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    Family law solicitors

    Whether you are thinking of moving in with or marrying a partner, your relationship has broken down or you have a dispute relating to your children, we can provide you with the advice and support you require to protect your interests and those of your loved ones.

    We understand that nothing is more important than family. Our family lawyers work hard to minimise the hurt, disruption and expense you and your family face when resolving any issues involving your loved ones. We believe that the involvement of the court should ideally be a last resort.

    How we can help you

    Our specialist family law solicitors will provide expert legal advice individually tailored to your needs on all aspects of family law:

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    Our experience

    Our Family Law Team is one of the largest in the South West. We are based in Bridport, Exeter, Poundbury, Sherborne, Taunton, Wellington and Yeovil. We are award-nominated and industry-recognised family solicitors renowned for our professionalism, sensitivity and client-focused approach.

    The team and partners are recognised in independent legal directories.

    Chambers UK has described the team as:

    Broad practice encompassing financial remedy and private child law issues. Often acts for high net worth individuals, and is skilled at helping clients through a range of alternative dispute resolution processes. Well equipped to advise on public law children matters.

    They work hard to ensure clients feel heard and respected.

    The Family Law Team has been recommended in the Legal 500 since 2013 and has been described as being:

    ‘Well respected for its family law practice’, which covers traditional areas of family practice and niche fertility and parenting services. Areas of strength include high-end matrimonial finances and complex Children Act proceedings, and the firm brings ‘a huge body of experience and expertise’.

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    Our family lawyers work hard to minimise the hurt, disruption and expense you and your family face when resolving issues.

    A fantastic law firm with a great family law lawyer, Sam Smith. Her and her team were professional, responsive and honest with all of their services and helped me through a very difficult period. Most importantly Sam Smith and her team were reliable which is pivotal for life changing cases. Would highly recommend.

    Michael

    Although it was a long process, Zoe Gaitskell is a fabulous divorce lawyer to work with. Zoe listened to my requests to keep things simple and didn’t try to complicate any of it. She got me, and did everything she could to make the process as easy as possible. I would definitely recommend Zoe.

    Family Client

    Efficient and professional at all times. Abbie and Rebecca were very knowledgeable and supportive throughout. Highly recommend. Friendly and approachable team.

    Family Client

    Efficient and professional at all times. Abbie and Rebecca were very knowledgeable and supportive throughout. Highly recommend. Friendly and approachable team.

    Family Client

    Zoe was professional throughout beyond question and an outstanding ambassador to Porter Dodson and her legal profession. She always responded swiftly and was there to follow up with the other parties. I truly felt in safe hands and that there was indeed a rock hard ‘buffer’ to represent me. Zoe’s calm and clear approach was very reassuring throughout the lengthy process of my case. Her astute understanding and awareness is invaluable. Thank you, Zoe.

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