Family Disputes

Family Dispute Solicitors - Dedicated to resolving family disputes

Here at Hart Brown, we understand that a relationship breakdown is never easy. Our team of specialist solicitors are experts in family law dispute resolution, seeking the best for all parties involved. If your relationship has broken down, you will want to resolve issues in an amicable and constructive way if possible. Using alternative dispute resolution methods, our family law solicitors use the collaborative process or mediation to resolve disputes wherever possible. We use these family dispute resolution methods as we find them less stressful for our clients and these methods are more cost-effective than going to court.

All of our family dispute resolution solicitors are trained in the collaborative process which involves all parties agreeing to work together and not go to court during the negotiation. We work hard to ensure that the family dispute resolution process goes as smoothly as possible and that all parties are well informed throughout the proceedings. Our team of dispute solicitors are highly experienced in resolving family disputes and are here to help parties reach an agreement that they are both happy with.

Throughout the family dispute resolution process, our family law solicitors will always advise you on the best method of resolving your dispute. Whether that is the Collaborative Process, Mediation, or through the courts.

Our dedicated team of family dispute solicitors are able to help with the following:

  • Resolving disputes during divorce and separation
  • Disputes involving children
  • Disputes over the family home
  • Disputes over financial arrangements during divorce
  • Disputes over pension provisions during divorce

For more information about our family law dispute resolution services and to find out how we can help you, please get in touch with a member of our team on 01483 887766 or via live chat.

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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