Family Law Solicitors

We recognise that you will often consult a solicitor when facing a major life event, so here at Pickerings, we try to make the process as simple and painless as possible.

We can offer a broad range of services because we have lawyers who specialise in a particular field. This means that we can ensure that you get the person best qualified to advise or represent you.

Whether you are planning for the future security of your family, or dealing with a crisis, our priority is to provide a high quality personal service. We work with you to achieve the best possible outcome and always keep you informed.

Click on our list of services to find out more. :

Divorce & Separation

Children Cases


If you can't see the service you require, please give us a call on 01827 317070 or email

Our Family law team is recommended in the Legal 500, a directory of leading law firms.


Recommended in The Legal 500 2024

The 'professional and strong' team at Pickerings Solicitors is jointly led by Susan Davies who concentrates on divorce and finance work and Richard Westley who excels in children matters. It regularly deals with high-net-worth matrimonial cases where there are businesses, properties and pensions involved. Three of the solicitors who specialise in children work are members of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and are frequently instructed by the children’s guardians.


‘I think attention to detail is very important and Susan Davies listened intensely but was also able to give guidance and good advice without being intimidating‘.

‘I work with Richard Westley, Victoria Harvey and Jo Craddock. Each is unique in their own way but have a shared ethos in how they represent children and execute directions from guardians. I have full confidence that having worked with them for a number of years any decision they make or suggest can be trusted’.

‘Pickerings solicitors offer a range of expertise in private and public family law work.  Richard Westley or Jo Craddock and Vicky Harvey – All 3 offer a considered child focussed service to Guardians, are happy to meet with children who they represent and offer good legal advice promptly and excellent representation in court hearings‘.

Recommended in The Legal 500 2023

'The family team at Pickerings Solicitors is led jointly by Susan Davies and Richard Westley. Davies is equipped to handle all aspects of divorce and separation and is a collaboratively trained lawyer. She regularly deals with high-net-worth matrimonial cases (often where businesses and pensions are involved) in addition to pre-and post-nuptial agreements. Westley leads the children team and has particular expertise in public law proceedings. The group is often instructed by the children’s guardians to act in the most serious and complex cases.'

The family team at Pickerings Solicitors is jointly led by Susan Davies, who specialises in divorce and finance, and Richard Westley, who leads the children law team. Joanna Craddock and Victoria Harvey are also key members of the children team and, alongside Craddock, are members of the Law Society’s Children Law accreditation scheme and are often instructed by the children’s guardian on some serious and complex cases. Davies handles all aspects of divorce and separation and is a collaboratively trained lawyer.


'This case was exceptionally complex.  Hannah has discharged her role with outstanding commitment to the client, she has also shown an understanding of the nuances of this kind of work that has been simply outstanding.  She has maintained a constant focus on the central issues and prepared the case in such a way that her work has had a direct and significant contribution on the successful resolution of matters on behalf of the client.  She is a considerable asset to the firm'.  

Stefano Nuvoloni KC, May 2023

'Hannah has been on top of this case from day one, her knowledge of the proceedings has been second to none.  She has spent many necessary hours with the client, making sure they understand everything.  The case was presented as fully as possible which made our task of presenting the case in Court, so much easier.  Hannah has done all this with grace, realism, and a much needed sense of humour.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with her.  She is a credit to your firm'.

Michelle Brown, Barrister, St Ives Chambers, May 2023

‘Great team. The staff is all professional and caring and explained everything well to me so I knew the process. Would highly recommend this firm !’

‘Susan Davies is incredibly easy to talk to, and I felt well supported during each and every stage. Very professional but with a caring nature which you need during divorce proceedings. She made the whole process much easier with her explanations of each stage of my proceedings. Her knowledge and experience made me feel confident and the outcome was better than I expected all down to her hard work.

‘Joanna Craddock is a highly knowledgeable solicitor who really cares about her clients, she works extremely long hours and goes above and beyond to achieve the best possible result for her clients’.

‘I have found the team to be personally and professionally supportive. The team is keen to meet the children they represent. The team is personable, good fun and always professional. Great with children. Great knowledge of the court system and separate local authorities. Great connections‘.

‘Pickerings Solicitors is a brilliant choice for child care cases locally. It has a broad range of highly capable lawyers who provide an exceptional level of client care. They conduct some of the most complex and difficult child protection cases with confidence and their conscientious approach inspires confidence‘.

‘Richard Westley is an excellent choice for the most serious child protection cases. He is always very well prepared and goes above and beyond in serving the interests of his clients. I have found him to be unflappable in high-stress situations’.