Matrimonial and Family Department
"You made a typical difficult time easier to manage and listened to what I had to say"
"The service you have provided has been nothing but professional, polite and friendly"
"If I ever need any legal advice again, you will be the first people I come to"
Our Matrimonial and Family department aims to provide clear and sound advice at a time of extreme stress and in emotionally difficult circumstances.
We deal with all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation agreements, financial provision after divorce, co-habitation and matters relating to children including residence, contact and disagreements between parents.
We appreciate that every case is different and we offer objective and clear advice based on each client’s individual needs.
We are committed to following the Law Society's Family Law Protocol and Laura Hails is a member of Resolution, (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) which promotes a non-confrontational and conciliatory approach to family dispute aimed at keeping costs down whilst moving matters forward.
We understand, during these difficult economic times, that costs are a factor in family matters and that people are concerned about instructing solicitors due to the fees involved. We will always advise you on the options available to you, with a view to ensuring that as much of your money as possible is available for you and your family. The majority of our contact will be by telephone and e-mail, in order to keep our costs low.
We provide a friendly, approachable and value for money legal service, with a high level of professional expertise.
In the last resort, where matters need to be put before the Family Court, we litigate firmly in order to achieve the fairest result for our client.
Collaborative Law is a legal process which enables couples who have decided to separate, or to end their marriage, to work collectively with their lawyers.
Rather than you each taking independent advice from a family lawyer and the solicitors then conducting negotiations on their behalf, the Collaborative Law process involves you, your partner and your lawyers sitting down together to work things out at face-to-face meetings, known as ‘fourway meetings’.
It is a non-confrontational process for separating couples who wish to avoid the disputes which might only be resolved by the intervention of Court proceedings.
It requires the two parties to share a desire to reach an agreement that is fair to the whole family, being open and honest with each other, rather than arguing about what each person wants. It requires each party to be able to see the other person’s point of view.
Couples each instruct their own lawyer, who has been trained in the collaborative process. You will both sign an agreement to work together and an important part of the process is that if you fail to reach an agreement, you have to instruct alternative solicitors to take the matter to Court.
Laura Hails is a member of ‘Resolution’, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. She would always be happy to explain the benefits of Collaborative Law in greater detail at an appointment.