Our partners are regarded as “the leading lights of the profession”, spearheading a department of unrivalled strength and depth advising on all aspects of family law. We are the pre-eminent divorce and family practice in the UK, ranked No.1 in both The Legal 500 and Chambers.

Stephen Foster - Head of Divorce and Family

Head of Department Stephen is praised in The Times “for leading Stewarts’ phalanx of family law lawyers to the top of the pack” and as an “intelligent and superbly talented litigator”. The Legal 500 says he has assembled a “scarily bright” team noted for its knack in “unravelling complicated trust structures and assets hidden behind companies”.

Stephen Foster, Partner, Head of Divorce and Family

Toby Atkinson

Toby was recently praised by The Legal 500 as “extraordinarily able and extremely bright”, who “works tirelessly and efficiently for his clients, always looking to resolve issues if possible while preparing to fight if there is no negotiated settlement to be found”.

Toby Atkinson, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Debbie Chism

Debbie’s leading national reputation in family law is built on over 20 years’ experience advising high net worth individuals. She is ranked in Band 1 in both Chambers and The Legal 500.

Debbie Chism, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Adrian Clossick

Described by Chambers as “phenomenal” and by CityWealth magazine as “one of the most well respected matrimonial finance practitioners in the North”, Adrian is Head of Divorce and Family in our Leeds office and specialises in the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals.

Adrian Clossick, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Emma Hatley

Emma has a reputation as the best technical lawyer of her generation. In Chambers, Emma is described as “dynamic and charismatic” and “exceptionally good and very clever, and she always gets to the point”. The Legal 500 ranks Emma as a Leading Individual with “an excellent analytical approach to complex cases, coupled with a superb bedside manner”.

Spears' Family Lawyer of the Year - Emma Hatley

Richard Hogwood

The Legal 500 has described Richard as “ferociously clever and very solution focused” and a “star in the making”. Richard focuses particularly on negotiating the financial aspects of divorce (and civil partnership dissolution), separation and preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Richard Hogwood, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Matthew Humphries

Matthew is ranked in Chambers 2017, which commented that he is “an old head on young shoulders” praising him as “pragmatic”, “calm” and “thoughtful”. His particular expertise is resolving complex financial claims arising on family breakdown.

Matthew Humphries, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Carly Kinch

Carly is described by her clients as “tenacious”, “hard-working” and “incredibly supportive”. Carly was recently nominated for the Spear’s Wealth Management ‘Young Rising Star’ award.

Carly Kinch - Partner, Divorce and Family

Sam Longworth

Sam is a leading lawyer in international, complex and high-value divorce and family law cases. He is recognised across the private wealth industries as a leader in his field. Spear’s says of Sam: “One of the UK’s leading partners, Longworth is popular among clients, referrers and peers alike.”

Sam Longworth, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

Helen Ward

Helen is described in the two leading independent legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers as “the extraordinary and brilliant Helen Ward” and an “absolutely a class act … if you want a star, there she is”

Helen Ward, Partner, Divorce and Family, Stewarts

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