Mills & Reeve LLP

Family/Matrimonial Department

East Anglia
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What the team is known for Exemplary team with a broad range of expertise within financial divorce cases, including contentious trusts, pensions and business issues. Also handles agreements relating to the breakdown of relationships of cohabiting couples. Practical experience of dealing with farming and manufacturing business interests in divorce. Outstanding ability across complicated litigation as well as a variety of ADR methods. Also assists clients with Children Act proceedings.

Strengths A client reports: "They were fighting tooth and nail for me and that's what I found to be very helpful," adding: "I would ring them and they would respond quickly and they'd always reply to my emails."

Another notes: "It is large and prestigious enough to carry clout in negotiations without being burdened by the costs and potential inflexibility of the magic circle and specialist London divorce firms."

Notable practitioners

Caitlin Jenkins leads the team in Cambridge and is highly respected for her work on complex matrimonial finance matters, including issues involving businesses and trusts. An interviewee comments: "I think she's fantastic: excellent with clients and really conscientious."

Frances Bailey advises clients on a variety of divorce cases, encompassing financial remedies and Children Act proceedings. Clients say: "She is clear and concise and takes time to explain matters in a very understandable way." Another source notes: "With her, everything is so organised, so put in place, that she doesn't miss a trick."

George Sprague often acts for clients on matrimonial finance matters and also assists with children cases. "I felt that he really listened and responded accordingly, was sensitive to the delicate balance of the situation and was fair but encouraging about our case," says a client. "His manner is extremely good and helpful, and he is able to think fast and fairly."

Hannah Wilson focuses her practice on matrimonial finance cases, particularly those which involve substantial business and agricultural assets. She also advises clients on issues around children. A client notes: "She is the most steady, sensible person. I feel very safe with her and I know she doesn't do anything without considering it very carefully."

Nick Stone is described as "an excellent solicitor who is superb at keeping the client focused." He acts on high-value matrimonial finance cases, often involving agricultural and business assets. A client notes: "I found his precision to be very helpful. He was very patient, understanding, knowledgeable, experienced and level-headed."