Family Law

Independently ranked as the best solicitors for divorce, children law and family law in the region. Our family lawyers work across Devon and Cornwall from our Exeter, St Austell and Truro offices. 

Family life can be rich and rewarding, and for most people it’s the most important thing in the world. Yet it’s not without its unexpected problems, and there might be times when you need practical help to deal with the difficulties and emerge into a brighter future.

Families come in all shapes and sizes and our team of specialists can help with any scenario.

Our help begins with a free call with a specialist lawyer.

We know it is essential that you trust and feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose for such a personal matter so we offer you the chance to speak to a lawyer straightaway without any obligation or cost so that you can ensure they are right for you before you entrust your case to us.

We’ll talk to you about your situation and explain your options and the likely costs involved so that you feel fully informed about what action you might need to take to protect yourself.

Our approach is friendly and sympathetic, and we are passionate about helping people find the happiest outcomes to different situations at every stage of family life.


Starting out . . .

If you’re thinking about getting married or living with your partner, we can help you with a pre-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement that gives you financial peace of mind.

Splitting up . . .

Separation and divorce are stressful and emotional experiences. Whether you are married or unmarried we look for amicable solutions wherever possible, and help you get your life back on track. Where children are involved, they are at the forefront of our approach so that you can maintain a positive relationship as parents wherever possible.

The best people to talk to

Our family law team has been ranked as the best in Devon and Cornwall by the two leading independent legal guides, Chambers and The Legal 500. Contact us to see how our expertise can help.

Chambers 2019 – What the team is known for: Stalwart South West firm with leading family practices in both Devon and Cornwall. Covers public and private children matters, wealth protection and financial remedies involving trusts and pensions. Well known for its ability to represent clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and collaborative law matters. Notable experience in handling highly sensitive cases concerning alleged domestic abuse, particularly on behalf of children.

Chambers 2019 – Strengths: One source compliments the firm for its “outstanding reputation born from hard work through preparation and commitment” and also praises its work in public children law, saying: “They have a premier team in terms of care work, they are up there with the best.”

Another interviewee notes: “They are excellent – very good at managing the client’s expectations because they are very in tune with the thinking of the judiciary, which also helps them to negotiate good outcomes.”

Sources consider the team to be “sensible, thorough, efficient and approachable.” 


We also have links with professional counsellors who can offer much needed emotional support alongside our legal advice. Our clients find this invaluable in helping them focus on dealing with the decisions they need to take through the legal process and work with us efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Outstanding reputation born from hard work through preparation and commitment

They are excellent – very good at managing the client’s expectations because they are very in tune with the thinking of the judiciary, which also helps them to negotiate good outcomes.

2019 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession

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