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Family and Matrimonial Law

The Bindmans Family Law team has a vast range of experience across every area of family and matrimonial law, with a national reputation for handling complex cases.

Relationships play a big part in everyone’s lives and we play a fundamental role in resolving family disputes for our clients, whether they are at the beginning of a relationship or the end. We will guide you with sound legal advice, acting in your best interests and in the interests of any children involved. 

Industry leaders in all matters relating to children law, both public and private, engaging in the most pressing current issues in this area. Houses a prominent matrimonial practice that acts for clients on high-value, contentious divorce proceedings. Expertise extends to complex international issues from both financial and children cases. Cases involving the cross-border abduction of children are an area of particular strength.

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When you experience difficulties in your private and family life, our award-winning team of family law solicitors can help. We offer a compassionate approach to resolving family disputes because we understand how stressful it can be.

Our family law and matrimonial experts provide tailored, individual advice across a broad range of areas concerning relationships, children and international matters. The breadth of our family services means we have a wealth of experience to draw on, which informs our understanding of what are often complex and difficult situations.

We offer legal advice to help you decide the best approach for you. Whether you are entering a legal agreement with your partner or your relationship is breaking down, our family law and matrimonial solicitors can work with you and offer comprehensive advice. When children are involved we are always sensitive to both their needs and yours as a parent or guardian.

Our clients trust us because we listen to their needs, understand their concerns and advocate on their behalf.

We act in your best interests and deal with family matters in a pragmatic and non-confrontational way. We always consider whether an agreement can be reached between parties, through mediation or other means. This cost-effective approach means that our clients can often avoid the uncertainty of going to court and is considered best practice by family lawyers’ group Resolution, of which we are members.

Not all family disputes can be resolved outside of the court room. Where mediation is not an option we work hard to achieve a fair solution as quickly as possible. Our family law solicitors offer guidance, support and legal advice throughout proceedings so you can concentrate on the well-being of you and your loved ones.

What others say

They are specialists in the true sense of the word in the field of international abduction.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Family/Matrimonial

They have a real niche in representing children directly, and deal with vulnerable clients in ways that provides the most assistance to them.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Family/Matrimonial

The team is efficient and holds strength and depth.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Family/Matrimonial

Bindmans has a standout reputation in international children law. It has dealt with some of the biggest cases, and is sought out to represent clients in the most complicated cases with an international element.

Legal 500 2022 – Family

The lawyers are strong across the board. They have excellent and committed lawyers working in each area of family law. They punch above their weight in international cross-border disputes involving children and have a high profile in public law and private law cases alike. Maud Davis is hugely experienced and a first choice for many guardians. Hannah Marshall is a young practitioner to look out for.

Legal 500 2022 – Family

The family team at Bindmans is a force to be reckoned with. The lawyers are superb in their handling of clients and cases, offering a high quality service and thoughtful, pragmatic advice.

Legal 500 2022 – Family

An energetic and ambitious team who really do go the extra mile for clients. The Bindmans Family Team covers the whole range of family law disputes with expertise in family finance, children law, and international cases. The lawyers are highly experienced and highly regarded. Hannah Marshall – extremely good with clients and extremely thorough in her case preparation. Marianna Michaelides – A rising star in the field of children law.

Legal 500 2022 – Family

Industry leaders in all matters relating to children law, both public and private, engaging in the most pressing current issues in this area. Houses a prominent matrimonial practice that acts for clients on high-value, contentious divorce proceedings. Expertise extends to complex international issues from both financial and children cases. Cases involving the cross-border abduction of children are an area of particular strength, with the firm continuing to establish its presence in matters of international adoption and surrogacy.

Chambers and Partners 2020 – Family/Matrimonial

Industry leaders in all matters relating to children law, both public and private, engaging in the most pressing current issues in this area. Houses a burgeoning matrimonial practice that acts for clients on high-value, contentious divorce proceedings. Expertise extends to complex international issues from both financial and children cases. Cases involving the cross-border abduction of children are an area of particular strength, with the firm also increasing its presence in matters of international adoption and surrogacy.

