Our History

Family Law Partners was founded in April 2011 by Linda Lamb, Alan Larkin and Robert Williams. Their desire was to establish a specialist family law firm to provide alternatives to the costly and adversarial court system.


Linda, Alan and Robert were previously partners and the driving force in a Chambers UK/Legal 500 ranked family team at a regional firm. Chambers UK 2010 had described that team “as becoming a significant player in family matters” and in 2011 commented “… the team continues to grow and to gain recognition in the regional market. It acts for high profile and high net worth individuals in ancillary relief… the service is exemplary and the Partners always make themselves available”.

Since  its creation in 2011, the reputation and profile of the firm has gone from strength to strength. Within our first year, we were proud to achieve a ranking in Chambers UK and went on to become the only specialist family law  firm in Sussex to achieve a prestigious band 1 ranking.

Since then, we have retained our top position in Chambers UK where we were acknowledged for our deep expertise in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative law. Chambers states that we are: “A team with an unfailing desire to achieve the best for their clients. They are a personable team and they focus on customer care and service levels.”

In addition to this external recognition of our strong team performance, all three directors are ranked by Chambers UK  and Legal 500 as leaders in the field of family law.

Linda, Alan and Robert are members of Resolution and all have accredited specialist status as family experts. Additionally, they are collaborative lawyers and members of BrightPod a grouping of local family lawyers and advisers committed to working with each other under the collaborative law model.

Robert sits as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit in the County Court and Family Court. He has been appointed by the President of the Family Division to deal with private law cases involving children. He is also a family law arbitrator and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Alan has used the freedom offered by being in a specialist practice for the last 5 years  to pursue technological innovation in family law both within Family Law Partners and externally.

Linda is a trained mediator who is one of a few mediators accredited to involve children within their parents’ mediation. Linda is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel and draws on her deep experience of previously acting for court appointed official guardians representing vulnerable children. Linda is dual qualified in England and Scotland.

Building on our reputation for innovation in legal services we are also co-founders of Sussex Family Solutions – a network of professionals from different disciplines who are committed to helping separating couples through their relationship breakdown using the collaborative law model.

Our unparalleled reputation for exceptional client service continues with the support of our practice manager, Miriam Walters who has worked in the legal arena for nearly 20 years.  We are also fortunate to have our Client Assistant & Systems Administrator, Lucy Fowler who builds our workflow and administrative systems.

The team was further strengthened  in 2013 with the arrival of collaborative lawyer Lisa Burton-Durham and solicitor Christopher Maulkin. We were delighted to welcome the experience of Sarah Jelly and Hazel Manktelow as consultants with Family Law Partners in 2015. We were also pleased to welcome Karen Jeary, a family law paralegal and Laura Peters, Apprentice Office Administrator, who joined the team in 2015. Gemma Garrett joined FLP as a Specialist Family Law Solicitor in March 2016 from a London boutique firm.

If you would like an appointment with one of our specialists then please contact Miriam our Practice Manager on 01273 646900