Family Solicitors

Specialist family law solicitors

Family law advice to help guide you every step of the way

Hart Brown’s team of experienced family law solicitors are located in Surrey. With years of experience 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 local family law 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 and 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 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.

Why choose Hart Brown?

When you choose to enlist the services of Hart Brown, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are in reputable and competent hands. Our team of family law solicitors are committed to ensuring our clients receive outstanding customer service. We are dedicated to providing clients with the highest level of legal expertise, driven by our desire to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Wherever possible, we ensure that our team goes above and beyond to protect our client’s best interest and achieve results.

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

Sharon Powell-Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell-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 member 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.

    Ellie Newbery- Family Law

    Ellie Newbery

    Consultant, Family Law

    Ellie Newbery- Family Law

    Consultant, Family Law

    Ellie Newbery

    Ellie’s strength lies in her clear, sensible and collaborative approach to gain the best outcomes for her clients and their families.

    Ellie advises clients on the best route to reach agreement on the decisions that need to be made on divorce, matrimonial finance and children. Her main focus area lies in divorce and complex financial remedy cases, for high-net-worth and middle-income clients. She has previously been accredited Resolution Accredited Specialist in this area, as well as in Private Law Children work achieving an award for highest marks in the country in her core paper.

    Ellie acts for parents in private law applications and negotiations across issues including child arrangements, change of school, removal from the jurisdiction and parental responsibility. She assists clients in resolving disputes about where the children will live and who they will spend time with. Ellie also assists unmarried separating couples.

    Ellie qualified as a family solicitor in 2008 after reading history at Durham University and worked in Kent, Surrey and London before joining Hart Brown in 2021. Ellie has been a member of the Surrey Resolution Committee since 2015.

      Dimple Patel

      Associate, Family Law

      Associate, Family Law

      Dimple Patel

      Dimple is an Associate Solicitor in the family law department. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007 after reading law at City University, London and has worked as a family solicitor in Surrey and London. She joined Hart Brown in 2022.

      Her practice involves advising on a broad range of family matters. She has particular expertise in dealing with financial settlements on divorce and regularly acts for clients with high value assets, businesses, pensions and assets located abroad. She also deals with the variation and enforcement of existing financial orders.

      Dimple has considerable experience in advising on arrangements for children and relocation of children both within England and Wales and abroad. She also advises on pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, financial claims for children of unmarried parents and issues around domestic violence.

      Dimple is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. She aims to provide clear, practical, tailored advice with a focus on early settlement.

      Dimple often receives wonderful feedback from her clients, here are just a few testimonials.

      “Dimple is very professional and reliable. I was able to always count on her excellent advice, quick responses to my queries and sympathetic balanced communications with all parties. I would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone dealing with family legal issues”

      “Dimple quickly understood the challenges I was facing and we spoke a lot on the phone which I found helpful and calming. She is very bright, professional and warm and just the person one needs when dealing with difficult and unfamiliar issues. Dimple is committed, has good judgment and eye for detail. She is a highly competent solicitor and I highly recommend her.”

      “Thank you so much for your help, support and advice through this difficult process. I appreciate all you’ve done and look forward to a brighter future, thanks to your help”

      “Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me. You were so easy to work with at every stage of the game and I really appreciated having you to turn to. I still can’t believe how smoothly everything went! And the good news is, I’m genuinely finding happiness again in my life.”

      “Thank you for your assistance and support over the last few years in relation to my difficult and challenging divorce proceedings and help to conclude the child matters with the best result I could have hoped for. I appreciate all your efforts on my case. I am so happy that I am spending quality time with my son and that he is getting to know his extended paternal family. Thank you for helping to make this happen.”

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