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Our Family lawyers have a dynamic and distinguished reputation. We deal with all areas of family breakdown, separation and divorce with a particular reputation for dealing with matters in a clear, constructive and effective manner.

We are adept at recognising at an early stage whether a case can be settled or agreed with the minimum amount of cost and stress. Equally, our experience enables us to identify those cases where a more tenacious approach is required. As experienced mediators and collaborative practitioners there are many cases that we support and guide in avoiding the Court process.

Separation, divorce and other family related issues are often the most painful and stressful of life’s experiences. Our accessibility and support is second to none and we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to our clients.

The department is ranked as one of the South West’s leading family law firms by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Legal Directory.

What the team is known for - Highly experienced team regularly called upon for knowledge of trusts, business interests and offshore assets in the context of post-separation financial remedy. Also advises on children-related disputes, including relocation and abduction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very well liked and respected as a major player."

"They are big hitters on the South Coast. They have a good reputation locally for family work."

Notable practitioners

Sean McNally enjoys a strong reputation for his work in children law, and also advises clients on matrimonial finance and pensions matters. Sources identify him as "a very effective, knowledgeable and wise practitioner."

Deborah Leask is a prominent practitioner in financial cases involving offshore issues and pensions. Sources point out: "She fights her client's corner and she's tenacious."

Chambers & Partners (UK 2017)

"Joint practice heads, Sean McNally and Deborah Leask, are ‘extensively experienced family lawyers’, well respected by peers and clients alike"

"‘Excellent firm’ Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP has ‘a strong reputation in multijurisdictional cases’ and ‘specialises in disputes involving children as well as financial remedy cases’. It is ‘first rate in Bournemouth and the surrounding area’"

The Legal 500 (UK 2017)

"Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP is ‘strong in matrimonial finance’, which is Deborah Leask’s forte. Sean McNally is ‘excellent with clients’ and leads on international child abduction matters."

The Legal 500 (UK 2016)

“Sean McNally is professional and very level headed. He gave me good advice and on several occasions stopped me making the wrong decisions about how to proceed. I would recommend Sean without reservation if you have a family law issue. ” Ms Simmons
“Ian Butterworth provided excellent advice and identified the obscure point of law that won our case in court. He always made himself available by phone or e-mail and made a difficult situation much more bearable. ” Mr Peaty
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