When a marriage breaks down it is heart-breaking and painful for the couple. On top of this, a breakup puts stress on your children, immediate family and good friends.

It has always been our aim to deal with the breakdown of a marriage with empathy and an approach that is fair and pain-free as possible, which is why divorce can only be chosen when all other attempts to fix the marriage have failed. We call this irretrievable breakdown. 

Irretrievable breakdown has to be supported by one of five evidential grounds: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years’ desertion, two years’ separation with both sides giving their consent to the divorce, or five years’ separation.

Divorce is not a quick process. It can take 4-6 months and your particular circumstances are significant factors on the timeframe. We understand that this can be difficult and our specialist divorce solicitors are with you every step of the way, closing the matter as swiftly as possible and advising you on ways to minimise upheaval and pressure on other family members.

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Partner and Head of Family
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Collaborative Law

When a family breaks down, the added pressures can affect everyone involved. From a child’s well-being and schooling, to the parents’ performance at work - such matters can take their toll in many different ways. Collaborative law is a means of resolving the issues surrounding divorce and separation without the need for going to court. This is achieved through both sides appointing a collaborative lawyer, and with the four of you meeting in person to discuss the situation and work out a mutually satisfactory solution together. With both lawyers present at all times, you can rest assured that a fair agreement will be reached and any children will be spared the stress of appearing in court.

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Family mediation

When relationships break down it can be difficult for couples to communicate and talk to each other. If children are involved, it is particularly important for parents and family members to cooperate with each other. Family mediation can help you through this difficult time and help you work out mutually acceptable arrangements for your children, property and finances. Through the mediation process, we can help you clarify issues and reach a solution which is both fair and workable, and which causes the minimum amount of conflict or stress. Our team of expert and qualified mediation lawyers can also help with financial settlements following a relationship breakdown.

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Fixed Fee Divorce

With our Fixed Fee Divorce package, we can help give you peace of mind and keep the emotional and financial strain of a divorce to a minimum. A fixed fee divorce is not a 'divorce on the cheap' or a 'quickie divorce.' You still receive the same high quality legal advice and service from our expert family law solicitors, but as a fixed fee divorce is for uncontested divorces, this means that we can guarantee how much it will cost you.

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Powers of Attorney

We all have the right to manage our own money and affairs. However, our ability to do this may decrease in later life due to illness, disability, or an accident. By making a Lasting Power of Attorney (also known as LPA) you can help to plan ahead by appointing a member of your family, or a trusted friend, to look after your finances or make welfare decisions on your behalf should you no longer be able to do so. Our team of expert solicitors will be able to advise you on and help prepare your Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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Wills, Estates, Tax & Trusts

One of the certainties of life is that it changes and you can never be sure of what the future holds. However, you can take steps to plan for a deal with the changes that life may bring along the way. Our team of expert lawyers have been helping and advising clients how to best plan for their future for over 25 years and provide advice on all aspects of wills, trusts, inheritance tax and probate.

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