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Family Law

Helping you every step of the way

What do we do?

As family lawyers we deal with more than just divorce.

We understand that the breakdown of a relationship is different for every person and can be a testing time. We recognise that it is important to have the advice and support you need to get your life back on track. If you have made the decision to separate or divorce, thinking about legal issues concerning your children and the financial aspects can feel overwhelming. We specialise in guiding people like you through the process of separation.

As you will see from our client information guides, we cover all aspects of family law.

We are very experienced in dealing with wealth preservation by the preparation of agreements for cohabiting couples and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

How do we work?

We will guide you towards the best outcome for you, your family and particularly your children. We will always consider alternative dispute resolution options and the use of mediation, collaborative law, lawyer led negotiation or arbitration to resolve your difficulties without court proceedings. These options can reduce your exposure to costs. If you do need to go to court, we will ensure you have an excellent team on your side.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We have a highly experienced team
  • We have a successful record in reaching agreements without the need to go to court
  • We will give you clear advice and support if you do need to go to court
  • We will listen to you and discuss the costs involved in an open and transparent way
  • We are ranked as one of the UK’s leading law firms for family law by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories
  • We will deal with your situation with discretion and offer a sensitive approach

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We often deal with complex cases involving businesses, trusts and pension assets.

Due to the strength of our tax, trust, property, employment and company law departments, we are able to ensure that specialist advice is available at all times when addressing such issues.

We pride ourselves in offering the highest standard of professional representation.

Why not telephone us for initial guidance in a no obligation conversation about how we can help you?

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"Head of department Rachael Oakes has notable experience advising on complex financial matters related to separations. She comes highly commended by clients and peers alike. 'She is a class act; she is absolutely brilliant with clients and has a pleasant approach,' a source says, with another adding: 'I found her warm and friendly, and incredibly efficient'."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)


"I thought my team was amazing. I was impressed every step of the way and feel I couldn't have been any better represented."


"Sound advice, given in a very open and non-judgmental way."


"Claire Colbert assists with divorce proceedings involving significant assets and often a cross-border element. A client reports: 'Claire was in absolute control of the case. She was always a few steps ahead, in fact. She is hard-working, thorough, precise.' Another source adds: 'She is very sensitive to clients' emotional states but firm and honest throughout'."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)


"Freeths LLP ‘provides the quality of service that would be expected of a Magic Circle firm’ in complex and niche areas such as IVF, surrogacy and divorce cases relating to farming and agricultural matters, which is an area of strength for Gemma Nicholls-Webber."

(The Legal 500, 2017)


"Rachael Oakes heads the ‘top-class practice’ and ‘is a formidable lawyer’, who acts for high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding cross-border assets, businesses, complex trust structures, tax and pension-related issues."

(The Legal 500, 2017)


"Team head Judith Speed recently handled divorce proceedings and subsequent distribution of assets, and a financial remedy application. She also appeared in family finance dispute resolution hearings concerning multimillion-pound estates."


'Star solicitor' Rachael Oakes heads [in Oxford] the ‘team of driven and passionate lawyers’ at Freeths LLP

(The Legal 500, 2019)


One source reports: "The lawyers are keen to innovate and ensure that they offer the best service they can." Another interviewee commends the team for its "solid and reliable" approach.

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)


"The family team go several extra miles for their clients - they always make themselves available, clearly explain the issues and suggest reasonable alternatives." Freeths are also noted for being 'A very professional firm who provide strong, practical advice and manage cases efficiently. They are always available to discuss the best options for their clients."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

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‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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