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Tom Burgess

Tom Burgess

Senior Associate

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"Thank you for all your hard work and professionalism."

Tom Burgess specialises in family law and his focus is on helping you to reach an amicable agreement quickly, constructively and cost-effectively. He does this by working with you to find the best approach – whether it’s advising as you seek to reach an agreement yourself; or by going through mediation, or negotiating on your behalf.

When going to court is the only option, Tom has extensive experience of contested court proceedings. Tom is a family lawyer primarily based in our Oxford office, but also works from our Milton Keynes office and is able to meet with clients there.

Tom is a member of Resolution, a family law professionals’ group committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way that puts the best interests of the children first.

Tom is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer and Rising Star by the Legal 500 (2020 edition).

Learn more about our Family Law services

Legal Services

Arrangements for Children

Tom has advised on a wide range of disputes over arrangements for children – including those involving health issues and cases where one parent wishes to relocate, either within the UK or overseas.

Tom has experience of cases involving financial support for children through child maintenance, (often referred to as ‘child support’). He also provides advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and on obtaining court orders in cases involving domestic violence, harassment or threatening behaviour.

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

Recent Work

  • Achieved a financial settlement on the basis of voluntary disclosure and agreed arrangements for a child, in a highly contested matter, without the need for court proceedings to be issued.
  • Tom secured a successful outcome in acrimonious private law children proceedings. This case involved allegation of serious violent abuse against the child by the other party, resulting in the involvement of the police and social services.
  • Helped to settle a long-running and at times bitter dispute over the arrangements for a child, without the need to attend court.

How to get a Divorce

Tom advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown and separation, including divorce, financial disputes between divorcing spouses and unmarried couples who have been cohabiting, and arrangements for children (previously referred to as ‘residence’, ‘contact’ or ‘custody’).

He also has considerable experience of more complex matters, for example those involving businesses and substantial inherited assets, and matters involving net assets of £5 million or more. He has also worked on many cases involving properties and other assets overseas.

Click here to download our Divorce FAQ

Recent Work

  • Assisted a woman to reach a financial settlement at mediation after direct discussions between her and her husband had broken down; avoiding the need for her to issue court proceedings.
  • Successfully negotiated a financial settlement in a matter where court proceedings had already reached an advanced stage, avoiding the need for a contested final hearing.

Pre & Postnuptial Agreements

Tom also works with couples interested in preserving wealth with the preparation of pre and post-marital agreements.

Click here to download our print-out guide to Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements

How do I resolve the financial issues?

If you have to go to court, we have a detailed guide to separately explain that process.

Click here to find out how to sort out your finances

Pensions & Divorce

Tom can advise on pensions and divorce.

What if I have to go to court?

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

Click here to download our full guide to going to court

Fertility Law & Donor Conception

Tom has a particular interest in the legal issues surrounding children born through surrogacy, donor conception and fertility treatment, including ‘co-parenting’ and parental responsibility.

Click here to download our print-out guide to Surrogacy Arrangements

Surrogacy Law

Tom has a particular interest in the legal issues surrounding children born through surrogacy, donor conception and fertility treatment, including ‘co-parenting’ and parental responsibility.

Click here to download our print-out guide to Surrogacy Arrangements

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.

Click here to find out more about how child maintenance is calculated

Fixed Fee Divorce

Tom is responsible for Freeths’ fixed fee divorce and financial settlement services.

Click here to download our print-out guide to Fixed Fee Divorce

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 Tom or for more information…

Call: 0845 404 1715
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