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1. Patterson, Glenton & Stracey Solicitors in the North East UK
The team of Family Lawyers is headed by Senior Partner, Derek Walker, who has been with Patterson Glenton & Stracey Solicitors since 1977. Assisted by Jenny Carter and Linda Taylor, Derek and his team look after the full range of Family Law issues including:
Divorce, Separation and disputes between unmarried couples Financial issues and settlement in divorce and separation.
Issues relating to children
Injunctions and Domestic Violence
Child Support Agency (CSA) matters

Accomplished advocates, the team at Patterson, Glenton & Stracey also provides expert and compassionate advice at a time when compassion is needed most. As members of the specialist Solicitors Family Panel, the team is ideally placed to guide its clients through the intricacies and legalities of a matrimonial breakdown.

Having been in business since 1880, it goes without saying that Patterson, Glenton & Stracey Solicitors has a wealth of experience. Its team of seven partners has over 125 years in practice between them providing first class advice.

Unlike some law firms, however, Patterson, Glenton & Stracey has chosen, quite deliberately, to stay regionally focused so that it can provide the best possible local service to its clients. With a well-established client base in the North East and a growing reputation for providing an excellent service it is, at the same time, increasingly being asked to service businesses and private clients throughout the country and abroad.
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2. Browell, Smith & Co - Solicitors
Domestic violence, separation, divorce, financial disagreements arising out of the breakdown of relationships and the ever present problem of attempting to resolve issues in relation to children when their parents separate are situations which the Department deals with on a daily basis.

Derek Pack, a Partner in the Firm is the Head of the Department. Derek is a member of the Law Society's Children Panel of Specialist Lawyers who are permitted to represent the interests of children in Court proceedings, specifically where the Local Authority has intervened and taken proceedings, often resulting in children being removed from the care of their parents.

These are difficult cases for all concerned and Derek is able to bring his experience to bear, working with parents, professionals, Local Authority representatives and the judiciary in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for the children involved.

Ailsa Gilhespy, Derek's Senior Assistant, is a member of the Law Society's Family Law Panel of Solicitors. Ailsa specialises in Family Law and brings a wealth of experience to bear in this field. Ailsa is particularly adept in dealing with situations where parties are unable to resolve issues relating to their children, and indeed their finances when relationships come to an end. Ailsa has established a very good relationship with the local Bar (Barristers) and is able to work in conjunction with them to secure the most appropriate settlement.

Derek in turn is experienced in dealing with cases involving substantial assets, including not only property but also shareholdings, Pensions and a variety of other capital assets.
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Rating: [2.80]

3. Watson Burton
Our family law unit benefits from vast experience in divorce and financial settlements, pension entitlements, family businesses, shareholdings and mediation.

We also smooth the path for unmarried couples living together regarding separation, pre-nuptial agreements and Trust Deeds, and advise on all proceedings relating to children, including residence, contact, parental responsibility, paternity disputes, abduction, adoption and international applications to live outside of the jurisdiction.

At Watson Burton LLP, as a full-service firm, we are uniquely advantaged in that issues arising from a client?s circumstances can be resolved ?in-house? by involving personnel from other departments including taxation consultants and business advisors as well as employment solicitors.

The unit has experience in all of the principal family courts including The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The County Court and The Family Proceedings Court. Experience includes matters involving a foreign element both in terms of finance and children liaising with and instructing foreign lawyers. The unit also has experience in dealing with matters involving The Official Solicitor.

The client comes first. We care about our clients and proof of this is their loyalty to us.

The practice was first 'built up' in the Victorian era, largely by eminent lawyer and philanthropist, Robert Spence Watson.

It is indicative of our 'client focussed' approach that several clients from the late Victorian era remain with us to this day.
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Rating: [5.50]

4. Mincoffs Solicitors
Our well established family law Department has the distinct advantage of two solicitors who possess extensive experience and specialise in all aspects of family law. We provide a sympathetic but objective approach to sensitive marital and family issues particularly in cases which involve children.

Sound constructive advice and guidance are provided in matrimonial financial matters.

We use our expertise to guide and help clients to achieve a solution either by negotiation, if at all possible, mediation or through the Courts.

Our Family Law Department achieved a Legal Aid Franchise and clients are given the appropriate advice under the Legal Aid Scheme as to their eligibility for legal aid.

Both solicitors in the department are members of the Solicitors Family Law Association (North East Region) and follow their code of practice.

In today's sophisticated society law is becoming increasingly complex.

Our partners possess a range of specialist skills which enable then to respond effectively to both personal and business needs ensuring that our clients receive balanced, practical and independent advice, on all of their affairs.

The firm's departments cover a full range of legal services and are listed in the top 500 practices in the country having the highest number of recommendations per fee earner in the region.

