Domestic abuse solicitors

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Our domestic abuse solicitors are here to help

Often, those in an abusive relationship find it hard to see how to get out of it. If you or a member of your family is a victim of domestic abuse it is important that you contact our team today.

Our domestic abuse solicitors are experienced in helping people like you to find a way to quickly and discreetly feel safe and secure. Our priority is to make sure you and your family are safe and protected.


We can help victims of domestic abuse – fast

As a victim of domestic abuse, the first thing on your mind will be to remove the threat of further harm, abuse or intimidation – and to protect yourself and your family.

We can do this through something called an emergency non molestation court order. This can remove the immediate threat, or an occupation order could remove your abusive partner’s rights to live in your home for a period of time. Our domestic abuse solicitors have helped many people in your situation. They will work with the utmost sensitivity to provide protection for you quickly.


As a victim of domestic abuse, you may be entitled to free legal assistance public funding provided certain criteria set by the Legal Aid Agency are met. We are normally in a position to confirm to you whether you are entitled to legal aid by discussing your circumstances and reviewing certain financial documents.

Frequently asked questions about domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is the term used to describe unacceptable and inappropriate verbal, physical, sexual, emotional and psychological behaviour from one person towards another. This abuse may involve an element of control, for example, of finances or of a person’s time and actions. It may be threatened and will not necessarily involve a physical act. Harassment commonly includes offensive and unwelcome phones calls, emails/letters, verbal comments and messages posted on social networking sites.

I think I and my children are in danger – can you help?

Depending on your circumstances, we can help you by providing an individual or a group of individuals, with an appropriate written warning.  If more drastic action is needed for your safety and protection one, then we can help you make an application for one of the following orders;

  • Non Molestation Order – This would prevent an abusive/violent person from molesting you and/or your children.
  • An Occupation Order – This would exclude an individual from a property and state that you can live there for a specified period.
  • A Prohibited Steps Order – This would forbid another person who has parental responsibility for your children from removing them from your care in situation where there have been threats to remove them.

Will legal aid be available to me?

As a victim of domestic abuse, you can be entitled to public funding.  You may need to provide some evidence of the fact that you have suffered domestic abuse.  Access to legal aid depends on your financial circumstances – we can assess your position and let you know whether you qualify.  We will need to see copies of certain financial documents (e.g. bank statements, welfare benefit awards letters, etc.) to do so.

I am being/have been forced to marry somebody against my will – can you help?

If required for your safety and protection, we can assist you in applying for a Forced Marriage Protection Order. This order is to protect a person who is being threatened with a forced marriage or is already in one. It is designed to protect a person according to individual circumstances, e.g. to stop someone from being taken out of the UK.

The Family team's 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

Simon Bassett is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. Legal 500 2016 South East

At a very difficult and stressful time, I was made to feel at ease with their 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 their help, advice and constant support.
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