Chambers and Partners praise for our Co-Founders

Our co-founders have once again been recognised in Chambers and Partners:

Harry Gates: “Always good-natured and well prepared. He never flaps, he's great with clients and he's good on his feet.”

Samantha Woodham: “Brilliantly hands-on and very accessible. She's pragmatic in terms of solutions and is very good both in negotiation or in the courtroom. She also has a really nice way with clients.”

We are delighted, but not surprised, to see our advising barristers receiving high praise in the directories too.

The Divorce Surgery Co-Founders recognised again in Legal 500 rankings

Samantha and Harry, alongside many of the barristers who advise couples in our process, have been once again recognised in the Legal 500.

Harry is described as having ‘a real grasp of all the nuances in each case and is clearly very well prepared for each hearing.’

Praise for Samantha includes: ‘‘Her greatest strength is her ability to empathise with clients in a way which makes them feel completely supported while also making their legal position clear.’

The Divorce Surgery ranked by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 most Innovative Law Firms in Europe

The Divorce Surgery ranked by the Financial Times as one of the Top 50 most Innovative Law Firms in Europe

The Divorce Surgery has been ranked in the FT 50 list of most innovative law firms in Europe.

The Divorce Surgery also came in second place in the Rule of Law category, were ranked as the ‘Standout’ entry in their field and our co-founders Samantha Woodham and Harry Gates were individually commended.

CEO Samantha Woodham: ‘We are absolutely overwhelmed by the accolades our One Couple One Lawyer service has received. We will continue to work tirelessly until every separating couple is aware of all the options available to them on divorce.’

The Divorce Surgery shortlisted for FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2019

We are delighted and slightly overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards.

When we set up our One Couple One Lawyer service, enabling separating couples to get legal advice together from one impartial barrister, we expected it to strike a chord but the speed of its growing recognition has blown us away!

Good luck to the rest of the shortlist- quite a line up!

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer profiles our CEO and our One Couple One Lawyer service

Our CEO, Samantha Woodham, qualified as a solicitor at magic circle law firm Freshfields before converting to the Bar 13 years ago. Today, they have chosen to profile her and The Divorce Surgery as part of their alumni programme.

In Samantha’s words:

Most separating couples do not want a conflict-ridden path to legal advice; they just want to achieve a result which is fair to each of them. For couples who are open and transparent about their assets (which is the vast majority) we offer a way to get the highest level of expertise with the least conflict. 42 per cent of marriages end in divorce: as a society we need to do it better.’

The Divorce Surgery proposed to be part of a National Alliance to keep children cases out of court

We are very honoured to be named as a national agency in the Supporting Separated Families Alliance for Resolving Issues between Parents, alongside @FMC, @Resolution and @TheLawSociety

Mr Justice Cobb has this week published a report proposing an important and fundamental review of the way children cases are dealt with by the family courts. The aim is to staunch the flow of the increasing numbers of families who end up in court, but really shouldn’t be there.

As the report states:

“Parties in family breakdown crave information about where they stand legally and what their options are... Research consistently shows that parental conflict, often aggravated by court process, is harmful to children… We have focused on seeking to divert appropriate cases of conflictual family breakdown away from court- not merely because the court system is stretched to breaking point (and beyond) by current case volumes, but because we genuinely believe that out-of-court services will offer better solutions for many families whose differences are more amenable to negotiated or conciliated agreement”

We couldn’t have put it better.