Even though i didnt go ahead with it I used a top firm in central london.
Find one that you feel really comfortable with.
Here is a tip - a bit sneaky though. Phone up several firms and give them a few of the facts - a good firm will not be able to go ahead until they have checked their conflict of interest status, so if you are on their records your partner will not be able to use them too. Like i said that is a bit sneaky and if you do this you are probably at the 'angry' stage and probably not such a good time to start the proceedings.
Mine was all for mediation and for not doing anything in haste. Had i gone ahead i think it would have been the best policy.
Russell Cooke is the firm I have used both personally and for business purposes (though not divorce). Very reputable. They handled the McCartney divorce, so I think they have plenty experience. Russell Cooke
W.H. Matthews, Old St. EC1V 9JR - they have been brilliant so far for me. Worth asking whichever firm you go for if they can do the cost thing (out of final settlement) for you/or give options for payment.
Bennet Welch in South East London. Their divorce solicitor has done several of my friend's divorces and they've all been happy with the results. (the fact that he's DD's godfather has nothing at all to do with my recommendation )
Hi I don't know if you've found someone and sorry to see that you need it.
www.brossbennett.co.uk/our_solicitors/lea_harris.asp This is the profile of one that I know who is a family friend and always seemed to have a very sensible attitude to when it was a good idea to fight or when to advise her clients that they would be better off paying the money they're paying her to their ex-spouse.
A good friend of mine went through this process in another country in the context of domestic violence and has informed me recently that although her first lawyer was good for the initial stage when she needed someone to hold her hand she should have switched to a fighter capable of taking on her ex's rottweiler much sooner. Just other factors to consider.