UK & International Divorce and Family Lawyers
We are family lawyers with expertise in a full range of family legal matters including divorce in the UK and internationally, complex financial issues, property settlements and children’s matters. Whatever your situation, we are here to help you.
Brookman Solicitors is ranked by the Legal 500 and has been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.
Legal 500 recently recommended Brookman and their exemplary work, commenting that “the ‘fantastic’ Brookman Solicitors regularly advises on significant multiple prenuptial agreements and multiple leave-to-remove matters”.
Brookman serves clients across England and Wales and internationally. We have offices in London and a branch office in Haslemere, Surrey.
Here to help you
At the start of a separation, the situation may seem overwhelming. Brookman Solicitors are here to support and guide you through the process so that your situation can be solved with a fair outcome. The legal system is also designed to ensure fairness for all parties involved and having a good lawyer is an essential starting point.
If your partner will not reach an agreement, the legal process will impose an answer. We always hope that matters can be resolved by negotiation and in the majority of cases, this is true. However, if not, we have a strong record in court litigation as well. Divorce can be a stressful time but whatever the problem is, having a good divorce lawyer helping you can make all the difference.
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About the Team
You will find brief overviews and background information for our team members below.
Described by The Legal 500 as ‘very intelligent’ and ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious and highly experienced’, Henry Brookman is the senior partner who directs the handling of all cases in the firm. Depending on their complexity, he will be personally involved to a greater or lesser degree. He is a leading expert on international issues and complex financial matters. He also conducts the family inheritance litigation matters which sometimes arise out of matrimonial issues.
Henry Brookman has been a lawyer since 1971, and has been predominantly practising family law for 30 years. Previously a partner in specialist law firms in Australia, he returned to England in 1997. Since then he has established Brookman as a leading firm in the field of family law.
Julius Brookman, named as a Rising Star in the 2014/15 Super Lawyers list and specifically recommended in the 2015 Legal 500 for having a ‘very sensible’ approach, manages a wide range of family law matters within the firm. He principally deals with a range of financial and international matters and is particularly experienced in handling international maintenance cases. Julius has also been admitted as a solicitor (non-practising) in Queensland, Australia and is an active member of Law Council Australia’s London chapter.
Julius graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, subsequently qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. He has worked for Brookman since 1999, initially whilst qualifying and subsequently as a fully-qualified solicitor. He has appeared as a solicitor-advocate on domestic violence and non-molestation matters. Past cases have included a complex financial matter involving extensive company issues, and a ground–breaking matter regarding the validity of a marriage in connection with change of gender issues.
Julius has recently worked extensively on the reported case of PG v TW which involved seeking child maintenance from a prominent footballer and a number of ground breaking issues that the court had to decide.
Talitha Brookman conducts her own caseload, involving divorce, finances and children matters. She is the solicitor mainly responsible for dealing with children relocation and abduction matters and foreign property matters.
Talitha qualified in law at the University of East Anglia in 2003, subsequently completing her training at the College of Law in Guildford. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2006. Prior to that time she worked both at this firm for two years and in the course of her training contract in the fields of criminal law, probate and company commercial law. In the course of her work at Brookman she has unravelled complicated financial cases involving assets abroad, a significant number of relocation cases, child abduction cases and non–molestation orders.
“Aziz is a highly competent and skilful family practitioner who balances realism with pragmatism. Thoughtful and thorough in his assessment and execution of a case” (Jonathan Swift Esq, Chambers of Nicholas Francis QC).
Aziz is a specialist Family Lawyer practising in all areas of international Family Law. With experience of dealing in the full range of matrimonial cases, more than 80% of Aziz’s cases have an international aspect to them.
Aziz has dealt with jurisdictions in every continent and regularly deals with matters with complex cross-jurisdictional issues, including those involving “high net worth” cases. He regularly represents clients at court, advises on complex financial matters, complex children matters and all general Family Law issues such as divorce, contact, residence and domestic violence.
With a reputation for giving pragmatic tailor made advice, Aziz is well suited to advising on all types of family related issues. Aziz is particularly able to assist expatriate workers/spouses based in the Middle East.
Registered European Lawyer
Maria is a multi-lingual Spanish lawyer, who is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English. Working in London firms since 2011, Maria has a breadth of exposure to English and international legal systems and has particular strengths in international family law and international children disputes. Maria is a member of the Murcia Bar Society and a member of its International Law commission.
Maria was recently involved in a case (Re B (A Minor: Habitual Residence)  EWHC 2174 (Fam), where she represented a father to oppose the application made by the mother for the return of the parties’ daughter to the US under the Hague Convention 1989. The Judge agreed with our case and concluded that the child was habitually resident in the UK and therefore refused the mother’s application. The case was reported due to the important legal principles involved.
Prior to joining Brookman, Maria worked at several London and Spanish family law firms.
