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Family, Children & Relationships

Guiding individuals and families through life's critical, stressful and unexpected moments.

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Our family law team takes a sensitive and caring approach to support you through the most critical, stressful and often unexpected moments in your life.

We specialise in complex and specialist issues like divorce, child arrangements and fertility, as well as financial matters like pensions and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Our award-winning family law team — recognised in The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and The Times’ Best Law Firms — is a pioneer at the forefront of many fast-developing areas of law, including around modern families, surrogacy and alternative dispute resolution (ADR — also known as non-court dispute resolution or NCDR).

Clear and transparent advice when you need it most

We advise on a wide range of contentious family matters. Our experience helps us to find the solutions you need to reach a conclusive agreement and peace of mind.

Our warm and welcoming offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Lancashire provide comfortable settings for sensitive discussions.

We also advise on international family matters — including those around cultural and religious backgrounds — and are supported by our trusted network of lawyers, professionals and translators across Europe and beyond.

Our family team holds a top tier ranking in highly regarded legal directories, including The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Members of our team are Resolution-accredited specialists, recognised leaders in their fields for financial, children and fertility law work and members of numerous organisations and committees that champion change and best practice. We also have qualified arbitrators, collaborative lawyers and 'one lawyer, one couple' specialists.

Our expertise is often called on by the media, including for radio, TV and press.

In our search for guidance on a parentage claim, we were fortunate to find Joe Ailion — a true gem. His expertise and professionalism in Court matters were evident from the start… But it was his immediate response to our call for help that truly set him apart. Joe attentively listened to our story and addressed each of our concerns with a depth of understanding and empathy rarely seen in a solicitor. Beyond his unquestionable professional expertise, Joe brings a level of personal care and emotional intelligence to his work. His honest and straightforward advice, coupled with a genuine warmth, created a sense of security for our family during a tumultuous time. For us, Joe is not just a solicitor — he’s a beacon of hope and reassurance.

Anonymous family law client

Brabners continues to draw superb praise from a range of clients... The "talented" team competently handles complex divorce and financial remedy cases, often managing a plethora of foreign and business assets as well as trusts and pensions.

Family law client, The Legal 500, 2024

I appreciate very much all your help, time, support and hard work and everything you did for us... Your service is excellent and has been for many years with my family.

Anonymous family law client

The entire [family law] team is fantastic... responsive, attentive and readily available, with impressive legal knowledge.

Family law client, Chambers & Partners, 2024

Thank you for being so understanding. I had wanted to stay away from lawyers as I (wrongly) felt this would lead to nothing other than inevitable confrontation and things beginning to spiral out of control. How wrong I was — it was a real pleasure to meet someone who listened to the wishes of their client and is determined to resolve this as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Anonymous family law client

I am really happy with the outcome and glad that me and the boys can finally put this behind us and move on in life with a structured approach to seeing their mum. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the Brabners team. I would recommend your professional services to anyone.

Anonymous family law client

[Brabners] offers the best financial remedies advice and private children act dispute representation. They are attentive to detail, very passionate and crucially objective, so they advise thoroughly and sensibly.

Family law client, The Legal 500 2024

Brabners is outstanding and offers fantastic support and preparation at every stage of litigation.

Anonymous family law client

Leanne [Instrall]’s support and advice was always greatly appreciated. I always particularly liked how she put the needs of the children at the fore of her advice. The peace of mind this order has given me is invaluable.

Anonymous family law client

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