Family Solicitors

Specialist family law solicitors

Guiding You Through All The Options Available, Every Step Of The Way

Hart Brown’s team of experienced family law solicitors are located in Surrey. With years of experience in providing specialist family law advice, we understand that the breakdown of a relationship can be one of the most stressful events in your life. When you enlist the services of our family dispute solicitors, we are able to take some of that pressure away from you. Our expert family law solicitors will always provide you with clear and comprehensive advice that will guide you through every step of the process. We take the time to sit down with our clients to gain a thorough understanding of the issues, before acting on your behalf. Throughout the process, our family law solicitors will ensure you are given clear, concise, and honest advice so that you can make well-informed decisions.

As members of Resolution: First, for Family Law, our team of local expert lawyers are committed to dealing with family conflicts in both a conciliatory and cost-effective way. We often recommend the collaborative process or mediation to ensure that the resolution is agreeable to all parties that are involved.

However, when all other means of resolution have been exhausted or are inappropriate and court proceedings are necessary, our family law solicitors will guide you through the process whilst trying to reach an agreement on favourable terms as cost-effectively as possible. You can have peace of mind knowing that throughout the legal process, you are being guided by a team of experienced professionals.

Get in touch today on 01483 887766 to speak to one of our specialist family law solicitors to talk through the breakdown of your relationship and discuss your best options.

Who to contact

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family

Partner, Family

Vanessa McMurtrie

Vanessa trained and then qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with Hart Brown working in the Cobham office's family department for a decade. She then worked for us on a part time consultancy basis while devoting more time to her family. During this period she was instrumental in implementing Hart Brown’s family department’s case management system and later, the quality system that led to the firm’s ISO 9001 accreditation.

In 2005 Vanessa returned to client work and joined Mackrell Turner Garrett where she stayed for ten years, before re-joining Hart Brown in 2015. Vanessa knows Woking and the surrounding area well and enhances the work covered at our Woking office as part of the family team.

Vanessa has been a Resolution member since 1991, committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. She has served on the Surrey Resolution committee since 2008. She is a Resolution accredited collaboratively trained lawyer and welcomes the opportunity to help separating couples adopt this process as an alternative to the more traditional options available.

Over the years, Vanessa has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with the legal aspects of personal relationships, not just those coming to an end, but new relationships, too, where a pre-nuptial or cohabitation agreement is required. She prides herself on being approachable and understanding as she helps her clients go through the legal process.

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Sharon has over 20 years experience in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of high value divorces. Sharon is a trained collaborative lawyer and she is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.

She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.

“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.

Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.

Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!

Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.

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