We’re here to help: When families break down, we help them move forward.
We are the UK’s leading family law practice
When families break down, we take the strain.
We’re the largest specialist team of family lawyers in the UK. And every one of us wants the same thing: to help more clients get what they need today, so they can move on tomorrow.
The short video below explains why we do what we do.
In the year that American actress Elizabeth Taylor finalised her 7th divorce (1982), Stowe Family Law opened its first office in a converted cobblers shop in Leeds.
In February 2017 founder Marilyn Stowe sold the firm and retired. As part of the management buy out, private equity firm Livingbridge invested in the next phase of Stowe Family Law’s expansion.
Today, we have grown into the UK’s leading family law practice with offices in over 30 locations in England including London, Manchester, Bristol, York, Birmingham and Leeds.
Our people are the backbone of what we do. We attract the best family lawyers and support teams who excel in something they are passionate about.
Within our 75-plus strong team of leading UK divorce lawyers, we have forensic accountants, a dedicated children’s department, an adoption team, surrogacy law specialists and an international family law department and we also have trained mediators.
To continue our journey as the UK’s leading family law practice, we must work together so that we grow to be the best for our people, the best in the market and the best for our clients.
Our strong foundations will support us.
Our guiding values and behaviours will help us get there.
We have spirit – We love what we do, and it always shines through
We achieve together – We’re better with each other than on our own
We want growth – The more we can grow, the more we can help
From start to finish…I've been given the upmost support, I've felt confident that everything being completed has been done to an extremely professional standard. I would highly recommend.
Client: K. Nicholson
Lawyer: Kate Sarsfield
My experience with Stowe Family Law was with Kate Sarsfield. I have nothing but praise for her. I was highly impressed with her availability and prompt responses to my queries. I found her to be exceptionally efficient in keeping the momentum, and coming up with a solution to any situation that she faced. She was so supportive and approachable through what had been an extremely difficult time, and always provided me with sound professional advice. From start to finish, it has been such a pleasure. Kate helped me achieve the best possible outcome, and I really cannot recommended her highly enough. Thank you Kate! The whole firm from the accounts department to the front staff team, were lovely too.
Client: Mrs M
Lawyer: Claire Ward
I was treated with kindness and courtesy. Claire Ward gave me very good advice and also the issues regarding a family will were dealt with in a helpful manner.
Client: Mrs B
Lawyer: Sarah Hodges
Sarah demonstrated empathy and showed sensitivity to enable all of us to reach a mutually happy resolution.
Client: Mr H
Lawyer: James Scarborough
What an absolute mission, but we finally got there!! As much as no one goes and gets married with the hope of getting divorced, I am extremely relieved that it is now done and dusted.
...I’m sure at times I’ve come across as a bit naïve in this type of thing, but you have been absolutely fantastic throughout. Genuinely, you have put my mind at rest too many times to count and I honestly believe it would have been far, far harder to get this done had I been working with anyone else.
I can assure you that I will be recommending your services!
Client: Mr B
Lawyer: Maria Coster
From the beginning, I had a sense of relief that Maria was a strong solicitor that would be a positive guiding influence on my case. Maria always listened to me, took time to understand our individual needs as a family and supported me to articulate my points. As it happens, the outcome was good at the Final Hearing, and the Judge found no fault with my proposals. I can honestly say that this was all down to Maria. She helped me to stay focused, helped me think about things differently and write strong and flawless statements.
Client: Mr P
Lawyer: Louise Chipchase
I would highly recommend Louise Chipchase based at the Cheltenham office, who I have known for many years. She is extremely skilled in Family and Finance Law, and always offers robust and realistic representation. You will not be disappointed with her representation. She is very diligent, understanding, hard working and always strives to achieve the best outcome where possible for all her clients. She keeps herself fully abreast of all the changes in her field of expertise and has no hesitation in “going the extra mile” for her clients. She is simply a pleasure to work with. June Williams, Cornwall Street Barristers.
Client: Mrs W
Lawyer: Sebastian Burrows
I have been instructed by Seb Burrows for many years, in both private children, TOLATA 1996 and matrimonial finance matters and he is very able and an excellent lawyer and strategist. Seb has an excellent reassuring bedside manner, and is not afraid to litigate where correspondence has reached an impasse. His papers are very well prepared, and he is bright, intuitive and very good at achieving excellent results for his clients. Having trained as a barrister, he is able to conduct his own advocacy and does so very successfully and persuasively. His case analysis is clear and his instructions succinct and to the point. He is definitely one to watch.