Our Divorce and Separation Solicitors appreciate that separating and dealing with divorce and family matters is stressful. You can rely on our team of expert family law solicitors who will understand your needs and provide expert legal advice about divorce and separation. Our professional family law solicitors in our Alsager, Crewe, Congleton, Nantwich, Sandbach, and Wilmslow offices are on-hand to offer first-class legal advice and support.
We are the leading Family law team in Cheshire and can offer you fixed fees for divorce and other family law services.
Poole Alcock divorce and separation solicitors understand that the breaking up of a relationship is a particularly difficult time. Our team of sensitive and experienced divorce and family solicitors are here to explain all the legal aspects of separation and provide prompt service to resolve your case.
If you are considering a divorce, we would highly recommend applying for a financial consent order or entering into a separation agreement. These agreements enable you as a couple to formally detail the division of your money, property and assets in writing.
The benefits of a separation agreement help avoid any issues in the future during your divorce, so you can both prove what has been agreed by both partners. Each separation agreement is reviewed in fairness by each partner; which is why we would advise you use a qualified solicitor to guide you throughout the negotiating process.
Poole Alcock divorce and separation solicitors are here for you and your family: we understand that divorce and separation is a highly emotional process and each step has to be treated carefully to avoid any conflict. Our expert team will ensure you and your partner can make an amicable agreement as part of the legal process to end the relationship.
Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with civil partnership dissolutions. If your relationship has broken down, you are entitled to apply for a dissolution on the basis your partner agrees. As with divorce, you will have to apply to the court, detailing the reasons why you wish to end your partnership. Poole Alcock will advise you on this process to help you both move on with your separate lives and to manage any financial proceedings lawfully required.
Sorting your finances after a divorce can be one of the most daunting parts of a divorce or separation. It is a process required to review any financial concerns between you and your partner. Financial separation can include savings, pensions, property; and any monetary maintenance once you have divorced. If there are any children involved, their welfare will be considered as a priority during the negotiation process. Our caring team are here to guide you through this complex process and reduce any potential conflict between each party.
All of our family solicitors are members of Resolution, our accreditation partner. If you are in need of advice, contact Poole Alcock divorce and separation solicitors for a consultation to discuss your situation. We also offer divorce on a fixed fee basis so you can rest assured the cost of divorce proceedings is settled in advance, depending on your circumstances.
Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-
We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.
Richard Barratt – the head of the Divorce and Family Team – is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer. Under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.
Specialising in all areas of law across Cheshire and beyond, we offer a modern service with traditional values, giving you the complete legal service whenever you need us.
We believe our clients deserve to receive the highest possible standard of customer care and legal advice. To achieve this, we ensure our lawyers and support teams are highly skilled professionals with a passion for delivering excellent service which focuses on our clients’ individual needs and circumstances.
We regularly ask our clients for feedback and how we could make our service even better, to make sure that we get it right every time. We leave nothing to chance and take nothing for granted. For these reasons, we make a simple but important promise to our clients: The Committed to Excellence Pledge.
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We are a leading Nantwich family law department with specialist solicitors on hand to help you and your family.
Our expert lawyers will provide you with affordable quality legal advice, whatever your situation may be.
Contact us today for your free consultation to find out how our team can help you.
Richard Barratt is a leading Cheshire divorce solicitor and he heads up our Divorce and Family law team in Nantwich.
Richard qualified in 2006 and joined the firm in 2007 before becoming a partner in 2012.
Consistently recommended by clients, he specialises in divorce & family law and is a member of the Advanced Family Law Panel of the Law Society in the categories of divorce, finances and children.
Richard is also a member of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.
He specialises in all aspects of private family law, with particular emphasis on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown including cases where there are substantial assets, trusts, pensions and family businesses. He also deals with disputes regarding children.Contact Me
Daniel is a Partner and specialist Solicitor within our leading Divorce and Family team.
Based in our Wilmslow office, Daniel specialises in all aspects of divorce and family law. He is well known for his attention to detail, precise nature and perseverance. He is committed to getting the best result for his clients in all circumstances and prides himself on building long lasting relationships.
Daniel is a qualified Higher Court Advocate.
Daniel graduated from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University in 1999, with honours, and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. He became Partner at the firm in 2012.
