Kids Come First® is dedicated to upholding the needs and rights of children and supporting parents at every stage of separation to help minimise the conflict which impacts on children.
We strive to help separating parents resolve their issues in the most practical and mindful way so we may signpost you to other services. Please mention us when contacting the organisations featured here.
Founded by Peter Burgess and Antonia Mee, two lawyers from leading practice Withers LLP, Burgess Mee are a specialist London family law team that “provide a magic circle service while remaining cost effective” (Legal 500 2015). They have specialist experience in all aspects of divorce and separation, living together, disputes over money, parenting issues, pre and postnuptial agreements. Visit www.burgessmee.com
Children In The Middle are barristers with more than 45 years combined experience in the family law field and the only barristers who practice and specialise solely in this field. Elizabeth McCallum & Sarah Evans aim to offer creative, practical solutions to even the most difficult situations. Wherever possible, they will help you to reach a voluntary agreement with the other parent over the arrangements for your child. Wherever court action is required, as barristers, they provide the experienced representation you need for every stage of the proceedings – from initial advice to drafting an application to the court, to representation at hearings and preparation of witness statements and evidence. However, you may just need one meeting to get the advice and guidance on the best way forward for you and your child so please visit www.childreninthemiddle.co.uk for more info.
1KBW has a strong team of skilled advocates who are experienced in representing a diverse range of clients, including those of very high public profile, those with international lifestyles and living arrangements, and those with addiction or mental health issues. Separation can affect all aspects of parenting and our private children law barristers are highly skilled at guiding clients through a wide range of disputes, achieving positive outcomes for them. We also deal with cases involving allegations of domestic abuse between parents and those which require fact-finding hearings where allegations of abuse have been made. Visit www.1kbw.co.uk for more info.
Protecting the interests of families lies at the heart of what we do. Whether it is advising on inter-generational wealth preservation or dealing with relationship breakdown, we take a strategic approach to the issues and aspirations that families have. We appreciate the complexity that wealth brings and we assist our clients and their families through all life stages. We are robust in our advice and our approach to litigation but always seek resolution with minimal acrimony. We handle every matter with the utmost discretion because many of our clients are high-profile and often in the public eye. We encourage parents to put children at the centre of their decision making. We understand how relationship breakdown not only affects a family but also third parties, and our clients include individuals, corporations and trustees, many of whom are international. Beyond our bespoke service for the full range of separation or divorce issues, we anticipate and meet the needs they encounter in their wider personal and business lives. Visit: www.mishcon.com/services/family
Vardags unique Children Team is led by Senior Director Katherine Res Pritchard who is “destined to become the leading private children’s lawyer in London”. Their Manchester office also has a dedicated Children team, headed by Director, Lucy Williams. The Legal 500 has said of their children and family lawyers: “The team is noted for its sheer intellect”. Vardags high level of expertise covers all areas of family law, with their solicitors having an extensive range of specialisms, having been involved in some of the highest profile cases of recent years at all levels up to the Supreme Court. Having a specialist team of Children lawyers means there is a wealth of experience in relation to:
- Cross-border disputes, especially international relocation cases
- Child abduction.
- Adoption (both national and abroad)
- Registration and enforcement of foreign contact orders
- Proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction
- Injunctions and protection orders
- Domestic disputes
- Fertility, IVF and surrogacy
Visit: https://vardags.com for more info on their family law services.
Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, their track record of success has helped them to become the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm. Their focus is on success: achieving the best results for their clients around the world. Stewarts is the pre-eminent UK divorce and family practice, ranked No.1 in both The Legal 500 and Chambers. They act for high net worth individuals based both in the UK and abroad. Their partners are regarded as “the leading lights of the profession, spearheading a department of unrivalled strength and depth advising on all aspects of family law. The Stewarts team takes time to understand the issues their clients face, and help them achieve the best possible outcome, in relation to their children and their finances. Visit www.stewartslaw.com
Winckworth Sherwood pride themselves on offering a high-quality service coupled with pragmatic advice to support you through the separation or divorce process. Their family team recognise that when a relationship breaks down it can be a challenging and emotionally charged experience for everyone involved. They are experts in dispute resolution and mediation and we are committed to constructive negotiation and cost-effective solutions, aimed at achieving the best result possible for you as an individual. Should court proceedings prove necessary, our focused and no-nonsense approach will maximise the chance of securing a favourable result. Visit www.wslaw.co.uk
Fladgate LLP represent entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, professional advisers and beneficiaries of both offshore and onshore trusts on financial implications and arrangements for children following a separation or a divorce. Teresa Cullen is a family law specialist dealing with all aspects of family law including issues relating to financial matters, jurisdiction and children. Visit www.fladgate.com/our-team/teresa-cullen
Brigstow Family Law (BFL) specialise exclusively in family law, providing you with specialist advice and guiding you at every stage of your case. We appreciate that seeking advice on family law issues can be a stressful and daunting experience. We offer compassion and understanding, whilst providing excellent legal advice. We will always try to find the most pragmatic and cost-sensitive solution for you and your family, ensuring that we work closely with you at all times. We work collaboratively with other professionals and experts to ensure that we achieve the best bespoke outcome for you and your family. We aim to achieve a resolution for you without the need for court proceedings, believing a non-confrontational and collaborative approach will help families move forward from conflict and rebuild their lives. However, we care passionately about achieving a fair outcome and protecting those who are in need or vulnerable, through the court process if necessary. Our expertise means that we can advise and help you to decide which process is right for you. Visit: www.brigstowfamilylaw.co.uk for more details.
Child and Family Solutions specialise in delivering high quality child focused services to families who are separating or who are experiencing difficulties. We primarily offer Independent Social Work Assessment and Mediation services but we are also able to offer other services. We are frequently recommended by Judges at all levels of the family court as well as specialist family law QCs. We enjoy a reputation for providing high quality work and are known for ‘going the extra mile’ for the children and families with whom we work. Visit www.childandfamilysolutions.co.uk
Esther Lewis is the founder of Aletheia Wealth Limited. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant with PWC over 20 years ago, Esther runs her own financial planning practice as a Chartered Financial Planner specialising in working with clients to ensure that their finances are set up in the most tax efficient way to support them and help them achieve what they want in their lives. For clients going through separation or divorce, Esther will work with them to restructure their finances and build a comprehensive financial plan that gives clients the peace of mind they need in moving forward. She examines all areas of finances including protection, investments, pensions and inheritance tax to make sure your money is working in the best way possible to provide for you & your family’s futures. Visit: www.aletheiawealth.co.uk
Neil McNab is an experienced and well-respected family law expert who specialises in divorce, complex financial disputes arising from relationship breakdown, and matters relating to children. He continues to help an array of people, from young professional families to successful entrepreneurs, particularly those in the sports, media, entertainment, banking and technology sectors. Neil is an accredited specialist under the acclaimed Resolution Accreditation Scheme in two areas of family law. Visit www.keplerwolf.com
Gillian Krajewski has been mediating in the UK since 1999 and is able to offer her clients an affordable, personalised divorce and family mediation service. She works in the Wimbledon area of SW London or via Zoom. Krajewski Mediation is focused on you and your unique circumstances. Offering support, direction and resolution, Gillian is the first choice for those who want to divorce, separate and parent amicably. To start things moving in a more helpful direction, Gillian takes you through your dispute resolution options so you can decide on the best possible path. Visit www.krajewskimediation.com for info.
Priya Gill is a divorce lawyer and family law specialist who supports all her clients through difficult times with a personable, stress free and constructive approach. In addition to divorce and separation, Priya assists parents with their child arrangements. She works closely with family mediators and specialist parenting support groups to help parents to co-parent better and reach child focused agreements. She provides a transparent and clear indication of the likely costs. Priya’s clients vary from high profile, high net worth families to families with modest incomes. Her aim is to find a way forward for every client, as effectively as possible, during one of the most upsetting periods in their lives. Visit www.familylawyerlondon.co.uk
A family department that facilitate settlement and mediation rather than conflict if circumstances permit. Wedlake Bell’s family department boasts solicitors who are experienced and qualified mediators, collaborative solicitors, family law arbitrators and one of the family solicitors in the UK and Wales to be listed as an e-Private Client 50 most influential solicitors 2018. We are also a top recommended family lawyers in the Spears 2020 Index. Our experienced Family team can advise you on all matters relating to family law, from the most simple of cases to the more complex and sensitive situations including international law. Visit www.wedlakebell.com
If you are concerned about the expense of getting divorced, contact Divorce Solutions whose approach is entirely different to that of a firm of solicitors.
