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Family/Matrimonial — Kent


Brachers LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Superb family law practice tackling substantial matrimonial finance cases, providing expertise on complex commercial, agricultural and trust structures. Also handles complicated matters in children law including removal from jurisdiction. Offers collaborative approach and alternative dispute resolution. Assists clients from across the region and further afield in the UK, offering them the benefit of the firm's wider expertise in private clients and property law.

Strengths A source says: "They have strong expertise in financial family matters and also a keen eye on value for money and proportionality, which is crucial in family cases involving private funds."

Commentators add that this is "a solid and reliable team."

Notable practitioners

The "super-bright and tenacious" Stephen Smith has an excellent track record in high-value matrimonial finance cases. He is a trained collaborative lawyer and is praised by clients for being "calm, sensible and reliable."

Interviewees report that Mark Leeson is "very available and dedicated." He has a wide-ranging practice encompassing matrimonial finances, children matters and co-habitee disputes.

Mei-Ling McNab advises married and non-married couples on a broad range of financial matters, including prenuptial agreements. Other areas of expertise include international child abduction cases.

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location ranked: Orpington

What the team is known for Well known family law practice handing post-separation issues, including child arrangements and financial remedy matters. Experienced handling cases involving inherited wealth, businesses, pensions and property abroad. Advises both mid and high net worth clients, and provides specialist expertise in Children Act applications and TOLATA cases.

Strengths A client notes: "The phone is always answered promptly and I never have any problem finding someone who is able to help with whatever issue I might have."

Another adds: "Every member of the team I have spoken to is polite and helpful. Response times are excellent and expectations are met."

Notable practitioners

Department head Claire Schneck is praised by sources for her "excellent advice" on the full scope of financial matters connected with divorce and separation. Sources say: "She is always available to her clients, explains matters of some complexity in an accessible manner, and most of all keeps calm and brings a common sense approach to the proceedings."

The "astute and sensible" Kevin Bristow is well versed in financial remedy cases and children matters, in addition to assisting with cohabitees and civil partnership disputes. Interviewees note that "he combines calm, good sense with a reassuring and friendly manner."

Department profile by Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

The breakdown of any relationship can be traumatic and stressful, and our dedicated team of family law solicitors in Orpington, have the knowledge and experience to provide caring, practical and clear advice to guide you through what is often a distressing time.

As members of Resolution, the family team of solicitors in Orpington is committed to resolving family law issues in a sensitive, constructive and cost effective way.

Our varied experience includes negotiating divorce settlements at all levels from the most straightforward cases to the most complicated, involving complex issues relating to businesses, pensions and other assets.

Our specialist team includes family solicitors who are ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 guides as leading family solicitors in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The work we do includes:

  • Divorce and separation agreements
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships and separation agreements
  • Division of assets on divorce or dissolution (property, investments, businesses and pensions)
  • Child and spousal maintenance or civil partner maintenance
  • Children issues, including residence and contact
  • Leave to remove a child from the UK
  • Rights of unmarried couples
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements
  • Mediation and mediation agreements
  • Arranging Arbitration
  • Domestic violence

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Cripps LLP - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Highly regarded team working on financial remedy cases involving high-value assets and international issues. Experienced in private law children matters, as well as cohabitation and nuptial agreements. Prominent focus on alternative dispute resolution, housing mediators and collaborative lawyers in addition to handling arbitration and financial dispute resolution proceedings.

Strengths A client notes that "they simply could not have been more helpful every step of the way," adding: "I have never dealt with a firm who go above and beyond so much."

Another source says: "They are very experienced and brilliant at what they do, and I always know what to expect."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alex Davies offers high net worth clients the benefit of considerable experience in complex financial matters, including ancillary relief and pre and postnuptial agreements. "He manages his team superbly," a source reports, while another praises him as "knowledgeable, practical and helpful."

Vanda James is well versed in financial remedy cases as well as international abduction and relocation cases. Sources say that she is "knowledgeable, pragmatic and effective."

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Jones Nickolds - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Beckenham

What the team is known for Top-quality Kent practice with expertise in family law litigation, as well as a commitment to collaborative methods and alternative dispute resolution. Undertakes both private children matters and high net worth matrimonial finance cases. Expanding team with experience acting before local courts and the High Court in complex and high stakes cases.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is clearly well-led with a depth of resource which enables them to be both approachable and reactive."

Others add: "They are very capable of giving sound and pragmatic advice. They are very knowledgeable of the law and will certainly fight for their client if they need to; however, they have the best of both worlds in that they are legally very good but also sensible with how they run their cases."

Notable practitioners

Divorce and family law specialist Lisa Jones "was always contactable and highly responsive," a source reports, before adding: "Her personable manner and good humour were invaluable during the difficult times of the negotiations. Lisa was a real pleasure to work with."

Claire Nickolds has a strong focus on children work as part of a broad family practice which also takes in business and trust issues. Sources say: "She has a plan and is able to communicate that plan and identify and predict how the case will develop."

