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When families break down, we take the strain.

We’re the largest specialist team of family lawyers in the UK. And every one of us wants the same thing: to help more clients get what they need today so that they can move on tomorrow.​

Our story

In the year that American actress Elizabeth Taylor finalized her 7th divorce (1982), we opened our first office in a converted cobbler’s shop in Leeds. Since then, we’ve evolved, changed, and grown. Today, we are the only national law firm completely dedicated to family matters. From our unique position, we help families when they break down with care, empathy, and respect.

Our people

Our people are the backbone of what we do. We attract the best family lawyers and support teams who excel in something they are passionate about.

Within our 80-plus strong team of leading UK divorce lawyers, we have forensic accountants, a dedicated children’s department, an adoption team, surrogacy law specialists, and an international family law department and we also have trained mediators.



Divorce or the breakdown of a relationship is a painful time for all concerned. Our team of Family Law Solicitors will make it just that little bit easier for you.

Family Law Advice

Family law advice is about relationships, their formation, duration, and breakdowns, such as divorce, child arrangements, and financial provision for children, and about family financial disputes. At Edward Harte Solicitors Brighton we offer mediation and collaborative law as well as court-based processes for resolving family disputes. We are conveniently located in the Brighton Family Court.

Our aim is to minimize conflict and maximize a satisfactory resolution for you in an approachable and friendly manner.

Family finances may involve the preparation of post and pre-nuptial agreements, which we can draft and advise upon.

Our family law solicitors also provide advice and assistance in circumstances where no reasonable financial provision has been made for a surviving spouse or partner or a dependant child.



Family Law Partners was founded in April 2011 by Alan Larkin and Robert Williams (together with Linda Lamb). Their desire was to establish a specialist family law firm to provide alternatives to the costly and adversarial court system.

In 2021, in the same year that the firm celebrated its 10th anniversary, the team was awarded Law Firm of the Year (South) and DR Team of the Year at the Family Law Awards 2021.

Our Values

  • We work collaboratively as a team, with our clients and other experts and professionals to achieve the best outcome for families.
  • We are at the forefront of a new face of family law. Not wedded to traditional practices and ways of working, we lead change.
  • Our team is truly different. We are everything you would expect from a family lawyer (integrity, professionalism, trustworthiness, patience) but with support and care that is second to none.
  • We look at everything through our clients’ eyes first. Our services, approach, and how we work are tailored to you, our clients.
  • We craft bespoke solutions for our clients, reaching outcomes that might not have been considered by other lawyers.
  • You can trust that we always have your best interests at heart and those of your children. We will be honest with you even when delivering difficult news or presenting a challenging view that might not sit well initially, we do so because we believe it’s the right thing to do.
  • We will be open, transparent, and clear in relation to costs.


GoodLaw Solicitors LLP has a wealth of expertise to assist you in all aspects of family law. Our family lawyers cover Surrey & Sussex and have experience in the following areas:

  • Care proceedings
  • Child Arrangements
  • Child Protection Issues
  • Civil partnerships and same-sex marriages
  • Disputes with social services
  • Divorce & financial arrangements
  • Domestic abuse and violence
  • Issues arising from international divorces or child custody matters
  • Legal rights for cohabiting couples
  • Mediation
  • Modern Families
  • Pre & Post-nuptial agreements

GoodLaw Solicitors LLP (incorporating Harney & Wells Specialist Family Law Solicitors and Castles Solicitors) is a modern law firm with offices located in Sussex and Surrey.

Our primary objective is to provide you with accessible, relevant, and affordable legal services. We provide accessible advice from experienced solicitors, legal executives, and legal advisers. We like to understand our client’s circumstances and that is why we offer free consultations where applicable.

Our experts will sit with you and discuss the way forward, explaining everything in plain English. You can arrange for us to meet you at one of our offices or at your home or place of work. With offices in Sussex and Surrey, we offer home visits for clients in Brighton, Hove, Farnham, and the surrounding areas.



I will help you have the best divorce possible. The so-called ‘Good Divorce’. If you have children, we’ll put them first.

It is possible but it is not easy, to have a ‘good divorce’. That’s why I work with therapists and family consultants to deal with the emotional fallout of divorce and separation. Often this work will be a priority over any legal work. But I will let you know if you need to take any urgent legal steps. Or, as is most often the case, doing nothing legally but letting things settle down and for the emotional heat to cool off.

Do explore this website, it sets out my approach to avoiding the family court; see especially the section on Sorting Things Out. I will think creatively and flexibly to sort things out for and with you; by really listening to you. It may be that one process I offer is not appropriate early on, in your break-up journey, but then later on it is. I’ll be agile, thinking things through with you and getting to the heart of what’s needed, all without costing the earth. I’m one of the most experienced in England & Wales in working in ways that avoid court. The President of the Family Law division in 2022 called O’Sullivan Family Law Ltd a ‘leading firm’ for my work on the Solicitor Neutral or as I call it, the One Lawyer: One Couple model.

