Sirousch Tawab

Divorce and separation Financial remedy proceedings Children (Private Law) I joined Moore Barlow in December 2020 as a Paralegal in the Family Department. I am based in the firm’s Richmond office and support my colleagues in providing the high level of service that our clients deserve. In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking and […]

Rumour has it that Adele has done a deal with her husband

The singer Adele has reached a financial settlement with her former husband, Simon Konecki, nearly two years after their separation. The couple began their relationship in 2011. They married in 2016, and have an 8 year old son. Their separation was announced in 2019, and Adele subsequently filed for divorce. The parties submitted their settlement […]

Christmas and COVID: Making child arrangements

On 24 November 2020, the Government announced the positive news that coronavirus restrictions would be relaxed over the Christmas period to allow people to spend Christmas with their friends and family. Everyone, irrespective of the Tier you are currently in, will be allowed form a “Christmas bubble” between 23 and 27 December. There are certain […]

Annabel Bond

Divorce and separation Financial remedy proceedings Children (Private Law) I advise on a full range of family law matters arising from the breakdown of a relationship between married couples, civil partners and unmarried couples, including divorce, separation, financial and children matters. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011 with a First Class degree […]

Family law and property transactions – unregistered land

As family lawyers, we work closely with colleagues in other teams to provide expertise to our clients going through relationship or marital break-up. This work could relate to company affairs, or ensuring our separating clients have their Wills and estate planning in order. Such matters often involve our property team. In most relationship breakdowns there’s […]

How to avoid courts to lessen the pain of family break-ups

The Times recently published an article ‘Avoid courts to lessen the pain of family break-ups‘ quoting “We need to move away from legal disputes for separating families to help to build better relationships and cause less harm”. It also mentions the report by The Family Solutions Group and touches upon those recommendations. The message emanating […]

“What about me?” – Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation

The Family Solutions Group The Family Solutions Group is a sub-group of the Private Law Working Group. It is a multi-disciplinary group with broad and deep expertise in working with separated families in and out of court. We have been tasked with bringing fresh and focused attention to improving the experiences of separating families away […]

Family 4

Deals with cases very constructively and very practical and well aware of their clients’ needs.

Family 3

I have felt very comfortable dealing with them despite the difficulty of the situation and have welcomed their calm, objective and outcome-oriented advice and work.

Family 2

Approachable lawyers who provide clear and thorough advice and who genuinely believe in and practice all forms of dispute resolution.

Family 1

Moore Barlow have a very strong team of lawyers across their various offices. They have been a top provider in the field of financial remedies for many years and remain key players. They also have the advantage of a London office and a Richmond office to supplement their traditional bases in Hampshire.

What can I do if my ex won’t vaccinate the children?

At a time when the health of the nation is of paramount importance and everyone is striving to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting coronavirus, protecting our children from other diseases has been and will continue to be an important decision for parents throughout their kids’ childhood. Following divorce and separation it is […]

Protecting wealth – unmarried couples

Welcome to the third and last in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the importance of protecting your ownership of a property when cohabiting with a partner.

Protecting wealth – pre and post nuptial agreements

Welcome to the second in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the importance of planning financial arrangements early on and how pre- and post-nuptial agreements can help protect your wealth.

Protecting wealth – the bank of Mum and Dad

Welcome to the first in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the issues that may occur when parents and grandparents to loan money to their children and grandchildren.

Humanist marriages

What is a humanist marriage? A humanist marriage is a non-religious ceremony where you are effectively in control of the format and structure of the day. This type of ceremony is not legally recognised in England and Wales. Unlike a humanist marriage, those that are recognised in this country have religious connotations to them as […]

Family courts to offer better protection in domestic abuse cases

The often stressful, protracted and adversarial process currently in place in the family court can have the effect of worsening conflict between parties, which in turn can cause further trauma for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The family courts often have to conduct cases involving some of the most vulnerable in society, and […]

Coronavirus: weddings can now take place, but should you also consider a pre-nuptial agreement?

The Government recently announced that from 4th July couples can now get married in England with up to 30 guests and enjoy their wedding ceremonies with rules in place, such as all individuals from different households being at least 2 metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation if this is not possible.

