Stowe Family Law (Stowe) – the UK’s largest specialist family law firm –has widened its regional presence by opening a new office in Newcastle, its first in the North East region.
The opening of the Newcastle office is the firm’s 38th national and part of its ongoing country-wide expansion, helping to provide much-needed reassurance in a time of continued anxiety for many couples who have felt the strain of the pandemic on their relationships.
Since the global public health disaster struck back in March last year, enquiries into the firm have increased by 81%. Research looking into the motivations behind this increase conducted by the firm revealed nearly a quarter of people living in the North East said Covid- 19 had a negative impact on their relationship. Of those relationships that ended, 75% of respondents said they did not have any concerns or tension before the pandemic.
The Newcastle office is headed up by the new appointment of Partner Nicky Hunter, who is experienced in all aspects of family law, including advising and representing clients in the process of divorce, unmarried separation, financial settlements and child law matters. Nicky is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer.
Nicky will be supported by Partner Neil Dring, Solicitor Claire Chisnall and Regional Director for Yorkshire & the North East Rachel Roberts.
Rachel said: “As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are still seeing a sharp rise in enquiries across all our offices. Opening the new office in Newcastle and strengthening our regional presence in the North East allows us to maintain the highest support levels for people going through a divorce or separation throughout the pandemic and beyond.
I am delighted to welcome Nicky to the firm. Her experience in family law and knowledge will complement our existing offering and help clients to achieve their desired outcomes.”
Nicky said: “I’m thrilled to join Stowe and head up their first office in the North East. I have practised family law in the area for more than 20 years and look forward to continuing to support clients across the region. As part of the country’s largest specialist family law firm, we can offer people who live in Newcastle and the surrounding areas access to an unrivalled nationwide network of knowledge and experience on their doorstep.”