Duncan Lewis' "exceptional" family team with a "stellar reputation" for "going the extra mile" is ranked Tier 1 in The Legal 500 2024. The "go-to recommendation in family law" dispenses advice on the full spectrum of family matters, including international child abduction cases, special guardianship orders, wardship issues, surrogacy and adoption cases, and public law children matters. The "very experience and impressive" team also has "a great deal of experience handling high-net-worth divorces and co-habitation agreements".Legal 500 2024 Edition.
The "very diligent" and "passionate" Family practitioners at Duncan Lewis Solicitors "have notable expertise in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes." The team is "adept at handling difficult children law matters on both a public and private basis" with "substantial experience in cases concerning abuse, child sexual exploitation and forced marriage."Chambers UK 2024 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors‘ "insightful, supportive and professional" family and child care team are all "highly competent" and provide "excellent legal advice". The team's "greatest advantage is its enormous size and quality of solicitors as well as its diversity of experience across the firm". "It handles all aspects of family law, with particular specialism in representing victims of domestic violence, handling complex divorce matters and securing financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage. Other strengths include handling complex cross-border matters." The lawyers are ‘"friendly professionals who take the time to understand your case".Legal 500 2023 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors' "superbly reliable" family law team is one of the largest in the South East. The "professional, personable, and very efficient" family team "handle a full range of family law matters from divorce and financial settlements to pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm is particularly skilled at navigating cases of parental conflict involving elements of domestic abuse and parental alienation."Legal 500 2023 Edition.
An "extremely knowledgeable" and "hugely capable" family and child care team. The department specialises in representing clients who are facing emergency situations and frequently supports on child relocation, sexual harm, safeguarding and domestic abuse issues. It runs a culturally diverse caseload and specialises in international child abduction cases in addition to female genital mutilation cases. "They have excellent client service and have a fundamental grasp of the legal issues in complex cases and have the ability to relay that to their clients in an understandable and user friendly manner".Legal 500 2023 Edition.
The family and child care offering at Duncan Lewis Solicitors "go above and beyond" to ensure the best possible outcome for their clients. The "helpful and friendly" team specialises in domestic abuse cases, and has expertise in forced marriage and FGM. In addition, it advises on complex private children matters, including emergency protection and adoption cases, often internationally. The wider firm prides itself on its cross-cultural awareness, which strengthen its ability to provide support in unorthodox family matters.Legal 500 2023 Edition.
“Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles all aspects of family law with particular specialism in representing victims of domestic violence, unusual divorces and securing financial settlements following the breakdown of a marriage. It is also skilled at handling the complexities of parental conflict especially parental alienation cases and also has extensive experience in Islamic law. It has, in addition, a particular specialism in advising on female genital mutilation protection orders and has a formidable reputation for its experience in international and domestic family law proceedings at the high court. It receives plaudits for its 'outstanding client care'. The lawyers are 'always compassionate and understanding'.”Legal 500 2022 Edition.
"Family law team handling a wide range of both financial remedy and children work, with notable expertise in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Adept at handling difficult children law matters on both a public and private basis, with substantial experience in cases concerning abuse, child sexual exploitation and forced marriage, among other issues."Chambers UK 2022 Edition.
“Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a broad range of experience and handles all aspects of family law. Key specialisms include representing the victims of domestic violence and assisting clients with securing a financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage. The team also handles matters such as special guardianship orders, the distribution of business assets and the international movement of children, as well as protecting clients in emergency situations in cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual assault, grooming or forced marriages.”Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is an ‘excellent firm with talented and experienced staff’.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is 'a well-established and respected firm that provides a high quality of work in an efficient and friendly way'. Its expertise covers divorce and matrimonial cases, with notable expertise in representing domestic abuse victims under legal aid and mediation, as well as ancillary relief expertise. It also handles public law and cross-border issues concerning children, and has niche shari'ah-law expertise.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in matrimonial and children cases, with notable strengths in cross-border disputes.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
'Duncan Lewis' Family and Childcare department is a 'Recognised Practitioner' in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners UK for their family/matrimonial work in Birmingham and the surrounds.Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides legal aid advice on domestic and cross-border child care matters, and also handles private law with a particular niche in forced marriage protection orders, domestic violence and child abduction cases."Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large team that ‘covers a broad range of family cases and excels in children’s cases."Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce."Legal 500 2016 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’."Legal 500 2015 Edition.
The Family department comprises a professional, efficient team with a wealth of experience in dealing with all aspects of Family Law. Our overriding priority is to listen to all of the issues in your case and explore the best way of resolving your problems. This could be through negotiation or conciliation, or by application to the courts.
Whether it is Divorce, or Judicial Separation, High Net Worth Divorce, or High Net Worth Judicial Separation, the Dissolution of a Civil Partnership, or the preparation of Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Separation Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, or matters concerning Children, and/or Domestic Violence, we offer detailed, considerate and effective advice. We are experts at sorting out family disputes and, wherever possible, encourage out of court resolutions rather than litigation. We are, however, fully equipped to advise on bringing court proceedings, to include court proceedings for co-habiting couples under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act “TLATA” 1996, if they offer the most sensible method of achieving the desired outcome of your case.
Legal aid is available to deal with many aspects of Family and Children work. If legal aid is not available, we offer high quality advice & representation on a privately funded basis at competitive rates including a fixed fee for the preparation of Divorce, Judicial Separation and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships petitions and for some matters concerning Children and/or Domestic Violence, to include advocacy. All other matters, to include the preparation of Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Separation Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements would after an initial one-off fixed fee meeting, be dealt with by way of our competitive hourly rates.