Understanding and committed Family Law Specialists

Firm Profile

The firm was established in 1983 and is continually developing and strengthening its expertise. The firm is widely regarded as one of the leading matrimonial and family law specialist practices in the UK. The aim of the firm is to provide services of the highest quality which produce fair and effective results for all who need them, in particular spouses, civil partners, and co-habiting couples.

Clients

Clients come from a broad range of backgrounds, including business, professional, academic, arts and entertainment, farming and equestrian.  The majority of our clients come to us through personal recommendation from previous clients and their former partners, as well as via referrals from other lawyers, accountants, chartered surveyors and pension advisers.

Recently we have increasingly received instructions from clients who wish to transfer from another firm to us midway through their case as they feel concerned that their previous advisers have not conducted their case with sufficient focus on the areas which worry them.

The geographical spread of clients is not just the Birmingham area and Warwickshire, but an increasingly large radius – London, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

In addition, in today’s world an increasing number of our client’s circumstances involve an international dimension due to fluid living arrangements and work commitments. We are familiar with and have experience of the particular rules and conventions which apply when the legal systems of two or more jurisdictions are competing. Such issues include the relocation of a child outside of the UK, selection of a forum for divorce when the spouses have more than one relevant domicile, and advising clients who require financial provision after an overseas divorce which was not favourable to them.

The Firm

The practice specialises in complex, high-value financial claims often involving international trust aspects, and the tracing of assets, with a strong focus on companies, businesses, pensions and tax aspects. We are also experienced in challenging Wills and Estates where the provision unfairly affects our clients.

The firm is fortunate to have the consultancy services of partner David Messenger who is a specialist commercial lawyer with extensive corporate finance experience. To our clients he brings a thorough understanding of their business concerns and of the valuation aspects that can arise out of relationship breakdown, especially the implications for family businesses.

Continued expansion of the practice is supported by Harpreet Saund whose area of expertise is in all issues relating to Children Act proceedings.

We are also able to advise clients in situations where they are dissatisfied with the service they have received from previous family law advisers as to whether the conduct of their matter may have been negligent, and if so we can guide clients through the process of either a referral to the legal ombudsman, or a professional negligence claim for recompense.

Approach to Cases

We are client-focused and sensitive to the emotional needs, worries and anxieties often experienced by clients in a difficult phase of their life, and aim to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.  Although having a reputation for a tough approach, the firm is also known for being commercially aware and keen to encourage settlement through round-table meetings, helping to guide clients to a successful and sensible conclusion, which many clients find preferable to contentious court proceedings.  

Considerable attention is given to building a team at an early stage, including retaining Counsel and technical experts who are best suited to the individual client.  The firm has established connections with the leading sets of Family Law Chambers across the country as well as with very experienced forensic experts.

Address

Ash House
Pinewood Business Park
Coleshill Road
Marston Green, Solihull
West Midlands
B37 7HG

T: 0121 770 1221
F: 0121 770 7110
E: family@mercymessenger.co.uk

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