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  • Overview

    Thomson Snell & Passmore is a long-established firm handling high-value and technically demanding matrimonial disputes for high net worth individuals and professionals.

    Our family lawyers always try to minimise the pain and stress caused by family issues and focus on finding the best outcome for you. We never lose sight of the long-term interests of both the adults and children involved.

    With a broad range of clients, knowledge and experience, our family lawyers are also specialists in mediation and collaborative law, providing the right expertise in even the most unusual and difficult circumstances.

    Sarah Judd was a Deputy District Judge which enables us to offer a unique view from the court. Joanna Pratt, Kirstie Law, Desmond O’Donnell and Sarah Judd are accredited in Chambers Directory as industry leaders in their field for family law.

    We pride ourselves on providing all of our clients with a high quality and efficient service. Our family team was quoted in the Chambers independent guide to the legal profession as being “one of the top firms for family work to the south of London”. The Legal 500 quotes "Well-considered advice…presents a realistic picture of the likely outcome".

    Our clients benefit from the support and collective experience of the firm. As well as family law, we offer a strong network of lawyers to provide a comprehensive service, including the provision of Wills, buying or selling a home as well as details of counsellors, mediators, forensic accountants and enquiry agents.

    Our strong team of family law specialists deals with the legal aspects of any family problem in a practical, clear and supportive way. We regularly publish information sheets covering all aspects of family law to help guide you through what can be a stressful process.

    For further information please contact our family solicitors in Kent and Sussex today.

     

             

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Client

Throughout what was a very stressful process Joanna and her team were superb in advising me on my options. Advice was given in a considered way and I never felt under pressure to adopt a course of action. She took the time to explain everything and was a superb advocate in hearings. It was very comforting to know that my case was being handled by Joanna and her very capable team.

Client

Highly rated for the quality of its work and client care skills.

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