Supporting You Through Difficult Times

Our expert family team has extensive experience in helping the people of Derwentside resolve the difficulties arising from relationship breakdowns and family crises. At a time when you are likely to be experiencing emotional turmoil, we provide you with the support, sensitivity and guidance you need, to help you every step of the way.

Our team is led by Partner and Solicitor Verity Dobbie. Verity qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has specialised in Family Law for over 35 years. In the process, she has developed expertise in divorce and children matters. Practical and approachable, with a calm and reassuring manner, Verity has an excellent local reputation and leads a highly experienced team.

Our Family team are members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel and Resolution, which promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving legal matters in a practical, amicable way. It is designed to avoid lengthy court litigation. In the event that negotiations do eventually fail and an agreement cannot be reached, you can rest assured that we will adopt a firm and robust approach to protect your interests.

We can advise on all aspects of family law including:


Legal costs can be a concern, which is why we give all of our clients clear, straightforward advice on how much their case is likely to cost. We will deal with your case in a cost-effective way and try to keep your costs at a minimum.

We offer a range of flexible funding alternatives with fixed fees available on some services, or hourly rates. We can even offer services on a ‘pay as you go’ basis tailored to your budgetary requirements. If you are eligible for Legal Aid, we can provide this as well.

To discuss how SSJ can help you with your family/matrimonial matters contact Verity Dobbie on 01207 502 532

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