Family Law in Partnership is an award-winning team of specialist family lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and family consultants

Ann Northover


Ann is a highly regarded family law specialist who joined Family Law in Partnership as a consultant in 2016. Her expertise in family law derives from over 20 years in practice. Ann is a non-practising solicitor who can help to direct clients to the most appropriate practitioner within the firm.

“I believe each client deserves great respect, clarity and transparency of process. I regard my role as being to guide clients to specialists at Family Law in Partnership who can provide expert and meaningful support through what is often a very challenging time for a client. I draw on my long-standing experience as a family lawyer to help clients identify the best way forward”

What Ann’s former clients and peers say:

Ann has a great client manner and sense of humour. …she is always able to stand back from the immediate situation and see both sides of the argument. In contrast, some lawyers will and can only see cases from their own client’s perspective”

“I found myself in a position I never expected to be in, and with no idea how to handle the legal situation, the kids or myself.  Ann listened to what I want to achieve, gave me pragmatic advice and the odd telling off, and guided me to a solution which has worked fairly for everyone, and minimised the impact on the children”

“I feel so fortunate in finding you as my solicitor.  You expertly and compassionately guided me through what were some very difficult times and achieved an amazing settlement for me”

“I found our discussion informative and highly constructive and was not, I am sure, your only client to have walked out of your office with a profound sense of relief”

 “Thank you for all your help in my case and, for believing in me”

“I would like to thank you again for your very precious support. You really have been of great help and I am very grateful”

“Thank you for your support during such a distressing period of my life – I could not imagine what would have happened if you had not been there as my lawyer”

“I have given your name to a dear friend in great difficulty and told her I have absolute faith in you”

“Once I found you, I knew I had to keep you as my lawyer”

Ann has been ranked as a leading family law specialist by the legal directories including Chambers UK, Chambers HNW, Legal 500 UK and Citywealth for many years. Comments include: “very sensible, very easy to deal with and straight down the line”….Ann has “immense expertise and wisdom, and you know her judgment will be spot on”….she is described as “fantastically competent and knowledgeable with a practical and unfussy approach”….”Sources praise her talent for lateral thinking.” Best Lawyers 2020 named Ann as one of the leading family lawyers in London.

A trained collaborative lawyer and mediator, Ann is a member of The Law Society, the Family Mediators Association, the International Bar Association, Resolution (the family lawyers association) and The Royal Society of Medicine. Ann qualified as a solicitor in 1992 at Stephenson Harwood. She became a partner at Gordon Dadds in 2002 and joined Forsters LLP as a partner in 2004 where she headed the family department for 10 years.

Ann’s blog posts include:

Financial Relief after an Overseas Divorce

Stop Press! Supreme Court upholds gay pension rights in line with EU law

Pension Inequality for Same Sex Couples? Walker v Innospec

DB v PB: English divorce of Swedish nationals and the impact of prenuptial agreements

An end to pension inequality for married and civil partnered same sex couples?

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