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UK Guide

Family/Matrimonial — Brighton and surrounds

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Hove

What the team is known for Boutique family law practice with collaborative law and mediation resources. Regularly advises on financial remedy, as well as child maintenance and contact cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am very happy and impressed with Brighton & Hove Law on all levels."

Notable practitioners  

Lucy Gregory is an experienced family law practitioner called upon to advise on financial and children-related issues. Clients appreciate "her willingness to push through negotiations and not give up."

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Brighton

What the team is known for Boutique firm with capabilities across collaborative law and a wide range of litigation issues. Handles children law and financial remedy cases, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are committed to providing a high standard while being friendly and approachable. What I appreciate is their holistic approach to resolving disputes using mediation, collaborative law and other means of resolution."

"They are a great team of people. They all obviously care very much about what they do. This is evident in their manner and their work. I would say that they have all contributed to making a very hard time and process much easier than it could have been."

Notable practitioners  

Robert Williams is a much-admired expert in finances relating to divorces for high net worth individuals, including matters involving businesses and complex tax arrangements. Clients say that he handles matters "in a highly professional, sensitive and effective manner."

Linda Lamb has recently worked on international children law cases and matrimonial finance. "She is well versed in the facts of the case and advises clients in a sensible way," according to sources, who add that she provides "detailed guidance through complex processes while maintaining a steady purpose."

Alan Larkin impresses across the board with his handling of complex and high-value ancillary relief work. Sources report: "He has a calm demeanour, is technically strong and has a drive to resolve matters in an effective and economic manner."

Gemma Hope is a well-regarded collaborative lawyer who advises on financial remedy matters involving businesses, inherited wealth and pensions. Clients say that "nothing is ever too much trouble for her."  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Brighton

What the team is known for Well-known firm handling complex matrimonial finance and children law cases through litigation, collaborative law and mediation. Experience in cases involving debilitating illnesses, international property and businesses. Also experienced advising on TOLATA matters and same-sex relationship breakdown.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers work really well as a team; they communicate well with each other."

"The team is really embedded in terms of local reputation. They are pretty respected by other local solicitors and provide good-value service outside of London."

Notable practitioners   

Zoë Summers handles financial remedy cases, nuptial and cohabitation agreements, and disputes between both married and unmarried couples. Sources recommend her as "a really tough negotiator who knows her stuff and fights her corner."

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Brighton

What the team is known for Well-known firm which remains popular with clients for divorce and financial remedy proceedings. Has the resources to offer mediation and collaborative law services, as well as representation in traditional litigation. Well placed to handle divorces involving trusts issues and offshore assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It was very clear that the whole team works with effective and impressive communication as a collective of people working towards excellence in serving clients."

"I felt that the quality of service was delivered well at the right price."

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Alan Foster is often called upon for his knowledge of financial dispute resolution, especially cases involving companies and trusts. One client comments: "I always found Alan very approachable and understanding, and he always explained issues and procedures in a very easy way."

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Band 1

Dawson Hart

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely approachable" Mahie Abey of Dawson Hart is an outstanding family law practitioner who expertly handles both complex children work and high-value financial disputes. He is an experienced collaborative lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. Sources praise him as "a fantastic lawyer and technically excellent."

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Band 1

Family Law Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Williams is a much-admired expert in finances relating to divorces for high net worth individuals, including matters involving businesses and complex tax arrangements. Clients say that he handles matters "in a highly professional, sensitive and effective manner."

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Band 2

Helen Fitzsimons Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Fitzsimons recently established her own practice at Helen Fitzsimons Family Law. She is admired for "her wide and comprehensive knowledge of care and linked crime proceedings," and regularly handles cases of parental alienation involving complex medical evidence in cases of non-accidental injury. One market commentator says: "She is an exceptional solicitor. She is the solicitor I would use if my own family had a problem."

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Band 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Alan Foster is often called upon for his knowledge of financial dispute resolution, especially cases involving companies and trusts. One client comments: "I always found Alan very approachable and understanding, and he always explained issues and procedures in a very easy way."

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Band 2

Brighton & Hove Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Lucy Gregory is an experienced family law practitioner called upon to advise on financial and children-related issues. Clients appreciate "her willingness to push through negotiations and not give up."

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Band 2

Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Hayes of Griffith Smith Farrington Webb advises on matrimonial finance matters and is a qualified collaborative lawyer. Sources report: "Her advice and expertise have been flawless," and note that "she's got all the details at her fingertips."

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Band 2

Dean Wilson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Hunt of Dean Wilson LLP is a highly regarded collaborative lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. Sources are quick to point out: "He's intelligent, and someone who has the ability to reassure clients. He's a tactician and a safe pair of hands."

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Band 2

Family Law Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Linda Lamb has recently worked on international children law cases and matrimonial finance. "She is well versed in the facts of the case and advises clients in a sensible way," according to sources, who add that she provides "detailed guidance through complex processes while maintaining a steady purpose."

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Band 2

Family Law Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Larkin impresses across the board with his handling of complex and high-value ancillary relief work. Sources report: "He has a calm demeanour, is technically strong and has a drive to resolve matters in an effective and economic manner."

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Band 3

Wannops LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julia Dyson recently joined Wannops LLP from Rix & Kay Solicitors. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer and mediator whose work includes a broad range of children cases such as special guardianship orders, adoption and removal from the jurisdiction. Sources note that she "works very hard, she's good with clients and is down-to-earth."

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Associates to watch

Family Law Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Gemma Hope is a well-regarded collaborative lawyer who advises on financial remedy matters involving businesses, inherited wealth and pensions. Clients say that "nothing is ever too much trouble for her."  

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Associates to watch

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Zoë Summers handles financial remedy cases, nuptial and cohabitation agreements, and disputes between both married and unmarried couples. Sources recommend her as "a really tough negotiator who knows her stuff and fights her corner."

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