Leading North East law firm Hay & Kilner is expanding its successful family law department with the appointment of solicitor Louisa Bestford.
Louisa has joined the Newcastle-headquartered practice as a senior associate and deals with all aspects of family law, include pre and post-nuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements, separation and divorce and the welfare of children.
Originally from West Yorkshire, she moved to the region to complete her legal qualifications and has developed her specialism in family law over the last 15 years at some of the region’s best-known firms.
Louisa says: “Working in family law has a very clear link to the reality that we all experience every day. We help people prepare for their futures, to look after those who are most important to them and, when relationships break down, to reach agreements about the way forward with as little animosity as possible.
“We very much encourage family members to work together wherever possible, especially when children are involved, and the move in law towards no fault divorces and both parties being allowed to use the same solicitor, where there is no ill will, is supporting this approach.
“I could not be happier to move to Hay & Kilner, a large, well-established city firm that has ambitions to keep developing
“The family law team is extremely professional and well regarded, as well as being a very friendly one, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my new colleagues across the firm.”
Hay & Kilner is one of North East England's leading independent law firms and provides comprehensive legal advice across every aspect of the law to businesses and individuals from both within and outside the region.
Christian Butler, partner in the family law team, adds: "The ever-growing complexities of family life, and the need to take steps to look after those who you value most, makes getting good, early advice more important than ever.
“Louisa is a very well-respected practitioner with a great deal of experience across every aspect of family law and her appointment further strengthens a very capable and successful team.”