Family law & divorce - Legal 500

The comments below are taken from The Legal 500. The Legal 500 is a clients guide to the best law firms, lawyers and solicitors.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has an ‘outstanding reputation in respect of family law’. Mike Devlin is a ‘composed and thoughtful advocate who is always extremely well prepared’ and Victoria Gethin 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’. Andrew Mountain  is a ‘powerful advocate with enormous experience’. 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’ (2018)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has a ‘large and strong team’ that is led by Mike Devlin, who runs a ‘tight, efficient and client-focused ship’. Devlin has a ‘good reputation for his knowledge and skill in the area of care and children work in particular’. Gwyneth John is ‘competent and experienced; she does not make false promises but does her very best to achieve realistic aims’. Andrew Mountain is ‘very reliable and efficient and can diffuse tensions in difficult situations; he has the confidence to challenge without ever being confrontational’. The team is particularly well known for its representation of children, parents, couples, guardians and local authorities in all aspects of family and children law. (2017)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s broad practice also benefits from the firm’s large childcare team. Donna Roberts handles child protection matters for local authorities. (2016)

Noted for its ‘strength in depth’, Stephensons Solicitors LLP has ‘a truly professional approach’. Noted ‘expert’ Mike Devlin heads the department, with Andrew Mountain and Amanda Rimmer leading on childcare and matrimonial matters respectively. (2015)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s ‘outstanding team looks out for the needs of the client'. Department head Mike Devlin is recommended alongside the ‘friendly and understanding' Amanda Rimmer, who leads the matrimonial team, and Andrew Mountain, head of the children law team. (2014)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP's practice head Michael Devlin is an expert in children matters and has represented local authorities, parents and children. The firm was recently instructed in an international child abduction case. (2013)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP advises clients in the Greater Manchester area, handling both Legal Aid and privately funded work. The team is led by Mike Devlin, who is a leading figure in his field. (2012)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has expanded to handle privately funded work for high-net-worth individuals, and has also boosted its capabilities in unmarried couple advice and collaborative law services. The well respected Mike Devlin leads the team. (2011)

While Stephensons Solicitors LLP carries out some high-asset divorce and separation work, its notable feature is its commitment to legal aid work. The child care team is headed by Andrew Mountain. (2010)

Stephensons Solicitors LLP is committed to Legal Aid as well as private family work. In 2008 the team was appointed to the Framework Agreement for Manchester City Council for child care work, and also assists an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals. (2009)

Stephensons’ ‘experienced’ team has been involved in a landmark ongoing case for unmarried fathers. Michael Devlin has an ‘excellent reputation. (2008)

Stephensons five-partner (Family department)... is led by the 'knowledgeable' Michael Devlin. Child law is a major strength and the practice continues to expand its childcare work for local authorities, with appointments to a number of local councils including Halton Borough Council, West Lancashire District Council and Wrexham Borough Council. (2007)

In 2005 Stephensons merged with local Bolton firm Berry’s, bringing four family fee-earners including partner Andrew Mountain. Michael Devlin is a child law specialist. (2006)

The team is applauded for its 'excellent care and service to publicly funded clients. (2005)

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