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Our specialist children and divorce lawyers

Tony Chaplin & James Welch are directors in the company, who qualified as solicitors in respectively 1983 and 1985. They are specialists in children law, particularly in cases where a local authority is involved (such as care proceedings) or when a court has directed that a child should have his or her own solicitor.  They have been members of the The Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme for many years. They are regularly instructed in complex and difficult children cases. You can email Tony Chaplin here and James Welch here.


Mark Tattersall is the third director in the company.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1986. His main area of practice is dealing with the financial issues arising from the breakdown of marriages (or cohabitation), including cases where business issues arise.  Although he is primarily a specialist divorce lawyer, he also deals with children cases relating to child arrangments (what used to be called "contact"/“access” and, afer that, "residence"/“custody”).  He often deals with particularly difficult children cases, where, for example, serious allegations are made or a child is separately represented in the proceedings.  He has written for “Family Law” journal and blogs on this site. He understands that it can be difficult to juggle addressing legal issues with work and business commitments and can arrange to meet clients outside normal office hours.  He is very used to communicating promptly with clients electronically, by email, and by Skype. You can email Mark Tattersall here.


Julie McGovern is a paralegal, with over 30 years’ experience.  She deals mainly with children cases, although she regularly deals with wider family law issues, such as applications to courts for personal protection orders in domestic violence cases. You can email Julie McGovern here.   

Diversity statement - at present, all of the lawyers in the firm are white and heterosexual, as are the support staff.  However, we have generally had a more diverse mix of backgrounds within the firm during the over 25 years since it was established and we may well have in future.  We welcome clients from all backgrounds.

Chivers Walsh Family Law is the trading name of CWFL Limited, the company registration number of which is 11248746 and the registered office of which appears below. It is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 649094.

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