Changing divorce lawyer

Choosing a solicitor to handle your divorce is a big decision. And it’s critical to find a lawyer that’s right for you. As divorce law becomes more complex, not every firm that offers divorce services will be the right fit for you. At Brookman for example, we take on a wide range of complex cases, including divorces with an international element, those involving division of significant assets and divorces where a pre-nuptial agreement exists.

Choosing a divorce solicitor

Word of mouth recommendations for family lawyers are sometimes the best way to choose a solicitor. But if your case involves unusual financial aspects or specific issues relating to children, a solicitor used by friends or families may not have the appropriate experience. We’ve discussed previously how to choose the best divorce solicitor and shown how to effectively use online lawyer reviews in your search.

Why change family solicitors?

The very personal nature of divorce proceedings means close communication between you and your solicitor is essential. You should also have confidence in your lawyer’s ability, be able to trust him or her and feel that you can voice your concerns as your case proceeds.

Unfortunately the solicitor/client relationship can deteriorate to the point where the client wants to switch to another firm. It is not uncommon for clients to approach Brookman in this situation

Reasons for client dissatisfaction with their family solicitor include:

  • Lack of availability or failure to return calls or emails
  • A belief that a divorce case is not proceeding as efficiently as it could be
  • High or seemingly unreasonable charges
  • Lack of confidence in the advice received
  • Little trust
  • Solicitor not across the detail of a case

In what circumstances can I change solicitor?

If you have concerns about your solicitor you could seek a second opinion from another family lawyer. If this advice corresponds to the advice you have already received it could restore faith in your existing lawyer. Otherwise you could consider switching to a new firm entirely.

You have the right to change solicitor at any time. You will usually have to pay any monies owed for services to date and sign an authorisation for your files to be released to your new advisors.

Is it ever too late to change solicitors?

If final orders in your case have been made it will be too late to re run your case. In limited circumstances you can appeal and you may wish to consult another solicitor to determine your chances of success. It’s also worth remembering that, depending on the advice you received from your existing solicitor you may have a claim for professional negligence.

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From my first contact with the firm I was treated courteously and promptly. I was offered a pro bono meeting shortly after making contact. Mr Brookman is clearly a very experienced professional and in our meeting he gave me some well considered and objective advice about my rather complicated situation which spans more than one jurisdiction.

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I had a free telephone consultation yesterday with Gavin Yeung. He could not have been more helpful and reassuring as he calmly and patiently worked through my situation to provide me with clarity and piece of mind at a time it was really needed and emotions are running high.

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I spoke with Aziz at Brookman Solicitors on the phone for an initial consultation and he is one of the friendliest lawyers I have met. He is clearly very experienced as he patiently explained me all the concepts and processes which are quite daunting for someone in my situation, and then focused on the actual questions I wanted to ask... I would highly recommend Aziz and Brookman Solicitors.

Feb 2022   'R'

I am grateful for Henry Brookman and his team for support they provided to me during very frustrating time of divorce. They respond promptly to any request. I felt more confident after I started the process with them. Henry listened carefully to me and took quick actions on my case. I highly recommend this team of real professionals even for non-UK citizens.

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Jan 2022   Shirley Christopher

We spoke at length and at no point felt like he was rushing us and we felt very comfortable. After our discussion we were also quickly sent an email detailing everything we were discussing in our meeting in depth. I am amazed by the service we got just from a free consultation. I would highly recommend these solicitors!

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I cannot praise the professionalism and courtesy too highly. The advice given in a very complex divorce matter, was clear, concise, enlightening and inspiring.

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I contacted Henry Brookman because of the complex international aspect of my divorce and I’m very glad I did... Henry took his time explaining all the pro’s and contra’s... I now have a much clearer view over the situation and feel more confident going forward. I’m very grateful for the excellent advice I’ve received and not feeling rushed during the meeting.

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