Daniel also has experience with all areas of criminal law including the most serious cases including murder, serious sexual offences, drug supply and fraud.Contact Me
Nicola is well known and highly respected throughout Cheshire as a Child Law specialist. She acts for parents in relation to Pre-Proceedings and Care and Adoption proceedings, including applications by the Local Authority for Care and Supervision Orders. She is also an experienced advocate for grandparents seeking Special Guardianship.
Nicola has dealt with extremely serious and complex cases where she has fought for parents to keep their children living with them or to remain part of their lives in some way. She has a wealth of experience acting in cases where clients have undergone drug/alcohol testing, parenting assessments and psychological assessments as part of the Court process.
Nicola is able to provide advice, assistance and representation under a contract to provide Legal Aid, which usually means there is no cost to eligible clients.
Nicola is also a member of Resolution, who are a national organisation of family law specialists.Contact Me
Amie is highly experienced in all aspects of family law, with a particular emphasis on divorce and financial matters. Amie is consistently instructed in relation to high-value divorce cases and complex matters involving business interests and overseas assets. Amie has a keen eye for detail and a methodical and forensic approach to resolve matters efficiently and in her client’s best interests.
Amie provides advice to clients in respect of how best to protect their assets when in a relationship, with experience in drafting cohabitation agreements and both pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Amie represents clients in all types of Children Act matters, including complex cases where there are serious Safeguarding concerns, ‘Finding of Fact’ hearings and matters involving Guardians. She is also experienced in dealing with all aspects of cohabitation and separation disputes, including disputes over property under TOLATA.
Amie is also a member of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.Contact Me
Helen is a dedicated family Solicitor and Partner who is adept at dealing with all aspects of family law including marriage and relationship breakdown, matrimonial finances, arrangements for children and nuptial agreements.
Helen’s clients benefit from her passion for providing sound, sensible legal advice alongside excellent service, describing her as “an absolute credit to Poole Alcock”, “amazing” and another stating “thank god for Helen Stoller”! Helen’s primary concern is that her clients are well-informed, well-advised and well-cared for throughout proceedings.
Helen is proficient in advising clients in relation to the financial aspects of their separation and assisting clients to negotiate a financial agreement whenever possible. In cases where alternative methods of dispute resolution are unsuccessful, Helen is able to advise and assist clients in resolving matters through court proceedings.
Helen has a particular interest in helping families to resolve arrangements for children and has recently acted for clients involved in complex Finding of Fact hearings where there were serious safeguarding concerns and in relation to emergency applications involving internal relocation and issues of parental alienation.
Helen also advises clients who have cohabited on their obligations and rights upon separation and provides advice to clients who are contemplating cohabitation or marriage in relation to cohabitation agreements and pre and post-nuptial agreements to help protect their assets in the event of a separation.
Helen is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in relation to complex financial remedies and private law children. Resolution are a national organisation of family lawyers who are committed to a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law issues, whilst also ensuring the best outcome for their clients.Contact Me
Jane is a highly experienced family law specialist, with a particular interest in matrimonial disputes and arrangements for children. She works closely with clients to resolve any issues and is focused on the client’s needs in each individual case.
Jane prides herself upon building an excellent rapport with her clients and providing them with indispensable advice in relation to a wide range of family issues, including divorce, Child Arrangements Orders, Non-Molestation Orders and financial remedy proceedings.
Jane works in partnership with Cheshire Constabulary and was selected to join their panel and work alongside the Cheshire Police Federation providing their police officers and staff with specialist advice and support.
Jane is also a member of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.Contact Me
Cheryl Cooper joined Poole Alcock in 2001 and commenced her ILEX training with the Institute of Legal Executives in 2004.
Cheryl assists Nicola Jones and Sonia Rickard in the Child Law and Care Department. With over a decade of experience Cheryl specialises in representing clients whose children are at risk of being, or have already been, taken into the care of the Local Authority.
Cheryl’s knowledge and excellent rapport with clients ensures that parents and carers are helped to negotiate their way through the complex issues involved, despite any other difficulties they may be facing in their personal lives.
Cheryl acts for clients in relation to pre-proceedings, care proceedings and Special Guardianship Orders. She also has acted in complex cases which have been heard at the High Court and Court of Appeal.Contact Me
Nicola is experienced in dealing with all aspects of family law, with a particular interest in cases which involve Domestic Abuse and Children Act applications. She is highly recommended by her previous clients, with a reputation for fighting for those most vulnerable and providing robust advocacy on their behalf.
