If you are suffering from domestic abuse, threatening behaviour or physical or sexual abuse then our Family Law specialists can take urgent steps to protect you and your children.
It’s vital that you seek advice at the earliest opportunity as our team will need to explain the options available to you and what they will mean for you and your family.
Our specialists also run an emergency injunction service where we will see you urgently and apply to the Courts for appropriate protection measures.
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We know it can be worrying contacting a Solicitor but you’ll find our team approachable and easy to talk to. Always remember we are on your side.
Our Family Law specialists can support you with:
- Emergency injunction service
- Non-Molestation Orders, preventing violence, threats or harassment
- Occupation Orders, where named individuals can be excluded from the family home or from coming within a certain distance of it
- Legal advice post-injunction, such as divorce and separation, children arrangements, financial settlements, housing and welfare benefits
- Practical support through our links with external agencies and support organisations
Our Family Law specialists aim to:
- Respond urgently to requests for domestic abuse help
- Use the full force of the law to put adequate protection in place
- Handle domestic abuse matters strongly but sensitively to ensure client safety is quickly secured with the minimum of distress and upset
- Carefully explain the injunction process and legal options moving forward to lessen concerns about the future
- Use other expert teams within the firm such as matrimonial, housing, welfare benefits, wills & probate etc to provide on-going legal support
- Communicate regularly and openly and always be ready to listen
- Examine funding options such as Legal Aid and make the quality advice you need accessible and affordable
- Help put in place personal support systems through introductions to specialist organisations, advice bodies, charities and community groups
Domestic Abuse Free Consultation
Our Family Law team offer a free 30 minute consultation for new clients and we offer flexible appointments that can be arranged around your work schedule.
Family Law Fees
Our Family Law team are transparent with their prices and offer a variety of fixed fees. These can be found here.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.
The Domestic Abuse team
The Domestic Abuse 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.
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.”
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.”