Domestic Abuse


We remain fully open to help with family law issues during the current global outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. All of our family law solicitors are working as normal using remote access technology and we can arrange appointments by telephone and video call, as an alternative to face to face meetings. We can also arrange appointments outside of normal working hours, as we understand the lockdown can make it even harder than usual to consult solicitors on sensitive family law matters

In line with current government advice, our offices in Petersfield and Midhurst remain open and operational although we are operating with a reduced staff level on the ground and only able to admit to our offices clients who have pre-booked an appointment. All of our lawyers have access to secure cloud based technologies for emails and telephone calls and video conferencing, which enable them to work remotely and conduct meetings accordingly.

You can continue to contact us, as normal, by phone, email and video conferencing and where essential pre-book a face to face meeting in the office. We remain fully committed to delivering a high level of client service, tailored to your individual needs.

Official statistics suggest that a quarter of all women, and one in seven men, will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lives. The real numbers are probably even higher – and figures, of course, are only one small part of the story. Although it’s appallingly common, domestic abuse – which can be verbal, emotional and financial, not just physical – remains very difficult to talk about, and can seem impossible to escape.

If you are being subjected to domestic abuse, in whatever form, you don’t have to suffer in silence – or go through it alone. Our Family Law team has enormous experience of this difficult problem and includes specialists in dealing with domestic abuse.

You can talk to a member of our Family Law team in complete confidence: please contact us at any time.

“..I felt your guidance and advice significantly reduced this (stress) and to have you (Nisha) by my side was invaluable to me. You are such a professional and I thank you from the bottom of my heart..Your kindness and skills have been so appreciated..”

Having Tim ‘on side’ during this traumatic episode made a real difference. He was a tremendous support but at the same time kept me focussed on the main objective, i.e. obtaining a sensible outcome. This, thankfully, we did achieve.

Nisha was wonderful. Thank you!

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I remain totally indebted to Tim Melville-Walker and Alison Odle and the team for getting me through a difficult divorce…I would recommend them 100%.

I remain totally indebted to Tim Melville-Walker and Alison Odle and the team for getting me through a difficult divorce – I would recommend them 100%

Very professional and highly qualified – Tim really knows his stuff

…thank you for all your efforts (Tim) in bringing my divorce to a close. I am particularly thankful for all your very calming words of support when things were at their worst. You did an excellent job all round. Thank you.

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Emily Bower Solicitor
Emily Bull Associate
Tim Melville-Walker Partner and Head of Family Law
Nisha Tayal Consultant Solicitor