Our team resolves issues in a constructive way to secure the best possible outcomes for clients. We can often help you settle your family disputes out of court, but if court proceedings are necessary we have the expertise and experience to guide you through the process and we will take the robust approach called for.
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Often the best and most amicable solutions are reached when a couple work them out together. Collaborative Law encourages couples to take a team like approach rather than working against each other. This helps to reduce the emotional cost to you both and any children involved.
Through a series of face to face meetings between the couple and their lawyers, parties verbally negotiate agreements sharing the common goals of seeking fair solutions. Assistance from other professionals such as accountants and financial advisers can be called upon where needed. Meetings are scheduled at times to suit and the agenda for each meeting is agreed by the couple involved. Collaborative Law’s high success rate is achieved through its demand for honesty and transparency and the removal of the threat of court proceedings.
The specialist lawyers in our team are collaboratively trained so can offer the benefits of this approach to our clients. For more information call 0121 705 7571 or watch the video below.
We understand that you will need answers to many questions such as:
How long does a divorce take/ what does it cost?
Will I be able to stay in the family home?
Can I keep my pension on divorce?
Are the assets split 50/50 on divorce?
Am I going to see my children if I divorce?
Do I have to go to court?
Are pre-nuptial agreements binding?
If I live with someone what rights do they have?
We can provide the guidance and information you need. Call us on 0121 705 7571 without obligation.
Kathryn Ferris LLB (Hons)
Head of Family Department
Kathryn is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and passionately believes that the use of this process means clients avoid acrimony giving themselves the best chance of achieving an amicable resolution. She is a member of Resolution and a former chair and active participant of the Collaborative Family Law Group West Midlands.
Kathryn is experienced in all aspects of financial disputes but has particular expertise working with mid to high net worth clients who are separating after a long marriage. These cases often involve more complex legal issues such as how pensions can be retained or used flexibly to realise capital, business interests and identification of matrimonial and non-matrimonial assets.
She also advises on matters concerning children including arrangements following separation, applications to relocate and applications by grandparents and step-parents. Should it prove necessary to involve the court then she takes a robust approach to ensure clients achieve the best possible outcome.
Kathryn qualified as a solicitor in 2000 specialising exclusively in Family Law since 2002. She is now Head of the firm’s Family Department. The most rewarding aspect of her role is helping clients move on to the new phase of their life with confidence and security.
As a working mother she has plenty to fill her time away from the office, but particularly enjoys tennis, cycling, travelling and country walks preferably with a nice pub on route.
Kirsty Roberts LLB (Hons)
Solicitor - Family Law Department and Wills and Probate Department
Kirsty qualified in April 2020 and joined the Family department in July 2020. She is a member of Resolution and encourages her clients to resolve disputes as amicably as possible with the other party.
Kirsty’s work includes reviewing financial disclosure in order to put forward settlement proposals in financial matters, advising her clients about the options for agreeing child arrangements with the other parent, supporting her clients with applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, and advising her clients about their rights as cohabitees. Kirsty enjoys keeping updated on legal news and recent case law and drafting blogs about Family law issues. Kirsty also undertakes work in our Wills and Probate Department and specialises in will drafting.
Before qualifying as a Solicitor, Kirsty graduated with a 2:1 in Law from the University of Manchester and obtained a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course from BPP University in Birmingham. She then gained experience as a Litigation Paralegal at a Manchester firm and as a Legal Assistant in the Regulatory department of a London firm, before undertaking her training at a local high street firm.
Kirsty enjoys reading, doing yoga and volunteering at her local nature reserve.
Kirsten Wagner LLB (Hons)
Solicitor - Family Law Department
Kirsten graduated from De Montfort University with a degree in Law in 2015 and gained experience as a Legal Assistant in Civil Litigation at a firm in Leicester shortly after. She then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2018 alongside working for a national law firm in Birmingham as an Employment Paralegal. Kirsten commenced her training at a niche corporate law firm in Dudley and has undertaken a seat in Corporate Law.
In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys cooking, going to live music events and spending time with friends and family.
“WRM have advised me over the last 20 years regarding a whole range of matters – divorce, moving house and partnership law. I have always been delighted with their advice and service.”
“I would certainly recommend WRM to anyone needing family law representation. The advice and support I was given throughout was very good and gave me a clear and realistic understanding of the likely outcomes. “
“Kathryn and her team were very professional and definitely help me to achieve a fair outcome from the final court appearance.”
“My dealings with Kathryn throughout the case were nothing short of exemplary. Polite, courteous and very professional from the start. I would highly recommend Kathryn and WRM solicitors.”
“I found the whole process of my divorce really stressful but WRM helped me through it until the end. I had good advice to get me where I needed. I couldn’t have managed without her help.”
“Very happy with the service I received and would recommend to anyone, indeed I already have. WRM, I can’t thank you enough you’ve guided me through a very difficult time."
"I went to WRM for help, I really did not understand anything about divorce and how I should take things forward, it was clear my marriage had broken down irretrievably. WRM and her team were professional and gave me clear, frank advice.”
“It is an extremely stressful and frustrating time, but having the WRM team supporting me, sorting out all the logistics, and working to get things moving was crucial."
“I think it would have been extremely difficult to have done this myself and I am extremely grateful."
Wallace, Robinson and Morgan handled my divorce which has just been finalised. I am so appreciative of all the work that WRM has done for me. Divorce is very hard, and your calm, knowledgeable and thoughtful approach was exactly what I needed. What impressed me most, was the time given to me to allow me to make decisions which I found very hard. I was expertly advised, but never pushed or hurried. The non- confrontational approach of Wallace Robinson & Morgan suited me, and I can thoroughly recommend them in family matters.
Would definitely recommend the collaborative process to family and friends much more productive and caring way to end a marriage
The collaborative process was absolutely the right choice for me. I felt the process was very successful and we achieved all my outcomes which were: be respectful to the marriage; caring of both me and my ex during an exceptionally emotional and upsetting time; recognising our mutual contribution to our marriage; achieve a fair financial settlement to enable us to move forward independently; providing a genuine foundation to move the relationship forward on an amicable, friends basis going forwards
Kathryn and Kirsten were understanding, hugely supportive, and patient. Throughout my case they gave excellent advice, were honest and made very good decisions. This led to good final outcomes and most importantly my expectations were managed.