Family Law

Welcome to Family Law Made Easy: Family Law Department

Our solicitors commit to working differently to save you money

We are now pleased to offer our clients a choice of either fixed fees or highly discounted rates for all family law cases

From our central Gloucester offices our expert divorce and family solicitors and lawyers can provide you with legal services and advice about:

  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • divorce or civil partnership dissolution
  • deciding how family assets and/or income should be shared after separation
  • formalising a financial settlement on divorce or civil partnershp dissolution
  • problems with child arrangements for example regarding contact (previously called access) or residence (previously called custody) for your children or grandchildren
  • problems in making decisions about your children (for example which school they will attend, or what surname they should use)
  • obtaining domestic violence injunctions (non-molestation orders)/occupation orders
  • Joint property owner (Co-habitee) disagreements
  • ‘living-together’ (or Co-habittee) agreements

Please contact us if you need to speak in confidence to a divorce and family solicitor and we will respond to you within 48 hours with a no obligation quote.

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A brief introduction to our specialist divorce and family solicitors

Divorce, separation, children, family law, wills and probate solicitors in gloucester, cheltenham, clayton, ipswich and bristol

Oliver Beyret-Powell

Company Secretary

Oliver is our company secretary and a former divorce and family law solicitor. Oliver's primary responsibilities lie in supporting the management of the firm.

Divorce, separation, children, family law, wills and probate solicitors in gloucester, cheltenham, clayton, ipswich and bristol

Rachel Weldrake


With overall responsibility for the Family Law department, Rachel works primarily from our central Gloucester office but also offers client appointments in the South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset areas. Rachel is an expert divorce and family solicitor with over 25 years experience working exclusively in divorce and family law, helping many families through difficult times.

Rachel handles all aspects of relationship breakdown including living together agreements, prenuptial agreements, informal separations, divorce, civil partnership dissolution and finances for low to high net worth clients drawing the input of barristers, pension actuaries, chartered surveyors and forensic accountants when needed. Rachel is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel which recognises her skills as amongst the highest in the country. She is also a member of Resolution.

Rachel strives to help her clients find a sensible and cost effective solution using court proceedings only ever as a last resort. Her approach is client led and client focused whether that be in mediation, solicitor led negotiation or litigation. Her main aim is to look after you and your interests. She enjoys helping those who need it most by giving sensible, straightforward advice and taking a practical approach to resolving disputes. Rachel always has in mind both the financial and emotional cost to clients of a relationship breakdown. She is happy to offer our low fixed fees and discounted hourly rates as well as help to those preferring a ‘Do It Yourself’ Divorce or wanting a ‘pay as you go’ service.

Divorce, separation, children, family law, wills and probate solicitors in gloucester, cheltenham, clayton, ipswich and bristol

Helen Meredith


Helen is a Divorce and Family Law and Wills and Probate solicitor who works at our central Gloucester office. She has over 20 years experience in Family Law and is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution who encourages a cost effective and constructive approach to bring Family Law issues to conclusion as quickly and amicably as possible. Helen is happy to advise on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, separation, finances, private law children issues and domestic violence. She is content to be as involved as the individual client requires whether this means advising on an 'as and when required' basis or providing full representation throughout proceedings.
Helen aims to provide realistic, cost effective advice in a straightforward manner and understands the difficulties that many experience when going through a relationship breakdown.

Helen also has many years experience in the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and making applications for obtaining Grants of Probate and administering estates. She is happy to assist with these matters on a fixed fee basis when possible.

Divorce, separation, children, family law, wills and probate solicitors in gloucester, cheltenham, clayton, ipswich and bristol

Joanna Morgan

Consultant Chartered Legal Executive

Working within the Family Law Department, Joanna specialises in family law and is very experienced in all aspects of dealing with divorce/cohabiting couples, the financial matters that arise from the breakdown of a marriage and all private law related children matters. She also advises in relation to pre-nuptial agreements and living together agreements. Joanna has many years experience in relation to domestic violence matters including making emergency applications to the court. She has been practising in family law since 1984 and has worked in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area for over 20 years and in Worcestershire prior to that. She can provide appointments in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire to include Tewkesbury, Pershore, Upton-Upon-Severn, Malvern, Worcester and the surrounding areas.

Joanna is keen to adopt a non-confrontational approach and to always act for her clients in a sensitive, constructive and supportive manner at what is no doubt a very difficult and stressful time in their lives. She promotes a straightforward approach to finding the best way forward as cost effectively as possible for her clients. She understands how important costs are at what is already a difficult time financially, and arrangements are discussed fully at the outset so that clients have a full understanding and can be reassured.

Joanna is married with two grown up children. Her hobbies include country pursuits, gardening and long walks with her dog with the aim of keeping fit!

David Knight


Working within our Family Law Department at our central Gloucester office, David is very experienced in all aspects of family law dealing with divorce issues, covering financial matters from low to high net worth assets. He also advises on pre and post-nuptial agreements. With his many years’ experience in dealing with civil litigation disputes, he also advises on TOLTA claims, (Trust of Land), property type disputes that often arise in cohabitation cases.
He advises and represents clients as to all private law issues relating to children to include complex applications as to the removal out of the jurisdiction.

David has for many years acted for clients who need emergency protection from domestic abuse and violence and to apply to the court for immediate orders.

David has been qualified for over 30 years and adopts a very sensitive and caring approach in dealing with family issues. He advocates dispute resolution and works closely with local mediators or where necessary round the table meetings to arrive at an effective and less costly solution.

He works primarily from our Gloucester office but can provide appointments in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Broadway, Chipping Camden and surrounding areas.

David is married with two grown up daughters. He is a volunteer with St John Ambulance and serves on the Gloucestershire County Priory Group to assist with vital fundraising. His hobbies include walking, theatre and he is very successful at growing vegetables in his garden.

Liz Lacey


Liz has been practising in family law since 2007 both in Gloucestershire and nationally. She can offer appointments not only in our central Gloucester office but also in Worcestershire with the aim to help families through difficult times.

Liz is currently specialising in work relating to children matters and domestic abuse. She has great experience in acting for parents in disputes to resolve arrangements for children, for example where a parent wishes to relocate with a child, where a parent would like for there to be a change school arrangements or where there are allegations of parental alienation or abuse. She can also advise Grandparents as to their options relating to their Grandchildren.

Liz has particular experience in representing clients where there are allegations of domestic violence, including physical, financial and emotional abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour. She puts the needs of her clients first in a cost effective manner using mediation, negotiation and as a last resort, court proceedings.

Liz provides practical, supportive advice in an empathetic manner. She can undertake all aspects of your case from initial discussions and negotiations to court proceedings. She also has a network of mediators, divorce coaches and barristers, both locally and nationally, that can be collated to form a positive team if required.