Gemma Irving is valued by sources for her "depth of analysis," while others praise her as "understanding and practical." She handles children work and financial remedy matters.

Department profile by Jones Nickolds

We are a specialist firm of family lawyers and work in a constructive, civilised and professional way.  We provide a high quality, cost effective service.

We have a breadth of experience in all aspects of family law, including high net worth divorces and complex private children work.  We are skilled and experienced in both litigation and dispute resolution.  Four of our partners are collaboratively trained, and two are mediators. 

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Thomson Snell & Passmore - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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 and is continuing to increase its presence in this area, including collaborative law and mediation.

Strengths Sources say that the team is "very user-friendly, competent and easy to work with."

Notable practitioners

Kirstie Law is a collaboration-trained lawyer, advising clients on financial matters and child arrangements. She also has expertise in civil partnerships.

Sources hail Sarah Judd as "absolutely excellent to work with." She handles both financial and private children law matters.

Joanna Pratt heads the department and provides clients with substantial expertise in complex financial settlements, nuptial agreements and children work. Sources say: "She is very pragmatic. She is someone who can see both the strengths and weaknesses of a case."

Desmond O'Donnell's broad-ranging practice includes financial matters and children work. Sources note that he "has a keen eye for detail and is extremely pleasant to deal with."

Department profile by Thomson Snell & Passmore

We have a long-established firm handling high-value and technically demanding matrimonial disputes for high net worth individuals and professionals.

Our family lawyers always try to minimise the pain and stress caused by family issues and focus on finding the best outcome for you. We never lose sight of the long-term interests of both the adults and children involved.

With a broad range of clients, knowledge and experience, our family lawyers are also specialists in mediation and collaborative law, providing the right expertise in even the most unusual and difficult circumstances.

We pride ourselves on providing all of our clients with a high quality and efficient service. Our family team was quoted in the Chambers UK as being “one of the top firms for family work to the south of London”.

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Warners Solicitors - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Skilled, multi-talented team working with cross-border clients on financial remedies and Children Act proceedings. Advises high net worth individuals on post-separation issues as well as wealth protection agreements. Offers mediation and collaborative law services. Possesses specialist expertise in trust structuring matters.

Notable practitioners

Rayma Collins is praised by commentators for her "sensible and pragmatic" approach. She heads the department and is well versed in complex and cross border family issues. She is also an accredited collaborative lawyer.

Matthew Aves is an experienced practitioner across a broad range of family law, who possesses particular expertise in cohabitation disputes. He is also a trained mediator. Sources say his work is "thorough, to the point," and "deals with everything it needs to."

Charles Tennant is "thorough, efficient and very knowledgeable" according to clients. He advises across a broad range of family law issues.

Department profile by Warners Solicitors

Type of work handled

  • Financial remedy cases involving high-value assets and international issues
  • Protection and Preservation of Assets on marriage breakdown
  • Divorce / Judicial Separation
  • Nuptial Agreements, from hundreds of thousands to multi million pound assets involved
  • Private law children matters (living with orders/relocation/specific issues) involving parents and grandparents and advising on guardianship issues arising from recommendations from local authorities
  • Cohabitation disputes - including same sex couple disputes
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation

Categories of clients

  • Diverse range of clients predominantly based in Kent & London
  • Non-national clients with worldwide assets

Recent work highlights

  • Successfully setting aside Consent Order on the basis of non-disclosure and successfully defending a similar application
  • Securing an interim order for sale of the former matrimonial home
  • Acting in an acrimonious divorce with cross jurisdictional issues with a substantial property portfolio
  • Advising on a prenuptial agreement valued over £25m
  • Reported case in the High Court with favourable judgment from Mostyn LJ in complex enforcement case

Specialisations

  • Traditional litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Rayma Collins - Collaborative Lawyer
  • Matthew Aves - Trained Mediator
  • All lawyers are members of Resolution. Rayma is a Law Society accredited family specialist. Charles is a Resolution accredited specialist
  • In-house Trust specialist for cases involving complex Trust structures and also in-house accountants

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Whitehead Monckton - Family/Matrimonial

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Distinguished family practice working with an international client base on financial remedies involving pensions and businesses. Active in private law children disputes concerning contact, residence and maintenance. Also advises on cohabitation and prenuptial agreements. Recently expanded team with additional London-based expertise to provide greater depth of resource to clients.

Notable practitioners

Dawn Harrison is praised by clients for being "always friendly and informative." She maintains a broad family law practice spanning separation, injunctions, financial provisions and private children issues. She has particular expertise in cohabitee disputes and is also a qualified mediator.

Graham Jones is held in high regard for his "excellent communication skills." He is an accredited mediator whose expertise includes finance and private law children issues.

Department profile by Whitehead Monckton


Why are our family solicitors different?  Don’t take our word for it – call us to find out more? We promise to make a difference to your life.