Emily Gulliver

I originally joined the family team as a secretary having worked in family law for many years. I have since begun my training to become a Chartered Legal Executive through CILEx Law School specialising in family law. This has allowed me to assist the team further, support our clients and to develop my knowledge and […]

The remarriage trap

One of the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic is that a large number of people have been forced to delay their marriage. Clearly there is some disappointment about this but for those who have been married before, this may in fact be a blessing in disguise. It is a common misconception that when you go […]

The new Family Court Road Map in Covid-19

The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane last week issued his Road Map indicating that as social distancing restrictions will remain in place for many months it is unlikely that anything approaching a return to the normal court working environment will be achieved before the end of 2020 or even the spring of […]

How to cope with separation and divorce anxiety during Covid-19

The trials of family life are different for everyone but in this crisis situation that we are experiencing now thanks to Covid-19 it really increases the pressure on merged or separated families. We have had a number of unique Covid-specific queries from families and individuals living across the South East as well as from abroad, asking […]

How quickly can I get divorced?

While the reforms making no-fault divorce possible are going through a stop-start process in parliament, you might be wondering how long you need to wait until you can get divorced. Clients often come through our doors expecting they’ll need to wait several years – sometimes under very acrimonious circumstances – before they can divorce their […]

Farming divorces

Dealing with a divorce is stressful enough but when farmers divorce there are usually additional considerations. It is not uncommon for both spouses to work on the farm, for their matrimonial home to be on the farm, for wider family members to work or live on the farm and for long working hours to be […]

Karen Barham

Mediation I describe myself as a peacemaker and a deal broker. I joined Moore Barlow LLP (formerly Barlow Robbins LLP) in 2006 bringing considerable knowledge and experience as a family lawyer, having specialised in this area for over 30 years. I practise exclusively as a mediator and parenting coordinator assisting couples and families when relationships […]

Mandy Spring

Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Financial remedies upon divorce/separation Pre and post nuptial agreements Cohabitation agreements/disputes Schedule 1 Children Act I have over 23 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of family law but in particular financial remedies upon divorce/dissolution. I have expertise in dealing with high value cases, particularly those involving business interests […]

Sophie Wallace

I am a trainee solicitor in the family department. I primarily support other solicitors, working within a team for six months at a time. I gain valuable experience working within a range of different teams at Moore Barlow, supporting them in providing the high level of service that our clients have come to expect. Whether […]

Lynn Henderson

Relationship breakdown I advise clients on all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, including complex cases where there are substantial assets, trusts, pensions and family businesses. I qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and worked in central London, the West Country and Cambridge before moving to Surrey […]

Duncan Lomax

I joined Moore Barlow LLP as a trainee in November 2018 after completing my GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Guildford. Prior to this I studied History and Politics at the University of Hull. I qualified as a Solicitor in November 2020. I provide advice on many aspects of family law in […]

Erin Lyon

Children (private law) Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction I deal with all aspects of family law both inside and outside the Court process, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution and financial issues and cohabitee disputes. I have experience […]

Mari Magnussen

Mediation I am an experienced family solicitor who has, until recently, been specialising in all aspects of family law and now practices as an all issues family lawyer mediator. My experience and understanding of the law enables me to offer a structured and informed approach in mediation. I assist couples in resolving issues that arise […]

Elizabeth Ennals

Family and divorce I advise clients in family law, which entails divorce, resolving financial matters, cohabitee disputes and arrangements for children. I have assisted in high net worth and complex financial cases, including dealing with business and international assets, and trust issues. I have developed expertise in international financial cases, having worked with clients who […]

Joanna Farrands

Children (private law) Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements I am head of the family team. I have over 15 years’ experience in the complex and sensitive area of family law. I strive to […]

Judith Ball

Relationship breakdown Cohabitation agreements I assist clients going through all aspects of relationship breakdown with particular emphasis on situations with complex and high value assets involving businesses, properties, pensions and trusts, frequently with an international dimension. I am also often asked to advise on pre- and post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, with a view to minimising […]

