At Edwards Duthie Shamash we know that choosing a Solicitor to represent you in disputes about the arrangements for your children is important. We can reassure you that our solicitors have been specifically selected not only for their empathy but also their proactive litigation skills which ensure children’s needs are always placed first and staunchly defended.

We offer advice in relation to the following issues;

  • Child contact (Child Arrangement Order)
  • Residence or Child Custody (Child Arrangement Order)
  • Prohibited Steps Order proceedings preventing either parent from altering the status quo whilst the Court consider future arrangements
  • Specific Issue Order proceedings, for example determining the schooling arrangements for a child
  • Parental Responsibility
  • International Child Abduction

As one of the largest and longstanding Family Law Teams in East London we have spent many years forging links with leading Barristers Chambers who specialise in child contact and residence disputes. Six of our solicitors are members of the prestigious Law Society Children Panel.

We ensure that you have case plans which use plain English from the outset so you know what to expect from the proceedings together with timescales. We understand that even though we deal with these matters day in day out, our clients do not.

Our Specialist lawyers are members of Resolution. Resolution members sign up to a Code of Conduct which encourages a non confrontational approach to resolving disputes. We will not raise hostility unnecessarily and our experience shows that this is often the most effective way of reaching a cost proportionate settlement for our clients. As Family Lawyers we are part of your life for a snapshot in time but if we do not act in you or the children’s best interests at all times it can have far reaching consequences, we do not take that responsibility lightly.


Edwards Duthie Shamash is a full service law firm and if you decide to instruct is for your Children matters we will also be able to assist you with all other legal issues that may follow on from that, Divorce and financial resolution, conveyancing or updating your will are common examples. The firm holds the ‘Special Quality Mark’ Accreditation to demonstrate to our clients that the firm operates to the highest standards in both our legal advice but also our internal processes.

If you decide to instruct Edwards Duthie Shamash for your Divorce we make you the following service promises;

  • We will be transparent about fees, providing you with fixed fees where possible. Where a fixed fee is not possible, and an hourly rate is applicable, we will provide you with monthly cost updates
  • We will provide you with an appointment within 5 working days of a request (subject to annual leave)
  • When your solicitor is on annual leave you will always have another designated member of the team to contact should there be any unexpected updates which require advice
  • We will provide you with the direct email address for your solicitor for swift responses
  • We will not increase your hourly rate no matter how long your case lasts, any annual increases will be applied to new clients only
  • We will provide your advice in plain English and will always be happy to clarify any issues or concerns you may have

To discuss how we might be able to assist you please complete your details on the tab on the right of the screen. A member of our specialist Children disputes team will then contact you to discuss your needs with no obligation.

If you would like to know more or need our help please call us now on 020 8514 9000 to speak with one of our family lawyers

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