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Our team of 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 for you the best possible outcome, providing advice that is clear, 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.

Members of:

  • Resolution (previously Solicitors’ Family Law Association)
  • Law Society Family Law Panel
  • Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group

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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 [...]

I just wanted to l take the time to say thank you for your support and services over the last year, Silvia. 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

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

Paul Paxton

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

Karen, thank you for your efficient, prompt attention to help us finalise this prenuptial agreement within a tight deadline.

Carole Lambert of Willingham

Karen Anker at Barr Ellison was superb - knowledgeable, supportive and able to provide strong leadership when needed. I highly recommend her.

Emma Windred

Thank you for all your work Karen. I would have no hesitation in recommending your practice to other potential clients.

Mr Barker of Alton

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

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

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

Mr Jones of Kentford

Karen, I must record my gratitude to you and the other members of Barr Ellison staff who provided me with such efficient and sensitive help through this distressing and sleep-debilitating divorce.

Mr R of St Ives

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

Thanks for all your help and guidance over the past few months, Karen.

Mrs O of Burwell

Exceptional, helpful, considerate and still professional.

Mrs S of Hemel Hempstead

Thank you, Karen, for all your help and advice in dealing with my divorce finances.

Mrs Waites of Huntingdon

I am glad I chose you to represent me. You have been great and very professional.

Ms Ball of Sandy

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

Ms Banks of Witchford

Thank you for all your help, Karen. I have been very conscious of you diligently pushing me forward in a world of corporate and childcare chaos my end (and I am deeply grateful). Thank you also for words of reason when my patience ran thin with my husband and his own solicitor.

Ms Denton of Braintree

Thank you for the work you have done for me, Karen. I have very much appreciated your straightforward and transparent way of working.

Ms H of Cambridge

You are marvellous, Karen. Thank you for all your brilliant hands-on guidance and laser-sharp advice.

R.M. of Cambridge

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

Miss N Woodhouse

Thank you for sending through my copy of the final Pre-Nuptial Agreement and your invoice. I feel it is money well spent! Many thanks for your kindness and your efficiency Karen! You have helped me a great deal.

Mrs L of Cambridge

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

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

Ms Habbick of Cambridge

Silvia, 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

Thank you so much for your help, Silvia. 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 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

When Charlie and I started out along this Collaborative road, only 10 months ago, I don't think either of us expected to find the process as easy as it was, if that is the right word to use! Ignoring the emotional pain and stresses that naturally occur, the process you and Melanie guided us through has certainly eased these elements and also provided us with a structured dealing and planning mechanism for our divorce. Not only has it helped us work through the financial but also the 'family' elements to our future. I highly recommend the Collaborative process and your services to anyone going through a Divorce and I would also like to highlight the benefits of some form of family counselling, especially in the early days when everything is a bit raw.

Becky Harvey-Evers

Family Law & Divorce Team

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin Head Family Law Team

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Karen Anker

Karen Anker Divorce & Family Law Solicitor

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Silvia Devecchi

Silvia Devecchi Divorce & Family Law Solicitor

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