As well as applications for Children Act Orders including Prohibited Steps and Specific Issues, Nicola has acted for clients in relation to urgent applications for the return of a child and complex ‘Finding of Fact’ hearings.
In addition, Nicola frequently deals with divorce and financial disputes arising from the breakdown of a marriage/civil partnership. She is also experienced in acting for unmarried clients upon separation, including TOLATA proceedings.
Nicola is a member of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.Contact Me
Sarah has been with Poole Alcock since 2014, qualifying in March 2019.
Sarah prides herself on looking after her clients first and foremost. She always ensures that everybody involved with the transaction is kept up to date every step of the way.Contact Me
Sonia is an expert family law solicitor, specialising in child care law.
Sonia works in our dedicated care team helping parents and children through often very complex and difficult legal proceedings.
Based at our Crewe office, Sonia is a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel – meaning she is an accredited specialist in children law.
If you would like to book an appointment to meet with Sonia then don’t hesitate to get in contact with her on our Freephone telephone number 0800 389 7093 or at our Crewe office on 01270 256665.Contact Me
Natasha represents clients in all types of Children Act matters, including cases where there are serious safeguarding concerns.
Natasha has experience of representing vulnerable clients, where they may have suffered domestic abuse within their relationship.
Natasha can also provide advice and representation in relation to divorce and financial disputes as a result of the breakdown of her clients marriage.
Natasha works closely with clients to ensure her client’s needs are met in each individual case.Contact Me
Lisa is a Solicitor specialising in all aspects of divorce and family law. Lisa has a particular expertise in advising clients in relation to high-value divorce cases and the arrangements for children on separation.
She is consistently recommended by clients for her efficient, caring and robust approach to family cases.
Chloe is a Trainee Solicitor currently working in our Divorce and Family Department. Chloe previously spent time working in our Conveyancing Department.
Chloe assists in all aspects of family work, including in relation to divorce, financial matters and agreeing the arrangements for children. Chloe also frequently attends at court to provide additional support to clients, alongside the instructed solicitor or barrister.
Chloe has prepared emergency applications to assist in obtaining prohibitive injunctions and provided representation at court for an emergency Non-Molestation Order, which she successfully obtained.
Chloe completed her law degree and Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire, graduating in 2018 and is due to complete her Training Contract in June 2021.Contact Me
Joined Poole Alcock in August 2019 as a Trainee Solicitor and is currently undertaking her first seat in the care department. Irini completed her LLB law degree fast track at Staffordshire University and is currently studying the Legal Practice Course alongside training contract.
In her spare time Irini enjoys going to the gym, socialising and travelling.Contact Me
I used Poole Alcock for my divorce. On my first meeting with Jane Jacques I was in a complete state of panic about what was happening. She immediately put me at ease and I felt confident that my case was going to be in the right hands. From the outset everyone was very professional but at the same time very caring.
It was unfortunately a very difficult, drawn out case, but every dealing I had with Jane left me feeling positive and confident.
I was kept informed every step of the way and Poole Alcock were very upfront about the process and the expected costs.
At one point I had to deal with another solicitor – Nicola Deakin. Nicola was also lovely, professional and caring. The barrister appointed by Poole Alcock was excellent. Mr Julian Shaw was extremely experienced and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job in court for me.
As my case now draws to a close I can’t thank the team at Poole Alcock enough. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the firm and especially Jane Jacques to anyone requiring a family law solicitor.
My thanks to Richard, he was brilliant and I will be using him and his team to steer me through this process.
The thought of filing for divorce filled me with horror, but thanks to you, you made it a really easy, stress free process. Being able to correspond via email helped me a lot and I noticed you emailed outside of office hours – showing your dedication to your job. You were always kind and caring and I want you to know how much I appreciate all your help during this difficult period in my life. I would certainly highly recommend your services. I am now ready to move on. Thank you so very much.
Thanks again Helen. Seven years of fighting and we did it!
Thank you for the outcome of my case. I found Nicola and Cheryl extremely approachable and very professional. They offered me such support and guidance in my case. They also kept me informed whenever needed.
I never had to wait long for an appointment and any problems that arose were dealt with.
Thanks once again for all the support you have given to me.
I just wanted to say thank you for always believing in me. I will be forever thankful to you for always understanding me. Its like you were in my head the whole way through. You’ve been by my side for almost a year now and it meant a lot that you believed in me.
