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New office underpins commitment to city

The Family Law Company has relocated to a new office within the same building in Plymouth, which provides a solution for the longer term growth ambitions of the business.

The company remains in Princess Court with its a practical location being both central and close to the Courts in the heart of the city’s financial and legal district.

This move to the third floor suite means...

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Marking 30 years of doing things differently in family law

The Family Law Company has celebrated its 30th anniversary as a dedicated family law firm in a remarkable year for growth, reputation and sector awards.

Founded in Exeter by Norman Hartnell in October 1991, the company has never been afraid to do things differently, from its supportive open-door culture through to the service it provides to those needing legal support for family issues...

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Big wins for family law specialist

The Family Law Company picked up no less than eight awards in two virtual awards events held on the same night.

In the DASLS Awards, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, there were four category wins, a highly commended and one very special additional award.

In the category awards, Jane Chanot won Solicitor of the Year; Cassie Saunders picked up Support Team Member; Hannah...

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Exceptional year for family law specialist

Commitment to social justice and focus on people combine to drive successful growth

South West family law specialist The Family Law Company has announced an impressive year of growth for the 2020-21 financial year after responding effectively to 12 months dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Turnover increased by 10 per cent in the 12 months to July 31, with the firm striking a...

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South West family law specialist shortlisted for prestigious national legal award

The Family Law Company has been shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Award, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales.

The firm, which has offices in Exeter and Plymouth plus a new provision in Cornwall, is a finalist in the Excellence in Practice Management category.

Director Rachel Buckley said: “We are extremely proud to be shortlisted in these national...

Leading family law firm is national finalist

Family law specialist The Family Law Company has been chosen as a finalist in the Legal Aid Practitioners Group 2021 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in the Regional Legal Aid Firm category.

The company is one of the 26 individuals and nine organisations shortlisted in 12 award categories. As a champion of legal aid in the South West The Family Law Company’s Care Team is dedicated...

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We don’t want to talk about…. Divorce Day!

Divorce lawyer Donna Hart from The Family Law Company suggests there is another way to start 2021 rather than go straight for the split.

Every new year family lawyers talk about Divorce Day - the first Monday in January after the Christmas break is finished. This year it falls on January 4.

Traditionally it is the day when a spike is seen in divorce enquiries, attributed to the...

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Divorce on the rise?

According to the Office of National Statistics there was an 18% rise in divorces in 2019.

Figures just released indicate that both same sex couples and opposite sex couples saw an increase in divorce and/or dissolution.

There were 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019, an increase of 18.4% from 90,871 in 2018 and the highest since 2014. For same-sex divorces the figure...

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Soap domestic abuse storylines 'all too real' says family lawyer

With the return of soaps, two storylines in particular have highlighted the plight of those subjected to domestic abuse, says Exeter lawyer Amy Langford.

Last week the Eastenders domestic abuse plot came to a dramatic and tragic end as Chantelle tried to leave abuser Gray, resulting in her death after he walked away from her injury rather than call an ambulance. The plotline may seem...

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New report drills down into failings of family justice system

Lawyers from The Family Law Company have welcomed the findings of a new report which looks at how the family justice system responds to allegations of domestic abuse and what must be done to ensure consistency.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the 216-page report "Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases" draws on evidence presented in over 1...