Berkson Globe

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Legal Advice, for everyone

About Us

Come to us for the family law and legal advice you need to hear. Sorting out financial and family issues doesn't have to be an uphill struggle. Sensible legal advice at a time when you feel vulnerable is what we're experts at. In fact, it's all we've been doing for decades.

Our Services

Divorce

Let Kirsty Leather guide you expertly through this difficult time. Emotions are typically running high and you need a solicitor who will deal with the immediate challenges and help make the journey to your new life as smooth as possible. Kirsty is our leading divorce solicitor - somebody you can trust to help you get it right - so important as you can't go back and do it again.

Financial Matters

The biggest worry most people face during a divorce or separation is about the future. When so much can be at stake - providing for any children, rights to income, capital, property or pension - expert advice is an investment. Even if both of you agree on how things should be split, it's wise to get everything checked over by a solicitor, Kirsty Leather has extensive experience in this area and would be pleased to help.

Collaborative Divorce or Separation

This is another way to try and settle things between you and your partner. Lawyers will be present but you won't have to go to court, potentially saving a lot of money in the long run. So, if you can't come to an agreement but want to avoid the potential acrimony of legal proceedings, speak to Adele Schofield about how this approach could work for you.

Children - Residency & Contact

It's always best for parents to agree arrangements without going to court. In fact, English courts do not award custody to either parent any more, but many parents find it helpful to have a formal agreement regarding the care of any children. Katie Jackson can prepare you for discussions with your Ex through to advising on how the court process could help settle matters if required.

Taking Children Abroad & Child Abduction

If the other parent doesn't agree to you taking your child to live abroad or even for an extended holiday, you need to be very careful to avoid breaking the law. If your child's other parent does agree we still advise documentation to this effect. Kirsty Leather is a specialist in this area of the law and can give you the right advice straight away, including what to do when you believe your child has been abducted.

Domestic Violence & Abusive Relationships

Of all the areas we work in, seeing a child, spouse or partner who is in an abusive relationship is the most challenging for all concerned. We know how difficult it can be to make the first move to get out of your situation. Where everything is tied up with the children and with finances you may feel you are stuck. Katie Jackson has helped many women, children and also men, start a new life.

Civil Partnerships & Co-habitation

When getting together or splitting up your rights will depend on wide-ranging factors. Every situation is different, and sound legal advice can help you plan for the future or reach a solution when things break down. Kirsty Leather will match her expertise to your specific needs and explain the legalities in plain English.

Grandparents

Grandparents have recently acquired new rights to contact with their grandchildren. Valerie Limont can advise if this is relevant to you and ensure that the children are put at the centre of all decisions. We are experts at resolving disputes amicably and on the off chance you have to go to court you won't find anybody more experienced than Valerie to help you.

Adoption

Young children, step parents, guardians, grandparents and others can all be affected and may not agree with a proposed adoption. Even if everyone agrees, court forms can be challenging to get right and a judge may want to see you. On the other hand one of the parents, or the Local Authority, may force the matter into court. Clare Lamb has very many years of experience in adoption matters and can give you advice that is second to none.

Pre-nuptial agreements

As the law evolves, an agreement prior to marriage is increasingly advisable. Such an agreement can bring peace of mind in the long run and can also be a good way of setting out how finances will be managed during a relationship. Speak to a specialist in this field, Kirsty Leather, to find out more.

Meet The Team

  • Kirsty

    Kirsty Leather

    Divorce Solicitor

    Kirsty Leather is our leading divorce solicitor, particularly skilled at sorting out financial situations and any aspect of divorce or children where there is an international element. From property rights in the UK and abroad to deciding residency of children - even across borders - you are in a safe pair of hands with Kirsty. Past clients describe her as emphatic, forward thinking and conscientious.

    Adele

    Adele Schofield

    Partner

    Adele's expertise is collaborative law she is a member of Resolution which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. She will encourage a solution that considers the needs of the whole family. At this very difficult time Adele will provide the emotional and practical support you need and you will find her firm but fair approach helps to move your situation along.

  • Katie

    Katie Jackson

    Family & Children Solicitor

    Katie specialises in bringing sense to any family and children situations where those involved need some help, they may feel frustrated, completely at a loss and scared or simply don't agree with their current family situation.

    Katie, who is accredited by The Children Law Panel, says: 'Representing families and children in court and speaking for them is extremely rewarding. We are often seen as a lifeline by parents, children and other family members - from dealing with parents who are fighting over the children to helping people who are in an abusive situation - there's nothing more rewarding than making their lives better.'

    Valerie

    Valerie Limont

    Partner

    Valerie Limont is widely renowned for her handling of children matters. With experience that is second to none, Val's career in this area spans more than 20 years. Helping children, parents and other family members through challenging times is her life's work and during this time she has developed a particular interest in helping teenagers and grandparents.

  • Clare

    Clare Lamb

    Partner

    Clare Lamb has more than a decade of experience in family law and has developed a strong interest in helping parents and children through care or adoption proceedings. As a member of the Law Society's Children Panel Clare can handle the complexities of a private adoption, and also has extensive experience of cases where the Local Authority may be involved.

    Hannah

    Hannah Malone

    Divorce & Family Paralegal

    Hannah Malone will support the solicitors in the day to day handling of your family matter or divorce.

    Hannah is experienced across all the areas of family law Berkson Globe practices in and is on hand to prioritise matters should a critical situation arise. Hannah also handles straightforward divorce and court applications where matters may have been agreed but you'd feel more secure with a formal agreement or a court order that you and your ex-partner have agreed to in advance.

  • Emma

    Emma Beckett

    Trainee Solicitor

    Emma has worked across all departments in the firm and has experience of private divorce work through to children cases where the Local Authority are involved. She will be up to speed on the longer more complex cases, typically those involving court. Because of the way our team is structured you can trust us to help you through this difficult time and to always be on hand to help with the day to day concerns you are face.

    Charles

    Charles Peter

    Director of Client Services

    We pride ourselves on the superior service our clients receive. Dealing with family matters can be daunting so each of our solicitors is discreet, will offer strong advice but will always remain sympathetic to how you are feeling. Charles ensures that our solicitors deliver the client care that you deserve.

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