There is only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, but there are five ways of demonstrating how this breakdown of marriage has occurred.

An already difficult situation can be exacerbated if it is not handled with sensitivity and understanding.

We therefore, adopt a process to “soften” the impact of the process by a non-confrontational procedure that assists the parties in coming to terms with the breakdown of their marriage.

To make that first step in the process a little bit easier we offer an initial consultation for up to 30 minutes with one of our experts, free of charge and with no obligations.

If you need legal advice in the following areas, Blythe Liggins can help:
  • Divorce and dissolution of marriages and civil partnership
  • Financial settlements, including pension sharing, valuation of assets, and hidden assets
  • High net worth and complex assets
  • Collaborative law and mediation
  • Children issues
  • Enforcement of divorce settlements
  • Cohabitants rights
  • Children and divorce matters that occur overseas
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

If you need advice from a specialist lawyer to support you, get in touch to book a free consultation.

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Meet the Family Law Team


Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks

Andrew has been a partner at Blythe Liggins since 1993. For the last 30 years he has practised exclusively in family law, nowadays specialising in divorce, finance and property matters.

Andrew’s client base is varied. He has acted for clients who have both complex and straightforward issues that need to be resolved. However, as his career has developed he has increasingly acted for  individuals who run their own businesses. He has also acted for a number of professionals over the years including other solicitors, accountants and property specialists. He has acted in cases that involve foreign property and cases where the parties have inherited significant family wealth, as well as building up their own wealth during the course of their marriage.

The philosophy that Andrew brings to the process of divorce is to look for solutions not problems which can and often do unnecessarily prevent a settlement from being reached. He prides himself on being able to take an overview of the finance and property side of a case with a view to finding a reasonable, pragmatic and fair solution.

The mantra of Andrew’s approach to divorce and finance and property cases is to reach a settlement without going to court. Where however a court action is necessary Andrew will strongly represent his clients with the full force of the law with a view to protecting their capital and where appropriate their business interests.

Andrew can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • The divorce process
  • Finance and property matters
  • The protection of private business interests whether in the form of partnership or company protection
  • Seeking to protect inherited family wealth
  • Making provision for the future and in particular looking after pension interests
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Freezing orders in connection with dissipation of wealth
  • Overseas property capital and pension interests

Outside his professional life, Andrew has completed the London Marathon twice and is a member of Stratford upon Avon Boat Club. He sails dinghies and small boats, albeit very badly.

Get in touch with Andrew to find out if he can help you with your family queries.

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Louise Sheasby

Louise Sheasby

Louise has specialised in family law for over 30 years.  She is passionate about doing the very best for her clients and has a diverse client base.

Louise acts both in relatively straightforward divorces and in more complex and involved cases.  She has acted for professionals and business people always in an empathetic and calm way.

Finding a practical solution is a theme that prevails throughout Louise’s practice.  She is able to take an overview and always seeks to fulfil her clients’ expectations, whilst at the same time providing a cost-effective legal solution.

On the one hand Louise is sympathetic and understanding,  she will always seek to settle finance/property cases amicably, but when called upon to do so she will protect her client’s interest through the court process.

Louise can help you with a wide range of issues including:​

  • Divorce
  • Finance/property matters
  • Advice in connection with private limited companies and business partnerships
  • Freezing orders
  • Foreign property
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements

Louise enjoys travelling.  She particularly loves Spanish culture and enjoys learning Spanish in her spare time.  Louise also likes to keep fit.  She runs and has taken part in the Warwick to Kenilworth Two Castles Run.

Get in touch with Louise to find out if she can help you with your family queries.

Call 01926884735 Email ls@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

Sophia Mellor

Sophia Mellor

Sophia has specialised in family law since 2007. She has previously headed a childcare Department and throughout her practice has always focused on providing excellent client care.

Sophia has an understanding and personable demeanour and is able to understand the needs of clients during this difficult period of their lives. She is also able to take a robust view and is realistic about what can be achieved in terms of reaching a settlement.

Sophia understands the financial challenges that need to be overcome to reach a financial settlement that is fair and reasonable, meets the needs of the parties and in accordance with the law puts the children first. She is able to advise clients in connection with the options that are available to them and assist them in making important decisions regarding the settlement of finance and property cases. Sophia also has the tenacity to take matters through the court process where cases do not settle.

Sophia has experience of dealing with finance and property matters and understands the dynamics of business whether in the guise of a private limited company, partnerships or professional entities.

Sophia is a member of the Association of lawyers for Children and an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel.

Sophia is able to provide clients with expert legal advice in respect of any family matters including:
  • Divorce
  • Financial matters
  • Children act issues including guardianship issues and acting for grandparents.
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Injunctive proceedings including freezing orders.

Away from the office, Sophia teaches languages privately and is also the Legal Advisor and Vice-Chair of a local Fostering Agency dealing with applications of prospective foster carers.

Outside of work, Sophia loves to spoil her two little boys and keeps them busy and entertained. She loves to read, listen to music, run (when time allows) and long country walks. She also enjoys a full social life including music shows, cinema, dancing, dining and wining especially when her best friend, Champagne, is available.

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