MSB Solicitors Liverpool
Progressive, expanding and youthful leading Liverpool family law firm.
Exceptional affordable legal advice across all areas of family law.
Specialising in Issues that affect,the traditional family & the evolving modern family.

Member of Family Law Panel Our rapidly expanding Family Department deals with all family matters including Divorce, Co-Habitation Disputes, Children Issues, Domestic Violence and Child Abduction.

All of our fee earners are experts in all areas of family law with all key fee earners having taken first stage general resolution accreditation and being law society family panel accredited. In addition to this, our key fee earners have their own specialisms which are summarised below.

MSB Solicitors - Top Tier - The Legal 500, The Clients Guide to Law Firms We also have staff fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish and British sign language.

For further information on the specialist panels that we are members of please see the links below:

Public Law Children Proceedings relate to any issues involving the Local Authority/Social Services.

MSB Family Department prides itself on its expanding Public Law Children Department, that has a reputation amongst the local community and fellow professionals for excellence, we are considered one of the leading Public Law providers in the North West.  We are committed to safe guarding children and fighting to keep families together.
We have a wealth of experience in representing children, parents, grandparents and other family members in these proceedings.

It is extremely important to note that legal aid is available, often on a non‑means tested basis for the parent, child and and/or carer, when Social Services become involved in the family. 

It can be an extremely daunting and frightening time and we appreciate that families require expert support and guidance through the legal process.  MSB have an expanding team who are accessible and approachable and ready to offer that expertise.

Social Services can become involved in a family for many reasons; anonymous tip‑off, referral from school, referral from a health professional, referral from the Police, if they are called out to an incident in the home, where there is a child or more tragically if a child is presented at hospital, having sustained injuries that the hospital or health profession feel are non‑accidental. Legal representation is required from the minute social services become involved

The Role of Social Services in the Family
Social Services were established to support families and safe-guard children who were thought to be at risk of harm, whether from family members or others.  The level of support that they can give varies depending upon the family and the needs of the child concerned.  It is to be stressed that the role of Social Services is to support families and wherever possible to support a child remaining with the family.  It is therefore, very important that as far as possible, families try to work with Social Services.

Social Services have a statutory obligation to safe-guard and promote the welfare of vulnerable children and can provide a wide range of services to children and parents, usually within their own home environment.  It is natural that parents feel anxious when Social Services become involved, this may be from their own personal experience, what they have heard from others or just a genuine fear that their child will be removed.  These fears are natural but a child will only be removed if there is clear evidence of risk of significant harm and a Court Order is required to remove a child. 

The Importance of your Child being deemed to be at Risk of Significant Harm
If Social Services can convince a Court that your child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, an Order of the Court can be obtained granting Social Services Parental Responsibility in respect of your child.  Once Social Services have Parental Responsibility for your child, they can make decisions in respect of that child including the decision as to where that child resides.

Harm is defined by the Children Act 1989 as “Ill treatment or the impairment of the health or development of the child”.  The risk of significant harm can also incorporate, emotional harm and for this reason there have been many recent cases in which children who are in a household in which there is domestic violence, have been held to be at risk of a significant emotional harm and have been removed. 
Below are some of MSB Solicitors ongoing cases -

Re S-W[2015]EWCA CIV 27

C V V[2016]EWHC 559 (FAM)

Re:H (Children ) UKSC 2015/0043

Haque v United Kingdom

Re : M (A Child ) B4/2015/4241
Re O and H LV125/15 and LV127/15

Re H 2013/2973

Latest News

MSB Solicitors to host Liverpool summit on the fast-changing issues in family law

Family dynamics are fast-changing in modern UK society, with a number of new issues emerging that can have enormous and often challenging implications for the legal sector.

Topics such as international parental child abduction, forced marriage, honour-based violence and radicalisation of children were barely heard of just a few years ago but are now high on the agenda.

MSB Solicitors is renowned for its expertise in these specialist areas, and is hosting a major summit in November to address these ongoing changes.

Essential for anyone working in family law, the event - The Changing Face of Family Law - takes place at Blackburne House in Liverpool on Thursday, November 23.

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MSB praised in Legal 500 for work in crime and family law

Just days since it was announced she will succeed Paul Bibby as managing partner of the firm, MSB Solicitors’ Emma Carey has been listed in the elite “leading lawyers” list by The Legal 500 – Britain’s top guide to the legal profession.
The guide, which was published on Wednesday [11 October 2017], states: “Emma Carey is an excellent leader; she has superb knowledge of the law and is also very sensitive and insightful, which is of huge importance for her vulnerable clients."
Founding partner and head of crime, Sean Sexton, also makes the list and MSB has been recommended as a top tier firm for crime and fraud for the second year running.

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MSB make national awards shortlist for second year running

MSB Solicitors have been shortlisted for the Family Law Regional Firm of the Year for the North, for the second year running.
The Family Law Awards were launched in 2010 in order to recognise the important work of family lawyers across the country and celebrate achievements and advances in the sector.
It is the second time MSB have been shortlisted  in this category and this year, they join another Liverpool firm, Paul Crowley & Co. Also in the running are Manchester-based Hall Brow and Yorkshire firm Switalskis.

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MSB Solicitors set to host drop in sessions offering access to free family law advice

MSB Solicitors will open the doors to their office at 4 St Paul's Square next month, between 8am and 9.30am and 5pm and 7pm on Tuesday 12th, Wednesday, 13th and Thursday 14th September.
Our experienced family team will be on hand to spend time with anyone who may require advice on personal or family issues, either directly or on behalf of a friend or loved one.
The drop in sessions have been designed to offer free-of-charge, confidential and no-obligation advice to anyone looking to understand their options on private or family legal matters.   
For more information, please contact Hayley Catherall directly on 0151 281 9040 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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