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"One of the best family departments in London. The firm as a whole provides a "Rolls-Royce" service, with particular expertise in cases with an international/multi-jurisdictional element"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

The breakdown of a marriage and subsequent decision to divorce is stressful and will affect people in different ways.  Our experienced family lawyers provide sympathetic advice and will guide and support you through the legal and practical considerations of a divorce. We will listen and discuss the options open to you, working alongside you to minimise the distress the end of a relationship can bring.  

We work with clients from all walks of life.  Many of our clients facing divorce (or their spouses) have international connections, are high net worth individuals or are professionals. 

Our experienced team understand the fundamental importance of  thinking about the children in a divorce.

We have considerable experience representing clients throughout a divorce until a final decision is made by the court; but we are equally comfortable assisting clients ‘behind the scenes’, whether they are seeking to agree matters directly with their former partner or representing themselves in court.

We have equal expertise in litigation and in non-court methods of resolving a divorce, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.  We will spend time understanding your goals and priorities so that we can achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

We tailor our approach to you and your priorities and we will make sure you are fully supported both through the process and after it. During the divorce, we regularly work with mediators, counsellors, family therapists and other medical professionals. We make sure our clients are fully supported once the divorce is finalised, with help from trusted financial advisors and counsellors.

We will advise you on all aspects of your divorce, including:


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"I always think of them as having a Rolls-Royce service but they are particularly good when there's a European element to the case."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Very strong litigation practice, with some of the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow"

Legal 500 UK

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

"They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed"


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"


"Rolls-Royce service and particularly good when there's a European element to the case"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Divorce Process

On the breakdown of a marriage we will advise you through the divorce process, financial arrangements and with any issues relating to your children.

Divorce involving Personality Disorders and Addiction

We are uniquely placed to understand and engage with the impact of addiction and mental health issues on relationships.


Although your relationship may have broken down, divorce is not the only option. While for the majority of couples a divorce is the sensible way to formalise their separation, many decide not to divorce immediately or at all.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

Family law services for British expats living and working in Dubai and the UAE

Domestic Abuse and Harassment

We are experienced in dealing with matters of harassment and domestic abuse arising in the context of a family dispute and can bring in support from colleagues in our criminal team if needed.

Financial Arrangements on Divorce

A number of factors are taken into account when considering financial arrangements on divorce. Our lawyers are experts in advising on and negotiating financial settlements for our clients.

Pensions and Divorce

Pensions are often the most valuable but also the most complicated asset to value and access during divorce proceedings. Our team of family and divorce lawyers has a wealth of experience dealing with pensions on divorce.

International Divorce

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and are recognised leaders in international family law.

International Surrogacy Guide - Frequently Asked Questions

We have set out a number of Frequently Asked Questions in relation to commonly experienced international surrogacy arrangements.

Thinking about the Children

We have considerable expertise in guiding our clients through the legal issues affecting their children and placing them at the centre of all decisions made following separation to minimise any potential distress for them.

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How to have a happy divorce according to the UK’s top lawyers – Connie Atkinson shares her advice in The Sunday Times

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Managing divorce in the shadow of criminal proceedings - Alexandra Bishop and Nick Dent write for The Review

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Prison sentence following “victimless prosecution” for controlling and coercive behaviour

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