Our Oxford family solicitors take the time to understand your personal circumstances, then take action to help resolve your problem.

How our Oxford family solicitors can help you

Our experienced team of family solicitors can help you with many different aspects of family law:

Help with funding a family case

When you are in a stressful situation involving family law, you should not have to worry about funding and how to pay for legal fees. We have many different options available to help you quickly resolve your situation, bring stability back to your life and manage payments in an affordable, manageable way.

Find out more about how you can fund a family case here.

International family law

When family disputes span international borders the legal processes can become very complex.

Fortunately here at Royds Withy King we have a team of family solicitors who are experts in international family law. We are connected to lawyers around the globe and have proven experience in dealing with complex legal issues for families in many different countries and continents.

Find out more about how we can help with international family law here.

Where in Oxford are Royds Withy King’s family solicitors based?

Our office is in North Bailey House on New Inn Hall Street, right in the heart of Oxford and very close to the new Westgate shopping centre.

Our full address is:

Royds Withy King
North Bailey House
New Inn Hall Street

For directions and travel information please visit our office page here.

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 as well as private clients in complex children matters. Also handles domestic abuse cases and cases with cross-border elements. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were prompt with responses, efficient in sharing information safely, helpful and always available.” Sources also note that the team houses “good people who know what they are doing and who provide a good service at a reasonable price.” Notable practitioners: Jon Toogood is a long-standing practitioner in the Somerset market, focusing on financial remedy litigation arising out of divorce proceedings. Sources characterise him as being “extremely sensible and pragmatic.” Department head Richard Ellis offers expertise in public and private children law cases. His experience covers matters such as adoption, living arrangements and third parties. Sharon MacDonald handles high-value financial disputes as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She is also recognised for her mediation and collaborative work. “She is efficient and always responds to my questions and requests in good time and with full information,” notes a client.” Chambers 2019 South West

“What the team is known for: Well-regarded team in the Oxford market, and also gains recognition in Swindon. Substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on children matters, in particular relocation cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):One client notes that the lawyers “provide good-quality, comprehensive advice and are very responsive.” Another source comments: “I have always received excellent service from the team.” Notable practitioners: Rebecca Stevens (Band 1) specialises in public and private children law, from child protection issues to contact arrangements. A client says: “I am not able to speak highly enough of Rebecca Stevens. She is absolutely fantastic. She has kept me fully informed on my case, even out of hours.” Simon Bassett (Band 2) advises on divorce-related financial disputes, including cases relating to family-owned business. He also assists with prenuptial agreements. One client highlights the “exceptional service,” provided by Bassett, noting: “He has always given sound advice with clear, concise information provided.” Another source adds: “He is quick to understand the bigger picture and is sensitive to the long-term relationship impacts of the proceedings.” Mark Phillips (Band 3) advises on financial disputes resulting from divorce or cohabitation breakdown, including those involving business and trust assets. He is described by a source as “very sensible and a safe pair of hands” with “an intellectual edge.” Another interviewee praises Phillips’s “good judgement.”” Chambers 2019 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King has ‘one of the strongest and most experienced family teams in the South West’ and is ‘at the head of the pack of modernised family law firms.’ The team specialises in complex child care proceedings, with five ‘sympathetic and pragmatic’ partners leading the group. Sharon MacDonald ‘combines strong support for clients and has a pragmatic approach to negotiation’; she handles high-value finance matters, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation disputes. MacDonald also specialises in cases involving farming and agricultural families, and the armed forces. A recently made partner, the ‘outstanding’ Rebecca Stevens deals with family disputes relating to children, including child protection, contact, residence, removal from the jurisdiction and domestic violence issues, and ‘moves mountains to get results’. Among other changes to the team, senior associate Kit O’Brien moved to Stokes Partners LLP in January 2018, and Will MacFarlane  joined from Withers LLP as partner in February 2018. MacFarlane has considerable experience acting for unmarried parents in financial claims on behalf of children, and recent Schedule 1 clients include two Premier League footballers. Senior associate Katherine Lauder is ‘exceptional’, and consultant Jon Toogood is also ‘an outstanding family lawyer’.” Legal 500 2018 South West

“Royds Withy King has ‘sensible, practical lawyers who represent their clients well’ and is noted for its advice in the financial remedy and private children law areas. ‘Excellent’ practice head Simon Bassett‘s expertise includes divorce, separation, financial matters, cohabitation and financial claims under the Children Act. Mark Phillips is strong for financial matters, and is recommended as ‘particularly knowledgeable and well-prepared; he is able to develop strong relationships with his clients’. Solicitor Monicka Rai was recently recognised by The Legal 500 UK as a Next Generation Lawyer (‘calm and measured; she represents her clients effectively and is a pleasure to deal with’) and specialises in private children matters, including removal from jurisdiction and parental alienation cases. Andrew Nellist recently joined from Hedges Law and James Stonham retired from practice.” Legal 500 2018 South East

“Head of a ‘strong team’ at Royds Withy King  is Patrick Hart who has ‘vast experience of representing HNW spouses often with international connections’. Vandana Chitroda is a ‘reassuring and supportive figure to her clients’.” Legal 500 2018 London

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