Stowe Family Law (Stowe) – the UK’s largest specialist family law firm – has opened an office in Rickmansworth, its 33rd nationwide. The firm’s presence in the south is going from strength to strength, with Rickmansworth becoming their 10th office in the region.
While the firm expands country-wide, the new Rickmansworth office will help clients across Greater London access some of the country’s top family lawyers at a time when divorce enquiries are rising significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The family law team in Rickmansworth will be headed up by Senior Solicitor Samantha Farndale, supported by Managing Partner Claire McParland and cover all family law matters, from providing advice concerning divorce and separation; arrangements for children and resolving financial matters.
Stowe has experienced a 95%* increase in divorce enquiries year on year since Covid-19 struck with a 166%** increase reported across Greater London.
A national poll commissioned by the firm recently revealed that nearly a quarter of people living in Greater London and the East of England said Covid- 19 had a negative impact on their relationship. Of those relationships that ended, the most common reason cited was financial pressures (28%), spending too much time together and too many arguments (20%), and 13% due to lack of communication.
About Rickmansworth’s office opening, Stowe’s Regional Director for the south, Andrew Miller, commented:
“We are seeing a significant increase in divorce enquiries following the pressures that Covid-19 and the lockdowns have had on families – many people are turning to lawyers for help in re-evaluating certain life choices.
At Stowe, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate advice and solutions during these difficult times. Through their combined years of experience in family law and knowledge, the team in Rickmansworth will support clients to achieve their desired outcome.”
Samantha Farndale, who heads up the Rickmansworth office, said:
“I am delighted to head up the Stowe office in Rickmansworth. As part of the country’s largest specialist family law firm, we can offer people who live locally, in surrounding areas and in Greater London access to an unrivalled nationwide network of knowledge and experience on their doorstep.”
Photographed: Samantha Farndale, Stowe Family Law in Rickmansworth
*Statistics relate to a comparison of enquiries received between January – March 2020 to January – March 2021. **Statistics relate to a comparison of recorded enquiries received to the Greater London offices between February – April 2020 to 2021.