Beverley Cullis

Children (private law) Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction Surrogacy I advise clients in relation to many areas of family law, assisting them through what can be a very emotional time. This includes the divorce process coupled with […]

Sarah French

I am a Partner in the family team. I represent individuals and couples who are facing relationship breakdown. I support clients who are either separating or divorcing. I help them resolve financial matters, and deal with disputes concerning their children – specifically how much time a child or children can spend with each parent. I […]

Victoria Walker

I specialise exclusively in family law and help clients resolve issues related to the breakdown of their relationship. Many of my clients are in the process of separating or going through a divorce and are looking for help to resolve the division of their assets and financial provision for their children. I regularly act for […]

Jan Galloway

I am a partner in the family team and have over 28 years experience in all aspects of family law. I help clients at the commencement of their relationship as well as those facing divorce and separation. My clients are drawn from many different professions and industry sectors, both in the UK and abroad, and […]

Katy Barber

I am a Senior Associate in the family law team with over 10 years’ specialist experience. I help clients who are facing relationship breakdown and those who are starting out in their relationship who wish to protect their current or future assets. I routinely support clients with matters relating to child arrangements following separation and […]

Debra Emery

I am a highly experienced partner specialising in medium to high value family law cases, particularly where there are property portfolios, businesses, farms, unusual or complicated assets and trusts. I am ranked Band 1 as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 for 2020. I am also a top-rated lawyer in Chambers UK 2020. My […]

The impact of the coronavirus on marriage, divorce and children

The outbreak of COVID-19 (“the Coronavirus”) brings unprecedented times with it, and family law is one of many aspects of life that will no doubt be impacted by this. You may find yourself in self-isolation with your partner, ex-partner or soon to be ex-partner for what might be months wondering what now. You may find […]

Is family mediation a cheaper way of sorting out my divorce/separation?

When couples separate or divorce they need to sort out how they are going to divide their finances, and the arrangements for any relevant children.  Sometimes couples are able to resolve things amicably between themselves but often some professional input and support is needed.  There are different ways that divorcing couples can resolve their financial […]

Moore Blatch recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Moore Blatch has been recognised by The Times in its prestigious Best Law Firms 2020 list , with a commendation for the firm’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams. This recognition comes after leading industry publication The Lawyer also cited Moore Blatch as a top UK law firm.

Farming, family and divorce

Dealing with a divorce is stressful enough, but when farmers divorce there are usually additional considerations. It is not uncommon for both spouses to work on the farm, for their matrimonial home to be on the farm, for wider family members to work or live on the farm, and for long working hours to be […]

Demystifying pre-nups – understanding pre-nuptial agreements

Imagine that your wedding is just a couple of months away – the happiest day of your life – and your lawyer friend says you should be thinking about your divorce. For most engaged couples, thinking about divorce before you’ve even tied the knot might seem somewhat depressing. However, pre-nuptial agreements can establish a sounder […]

Family holiday plans gone to Ashes

What you need to know about taking children abroad after separation The Ashes test series has begun, the sun is shining; summer is here. Attentions naturally turn to holiday. But there’s a word of warning if you are divorced or separated – you must have written permission from your former partner before you take the […]

No10’s first cohabiting couple

As Boris Johnson settles in to his new residence at No 10 Downing Street with girlfriend Carrie Symonds it seems that they may just be the first ever cohabiting couple to move in. Is this just another subtle sign that society is starting to accept and recognise cohabiting couples as equals to our married counterparts? […]

Married fathers: an exceptional parental responsibility status?

Recent case law and statutes have reiterated time and again the importance of the child’s welfare. How does this link with parental responsibility? Parental responsibility is defined as the ‘rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. Here, there is […]

Identifying Parental Alienation

Recently, lawyers, judges and social workers have become increasingly aware of parental alienation. It is however just as crucial for parents to also recognise when this is happening and why this might happen. Parental alienation can manifest itself in many different ways but ultimately it is where a parent has been pushed out of their […]

A new royal baby and the possible legal issues arising with parents from different backgrounds

With the birth of the latest royal baby, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, we have seen the first mixed race child born to a senior royal in centuries, a reflection of our modern multi-cultural society.  As a family law solicitor and mediator, I sometimes come across disputes between parents from different backgrounds about the upbringing of […]

Home or Away

Easter offers many parents an opportunity to take their children on holiday and the big question is often home or away? If you are a separated parent, the decision to take your kids abroad can be more complicated than it first appears. 

