At Kids Come First we’re truly passionate about improving the lives of separated families everywhere! So we signpost to a network of helpful, collaborative services who share our vision and support our work. Please mention us when making a referral to any service 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. Their London offices are located in Clapham and Hammersmith. Visit www.burgessmee.com or call them on 0203 824 9950
Children In The Middle are a team of barristers with more than 45 years combined experience in the family law field. They are the only barristers who practice and specialise solely in this line of work. They aim to offer creative, practical solutions to even the most difficult situations. Wherever possible, they will help you 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, drafting an application to the court, 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. Call them on 0117 2141797 or visit www.childreninthemiddle.co.uk for more info.
Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, their track record of success for clients has helped them become the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm. Their focus is always on success: achieving the best results for clients around the world. Stewarts is the pre-eminent divorce and family practice in the UK, ranked No.1 in both The Legal 500 and Chambers. They act for high net worth individuals based in the UK and overseas. 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 team takes time to understand the issues clients face, and help them achieve the best possible outcome, both in relation to their children and their finances. Visit www.stewartslaw.com or call 020 7822 8000
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. The separation of parents can affect all aspects of parenting and our private children law barristers are skilled at guiding clients through a wide range of disputes, achieving positive outcomes for them. Our private law children specialists have experience of transgender issues relating to teenagers and parents, complex and intractable disputes, enforcement of orders relating to children’s arrangements, and protecting children from publicity. We also regularly deal with cases involving allegations of domestic abuse between parents and those which require fact-finding hearings where allegations of abuse have been made. To discuss your requirements call 0207 9361500 or 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, a given in any situation, but even more so 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 issues clients may face during separation or divorce, we anticipate and meet the needs they encounter in their wider personal and business lives. Call 020 3321 7000 or visit: www.mishcon.com/services/family
When a relationship breaks down it can be a challenging and emotionally charged experience for all involved. The family law solicitors at Winckworth Sherwood pride themselves on offering a high-quality service coupled with pragmatic advice to support you through the process. We 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. If court proceedings prove necessary, our considered, focused and no-nonsense approach will maximise the chance of securing a favourable result. Contact Katie Spooner; Anna-Laura Lock; Selena Arbe-Barnes on 020 7593 5000 or visit www.wslaw.co.uk
Deborah Jeff is the founder and Head of the Seddons Family Department. She is known for her understanding of the psychological impact of divorce and works with psychologists and counsellors, ensuring clients navigate the separation process in the healthiest way possible. Most of Deborah’s work involves complex financial disputes within divorce and between cohabiting couples, often with offshore elements and intricate taxation issues. She also has considerable experience with issues relating to children, such as contact, residence, child abduction and paternity testing. Deborah is recognised in Chambers as being “very supportive while getting on with the job in a very efficient way and handling tricky situations,” and in Legal 500 as “utterly committed to her clients and has a steely and calm approach”. She is recognised in Spear’s as a Top Recommended Family Lawyer and named “Outstanding in Field“. Deborah is a qualified collaborative lawyer and regularly provides legal commentary for the national press on key developments in family law. Call 020 772 58041 or visit www.seddons.co.uk/our-people/deborah-jeff
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, while 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 to 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. Contact Bessie Hanson or Sharon Mahmood on 0117 450 2622 or 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 a small company with fewer than 20 staff and as such our clients receive a personal bespoke service. We are frequently recommended by Judges at all levels of the family court as well as specialist family law QCs and 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. Contact us for more information on 0333 305 1135 or 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, she 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 will look at all areas of your finances including protection, investments, pensions and inheritance tax to make sure that your money is working in the best way possible to provide for you and your family’s futures. Call Esther on 07903 560780 or visit: www.aletheiawealth.co.uk
Neil McNab is an experienced and well-respected family law expert. He specialises in divorce, complicated financial disputes arising from relationship breakdown, and matters relating to children. He has helped, and 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. Contact Neil on 0203 7818778 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 New Malden and 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. Call 07939 047 441 or visit her website: www.krajewskimediation.com for more info.
Strathers have a well established reputation as specialist lawyers. The personal relationship between lawyer and client is always important but never more so than with family law. Regardless of how sensitive or complicated the matter, we work with passion and determination to ensure the final outcome meets a client’s needs. We always encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family- and in particular the best interests of children. For high quality legal advice through a family law issue, please contact Hannah Sisk on 020 7034 4200 or visit: www.streathers.co.uk
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 and these estimates are regularly updated. 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 or call 0207 3683325
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. Contact Trisha Saddique on 020 7395 3036 or visit www.wedlakebell.com
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. MiD also offer counselling services for both adults and children. All their mediators and counsellors are highly skilled and experienced and MiD is affiliated to National Family Mediation and contracted to the Legal Aid Agency for family mediation. Visit www.midmediation.org.uk or call them on 0208 8916860
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 do just that. Distance or conflict between parents affects children in all sorts of ways we may not fully understand, despite our best intentions. As a divorcee and child of divorce herself, Pip Richardson, a psychotherapist in training and founder of The Circle Line says “Separation is one of the hardest, most emotionally complex things we can go through as adults. Imagine what that is like for a child. Where parents are in conflict it always deeply impacts the children ‘in the middle’. I believe 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 modelling.” For more information on this valuable service please visit: https://thecircleline.co.uk
Mediate UK were the first 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 are members of Resolution, have won awards for their service and are highly experienced in all areas of family law. More importantly, we care! Our 5* feedback from our clients shows we genuinely help you during this difficult time. Visit: www.mediateuk.co.uk
The Divorce Surgery helps cut out the conflict.
When couples separate they face numerous complicated decisions about splitting their finances. Most couples will 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 aim to complete the process in 6-8 weeks so you are then 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 authorised and 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. For further information please visit: www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk