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Posted by familylaw on 4th October 2012

It has been an exciting 18 months of developments for Devon firm, Hartnell Chanot & Partners. The family law specialists have expanded their services from Exeter into nearby Plymouth and they have greatly increased their capacity to deliver their creative brand of family law service across each of their specialist practice teams. In return they have been rewarded for these efforts with a host of award nominations and industry recognition.

Just a week after being listed as a top tier firm in Legal 500, the leading directory for legal practitioners, Hartnell Chanot & Partners are proud to announce the latest addition to their ranks. Family Law Solicitor of the Year in 2011- Vanessa Priddis who will bring a wealth of experience and a nationally respected reputation to the firm.

Norman Hartnell, Director, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Vanessa joining the firm, she is widely respected within the family law community and she will help reinforce our status as a leading player in the South West’s family law market.” He went on to say: “Vanessa will be adding valuable scope to our team of highly skilled and experienced Care Proceeding lawyers and support staff. It would be fair to say that we will have one of, if not the best, childcare team in the country.”

Vanessa qualified as a solicitor in 1987 having studied at Guildford College of Law. She quickly built up a reputation for acting for children and parents in all types of cases before the court. During her distinguished career Vanessa has specialised in international adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings. She has contributed widely to the development of family law practice, serving on the local Resolution committee, the National Law Society sub committee on Children Law, working as a member of the Exeter Family Court Users Group, lecturing for Jordans Family Law and sitting as a deputy district judge.

Hartnell Chanot & Partners are known for their creative, problem solving approach to family law; an approach that seeks to provide amicable resolutions to a wide range of family disputes and relationship breakdowns. This reputation and well-rounded approach was one of the key factors that attracted Priddis to the team.

Vanessa stated: “I am really delighted to be joining Hartnell Chanot & Partners as I see their approach and commitment to all areas of family law to include those that are legally aided as mirroring my own. The team has a wealth of talent which I am excited to work alongside.”

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