Manchester based law firm Slater and Gordon is expanding its family team with the addition of five senior solicitors in response to strong demand for specialist services.
The new appointments will widen the breadth of expertise available offering public and private law services ranging from child law to domestic violence and abuse to cohabitation and divorce.
Natalie Bruce joins from Heaney Watson Solicitors and specialises in disputes over contact, residence, guardian work and domestic abuse.
Chris Fairhurst and Paul Webb join as partners from Stephensons Solicitors LLP. Chris specialises in finance and complex child work and Paul focuses on private and public child law. They are both Children Panel Accreditation Scheme Members.
Marc Etherington has been practising family law since 2009 and joins from Braddon & Snow Solicitors. Marc has a strong background in acting for clients in complex matters involving children, cohabitation and divorce.
Chris Fairhurst, family lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “Family arrangements have changed over time and become far more varied. This change is bringing an additional level of complexity to family disputes or splits. We are increasingly seeing people coming to us for our specialist legal expertise to resolve issues.”
Sarah Jane Lenihan joins from Wellers Law Group and works with all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, children matters and domestic violence.
Amanda McAlister, head of family law at Slater and Gordon: “Our approach has always been to give our clients access to a team of leading specialists in this area of the law – it’s so important to be able to get the best advice when going through life-changing events which have major implications for you and your loved ones.
“We are delighted to welcome our new team members as part of our nationwide recruitment drive. This diversification will allow us to strengthen our department of family law experts and give our clients unrivalled access to first-class legal services.”