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Solicitors in London
Our legal services in London
We offer a wide range of legal services for families and individuals in London and throughout the South East from our offices in Clapham.
Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
Ending a relationship is never easy and a long, drawn out and expensive legal process can make it even harder. While there is no such thing as a “no fault” divorce under English law unless you have been separated, the process of getting divorced or dissolving a civil partnership can be made much easier, faster and less expensive by taking the right legal approach.
Our divorce solicitors in London are experts in dispute resolution, including through mediation and collaborative law, meaning we can usually help most couples swiftly and cost-effectively sort out their divorce or civil partnership dissolution, including agreeing a financial settlement and arrangements for children.
We also have extensive experience in international divorce, including access to specialist lawyers in other countries where their expertise is required.
The financial aspect of a divorce or any other kind of separation is frequently the most contentious and complicated to sort out. Finding a fair way to divide your shared assets, including property, savings, investments and pensions is essential to protect both parties’ long-term interests.
Our family lawyers can help you work out a financial settlement whatever your circumstances. In most cases this can be done through negotiation or mediation, keeping the process more harmonious, but where necessary we can also represent you in court if this is the best way to achieve your objectives.
When a relationship ends and there are children to consider, it is usually beneficial for everyone involved if arrangements for your children can be made by mutual agreement without unnecessary conflict.
Our child law experts can help you agree who your children will live with, contact rights, child maintenance and any other important issues. We can also help resolve any disputes that arise in a non-confrontational way, helping to protect your rights and your children’s best interests.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that if they live together without getting married or entering a civil partnership they have automatic rights under “common law”. However, there is no such thing as a common law marriage and unmarried partners have no automatic right to each other’s assets, no matter how long they have lived together.
A cohabitation agreement, also commonly referred to as a ‘living together agreement’, can give both partners protection and peace of mind. Our family law solicitors in London can help you make an agreement that protects your rights, including over your family home, savings, investments and other shared assets.
Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements
With people tending to get married at a later age now than in the past, it is increasingly common for marrying couples to have significant assets of their own. A pre-nuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement can put in place protection meaning your future will be more secure if the relationship breaks down.
We can help you create a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement that fulfils all of the criteria required for it to be taken into account by a judge if you ever need to rely on the agreement in court. This includes protecting all of your key assets, such as your home, savings, pension and inheritances.
Adoption and Fertility
When adopting children or using fertility treatments, such as assisted reproduction or egg and sperm donation, there are some key legal issues to consider, in particular understanding who has ‘parental responsibility’ for the child or children.
Our adoption and fertility solicitors in London can help you understand your legal rights and what you need to do to secure the future of your family. We can guide you through the entire legal process of adoption or fertility treatment, giving you complete peace of mind.
The UK has strong laws designed to protect victims of domestic violence, whether the abuse is physical or emotional. If you are suffering from domestic abuse, getting the right legal advice at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended.
Our sensitive but practical domestic violence solicitors can help you take fast, effective action to protect yourself and your family, including preventing your abuser from contacting you and forcing them to vacate your family home.
Family disputes tend to be highly emotive and can be time-consuming, stressful and expensive to resolve. Mediation is a non-confrontational alternative to court action that can make it faster, easier and less costly to resolve family law disputes.
Our solicitor mediators in London offer a friendly, neutral third-party to bring two parties in a dispute together and help you to find a mutually acceptable solution that protects your interests.
This approach is flexible and normally highly effective and can make it much more likely that you will be able to maintain a positive relationship moving forward.
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative law offers another non-confrontational approach to dispute resolution, providing an alternative to mediation. With collaborative law, both parties have their own legal representative, trained in collaborative law, meaning you each have expert legal advice at hand to help you resolve a dispute while ensuring your interests are protected. Collaborative law can be a good option where there are more complex issues to resolve but the situation remains amicable, meaning having a lawyer on hand to guide you may be helpful.