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Elite London divorce lawyers

Our team of top divorce solicitors and family lawyers in London Victoria, led by Managing Partner Phoebe Turner, is located at 128 Buckingham Palace Road opposite London Victoria Station.

Our elite team of divorce solicitors in London have extensive experience dealing with complex financial matters and the ongoing welfare of children on behalf of our domestic and international clients. Many of them have complex businesses, intellectual property, high incomes, trust arrangements, inherited wealth and overseas assets.


Protecting your financial position and future

Whether you wish to protect your wealth, family home or other assets, or if you want to ensure your financial future is secured, we work hand-in-hand with our in-house forensic accountancy team to ensure you get the best representation and outcome.  This makes Stowe unique as most firms outsource accounting work to 3rd parties, which allows us to undertake this work typically in less time and more cost-effectively.


By your side

Our divorce lawyers tailor their approach and legal advice to the unique needs of each client. They will guide you through the practical, emotional and legal aspects of divorce (and other types of separation), from the very start of the divorce process and over the finish line.

While our divorce solicitors have a reputation for being expert litigators, court proceedings can add unnecessary time, expense and stress to a divorce or separation.  We offer out of court (alternative dispute resolution) routes: mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, which allow each spouse to find solutions and reach agreements on finances, any children involved and other family issues.  In addition to supporting our clients through the legal side of divorce, we always apply an empathetic approach and encourage reaching out to our network of family support professionals if needed.  This includes including coaches, therapists and parenting groups.

In-house accountancy support

“The firm benefits from having an in-house forensic accountancy support for the really complex financial cases.”  Legal500

The team can track down assets across the world, understand complicated financial structures and provide accurate valuations.

Your team in London Victoria

Phoebe Turner
“Great at putting the legal jargon into lay person’s language” (Legal 50...
Managing Partner, London Victoria
Sarah Jane Lenihan
I strive to achieve the best possible outcome for all my clients, whether that is by negot...
Partner, London Victoria
Sarah Snow
“You have been an amazing solicitor with excellent knowledge of the law”. My straight ...
Partner, London Victoria
Alice Wightman
I advise on all areas of family disputes with particular experience in complex financial r...
Senior Solicitor, London Chancery Lane & Victoria
Phoebe Hill
I advise on a diverse range of complex family law matters arising from the breakdown of a ...
Solicitor, London Victoria

Your journey with us

It is advisable that anyone looking to get divorced or legally separated, first speaks to a divorce or family solicitor without charge.  We invite you to do this before choosing to entrust your case to us.

After listening to and understanding your specific needs we will explain the options available to you including what processes you can use to reach a resolution in your case whether out of court (using arbitration, collaborative or mediation) or through litigation in court. We will also give you a better understanding of what your financial and family future could look like in the short term and after your divorce has been finalised.

We will then identify the approach and route best suited to your situation.  Agreeing on objectives and approach in this way, gives clarity on the overall journey including costs.

Divorce costs

It is important you are confident with your solicitor, especially that they understand your legal requirements as well as the practical and emotional aspects of your situation.

In addition to the cost estimate given at the start of our relationship, we give monthly updates on incurred and estimated costs.   We also give full visibility on costs incurred, allowing you to check if needed. More info on costs.

Arrangements for children and family finances

Very few cases only involve legally ending a marriage or relationship. Arrangements usually need to be made for any children of the family along with finances including property, investments, businesses, pensions and income.  As those factors are unique to each family, there is no set formula for working out a financial settlement.  Other factors affecting financial settlements include the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the contribution made by each spouse to family life, assets and wealth.

Children are the most vulnerable people involved in a separation.  The welfare of children is of the utmost importance on all levels, including in the eyes of the court.  We advise all clients that court proceedings should only be used as a last resort.  We can help you as a parent to support your children through this difficult period in your lives. We can also advise you on your legal options should disputes arise.

After achieving a resolution, whether in or out of court, there may still be other legal matters to attend to. For example, will the agreed child arrangements be private and managed by the parents, or by the Child Maintenance Service.