Their team of experienced lawyers act as consultants to guide people through the divorce process in order to stop them making expensive mistakes. Divorce Solutions can do this because they not only consider the established divorce processes like going through court or mediation but also little known, often cheaper and quicker processes – for example Direct Access, Collaborative Law and Arbitration.
Divorce Solutions call upon their network of third-party support like Kids Come First to help individuals, couples and families through such a difficult time. For a free initial consultation contact them via https://divorcesolutions.co.uk
MiD Mediation & Counselling is one of the longest-running mediation services in the UK and has been offering mediation to separating and divorcing couples since 1983. The service specialises in the field of family breakdown, with their main focus being on children who are caught up in the middle of family conflict. They also offer counselling services for both adults and children. All mediators and counsellors are highly skilled and experienced. MiD is affiliated to National Family Mediation and contracted to the Legal Aid Agency for family mediation. Visit www.midmediation.org.uk
Penningtons offer the highest quality of support to their clients, stemming from the experience and talent of outstanding family lawyers who are both nationally and internationally acknowledged as leaders in their field. We provide a comprehensive service which is both solution-based and bespoke. Our team is committed to providing clients with an unparalleled level of service in a compassionate, timely and cost effective manner from offices in London, Oxford, Reading and Guildford. Our solicitors’ skills include constructive negotiation, a full range of family dispute resolution services, including mediation and collaborative law, and robust and rigorous litigation if required. Visit: www.penningtonslaw.com
Counselling is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself and your children through a separation. You deserve support – as do your children. The Circle Line offers affordable therapy online -any time, anywhere – with a team of highly trained practitioners to help you. Distance or conflict between parents affects children in ways we may not fully understand, despite our best intentions. As a divorcee and child of divorce herself, Pip Richardson, founder of The Circle Line and a psychotherapist says “separation is one of the hardest, most emotionally complex things we go through as adults – imagine what that is like for a child. Wherever parents are in conflict it always deeply impacts on children ‘in the middle’. We owe it to them to do all we can to understand and develop ourselves and our parenting style so that we don’t unconsciously harm them and instead can give them the best possible support and role-modelling.” Visit www.thecircleline.co.uk to explore how they can help.
Mediate UK were the 1st service in the UK to offer fixed fee mediation and legal packages – based on client feedback from being charged excessive legal fees for their divorce or consent order. They offer online MIAMs nationally and help with setting up independent barrister reviews – so clients have an alternative to going to court if mediation breaks down. Our divorce lawyers and family law solicitors have won awards for their service and are highly experienced in all areas of family law. With 26 offices throughout the UK their 5* feedback from clients shows they genuinely care. Visit www.mediateuk.co.uk
The Divorce Surgery helps you cut out the conflict. When couples separate they face a number of complicated decisions about splitting their finances. Most couples need expert legal advice to find tailored solutions which are fair to both of them. What they do not need is an adversarial process which raises further tensions and can also be very costly. The Divorce Surgery short circuits the traditional route. Instead of appointing your own lawyers, one impartial and experienced family law barrister advises you both as to the way a court would view your case. We complete the process swiftly so you are each empowered to come to an agreement which is fair. No lengthy litigation, no acrimony, no delay and most importantly – no disproportionate legal fees. Founded by 2 experienced & specialist family law barristers, The Divorce Surgery is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Visit www.thedivorcesurgery.co.uk
Stowe Family Law is the largest specialist family law firm in the UK, with over 75 divorce lawyers across 22 offices. We are highly experienced in advising and acting in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children during a divorce or separation. Our domestic and international clients range from high-net-worth individuals with complex financials to local professionals with more straightforward matters. Many of them have complex businesses, pensions and trust arrangements, inherited or overseas assets. Visit: www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk