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Browns Advocates joins Collas Crill

Advocates Adrian Brown and Elizabeth Couch are pleased to announce that the Browns Advocates team have joined Collas Crill LLP to launch a new family law practice, offering clients access to a market leading network of lawyers and comprehensive range of legal services.

Our legal team has extensive expertise in all areas of family law and is known for providing a personalised, responsive service to clients.

Partners Adrian Brown and Elizabeth Couch in Guernsey and partner Dionne Gilbert in Jersey will advise and guide you towards a fair and practical outcome in all legal aspects of divorce, children and finances. Our lawyers have more than fifty years' combined experience and are members of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association). They are trained in collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

Contact our family law team to find out how we can help you, telephone us on:

Guernsey: +44 (0) 1481 734228Jersey: +44 (0) 1534 601682

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Family Law services

We provide practical advice in plain English on all aspects of divorce and separation. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly, painlessly and cost effectively as possible.

Divorce - the basics
Grounds for divorce
Same sex marriage and divorce 
Defended divorce
Flow chart of an undefended divorce
Alternatives to divorce
Ten practical tips for getting divorced
Common questions


Financial issues can be one of the more challenging aspects of divorce and separation. We provide robust, cost effective advice on the various options available to separating parties.

Options at a glance
Finances - the basics
Flow chart of a financial application
Different types of Court order
How the Court decides who gets what
Financial dispute resolution hearings
Alternatives to Court
Common questions

Judicial separation

Judicial separations are unique to Guernsey and present a quick and cost effective way of securing an agreement in relation to children and finances. We will advise and guide you smoothly through the process.

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There is no such thing as 'common law marriage', nor are there any specific rules relating to cohabitation. On separation, the issues can become complex requiring expert guidance.

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On the breakdown of a marriage or relationship, either party or children may need protection. The law aims to provide immediate protection for those who need it, and if you find yourself in this position then it is essential that you act quickly. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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Prenuptial agreements

While prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern-day marriage. We offer expert advice and guidance in this area.

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In an ever-shrinking world, disputes involving international family law are becoming more and more common. We offer specialist legal advice in this area. 

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Change of name

Changing your name in Guernsey is relatively straightforward but usually requires a brief Court attendance. We can guide you smoothly through the process.

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Guide 11 Jun 2021

How to divorce like a billionaire

Advocate Adrian Brown, Partner at Collas Crill, discusses how to divorce amicably whether you are a billionaire – or not. Firstly it was Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin...

Insight 25 May 2021

Shared residence of children in Gsy

Historically, custody orders for children were almost always granted in favour of the mother. For many years, certainly in a traditional household, the father's role was...

News 2 Mar 2021

Vaccination of children

As the Channel Islands and the rest of the world role encourage adults to roll up their sleeves for their COVID-19 vaccination, so begins a flurry of research to get shots...

Guide 4 Feb 2021

Family Law - dictionary

AbductionThe wrongful removal of a child from the parent with care without their permission.  AdoptionAn application to Court for the official transfer of all parental...

Insight 1 Feb 2021

End of the blame game in divorce?

Long-awaited changes to divorce legislation are likely to come into effect in Guernsey and England and Wales later this year, allowing divorce on a no-fault basis. In an...

News 4 Jan 2021

Collas Crill expands to family law

Collas Crill has extended its family law services in the Channel Islands as part of its private client offering with the appointment of new Guernsey-based partners Adrian...

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