THE FAMILY AND
CHILD CARE TEAM
OUR FAMILY LAW TEAM
Our Family and Child Care team has a local and national reputation for its work in all aspects of child and family law. We are committed to providing a thorough, high-quality service to our clients. We have several members of the Law Society’s Children Panel, domestic violence specialists, and lawyers who deal with the financial aspects of divorce.
The Family team consists of Joint Heads of Department Sheila Donn, Beverley King, consultant Claire Turney, and solicitors Giuseppe de Sica, Linda Lusingu, and Somia Siddiq. The team is supported by trainee solicitor Joanna Walker.
Our dedicated staff have been closely involved with various campaigning groups and charities, including Gingerbread, Refuge, Family Rights Group and The Grandparents’ Association. We are members of Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, the leading organisation for lawyers committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive way. We also provide pro bono advice and law student training at London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We aim to do everything we can to minimise the emotional and financial costs of separation. Whether your case is straightforward or complicated, we can help with:
- Getting divorced/separated
- Understanding your financial rights and obligations
- Agreeing living arrangements for your children
Our experienced team of solicitors will offer you expert, practical and clear advice. When the situation demands, we will deal robustly on your behalf with other lawyers and professionals.
We offer a fixed-fee package for divorce.
At present, a couple who have been living together do not have any of the legal rights of a couple in a formal marriage or civil partnership. When a couple separates after living together, their financial rights and obligations are radically different, even if they have children. If your relationship breaks down, we can use our expertise to help you come to the best arrangement.
We also provide advice to couples who are considering moving in together, setting out their rights and obligations in “living together” contracts or prenuptial agreements.
Domestic violence cases can often receive legal aid. We will check whether you are eligible for legal aid at an initial meeting and will help you to fill in the relevant forms and paperwork. We will tell you what your options are and if necessary can apply to court for an injunction to protect you.
An injunction is simply a court order with conditions attached – for example, preventing threats, use of violence or harassment. It might forbid an abusive person from making contact with you or from coming within a certain distance of your home. Where appropriate, injunctions can be applied for and put in place quite rapidly – often within 48 hours. At this kind of emergency court hearing, the opponent will usually not be present.
Breaching an injunction can be an arrestable offence, and someone who has breached an order may face a prison sentence of up to 5 years, or a fine, or both.
If you are on the receiving end of court papers concerning domestic violence, we can tell you what the implications might be, what you might need to do, and what options are available to the court in dealing with the application. We can come to court with you at short notice and provide detailed advice as the case develops.
FUNDING YOUR CASE
If you are on certain benefits or have a low income you may be entitled to legal aid to help with your legal costs. When you come to see us for advice, we will check whether you are eligible.
If you do not qualify for legal aid we may be able to arrange a different way of paying for your case, such as fixed fees. We will be as clear as possible about the costs of your case and what we will charge.
If you have a family matter that we can assist you with, contact us on 020 3207 2074 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.