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Family Law

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Meet the Team

Family team with Claire

Elizabeth Stocker, Gemma Nicholls, Rachael Oakes, Tom Burgess and Claire Colbert

"I was near giving up, but they were so sensitive, supportive and incredibly intuitive. I really felt they weren't just doing their job, but they really cared".

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Why us?

We understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be a testing time for any family. That’s why it’s important to have the advice and support you need to get your life back on track. Our family law solicitors have many years of experience offering legal advice to families, and will strive to deal with your situation with discretion and sensitivity. We appreciate that every case is different and every client is an individual. We will provide the highest standards of professional representation whilst being entirely supportive during a difficult time.

We often deal with complex cases involving businesses, trust and pension assets. Due to the strength of the Freeths tax and trust, property and company law departments, we are able to ensure that specialist advice is available when addressing such issues.

  • Ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories for family law advice.
  • A specialist team of experienced and approachable family law solicitors.
  • A successful record in reaching financial agreements without the need to go to court.
  • We offer a wide range of fees to suit your financial circumstances.
  • Many of our clients are recommended by existing and previous clients.

How do I get a Divorce?

Getting a divorce is often a person’s biggest concern after a relationship breakdown. If you have taken the decision to end your marriage, our solicitors can advise on how to get a divorce, whilst taking into consideration any concerns you have about arrangements for your children and the financial issues. 

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How to Resolve the Financial Issues

There are many options to help you reach a financial settlement by agreement to try and avoid the need for a court application. Our priority will be to help you obtain a financial settlement that is right for you.

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Resolving issues through mediation will avoid the need to go to court. We have a record of success in resolving disputes through mediation in a safe and informal environment.

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Collaborative Law

A couple can also avoid going to court by using collaborative practice. Our trained solicitors can help you resolve disputes using this method which focuses on reaching an agreement in face to face meetings with the couple and their solicitors present throughout.

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A couple may want to agree to use an arbitrator if they can’t agree on a particular issue or if the only other option would be an application to the court. We have a specialist arbitrator who can help you.  

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What if I have to go to court?

Mediation or collaborative practice may not always be suitable. You may need to go to court in order to achieve a fair settlement. We will support you through this process and make sure you have good clear advice every step of the way. 

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Contact us

For further information about our services or to discuss a particular matter or situation, please contact the team on 01865 781181 or email Rachael Oakes

Sample of our Articles

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"I thought my team was amazing. I was impressed every step of the way and feel I couldn't have been any better represented."

"sound advice, given in a very open and non-judgemental way."

Chambers & Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2018 Edition

"Freeths LLP ‘provides the quality of service that would be expected of a Magic Circle firm’ in complex and niche areas such as IVF, surrogacy and divorce cases relating to farming and agricultural matters, which is an area of strength for senior associate Gemma Nicholls-Webber.

Rachael Oakes heads the ‘top-class practice’ and ‘is a formidable lawyer’, who acts for high-net-worth individuals in matters regarding cross-border assets, businesses, complex trust structures, tax and pension-related issues. Her varied caseload also includes children matters and pre and post-marital agreements.

Lawyer and Mediator Claire Colbert is ‘exceptionally good’ and ‘extremely hard working’ in family cases including Child Maintenance Service appeals, Children Act relocation matters.


The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017 edition

"Freeths’ Rachael Oakes is ‘a first-rate lawyer who instills great confidence in her clients’. Qualified mediator Claire Colbert joined from Blake Morgan LLP in 2016."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession,2016 Edition

"I was really satisfied with the team. I felt supported. Nothing was too much trouble, and I could always get hold of the lawyers. They were helpful, supportive and friendly, and they explained everything in layman's terms."

"Freeths definitely puts their clients first. The firm is committed to establishing a close working relationship with the clients in order to facilitate the best possible outcome for them."

Chambers & Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016 Edition

"Freeths's team is headed by 'formidable solicitor' Rachael Oakes, who has extensive mediation experience, and 'is someone you want on your side rather than across the table'."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015 edition

"Freeths’s team head Rachael Oakes ‘combines great empathy with tremendous negotiation skills', and is supported by ‘excellent' associate Elizabeth Marsh. Helen Taylor is ‘professional while being understanding, kind and friendly'."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"Technical ability: 'They stand out for their knowledge of the law and current practices, and also their knowledge of the manner in which the law is evolving.' "

"Problem solving: 'The team offer a pragmatic and dedicated service ensuring that every opportunity to conclude matters and stem legal costs is explored along the way.' "

Chambers & Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"Freeths LLP is experienced in high-value divorces and financial settlements, with recent work including a cross-border case with pension and collaborative elements. Team head Rachael Oakes is ‘able to tackle cases at all levels whether complicated by emotion or a complex financial matrix’. Helen Taylor is also recommended."

Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession - 2013 edition

"This 'tremendously professional group' regularly represents high net worth individuals in ancillary relief applications. It also handles cross-jurisdictional conflicts and complex tax and trust issues. The group is skilled in children issues and continues to strengthen its ADR capabilities. "

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012 edition

"Efficient and highly competent’, Henmans LLP handles high-value ancillary relief cases. The ‘professional, supportive and knowledgeable’ Rachael Oakes offers ‘robust and realistic advice’ and has experience in collaborative law."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011 edition

"clients ‘feel supported and value the extra care’ "

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010 edition

"quick in responding, highly professional and efficient"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2008 edition