters.
  • Highly rated specialists – we are acclaimed as leaders in the field of family law in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.
  • Focussed on collaboration – whenever it is appropriate, our trained collaborative lawyers and mediators will work with you, your partner and your solicitors to reach a settlement out of court.
  • Breadth of expertise and experience – as a firm we have combined expertise across a broad range of family and family business matters including tax, Wills, trusts, wealth management, and company and property structures.
  • Cross-border knowledge – if you live, were married or have assets overseas, we can help you navigate the divorce process in your, and your children’s, best interests.
  • Cost competitive – our rates are extremely competitive and our tight control on time and cost ensures the desired outcome is achieved in the most cost-effective way.

Recommendations

“They are thoroughly impressive from top to bottom, from excellent trainees through to partners.” Chambers Uk 2022
“Sterling commitment to client care and terrific at supporting clients through the most difficult of times. Compassionate and consummate professionals.” The Legal 500 2022
“The team are organised, responsive and quality practitioners. It is a really top-notch firm with a well-deserved, great reputation.” Chambers UK 2022
“The whole team has all the skills to guide you through, maybe the most vulnerable and life changing time of your life.” The Legal 500 2022
“Results-driven, but with empathy, support and understanding.” Chambers UK 2022
“Our experience from dealing with the team has been that they are very knowledgeable and are also efficient at delivering a quality service.” The Legal 500 2022
“Every detail in my case was explored and addressed in a timely manner.” Chambers UK 2022

Contact a family law solicitor today

If you need legal advice on divorce or any other family matter, call now on 0800 422 0123 or contact us online. We have family law solicitors ready to help in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Southampton and Taunton.

Your key contacts

Rayner Grice

Partner

Birmingham
Rayner advises on the issues that arise for an individual following the breakdown of a relationship in relation to divorce/civil partnership dissolution, their financial affairs and their children.
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Clare Webb

Partner

Bristol
Clare has built her practice with a commitment to helping her clients resolve their issues in a constructive and conciliatory way. In doing so, she will always have regard to the longterm hopes and aspirations for the family as a whole, whilst of course protecting her client’s interest.
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Adam Maguire

Partner

Birmingham
Adam specialises in divorce and family law. He advises clients regarding all aspects of private family law including cohabitation, separation, divorce and related financial issues, disputes concerning children and nuptial agreements.
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Philippa Yeo

Partner

Bristol
Philippa is committed to helping couples navigate all aspects of the legal process on the breakdown of their relationship in a pragmatic, collaborative and family-focused way including supporting couples to reach arrangements for their children and achieve healthy future co-parenting relationships.
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Meet our wider divorce and family team

With seven offices throughout England and Wales, Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with a local presence. Click to learn more about our wider team of legal professionals and how they can support you.

Meet the team

What the experts say about our family law solicitors

The team is highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced and provides excellent customer service and care to its clients.

The Legal 500 2020

They have a very good team that strikes the balance between fighting the client’s corner and not unduly raising the temperature in the room. They have a sensible approach to cases but represent clients in a way that is faithful to their own structure.

Chambers UK 2020

Latest news and updates

Divorce and family law

Fair shares and non marital assets

Bristol University and the Nuffield Foundation have recently released their report, “Fair shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce”.
Read more on Fair shares and non marital assets

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