Putting children first, always.

When couples separate or divorce, we’ll help them build a safe, settled future for their children.

Family Law Enquiries

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Separation is tough on children.

We’ll always look after their best interests.

During separation or divorce, we know that children usually benefit from maintaining a relationship with both parents. So we’ll do everything possible to build an arrangement that works for everyone. Liaising with your former partner’s solicitor, referring you to mediation services and, if necessary, guiding you through the court process.

Employment Law

Total support, complete understanding.

Our team has many years of experience supporting parents and grandparents through what can often be a challenging time. Every family is different, but you can always rely on our team to be thorough, sensitive and wholly committed to your child’s best interests.

 

 

We’ll advise you on:

Mediation after divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership

Grounds for divorce and the divorce process

Decree absolute and decree nisi

Child support payments

International divorce or family law

Who a child lives with and how much time is spent with each parent

Protecting children at risk from a parent

Disputes about relocating children in the UK or abroad

Allegations of domestic abuse

CAFCASS and Local Authority reports on child safeguarding

Parental responsibility

Changing a child's name by deed poll

Our aim is to look for a resolution that will work into your children’s teens and young adulthood to avoid future disputes as far as is possible. We encourage you to be mindful of how your child experiences arrangements between you and how they will look back on their childhood as an adult.

Child Law Resources:

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Working With Our Service Team

Our dedicated and trusted legal advisers adopt a sensitive and supportive approach, with an emphasis on guiding you step by step through the process. You can rest assured we’ll provide you with realistic and cost effective legal advice, with many of our lawyers being members of Resolution, they are personally committed to a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law issues.

- Anne Thomson

If you have an enquiry in relation to a Family law matter or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Anne Thomson

Partner

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Bethan Buckley

Paralegal

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Chloe Turner

Apprentice Solicitor

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Elizabeth Harris-Clark

Solicitor

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Emma Smith

Senior Solicitor

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Helen Hanson

Associate

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Kate Rowley

Solicitor

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Kirsty Craven

Paralegal

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Lindsey Walker

Paralegal Support

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Louise Bond

Paralegal

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Lydia Hunt

Paralegal

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Philip Cowell

Partner

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Sarah Millington

Partner

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Sophie Machin

Trainee Solicitor

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What Our Clients Say
 

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler were genuinely outstanding throughout and did everything they could to achieve the best possible outcome for me while avoiding unnecessary costs & delays. I was referred to them by a family member who had a great experience and would absolutely recommend them based on my own experience!

Emma Smith

From Mr B

 

A very professional service provided by Sarah and the team who worked flat out to meet the commitments required by the case and pick up the case post the removal of the a previous legal firm, FBCMB highlighted the challenges in my case and best outcomes and provided a cost estimate that eventually matched the outcome. The service and costs of, provided to me for my case was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend this company to anyone seeing legal advice. Well done!

Sarah Millington

From Mr J

 

Extremely happy with the whole procedure conducted from start to finish by Mr Philip Cowell. Your empathy and professionalism was exemplary at a time in my life when I was at my lowest! Sincere thanks for all your hard work and support. I highly recommend Mr Phil Cowell.

Phil Cowell

From Mr H

 

Anne Thomson is a woman of integrity and vast experience. As a U.S. Citizen married to a British citizen, my divorce was complex and difficult. With assets in multiple countries, legal actions in two countries in both civil and criminal courts, and a spouse who was devious and difficult, Anne kept the case moving forward and assisted me both with professional knowledge, clear explanations of the English legal system, and much needed emotional support.

 Anne worked tirelessly, and she and her staff showed outstanding professionalism and competence. She is a straight-talker who is capable, diligent and meticulous. I am grateful that I found the perfect solicitor, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for the best legal counsel available.

Anne Thomson

Mrs W