HC Solicitors expands Family offering

City law firm, HC Solicitors have expanded their Family practice this year. Now the largest Family law team in the city, hc offers a comprehensive range of services for families and children, from assistance with divorce and separation to the preparation of pre-nuptial contracts and resolution of childcare disputes.

Joining the firm are Farhana Butt, an experienced family lawyer, and Ben Snedden, a solicitor with 5 years of experience in family law in New Zealand and the UK.

Farhana is an accredited specialist for Resolution for dealing with complex financial matters. Farhana and Denis White (also at hc) are now the only 2 solicitors in Peterborough with this accreditation - qualifying them to deal with divorces in families with complex or high value assets. Farhana is also a pre-eminent Asian family lawyer in the area and can advise whether alternative wedding ceremonies are valid under English Law.

Ben qualified originally as a barrister in New Zealand before being admitted as an English solicitor in 2005. This allows him to work in both countries should the need arise. He currently does general family law work within the department and has 2 years experience in local authority child care work which proves invaluable in dealing with childcare cases.

The new starters will be joining the highly experienced team of Directors Denis White and Edward Owen who have a combined experience of over 40 years. Both Edward and Denis are accredited by Resolution as specialists in dealing with Pension divisions and complex financial arrangements respectively. Together with Farhana, who is also a specialist in complex financial arrangements they are the only lawyers in Peterborough with these accreditations. They are recognised in the region as experts in their field and, along with Farhana, are both qualified to provide Collaborative Law assistance - a new scheme designed to help complete divorces without the need for costly and potentially hostile court action.

Also in the Family Department, Conway Ide, Legal Executive, has recently been reaccredited under the Family Law Accreditation Scheme. Conway has 30 years of experience in Family Law and has a particular interest in cases which involve Islamic Law.

The Family team is also supported by a specialist experienced administrative support team who are able to ensure effective and efficient communication between members of the team and clients.

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