About Us

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About Us 2018-11-27T16:05:57+00:00

This firm is owned and run by solicitors and was formed in September 1991.

We concentrate all our resources in acting for individuals in support of their dignity, assets and family, across four areas of law:

  • Family law, including divorce, financial settlements and arrangements for contact with children
  • Mental Health Law, including tribunal representation and s.117 entitlements
  • Mental Capacity Law, including Court of Protection welfare and deprivation of liberty applications
  • Private client work, including wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney and financial deputyship applications to the Court of Protection.

Dabbling is dangerous. We specialise so we are at the top of every development. We do not do conveyancing, accidents or crime.

In particular, we specialise in the representation of patients across the whole spectrum of mental health and capacity. We have been involved in very high profile cases and are helping to develop the law in relation to the deprivation of liberty of incapacitated individuals. More details can be found within our information sheets.

In family law we do not do legal aid. Government fees are so low that we would have to compromise quality by employing low grade staff to do high volume work. Instead, we deliver a top quality service where each client is valued. We are also leading the way locally in developing services for clients who require advice on pre-marital agreements, cohabitation and the dissolution of civil partnerships.

What makes us special, is the focus, total and complete, on our clients. We aim to ensure that every aspect of our service is designed to make a visit to us as comfortable as we can make it. We are keenly aware that we are only as good as our clients’ experience us to be, so we pay attention to all feedback that we receive. We encourage clients to tell us what they think about us. A visit to a solicitor is nerve racking so we work hard to provide as relaxed an atmosphere as possible. Many improvements have come from simple suggestions.

That’s the key to our approach.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in the firm, as well as in those areas in which we have influence. As part of that commitment we are proud to have signed up to the Law Society diversity and inclusion charter. Click here for further information.

Complaints policy – click here for further information about our complaints policy.

Information about legal fees – click here for further information.

What Our Clients Say About Us

“Kirsten was professional, knowledgeable and explained complex issues very clearly and in a straightforward way” – July 2018

“Very good service, thank you very much” – July 2018

“I am a very satisfied client.” – March 2018

“Kirsten Bradley was extremely efficient and good.” – March 2018

“Just want to say a big thank you Jane. I really appreciate it as I knew things would never be easy.” – February 2018

“Excellent service. Friendly but reassuringly efficient. Would definitely use again” – December 2017

“This Will making was handled with tact and dignity. I am grateful to the young lady, Kirsten Bradley” – September 2017

“The level of service is second to none. When I call, there is always a friendly, helpful and approachable member of the team to deal with any problems that I may have. I always get a quick response from any emails I send. Kirsty never makes me feel stupid (even when I’m asking the same question I’ve asked her numerous times before).” – September 2017

“I have had different solicitors in the past and you (Laura) are the best I have ever had. I am really happy and can’t thank you enough. You explained everything really well.” – September 2017

“Jane, Thank you so much for everything you have done and achieved, it could be said that this is your “job.” However I feel you have gone above and beyond your role as a solicitor, and for that I am eternally greatful. Had it not been for you, I would of given up months ago.” – September 2017

“Dear John,

I am immensely grateful to you for everything you did for me at the Tribunal.

As you may know I have been through a living hell since that day and only now back in action.

What you did was wonderful and just and I shall never forget.

Thank you” – 20th March 2017

“I was very pleased with your service” – 9th November 2016

“I am writing to thank you very much for all the time, effort and expertise you provided in attempting to remove the Mental Act section 2 under which I am currently retained.” – 2nd November 2016

“He is my champion…” – 28th October 2016

“I can only say that from the first phone call everything was absolutely first class. I was treated with kindness and friendliness and a difficult situation was dealt with by good sound advice promptly brought to a very satisfactory conclusion.” – 20 September 2016

“I would just like to say a big thanks to Jane and her team at “Odonnells” for the hard work and professional service in dealing with my divorce, at what was a difficult time for me.

The service you provided was very professional and I was always kept informed at every stage of the proceedings. Everything was explained in detail and in a language I understood.

I would not hesitate to use Odonnells in the future and would be happy to recommend your services to friends and colleagues.

I wish all every success in the future.” – September 2016

“Very pleased with the service you provided. Jane Gale is excellent” – June 2016

“Thank you for this morning. You really put me at my ease and put my views over really well.” – 1 July 2016

“I found everyone very friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble” – 13 May 2016

“All in all, I had a top-notch experience of the service you provided from the very beginning to the very end. My case was not straightforward, did not fit the box and you were the first solicitor in months who actually provided me with legal advice at all. The advice was intelligent, logical, comprehensive and in plain English. There was absolutely no need for further correspondence- you thought of everything and saved me a tremendous amount of time with a compact, fast service. Your professionalism, sensitivity and, well, there is no other way to put it, care, was not only impressive but it also gave me reassurance in times of great stress. What a refreshing experience!” – 21 April 2015

“You were the difference” – 15 April 2015

I would like to thank Philippa Curran for the support she has given me in representing my brother who has a Learning Disability, my only regret is that I didn’t contact Philippa sooner… Philippa explained with clarity the legal process that could be used to help my brother and over the months her support has formed a positive change of attitude from the Local Authority and the care provider…” – 26 March 2015