What is the Legal 500 Family Law and Why Does it Matter?

A couple signing divorce papers at a Legal 500 family law solicitors

Trying to decide on a divorce lawyer in London, but not sure who to choose? The Legal 500 family law is a key factor in making your choice. Here’s why you should always check if your solicitor is Legal 500 approved.

Choosing a London divorce lawyer when you’ve decided to get divorced is complicated and stressful at the best of times. This person will be a key part in separating two lives who have spent years living together as one. So how do you choose a lawyer? Do you go to the first person you know who’s divorced and ask for their lawyer’s number, or do you research meticulously until you find the lawyer for you?

The simplest way is neither of these. It’s option three: look in the Legal 500 family law section for a lawyer who fits your needs. Here, we talk about what the Legal 500 is and why it should be your first stop when you’re looking for a divorce lawyer in London.

If You Want a London Divorce Lawyer Recommendation, It’s the Only Place to Go

Just like no two people are the same, no two divorces are the same. Divorce rates aren’t even close to 50% — a debunked statistic anti-marriage people are fond of rolling out — but if you don’t know someone who’s been divorced, you probably live on a desert island. Despite the temptation, though, don’t run to them for a recommendation when your own marriage is on the rocks.

Reasons for divorcing can vary drastically. Infidelity? Financial reasons? Domestic abuse? Irreconcilable differences? Whichever your reason, it’s unlikely to be the same reason as your divorced friend. Right down to the simple difference of whether your divorce is acrimonious, or whether mediation is possible, a different divorce lawyer could be better.

The Legal 500 family law gives a regularly reassessed description of what a law firm’s strong points are. For example, KMJ is described as “an excellent all-round family law firm that provides a high-quality service.”

Location is Everything When You’re Under the Stress of Divorce

A sad couple who need a legal 500 family law solicitor

Not only does it summarise the strengths of different divorce lawyers in London, but the legal 500 family law also lists their location. If you live in Hackney, you don’t want a divorce lawyer in Battersea; the added commuting time will only add unnecessary stress to an already stressful time when you need to look after yourself.

Finding a lawyer you get on with is also crucial. When going through a divorce, especially an acrimonious one, you need to be comfortable telling your divorce lawyer everything about your case. Finding the right lawyer to help you enter the next stage of your life is easy with the help of the Legal 500 family law. Use it to organise some free consultations with the recommended divorce lawyers in London, and you’ll soon be on the right track to a stress-free divorce.

The Times Are Changing — and A Good Lawyer’s Never Been More Important

Brexit has already had complicated ramifications for the UK legal system and, as 2019 approaches, they’re only going to exacerbate. The UK has to rewrite vast bodies of EU laws into becoming UK laws, resulting in the Great Repeal movement, where 800-1000 laws are passed unilaterally by parliament without proper scrutiny. The issue here is that some laws have been written specifically for the EU and won’t work in the UK.

For divorce lawyers in London dealing with international and EU divorces on a regular basis, a rewrite of UK laws, as well as the probable revoking of free movement, will complicate divorces which cross over into other jurisdictions. London fought to remain in the EU and many Londoners possess assets abroad, or are divorcing a spouse who is European.

International relocation of children, cross-boundary disputes, asset management; these are all complex legal matters that required expertise and experience even before Brexit, and now require more care than ever. At KMJ, we have a network of family lawyers, accountants and tax specialists in different jurisdictions throughout the world, with whom we work closely.

The Legal 500 family law helps you find the best, most qualified divorce lawyers in London to handle your case. For the past 28 years, The Legal 500 has been doing a yearly analysis of the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions around the world. At KMJ, we pride ourselves on being included in this list of the top lawyers across the globe and consider there to be no finer recommendation. We’re constantly pushing ourselves to continue providing cutting edge legal services and keeping our clients satisfied and happy.

Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with KMJ Solicitors today, recommended highly by The Legal 500, and see what we can do for you.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.