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Family solicitors you can trust in Derby

  • The UK’s largest law firm dedicated to family matters
  • Offering a tailored, empathetic approach to support your circumstances
  • Proud to be rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot

At Stowe family law we are committed to supporting you with empathy and understanding, taking the strain through difficult times while making family law easier to grasp through a tailored service specific to your circumstances.

Contact us

01332 317702

You can call us from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that all in-office appointments are by pre-arrangement only.

Office address

Derwent Business Centre
Clarke St

Postal address

Stowe Family Law LLP
Yorkshire House
Greek Street

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We offer an award winning service

Our team of Derby family lawyers

Rachel Roberts
“Rachel Roberts is excellent. She is efficient, effective and pragmatic with her adv...
Regional Director, Midlands and North
Beth Sheridan
I have over 25 years of experience across a wide range of family law matters arising from ...
Managing Partner, East Midlands
Sarah Townsend
Sarah is a Team Leader Partner based in our Nottingham office.
Team Leader Partner, East Midlands
Holly Lamb
“Adept at providing realistic and timely advice” (Legal 500), I lead the Stowe interna...
Head of International & Partner, East Midlands
Florence Ashcroft-Lane
I advise clients in respect of divorce and financial matters, as well as arrangements for ...
Senior Associate, East Midlands
Luanne Morton
Luanne has a pragmatic approach to resolving issues between parties whilst offering clear ...
Senior Associate, East Midlands
Sarah McLoughlin
Sarah prides herself on being approachable, responsive, and providing the best possible se...
Associate, East Midlands
Charlotte Hallam
Charlotte’s work involves matrimonial finances. She also has expertise in supporting...
Solicitor, East Midlands
Ewan Paton
Ewan is a Solicitor based in Stowe’s Nottingham office.
Solicitor, East Midlands
Amy Turner
Amy began working at Stowe’s Nottingham and Derby offices in March 2023.
Family Lawyer, East Midlands
Sian Gibbon
Sian is the Regional Team Leader for the Midlands and the South West managing a team of Le...
Regional Team Leader (Midlands & South West)
Cheyenne Langford
Cheyenne is a Legal Assistant based in our Nottingham office.
Legal Assistant, East Midlands
Lisa Brasier
Lisa is a Legal Assistant based at our Nottingham office.  
Legal Assistant, East Midlands
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Experienced and compassionate family law team in Derby

Since Stowe Family Laws establishment in 1982, we have been dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services on all matters of family law, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial settlements, domestic abuse, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and child custody arrangements. Regardless of the complexity of your family law matter, we have the necessary experience to provide you with sound legal representation and help you choose the best course of action to achieve the most favourable outcome. Our team is committed to offering you guidance and support throughout your case, ensuring that your best interests are always protected.

Legal Expertise & Exceptional Client Care from our Derby Family Lawyers

Our proficient team of family law solicitors in Derby is led by Managing Partner Beth Sheridan and Partner & Head of International, Holly Lamb.

When dealing with family law matters, it’s essential to work with a legal team that understands the complexity of these issues and how they can impact your family’s future. At our family law services, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with expert legal advice, guidance and support throughout every stage of their case.

We understand that family law matters can be emotionally challenging, so we take a compassionate and empathetic approach to each case, ensuring that we provide our clients with the best possible outcome. Our goal is to alleviate stress and protect your family’s best interests while providing you with cost-effective solutions that fit your unique needs.

Family Law Solicitors in Derby – protecting your finances

 We understand that finances can be a critical issue during a divorce or separation. That’s why all our divorce solicitors work closely with our in-house forensic accounting team. Our forensic accountants have years of experience and expertise in areas such as tax, property, valuations, accounts and pensions. By working together, we provide our clients with a clear and detailed understanding of their finances and assets, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.

Notable cases

Leading a mother in a complex high-net-worth financial remedy case following divorce from husband after a 20-year marriage with 3 adult children. Substantial assets are estimated to be circa 5.5m and include property in the UK and overseas and a business in the Middle East.

Family mediation matter on finances after a long marriage with a dependent child, where the mother earns over £150,000 per annum and the husband earns less than 10% of that and is the main carer for the child. Assets in the region of £750,000.

Direct communication with the father was established by vehemently disputing incorrect and unjustified accusations made against him. The father was wrongfully denied any time with his two young children because the mother had issued a Child Arrangements Order and a Prohibited Steps Order without giving him any prior notice. Represented him in two court proceedings; he was ultimately acquitted and given a large amount of one-on-one time with his children.

What our clients say

Stowe Family Law Derby

We understand that every family’s situation is unique and can be challenging, but we’re here to support you in any way we can.

Whether you’re currently facing a difficult family issue, have dealt with one in the past, or may encounter one in the future, we’re ready to listen and provide the necessary assistance.

