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  • Overview

    Our specialist family lawyers are all experienced in negotiating financial resolutions and settlements, as well as acting for clients in financial court proceedings from our Kent officies in Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway, Dartford.

    Whilst we have a particular expertise in acting for high net worth individuals, we have a broad range of experience in the team and will allocate your case to the most appropriate lawyer for your financial dispute.

    We will consider your financial resources and needs, and those of any children involved, and discuss with you the most appropriate way of addressing the financial issues in your case. This may be through mediation, through voluntary financial disclosure between lawyers or, in some cases, through an application to the court for financial orders.

    We will also discuss whether your case is appropriate for collaborative law. Four lawyers in the team are qualified collaborative lawyers, Joanna PrattKirstie Law,Desmond O'Donnell and Helen Waite.

    Financial Dispute Claims

    We will advise you about the various financial claims available to married couples and civil partners upon a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, including claims for periodical payments (maintenance), lump sums, orders in respect of property ownership, and pensions. We are also able to advise and assist in relation to child maintenance and making claims through the Child Maintenance Service.

    Your lawyer will give you realistic and practical advice about your case and will carry out a 'cost-benefit' analysis with you when deciding upon the most appropriate course of action. We will continue to apply this 'cost-benefit' analysis throughout the course of your case.

    If you decide not to commence divorce proceedings immediately, but still wish to address financial matters with your spouse or civil partner, we can advise you about separation agreements. We can act for you in negotiating the terms of a separation agreement and draft an agreement for signature.

    The team has strong relationships with specialist family law barristers both in London and the South East. We will work with you to choose the most appropriate barrister for your case, should it be necessary to involve one. We also have good relationships with local accountants, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pensions experts.

    For further information please contact one of the team.

  • Latest Updates

    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.

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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.

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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

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.

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