Post-divorce maintenance issues are common due to changing circumstances of former spouses, for instance where one party believes that the previously agreed level of maintenance insufficient, or too high. Sometimes a parent may want to bring the maintenance to an end via a final payment (capitalisation) or by getting the court to order an end to payments to achieve a clean break.

Notable cases

Acting for the wife in relation to the international enforcement of orders made under Part III after a divorce in Russia with assets of £120 million+

Representing the husband in a financial settlement case involving 127 buy-to-let properties amongst other assets

Instructed by the father, a Serbian national, on subsequent Children Act and allegations of parental alienation following a divorce in Serbia.  

Leading a husband with international properties and investments totalling over £30,000,000 through negotiations and reaching an agreement at a private FDR in the terms he sought at the outset of the case.

Representing a father during a complex 5 day fact finding hearing whereby he was alleged to have caused harm to a child to conclude with no findings being made against him, a costs order against the mother and the case concluding in a shared care arrangement.

Representing a mother who was subject to many years of domestic abuse in a 3 day fact finding hearing whereby all allegations were found to be true and a costs order of over £50,000 being made against the father to meet the mother’s costs.

Frequently asked questions

Is adultery grounds for divorce?

Not directly. Adultery is one of the five facts that can be used to demonstrate an irretrievable breakdown of a marriage, which is essential if you want to divorce your spouse.


What are the grounds for divorce?

There is only one ground for divorce in England and Wales, which is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Before a divorce can be allowed it needs to be demonstrated that a relationship has reached the point where it can no longer be saved. This can be done through proving one of the following ‘facts’, in support of your divorce:

Unreasonable behaviour
Two years’ separation without consent
Five years’ separation (with or without consent)

Specific conditions apply to each of the above. For this reason, it is always advisable to seek the advice of a qualified divorce solicitor before taking any action.

It is also important to note that you will need to have been married for at least 1 year before applying for a divorce. 


How long does a divorce take in the UK?

In England & Wales, for straightforward divorce cases where both parties agree to a divorce (uncontested divorce) – the process can take between 4 – 6 months; however, that does not include cases where couples disagree on financial and child arrangements.  On average for most couples, the whole process takes approximately one year, though it is impossible to predict exactly. Talking through your situation and goals with a divorce solicitor will help give a clearer picture of estimated duration.

Our guide to getting divorced (PDF download) shows the main stages with timescales where

applicable.Scotland and Norther Ireland have different procedures. We advise you seek guidance on timescales from a firm within those jurisdictions if needed.


How to prevent unnecessary delays in your divorce

  • Agree with your spouse on the reason for divorcing. Not doing so will risk a contested divorce which is more difficult, drawn out and usually more expensive than uncontested divorce
  • Make the first step – often the biggest challenge. Any deserves careful consideration, but its important to think carefully and decide if the relationship can be saved or is worth saving. It’s not uncommon for people to take over a year between first feeling that they want a divorce and seeking help and filing for divorce.
  • Agree on as much as you possibly can with your spouse, including children, finances, the family home, pensions, business interests and other assets. This will dramatically smooth the divorce process for both applicant and respondent, by reducing time negotiating with the help of a solicitor.  It also reduces the possibility of having to go to court which often slows things down and increases costs.
  • Get divorce paperwork in on time and be meticulous with it. Any mistakes can cause delays, and in the case of financial disclosure, mistakes can result in penalties.


What are decree nisi and decree absolute?

Decrees nisi and absolute are the two stages in legally ending a marriage.  Decree nisi is a provisional decree that the court pronounces when it is satisfied that the applicant has met the legal requirements to obtain a divorce. Decree nisi does not legally end a marriage and the spouses can still change their minds at this point.

Decree absolute legally dissolves a marriage.  Decree absolute can be applied for after a minimum of 6 weeks and one day after the date decree nisi is pronounced.  There are some exceptions to this.

For civil partnerships the process is similar, but with different terminology: conditional order (nisi) and final order (absolute).

More information on decree nisi and absolute.

More information on the divorce process.


If you have any more questions, we encourage you to read our divorce FAQ section.

If you are ready to speak to someone, you can make a first, strictly confidential enquiry to our Client Care Team…

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Ground and First Floors, 128 Buckingham Palace Road
DX 2323 Victoria
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