Family solicitors with top tier recognition

Recognised as ‘Top Tier’ in the Legal 500 directory, the team has an outstanding reputation but don’t just take our word for this. Have a look at our testimonials.

We are experts at what we do and understand the complexities and challenges you face. Our team is focused on finding the right solution for every individual situation.

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It's a fantastic team with a fantastic level of service.
Chambers and Partners 2024
Kathryn Ainsworth and Richard Phillips are both outstanding. They have a constructive and approachable manner which encourages successful negotiations. Both parties benefit from such an approach.
Legal 500 2024
A fabulous family team. Very proficient, strong and with an excellent reputation. They are an excellent team of solicitors with a strong wealth of experience in all areas of family law. They are always a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend them.
Legal 500 2024
Covering all areas of Family Law, Machins have unrivalled expertise at all levels of seniority. Calm and measured, whilst fighting their clients’ corner with a level of commitment that is hard to match. They are courteous and professional. The family team have a great depth of experience and knowledge.
Legal 500 2024
They have a strong team of lawyers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of family law. Machins is a fantastic unit that stands apart from other firms by virtue of the exceptional quality and diligence they provide, alongside phenomenal client care. They work tirelessly to ensure the processes are flawless, facilitating the best outcomes for clients.
Legal 500 2024
Kathryn and Tom have been extremely proficient, professional, and supportive throughout a long and stressful period.
I had a brilliant solicitor who helped me achieve the best outcome for the case
A fantastic firm that upholds the value of truly serving and protecting the most vulnerable in society.
Legal 500 2023
Excellent team of solicitors who go the extra mile for the clients. Would highly recommend them. Always happy to work late and assist in drafting documents to ensure everything is fully prepped.
Legal 500 2023
Machins has a strong family team with a wealth of experience in all areas of family law. They are able to provide advice and in-house representation to adults, children and professional clients. They maintain a commitment to legal aid work where many local solicitors have ceased to undertake it.
Legal 500 2023
So very happy with the team at Machins. Immensely grateful for the support and guidance I received throughout the whole of my Divorce process.
I cannot tell you how lucky I feel in dealing with professional people with such high moral standards and impeccable business practices. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you, your staff & colleagues, even though my personal circumstances were somewhat difficult, you at least made it bearable, which is indeed an immense skill.
The team at Machins are warm, friendly, and good to work with. I am always pleased to have them on a case because I know it will be handled sensibly and proactively.
A highly experienced and skilled team in respect of representing parents and children in care proceedings. The team at Machins stand out from their competitors in respect of their outstanding service to their clients.
Legal 500 2022
Machins is a very personable and hardworking family team. Their approach towards the instruction of counsel is fair and their involvement of counsel in case management is superb: and such ensures the delivery of the best quality legal services for the lay and professional client.
Legal 500 2022
Both Kathryn Ainsworth and Richard Phillips are sensible, practical, and constructive solicitors to have on the other side of a case.
Legal 500 2022
Machins Solicitors have a phenomenally professional approach, their service is expedient and diligent. Their key capability is being able to provide a high-quality service whilst doing so in an approachable and flexible manner.
Legal 500 2022
Very dynamic, forward-looking, and forward-thinking.
Chambers and Partners 2022

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Why should you use Machins Solicitors?

Machins Solicitors are accredited to a high standard of excellence. As members of key associations and professional legal bodies we are able to offer a full range of legal services from mediation and advocacy to court proceedings.

Changes in the Family Procedure Rules steer parties away from the court room and towards non-court dispute resolution.   

From 29th April 2024, there are significant changes to the Family Procedure Rules, promoting the court’s powers to encourage parties to attend non-court dispute resolution at every stage in proceedings, for matters involving children and/or a financial dispute.     The court will require parties to file and serve Form FM5, setting out their views on