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Our award winning national team of family law and divorce solicitors is one of the largest in the country and has unrivalled experience in the full range of specialisms. We have specialist accredited lawyers dealing with divorce, financial and property issues following relationship breakdown, child care proceedings, domestic abuse, parental abduction and disputes relating to children - residence and contact. Call our family law team today on 01616 966 229.
We believe in access to justice for all. We offer affordable legal services including fixed fee packages. Our charging system is transparent and we keep you informed at all times where you stand.
We know that consulting a lawyer can be stressful, daunting and expensive. We want to make that first step easier. We are able to offer an initial consultation of up to one hour followed by a comprehensive advice letter from £300.
Family law at Stephensons
We are one of a handful of firms nationally with the strength to handle every type of family law case, from a straightforward divorce to the most complex breakdowns involving disputes with children, high value matrimonial assets and international issues.
Our children lawyers deal with some of the most challenging cases involving social services intervention to removal of children; cases which include allegations of brain injury, shaken baby syndrome, sexual abuse, Munchausen’s syndrome, fabricated illness, the murder of the parent by another, allegations that a parent is involved in terrorism (including ISIS) or that a parent is involved in organised crime or criminal gangs.
Our divorce and finances lawyers are experienced in dealing with complex, high net worth disputes and as a full service law firm, you will benefit from having access to our highly regarded commercial solicitors. We work closely with other teams across the firm to ensure you have access to the best possible advice.
We have excellent relationships with specialist barristers, accountants, independent financial advisers, surveyors, medical specialists, counsellors, agencies supporting children and survivors of abuse. When we take on your case we step in your shoes and help you through what is probably the most distressing experience of your life; the breakdown of a relationship or the threat of the loss of your child.
Our family team includes members of the Law Society’s Children Panel Accreditation Scheme as well as a significant number of Resolution accredited specialists.
Family law - areas of specialism
Representation in family court - advocacy
Memberships and accreditations
As a team or as individual lawyers, our family law specialists are active and leading members of, or approved by, key associations to enhance our ability to help you, including:
- Children Law Accreditation - The Law Society
- Child Concern
- Manchester Law Society
- Reunite Panel
- Child Concern
- Association of Lawyers for Children
- Greater Manchester Family Justice Council
Our specialist family solicitors are held in the highest regard by the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
“The team gives its all, no matter how large or small the case”
"Stephensons Solicitors LLP is noted for the breadth of family law matters in which it is instructed, ranging from complex care proceedings to high-value financial remedy claims. Victoria Gethin specialises in matters involving children, public and private, while Amanda Rimmer predominantly handles private divorce disputes related to finances and arrangements for children, with many of her financial cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. Gwyneth John is another key partner in the area of children law. The practice also has a strong bench of associates, with Tim Galbraith focusing on complex care proceedings and Jackie Price's broad practice covering all areas of children and matrimonial law." 2022
Stephensons Solicitors LLP has an extensive track record in representing children, parents, couples, guardians and local authorities in high-profile and complex cases. Led by the 'level-headed, knowledgeable and experienced' Victoria Gethin, the group has experience acting for clients in public and private law children proceedings, including international issues and cases involving abduction, allegations of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse, radicalisation and extremism elements, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Other names to note are the 'client-focused, pragmatic and solution-oriented' Amanda Rimmer and senior associate Tim Galbraith, who is a 'calm and cerebral children specialist'. 2021
Stephensons Solicitors LLP has an ‘outstanding reputation in respect of family law’. Victoria Gethin, Head of the Department, is ‘efficient and caring’. Amanda Rimmer has particular expertise in high net-worth divorces and is ‘with her clients every step of the way’. Gwyneth John deals with all aspects of the law affecting children and is ‘extremely thoughtful and warm yet able to be assertive when needed’. Tim Galbraith is a ‘very astute lawyer with a keen eye for detail who masters complex issues with ease and presents them simply and accurately to clients and professionals alike’. Jackie Price is efficient and compassionate’. This is a team that is ‘well respected by other professionals and by the judiciary’. 2020
Award winning family law team
2016 - Solicitors Journal Awards - Family Team of the Year
2015 - Shortlisted Manchester Law Society - Partner of the Year
2015 - Shortlisted Liverpool Law Society Family Law Firm of the Year
2015 - Shortlisted - Jordan’s Family Law Partner of the Year
2014 - Jordan’s - Family Law Firm of the Year
2012 - Manchester Law Society Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year
If you would like to speak to a member of our award winning family law team please call us on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you directly to discuss your situation.
It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.
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- Victoria Gethin
- Karen Atkins
- Gwyneth John
- Amanda Rimmer
- Lauren Day
- Tim Galbraith
- Kath Geere
- Jackie Price
- Rachel Benett
- Nicola Clayton
- Catherine Gaskell
- Emma Roberts
- Laura Simmons
- Lorraine Baldwin
- Bethany Corday
- Lauren Evans
- Hanna Fayle
- Amy Jones
- Victoria Melluish
- Joanna Souter
- Hannah Mallin
- Claire Pilling
- Benjamin Armstrong
- Jessica Macaulay