Divorce and family

Our team is recognised as one of London’s leading national and international family law practices. Many of our cases require an international perspective and we provide expert advice on issues relating to jurisdiction. We also have strategic partnerships with overseas law firms.

All of our partners are Fellows of the International Academy of Matrimonial Laywers. Our team includes a founder member of Resolution, of which all our family lawyers are members; we are actively involved in Resolution at both a regional and national level and endorse its principles. Several members of the team are qualified in collaborative law and mediation.

How we can help you

We aim to achieve practical solutions quickly and effectively and are known for our realistic approach and ability to negotiate and resolve complex financial settlements, as well as our sensitive handling of cases involving children. We are approachable and pragmatic when dealing with our opponents. However, where necessary, we are forceful and vigorous in protecting the interests of our clients.

Our strengths include:

What our clients say

"At Collyer Bristow LLP, Toby Yerburgh and Michael Drake are ‘level-headed and can reach a deal with the minimum of fuss’. Other key figures in the ‘exceptionally competent and dedicated team’ include Susan Breen, who ‘develops a rapport very quickly with her clients’; Philippa Dolan, who ‘works collaboratively’; and ‘thorough’ senior associate Mark Harrop." Legal 500, 2016

"The ‘very sound and competent’ Philippa Dolan at Collyer Bristow LLP is a collaborative practitioner who is experienced in children’s issues and complex money disputes." Legal 500, 2016, Leading individual

Excellent on all fronts; Collyer Bristow’s family team maintains a reputation for doing an excellent job though highly contested ancillary relief and children proceedings.”

“Exceptional attention to detail and empathy towards the client. Professional competence coupled with sensitivity, and lateral thinking to evaluate every angle.”

“The team provides a ‘Magic Circle service without the Magic Circle fees.'"

Collyer Bristow ‘provides an extremely high level of client care; the experience and knowledge of the practitioners is very impressive and their ability to relate to lay clients with a sympathetic and practical ear ensures that the service received is of the highest quality'. Legal 500, 2014, Family 

"Collyer Bristow LLP regularly acts in complex financial relief proceedings with an overseas component, and international divorce settlements with substantial cross-border assets. The intelligent Toby Yerburgh goes the extra mile for clients and the unflappable Michael Drake is an experienced strategist". Legal 500, 2015, Family

UK leading firm 2014 Legal 500 Leading firm 2015 LEGAL 500 leading firm 2016

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