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Family and Relationship Breakdown

Our family lawyers comprise two directors, Sarah Beskine and Barbara Hopkin and five solicitors, Celene Boatswain, Helen MacDonaldMartin Wray,   Martin Wolfenden and Sara Piperdy. We are supported by a team of trainee solicitors and paralegals. Our family lawyers have a wide range of experience in all fields of family law. A number of them are on specialist panels and all are members of Resolution or other panels including the Children Panel.

Our family team is recommended in the Legal 500 Guide 2016 which says that Hopkin Murray Beskine “defines what a good law firm should be”. The Legal 500 Guide 2015 commended the team for providing “superb advice”.

We are aware that family breakdown and separation is a time of stress and sadness for everyone involved. Our family solicitors can help you understand how to divorce and support you in a practical way at this difficult time by giving independent and expert advice. In some circumstances we can assist you with free legal advice and legal aid.

When you split up you may find mediation or collaborative law a preferable way to resolve matters and we will discuss these options with you.  Sarah Beskine is a trained collaborative lawyer and an experienced mediator. Sarah Beskine and Martin Wolfenden are experienced family solicitors dealing with divorce and separation, finances on separating and issues and disputes regarding children. All our family lawyers and divorce lawyers aim to achieve a fair settlement for our clients by negotiation and realistic advice so you feel empowered to deal with the dispute in the best way for you and your children. We can make a referral to professional mediation services and you can take legal advice from us at each stage, so that you can feel confident in any agreement you reach in mediation.

We specialise in helping you to resolve disputes regarding the division of the matrimonial assets and maintenance following the end of a relationship. Our experience ranges from disputes regarding limited assets to complex cases involving numerous properties, pensions, businesses and partnerships, trusts and large amounts of money. We advise on matters such as Child Support Agency maintenance and school fees. We can assist you in taking urgent action, for example if you suspect that assets have been hidden or are being dissipated. 

If you have already reached a proposed settlement or if agreement is being reached through mediation, we can advise you on the terms of the agreement and the next steps to formalise this.

We provide our clients with comprehensive advice so that they are in a position to make informed decisions about their next steps. If your case needs to be taken to court, we will discuss the entire process with you in advance so that you are prepared for any court hearings and we will give you an estimate of what your costs are likely to be at each stage.

We also advise clients who are considering entering into pre-nuptial, co-habitation and separation agreements.

We have a range of relevant articles on our Recent Publications page.

What will it cost?

Our private rates are highly competitive. Depending upon your financial circumstances and the type of case you may qualify for legal aid. We can carry out an assessment to check whether or not you are eligible. In order to reduce costs we can advise you how divorce law applies to your situation so you can take steps yourself.

How to contact us?

Contact us on 020 7272 1234, or email us at  reception@hmbsolicitors.co.uk

Click here for our Family Team list

 



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