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Judith Speed


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"Part of 'a highly regarded family team' and 'incredibly experienced' and 'a massive asset'."
(The Legal 500)

Judith is a Chambers & Partners Top Ranked Lawyer for family law in Nottingham and surrounding areas, while sources say she is “empathy combined with judgement and care makes her a brilliant lawyer”.

Judith is well known in Nottingham, the East Midlands and beyond. She acts for a broad range of clients and receives many referrals from professionals; she acts for business proprietors, medical practitioners and lawyers.

Judith is a member of various family law organisations and charities – she has an in depth understanding of the emotional complexities of family matters. As well as being known for her efficiency and practical advice, she is recognised for providing support for all of her clients and in working in their best interests.

Judith has been a member of Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) for many years. She is a collaborative lawyer.

Judith is listed as a Leading Individual in both the Legal 500 (2020 edition) and Chambers (2020 edition).

Learn more about our Family Law services

Legal Services

Family Law

Judith has over 35 years experience in family law practice. She deals with all types of family law cases.

Recent Work

  • Judith has recently acted for the wife whose husband’s family owned a large stately home. There was significant family wealth of many millions and nuptial trust issues.
  • Judith advises a wife living abroad in a long marriage case where there are jurisdictional issues. The husband is an eminent lawyer with a huge income and there are properties and tax issues to consider.

How to get a Divorce

Judith is ranked as one of the top divorce lawyers in the UK by the UK’s leading legal directories (Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500), she is able to advise you on all aspects of family law issues.

Click here to download our Divorce FAQ

Recent Work

  • Judith has acted for several Court of Protection clients in their divorces. This involves protecting the client’s emotional wellbeing and financial position. They are often difficult and unique cases where the client may have significant resources and physical or mental difficulties.

How do I resolve the financial issues?

Judith’s particular expertise is in dealing with financial remedy applications which follow on from divorce proceedings.

Click here to find out how to sort out your finances

Recent Work

  • Judith has been acting for a husband who has complicated and varied pension provision with a value of over £1.5 million. This is a long marriage and divorce proceedings are ongoing. She is providing advice on the complex issues surrounding how to fairly divide the available assets and meet the parties’ needs.

Pensions & Divorce

Judith has a particular interest in cases where there is property, pension or business assets involved.

Collaborative Practice

If mediation doesn’t feel like the right option for you then collaborative practice might better suit your circumstances, this is a process where the lawyers work together with you and your partner, as a team, to resolve the issues in face to face meetings.

Click here to download our Collaborative Practice print-out guide

Family Arbitration

Judith is a trained Arbitrator and a member of Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (IFLA and CIArb).

What if I have to go to court?

If you are dealing with issues in court, Judith can advise on what factors the court would take into account.

Click here to download our full guide to going to court

Arrangements for Children

Judith is well known for handing child arrangements cases and those involving financial provision for children.

Click here to download our Arrangements for Children print-out guide

School Appeals

We can guide you through the process, form completion and preparation for the hearing to ensure your best possible case is presented to the tribunal.

Child Maintenance & Appeals

Sorting out the financial consequences arising from divorce can be difficult and confusing. There have been various attempts to simplify the system and improve the quality of the service given to families through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). However, calculating payments isn’t always straightforward.

Making a Will after Divorce

If you are in the process of getting divorced or your civil partnership dissolved, we would always recommend that you discuss whether it is appropriate for you to either update your Will or make a new Will if you do not have one.



To contact Judith or for more information…

Call: 0845 274 6868
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  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Collaborative Lawyer
  • Institute of Family Law Arbitrators

“She was absolutely superb: she gave me clear options and advice and kept everything fair and square.”

“I cannot believe it is all over, I could not have got through this without your practical advice and clear direction.”

“Thank you for all your hard work and a result that gives me the best possible outcome.”

“A long journey, thank you so much for all your help and support.”

“Judith Speed of Freeths LLP handles matrimonial finance cases associated with substantial assets, including prenuptial agreements and those involving pensions. Sources say that her ’empathy combined with judgement and care makes her a brilliant lawyer’.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

“Judith Speed of Freeths LLP is ‘very sharp and experienced’ when it comes to family law matters. She handles a range of high-value matrimonial finance matters, including many cases involving children and overseas jurisdictions.”

“Highly regarded family solicitor with a wealth of experience handling the division of assets after relationship breakdown.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“Judith Speed is ‘a highly experienced, well-regarded financial remedy practitioner’, ‘incredibly competent and a pleasure to deal with’.”

(The Legal 500, 2019)

“Judith Speed is a calm and rather understated lawyer, who has a wonderful grasp of her area of expertise which she puts to the good use of her clients, She always has all aspects of the case under control.”

(The Legal 500, 2020)

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