Although I’m an experienced and successful litigator, I will not work with you in court. Court litigation or preparation for it brings out the worst in me and it certainly and naturally brings out the worst in my clients. This is a necessary feature of the adversarial family law system and one I reject. My approach is not to posture or position. I will help you get what’s fair for you and your children. If you have children, they come first (this is worth repeating again and again).



Rix & Kay is a full-service law firm with offices in Ashford, Brighton & Hove, Sevenoaks, and Uckfield. We retain a strong regional presence across Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and London and work with business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals, providing expert legal advice across a wide range of legal services.

We also work with some of the most successful organizations in the UK both on national and international projects.

Our mission is to ‘make law easy for you’ by providing legal services through dedicated, highly trained, teams that engage deeply with clients.

Our vision

To be the principal source of advice in the South East for business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals – helping them to create, grow, protect, realize and pass on their business and personal wealth for the benefit of themselves, their families, successive generations, and communities within which we live and work through the deployment of targeted business and private client services.

Our aim is

  • To be the Legal Adviser of Choice in the South‐East
  • To be the Legal Employer of Choice in the South‐East
  • Driving a Successful and Growing Business


In 1893 a young solicitor named Herbert Carden set up on his own in Castle Square Brighton, before buying our office, number 30 Old Steine, at auction in March 1897. He moved in with his young family, working from the front ground floor room while his family occupied the rest of the building.

30 Old Steine already had some legal heritage as it was here, on 16 September 1858, that Edward Marshall Hall was born. Sir Edward was later to be Knighted and appointed Kings Counsel. He was one of the most famous criminal defense counsels of his time.

Charles Burt Brill came from a famous Brighton family. Mr. Burt Brill’s grandfather was the owner of Brill’s Baths in Brighton, at the time the largest baths in Europe. Charles set up practice as a solicitor in 1901 and was later joined in partnership by Arthur Edwards, forming Burt Brill & Edwards.

The two firms continued, Cardens being run by a succession of Cardens until Kenneth Edwards (confusingly no relation to Arthur Edwards) joined D’Arcy Carden in the early 1960s. In 1986, the two firms merged, to form Burt Brill & Gardens. Our main office is still based at number 30 Old Steine, where Sir Herbert set up practice over 125 years ago.



Expert advice on UK family law

If you need legal advice in any area of divorce or matrimonial law Woolley & Co family law solicitors can help. Our lawyers are very experienced, expertly trained, and knowledgeable in all aspects of divorce, unmarried couples’ rights, financial settlements, and issues involving children.

With one of the largest teams of family law solicitors in the country, you will have access to expert advice and support on all aspects of family law.

Our family law solicitors

Woolley & Co family law solicitors work only in the area of family law. Every lawyer has at least 11 years post qualification experience. They are all used to dealing with complex legal issues and many are also able to advise on divorce with an international element or where there are issues of international jurisdiction.

Although our lawyers are selected for their legal ability they are also chosen for their client care skills and as you will see from our client reviews the service offered is first class. They deliver their advice with care and compassion, explaining the inevitable legal jargon along the way.



The Fitzhugh Gates family law department prides itself on the high quality of service its specialist solicitors deliver.

We adopt a constructive and personal approach to complex legal and emotional circumstances and we are proud to say our approach has resulted in most of our instructions originating from personal recommendations.

We will manage your case by utilizing our experience and skills of listening, negotiating and representation in court.

We provide a range of services within the family law department and you can learn more about a specific topic on this website by clicking on one of the headings to the right.

Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors is one of the longest-established legal practices in the area. We serve our clients from offices in Brighton, East Sussex, and Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

As all of our solicitors and paralegals are experts in their respective fields, we are able to offer a broad range of legal services to a high standard, at competitive rates.

We are by no means a small firm and having a wide-ranging team means we have a depth of experience in both local and national matters that is hard to match.



Elaine Parkes Solicitors offer the full spectrum of family law and legal support, serving East Sussex and Kent from our office locations in Hastings, Brighton, and Tunbridge Wells.

Whether you are experiencing a specific challenge, would like independent advice, or need legal representation to resolve a dispute, our teams are always available with friendly, honest, and expert legal guidance to help you achieve a favourable resolution.

We are proud of our reputation for delivering honest advice and outstanding legal services, alongside our passion for our client’s well-being.

Elaine Parkes is on hand in happy times and during challenges, to help you navigate the legal framework and secure the best outcomes whatever your circumstances may be.

From prenuptial agreements to negotiating divorce settlements, helping you with the formalities of expanding your family through adoption to dealing with children matters in the courts, we have the capacity and professional skill to help.


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