Family

We are a cohesive team of lawyers who work together to ensure the best service for you.

We have Resolution accredited specialists who follow the Resolution Code of Practice, which means that every effort will be made to resolve your problems in a focussed and co-operative way. We work with mediators to achieve the best outcome for you and your family. You will not be pressured into something that you do not feel comfortable with. If court action is necessary, you can be assured that you are dealing with objective and sympathetic legal advisors who will guide you through the process.

We have Children Panel members who have your children’s interests at the forefront both of their practice and their advice to you. The rules and regulations concerning children can be complicated and the rights and responsibilities others (such as social services and the police) have towards your children can be overwhelming and confusing.

Our family team works closely with the criminal team if investigations are under way, as sometimes both the police and social services are involved in the same situation.

We also have four children panel members and three family panel members, who are recognised as having particular expertise.

Costs

Many people are put off contacting a solicitor because of the fear of running up huge bills. We are very much aware of the constraints people face, particularly when a relationship breaks down and, for that reason, will give you clear and unambiguous advice at the outset of the case as to how long it will take and how much it is likely to cost. We can arrange affordable standing order payments and agree interim billing to keep track of your costs and will review the situation with you every six months, at least. You may be surprised at how flexible and affordable our advice can be.   

We are a large family department with fee earners of different levels of qualification, all of whom are experienced in their particular field, and we can tailor a fees package, making the best use of both senior and junior fee earners to reduce the overall cost for you.

We can offer fixed fees for specific pieces of work which we will discuss with you when you come to see us. 

At our free half hour appointment, we can discuss with you how we may help you manage the costs and you can consider all the options free of charge. 

Free half hour appointment

If you wish to talk generally about your options, or to get an idea of the likely costs of obtaining court orders or engaging our services, please call and ask for our “free half hour”.  We will take full details of your dispute by asking you to attend half an hour in advance of the meeting to complete an information sheet, but will only be able to give general advice at the first meeting. You will need to provide us with proof of your identity. You will however leave the meeting with a clear idea of what you can do to make things better, and how we can help.

If you have already had a free half hour meeting with us, then another can only be undertaken if six months have elapsed and the matter has changed. 

Department number 01509 632053