Very happy with the service that we received. Many thanks for all your help help and support.
I can relax at last!
Thanks again for making me feel so at ease and happy with your amazing support
Whilst being a client at Poole Alcock Solicitors Helen Stoller and Chloe Burgis, who work within the family department, have been a massive help and made me feel reassured through my difficult time and were always happy to help me. I would highly recommend using their services as they are very professional and friendly.
My sincere thanks to Lisa Ball who recently acted on my behalf in relation to child care arrangements. This was a very complex case involving the care and support for my disabled son and myself as the primary carer for my child.
Lisa was extremely supportive and professional and I trusted her implicitly. After a fraught 7 years of difficulties Lisa, in my opinion, was the only person who understood the situation and resolved the issues which were present.
Her professionalism and negotiation skills with the other parties was outstanding and she took the lead when needed and appropriately.
My son and I are now able to move forward knowing we are protected and free to experience the peace and happiness we deserve.
Thank you so much Lisa for all that you did for us.
Thank you so much for your kind and caring approach and for your complete dedication.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your wonderful colleagues for all your help, advice and support over the past 18 months, onwards and upwards now!!
Thank you very much for all your help over the last 12 months or more, I have appreciated it very much.
You all have done amazing thank you for everything you have done.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me, supporting me, moreover believing in me and helping me to see that I am worthy of being so happy in myself and achieving my goals.
Everybody has difficult times and most worse than me but you helped me get through mine and made me believe I could come out the other side and live a wonderfully happy life.
We will be eternally grateful to you.
Thank you so much for all of your help, guidance and just everything else over the last two years. I wouldn’t be where I am now without you! Actually will miss you. Thank you again.
Louise, Rachael and Julie (Reception)
Thank you for always being at the end of the phone and getting us thought the past couple of years, lots of love.
Well thank you for everything Helen you have been amazing , and will always recommend you to others.
I can’t thank you enough. It has been hard. Not sure I would have stayed as sane as I am if it weren’t for your help and advice! Thank you so much.
Many thanks for your help and support I greatly appreciate everything you have done for me and my kids. I couldn’t have gotten a better a solicitor…again, thank you very much.
Richard, Amie and Julia
Thank you so much for everything you have all done – we really do appreciate yours and your fantastic teams efforts and hard work in helping us get through this last 18 months- it has been extremely difficult at times but your support and advice has been amazing. We recommend you to everyone who asks!
Thank you Richard for all your help and support during a difficult time.
I cannot recommend Jane Jacques highly enough. I expected my divorce to be a very difficult and tough experience but it was surprisingly seamless and stress free thanks to Jane.
She was friendly, approachable and efficient and she communicated with me at all times. I would like to thank Jane and Poole Alcock for their excellent customer service.
I visited Jane recently at the new offices in Congleton. The offices are beautiful and very well situated. Jane Jacques is a credit to her profession – extremely knowledgeable and incredibly professional. Jane took the time to fully explain the next steps and how the overall process would work. I left feeling very secure in the information I had received and extremely well supported by Jane herself.
I would highly recommend Jane and Poole Alcock. Thank you for all your help and support
Thanks again for all your help and guidance over the last few months
I want to thank you all, for the work you have done. Helen you are great at your job.
Fingers crossed I can try to get on with my life. But if I do need your help in the future I will get in contact with you.
Could you please pass my thanks to Richard for being so helpful, informative and generous with his time.
He gave me a really clear picture of all the options and processes involved. His informal advice was also really invaluable – such a refreshing experience compared to poor information and advice I had been given elsewhere. From the moment I walked in the door everything lived up to your website.
I would to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and help throughout this process. It’s been a tough 18 months.
Thank you so much.
I would highly recommend Poole Alcock Solicitors and their very friendly staff. From the very first meeting I was made to feel at ease, with patience and understanding at a very emotional and tricky time. Throughout the process, everything was explained at each stage and there was always a transparency to costs. Always conducted with a kind, caring, yet professional manner and went above and beyond to help when I needed it the most. Brilliant service, “thank god for Helen Stoller!”
Thank you so much for today. Your advice, knowledge and guidance is invaluable and very much appreciated.