Will Jenny from the Block have a pre-nup?

The announcement that Jennifer Lopez has become engaged to former US baseball player Alex Rodriguez has caught the public’s imagination. The couple, widely referred to as ‘J-Lo and A-Rod’ have been dating for two years. Their combined wealth is staggering: Jennifer Lopez is estimated to be worth an incomprehensible 400 million dollars, and her fianc√©, […]

Moore Blatch strengthens Family Law team

Moore Blatch has further strengthened its Family Law team with the appointment of Sahil Aggarwal as solicitor – the third new appointment to the team this year.

Supreme Court rules wife cannot divorce

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Owens v Owens case may lock unhappy husbands or wives into a further five years of marriage if only one partner wants a divorce warns divorce lawyers at Moore Blatch.

Collaborative process

The collaborative process is a bespoke and more dignified process, enabling morecreative options tailored to you and your family to be generated.

Family mediation

Mediation is a process whereby you and your former partner sit around a table (or occasionally in separate rooms) to discuss matters with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator. Our Family mediators are trained by Resolution and are also solicitors at Moore Blatch.

Moore Blatch boosts family law team

Southampton based law firm Moore Blatch has appointed Sarah French as Associate.  This follows the appointment of Victoria Walker as Partner.  Sarah will be based in Southampton, and Victoria in Moore Blatch’s Richmond office.

Moore Blatch boosts family law team

Top 100 law firm Moore Blatch has appointed Victoria Walker as Partner.  A specialist in family law,  Victoria joins from Downs Solicitors LLP.

Over 6 million people cohabit, many in legal ignorance

Over six million people in the UK choose to cohabit, of which 1.9 million have dependent children.  For many years Moore Blatch has tried to raise awareness of the fact that many couples fail to understand that they have little, if any, legal protection if they separate.  For this reason, law firm Moore Blatch supports […]

Success in court means husband has to share assets

We acted for a wife divorcing her husband, who was a retired royal navy officer. Prior to instructing us, the couple had attempted mediation, but the process had failed as the husband did not accept the need to share the assets, including his royal navy pension, with his wife. We advised the wife on what […]

£11 million divorce case involving commercial property assets

We acted for the wife of a successful businessman in a high court divorce case involving assets of about £11 million, including a commercial property portfolio. There were complex issues around the possible sale of the family home for development and the extraction of monies from the commercial property portfolio.

Divorce settlement involving fixed term maintenance order

We acted for a financially successful husband who was being divorced by his wife, homekeeper and mother of their two children. Our client wanted to limit his exposure to his wife’s maintenance requirements by avoiding an open-ended, indefinite settlement. We negotiated a shared care arrangement for the children, with almost equal contact time and a […]

Divorce when a business is involved

A divorce which involves a business will need specialist solicitor with business expertise. Complicated company structures can often make a separation more complex and challenging. Debra Emery, partner at Moore Blatch, explains.


When divorcing, there are a number of considerations which only a specialist solicitor can advise on. A suitable outcome for both parties can often be achieved without the need for expensive court action. Debra Emery, partner at Moore Blatch, explains.

Collaborative law divorce settlement saves money and anxiety

Our client was a successful, retired businessman with assets worth about £5 million. Using the process of collaborative law, we were able to help achieve an amicable settlement. Given this included the consideration of sizeable pension funds, investments, tax considerations and multiple valuable properties, our client was pleased to be able to settle the divorce […]

The bank of Mum & Dad

More increasingly, parents are lending young people the money they need to get on to the property ladder.

Divorce case of Mrs and Mr Owens

In the wake of the striking divorce case of Mrs and Mr Owens, BBC Radio Solent spoke to Debra Emery, Partner and Head of the Moore Blatch Family department about the implications of Judge Robin Tolson QC refusing Mrs Tini Owens application for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour at the Family Court sitting […]