Lodders extends its family law offering


The top-ranking family team of law firm Lodders has launched a bespoke family law service to be operational from its Cheltenham office on Montpellier Parade.

The family team has been consistently recognised as Band 1 in Chambers & Partners and Tier 1 by the Legal 500 for its experience and expertise across the spectrum of family law.

The new Cheltenham offering replicates the work undertaken at Lodders’ Birmingham office - that is best known for its high-end financial remedy work, and its strength in issues relating to children, including those with an international element. It provides advice on all aspects of family law, whether a prenuptial agreement in anticipation of marriage, a divorce following breakdown, and everything in between.

Lodders has recruited highly experienced family lawyer Janice Leyland as a senior associate in the new Cheltenham-based family law team.

Janice is working alongside partner and head of Lodders’ Family Law practice, Beverley Morris, who says:

“The team’s dedication to personal service and expertise in its field continues unabated. Creating an offering to operate from the Cheltenham office has always been the firm’s plan, and it has been important to recruit at the right level to take this plan forward. “

She adds:

“Janice joins us as senior associate at the Cheltenham office. Working with me and with on-the-ground support from associate Christine Williams, this team will replicate the scope and quality of family law work undertaken from the Birmingham office.

“She has worked within the field of family law for over 20 years and has an impressive track record with work on behalf of her clients. Her approach will complement the work for all our clients, particularly those within the business, farming and rural communities.

“Janice’s experience and expertise also complement the already strong two partner team, as well as the specialist fields already operated out of the Cheltenham office, including private client, real estate, employment law and agricultural law.”

Janice has specialised in family law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. Having previously been a partner at Maitland Walker in Cheltenham and Somerset, Janice returned to the region in 2018 to head up the family law service at Scaiff LLP where she has been a partner since 2019.

Of the move to Lodders in Cheltenham, Janice says:

“Lodders is a highly respected firm with a reputation for providing excellent client service, undertaking city standard work from its out-of-city locations.

“In the new role I am focused on providing excellent client care and building strong working relationships with clients, whilst growing the family law offering in Cheltenham and existing relationships with other professionals across the South West. This is a unique opportunity to use my extensive experience and knowledge from working in a number of law firms over the last 20-plus years, to deliver practical and cost-effective legal solutions to complex and involved family issues.”

Lodders is a premier law firm in Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon, Henley in Arden, and Birmingham. Its Family Law team is commended as Top Tier in the latest editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories. For more information: www.lodders.co.uk