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  • Overview

    Our divorce lawyers are here to help

    The breakdown of a marriage is a difficult for all involved. Our family lawyers always try to minimise the pain and stress caused by family breakdowns and focus on finding the best outcome for you and your family. We never lose sight of the long-term interests of both the adults and children involved.

    We can assist you in your decision making process to help you reach your desired outcome; whether this be to action the divorce, handle your partner’s divorce wishes, or to deal with the consequences and family complications of divorce.

    We can advise and inform you of the five facts upon which a divorce petition can be based and explain each stage of the divorce process in detail. Our divorce lawyers will then prepare the necessary paperwork to commence the divorce proceedings and progress these to the stages of Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute.

    I’ve received the divorce papers what do I do?

    If you have received paperwork regarding divorce proceedings from the Court or from your spouse or his/her lawyer, our divorce lawyers will go through this with you and deal with the paperwork on your behalf if necessary – whilst offering our general expertise around family law and divorce.
    When appropriate, we can also suggest alternatives to divorce, such as judicial separation or informal separation together with a financial separation agreement.

    At Thomson Snell and Passmore, we truly value our clients, which is why we make it our mission to ensure they are completely satisfied with our services. We’ll not only offer professional legal support, we will handle your wishes with compassion and respect – we appreciate this is not an easy time for you or your family and will do our best to alleviate any stress and help you through this time.

    With offices in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway we regularly help; high net worth individuals, business owners and individuals who are based in, or work in, London.  The team has the structure and experience to deal with the most complex of situations.
    Key areas of divorce and family law where we can help:

    • Children
    • Divorce/Civil Partnership
    • Protecting your assets & wealth
    • Business owners
    • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
    • Cohabitees

     
    Contact our Divorce Lawyers, Today

    For further information on family or divorce issues please call our divorce lawyers in Kent on 01892 510000 (Tunbridge Wells) / 01322 623700 (Thames Gateway) or contact us online.

    TS&P offer a variety of legal services for both personal and business activity. If you are seeking additional legal advice, we encourage you to see what TS&P can do for you or your business.

     

  • Latest Updates

    Giggs drop bid to gag reporters

    Partner, Kirstie Law from our family team speaks to The Times and comments on the privacy of Ryan Giggs' divorce.

    FAQ: Family

    Q: I have recently separated from my long term partner, we were not married.  Am I able to make a financial claim against them?

    Reflections on a business owner’s sale of company shares to fund a divorce

    Joanna Pratt, Partner in our family department speaks to global wealth management reporter WeathBriefing and discusses a case in which a business owner sold a large block of shares in a company to fund a divorce settlement.

    Should married couples receive ‘milestone’ tax breaks?

    Divorce poses a considerable cost to the state each year. The family courts are overloaded and, despite the changes introduced to make an initial mediation meeting mandatory before issuing children and financial proceedings on divorce, there are still numerous applications to the family courts each day.

    National Siblings Day

    10 April is known largely across America as National Siblings Day. We meet plenty of families who are going through separation, and we too recognise the importance of having a day for children to recognise and lean on each other when, at times, feelings may be a little unsettled.

    Wyatt v Vince – what does it mean in practice?

    There has been much comment in the press recently about the case of Wyatt v Vince, where an ex-wife was given permission by the Supreme Court to bring a financial remedy claim against her ex-husband, some 22 years after their divorce.

    An exciting new company launches in Kent: Mexxa Mixx

    These case studies were serialised in the Kent and Sussex Courier, but are collated together in this case to show all of the different stages a company can go through and how we can assist. MexxaMixx is a ficticious Kent-based business which manufactures and sells a range of Mexican style cooking sauces.

    Holmes v Cruise: the bigger picture

    By Kirstie Law, Partner in Family. Article first published in The Times on 5 July 2012.

    'Shared parenting' - Court needs to catch up

    By Kirstie Law, Partner in Family. Article first published in The Lawyer on 14 June 2012.

  • Know How

Get in touch

At every stage in instructing TS&P (and I have used them for Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Employment Law) I have always been very impressed with the quality of the people I have dealt with. Keep doing what they are doing and they will keep my business as well as be warmly recommended by me.

Client

I know it is your job but thank you for making this awful process bearable. You gave me the confidence to get through it with your professionalism.

Client

At Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP, team head Joanna Pratt's 'confident air puts clients at ease', Kirstie Law has 'well-regarded collaborative law expertise', and senior associate Desmond O'Donnell is an 'outstanding family lawyer'. Sarah Judd has highly regarded expertise in complicated financial proceedings.

