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What to look for in a divorce solicitor in London

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A divorce agreement being signedDeath, divorce, moving to a new house. Always up there on the top of the list for most stressful life events.

While a divorce solicitor in London can’t help someone deal with the emotional upheaval of getting a divorce, the way they deal with the legal aspects can have a big effect on how stressful the whole process is. Firms with many years of experience in family law, such as Saracens Solicitors in London, can provide targeted advice that can make all the difference. We can also provide you with details of experts such as divorce coaches, counsellors, stress specialists, mediators etc that can assist you with all the other non legal issues.

Here are four things any savvy client should look out for when engaging a divorce solicitor in London:


Does the firm take the view that mediation and settling out of court is the way to go? While hurt feelings may encourage partners to yell, ‘See you in court!’, the easiest and most lasting resolutions are found through a non-confrontational approach, that looks for constructive, mutually-beneficial arrangements. Check to see if the divorce solicitor in London is signed up to the Resolution code of conduct, which is endorsed by the Law Society.

Is the solicitor a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel? If they are then it means that they specialise in family law as some solicitors deal with a wide range of different areas of law and are general solicitors as opposed to being a specialist in a certain area. Our solicitors are members of the Family Law Panel here at Saracens.

Breadth of experience

Do they just work on divorce cases or the whole area of family law? There’s much more to divorce than sending the petition to court. There’s the financial arrangement, childcare, rights of other caregivers such as grandparents, and there may even issues of domestic violence to resolve. Finding a lawyer with experience in many areas makes the whole process simpler and less stressful.

Personal qualities

What kind of person is the solicitor? Are they very formal and technical in their language? Are they laid back and easy going? Are they warm and friendly? Are they professional and clear?

There’s no one right way for a divorce lawyer to be, but as with any service, clients are advised to find the personality that best suits them. During the difficulties of divorce, the last thing anyone wants is a personality clash with their solicitor.

Clear and to the point

Legalese and jargon isn’t going to help anyone feel less stressed about their divorce. Find a divorce solicitor in London who will explain the facts clearly, simply and in plain language, and one who will give regular updates.

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