Family law & legal advice solicitors who combine expertise with understanding

‘Our aim is to help you avoid the expense, stress and emotional upheaval of the court process’

While relationship breakdowns are an increasingly common fact of life, it doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. Emotions run high, which can sometimes cloud your thinking. That’s why it’s invaluable to have the support of family law solicitors who offer calm, professional advice, helping you look after your interests in the long term.

All the family law advice you need, under one roof

Our aim is to help you find a solution that avoids the expense, stress and emotional upheaval of the court process. Our family law solicitors take the time to understand your personal family law claim and work out effective ways to get the result you want. Ideally, we’ll achieve this through co-operation between both parties. We apply this approach to family legal advice in all areas of family law, for instance:

  • Collaborative law
    You and your partner talk through your problems face to face to reach an agreement yourselves – rather than the court make a decision that’s then imposed on you. Find out more.
  • Family mediation
    A forward-looking alternative to the courtroom. It gives you the opportunity to resolve issues together in an informal setting with the help of a specially trained mediator. Find out more.
  • Finances in divorce
    If your relationship breaks down there are many issues to think about. How you will cope financially is often people’s greatest worry. Our specialist team of divorce solicitors will look at the whole financial picture including the family home, maintenance and pensions to help you receive what you deserve, so you can start to plan your future. Find out more about the financial consequences of divorce.
  • Arrangements for children
    Our child custody solicitors, now known as child residence, have many years’ experience of providing child contact advice, also known as child access advice, and successfully help parents to avoid unnecessary court action. Find out more.

These are just some of the ways that we can provide family legal advice. Whatever your individual situation involves – from child support to domestic violence – we have an experienced team of family law solicitors on hand to support and guide you towards the result you want, whether that’s compensation or a happy resolution.

So if you’re in need of family law advice, then make sure that you get in contact with us today.


Our credentials

What the team is known for: Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary. Active representing guardians in public law care proceedings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are highly skilled and committed professionals who work incredibly hard and diligently for their clients.” “They provided an excellent service in a very straightforward and non-technical way.” Notable practitioners: Richard Ellis (Band 2) enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases. He is hailed by one commentator as “phenomenally good and a great advocate.” Sharon MacDonald (Band 3) frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” Jon Toogood (Eminent Practitioner) handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner.” Katherine Lauder is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Well-known team in the Oxford market, with substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on public law children cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A really good outfit, and universally likeable.” Notable practitioners: Mark Phillips (Band 3) is experienced advising in divorce and financial remedy matters, especially those involving complex assets such as pensions and business interests. One source says of him: “He is very intellectually able, and has a pleasant, persuasive way about him.” Head of the Oxfordshire family team Simon Bassett (Band 3) is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has ‘a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“Royds Withy King’s group is led by Simon Bassett who is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. The ‘efficient and committed’ Anne Davies specialises in child-related work” Legal 500 2016 South East


Contact us now to find out how our family law solicitors can help you find workable legal solutions.

At a very difficult and stressful time, Sharon quickly made me feel at ease with her knowledge, reassurance and friendly, proactive outlook. I would have easily been persuaded to continue an impossible and damaging situation if it had not been for her help, advice and constant support.
Mandy McEvoy

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