The experienced family lawyers at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand are committed to dealing with your case in a proactive and professional manner coupled with a personal and friendly approach. Family Law is a diverse legal area where complex and sensitive issues can arise. Instructing our specialist team ensures that you have clear, quality and independent advice when you need it most.

How we can help

We are committed to negotiating the best possible outcome for our clients and avoiding the need for expensive Court Proceedings wherever possible. Our accomplished family team have the skills and experience to represent you in the Court arena should that be unavoidable.

The majority of our work comes from existing satisfied clients and personal recommendations which we believe demonstrates the quality of the service we provide.

We are frequently instructed to act in separations that encompass family businesses, farms, complex property and investment portfolios, pensions and trusts. Access to the expertise within the firm allows us to provide a detailed, comprehensive and complete service to our clients. We also have excellent working relationships with other professionals whose assistance may be needed, such as accountants and barristers.

We regularly advise and represent clients in complex Children Act proceedings and Cohabitation Disputes.

We pride ourselves on being a cut above the norm. We are a leading North West regional firm and the service you will receive is one you could expect from larger city firms but with a more personal approach and more reasonable costs. By instructing us you will not only benefit from our family team’s combined 35 years of experience, you will have also access to the wealth of expertise in the other departments of the firm, including the region leading commercial team, the highly regarded Wills and probate and property teams and one of the UK’s leading agricultural teams.

We are committed to dealing with your case in an efficient and proactive manner to achieve the right outcome for our clients in a timely and cost effective manner.

Fixed Fee Meeting

We offer an initial fixed fee meeting with one of our specialist family solicitors. The meeting can take place at either of our offices in Lancaster or Kirkby Lonsdale (or remotely if required). The meeting will last for 1 hour and is followed up with a detailed letter of advice tailored to your specific case. The cost is £250.00 + VAT which we believe offers exceptional value for money. To arrange a meeting, please contact us on either 01524 846846 or by email.

Specialist Advice

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Collaborative and Accredited Service

Our department Head, Emma Briggs, is a collaboratively trained lawyer and a Member of the North Lancashire/South Lakes Group of Collaborative Lawyers.

All our family team are members of Resolution and follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Emma Briggs is accredited by Resolution as a specialist in relation to advocacy, private children law and complex higher income financial remedy cases.

To arrange a meeting, please contact us on either 01524 846846 or by email.


We work as a single united team with market leading firms around the world and give our clients the highest quality advice possible.