About Hall Brown 

Hall Brown is an award winning boutique family law firm in Manchester, London, Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham offering best-in-class advice on a full range of family law services. Every member of our team, from Partner to Personal Assistant has been handpicked with the aim of offering clients the highest level of legal expertise, service, and the best possible outcome.

We understand that exceptional service, support and guidance is vital for clients at what can often be the most stressful and traumatic period in their lives. For us, this means being accessible whenever our clients require us – regardless of the day of the week or the time of the day. It means taking on fewer clients so we can ensure we are able to respond when needed. It means avoiding legal jargon. It means giving honest, straight-talking advice with understanding and empathy. And finally, it means delivering the best possible value – reasonable hourly rates and the swiftest, smoothest possible resolution to family law issues.

In the last seven years, the above has resulted in us being ranked in the Top Tier of Legal 500 and a Leading Firm in Chambers & Partners; together with being named by The Times as one of the Best Law Firms in the country and winning a number of awards including Medium Law Firm of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards 2023, Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the ePrivate Client Awards 2023, Family Team of the Year in the Manchester Legal Awards 2018 and 2021, Top Family Law Firm (ePrivate Client), Law Firm of the Year (1-5 Partners) in both 2017 and 2019 in the Manchester Legal Awards, Manchester Family Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers) and Lawyer of the Year (Made in Manchester Awards). We have also won awards in the Sheffield and District Legal Awards and are ranked in the Top 5 Law Firms to work for in the Best Companies and awards in the Jordan’s Family Law Awards, together with a Law Society Excellence Award and are listed in Spears 500 and Citiwealth Leaders List.

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 Our History 

Hall Brown Family Law was established in April 2016 by Sam Hall and James Brown with the aim of delivering outstanding service and excellent family law advice to clients.  Prior to establishing the firm, Sam and James had been recognised as being amongst the best family lawyers in the country by the independent legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Shortly after founding the firm they were joined by two of the best known and well respected partners in family law – Andrew Newbury and Beth Wilkins.

In only 12 months the firm became one of the top family law teams, not only in the North, but in the country.  In Autumn 2017 they opened a London office and in 2019 established a team there full-time and is headed up by Izzy Walsh.  In April 2020 the firm opened an office in Sheffield headed up by Alison Fernandes to service and support their client base in South Yorkshire. This has always been a goal for Sam being Sheffield born and bred.  In April 2022 the Leeds office was opened and is headed up by Laura Guillon who grew up in the Leeds area and in December 2023 the Birmingham office was opened and is  headed up by Andrew Breakwell who is a very experience and well-known solicitor not just locally, but also nationally.

The Hall Brown team pride themselves on providing the same level of care and service no matter who the client is. They have acted in a large number of complex and high-profile cases, representing clients in the Supreme Court, and regularly acting for celebrities and sports-stars.  This is not, however, all they do.  The hardest cases are not necessarily those involving large amounts of money or media interest.  Hall Brown has extensive experience dealing with an entire spectrum of families from the Magistrates Court up to the Supreme Court.

During their combined 40 years+ of family law practice, James and Sam have developed deeply-held beliefs about what clients should be able to expect from their family lawyer – beliefs that are shared by every single member of the team.  They share a desire to focus on the quality of work and level of service they provide. Their decision to set up their own firm was driven by their desire to have the freedom to invest the time, care and attention they believe clients should be given. In establishing Hall Brown they have gathered around them a team of talented lawyers and support staff – all of whom have trained at or worked at firms regarded to be amongst the best in the country.

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