The Legal 500 2015

Very efficient service - always responded promptly to any queries.

Client

I was impressed with Des’ attention to detail, understanding and humanity.

Client

I have found both Una and Desmond very professional, knowledgeable and understanding people. It is good to deal with 'humans' when having to work on personal documentation.

Client

Extremely professional, great communication and a personal service throughout.

Client

Prompt direct communication, and offered a supportive but not intrusive edge to their legal services. Even though Thomson Snell & Passmore is a large firm it still offers a very tailored personal service.

Client

Sarah is professional, well-organised, and thorough in her work. I was impressed by the way in which she kept matters cool and polite when dealing with my ex-husband's solicitor, always focused on the task at hand and never engaging in power games.  The outcome of the divorce was very satisfying for me, I felt well-advised and supported by Sarah Keily and Emma Sumner, and it is most gratifying to be able to have such high quality legal service locally.

Client

I found Sarah very approachable and her advice pragmatic. She immediately understood my situation and I felt comfortable in sharing information about my situation. The written advice that followed was easy to understand and I felt clear about my options.

Client

Joanna Pratt is 'sensible and sensitive. She really cares about her clients and has the human touch while being efficient and staying on top of things.'

Client

Kirstie Law is 'absolutely committed to moving things along, getting a result and resolving cases,' Sources say: 'She is one of the most effective lawyers practising in this area. Her approach is wonderfully refreshing and straightforward.

Client

They provide good value for money and an excellent service, and they know the courts very well.

Client

I'm really happy with them, they communicate well and keep me informed. They're great to deal with and they work hard.

Client

Thomson Snell & Passmore is an 'excellent' firm which provides 'a robust service and good value for money'.

Client

I found everyone helpful, considerate and professional. At times I believe Joanna Pratt and Amy England went above and beyond the 'normal' course of duty. The advice and support given to me was excellent.

Client

Their technical and experiential knowledge in divorce law and experience in presenting legal arguments at court are real strengths.

Client

The 'very personal' family team is 'always accessible' and 'very knowledgeable.'  

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

Well-considered advice and presents a realistic picture of the likely outcome.

Client

They just led the way for me, steered the way for me through it...I didn't have to worry about anything they just were very proactive.

Client

Kirstie was helpful and very pleasant from the start. She gave me useful, informal advice before we agreed a formal legal relationship and I valued this very much.

Client

Very efficient and caring. Always responding to emails even on days off.

Client

They act effectively, on time and deliver results in all the areas that we ask them to work on our behalf.

Client

He was always very patient with me and ensured that I fully understood each step

Client

I liked the thoroughness to detail

Client

Desmond was very helpful, kind and supportive.  

Client

It was good to know that I could contact Desmond if I had a problem, either by email or phone and I always got a prompt reply  

Client

I was grateful for the advice and support provided by Desmond O'Donnell at a time which was of considerable personal stress. Desmond made the process I had to go through as simple as he could, in the circumstances.

Client

Desmond responded quickly to all communications, gave sound advice and was very supportive.

Client

Desmond is an asset to the firm and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

Client

During the initial meeting with Helen, she had a manner about her that was reassuring and professional. I knew the company she represented was expensive, but felt absolute confidence in her to deliver if it was required.  

Client

Helen was very patient with me, as she often needed to translate documents from legalese to layman. The advice was always solid, but commensurate with the outcome I was seeking.

Client

Helen Waite carried out my instruction, she listened to what I wanted/needed. She kept me well informed on what was happening or not happening.

Client

Helen kept me informed, listened to what I wanted to say, achieved a great outcome for me.

Client

I feel that the compassion and determination of Sarah gave me hope and a will to push through such a painful time. I felt very confident in her letters and phone contact. She also made me laugh, which was hard at the time.

Client

The most reassuring and professional service you could get. Everything felt real and true, no false hopes but always reality which is what you need through emotional times,

Client

I was kept fully informed of progress. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. Any questions I asked were quickly dealt with.

Client

The service was quick, friendly, thorough, and contained muchy common sense.

Client

Very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

Client

Demonstrated a good understanding of the current laws pertaining to my particular case and ensured that my best interests were represented.

Client

Sarah came highly recommended via a family friend. I am based in the USA and was looking for an attorney that could handle a UK-based legal matter for me.

Client

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