Today there is a wealth of information online and elsewhere about finding the best divorce lawyer for you. It can make reaching a decision on which law firm to choose overwhelming. Relying on word of mouth recommendations from friends and colleagues is useful. But a lawyer who proves a good fit for one person may not be right for someone else. Above all your decision should be based on your personal circumstances.

Every divorce solicitor brings different skills and attributes to their work and you should bear this in mind when making your choice. Here are nine things we think you should think about before deciding who to instruct:

  1. You don’t have to go local – Whatever the outcome of your divorce it will have a huge impact on your future and that of your children. Prioritise expertise over convenience. An effective divorce solicitor will deal with most matters by phone and email. This makes frequent face-to-face meetings unnecessary. An experienced solicitor who responds to phone and email concerns promptly is more useful than an unresponsive one – no matter how closely located to you they are.
  2. What about cost? The price of legal services is uppermost in many people’s minds when deciding on a divorce solicitor. Firms should charge transparently – you should know what you are getting for your money. And remember the cheapest firm might not be the best for you. If you are quoted a fixed price check what it includes. It’s also important to confirm the level of seniority and expertise of the people at the firm who will be carrying out the work. Will your case it be passed to junior or unqualified staff? Remember: “if you think it is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
  3. Decide what’s important to you – What are your priorities? Family law solicitors specialise in different areas. If you don’t have children for example it doesn’t make sense to choose a firm or individual lawyer whose main area of expertise is child arrangements. If there are allegations of domestic abuse ensure you go with a firm that has an in-depth knowledge of this complex area. Many firms focus exclusively on financial arrangements. If this is likely to be the main area of discussion during the divorce process find a lawyer who will negotiate robustly on your behalf and a firm with an established reputation. This is particularly important when there are substantial marital assets.
  4. Interview your choice of solicitor before making your mind up – Instructing a solicitor to handle your divorce is not like instructing a lawyer to sell your home or recover a debt. Divorce is intensely personal. You’ll need to be able to trust your solicitor with intimate details of your life, relationships, your children and your finances. The only way to know if your preferred choice is the best divorce lawyer for you is to speak to them directly. It’s a good idea to make a list of questions beforehand and ensure you cover all your concerns.
  5. Do your research – There is a wealth of information on divorce solicitors and law firms available online and offline. Read Google reviews and online legal directories. Look at testimonials of former clients and ask if it is possible to speak to other people who have used the solicitor you are thinking about instructing.
  6. Advocacy experience – Your divorce solicitor’s job is to protect your position and present your case in the best possible way. And this does not just mean arguing your case in court. All discussions with the lawyers for your spouse demand quick thinking and skilful advocacy. Don’t be afraid to ask if individuals at the firm have undergone any kind of advocacy training and how comfortable they are appearing in court.
  7. Look at the firm’s website – A law firm website can tell you a great deal about the company. Family law and divorce procedure changes constantly and a good website should have regular updates and blogs that display the firm’s expertise and knowledge of the current law. Read the profiles of individual solicitors to see if they have any specific family law qualifications that display the kind of expertise you need.
  8. Regulatory matters – Check the firm is affiliated to the Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This information is available on letterhead and websites.
  9. Is the firm a member of Resolution? Resolution is a body that promotes constructive solutions to family law matters, including divorce. Although membership is not obligatory and many excellent solicitors do not subscribe to the group, membership indicates an ethos and approach to resolving conflict that many people embarking on divorce find useful.

Got a question? Ask us now…

Kindly complete the form below to send an enquiry. Your message will be sent to one of our solicitors. Discretion is guaranteed.

Your Information

  • Consider including information such as: the name of your spouse (if relevant), the country you live in, the background to your problem.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Over 2000 FREE
consultations and counting…

Our free consultation can help you more clearly understand the legal issues relating your case and what your options are to move forward.

Request your free consultation

Or send us an enquiry

I had applied for a free consultation and I was contacted in a very short timeframe. Thank you so much for the insightful and thorough consultation, Kevin Danagher. You made me feel at ease and you provided clear expectations with the initial info I had provided... I have now a much better understanding on my query.

Feb 2024   Sonia Accardi

We had a very useful first consultation with Amber Matheson today. Amber took the time to understand our (somewhat complicated) set-up, and offered good, understandable advice on next steps. She followed up with a very thorough email clarifying what we had discussed. Highly recommended.

Feb 2024   Lucie

Lovely friendly experience. All questions were answered so that I understood completely.

Dec 2023   Ali Catlin

Very balanced, fair and pragmatic advice. Thoroughly recommend!!

Nov 2023   James Elliott

Henry graciously provided his time for a consultation. I found him to be highly knowledgeable, empathetic and he provided excellent advice which put my mind at ease. Would highly recommend Henry and his firm.

Oct 2023   Allan Ang

Henry Brookman went above and beyond during the free consultation, and even overran the allocated time. He provided invaluable professional advice in a courteous manner. I recommend his firm without reservation.

Sep 2023   Mario Ignatov

I only had my initial free review with Amelia yet I already feel much more strengthened in my legal and financial position. I am currently reflecting on the steps I want to take to negotiate my desired outcome of the financial settlement but, when I am ready to use the services of a lawyer, Amelia is definitely the top on my list.

Sep 2023   Nahid Toubia

I had a zoom consultation with Lauren Moir and she was incredible. Very patient, insightful and reassuring. She also advised me based on my previous conversations with another firm and also clarified various positions I am in. Highly recommend.

Aug 2023   Gary Hawes

I was very impressed with the friendly, helpful and professional service offered by Brookman Solicitors. The generous advice and knowledge offered during the initial free consultation has enabled us to have a much better understanding of our case and plan a way forward.

Jul 2023   Peter Jackson

I had a first consultation with Kevin, who very diligently and professionally provided an exhaustive overview of the divorce process and the best approach for my specific case.

Jul 2023   Giulia Matteo

Great service and excellent advice at the initial consultation. I would certainly recommend and use in the future.

Jul 2023   Tom James

Spoke to a kind solicitor this morning who took an hour of her time to talk me through some advice relating to a difficult separation.... She was clear and helpful with her advice, leaving me feeling much more confident with the process ahead of me.

Jun 2023   Luke Taylor

Mr Brookman provided very clear advice that left me with no doubt about the options and next steps. Getting specific advice with the requirements in the different jurisdictions was particularly useful so I won’t need to consult another lawyer outside of the UK

May 2023   Julian Anthony

From initial contact I found all staff extremely helpful and professional. My options were made clear, my query was dealt with in a sympathetic way. Would highly recommend Brookman Solicitors.

Mar 2023   seamus mcguinness

The initial consultation I have just completed with Henry Brookman was very informative; he was very open and honest about my situation, the legalities of the matter and the extent of how his firm could help.

Nov 2022   Kimberley Noakes

Google Reviews
Ask A Question

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact us now, we can help you.

Enquire Now

Or call us on +44 (0)20 7430 8470