“Thank you for everything you, Sara Nicolaou and David Jockelson have done for us – all the help, support and time you have all put in.
We would not have come this far if it was not for all your hard work and dedication. We are forever grateful!”
Mr & Mrs Davis, family law client advised by Amanda Dench, David Jockelson and Sara Nicolaou
“All I would really like to say is that I am very thankful for a solicitor like Ritu, she has always been with me when I needed her and she was always standing up for me. With the help of Ritu, I am very happy now with all my outcomes. I was very lucky to have Ritu as my solicitor, she is a very lovely lady who has helped me in many ways.”
Anonymous family law client
“Amanda Dench is meticulous and has a wealth of experience which informs her practical, no-nonsense advice in difficult circumstances. She is empathetic and kind where appropriate, which makes her popular with clients.”
Legal 500 2019
“Its strength in depth and collegiate working practices enable it to deliver an excellent service to all its clients.
A pre-eminent firm in the public law children field. The team has incredibly strong solicitors all doing weighty children proceedings. They are persuasive advocates while running busy caseloads.
Excellent legal assistants and trainee solicitors who support the partners and make case management a seamless operation.”
Legal 500 2020
“Great firm for professional and friendly advice. I highly recommend Michelle Uppal.”
“Highly recommend Michelle Uppal if you have any family law issues. She always returns emails and calls promptly, even when I bugged her on her mobile phone.
Miles & Partners have represented me for over 3 years on and off and have been nothing but helpful and given me straight advice. All paid off in the end and I got what was best for everyone involved and I am happy.
They were highly recommended by friend who works in a top law firm and I would not go anywhere else.”
Kate Hammond is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and considered a hero in the public law children sphere.
Legal 500 2018
“I am very impressed with the client focus of the family team, whether the client is a city lawyer or someone coming into contact with the law for the first time. They will always make sure the client is aware of all the options available to them, whether that is mediation, collaborative law, or traditional litigation and they will provide advice and support to the client every step of the way.
In addition, they have particular expertise in complex child care cases and are expert in supporting vulnerable clients facing the prospect that their child may be taken into care by the local authority.
Miles & Partners is truly focussed on quality and was instrumental in setting up a small group of like-minded firms, which meets regularly to exchange ideas, provide mutual support and share good practice. They are a great example of a progressive law firm.”
VL, Management Consultant
“I have been extremely impressed with the energy, child-centred focus and clarity of thought of David Jockelson at Miles & Partners when he represented a child in care proceedings.
We met the child and his mother together at the start of the proceedings. David had prepared a letter written in appropriate child-friendly language that could have been left with the child had he been unwilling to meet with us. He was very skilled in establishing a rapport with the child and mother and clearly explaining the proceedings, their options, and possible outcomes.
David has provided invaluable guidance to myself and helped to ensure that all options for the child to remain with his family were explored and that the case progresses in a timely manner. He has been skilled in helping mediate between parties to ensure good outcomes and constructive working. His excellent oral and written communication skills have in my view helped ensure a relevant child-centred focus at all times.”
RP, Family Court Adviser, CAFCASS
“Without exception, everyone in the firm has dedication to their clients that is second to none. Many of their cases involve serious issues and they approach them with empathy and compassion and spend as much time with the clients as is needed. In my experience the gift of time is not one many firms are willing to give. Many of their clients are children and/ or are extremely vulnerable and they always make whatever allowances are required.
Miles and Partners always have the ability to inject new vigour into every case. Their motivation is both rare and inspiring. Coupled with their clear passion for the system, job and their clients they all have a sharp knowledge of the law and apply it accordingly. When instructed by them it is clear that they have full grasp of all the issues and their preparation of the case simply cannot be faulted.
Likewise when appearing against them as opponents, they conduct themselves with charismatic fairness whilst never faltering from the task of vigorously fighting for the interests of their clients.
The family courts would be much poorer place without them, both in terms of their personal presence and the assistance they give to judges and the family justice system as a whole.”
“Miles and Partners stand out in their field as they show real interest and empathy for their clients. This is so refreshing in a world where everyone is in such a hurry, time is money and often members of the legal profession find it so difficult to communicate in an accessible way.
The communication and assistance Miles & Partners offer is without exception, exemplary. Amanda and her colleagues will talk to the client (not at them or around them or to those supporting them) in an environment of their choice and will often travel to their homes.
Should a Barrister be required Miles and Partners source those who are able to spend the time to explain in simple accessible ways what is happening and what the client may expect.
Our clients require lots of time and reassurance. Amanda has the skill to be able to put people who are worried, frightened, not understanding processes or simply what is being said at ease. She has never made any of our clients feel different or that she does not have the time to speak to them.
Miles & Partners encourage the input of advocates and those who know the clients well to inform them and help to build working relationships. Miles and Partners will ensure that all the rights of our clients are observed, they will push for appropriate assessments by people with experience of people with learning disabilities. They will ensure appropriate time is given to allow for these assessments and that the clients fully understand what is happening and why. Their approach is consistent, reinforcing information and advice and always checking ‘did you understand that’.
People with learning disabilities often lack the support so they can continue to parent, Miles & Partners put the parent at the heart of the proceedings, highlighting the necessity for timely and appropriate support. Miles and Partners offer exceptional client care.”
LA, Crisis Support Officer, Learning Disability Experience
“I have the deepest appreciation and respect for Kate Hammond and her colleagues, and their knowledge about legislation, domestic violence, mental health and children’s developmental stages.
I have worked with Kate when interviewing children. Kate is fully aware of how to approach children and deliver a message at a child’s level of understanding and in a child-friendly manner. Kate is equally skilled in speaking to the parties, in a balanced and fair manner, presenting a neutral message and making sure that they understand her role, as a child’s solicitor, always bearing in mind child’s best interests.
Kate has impressed me in terms of her professional courtesy shown to the parties, her ability to stay focused on the key issues, her ability to challenge lack of parental insight and her ability to effect prolonged engagement with the parties to promote a positive outcome on the case.
Kate Hammond is highly skilled in representing the interests of the children and other vulnerable client groups in front of the Courts, as well as a robust legal advisor, helping and supporting me to make the best and safest recommendations for the children in my work.”
MI, Enhanced Practitioner, CAFCASS
“I am a children’s Guardian and have worked with Miles and Partners on several cases and with more than one of their panel solicitors. My experience has been that they are committed professionals who are very child-centred in their practice whilst also being incredibly knowledgeable and advocating robustly on behalf of the children they represent. As a Guardian the advice I am given is always timely, sensible and thorough.”