Family law

“They've got strength and depth in all of their teams.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
Our Family Law team is one of the most well-respected practices in the UK. We have a reputation for providing clear family law advice with the utmost sensitivity and integrity.

Main areas of practice 

We advise on the whole range of legal issues that affect families, for both parents and children. Located in London, Oxford and Southampton, our experienced family lawyers encourage clients to adopt a constructive approach to family problems in a way that preserves dignity and encourages agreements. We understand that family issues can be complex and painful, so we make every effort to ensure a member of the Family Law team is always on hand to help.

Our family law specialists provide expert advice on:

Significant experience 

Examples of how our family law experts have helped families include:

  • Assisting a client in financial remedy proceedings where there was a pre-nuptial agreement made in Holland and which involved significant inherited assets.
  • Advising in a case involving hidden assets in the UK and Switzerland. Lack of co-operation led to a number of court orders and enforcement. The assets in this case were numerous and involved companies, properties and assets based in Spain, France, the UK and Switzerland.
  • Supporting a client in joint collaborative four way meetings to reach an agreed solution quickly, avoiding court. This followed a short marriage with pre-existing assets and substantial income.
  • Obtaining a residence order for a 12-year-old girl to live with her grandparents after careful negotiation at court with her mother, following close liaison with social services.
  • Assisting the father of a 6-year-old in preparing a case for either shared residence between London and New Zealand or a defined contact order including permission to take the child to New Zealand for defined periods. We assisted the client in the background to understand the legal issues, how to present his case and other strategic advice. We assisted him to draft letters and in the preparation of his statement in readiness for a three day final hearing.
  • Advising and supporting a client on contact and financial issues in connection with his 9-year-old son.

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“ Excellent practice.”

Legal 500 UK 2017

“Totally professional, very patient”

Ms. S Winchester

“We were extremely happy with the service and outcome we received, we would not hesitate to contact Blake Morgan again in the future.”

Mrs T 2016

“A very personal service, I felt I really mattered and wasn't just another divorcee. Excellent communication and attention to detail. Good forward planning. A tightly run team who all knew who I was.”

Mrs. C Oxford.

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