Chambers and Partners 2019 – Family/Matrimonial

Bindmans LLP specialises in financial remedies and cross-border children disputes in both private law and public law children matters. It is particularly well-regarded for its work on cross-border children disputes and its matrimonial team is witnessing an increased volume of interesting divorce, financial remedies and TOLATA work. Its developing fertility law practice is flourishing and has been advising on various issues such as sperm and egg donations as well as national and international surrogacy and co-parenting. The team has also been busy advising on known donor agreements.

Legal 500 2019 – Family/Matrimonial

Bindmans LLP specialises in financial remedies and cross-border children disputes in both private law and public law children matters. It is particularly well-regarded for its work on cross-border children disputes and its matrimonial team is witnessing an increased volume of interesting divorce, financial remedies and TOLATA work.

Legal 500 2019 – Family/Matrimonial

Industry leaders in all matters relating to children law, both public and private, engaging in the most pressing current issues in this area. Houses a burgeoning matrimonial practice that acts for clients in high-value, contentious divorce proceedings. Expertise extends to complex international issues from both financial and children cases.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Family/Matrimonial

It really takes a special firm to be one that I recommend to my nearest and dearest. I regularly do recommend them for the whole panoply of services and across the different price brackets that individuals are willing to pay, as they have such depth in their partners and juniors.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Family/Matrimonial

Interviewees highlight the firm’s “combination of a specialist expertise in children’s cases with an absolutely rigorous and completely thorough approach to each and every matter.”

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Family/Matrimonial

One of the leading children firms in London and is noted for is international work.

Legal 500 2018 – Family/Matrimonial

I would unhesitatingly recommend Bindmans to anyone involved in public law children’s cases. I would rank them as the one of the top firms in the country.

Chambers and Partners 2017 – Family/Matrimonial

They really make their clients feel like they’ve been fought for.

Chambers and Partners 2017 – Family/Matrimonial

Pre-eminent children matters specialist, renowned for its cross-border work and public law expertise. Increasingly active in matrimonial finance. Frequently handles complex cases for its impressive high net worth client base.

Chambers and Partners 2016 – Family/Matrimonial

They are at the intellectually challenging end of public law practice and are doing interesting and ground-breaking work.

Chambers and Partners 2016 – Family/Matrimonial

They are excellent; one of the very best for children work.

Chambers and Partners 2016 – Family/Matrimonial

Bindmans LLP’s ‘excellent family law practice’ is especially active in international and children cases. The ‘assured and always well-prepared’.

Legal 500 2016 – Family

Bindmans LLP is ‘often involved in complex and leading cases, and produces work of an exceptionally high standard’. It is also ‘very well respected’ for its work on the Hague Convention and family finances. The associates are all ‘extremely impressive’.

Legal 500 2015 – Family

I and family want to thank you ever so much for your great work you did for us spending lots of time day/night dealing with our case and we highly appreciate it.

Bindmans LLP client

They provide an amazing degree of protection and assurance for their clients and are at the top of their game.

Bindmans LLP client

I have to thank you at this juncture. 9 months ago when I first came to you, I was a nervous, uncertain and broken woman whose life had suddenly turned upside down and who had no idea of how to deal with the consequences. I feel very different today and you have played a significant role in this journey. You have been pragmatic, sensible and very astute.

Bindmans LLP client

It has been great working with you, your style and approach has been fantastic both cutting to the chase with your direct view and strong opinions which put me straight when my desires were unrealistic.

Bindmans LLP client

I will never forget your kindness, understanding, and effort during your representation of me.

Bindmans LLP client

I have truly appreciated your persistence and advice, and for not giving up on what you thought was right and fair for me. I wanted to give up many times but you encouraged me to fight and carry on.

Bindmans LLP client

I was always kept informed and clearly advised and was treated with honesty and professionalism.

Bindmans LLP client

Meet the team

Melissa Arnold
Partner

Family and Matrimonial

Alison Leivesley
Partner

Head of Family and Matrimonial

Maud Davis
Associate

Family and Matrimonial

Hannah Marshall
Associate

Family and Matrimonial

Marianna Michaelides
Associate

Family and Matrimonial

Maeve Lucey
Solicitor

Family and Matrimonial

Safina Mitha
Solicitor

Family and Matrimonial

Megan Rothman
Solicitor

Family and Matrimonial

Shanaz Ali
Trainee solicitor

Family and Matrimonial

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