The Family Law Practice

Family/Matrimonial Department

South West
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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that focuses on handling matrimonial finance issues arising from relationship breakdowns, primarily advising high net worth clients. Often takes on matters with complex issues relating to trusts and property portfolios. Also advises on private children cases, including removal from the jurisdiction and Child Arrangement Orders. Offers collaboration and mediation services.

Strengths One source states: "They are a specialist family firm who really know their stuff. They are great with clients and work very collaboratively."

Clients say that the lawyers are "very supportive and everyone is always willing to help."

Interviewees note: "They draw on the experience of their whole team."

Notable practitioners


Ashley Palminteri
is described by interviewees as "very proactive, and a very good communicator." He is adept at handling financial remedy proceedings and frequently represents high net worth individuals. One client says: "Ashley has been thorough, supportive, and available. He maintained utmost professionalism, whilst also being kind and compassionate during what is an incredibly emotive and personal time."


Elizabeth Bruce
regularly advises on financial remedy proceedings, and has further experience in private law children cases. Clients describe her as "excellent, calm and knowledgeable." One source notes: "She is a very clever lawyer and is always looking for the best for the client."


Mark Sage
is "very comforting, with a core of steel,"  according to interviewees. He frequently advises on financial remedy proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions, and also assists with private law children cases. Sources note: "He is very approachable and always keen to achieve the right outcome for his client but also for the parties as a whole to try and avoid conflict."