National law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its family law offering with the appointment of Chris Longbottom, head of family law, Manchester.
Chris joins Shoosmiths from Aaron & Partners and specialises in advising separating couples dealing with the many issues that arise following the breakdown of a relationship, both in relation to divorce and civil partnership dissolution, their financial affairs and their children.
Chris will lead the Manchester team at Shoosmiths, advising private clients on a range of family and matrimonial issues, with a focus on the high net worth market.
Chris has a strong reputation and network within Manchester and the North West and is committed to developing the family law offering.
Chris' hire follows last month's appointments of Neil Hobden, partner and national head of family law and Rebecca Calden-Storr, solicitor, based in Birmingham.
They join the existing family team, partner Marika Franceschi and specialists Claire Christie and Karen Nichol based in Edinburgh.
Neil Hobden said: 'We are very pleased that the national team, serving England and Scotland, has a presence in Manchester. By appointing Chris, we have highlighted our ability to advise high profile clients on often very complex cases, whether that be to do with cohabitation, separation or divorce.'
Harold Brako, head of the Manchester office, added: 'This is a very exciting time for us as the Manchester office expands and we assert ourselves in the regional marketplace as major players. Our presence here is bolstered by this new family offering and I wish Chris every success here.'
Chris Longbottom added: 'The firm has an excellent reputation not only for its capabilities, but also for the client experience it delivers. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to grow and shape the offering going forward.'
Shoosmiths offers a full range of family law services in England and Scotland to individuals as part of Shoosmiths' private client practice group.