Domestic Violence in Marriage or Cohabitation

Our domestic violence solicitors provide understanding and support at an emotional time

If your spouse or ex-partner is violent towards you (including physical or verbal attacks), you can apply to the courts for an injunction to prevent any further violence. Sometimes, a Non-Molestation or Occupation order may be more appropriate than an injunction. Hart Brown has a team of solicitors specialising in domestic violence; our empathetic team will be with you every step of the way advising you on the best course of action for your situation.

We understand that this is an emotional and traumatic time for you and we will work quickly to protect you and your children.

If you already have a court order in place and believe it has been breached, our family solicitors will advise you on the course of action to take. We understand that speed is essential and we will work as quickly as possible to ensure you feel protected.

For advice on court orders to protect against domestic violence start a live chat or contact our specialist family solicitors today on 01483 887766.

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.

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