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I instructed Spectrum in respect of a child custodial issue following a sustained period of emotional and psychological abuse by their Mother. From the outset I was impressed Spectrum’s lack of unconscious bias; fully recognising that as a Father with the best interests of the child at heart, they could support me in delivering the best outcome for my child. Hilary acted for me and was kind and compassionate as well as being rigorous, thorough and focussed that we put forward the best possible case; identifying and collating the most critical pieces of evidence and staying on top of the case and the Court. She showed a great deal of patience dealing with my endless questions and supported me throughout the entire process. I would not hesitate to recommend both Spectrum and Hilary to anyone finding themselves in the unenviable position of having to litigate against a Co-Parent.


Many thanks once again, Hilary.



Divorce is extremely stressful and an absolute minefield.
After talking to other firms and not feeling comfortable, I found spectrum.

Dee at spectrum is absolutely fantastic. She helped me through a terribly acrimonious divorce. All my questions were dealt with efficiently and quickly.

I was represented by her barrister, Dominic Brazil who was absolutely first rate.

Due to the complete accuracy and professionalism shown by them both, I won both my child act and financial remedies (which was quite complexed) with an outcome that I never expected to achieve.

Highly recommended


How do you thank someone who has picked you up from rock bottom and put you back on your feet?  Given you the strength and encouragement to carry on?  Who has not only put you on your feet but has made you a much stronger and happier person... and given you a future to look forward to. Who has made you believe in yourself and your ability to get through such an awful situation.   All this comes from your compassion, respect and support.  Thank you doesn't seem enough.


Dee came highly recommended to me by another Solicitor and I certainly had the best.


From the day I met Dee I knew I was in safe hands.  She is so honest and supportive.  She gave me hope and encouragement to face an absolutely difficult and heart breaking situation.  Dee approached everything with compassion understanding and professionalism.  I was never left feeling unsupported.  All phone calls, correspondence and queries were replied to the same day.


Dee introduced me to an amazing Barrister and with both their expertise and knowledge we went on to gain an excellent result.  


I would highly recommend Dee to anyone going through this difficult situation.  You couldn't ask for more.



Of course I had no idea what to do when my marriage was in break-up, other than worry about the kids, fear losing everything and that it would cost the Earth to boot. Good friends looked after me though and Dee was recommended as the right solicitor to talk to.
That advice was invaluable and from the very start Dee's honestly assertive, detailed and expertly tailored bespoke guidance has helped me to bring a hugely stressful situation to managed fruition and a conclusion satisfying all parties.
Happiness is not a word to associate with divorce and i wouldn't wish such a situation on anybody. However, if you find yourself in similar straights, let your friends help you and absolutely talk to Dee.



I cannot recommend Dee at Spectrum Family Law enough. Dee gave me really personalised service, I always felt well communicated with and she really is a specialist in her practice.  

Dee supported me step by step at all stages of my divorce. Despite the frustrations with the case, Dee remained professional, highly supportive, and reassuring. Her level of knowledge was outstanding, and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who may be going through a tricky divorce.  At times it seemed impossible, but her know-how and passionate approach proved that it was not impossible! I always felt that I was in safe hands and could trust her advice blindly. 

Highly recommended and thank you so much Dee for your continued support and patience, during a pandemic no less!


Extremely happy with the advice , guidance and  support provided by Spectrum Family Law. Hilary  made a daunting experience easy to bear and her guidance was invaluable. From initial meeting to conclusion of the process,  Hilary has been nothing short of first class. Although,  I personally  hope to never have to go through such a process again , I would not hesitate to recommend Hilary and Spectrum Family Law as you will be assured of a professional, efficient and caring service.


Dee, I want to thank you so much. You gave us such pragmatic advice from the start and we have felt that we have been in really good hands.


Great experience with Hilary at Spectrum family law. She explained exactly what me & my partner were entitled to and made everything really easy to understand. We were finally successful in achieving what we wanted toa


I was very happy with the advice I received from Spectrum, both Hilary and Dee were extremely helpful during my divorce and even with the restrictions enforced during these current times were quick to reply and had alternative meeting arrangements in place which worked well.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Thank you both.


Dee Finnegan acted for me with issues and court hearing with ex partner. It was a long hard path, but Dee made me feel strong and positive. Dee took a lot of worry and stress away, always making me feel positive. Very fast at responding and making everything clear. I was guided down the correct way from a professional company.

Many thanks to Dee and I would highly recommend. She was amazing


Dee,  I just wanted to write a letter of appreciation.  You have really helped me and impressed me with your advice and legal 'know how'.  
Having had experience in my divorce proceedings before I met you, I can definitely say that you get straight to the point and I just love how 'no nonsense' you are.  A point to note for those who are 'cost sensitive'.
You have given me access to a fabulous barrister
I am ever so grateful.


Dee,  Thank you for all your assistance with my divorce, it has been invaluable whilst giving me strength and peace of mind when I most needed it.


Thank you Hilary for helping me through a very difficult period. Your help and advice was invaluable. Hopefully i will not need your services again but i would certainly recommend you to others.


Dee,  Thank you so much for your help, advice and guidance with my divorce.   it’s felt like a long two and a half years and I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without your involvement and support.


