Established in 1982, at Brendan Fleming Solicitors we specialise in Family Law, offering our clients expert legal advice in both Public and Private Law matters, including Care Proceedings, Non-Accidental Injury, Divorce & Children’s Proceedings and issues with Social Services.


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Contact our Non-Accidental Injury Department on 0800 246 5147 or 07730 143 432. If it is out of hours, you can call our staffed 24 hour helpline on 0121 683 5000. Alternatively you can email us on

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165 Newhall Street
St. Paul’s Square
Birmingham B3 1SW


0800 246 5147


Divorce And Family

Divorce And Family

The Divorce and Family Law team at Brendan Fleming Solicitors have had a long-established presence within the legal profession and our niche team has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of family law. We pride ourselves in being able to offer a friendly and professional service throughout. We always aim to provide an understanding of the difficult situation you find yourself in and to deal with your issues in a manner that is sympathetic and understanding whilst still focusing on achieving the best results possible for each individual client focusing on balancing the benefits of any course of action needed against the likely costs both financial and emotional.

Covering Birmingham, Coventry, Redditch, Solihull, Worcester and throughout the West Midlands


We provide an initial fixed fee appointment system which will allow you to meet with one of the team to discuss the difficulties that you have and to be guided as to the best possible course of action for you to take or just to advise you generally about your situation so that you can be supported in decisions that you may need to make regarding your marriage, relationship, your property/finances, or your children. We will advise you the best way to resolve your difficulties whether this is through negotiation or mediation or through the court process if an amicable agreement cannot be reached.

We are used to dealing with family issues sometimes complex and delicate and specialist team will guide and support you through probably the most difficult and stressful time that you will possibly have to face.

The areas of family law we specialise in are:

  • Divorce
  • Nullity
  • Judicial Separation
  • Cohabitation & living together agreements
  • Financial provision arising from divorce/relationship breakdown including property issues, pensions, income and businesses
  • Civil Partnership breakdown
  • Child Arrangements including residence and contact disputes and all related matters including child abduction or other emergency remedies
  • Financial provision for children – Schedule 1 Children Act 1989
  • Domestic abuse and emergency protection issues
  • Enforcement of Orders
  • Variation applications and setting aside orders
  • Appeals

Divorce & Family Matters


We will be able to advise you as to the action you need to take to formalise the breakdown of your marriage and how to deal with this in a straightforward and cost effective way. Every client’s circumstances and concerns are different but we will guide you to achieve the result in a practical and non-confrontational manner.

Arrangements For Children



The breakdown of your relationship can be sometimes for the children as well as the adults involved. At Brendan Fleming Solicitors we have a firm reputation for our knowledge and proactive approach in the area of matters relating to the resolution of child arrangements.
Your family is the most important and precious part of your life and separating from the other parent of your children can be a very upsetting experience. In this regard we will always work with you to explore all possible avenues so that you can continue effective co-parenting if this is possible, with the welfare of the children being the paramount consideration. With good advice and in many cases parents are able to reach an amicable arrangement so that the children have an ongoing relationship with both parents and if those arrangements are agreed between you the Court will not interfere or make any Orders.
If you cannot reach an agreement about how your children will be cared for even with our assistance and advice, then mediation may resolve matters but if this also breaks down then court proceedings can be issued.


We are experts in negotiating arrangements for children where parents have been unable to formalise their own agreement. and in making any relevant applications to the Court in order to determine the arrangements for the children. We will provide sound advice on potential arrangements that may best suit your family. If there are any urgent concerns as to the arrangements for the children, we are experts in seeking emergency orders or dealing with applications to resolve specific issues that may arise from time to time regarding your child.

Finance, Your Property, Businesses’ Income & Pensions



This is likely to be the most complex part of your relationship breakdown and is an area that can concern or distress many clients who suddenly find themselves in a situation where a combined income and asset pot is needed now to support two homes and related expenses. The Court will try and find an outcome that is fair to both parties and to consider whether a clean break is possible. The needs of the children are a priority and we are here to advise you as to a realistic way forward in your particular circumstance. Our aim being to achieve a settlement whether by agreement or through court proceedings that will take into account your individual circumstances and the assets that are available to you and your partner.
The team at Brendan Fleming Solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with all forms of financial provision whether by negotiation or through court proceedings. You can be assured that whilst we have support staff & assistants in the department you will always be offered a personal service so that the specialist you meet at the start will personally guide you through the process and conduct your case until it is resolved.


We are fortunate at Brendan Fleming Solicitors to have various professional experts to hand if your case requires experienced professionals to arrange valuations in respect of residential or commercial properties, accountants for company or business valuations and Actuaries if Pension reports are required.



We pride ourselves in being transparent with our fees structure and we will discuss with you at the initial meeting a way forward to meet the legal fees that you will invariably have during your case. We do offer an initial fixed fee appointment when the overall likely cost of your case will be discussed before you instruct Brendan Fleming Solicitors.

Our Divorce & Family Specialists


Annette Woodall

Head of Divorce & Family Department

Annette has considerable experience in all matters relating to family breakdown particularly in respect of financial matters when she deals with high net financial claims often involving substantial assets, businesses and pension issues. She is committed to achieving the best for her Client as recently outlined “she epitomises the Company’s values and I found her to be both rigorous and hardworking in helping achieve a workable and realistic outcome……”

Annette is a full Member of Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) and she has a firm and practical approach achieving high levels of settlement and client satisfaction “…… her no nonsense, matter of fact and down to earth approach was refreshing as was her wealth of experience”.

Annette has specialised in Family Law for many years having joined Brendan Fleming Solicitors originally in 1984 progressing to head a large family department until leaving to join as Department Head a large firm in Solihull for some years. Annette returned to Brendan Fleming’s successful and prominent Child Care firm in 2008 to establish a divorce and family law department and which is now an ever expanding highly experienced and successful but friendly and approachable team.


Salvia Akram

Family Law Accredited Associate Solicitor

Salvia has spent many years working in different areas of law ranging from conveyancing and civil disputes to dealing with wills and probate. In recent times, Salvia has returned to Family Law which has always been her passion since qualifying in 2000.
Salvia is a keen and well established member of the Divorce and Family Law Team covering all areas in relation to divorce, financial matters and children. She also has a wealth of experience in dealing with cohabitees and property issues relating to a breakdown of relationship between cohabiting parties.

Salvia also deals with injunctions and domestic violence applications and has a wealth of experience in all matters related to the breakdown of your relationship.

Salvia is also a Member of the Family Law Panel and is also the firm’s Money Laundering Officer


Julie Young

Family Law Caseworker

Julie joined Brendan Fleming Solicitors in January 2014 and is a valued member of the Divorce and Family Law Department. Julie quickly established a client base and a valid role in the department.

Julie previously worked, for many years, for a large practice in Solihull in their Family Law Department.

Julie has wide experience in matters relating to all areas of family law, with a particular interest in divorce and financial disputes. Whether dealing with a matrimonial home or other financial issues such as a business, investments or pension issue, Julie’s aim is to achieve high level settlements together with providing the utmost support to her clients during a difficult time. She is a popular member of the team and always deals with her clients in an approachable, sympathetic and friendly manner without losing sight of the issues to be resolved.

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