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Stowe Family Law feature in the Chambers UK 2022 rankings

October 21, 2021

Stowe Family Law Chambers rankings

The 2022 Chambers UK Guide has been released, and the Stowe Family Law presence has increased again.

This year, Rachel Fisher, Senior Solicitor in Southwest & Wales, and Shanika Varga-Hayes, Senior Solicitor in Leeds, joined Regional Director Rachel Roberts, Managing Partner Emma Newman, Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead and Managing Partner, Helen Miller in the rankings.

Chambers and Partners is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers.

They currently have 200 experienced research analysts ranking law firms and solicitors in the UK 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.

Stowe Family Law Chambers rankings – Manchester & Altrincham

The team was noted, as a

“Specialist family law firm with offices in Altrincham and Manchester, as well as a broad presence around the UK. Advises high net worth clients on divorce and cohabitation disputes, often assisting with the division of complex business and property assets. Also has a strong private child practice, which includes handling international relocation and abduction cases, as well as Children Act proceedings.”

One client stated

“I am very impressed with Stowe Family Law. They are courteous and understanding of personal situations. They are reliable and information is dealt with efficiently,”

Another client said

“The team does not shy away from giving robust advice and going to court where the case requires it but will explore other options with clients at the outset to ensure that those who can find solutions earlier are encouraged and supported to do so.”

Managing Partner, Helen Miller was ranked Band 3

“Helen continues to be ranked in Band 3 who assists clients with financial remedy cases and private law children matters, including abduction cases.”

Sources say

“She is well organised and completely on top of the paperwork and has a very good reputation as being firm but fair.”

Stowe Family Law Chambers rankings – Yorkshire

Chambers UK described the Yorkshire team one that

“Regularly advises on complex financial remedy matters involving disputes over financial disclosure, premarital and non-matrimonial assets, as well as trusts, pensions and offshore assets. Particular experience handling matters concerning complex business structures. Additional expertise in private child matters, including Hague Convention issues. Represents clients from its offices in Leeds and Harrogate.”

A client testimonial stated

“The team works very well and is very thorough. They can provide a very holistic and comprehensive service.”

Sources also note

“It’s an experienced team with a range of solicitors to suit any type of case and any type of client.”

Senior Partner, Julian Hawkhead was 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

“He is extremely good and very personable. He is really first-rate both in terms of how he prepares his cases and also the way in which he deals with clients.”

“He is a fantastic lawyer.”

Regional Director Rachel Roberts was ranked Band 2

“Rachel Roberts is Regional Director of the Leeds office. 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.”

One source commented

“She is very client-focused and always wants to try to find a solution.”

While other interviewees said

“Rachel is very positive, empathetic and compassionate whilst remaining professional and offering sound advice to clients.”

“She is an excellent practitioner who gives very sensible and pragmatic advice.”

Senior Solicitor, Shanika Varga-Haynes was ranked in Associates to watch

Congratulations to Shanika who achieved notable practitioner status.

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

One source said

“She has a real passion for family law and is really one to watch, especially for international work.” “She is very approachable and open-minded and manages her clients very well.”

Another source added

“Shanika is a star of the future.”

 Stowe Family Law Chambers rankings – Bristol

Chambers UK described the Bristol Team as an

‘Impressive practice recognised for its comprehensive family law offering. Regularly called upon to advise clients on divorce and dissolution of civil partnership. Notable expertise in financial remedy proceedings with additional experience in pensions and variation of spousal support matters. Also offers considerable knowledge in private children law proceedings.’

One market commentator reported

“They are really good and effective at what they do,”

“They’ve been incredibly proactive and organised in acting during COVID-19,” notes one source, adding: “Their solicitors do a good job of tailoring their counsel to the client.”

One interviewee said

“The firm has an amazing team with some really good practitioners,”

Senior Solicitor, Rachel Fisher was ranked in Associates to watch

Congratulations to Rachel Fisher who achieved notable practitioner status.

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

One source said

“She’s incredibly easy to deal with – her interpersonal skills are exceptional. She goes the extra mile to ensure that everything can be accommodated.” “She is extremely likeable, very dedicated and an absolute joy to work with.”

Stowe Family Law Chambers rankings – Esher

Congratulations to Emma Newman who continues to be ranked in Band 2.

“Emma handles complex matrimonial finance matters, often involving complex business and trusts aspects, and also has experience advising on childcare proceedings.”

One source stated

“She provides advice that balances legal correctness with pragmatism.”

While another said

“Emma Newman has a refreshingly approachable manner.”

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