Posted by familylaw on 8th October 2021
Last updated 17th May 2022
Marking 30 years of doing things differently in family law 

The Family Law Company has celebrated its 30th anniversary as a dedicated family law firm in a remarkable year for growth, reputation and sector awards.

Founded in Exeter by Norman Hartnell in October 1991, the company has never been afraid to do things differently, from its supportive open-door culture through to the service it provides to those needing legal support for family issues in the South West region and beyond.

Despite the pandemic, the past year has seen The Family Law Company go from strength to strength, with the appointment of four additional Shareholders plus a new Director to spearhead expansion into Cornwall. Succession planning is in place to ensure the next generation of family lawyers take the reins to guide the company forward.

A recognized commitment to the wellbeing of team members has been a huge contributor to an effective ongoing recruitment drive, with staff numbers now topping 86.

There have also been numerous major award successes for the company lately including six category wins at the Devon and Somerset Law Society Awards, two at the National Paralegal Awards, plus the award for Excellence in Practice Management at the Law Society Awards.

The Family Law Company has also engendered a growing presence countrywide, commenting in national and legal press on family law issues with Business Development Director Rachel Buckley recently named on the Citywealth Top 100 private client lawyers list.

In its 30 year history, the company has shown ongoing support for local charities, championing Citizens Advice Exeter, Force Cancer Charity and domestic abuse agencies Spitz and Safe. Most recently, Senior Associate Solicitor Carrie Laws took part in the London Marathon to fundraise for Plymouth’s Trevi House which helps women in recovery and their families.

Rachel Buckley said: “Our success in developing into one of the largest specialist family law companies in the country is down to a clear vision of ensuring access to high quality legal advice for all, and an unshakeable dedication to the wellbeing of our hardworking team members. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next 30 years bring!”


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