You will want a personal, caring and professional approach catered to your specific needs and requirements. Clients come to us repeatedly because, not only do they know they will get expert advice and support, but they know we care and listen to them.

We provide the legal service most people hope they never have to use and our family team are trained to help you through what can be a most stressful time in your life.

You will want accurate and honest advice and we will do all we can to make this difficult time easier for you.

Our team can offer you services through mediation, collaborative law, negotiation and the court process. Our lawyers are all family specialists and accredited members of Resolution and/or Family Law Panel members.  Our Resolution commitment means we believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. 

We have three offices providing clients with the best family solicitors in Canterbury, Maidstone and Tenterden.




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Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Alex Davies offers high net worth clients the benefit of considerable experience in complex financial matters, including ancillary relief and pre and postnuptial agreements. "He manages his team superbly," a source reports, while another praises him as "knowledgeable, practical and helpful."

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Whitehead Monckton

From the Chambers UK guide

Dawn Harrison is praised by clients for being "always friendly and informative." She maintains a broad family law practice spanning separation, injunctions, financial provisions and private children issues. She has particular expertise in cohabitee disputes and is also a qualified mediator.

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Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Vanda James is well versed in financial remedy cases as well as international abduction and relocation cases. Sources say that she is "knowledgeable, pragmatic and effective." 

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Jones Nickolds

From the Chambers UK guide

Divorce and family law specialist Lisa Jones "was always contactable and highly responsive," a source reports, before adding: "Her personable manner and good humour were invaluable during the difficult times of the negotiations. Lisa was a real pleasure to work with."

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Kirstie Law is a collaboration-trained lawyer, advising clients on financial matters and child arrangements. She also has expertise in civil partnerships.

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Jones Nickolds

From the Chambers UK guide

Claire Nickolds has a strong focus on children work as part of a broad family practice which also takes in business and trust issues. Sources say: "She has a plan and is able to communicate that plan and identify and predict how the case will develop."  

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "super-bright and tenacious" Stephen Smith has an excellent track record in high-value matrimonial finance cases. He is a trained collaborative lawyer and is praised by clients for being "calm, sensible and reliable."

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Warners Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Rayma Collins is praised by commentators for her "sensible and pragmatic" approach. She heads the department and is well versed in complex and cross border family issues. She is also an accredited collaborative lawyer.

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Band 2

ThomasHaywood

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Haywood of ThomasHaywood is a qualified mediator who maintains a broad family law practice including both complex financial and private law children matters. "She is kind, thorough and extremely knowledgeable," say clients.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources hail Sarah Judd as "absolutely excellent to work with." She handles both financial and private children law matters.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Joanna Pratt heads the department and provides clients with substantial expertise in complex financial settlements, nuptial agreements and children work. Sources say: "She is very pragmatic. She is someone who can see both the strengths and weaknesses of a case." 

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Claire Schneck is praised by sources for her "excellent advice" on the full scope of financial matters connected with divorce and separation. Sources say: "She is always available to her clients, explains matters of some complexity in an accessible manner, and most of all keeps calm and brings a common sense approach to the proceedings."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Shona Alexander is a new arrival in the Guildford office, having arrived from London. Commentators praise her expertise in prenuptial agreements, which sits among a broader family law practice. Her experience includes both financial and private law children issues.

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Warners Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Aves is an experienced practitioner across a broad range of family law, who possesses particular expertise in cohabitation disputes. He is also a trained mediator. Sources say his work is "thorough, to the point," and "deals with everything it needs to."

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

The "astute and sensible" Kevin Bristow is well versed in financial remedy cases and children matters, in addition to assisting with cohabitees and civil partnership disputes. Interviewees note that "he combines calm, good sense with a reassuring and friendly manner."

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Jonathan Da Costa

Boys & Maughan

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Da Costa of Boys & Maughan is praised for his collaborative capabilities and is a qualified mediator. He heads the department and specialises in high net worth finance issues.

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Band 3

Whitehead Monckton

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Jones is held in high regard for his "excellent communication skills." He is an accredited mediator whose expertise includes finance and private law children issues.

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees report that Mark Leeson is "very available and dedicated." He has a wide-ranging practice encompassing matrimonial finances, children matters and co-habitee disputes.

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mei-Ling McNab advises married and non-married couples on a broad range of financial matters, including prenuptial agreements. Other areas of expertise include international child abduction cases.

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Band 3

Warners Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Tennant is "thorough, efficient and very knowledgeable" according to clients. He advises across a broad range of family law issues.

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Star Associate

Desmond O'Donnell

Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Desmond O'Donnell's broad-ranging practice includes financial matters and children work. Sources note that he "has a keen eye for detail and is extremely pleasant to deal with."

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Associates to watch

Jones Nickolds

From the Chambers UK guide

Gemma Irving is valued by sources for her "depth of analysis," while others praise her as "understanding and practical." She handles children work and financial remedy matters.

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