Dee Finnegan was recommended to me via another Solicitors firm to represent me through my second court case within Family Law. Dee was very experienced and knowledgeable of the Children Act, the relevant law, Courts  and Cafcass processes. Not only did she fill me with reassurance, confidence, peace of mind in difficult times but her skill, expertise and wealth of experience shone through. Dee was always available to speak with within 24 hours unless on annual leave in which case another solicitor from Spectrum Family Law stepped in.  I was never left waiting for advice or left in a state of  stress. Dee's commitment to my case was astounding, she remembered pretty much everything I had told her and I felt protected by her through the eyes of the law. My case is now thankfully over and, yes, cost a lot of money . That is what good litigation costs . However I would not hesitate to use Dee Finnegan’s services again and would most definitely recommend to anyone in need of legal advice or support.  Thank you Dee, your work and support is something I will never forget.


Dee Finnegan acted for me in my recent divorce. I always felt strongly, that Dee was ‘in my corner’ and fighting as hard as she could to get the best possible result for me, even when my ex-husband was being really difficult and un-cooperative. I cannot recommend her enough.

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These solicitors are as good as a London practice and use barristers from London. Very prompt and reliable service. Telephone calls always returned promptly. All correspondence addressed in a professional manner. Margaret was my solicitor and she was very good. Hilary was also a good solicitor. I would like to say the practice runs well with the help of Debbie’s professional handling of phone calls and any correspondence a very kind and reliable lady


Thank you for providing the right advice, support and the right outcome.


I would love to thank you for all of the three years hard work that you put into my case.

For me it was a very long and hard road at times but I am so grateful that I had such a brilliant team on my side.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


After 15 years separation and nearly 2 years of frustrating divorce procedures I can only but thank and praise Margaret for her honest advice and sensitive handling of what is a very stressful and uncomfortable experience. 

Getting divorced even after a long period of separation is an anxious and mentally challenging experience but with Margaret’s advice and extreme patience a positive outcome was achieved both financially, but more importantly as Margaret stressed on many occasions we managed to maintain a decent relationship between both parties throughout proceedings helping to keep family harmony and a sense of respect towards each other and therefore enabling our grown up children to see their parents going through this procedure with a sense of dignity.

Thanks again Margaret for your first classes support and honest advice.


Dee, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you and Kerstin and all your staff for all the help and support through this very stressful process. I really look forward to closing the last page of this chapter in the next couple of weeks. As I move on knowing that I got my life back I well keep in mind and tell others of Spectrum Family Law as I am truly thankful.


I recently went through a difficult divorce and I had been recommended to Spectrum Law, who I instructed to help me. Dee Finnegan carried out all my work and her knowledge and grasp of my particular situation was spot on from day one. There were various points throughout my divorce negotiations that needed a cute and instinctive path and Dee was brilliant at gauging this. It isn’t just about knowing facts its knowing how to get to the end goal for me as the client. There were some difficult financial hurdles that were not “run of the mill” and this is where Dee came into her own to carefully help me in this difficult situation.

Dee does not waffle and drag out unnecessary work, she is to the point. I cannot recommend Dee highly enough.


Margaret – Thank you for all your kindness and support.  It helped and I really appreciated it.


Margaret, Thank you so much for all your support and your professional expertise.  Without you I would not have achieved so much.


Thank you so much Dee for your advice and work you carried out on my case. Just before you took me on as a client I was at rock bottom due to stress caused by …. and his family.

Having you take on the case was a blessing. The way you work is amazing, straight talking and honest. You always rise above any negative comments from  my husband’s solicitor and concentrate on the matter in hand, which I completely respect you for.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting the conclusion we have. I certainly wouldn't have got it without your expertise.


I highly recommend Spectrum Family Law. It’s sad to have to recommend a great law firm to friends that are splitting up or having family issues, but I’m proud to do so in this case as I strongly believe I could have had no better help and representation.

I found Dee to be sympathetic but professional, not distracted by my upset she gave me the facts and options I needed, in a timely and supportive manner. The divorce became a manageable beast in her hands. She was more than capable of handling my side of things, and not only that, she knew my side of things inside out – not a faceless client but someone she wanted to get through to the other side, with the best outcome possible, as efficiently as possible. And she did just that, amazing lady.


"Without Dee, I would not have had the courage to fight for a fair divorce settlement. I'm extremely grateful she was on my side"


"I cannot recommend Margaret Porter highly enough. Right from the beginning her flexible approach, empathy and professional competence made me feel at ease, and confident that the matter would be handled with proficiency and expertise to achieve the best outcome for me. I always felt that she was fully in charge of the situation no matter how drawn out the other party tried to make it and she always responded to my emails and letters really quickly. I would be more than happy to recommend her firm to handle divorce proceedings in the future."


"Dee Finnegan's advice and support during my very difficult divorce was invaluable. She guided me through a particularly traumatic time and was always patient and understanding but also extremely professional and completely determined to get the best result for me and my children. I have already recommended Dee to several friends and would advise anyone to seek Dee's help when going through a divorce. She is amazing!"


"Many thanks once again for all your help and assistance; I would like just like to say how professional, kind and engaging I have found my experience with you.

Throughout the process I have been made to feel not only that you have been there to offer advice and guidance, but that you went out of your way to make me feel comfortable and that I had a voice in this set of affairs."


"I put off getting a divorce  as the prospect of  finding the right solicitor was frightening,  not having ever had to think of such things before. Spectrum was recommended to me, I met with them and they took the time to listen without me feeling judged. They explained the process and its steps along with the options in a language I could understand.

From start to finish Spectrum  made me feel like an individual rather than another  source of income for them. , They gave me advice that was both very sound and always well thought out with a complete understanding of my personal case.

Spectrum took away my fears and did me proud, always available, always listening, always a sound investment, so much so that I am without hesitation in recommending them to anyone Put to one side any worries and fears and take the time to chat with them and from that moment on you will feel more comfortable with moving forward with your life rather than living in a rut born from fear of the unknown."