Outside of her work, Maria is a member of the Spanish Canoe and Kayak federation and is a multiple Award winner in the National Championships and World Games; representing Spain in 2006.
After completing her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2008, Kelly began her legal career as Paralegal at a well-established London law firm. Moving quickly to the position of solicitor, Kelly specialised in family law, divorce and children matters. Since that time Kelly has worked at two further London law firms, more recently at a specialist family law practice where she developed her skills in divorce and financial matters, especially those with an international element. Kelly joined Brookman Solicitors in June 2016.
Kelly is a member of Resolution and whenever possible seeks to resolve family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational manner.
Outside of work, Kelly is a keen traveller and enjoys swimming and cooking.
Trainee Legal Executive
Lorraine was appointed as Trainee Legal Executive on 1st January 2016. She was previously the Legal Secretary to Henry Brookman and has been studying to qualify as a Legal Executive for the past 2 years. She brings over 16 years practical experience to her new expanded role.
She joined Brookman in September 2007 from a leading family London law firm where she was the PA to one of the (fairly famous) partners.
Prior to working in London, she worked in a local solicitors firm for the Head of the Family Department. She has previously gained her Cilex Level 3 Legal Executive Qualification and now is in the final stages of obtaining the Cilex Level 6 Law Diploma.
Lorraine has a keen interest in dance and enjoys nights out at the theatre.
Naomi originally joined Brookman in November 2008 before taking some time out to have her children. She returned to Brookman as Accounts Manager in 2015. Prior to her current role, Naomi was an experienced legal secretary who had worked in several leading law firms in London. Naomi began her career in the legal sector in 1995 as a secretary in the criminal/mental health department of a law firm before moving into family law in 1999.
Outside the office, Naomi enjoys amateur photography and travelling.
Joanna is an AAT qualified accounts manager. She holds a full AAT membership (MAAT) and is currently studying with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Prior to joining Brookman, Joanna held several commercial roles in business environments including in the hospitality and the creative and design sectors. Joanna received her initial training at a large London-based design agency as Expenses and Payroll Clerk. Joanna is also a fluent Polish speaker.
Joanna is a keen runner and enjoys travelling and cooking.
IT Manager and Senior Secretary
Lorna is our Quality and Risk Manager who also provides secretarial support to the team. Prior to joining Brookman, Lorna was legal secretary at family law firm Mair Williams Solicitors. Lorna graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2008.
A naturally creative person, Lorna’s interests particularly centre around the arts, including film, music and photography.
Victoria provides secretarial support to Julius Brookman.
In her role as secretary, Victoria provides a range of administrative tasks for Julius. These tasks include preparing legal documents and liaising with various courts, counsels and legal bodies. Prior to joining Brookman Solicitors, Victoria worked as a legal secretary in the matrimonial department of a legal firm and also worked as a secretary within the legal team of an insurance PLC.
In her spare time Victoria likes to keep active by running, cycling and bowling.
Julie provides secretarial support to Aziz Malik.
Julie is a very efficient and conscientious person and a very experienced legal secretary. Her primary role is to undertake administrative and support tasks for Aziz. Prior to joining Brookman, Julie had worked for several respected law firms since 1997. During this time, Julie gained secretarial experience in numerous areas of law, including family, corporate, property and tax.
Outside of her work, Julie has a love for books, food and wine, the theatre and travel.
Beau began working as a Legal Receptionist in 2008 before commencing her Law Degree in Nottingham in 2009. She graduated in 2012 with a 2:1, her major subject being Medical Law and Ethics. In 2014 Beau went back to university to complete the Legal Practice Course which she completed with a commendation in 2015. Since gaining her degree Beau has worked as Legal Secretary for three law firms in various departments, including personal injury, Wills and Probate and most recently as the Legal Secretary to the Partner of the matrimonial department of a large and very well established law firm. She moved to London in early 2016 to start work with Brookman as secretary to Talitha Brookman.
Outside work Beau enjoys an active lifestyle, keeping fit, and has a keen interest in amateur dramatics.
Beshara is a recent graduate having completed a Masters degree in Biomedical Science with first class honours. Whilst undertaking her Masters Beshara was a tutor at her university. Since moving to England she has held several customer service roles including Legal Helpline Advisor at one of the UK’s larger law firms. Beshara has strong analytical and organisational skills and currently supports the team in the preparation of documents and with internal administration.
Beshara is originally from Tasmania and is well travelled. She enjoys cooking, running and the outdoors.
Sarena is an experienced Receptionist, secretary and office administrator. Prior to joining Brookman Sarena held secretarial and customer services roles for a leading property development company. This is her first employment in the legal sector and she has high hopes of making a career in the field.
Sarena has also recently completed her Certificate for the Legal Secretaries Level 2.
Outside her work, Sarena enjoys cycling and swimming.