Family Law

Helping you with family issues

Comprising of two experienced solicitors who are members of the Children Panel and Resolution (Paul Brierley and Paul Sykes). The family law team is able to represent clients across a very broad spectrum of family issues.

Our Family Law Service

These include shared or full residence and contact (previously known as custody and access, or visitation) care proceedings, where the local authority’s Social Services is involved and divorce itself. We deal with financial disputes, whether arising within marriage (ancillary relief in divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act) or between cohabitants, where we can advise on the use of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).

We can also represent our clients in cases under the Inheritance (Provision of Family and Dependants) Act, in applications for injunctions under the Family Law Act and matters of Adoption and Special Guardianship or even Pre-and-Post Nuptual agreements. We deal closely with Mediation services and will be happy to tell you if we can help on any family matter not mentioned so far, and if we cannot, we will try to suggest someone else who may be able to help.

Public Funding

We still offer legal aid (otherwise known as public funding) and will tell you if you are likely to qualify for funding. If you are not eligible, we will discuss a possible payment plan for our services and an estimate of our charges. In some cases we will be able to give you a fixed price quote. We will either assess you at your initial interview or if you would prefer, tell you in advance if you will be paying on a private basis or whether you will be eligible for public funding.

Contact Us

To make an appointment to discuss your situation in complete confidence, please contact:

Taunton Office: 01823 288121
Contacts: Paul Brierley, Paul Sykes

or email