Family law & divorce - Chambers UK

The comments below are taken from Chambers UK. Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990.

Renowned as experts in legal issues relating to children, particularly complex and sensitive publicly funded child protection work. Comprises the largest team of resolution-accredited specialists in the country, with the capability to resolve matrimonial disputes under collaborative law. (2015)

"They are children experts. They know the cases inside out." (2015)

"Prominent in legal aid children work - they are the main firm for this type of work." (2015)

Michael ​Devlin enjoys a stellar reputation in legally aided child protection work, regularly representing children, local authorities and guardians in care proceedings. He also has noted capabilities in adoption proceedings, with peers regarding him as "fantastic." (2015)

Michael Devlin is 'extremely experienced in adoption and fostering issues' according to market sources. He is well respected for his expertise in children matters and regularly acts on complex cases, representing a variety of individuals, including local authorities, guardians and parents. (2014)

Bench strength: 'They seem to recruit and retain very capable, hard-working and committed people. They are always reliable and seem to have good back-up.' (2014)

Client care: 'I really appreciated their honesty, friendliness and sensitivity at a difficult time.' (2014)

High regarded for its strength and expertise in family law. Well placed to offer advice on all aspects of family law, from complex financial proceedings to sensitive public and private law children matters. Particularly strong offering in complicated child protection cases. (2014)

Sources note that this firm is full of "experienced and skilled senior lawyers," who offer "good client care, a good reputation within the courts and good outcomes for the client." Stephensons offers matrimonial finance expertise, as well as private and public children law advice, including specialist expertise in childcare matters. (2013)

Practice head Michael Devlin primarily handles children matters and he is noted for his particular experience of childcare matters, in which he has represented local authorities, parents and children. (2013)

Michael Devlin heads the family practice and is considered to be 'a leading authority' on legal aid and children law. He represents parents, children, local authorities and others on all manner of child care related cases. (2012)

This practice is highly regarded for its publicly funded work in both children and matrimonial law; the firm acts on child care cases for Manchester City Council and local authorities. Private family work is also a key element of the practice, and the group regularly represents clients in high-value financial provision disputes. 'This team really has its finer on the pulse', comment sources. (2012)

Mike Devlin frequently acts for guardians in complex care cases. ‘He has the ability to get to the heart of the issue and to find creative ways of dealing with it,’ clients say. (2011)

This firm’s large family team operates out of offices in Leigh, St Helens, Wigan, Bolton, and Manchester. It has traditionally been recognised for publicly funded work, particularly the representation of local authorities in care proceedings. It now has a growing reputation for ancillary relief. According to sources, ‘it is a coherent team that works well together and shares ideas.’ (2011)

Stephensons continues to field one of the largest teams in the region for legally aided family work. The department is divided into two groups, one handling childcare work and the other relationship breakdown. The legal aspects of adoption are a particular specialism. (2009)

With a number of offices across the North, this firm has the region covered for family work. Strongly committed to publicly funded work, it is also active in private money and child-related matters. Michael Devlin heads the team. (2009)

Spread across a number of offices in the North West, this larger "quality outfit" undertakes predominantly publicly funded work and is well known for its exceptional childcare practice. However, the firm also handles privately funded family matters including divorce and ancillary relief. Michael Devlin is "an excellent care lawyer" who receives much praise for his expertise in this area. (2008)

The team gives it all, no matter how large or small the case. (2007)

Stephensons is well known for its outstanding childcare practice. Michael Devlin is “pure balm to the troubled client”. He garners enormous respect from market commentators for his excellent work in childcare. (2006)

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