Your children deserve the very best children solicitors

‘We believe that parents are best at making decisions for their children, not courts’

Of course, every parent dreads the thought of a dispute involving their children. At a time when you want to protect them from further hardship, they’re often the ones who seem to suffer the most. With that in mind, our children solicitors’ approach is single minded: to help separating parents put their children’s needs at the heart of every decision.

Independently recognised solicitors for children

Few negotiations are more sensitive than those surrounding child disputes. Our specialist solicitors for children have many years of experience. In fact they’re independently recognised for their expertise – our team even including Law Society Children Panel specialists – so you’re in the very best of hands.

We aim to achieve the best result for you and your children whatever the situation – by helping you with:

  • Arrangements for children
    Wherever possible, our children solicitors encourage you as parents to make your own arrangements for your children. After all, you know them best. However, sometimes an agreement cannot be reached. If this is the case, you might have to resort to court action to obtain an order for various child welfare issues. Find out more.
  • Social services and care proceedings
    These are complex and stressful for all involved – particularly the children – and there’s almost always a difference of opinion between the natural parents and the social worker. Our solicitors for children have the experience and judgement to make sure that your views are always represented strongly and clearly. Find out more.

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 children solicitors can put your children at the heart of every decision about their future

I was very happy with the service I received as this was a very difficult time for me and it helped to have someone who I felt comfortable talking to

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