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Fisher Jones Greenwood

Family/Matrimonial

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What the team is known for

Leading practice for matrimonial financial cases as well as public and private children law matters. Especially esteemed for its experience in assisting with cases involving family businesses, inherited wealth, property and pensions. Handles complex child arrangements and domestic abuse matters, advising guardians and parents during care proceedings. Offers full-service support to clients as well as a broad range of ADR options, including collaborative law.

Strengths

A client says: "They advised me on everything I needed, explained the legal jargon and were very helpful."

Another reports: "They have been brilliant since day one. I am happy with absolutely everything - they are just amazing."

Notable practitioners

Simon Osborn has significant experience in complex financial remedy proceedings involving businesses, offshore properties and other high-value assets. He is an accredited arbitrator and trained collaborative lawyer. "His advice was always spot on," one client says, adding: "He was very calm, reassuring and methodical in the way that he explained things to me, and was able to articulate difficult points quite easily."

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Overview

Type of work handled

Strength and depth in providing high quality family services across a wide range of family areas including: divorce, complex family finances (often involving family businesses, multiple properties foreign assets and pensions), private (special guardianship, complex alienation cases) and public law children proceedings (including psychological harm and non-accidental injuries), domestic abuse (both men and women), international child abduction (Hague Convention working with QCs) and cases involving cohabitants and trusts of land. Well known for using ADR to resolve family disputes.

Categories of clients

Innovative funding solutions such as fixed fees, including representation at court and ‘Pay as You Go’ models to ensure that our expertise is available to all members of society including those of modest means.

Recent work highlights

Simon Osborn represented the Petitioner Wife in VW v BH (Contested Divorce Proceedings) [2018] EWFC B68 (05 November 2018) and the related financial proceedings.

Specialisations

Members of the Law Society's Adult and Children Panel; Specialists in areas including financial remedy, children matters and domestic abuse. 2 Collaborative Family Lawyers who undertake collaborative cases. 1 Family Law Arbitrator who is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

Members

Osborn, Simon (Head of Department)

Bouwmeester, Ties

Brewer, Julia

Brown, Andrew

Earnshaw, Rachel

Knappett, Charlotte

O'Boyle, Lisa

Family/Matrimonial Department

Fisher Jones Greenwood

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Department location

Charter Court

Newcomen Way

Colchester Business Park

Colchester

Essex

UK

CO4 9YA

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Essex

Family/Matrimonial


Simon Osborn
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