FAMILY

LAW

Our family team understands that the breakdown of a relationship is often a very difficult time, particularly when children are involved. There are often lots of issues to discuss and negotiate in relation to the separation itself, finances, property and arrangements for the children. We pride ourselves in providing tailored advice to suit the needs of each individual client, whilst being friendly and approachable. 

Our family team also recognises that when social services are involved with your family, this can be a very worrying time. We are able to provide assistance, advice and support at child protection conferences and pre-proceedings meetings as well as representation at any Court hearings you may have to attend. We understand that social services involvement and attending Court can be very daunting and that often, offering support and reassurance to clients is just as important as the legal advice itself.

QUALITY
LEGAL ADVICE

Divorce & Dissolution of Civil Partnerships  /  Separation  / Cohabitation  /  Financial Settlement  / Domestic Abuse  /
Child Arrangements  /
Child Protection & Social Services Involvement  /  
Care Proceedings  / Adoption  /
Change of Name Deeds

THE FAMILY TEAM

JULIA HALLING

Julia is a director at the firm and is Head of the Family department, she joined the firm in 2007. She is a specialist family solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in dealing with family matters. Julia qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has a law degree from Northumbria University.
 

Julia is a member of the Law Society’s Family Panel and Children Panel. She regularly represents children, parents, grandparents and other family members in care proceedings and in cases when social services are involved with a family. She has experience in dealing with all aspects of care proceedings, including complex non-accidental injury cases and cases involving fabricated or induced illnesses. She also deals with private law children matters including child arrangements (e.g. contact and residence) and specific issues relating to a child. 
 

Julia has extensive experience in other family matters including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, separation, cohabitation, financial settlements and domestic abuse.

Julia has been described by clients as friendly and reassuring. She is able to put clients at ease during what can be very difficult times.

JUDITH YOUNG

Judith has been at the firm since May 2000 and is a senior associate solicitor. She has specialised in family law for over 16 years.

In particular, Judith has extensive experience in private law matters including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, annulment, separation, cohabitation and financial settlements. Judith also advises clients in relation to domestic abuse and injunctions.
 

Judith has a particular interest in private law children matters (i.e. child arrangements).  She often represents vulnerable clients with complex needs. Judith also represents clients involved in care proceedings. She has been described by clients as pragmatic and approachable.

Judith was awarded a BA Hons degree in Social Studies from Newcastle University in 1996. She subsequently completed the Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University.

KATIE WILSON

Katie joined the firm in March 2018 after graduating from the University of York with a Law Degree and subsequently graduating with her Masters in Law and Legal Practice Course. She is currently a Trainee Solicitor and is due to qualify on 1 April 2020.


Katie works in our family department managing a caseload in a variety of family matters including divorce, financial settlements, domestic abuse, Child Arrangements Orders and in cases when social services are involved with the family.  Katie has a particular interest in representing clients at Court in relation to children matters.


Katie’s interest in the law started at a very young age and she often attended the public gallery of the Court as a young child. She has also had work experience with our firm since she was just 14. Katie has been described by clients as thorough and approachable and clients often return to the firm to instruct Katie should they need legal advice in relation to another matter.
 

OUR FEES

Subject to eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to Legal Help or Legal Aid in some cases, in particular care proceedings and cases involving social services, or domestic abuse. If you think you may be eligible for Legal Help or Legal Aid, please contact us and we will carry out an assessment of your financial circumstances. We may need proof of income and bank statements at your first appointment.

In matters where Legal Aid is not available, you may instruct us on a privately paid basis. We acknowledge that sometimes, proceedings can be expensive and therefore we try to keep our costs to a minimum and are happy to discuss fee arrangements with our clients. We produce regular interim bills in order to split costs evenly throughout our representation of you and make costs more manageable. 

At the commencement of all privately funded matters you will be asked to pay £100 plus VAT. This covers an initial appointment plus an advice letter. If you require any further work to be carried out, we can discuss the fees for that further work at the initial appointment.

Due to recent cuts to Legal Aid in family matters, we also offer a reduced rate scheme to clients that previously may have been entitled to Legal Aid. If you think that you may be eligible, please let us know and we will assess you for our scheme.

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HOURLY RATES

Director

Attendance Preparation

Travel Waiting

Hearing (Advocacy)

Letters/Emails Out

Letters Emails In

£155.00

£110.00

£165.00

£15.50

£7.75

HOURLY RATES

Senior Associate

Attendance Preparation

Travel Waiting

Hearing (Advocacy)

Letters/Emails Out

Letters Emails In

£140.00

£100.00

£150.00

£14.00

£7.00

HOURLY RATES

Associate

Attendance Preparation

Travel Waiting

Hearing (Advocacy)

Letters/Emails Out

Letters Emails In

£125.00

£90.00

£135.00

£12.50

£6.25

HOURLY RATES

Paralegal/Trainee

Attendance Preparation

Travel Waiting

Hearing (Advocacy)

Letters/Emails Out

Letters Emails In

£105.00

£80.00

£120.00

£10.50

£5.25