The firm also holds a Legal Aid Franchise and was the first law firm on North Tyneside to receive the 'Investors in People' Award. This has been re-awarded to us recently.
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5. Samuel Philips Law Firm
We are able to offer clients a complete family service and undertake all aspects of family law, including divorce, high finance divorce (assets over ?3 million), divorce with commercial issues, pre-nuptual agreements, co-habitation, public and private children?s matters, adoption, fostering, international family work including child abduction, maintenance and domestic violence injunctions. As a result of our wide range of expertise, we receive referrals from other reputable practices who do not offer a service in respect of key aspects of Family Law.

Jennifer Goldstein, Barry Speker and Robert Gibson are members of the Law Society Children Panel and have vast experience in dealing with the complex area of law related to children including Care Proceedings, disputes over residence, contact and related difficulties, adoption fostering. Barry Speker is Advisor to three Adoption Agencies and has acted in very many complex adoptions.

The firm is the designated solicitors practice for Newcastle upon Tyne for Reunite, the organisation assisting parents with cases where they have been separated from children abroad and have disputes in other countries. Jenny Goldstein is nationally recognised for her expertise in these cases. (see the Parvin Case). We also deal with inter-country adoptions.

Robert Gibson, Jennifer Goldstein and all solicitors in the department are members of Resolution the Law Society Family Law Panel previously the SFLA. Senior Solicitor Elizabeth Gallagher is Secretary to Newcastle branch of Resolution and a Trustee of Relate. The team also includes the very experienced and highly regarded Solicitor Claire Hunter and the latest recruit Angela Simmons who is fast building her repution as a Family Solicitor in a number of areas notably Care matters.

All of the lawyers in the firm follow the Resolution code as well as being members of the Association of Lawyers for Children and Associates of the National Association of Guardians Ad Litem and Reporting Officers, and BAAF Legal Group.

The firm also has experience in dealing with many high value and complex financial disputes, and specialises in pension rights on divorce. Emergency Applications for Injunctions are regularly undertaken.

Robert Gibson also sits as Deputy District Judges on the North East Circuit which gives additional expertise in resolving family disputes.

The firm holds a Legal Aid Franchise in relation to family work.

Samuel Phillips & Co was established by Mr. Samuel Phillips in 1920 at 86 Pilgrim Street when the office was a small part of the building. Samuel Phillips moved to larger and more prestigious premises at Gibb Chambers, 52 Westgate Road in 1988.

The firm continues to expand and in April 2005 merged with Jesmond practice E.J. Pybus reinforcing its reputation for expert legal services delivered in a professional and reliable manner.
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Rating: [9.00]

6. Smithson Clarke Solicitors
There are always cases where Court proceedings are necessary and inevitable. You can rest assure that when this is the case that we will act firmly, swiftly and decisively on your behalf. Our particular areas of specialism within Family Law are financial provision on marriage breakdown and proceedings that relate to the children.

We take pride in the care and support of our clients throughout what can sometimes be the very difficult of separation and divorce. Advice, reassurance and sympathetic ear are only a telephone call away. An initial chat is free of charge.

Our emphasis throughout is on quality of service, expertise, efficiency and that little bit extra. Whatever your need for legal services, you can be sure that we will do everything legally possible on your behalf.
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7. Mortons Solicitors
Mortons is a broad based law firm offering advice and assistance, including divorce, family and children law.
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8. Hindle Campbell Solicitors
Hindle Campbell Solicitors are based in North Shields and offer friendly help and advice on any legal matters, including family law problems.
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Rating: [8.20]

9. McKeags
McKeags provide a specialist service in all aspects of family law. We aim to provide a sympathetic approach to resolving disputes amicably, whilst achieving the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Main areas of work undertaken:-
Divorce and separation
Domestic violence injunctions
Disputes over maintenance and property
Disagreements concerning the upbringing of children (contact, residence and parental responsibility)
Intervention by the Local Authority in the care and upbringing of children

McKeags have been approved by the Legal Services Commission (formerly the Legal Aid Board) and have a franchise in family law so that we can provide the appropriate public funded level of service where eligible.

When your relationship is broken down there are various methods of separation - informal and formal and of course we are aware that there are also wider issues connected with your separation.

We will advise you of your options in respect of your home, your joint finances and your children.
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Rating: [10.00]

10. Hipkin & Co. Solicitors
Hipkin & Co Solicitors handle all aspects of family/matrimonial law and act for either applicant or respondent.

There have been significant changes in Family Law in recent times and we have extensive experience in all aspects of recent legislation.

We have a Family/Matrimonial lawyer who is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel. The Advanced Panel is intended to distinguish those solicitors who have significant experience in matters of a specialist nature. We also have a Family/Matrimonial Lawyer who is on the Children's Panel and acts in all cases involving Local Authority proceedings.

Hipkin and Co. Solicitors were founded in 1989 specifically to deal responsively to challenging and complex legal problems.

Our solicitors and staff are specialists and take a personal interest in all of our client?s cases.
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Rating: [3.00]

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