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Stowe Family Law Chambers UK Guide 2023 Rankings

Stowe Family Law feature in the Chambers rankings

The 2023 Chambers UK Guide has been released, and we’re delighted that Stowe Family Law presence has increased again.

Congratulations to Angela Sussens – Partner in Leeds, Matthew Taylor – Partner in Liverpool, joined Regional Director Rachel Roberts, Managing Partner Emma Newman, Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead, Managing Partner Helen Miller, and Senior Associates Shanika Varga-Haynes and Rachel Fisher, who all feature in the rankings.

Chambers and Partners is a leading independent research company with a 30-year history ranking the best law firms and solicitors in the UK. They currently have over 70 professional research analysts ranking the UK legal sector across 78 specialist areas of law.

For people buying legal services, the Chambers Guide provides a reliable and up-to-date recommendation, using a wealth of localised knowledge and market insight that people can trust.


Leeds, Bradford and surrounds & York, Hull and surrounds

Stowe’s Yorkshire team is ranked band 3 by Chambers UK

“Harrogate and Leeds centred Stowe Family Law regularly advises on complex financial remedy matters involving disputes over financial disclosure, premarital and non-matrimonial assets, as well as trusts, pensions and assets. They have added experience handling matters concerning complex business structures. Additional expertise in private child matters and adoptions. Represents clients from its offices in Leeds and Harrogate.”

Testimonials stated

“Always available and willing to help – certainly appears to me to be a team that work well together for the benefit of all.”

“The support team always provide great service and are quick to respond.”

“Good communications, generally in a timely manner.”

Senior Partner, Julian Hawkhead is ranked as an Eminent Practitioner

“Firm senior partner Julian Hawkhead handles complex matrimonial finance disputes, including those resolved through both the courts and collaborative law proceedings. He also negotiates prenuptial agreements for high net worth individuals.”

A source stated

“I felt the advice Julian gave had my best interests at heart and that the goals I set at the beginning of the process were always taken into consideration.”

Regional Director Rachel Roberts is ranked Band 2

“Rachel Roberts is managing partner of the Leeds office of Stowe Family Law. She also has an active family law practice, advising on high-value financial remedy proceedings as well as cohabitation disputes. She offers further expertise in children cases, including contact arrangements and contested adoptions.”

Sources say

“Rachel is an extremely safe pair of hands and I know that no matter the issue to be resolved or advice to be provided, she will be able to help.”

“She’s a great all-round individual who cuts through to the issue and is a pleasure to work with.”

Senior Associate, Shanika Varga-Hayes is ranked as an Associate to Watch

“Shanika Haynes is an associate who is particularly experienced in handling complex children cases, including those with highly sensitive issues such as allegations of abuse.”

A testimonial stated

“Shanika is able to identify the real issues in a case and work from there with purpose.”

Congratulations to Partner, Angela Sussens who achieved Band 3 ranking status.

“Angela Sussens focuses her practice on finance work, including divorces concerning multiple jurisdictions and complex business and financial structures.”

Sources stated

“Angela is very good with clients and has a good, patient manner, always taking her time to understand the issues at stake.”

“She has a forensic attention to detail.”

While another added

“She delivers the highest level of service and total professionalism.”


Bristol and surrounds

Ranked as Band 3, Chambers UK described Stowe’s Bristol Team

“Stowe Family Law boasts an impressive practice recognised for its comprehensive family law offering. The group is regularly called upon to advise clients on divorce and dissolution of civil partnership. It offers notable expertise in financial remedy proceedings with additional experience in pensions and variation of spousal support matters. The firm also offers considerable knowledge in private children law proceedings.’”

Market commentators reported:

“They are aware of what clients want and are objective and measured in their advice.”

“I find the team exceptional and approachable. They are extremely friendly, personable, highly professional, and genuinely want the best for their clients. They have a very warm manner that puts you at ease.”

“The firm provides excellent support through tricky matters.”

Senior Solicitor, Rachel Fisher was ranked once again as an Associate to watch.

Congratulations to Rachel Fisher who maintained notable practitioner status, recognised as an Associate to Watch.

Rachel Fisher assists on a range of financial remedy cases, including those involving cross-border aspects.”

Source said

“She has fantastic legal knowledge with excellent interpersonal skills.”

“She is great to work with.”


Manchester and surrounds

Managing Partner, Helen Miller is ranked Band 3

Helen Miller maintains Band 3 ranking.

“Helen Miller is the managing partner at Stowe Family Law for Altrincham, Liverpool and Crewe. She assists clients with financial remedy cases and private law children matters, including abduction cases.”


Guildford and surrounds

Emma Newman continues to be ranked in Band 2.

“Esher-based Emma Newman of Stowe Family Law adeptly handles complex matrimonial finance matters, often involving businesses and trusts aspects. She also has experience advising on child care proceedings.”

Sources stated:

“Emma has really good judgement.”

“She is very experienced and excellent with clients.”

“Emma is a really excellent solicitor; she is unflappable and really knows her stuff well.”


Liverpool and surrounds

Congratulations to Matthew Taylor who became a Notable Practitioner, achieving Up and Coming status.

“Matthew Taylor of Stowe Family Law in Liverpool offers support on cases involving divorce, matrimonial financial and child law.”

Sources noted

“Matthew is sensible and pragmatic.”

“He is a technically astute and well-regarded lawyer.”


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