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Why use our lawyers in Manchester?

There are lots of divorce lawyers and family solicitors out there, and it can be very difficult to tell who will be best equipped to advise you. To help you decide, we've gathered together some information giving some of the main reasons why our clients say they choose us.

We offer outstanding client service


  • We provide a cost-effective service to all our clients. We are open and transparent about our fees, giving you an estimate at the outset and reviewing it on a monthly basis. We can also offer fixed fees.
  • Our family law team is well regarded in Manchester and the North West, and ranked in the top tier for family and divorce law in both legal directories (Chambers UK and Legal 500). These publications are well established, independent guides, which identify the leading lawyers and law firms in the UK through extensive research and interviews with lawyers and their clients. 

Don’t just take our word for it – please see some comments made by our clients.

We are specialists in family and divorce law


  • Our lawyers in Manchester are all specialists in dealing solely with family and divorce law, and have extensive experience in working exclusively with these types of cases. 
  • Our Manchester lawyers are regularly instructed on high value cases in county courts and high courts all over the country, particularly Manchester and London.
  • Nigel Shepherd is a renowned family lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He was chairman of the Manchester regional group of the leading family law group, Resolution, in the late 80s/early 90s before he later became the national chair. Nigel remains on the national media team and is often seen on the television or heard on the radio promoting family law reform and educating the masses. 
  • Nigel is also a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). 
  • Alison Bull has recently retired as chairwoman of Manchester Resolution. She sits on the Resolution national standards committee promoting best practice amongst family lawyers across the country.
  • All of the Manchester team write articles, contribute to textbooks and professional guides, in addition to lecturing locally and nationally to family lawyers and other professionals. 
  • All the lawyers in our Manchester team are members of Resolution, a group of 5,500 lawyers dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. 

We always aim to adopt a constructive and non-confrontational approach to resolving family law


  • Nigel Shepherd, Alison Bull, and Sue Brookes are all members of Collaborative Law Manchester (formerly Separation Solutions). Andrew Moore is a member of the South Manchester and North East Cheshire collaborative pod. These memberships assist our lawyers in linking up with other collaborative lawyers in the area to provide you with an alternative to court. 
  • Andrew Moore sits on the Manchester Young Resolution committee and Sue Brookes sits on the committee of Separation Solutions, as well as the Association of Women Solicitors. 
  • Alison Bull is a fully qualified counsellor, while Sue Brookes and Andrew Moore both have level 2 certificates in counselling. This training allows them to better understand what their clients are going through and be solution focused. 

Our Manchester divorce lawyers can draw on the wide ranging legal expertise we have on offer across our six offices nationally


  • Mills & Reeve is a top 50 national law firm with six offices around the UK. Our Manchester team works closely with our corporate, employment, property, pensions and tax and trusts colleagues to provide a full service to clients. 

We are experts in alternative methods of dispute resolution


  • All of our Manchester family lawyers are collaboratively trained
  • Alison Bull is a trained mediator and can offer MIAMs and mediation in both family law and other civil cases. 
  • Nigel Shepherd is a trained arbitrator. Arbitration is a new form of effective dispute resolution which is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts where the parties to a dispute refer it to an arbitrator by whose decision they agree to be bound.