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UK Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Norwich and surrounds


Birketts LLP - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

What the team is known for Excellent East Anglia firm with extensive capabilities in separation-related financial cases as well as expertise in prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Experienced in both collaborative and mediation routes of dispute resolution. Regularly instructed on cases involving substantial assets.

Strengths Interviewees note: "Their advice is always spot-on. They are very realistic with their clients and focus on the practicalities of the impact of every legal step taken or proposed."

Clients praise the team's "great empathy, understanding and good strategies."

Notable practitioners

Oliver Gravell is renowned for his work in divorce cases involving family businesses. He also advises on nuptial agreements. He is praised as a "calm, measured" practitioner.

Ginny Colman is a collaboratively trained lawyer handling matrimonial cases, children law matters and disputes between cohabitees.

Emma Brunning is a senior associate and collaboratively trained lawyer who is held in high regard by commentators. "She presents as being exceptionally calm and reassuring and her mind is always focused on what any proposed legal step means for her client in practical terms," says a source.

About the Team (content provided by Birketts LLP)

Birketts’ Family Law Team appreciates that the breakdown of a marriage or relationship can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life. Our family lawyers are members of Resolution and include accredited specialists, mediators, collaborative practitioners and Family Law Arbitrators who can provide family law advice and support which best suits a client’s particular needs and helps them reach their goals.

We do not only advise clients when their relationships are in trouble. We also specialise in Relationship Agreements which help clients to plan the financial side of their marriage or cohabitation. Prenuptial Agreements are now very common. Our team of family lawyers can advise on all types of relationship agreements.

Some clients visiting us for the first time about their relationship difficulties may have a good idea of the outcome they would like to achieve. Others have no idea what to expect at all. Part of our job is to provide clear family law advice about the various legal processes which are available – mediation, collaboration, constructive negotiation and court proceedings. It is important to understand these different approaches so you are able to make an informed choice and the right one for you.

All members of the Family Law Team offer an initial, without obligation, telephone call so that clients can discuss the options available to them and can reassure themselves that they can form a good working relationship with their chosen lawyer.

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FM Family Law - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cambridge, Norwich

What the team is known for Boutique family law practice fully committed to ADR, also displaying considerable skill in litigation. Relied upon for expertise in financial divorce settlements and private children matters. Supports clients in matters involving civil partnership and cohabitation.

Notable practitioners

Fiona McLeman is a trained collaborative lawyer and assists with issues related to financial remedy. She also advises high net worth individuals.

Sue Bailey advises clients on high-value matrimonial finance cases and private children law matters. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer and mediator.

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Mills & Reeve LLP - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cambridge, Norwich

What the team is known for Exemplary team with a broad range of expertise within financial divorce cases, including contentious trusts, pensions and business issues. Practical experience of dealing with farming and manufacturing business interests in divorce. Outstanding ability across complicated litigation as well as a variety of ADR methods. Also assists clients with Children Act proceedings.

Strengths "From our very first consultation, we felt in very safe hands. Everything was explained to us fully," a client reports.

Another adds: "They were friendly and very effective. All the staff were helpful."

Notable practitioners

Caitlin Jenkins advises clients on matters ranging from divorce and financial remedy proceedings to prenuptial agreements. "Caitlin was helpful and reassuring. I had huge confidence in her. She was always there when I needed to speak with her," a client enthuses. Another source describes her as "shrewd and pragmatic," adding: "She is thoughtful; she is quite a chess player in terms of anticipating moves."

Nick Stone is a well-established collaborative law practitioner, mediator and arbitrator. A client notes: "I always feel like I can rely on him to defend my best interests. He looks at the bigger picture and thinks strategically. He focuses on the issues that matter. He is very easy to talk to and very quick to respond."

Frances Bailey advises on children-related arrangements and financial disputes. "She is very solution-orientated. She listens to what I say and acts on it. She is also very understanding," a client says.

"Very likeable man" George Sprague has experience in handling divorce proceedings involving businesses and trusts. Sources note his practical knowledge of farming business as well as general commercial conflicts. "He drove the divorce forward and managed to balance the need for an early settlement with getting the maximum amount without going to court," a client reports.

Hannah Wilson has built substantial experience in advising clients on high-value matrimonial cases, including those involving business interests.

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Band 1

Mills & Reeve LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Stone is a well-established collaborative law practitioner, mediator and arbitrator. A client notes: "I always feel like I can rely on him to defend my best interests. He looks at the bigger picture and thinks strategically. He focuses on the issues that matter. He is very easy to talk to and very quick to respond."

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Band 2

Leathes Prior

From the Chambers UK guide

Alisdair Douglas of Leathes Prior is a well-respected family lawyer, assisting clients with collaborative law and mediation proceedings. "He is very calming and able to deal with stressful situations. He is quite to the point and does things quickly," a client reports.

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Up and Coming

Howes Percival LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Amy Walpole of Howes Percival LLP is a well-regarded practitioner who handles divorce-related financial matters. 

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Star Associate

Mills & Reeve LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Frances Bailey advises on children-related arrangements and financial disputes. "She is very solution-orientated. She listens to what I say and acts on it. She is also very understanding," a client says.

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Star Associate

FM Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Bailey advises clients on high-value matrimonial finance cases and private children law matters. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer and mediator.

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Star Associate

Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ginny Colman is a collaboratively trained lawyer handling matrimonial cases, children law matters and disputes between cohabitees.

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Associates to watch

BBL Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Lucy Steele of BBL Family Law assists with children-related matters as well as post-separation financial agreements.

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