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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

We have considerable expertise in guiding our clients through the legal issues affecting their children. We experience first-hand the need for children to be placed at the centre of all decisions made following a separation. Our advice is child-centred and draws on years of experience. We offer practical solutions that aim to minimise distress to children.  We will give you clear and responsive advice in emergency situations.

Our clients’ first concern is often what will happen to their children as a result of the divorce or separation.  We support clients and, where relevant, we seek input from other expert professionals (for example, child and family therapists, counsellors, mediators and child psychologists). We recognise that legal solutions imposed by the court are not always in the best interests of our clients and their children, but in some circumstances, a court process is necessary.

As all parents will know, every child is different and will respond differently to their parents’ separation – there will often be a range of emotions and reactions. Children may feel that their entire world is changing and they are usually apprehensive about what will happen next.

We appreciate that a solution that worked for one family is not necessarily appropriate for yours. We will spend time understanding your goals and priorities so that we can achieve the best outcome for you and your family. We can discuss preparing a parenting agreement if setting out any agreed arrangements.

We understand the importance of helping you resolve potential or actual disputes as quickly and amicably as possible, recognising your need to maintain an ongoing relationship as parents in the future.  When court proceedings are necessary, we use our experience to guide you through the process and ensure you have robust representation. 

WHAT IS SAID ABOUT US

"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"

Client

"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"

Client

"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

Services

Spending Time with Your Children

Our team recognises the emotional impact of a separation on you and your children. Our advice is tailored towards providing a solution that puts your children first, including advising on complex child contact issues in the UK and cases with an international element.

Financial Provision for Children

Our team of family lawyers has a longstanding reputation in advising unmarried parents on financial claims on behalf of children under the provisions of Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.

Child Support

Our team is highly experienced in helping you to secure the appropriate level of maintenance for your child. We have expertise in the full range of child maintenance options and we are recognised leaders in our field for financial claims on behalf of children.

Child Abduction

Our team of family lawyers act for parents whose children have been abducted and for parents who have removed their children without the necessary consent.

British Expat Divorce in the UAE

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

Moving with Children within The UK

The law as to moving within England and Wales has become more in line with applications to relocate abroad. Our team has considerable experience in advising clients who wish to move with their children to a different part of the UK.

Taking Children Abroad

Both parents (if they have parental responsibility) must consent to their child being taken out of the country (even if it is just for a holiday). Failure to obtain such a consent could be classed as child abduction. We have a longstanding reputation in acting for or advising parents who wish to take their child abroad to live and parents who want to prevent such a move.

Thinking of Relocating

Our experienced lawyers can advise you on your relocation plans, ensuring that your move overseas, to the UK, or within the UK, is well planned.

Using a Surrogate

We're experienced in advising on all aspects of international and domestic surrogacy arrangements.

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Stacey Nevin comments on landmark Supreme Court judgment

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Parental alienation and intractable contact disputes – when all seems lost

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Expat divorce in Dubai – the challenges of child relocation and navigating UAE residency visa options

Adultery, blame and divorce - the end is nigh?

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Brexit and relocating with children overseas – mind the immigration and family law gaps

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Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businesses – the family law challenges ahead

Practical tips on varying spousal maintenance – does life mean life?

No fault divorce – taking the blame out of divorce to reduce conflict and litigation

Regulating Relations – parenthood through assisted reproduction in Australia and abroad

Comparing family law in Australia v England and Wales – a world apart in more ways than one

Parenting and separation – the challenges of parental alienation and what to do about it

The Children Act 25 years on - and why the laws on cohabiting couples need reform

Mediating megastars – keeping it private and solution focused

Divorce in England and the UAE – the uncertainty of two discretionary divorce jurisdictions

Divorce and summertime blues in the UAE

Options in the English courts for ‘illegitimate’ children living in the UAE

The Child Arbitration Scheme – resolving family disputes about children outside of court

Global and modern families not bound by borders – themes from the Culture, Dispute Resolution & the Modernised Family conference

Divorce in the digital age - avoiding the pitfalls of social media

The ultimate European divorce – what a Brexit vote could mean for UK and EU couples and their children

UK surrogacy law - are we finally on the road to reform?

Moving counties or countries with children after separation - where to now?

Parenting after separation – co-parenting, parallel parenting and ways to make it work

Moving abroad with children - rocking the legal ‘see-saw’ of habitual residence

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EU referendum - implications for international families and family laws if the UK leaves the EU

The challenges with family law agreements for international couples

Alternatives to the family court process - new Family Law Children Arbitration Scheme to be launched

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Progress for parents and surrogate children in the UK: Parental order time limit extended

The presumption of parental involvement and the changing attitudes to children’s care

Unmarried parents’ financial obligations on separation - spot the difference

Blended families - laying down the law

Facing an allegation of domestic abuse on relationship breakdown

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