As one of Bristol’s leading divorce and family specialists, our approach is robust and pragmatic with our client’s best interests our sole priority.
With particular specialism in high value divorce and complex financial proceedings acting for high profile clients based in Bristol.
If there is a specific solicitor in the firm that you would like to contact, please see Our Team for individual contact details.
We pride ourselves on providing clients with specialist advice on all aspects of family related matters.
The breakdown of a relationship can be difficult for all parties especially if children are involved. It is important to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in terms of residence and contact with the parents. We can provide comprehensive advice and support as well as assisting with disputes surrounding schooling and upbringing.
Divorce, dissolution and separation
We specialise in complex and high value cases, acting for many clients who are in the public eye and high profile in the sporting, music and entertainment world. Many of our cases involve shareholdings in private companies, complex assets and properties based both in the UK and internationally.
We are able to assist these clients by providing a specialist and tailored service to adhere to their busy working schedules ensuring that the highest levels of confidentiality are met.
An injunction is a court order that requires someone to do, or not do something. Traditionally in family law two forms of injunction are sought, these are either an Occupation Order or a Non-Molestation order.
Through successfully applying to the court, an Occupation Order can require but is not limited to any of the following actions:
- the person named in the order leaving the family home
- the person named in the order being restricted to a certain area
- the person applying for the order to be able to return to the family home
A Non-Molestation Order will prevent the person named in the order from harassing and using threatening and/or violent behaviour towards you.
We can assist in bringing injunctive proceedings while also assisting in responding to injunctive proceedings brought against you.
Change of name
We provide a straightforward and simple process in providing a Change of Name Deed to seek a change of name for yourself or your children. You may be divorced and wish to adopt a new surname, have a professional reason to change your name or your children may need to alter their surname due to a change in family circumstances.
If you are not married and are planning or are currently living with your partner it is important to remember the law relating to unmarried couples is very different to that of those who are married. The concept of common law marriage is very much a myth.
A cohabitation agreement will help identify and protect your interests in your assets, finances and home in the event that you and your partner separate and help avoid any costly disputes in the future.
We understand that divorce/dissolution is often only the first stage of separating and will later require the couple to disentangle their finances in a way that is fair to both sides.
We have extensive experience in providing advice for clients in relation to large financial settlements, especially for high net worth individuals and clients who own large property portfolios and have complicated business interests.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you charge for your services?
All fees are agreed in advance, with our clients before they are incurred and wherever possible we will work on a fixed fee for the scope of work we have been asked to undertake.
Do I need to make an appointment?
We strongly recommend that you book an appointment with a member of our team. We will endeavour to meet with you as soon as possible and if urgent on the same day.
Can you meet me outside normal office hours?
Yes. We understand that meetings need to be outside of 9-5 and can be flexible with times and days. We are also able to offer meetings at people’s homes and offices if they wish.
“I like the combination of transparent fixed fees, personal service and commercialism that Cook & Co Solicitors offer my company.”
“The intelligent advice that we received from Cook & Co has stopped us from making bad decisions. Furthermore when we have chosen to take actions which had a high level of risk, Charles and Malcolm’s advice has put in place agreements which enabled us to extract ourselves from sticky situations when things could have ended very badly.”
“I am working closely with Cook & Co Solicitors as my business continues to expand. They do all the basics really well like returning phone calls and answering e-mails as well as delivering robust, commercial advice. I also like the transparency on fees.”