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Our Family Law Department has a proven track record in successfully advising and representing clients in a wide range of sensitive family law issues such as divorce, issues involving children, cohabitation disputes and pre nuptial agreements.

All our people are members of Resolution and we also have members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

In line with the ethos of Resolution, whenever possible we will approach family disputes on an amicable, constructive and conciliatory basis, ensuring that your interests and those of your family come first. However, if this approach is not appropriate or proves unsuccessful we will take forceful action to ensure that your interests are properly protected.

Thanks again for your help, patience and subtle but effective calm temperament in this situation. It can be an emotional challenge to say the least. However, I am grateful.
Mr T

As a full service firm we have the benefit of being able to draw on the considerable skills and expertise of our colleagues in other Teams on complex issues arising out of family breakdown such as offshore trusts, property and company law. This ensures that we can provide you with full and comprehensive advice.

Whatever your issue, you can rely on us to deal with your case sympathetically, efficiently and always in confidence.

Healys Solicitors is unique in having offices in both central London and Brighton and in regularly representing clients in both the High Court and in local Courts across the south east of England and beyond. We have Family Law Department clients in the UK and overseas.

Thank You for helping me with my journey this past year.
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Family Law experiences
  • We were instructed by a high profile entrepreneur, following the very public breakdown of his marriage. The client has a large successful company in the Brighton and Sussex area and the case involves detailed knowledge of clients with complex financial matters and company law whilst also dealing with the sensitive nature of the breakdown of a family.
  • We acted on behalf of a client who was seeking to re-establish contact with his daughter, having not spent time with her for some six months. Difficulties have arisen due to the client’s alleged use of illicit drugs, but we have managed to expedite matters so that within six weeks of instructing us, the client had attempted mediation, attended Court and is now seeing his daughter on a regular basis.
  • We acted on behalf of the wife for financial orders after an overseas divorce. Permission for the wife to apply was granted by the English Court under Part III Matrimonial & Family Proceedings Act 1984. The husband appealed the wife’s claims in the UK Courts. The appeal was ultimately dismissed. The matter was an HNW case with assets spread worldwide, including Eastern Europe, Middle East and Ireland to name a few. The husband used all efforts to ensure these assets were not accessible to the wife in order to defeat her financial claims. The wife proved otherwise and did so with successful freezing orders and joining third parties to whom the husband had transferred these assets.
  • We acted on behalf of the Respondent’s mother in wardship proceedings in the High Court. The parties and the child lived in the Middle East until the mother fled from the father with their daughter due to the breakdown of their marriage, and the father threatening that the mother would never see her daughter again if she were to leave him. The father issued proceedings in the High Court for the child’s return to where she was living. The issue for the Court was whether the child should be returned. The parties agreed with the Judge’s guidance that they should mediate, but following unsuccessful mediation the matter returned to the Court. Issues as to the child’s welfare and wellbeing were raised if she were to be returned to the father as well as her safety. The parties agreed by Consent the child would remain in the UK which would be her habitual residence and that father would have contact in the UK.
Family Law insights
  • Mediation feels family law cuts impact

    19th August 2015

    Perhaps one impact of the Jackson reforms and reduced financial aid for access to family lawyers has been an increase in the numbers of those looking to utilise mediation services.

    For example, the National Family Mediation reports that there has been a 100 percent increase in calls to its helpline over the past twelve months, with the average number of monthly calls rising from 1,600 to 3,400.

    “The cuts to legal aid mean the routes separating couples are taking as they try to reach settlements are becoming more convoluted,” commented Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation.

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  • Legal challenge to Australian so-called divorce tax

    11th August 2015

    In international divorce news, a legal challenge has been brought forward by the Australian Labor party following an increase in court fees which was enacted on 12 July and saw those applying for divorce on 13 July having to pay 42% more than if they had made their application the day before.

    However, the senate in Australia had originally disallowed a similar regulation before breaking for its winter recess and Labor, along with the Green party, say that the increase is invalid as Australian legislation holds that a government is not able to re-introduce a regulation within six months once any similar law has been barred.

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Family Law awards
Family Law news
  • Tesco Facing Record Equal Pay Claim – What Employers Should Know

    12th February 2018

    In what could be the largest ever equal pay challenge in UK history, legal proceedings have begun against retail giant Tesco. Up to 200,000 shop floor staff could be affected by the claim, which has the potential to cost Tesco up to £20,000 per worker in back pay over at least 6 years. If successful, the final compensation bill could be as much as £4bn. Continue reading »

  • Would Compulsory Mediation Be Just Another Weapon In A Lawyer’s Arsenal?

    25th January 2018

    David Bailey, Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, discusses the question in the Times Newspaper.

    Mediation is generally a cost-effective alternative way to secure dispute resolution. These days, typically in commercial cases, parties arrive legally tooled up with a full set of solicitors, barristers and experts, much as they would for a trial, and act accordingly. Continue reading »