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Family Law

Our family law solicitors have a dynamic and distinguished reputation. We deal with all areas of family breakdown, separation and divorce with a particular reputation for providing family law advice in a clear, constructive and effective manner.

Our family law solicitors 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 family law 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 2018)

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP is “a real force to be reckoned with”, “as a team they are unbeatable and efficiently run”. The department has been ranked Band 1 for UK (Southampton & Surrounds) Family/Matrimonial work.

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 2020)

The Family team secured Tier 2 this year and praised for offering “real breadth and depth in terms of areas covered. “The team has grown from strength to strength under Deborah Leask and Sean McNally.” Deborah Leask was described as “an absolute star and a go-to family finance lawyer. She does not leave any stone unturned and is able to think creatively, outside the box.”

The Legal 500 (UK 2019)

Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP is “a leading and well-respected player in the region”, with Deborah Leask being “experienced and approachable” and Sean McNally who is “charming and charismatic”. The Department has been ranked Tier 1 for Family work by the Legal 500.

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)

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