Family / Matrimonial

For confidential and sensitive advice on any family or matrimonial matter, contact Bruce Lance’s experienced family solicitors, either at our High Wycombe office or in Poole.

family2Discretion and confidentiality are important in all areas of the law but nowhere more so than in family matters. The breakdown of a relationship is usually accompanied by significant emotional and financial pressure, and the divorce solicitors at Bruce Lance have a good deal of experience in minimising this stress while achieving a successful outcome. Our family team includes accredited members of both the Law Society Family Law Panel and Resolution, a national organisation committed to non-confrontational divorce. Family lawyer Claire Lancaster, at our High Wycombe office, has particular expertise and accreditation in financial matters arising from divorce. She also has a specific accreditation in domestic violence, which often impacts on other areas of a separation.

We endeavour always to resolve divorce and other family matters without recourse to contested court proceedings wherever possible. However, should such proceedings be necessary, we do not hesitate to adopt a robust approach. A case we undertook in 2013, where one party in a divorce case had not complied with an order to file financial information, is now considered a textbook case in this area of law. The party concerned was found to be in contempt of court and subject to a suspended order for committal to prison: Ball v Shepstone [2013] EWCC 7 (Fam) (03 October 2013). Our clients can rest assured that we will always seek to advance their case using all available options.

For private clients, our first consultation is offered free of charge. We can also act for those entitled to Legal Aid.

FL_advWe like to build a relationship with our clients, and they in turn enjoy the reassurance that Bruce Lance is a long-standing, traditional firm that can be relied on to resolve any problems. Our solicitors’ expertise ensures that any legal process will be completed smoothly and to clients’ expectations.

Bruce Lance offers a comprehensive range of family/matrimonial services, including:

  • Divorce
  • Disagreements between unmarried partners
  • Cohabitation and property disputes
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation
  • Financial matters
  • Disputes over children
  • Civil partnerships

Case studies

Bruce Lance has provided specialist advice in family/matrimonial cases of all kinds, including:

  • A divorce involving a multi-million-pound holiday business.
  • A divorce involving the valuation of a business, which necessitated the instruction of a forensic accountant.
  • Divorces involving particular expertise in Forces pensions and the instruction of experts in Royal Navy, RAF, Army, Police and Firefighters pensions.
  • Multiple heavily contested children proceedings with allegations of domestic violence and fact-finding hearings over several days.
  • A dispute between an unmarried couple involving five properties and complicated enforcement proceedings.

  • Claire was completely understanding. She supported me through the court proceedings and kept me well informed. I would like to thank her and her team for all of the help and support, and for helping me get the best outcome for my children.
    Ms H, Gerrards Cross
  • I was never afraid to call if I had questions. The best was always done to assist me.
    Mrs S, High Wycombe
  • Claire has been fantastic over the past five and a half years. She is efficient, conscientious, sympathetic to my plight and has provided brilliant advice and top-quality service throughout. What an incredible solicitor! The best!
    Mrs F, High Wycombe
  • The staff are really friendly and helpful – especially Claire Lancaster. Very good guidance and a lot of help.
    Mrs T, Amersham