Family Law and Divorce

Family Law & Divorce

The Coffin Mew family law team, based in BrightonNewbury, Portsmouth and Southampton is consistently voted in the independent legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading family team on the south coast and across the Thames Valley. We have a reputation for achieving solutions to family issues that are constructive, pragmatic and effective.

We pride ourselves on our client service and friendly approach coupled with specialist expertise, which means that we can help solve your family issues, from financial arrangements arising from a divorce or separation, right through to advice on living and contact arrangements for your children.

If you have even more complex family issues then you are certainly in safe hands. We have wide ranging experience in public sector pensions including AFPS and TPS. We pride ourselves in our knowledge of cases involving shareholdings and partnerships in family businesses, trusts and tax issues, and assets held offshore.

We also offer a bespoke service for pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements for couples who are not married and advice on civil partnerships.

We are a mobile team and often work from client offices, consult by Skype and communicate by text and WhatsApp. We adapt our service to fit our clients, who are as unique as we are. We strive to identify how our clients want to work with us from the beginning of each case. By asking the right questions and listening, together we build the team our clients want and need.

We also advise on Inheritance Act Claims and Will Disputes and have helped many people to successfully make claims during what is a difficult time.

The team is known for being a well-regarded firm handling complex financial work, with a specialism in cases involving military pensions. Additionally the Family team deals with complex international relocation work and nuptial agreements, and they are experienced in handling disputes between unmarried couples and matters concerning civil partnerships. Clients are impressed with the lawyers’ ‘very efficient‘ approach. Julie-Ann Harris heads the practice and is a key point of contact, with the team being ranked as Band 2 in the South.

Chambers & Partners 2019

’Impressive family lawyer’ Julie-Ann Harris joined the firm as head of department in February 2018. Stuart Duncan is noted for his ‘good client care’, and senior associate Bryan Scant is also noted.

Legal 500, 2019


Julie-Ann Harris has also been described across the whole of the South West as ‘a fantastic husband solicitor’ with a ‘great working knowledge of companies, pensions and trusts’ by the Legal 500.

If you would like further information please contact us on 023 9238 8021 or click below to send an email.

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