Our team understands that every family is unique, so we get to know you and agree the course of action that best meets your needs. We will explain your options and empower you to take full control.

Your experts in family law

Whether you are experiencing a relationship breakdown or are at the start of your relationship and are seeking effective family law advice from a team of expert family law lawyers, Shoosmiths is on hand to help. We specialise in all aspects of the law relating to finances and, where children are involved, we can help you put in place appropriate child-focused arrangements.

Our family law advice is clear, practical and strategic whilst also understanding the sensitive and emotional issues that can arise. Our team are adept at dealing with international cases, business arrangements, third party interests, tax and inheritance and trusts.

We boast a number of specialist family law lawyers with a wealth of experience when it comes to resolving matters both in and out of court, offering you expert family law advice and support every step of the way.

Why choose us?

Responsive and strategic - we are known for our responsiveness and straightforward style of communication; providing realistic, early strategic family law advice with a view to settling cases sensibly and cost-effectively.

Complementary services - we offer complementary services such as personal tax planning and life coaching and counselling.

We understand the impact separation has on the whole family. Many of our team of family lawyers have first-hand experience of this themselves, either as adults or children. With our in-house life coaches and counsellors on hand, we provide you not only with quality legal advice but with much-needed practical support.

International expertise - we have access to expertise in more than 100 countries and work collaboratively with our international colleagues to provide you with expert legal and financial advice.

A location close to you - we operate out of 13 locations spanning the UK, meaning that – wherever you live – we are likely to be close at hand.

Honest and open approach - our team is known for its robust yet sensitive handling of complex matters. We do not shy away from difficult conversations.

With its experienced and trusted specialist family law lawyers, we are able to provide bespoke, strategic advice across a wide range of family matters. Areas of particular expertise within the offering include:

  • Divorce, dissolution, separation and financial orders
  • The valuation and treatment of businesses and inheritances
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Cohabitation breakdown
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Arrangements for children on the breakdown of a relationship
  • Child maintenance and financial provision for children
  • International family cases
  • Islamic legal services
  • Personal safety


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