Act Family Law Joins GA Solicitors
Plymouth’s oldest specialist family law firm, Act Family Law, is to merge with GA Solicitors.
The merger was formally agreed at the end of December 2014 and will see the Act Family Law team commence work at GA Solicitors from 2nd March 2015.
Act Family Law was established by solicitor Ian Downing in 1997 and was the first law firm in the city to specialise solely in family matters. With 30 years of experience, Ian will join GA as a partner of the firm. He is an esteemed family specialist, ranked in the Chambers & Partners UK Guide as a leader in his field and described as a “first rate family law practitioner”. Since its inception, Act Family Law has supported hundreds of clients across the South West, particularly those in the professional services, businesses and armed forces.
Ian Downing and his colleague Julia Robson will enhance GA’s already strong family team and will provide advice on relationship and family matters including divorce and divorce financial settlements, separation agreements and arrangements for children, and cohabitee issues. Complementing Ian’s credentials, Julia has 25 years of experience in family law and an impressive breadth of legal knowledge.
Stephen Ramsden, managing partner of GA Solicitors commented: “Act Family Law is a well established and much respected law firm. The hard working ethos of the team fits perfectly with GA and we are delighted to be merging with them.
“Our family department has become increasingly busy over the last year and to be able to expand our team with such experienced professionals was an easy decision to make.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for GA Solicitors as we look to further develop and grow the business and find new and innovative ways to deliver value for money legal services . As well as the expansion of our family department, we have also launched new services related to will disputes and contentious probate, and we are looking to acquire further teams and individuals with particular specialisms in 2015.”
Ian Downing, founder and owner of Act Family Law added: “GA Solicitors is an outstanding firm with an ethos that matches that of Act Family Law. Our clients come to us at an emotional time in their lives when empathy and high levels of client service, as well as specialist advice, are essential. GA Solicitors is renowned for its client service and I am delighted to be joining the team as a partner.”
With more than 200 years of heritage, GA Solicitors is a leading law firm in the city and offers guidance across seven specialist departments: business; family; employment; dispute resolution; wills, trusts & probate; conveyancing and personal injury. The firm has secured a number of local, regional and national award wins over the last 18 months and this acquisition will see its staffing numbers reach 70.