I recommended a friend of mine to use Jane Jacques at Poole Alcock as his family solicitor as I found her to be highly professional and experienced. I was also aware that Jane is appointed by the Cheshire Police Federation to represent Cheshire Police officers and so I was confident that he would be in good hands. The feedback from my friend was excellent and he could not speak highly enough of Jane’s advice and assistance throughout the whole process. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Jane and Poole Alcock again in the future.
I just wanted to say thank you. As frustrating as this whole thing was for me, on the occasions when I could have and would have felt very vulnerable and way out of my comfort zone, you brought the situation back to being very relaxed and “human”. I really appreciate that, I doubt I could have had that experience on a court day with many solicitors, and I honestly left the court hearing on both occasions pleased it was you at my side. Thanks Amie, I’ll be back in touch if I need to, but for now I hope all is good with you.
I would just like to thank you for all the help and advice that you have given me over the last few months. It was a pity we could not meet face to face ( strange times we live in ). Once again thank you and all the best for the future.
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your work with my daughter on this case.
Your professionalism and dignity has been noted and you have the patience of a saint when dealing with the other party involved.
Some of the matters covered have been very sensitive and you have handled matters accordingly.
Thank you for your input and I wish you well in your future career.
Thank you very much for all your hard work, time and preparation. I can’t thank you enough for all your kindness and support, my family and I are very grateful.
Thank you for all your endeavours. I really appreciate your help and understanding at what was a difficult time.
I always appreciate your help you have been amazing .
You and Rachael have been absolutely fantastic honestly you should be so proud, she always kept me calm in court. All of you deserve recognition and I’m so proud to have Poole Alcock represent me and E. Honestly I know she is paid to be my solicitor but she was the first person that made me feel like I had someone on my side fighting for me and E. You have both been amazing and I really do appreciate all the work being done for me and E.
Thank you very much for all your help and support throughout the divorce process. You have been amazing and I am very grateful for everything that you have done for me.
Thank you so much Helen.
Honestly from the bottom of my heart I can’t thank you enough for you help and support over the last 18months – 2 years! I wouldn’t be where I am now without your help and support, even when I didn’t make right decisions you were still there to help me and never judged me.
You are an an absolute credit to Poole Alcock and I am very lucky to have had the pleasure of you representing me and my girls!
I have engaged with Poole Alcock solicitors over a period of time and have found the level of service, professionalism and specifically legal knowledge to be of the highest standards. The attention to detail, amicability and personal level of service one receives is outstanding. I would highly recommend the services of Nicola Deakin specifically. Nicola is a consummate professional of the highest calibre and on a personal note, a marvellous individual to work with and to have supporting you. I could not praise Nicola enough for the quality of service that has been provided. I will be engaging with Poole Alcock without hesitation for all my future legal requirements.
I would like to thank you for all your help in this trying time for me.
Thanks for all your help I’m so pleased fresh start for 2020.
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work and effort and most importantly support involving my divorce.
It was one of the most traumatic experiences I have ever been through, however your attitude and your focus made me stay determined in securing a better outcome then I ever first thought.
Being able to speak to you at any point in what was a harrowing process was quickly short lived when I was able to build up a relationship with your dedicated secretary Louise and most importantly a fully committed relationship with yourself.
Your experience and reassurances made the last 12 months somewhat bearable especially with your expertise in involving children in a divorce.
With the added pressure of a Non-molestation and Occupation order, your support was second to none towards myself and my children.
I will have no qualms at recommending you to all my friends and family if a solicitor is ever required.
Poole Alcock are incredibly lucky to have you on their team and I wish you every success in furthering your career.
I just wanted to say thank you. It has been a very long 2 years off my life and your help, understanding and counselling has been invaluable.
Monies transferred, our new house should complete end of this month and I can truly start my new life.
Thank you and thank your team too. I shall always recommend your practice highly.
Thank you for all of your help. You did amazing job and I couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you once again.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all your help and support, and providing such an excellent service. You made such an emotive experience more bareable.
As you dealt with all the paperwork required for court, this relieved a large amount of stress and anxiety. Your updates and speed of replies was excellent, and were always clear and informative.
I was aware the respondent was not always the easiest of people to liaise with, however you continued to deal with the situation in a professional and sensitive manner.
If in the future I require legal support, I would not hesitate to contact you or Poole Alcock for advice and representation.
I just wanted to thank you for your calming wise words and advice today. You’re very good at your job and a great support.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for me….you don’t just care about the job, you care as a person….it made me feel safe knowing you were the one dealing with my case.
I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done.