Cranleigh Divorce Lawyers - Guiding you through all your options

Our divorce lawyers and solicitors in Cranleigh


At Hart Brown, we understand how difficult and stressful dealing with a divorce can be and we also understand the importance of finding the right divorce lawyer to guide you through this process.

If your marriage has broken down you may be considering divorce or legal separation, or it may be that your spouse has already decided which course of action to take and now you need guidance on how to move forward.

Whether you are male or female seeking advice on divorce or separation, our team of divorce lawyers in Cranleigh are experienced and able to advise you on which course of action is most appropriate to your circumstances. We offer the chance for you to meet with a solicitor in our Cranleigh offices or any of our other offices based across Surrey, to discuss the options available to you on the breakdown of your marriage. We will also consider how your children could be affected by the course of action you take.

Our divorce solicitors will do their best to reduce the amount of time spent in court as much as possible. If you are considering a legal separation we will use mediation to come to an agreement on finances and children between you and your spouse. Every case is unique, therefore we will work with you to find the most cost effective solution to your case.

For advice on the breakdown of your marriage or relationship, contact one of our specialist family solicitors in Cranleigh today or any of our offices based across Surrey.

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Julian Waldon

Associate, Family

Associate, Family

Julian Waldon

Julian has extensive experience in family law and in particular high net worth financial cases.

Qualifying in 1988, Julian’s career has included practising family law in California, gaining invaluable experience acting in high profile cases for clients in Beverley Hills.

Julian is a trained collaborative lawyer and he has been admitted to the California Bar (non-practising). He is also a member of Resolution and the Thameside Collaborative Law Pod.

His most memorable case was obtaining monthly alimony of $35k for a client.

Julian receives excellent feedback from his clients: "Your patience, efficiency and pragmatic advice have made a difficult matter easier for us."

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 all the legal aspects of relationships coming to an end. 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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