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Family and Matrimonial Law

Domestic Abuse

If you need protection from an abusive partner, our skilled team can provide you with discrete and comprehensive advice to help you deal with and take control of the situation.

Our specialist lawyers understand that abuse takes many forms and our advice will be tailored to your situation and the outcome that you are seeking. All of our advice is confidential and takes into account the devastating effect that domestic abuse has on your life and your family.

As well as advising you in relation to your legal rights, we aim to provide you with practical advice and support to enable you to move forward. We can put you in contact with external organisations which can provide assistance for you and your children if required.

Immigration issues often arise in domestic abuse matters. If you have entered the UK as the spouse or partner of a British citizen, settled person, or refugee you may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK, safeguarding your immigration status and granting you and your family some security. We have an expert in-house immigration team who we work with closely to provide a complete holistic service on these issues.

Personal protection injunctions

There are legal mechanisms to protect those suffering from domestic abuse and we can provide you with specialist advice in respect of the process involved and the likely outcomes so that you can feel confident taking the first step to end abusive treatment.

Broadly, there are two main mechanisms used to protect individuals from abuse by members of their family, both are types of injunctions which seek to stop someone from doing something. A non-molestation order will prevent your abuser from pestering or harassing you. They can be used to stop lots of different types of behaviour even if it is not violent, for example, they can be used to stop postal or text message communications. Occupation orders go a step further and restrict the abuser’s access to the family home or some part of it and also potentially the surrounding area.

These injunctions can be applied for at the same time or you can obtain one or the other, our specialist team will advise you on what is right in your particular case. The law in this area can be quite complex but we’re ready to support you through the process so that you achieve the outcome you want and can move forward.

To get in touch with our solicitors please complete the enquiry form here or call our team on +44 (0)20 7833 4433.

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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