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When you need legal advice on personal, sensitive and often complex issues, you need to be sure that you're working side-by-side with someone who understands your unique circumstances and who you can trust implicitly.

Whatever your individual needs, no two situations are the same and our approach is tailored specifically to you.

Our specialist team of dedicated lawyers is on hand to handle whatever relationship issue you’re facing. We’ll take the time to listen to you, and provide clear advice and guidance with meticulous attention to detail, formidable legal expertise and considered handling, to achieve the right outcome for you.

Wherever possible, our experienced team champions new approaches to resolving issues without the need for litigation. If court proceedings become the only option, you can be assured that we have the experience required to support you throughout the process.

Whatever your needs, we’ll always have your best interests at the forefront of our work, and you can be assured we’ll secure the outcome you deserve.

Our services

Marriage breakdowns and separations

We are able to draw on a wealth of family law expertise and specialists from other areas of law to provide seamless advice on all aspects of divorce and separation issues. We also have significant experience in handling disputes involving children. We can advise on:

  • Child Maintenance
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnership
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Enforcement and Variation of Financial Orders
  • Financial settlements, including pensions, trusts and business assets
  • Injunctions and Occupation Orders
  • Intervener claims
  • Judicial Separation
  • Living arrangements for children
  • Nullity Petitions
  • Property disputes
Matters involving children

We fully understand matters involving children are particularly sensitive and we have significant expertise in dealing with such issues, always putting the child’s welfare at the centre of the work we do.

We can advise on:

  • Child abduction
  • Child Maintenance through the Child Maintenance Service
  • Child Maintenance, housing and other financial provisions for children under Schedule 1 of The Children Act 1989
  • Discrete issues concerning a child’s upbringing such as choice of school and healthcare
  • Domestic and international relocation
  • Living arrangements for children
  • Parental alienation
  • Parental responsibility
  • Surrogacy
Nuptial and cohabitation agreements

We use tact and sensitivity to draw up and advise on sensible documents, which can then be discussed and agreed with the other party and their legal representative:

  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Post-nuptial agreements
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
Unmarried couples

Long-term relationships which do not have any formal legal recognition can result in very difficult and painful consequences in the event of a relationship breakdown. We provide clear, informed advice on:

  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Co-parenting agreements
  • Financial claims for children and child maintenance
  • Injunctions and Occupation Orders
  • Property disputes

Contact a specialist

Christine Barker

Christine Barker

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

+44 (0) 330 137 3226

0783 143 0922

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Liz Bottrill

Liz Bottrill

Partner | Family & Matrimonial

+44 (0) 330 137 3225

+44 (0)784 177 7157

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Sarah Crilly

Sarah Crilly

Partner | Family & Matrimonial

+44 (0) 330 137 3215

+44 (0)791 257 8825

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Andrea Dyer

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Leeds

+44 (0) 330 137 3216

+44 (0)793 919 1880

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What people say

  • Andrea was very professional and accessible. I felt listened to and advised clearly at all times.

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  • Thank you [Andrea Dyer] again for all your hard work and the support/advice you have given me. I haven't found it easy but whenever I have either met with you or corresponded I have felt empowered to keep going. I don't know where to start with regard to thanking you. I know that without your guidance, I would not have secured such a positive outcome.

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  • Andrea was excellent; approachable, knowledgeable, supportive, professional.

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  • I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for all your hard work dealing with the proceedings in respect of my son, Andrea [Dyer]. I could not have achieved the successful outcome at court without your expertise and professionalism. You have also been friendly, thoughtful and considerate throughout, and there have been moments of humour to lighten the darkness.

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  • A perfect acronym for Sarah [Crilly] would be ‘I CARE’ – Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence

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  • Sarah [Crilly] demonstrated focus, courage and resolution, whilst being assertive yet patient

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  • Experienced team recognised as a go-to for high net worth individuals and professionals in matters such as premarital agreements.

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  • Excellent full-service family group which continues to expand across the North of England. Recognised for its collaborative approach to financial remedy matters and for its work on public law cases involving guardians.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway ‘is making big strides in the Manchester matrimonial scene’, with a ‘first-rate’ department.

    Legal 500

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