What We’re Known For: Building a strong reputation for its family practice in the region. They regularly handle significant and complicated financial proceedings, prenuptial agreements and children matters, such as contact and residence issues. Continues to show expertise in handling the division of complex assets, and international implications.
Client service: "Their unwavering support both morally and professionally was their strongest point."
Efficiency: "Their strengths were their attention to detail, good humour and a total thoroughness."
Ros Bever continues to be highly regarded in the region for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children's issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting that "Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty - and thoroughly nice with it."
What We’re Known For: Continues to have a presence in this region, dealing with a variety of complex family cases, including an increasing number of international disputes and unusual relationship breakdown and maintenance matters.
Pragmatic approach: "They strive to achieve a fair outcome for the client and the family, and to work together to reduce hostility and encourage an amicable and cost-effective solution in the best interests of the clients."
Bench strength: "Their particular strength is the depth in numbers of skilled and experienced solicitors who all work closely together and have a working knowledge of each other's cases so they are very good at supporting each other."
Nicola Walker is collaboratively trained and specialises in particularly complicated family disputes, often involving additional medical or international issues. Her peers regard her as "a tough opponent when required but always good humoured and helpful."
What We're Known For: Advises on a range of high-value matrimonial finance disputes, prenuptial agreements and private children law matters. Noted for its capacity to assist on multi-jurisdictional cases, and matters involving investments and trusts.
Responsiveness: "Dedicated and extremely hard-working - you can get hold of the person you would like to speak with."
Client service: "Their client service is superb - they genuinely put me first and did everything within their power to make the process as easy as possible for me."
Elizabeth Hicks is a leading figure for matrimonial finance and private children law matters. Sources praise her "extraordinary memory for every detail" and the fact that she "thinks outside the box."
According to sources, John Nicholson "has superb people skills - he can make clients feel relaxed and confident in his judgement." He specialises in matrimonial finance disputes, and is noted for his capacity to handle complex international cases.
What We're Known For: Strong presence across the region, with a particular focus on complex, high net worth matrimonial finance cases, as well as handling private children law disputes. Frequently instructed on cases involving significant cross-border aspects.
Strategic Planning: "I would say their strongest points are their understanding of the law, the negotiation skills between the parties, and their commitment to the cause and resolution."
Measured approach: "I admired their calmness, experience, and that they were not capable of being bullied."
Martin Loxley heads the national family department from the firm's Sheffield office. He is regularly instructed on complex, high-value cases, and he is also recognised for his skills as an arbitrator. Sources note that "he certainly knows his way around the family law scene."
Peter Morris heads the family law group in Leeds, and regularly handles high-value financial disputes, complex pensions issues, and children matters, included contested adoption.
What We're Known For: Offers advice on high-value divorces and financial remedy cases, as well as a variety of children law issues. Also noted for its work with the firm's Court of Protection lawyers, offering advice on bespoke prenuptial or cohabitation agreements for brain-injured clients, as well as matrimonial finance matters.
Industry knowledge: "They are excellent at big-money cases - they understand business and finance."
Market standing: "They are recruiting and building up a very successful department."
Alison Hawes handles significant high-value financial disputes, often further complicated by pensions and farming issues. One source notes her "warm, unhurried manner and gift for making complicated concepts sound simple." She often works alongside the firm's Court of Protection team to advise clients with brain injuries on matters concerning relationship breakdown.
Nicky Howarth has recently joined the team, and continues to draw widespread respect for her advice on complex financial proceedings, cohabitation disputes and prenuptial agreements.