Our specialist family solicitors deal exclusively with all aspects of family law. We have outstanding knowledge in this field with over 50 years combined experience in our team. Our focus is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, providing advice that is comprehensive and effective.

Initial Consultation
Come and talk to us. You’ll find us empathetic, keen to help and with a wealth of experience. We offer a fixed fee consultation of £50 for the first appointment. You will be advised on the options open to you and the possible outcomes. Our priority is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the path ahead and the challenges involved in achieving your goals. If you are considering getting divorced, here is a handy guide about What to Expect at your Initial Consultation.

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We are specialist family law solicitors with outstanding knowledge and experience. We are able to advise and assist you through this process in a constructive and effective manner.

I cannot thank Sarah and her team enough for the understanding and compassion through a very traumatic time in my life. They were always on hand to help me put things back into perspective.

Angela Dickinson

I have now received my copy of the Cohabitation Agreement. Thank you for representing my interests and for your excellent work.

Paul Paxton

I just wanted to l take the time to say thank you for your support and services over the last year. Your promptness in replying to my emails really helped make a very difficult time much more bearable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.

Mrs Nicola Bowen

Many, many thanks for achieving this, Karen. I never thought the divorce would be settled without going back to court. Thank you for your wise advice and support. I would recommend you without hesitation.

Jenny Chapman

Thank you for all your support and understanding throughout this difficult time in my life.

Mr Ivasechko

The Family Law Team provided a very professional and swift service in my matrimonial matter.

Miss N Woodhouse

Sarah, quite simply, thank you for helping me to make everything happen.

Ms Habbick of Cambridge

I found it a very good experience working with you, Karen, and I appreciated your manner in handling the issues that, frankly, I didn’t really want to deal with. You made it all very easy.

Mr Guyer of Cambridge

I have been very happy with the service that you have provided to me in terms of advising and helping me to navigate through the unpleasant process of divorce. I have found your service to be helpful, friendly, straightforward, honest and non-provocative to my ex; I believe this has helped us to reach agreement and settlement as amicably as possible. I believe that you have charged fairly and openly for your time. I would very gladly recommend your services to anybody finding themselves in need.

Dr A

Many thanks, Karen, I really appreciate your help and support and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Mr Jones of Kentford

Thank you so much for your help. You were very efficient and easy to talk with. The service provided was excellent and very professional and understanding. Most important was your patience.


I want to thank you so much, Karen, for your incredible efficiency, speed and professionalism. As always with Barr Ellison, I am overwhelmingly impressed.

Mrs Dorn

I am so pleased to have finally reached a marital financial resolution which is entirely due to the patience and efficiency of Silvia. She is so easy to work with and from our first meeting she listened to all my concerns, came up with a plan and gave me support and advice when I felt I was treading water. Her positive attitude is exactly what I needed and huge thanks to her for acting so quickly with all lines of communication along the way. Now we are at the end, I cannot thank her and Barr Ellison enough, and would recommend them to anyone!

Mrs C

Thank you so much Karen for your professionalism, understanding and support. Your efficiency is wonderfully refreshing.

Ms Banks of Witchford

Thank you to the Family Team for your kindness and the outstandingly professional service you offered to me in a very difficult moment.

Dr I of Cambridge

Thank you Karen Anker for your professionalism, your patience, your efficiency and your expertise over the last eight or so months. The thing I appreciated from our first meeting and why I was confident when instructing you was that you'd tell me straight what the situation was and what was realistic within the law and our situation rather than telling me what I might want to hear or sugar-coat it, and that continued right the way through the trickier times of negotiation. I probably cost myself a few hundred pounds more asking all my questions and trying to think through all the possibilities(!), but it was worth it to get something I'm comfortable with and you explained things and guided me through the whole process brilliantly.

Mr Gibbons

Just to say a big thank you for all your help advice and guidance over the past 18 months, you made it all worthwhile.

Pat Cooper of Sawston

I would like to thank you very much for your professionalism and your patience. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending you.

Andy Vines of Cambridge

Thank you for completing the work you have done so swiftly. You have achieved more in a week that my previous solicitor managed in many months.

Mrs Z of Cambridge

Always a pleasure to work with you. I am very appreciative of what you have helped me to achieve under the circumstances.

Gareth Jones

Karen has helped me through the most difficult years of my life. It has been a long, hard struggle but with her virtuosity, discipline and intelligence she got me through.

Sarah Waites

I just wanted to reiterate my heartfelt thanks for all that Karen Anker and her lovely team did to resolve my situation. Simply everyone is a pleasure to deal with in your office; from the receptionists, finance and of course, Karen and Anna. Please pass on my grateful thanks to all concerned.

Rebecca Reynolds

Thank you so much for your email and all your work which you put into my matters. I really appreciate your professionalism and pragmatic approach.


Thanks for your counsel through the process. You have been exceptionally helpful, prompt and providing sound advice at all times.

Dean Hassell

Thank you, Sarah, and all involved. You’ve been really great through all of this. I can’t imagine any divorce is totally straight forward but when things were a little stressful you and the team got it sorted.

Mr Northrop of Cambridge

Thank you Karen for all the work and time you have put in to get this divorce through.

Mrs S of Over

Family Law & Divorce Team

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin Family Law Partner

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Karen Anker

Karen Anker Divorce & Family Law Solicitor

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We offer a fixed fee consultation of £50 for your first appointment.
Email enquiry@barrellison.co.uk or call 01223 417200 and ask for the Family Law Team.

Family Law Articles

When cohabiting couples separate

When cohabiting couples separate

Here we address what can be done to avoid problems when cohabiting parties separate. Note that there have not been any recent major changes of the law in this area. Cohabitees continue to have limited [...]

Why Nuptial Agreements Make Sense

Why Nuptial Agreements Make Sense

The courts are likely to give considerable weight to the terms of a nuptial agreement, and the weight applied can be influenced by following a few important steps. Nuptial agreements can offer considerable protection, when [...]

Your Wealth, Your Future

Your Wealth, Your Future

Our Family Law and Trusts & Estates teams joined forces with Rathbones Cambridge during November to provide a wealth management seminar for our clients and partners.

Divorce: Alternatives to Court

Divorce: Alternatives to Court

Resolving financial matters by making an application to the court may not be the best route for every couple facing divorce. For some, alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration offer [...]