Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Tunbridge Wells
What the team is known for Impressive family team skilled in handling high-value financial cases and private law children work, including maintenance, residence and relocation issues. Also equipped to handle cases with jurisdictional complications and international dimensions. Fields alternative dispute resolution specialists for clients seeking to avoid litigation.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Of all the firms I deal with, they really are the standout family law department."
"It's an exceptional team of people - everybody I've dealt with has been supportive and friendly."
Trained collaborative lawyer and mediator Kirstie Law is active in cases involving childcare arrangements and pensions. One source comments: "She is one of the best family lawyers I've come across. She's fantastic on collaborative and mediation work, she's really well suited to the round table approach, and she's tough when she needs to be. Getting a solution is her forte."
Sarah Judd acts on a range of financial disputes and children proceedings. Source consider her to be "a very fine lawyer" and praise her as "solution-focused and reasonable to deal with."
Head of department Joanna Pratt handles a range of family and matrimonial issues, including high-value financial settlements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and children law cases. One client reports: "She was very thorough in explaining the legal concepts so that I had the best basis from which to give instructions. Her knowledge of the law was superb and she was also able to provide opinions, using the benefit of her extensive experience, which were invaluable to me through the process."
Desmond O'Donnell advises on a range of children-related matters and financial remedy cases. Sources describe him as "very helpful and creative in his approach to some of the issues."