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Emma Piff joins Lawson-West Solicitors

Family solicitor and child law specialist Emma Piff has joined Lawson-West solicitors to head-up the Family Law team with plans to grow the family practice across the firm.

Based at their Leicester office at Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, experienced Family Law Solicitor Emma joined the firm from Alsters Kelly in Nuneaton. In her new role Emma will have responsibility for the family practice across all office locations in Leicester, Wigston and Market Harborough. 

At Lawson-West, Emma Piff heads a team of four solicitors specialising in family and child law. The firm provides caring and supportive legal advice to families with matters ranging from pre-nuptials, divorces (including ex-pat divorces in foreign jurisdictions), separation, child care and grandparents rights.

As well as qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, talented family law expert Emma is a qualified family mediator, trained Collaborative Lawyer and a Resolution-accredited specialist in domestic abuse and complex financial remedies; she is also a Law Society Family Law Panel member.

David Heys, Managing Director of Lawson-West Solicitors said of Emma’s appointment:

“We’re delighted to welcome Emma Piff to Lawson-West at this exciting time in our development. Emma brings with her an amazing pedigree in family law experience and together with our existing team of family solicitors we know our capabilities are extensive and we can offer a broad range of family law expertise and mediation across all of our offices in Leicestershire.”

Emma’s view of divorce law is very much one of positive prevention rather than cure. She believes in pre-nuptials to avoid the pain that divorce can bring and where relationships have broken down, then the role of a solicitor in her mind is to be good listener, empathetic and caring to help a client get through the uncertainty of the marital breakdown and back on track with their life to move on.

“The best interests of the children always come first”, Emma says, “but seeing a client moving on with their life after a divorce split whilst facing significant changes in their life - sometimes moving on into unchartered territory in an unanticipated and positive way for them - is very rewarding for me personally. I like to guide people through a family dispute and help them move on with their lives afterwards.”

Changing face of family law

“Since the 1972 divorce laws were created, society has changed a great deal with women in the workplace; sometimes being the main breadwinner; same sex marriages, same sex divorces and transgender and gender neutral relationships still evolving within society. It is not a case now for a man and woman couple to have 2.4 children, families have become complicated. Relationships have become complicated too and terms like ‘Blended Families’ are the new norm.”

Future of family law

“UK Divorce Law is playing catch-up to society’s needs to a large degree. The new No-Fault Divorce is one example of a new breed of divorce law but we are also seeing a lot of children who are living with family members who are not their biological parents.

“In these instances of a micro-family where an aunt, sister, grandparent, gay couple or other family member is providing a home for a child, that person has no legal footing of responsibility for them. Children living with family members can be quickly taken by a parent, sometimes years later, leaving the family carer with no rights of access. This is becoming more and more common and I think we will start to see family laws introduced in the next couple of years to protect the interests of grandparents and family members who play the role of caretaker to children of broken or damaged families.”

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