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Adoption isn’t child’s play. But we can help make it work.


Many people struggle with the fact that the desire to give a child the love and stability of a ‘forever home’ can be the subject to so much red tape and can be a stressful experience.

There are several types of adoption and which are all complex, but we’re here to help. Our adoption team are here to simplify the adoption process and give clients a clear understanding of both the formalities and responsibilities. It’s our job to make everything clear, to guide you through and to make you feel as comfortable as possible with the whole process.

Our family law specialists can act for anyone seeking to adopt a child – step parents, couples or singles, married or unmarried, same sex couples – and we can advise on all types of adoption arrangements, including:

  • Adoption by step parent
  • Adoption by relatives
  • Adoption by foster parent(s)
  • Adoption from care
  • International adoption – where the child is being brought from outside of England and Wales, and immigration laws also apply
  • Local authority adoption – where a local authority is placing your child for adoption
  • Special Guardianship Orders

The Adoption team

The Adoption team are part of the Family Law department at Howells.

The Howells team is one of the best in the country. It has been consistently highly ranked for family work in the north, and is overseen by the hugely respected and much admired Alyson Siddall. Alyson has developed a group of many talents but with shared values. Tough and resolute in their legal representation, sensitive and compassionate in their client relationships, the team understand that they’re not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound up in legal process but in real lives.

Chambers UK
Howells was highly ranked as a law firm for Family Law by Chambers UK 2018. The prestigious guide said Howells is “Increasingly active in dealing with high net worth cases and child abduction cases over the past year. Bolstered by a designated mediation and collaborative law group.”

Legal 500 2018
The Legal 500 2018 ranks the Family department highly and states that “Howells handles the full spectrum of matrimonial work and children law matters. Alyson Siddall is ‘hugely experienced but always still keen to learn’, and heads the department which benefits from individuals based across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Siddall is regularly instructed in complex financial arrangements and has additional expertise in private children matters and collaborative law. Sharon Lockwood is another key name to note for financial work, while Sarah Walker is highlighted for childcare matters.”

Please click here to view the family law department staff profiles.