Family Law

When family relationships break down it can be a harrowing, emotional and life changing experience. At Barber & Co Solicitors, a LEXCEL accredited firm, we understand that this can be one of the most stressful times of your life. We will listen to you and we will handle your case with care and understanding.

Our family law specialist, Jacquie Birkett, is a UK Law Society prize winner, a member of Resolution  and a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

She is also accredited by Resolution as a specialist in Complex Financial Remedies, and before becoming a lawyer, Jacquie was a Chartered Accountant for leading international firms.

Whether you need legal advice and support for divorce, children’s issues, adoption, co-habiting problems, grandparents’ rights or other family matters, Jacquie and the team at Barber & Co will treat you as an individual and give you tailored advice so you can get the best possible outcome.

We provide specialist legal advice in the following areas:


About Jacquie Birkett:

Jacquie has a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law and her background has led her to have a particular expertise in resolving financial disputes when a relationship has broken down.

After studying at the University of Sussex, Jacquie’s career began as a Chartered Accountant, during which she worked for leading firms for a number of years.

In 1999, Jacquie returned to university to study law. She completed her final law exams with distinction and the Law Society Prize for Outstanding Performance. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 and has specialised in family law ever since.

Both married, unmarried couples and civil partners can be confident that her invaluable accountancy experience, combined with her recognised legal skills, and love for the UK law mean she can provide clients with the best possible information and advice in relation to resolving financial issues emerging from the breakdown of their relationship, thereby achieving outstanding results on their behalf.

Jacquie also has extensive experience in advising parents when disputes arise about their children. She is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, as well as a member of Resolution with whom she is an Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies. She has also been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Mark (HSSF).


Separation Agreement Solicitors

Upon separation from your partner, you need to obtain advice from a skilled professional as soon as possible. We offer a free 45 minute first meeting to discuss your situation and outline your rights and options, so that you can start preparing for the future.

Specialist Divorce Solicitors

Divorce is a difficult time in anyone’s life. At Barber & Co Solicitors, we will handle your case sensitively and give you tailored legal advice to help you get the best possible outcome. Our family law specialist is a member of Resolution and is qualified to help with complex financial issues.

Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors

The break-up of a relationship needs to be handled with care, so all concerned can move on. Our family law specialist solicitor is a member of Resolution and specialises in providing advice and representation for dissolution proceedings.

Financial Agreements & Settlements

When marriages or civil partnerships break down, it is essential that financial settlements between the parties are resolved as soon as possible. Our family law specialist is a member of Resolution and is, therefore, qualified to handle complex financial issues.

Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements

If you need a solicitor to arrange a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, we can help with this extremely complex area. You should obtain professional advice prior to entering or setting up such an agreement and as far in advance of the wedding as possible.

Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors

No matter how long you have been living with your partner, you do not have the same protection as a married couple if a separation should occur. We at Barber & Co Solicitors can help you through this difficult and complex time upon separation.

Child Law Solicitors

Divorce and separation can be a difficult time for children. Though it’s always best to try and handle child care arrangements without the help of the court, it is not always possible. We can offer access to mediation and provide legal advice to help you achieve the best outcome for all concerned with regards to and child law.

Grandparents’ Rights Solicitors

A breakdown of a relationship affects not just the couple and children, but grandparents too. Many grandparents want to maintain a loving and meaningful relationship with their grandchildren, which may become difficult. We can help with access to mediation and information assessment meetings and applications to court.

Adoption Solicitors

We can offer legal advice and representation on adoptions, whether that be step-parent adoption or an adoption from care.

Fertility and Parenting Law

At Barber & Co Solicitors, we can help families through the steps of creating a family through surrogacy, assisted reproduction, donor conception and co-parenting.

If you need the help of a family law solicitor, then contact us today.



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