Family law has evolved: it is no longer about fighting for rights or battling for custody. The expense and antagonism of final hearings is regarded as a last resort when all attempts to negotiate have failed.
A New Approach
The new generation of family lawyers are committed members of Resolution (the family law association), which promotes cooperation and conciliation and is changing the way people think about family law. We take a holistic approach to relationship breakdown, aiming to achieve the best outcome for you and your family, whilst recognising that you may need more than straightforward legal advice.
We work with leading specialists in areas where you may need additional assistance when considering a financial settlement, such as tax experts, corporate, private client and property lawyers, Independent Financial Advisers, accountants and surveyors. We also work with, and can refer clients to, counsellors, mediators, [divorce] and life coaches where appropriate.
We seek always to act in the best interests of our clients, and work with them and with their advisers, sometimes within a court framework, but always negotiating to try and find the best solution for our client.
Brigid came to family law from an interest in counselling and social work. She was one of the first family lawyers in the country to train as a collaborative lawyer and has always believed that a fair and satisfactory result can be achieved through negotiation and dialogue even if it is within the framework of court proceedings.
Vivien established her career in London, specialising in complex international cases, including cross-border child abduction, and has been commended for her open and frank approach, which has won her many referrals and a sheaf of thank you letters from satisfied clients.
Both Brigid and Vivien were partners at Boodle Hatfield and have years of experience advising a broad range of clients. They are now able to offer their experience, skills and contacts to clients in London and the South East and Midlands, at competitive rates.
Brigid and Vivien have been widely quoted in the national and legal press and have both written numerous articles for family law and other publications.
Articles and publications:
The Times, BBC Online, Private Wealth Advisor, Evolve Financial Planning, Financial Mail, Resolution Review and many other legal journals.
Law Society and Resolution, first for family law.
Brigid is also a Resolution Mentor, Collaborative lawyer and former Resolution committee member and annual speaker. Vivien has spoken at conferences in London and abroad.
What our colleagues and clients say about us:
We have received the following commendations in the specialist legal directories:-
Brigid Turner of Brigid Turner & Co handles high-value financial proceedings in divorce cases, as well as other partnership break-ups, including cohabitation cases.
Sources describe her as "professional and highly perceptive - she is tenacious and never takes her eye off the ball." Another admiring interviewee notes: "She is one of the most empathetic and supportive solicitors I’ve come across."
Brigid Turner & Co is an ‘outstanding’ firm for high-value matrimonial work, and ‘very reasonable value for money given the level of service’. Brigid Turner is ‘a dependable helm through choppy waters’.
Legal 500 (2012)
‘Intelligent, professional and responsive’, “Brigid Turner at Brigid Turner & Co provides a cost-effective alternative to City firms, handling complex, high-value matters”.
Legal 500 (2011)
Brigid Turner is “an impeccable lawyer and extremely good all-rounder”
"...a consistent operator who is good to deal with."
"Consistently good" and "will always strive to get a settlement."
"Held in the highest regard by peers and considered to be scrupulously fair.”
Legal 500 (2005)
And the following quotes from previous and existing clients:-
“Reassuring and easy to talk to, I felt so much better after speaking to Brigid”.
“it was a transformative experience, I feel so much calmer, my family have said how much better I am”.
“Vivien instilled confidence, I felt everything was clearly explained to me and I was informed every step of the way”.
“My gratitude and thanks for finalising my divorce in an expeditious and amicable manner”
“You gave me hope that I would be able to get through the divorce process positively and I appreciated your attention to detail and for seeing me through an emotional chapter of my life”
“Many many thanks for the excellent job you did in solving my divorce problems”
“I am very grateful for your help and advice over the last year. You have been so much more than I could have hoped for when imagining what a great solicitor might be like. Your patience and clarity never faltered and your advice regarding my family has been invaluable.”
“Thank you for being such a calm, stalwart, sympathetic and practical support, I feel in a better position as a result, stronger and better resourced to consider our options”.
“You have acted with integrity and given me the best advice”