Forward thinking divorce solicitors
‘It’s easy to get caught up in the here-and-now instead of thinking about what’s best for you and your family’s future’
Divorce is never easy at any stage of your life. You may well be worried about your future, particularly how you’ll cope financially. At such an emotional time it can be difficult to see the best way forward to protect your long-term security. That’s why many people find it helpful to consult an experienced divorce solicitor.
Divorce legal advice tailored to your situation
Obtaining a divorce can be fairly straightforward, however the implications are often more complicated. It may well affect your life in ways that you may not have anticipated, for instance your personal status may change and you may lose previous entitlements. By taking our divorce legal advice at an early stage you can be better prepared for these consequences, helping to protect you and your family and safeguard your future interests.
Our divorce solicitors will carefully review your personal circumstances to make sure that they give you all the right advice. They might feel you could benefit from a less confrontational collaborative law divorce or your situation may require the traditional court approach. You can read our factsheet to learn more about collaborative law.
You are our number one priority throughout the process. We will support you to secure a divorce settlement that prepares the way for your future well-being. You can find out more about the divorce procedure or the alternative route of judicial separation in our factsheet.
“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