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Chivers Walsh Family Law
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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 and pensions 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 also 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 30 years since it was established and we may well have in future.  We welcome clients from all backgrounds.
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