New family division launched at law firm

North Yorkshire law firm Birdsall & Snowball has launched a new family law department at its Scarborough office.

The firm, the oldest in Scarborough, has appointed experienced lawyer Alison Lewis as a family solicitor to head this department.

Lewis, who has recently moved from Leicester to Scarborough, has worked in family law for the past 15 years and is a member of Resolution, the association of family justice solicitors.

She deals with all aspects of family law, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, co-habitation, separation agreements, financial issues on separation and injunctions.

She also tackles disputes regarding arrangements for children and acts for grandparents as well as parents in private children law proceedings.

Lewis said: “I am honoured to have been asked to lead their new family law department.

“There is no doubt that the past 12 months have been challenging for everyone and have inevitably placed strains on family relationships.

“Sadly, as we emerge from lockdown, there will be many families in this area who are struggling with emotional and marital issues.

“I completely understand trying to resolve family issues can be very emotive and worrying, but my over-riding aim is to provide friendly and affordable expert advice and assistance to all my clients at what is often a very difficult time.”

Evette Abbey, partner at Birdsall & Snowball, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alison to our team. She has a wealth of experience in family law and we are very pleased to be able to add a family law service to those legal services we already provide at our Scarborough office.”

Birdsall & Snowball were established in 1886. It is the longest-running law firm in Scarborough and Filey and one of the oldest in the region.