As a national law firm solely focused on family matters, we have a deep understanding of the legal issues you may face and know how to navigate them.

You can rely on us to be your ally during this tough time and help you move forward with strength and confidence.

Handled with care.

  • Understanding what you're going through

  • Making family law easier to grasp

  • Helping to take the strain

  • Tailoring our services for you and your circumstances

More about us – divorce solicitors Derby

More about us – divorce solicitors Derby

  • Divorce in or out of court?

    Wherever possible, our standard approach is to listen to you and support you while you try to settle family-related disputes outside of court. If legal action is required, we have the knowledge and experience to achieve the right result. However, owing to the added time, stress, and money that normally accompany litigation, it is frequently preferable for everyone concerned to settle out of court. But most crucially, keeping out of court is better for the family members who are most susceptible to rifts and dissolution. Divorce can have a lasting impact on children, even decades later. In divorce and separation cases, particularly in the eyes of a Family Court Judge, the wellbeing of the children comes first.

    The firm offers arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law as alternatives to litigation.

    Should the parties’ negotiations fail, our divorce lawyers are skilled litigators.

  • Understanding your finances and tax efficiency

    You may be concerned about the amount of the marital pot because you believe your partner is concealing assets. A 28% capital gains tax on the family home, a property, a business portfolio, or other assets may simply be something you wish to avoid.

    Whatever your circumstance, you will have access to our in-house accounting team as part of our divorce service. With their extensive knowledge of tax, property, valuations, business assets, shares, trusts and funds, accounts, and pensions, they will make sure you have a clear picture of the finances and assets from the start. This is essential to getting a fair settlement as well.

  • Appointing the best solicitor for your situation

    While our family solicitors are trained and skilled in all areas of family law. Some of them have experience with unusual cases or case law that may be more applicable to your circumstance. For instance, a number of our family law solicitors have a particular emphasis on child law, including the Hague Convention, special guardianship orders, and international child abduction. Some of our lawyers have experience handling cases involving offshore trusts and cryptocurrency. Others specialise in helping families that own farms or other agricultural companies or professional athletes.

    Because this law firm specialises in divorce and separation, and with so many family solicitors across the country, your solicitor has an unrivalled support network to tap into if needed.

  • How long will your divorce take?

    If divorcing out of court it is possible to go from submitting the divorce application to decree absolute in 4-6 months. This does not include cases where: i) one party disagrees to the divorce – which makes it a contested divorce and ii) where there are disagreements over children and finances

    Going to court will slow the process.

    The average divorce takes about 12 months.

    It is impossible to give a more exact estimate without first understanding the specifics of a divorce matter.

  • If you are looking to get divorced or dissolve a civil partnership

    Our family lawyers in Derby are aware of the difficulties and feelings you are experiencing. Additionally, they are aware of how to get past those obstacles and will help you move on and rebuild by providing you with specialist divorce solicitors and linking you to our vast network of services and support staff.

    Before detailing the advantages and disadvantages of your available options, we will begin by listening to your specific situation. For example, if you intend to file for divorce, the divorce centre will refer to you as “the Petitioner” after receiving your application. You will be referred to as “the Respondent” if your spouse applies first. Both the Petitioner and the Respondent must take specific and distinct activities at specific times. Your divorce lawyer will describe what these are, the options you have, and the benefits of each. Next, we’ll examine some examples that relate to many people and how we might assist.

  • Useful resources

    Our guide on how to get divorced

    A more detailed look at how long divorce takes in the UK

    The Divorce Directory – a resource full of support professionals to help you through relationship breakdown and rebuilding

    Frequently asked questions

    The most useful resources are our solicitors so please get in touch should you need advice on any urgent or serious family matter.

  • How to find our Derby office

    Our Derby office is situated on Clarke Street (DE1 2BU)  in Derby. Our office can be accessed via car or public transport such as bus and train.

    Fantastic transport links are available due to the central location of this space. It is a ten-minute walk to the City Centre crossing the picturesque River Derwent on route.

    Close to major road routes such as the A52, A50, A38 and M1. Derby Railway Station is 1.6 miles away. There is parking available at the centre.

    Our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday

    and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Updates from our Derby office

Show Transcript

When your relationship feels complicated and unsolvable, our team of specialist family lawyers in Derby can help show you the way. Whether you are facing divorce, dissolving a civil partnership, dealing with financial matters, need a Child Arrangements Order or a Cohabitation Agreement, our understanding Derby family solicitors will guide you through the process with care and empathy, so you can move forward in life from a position of renewed strength. With family lawyers in Derby and across Derbyshire, we are the UK’s largest specialist family law firm and the leading choice for a solicitor for divorce in the area.

Liza is based in our Winchester & Southampton offices and is experienced in divorce, financial matters, and legal issues issues involving children.

Date last reviewed: 07/06/2024


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