Leading South East firm Lewis Denley has announced further expansion continuing on from the growth seen in 2020, with the launch of its new family law department, headed by experienced family specialist Marwa Hadi-Barnes.

A family law specialist with more than 14 years’ experience, Marwa Hadi-Barnes joins Lewis Denley’s head office in Horsham from a regional, top 100 local firm where she had spent the past 7 years.

The newly formed family law offering will see Lewis Denley advise clients on all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial and children matters. Marwa also brings a unique specialism in the area of “police divorce”, dealing with occupational pension pots of in excess of £1 million.

Despite the impact Covid-19 has had on many industries, Lewis Denley has enjoyed a period of sustained growth throughout 2020, including the ongoing strong performance of its residential and commercial property teams. The launch of the new family service is a complimentary service for the firm’s existing client base which spans Sussex, London and across the South East.

Natasha Lewis, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be beginning 2021 with not only the news of further growth of our team, but also the launch of a new service that we have been planning to launch for some time. Marwa’s reputation and experience is second to none and we are thrilled to have attracted a lawyer of her calibre. Family law work requires the very best of emotional and technical lawyering abilities, and these are qualities that Marwa will be bringing to the team”.

Lewis Denley’s family offering is consistent with the values of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law matters.  However, Marwa’s arrival also brings a strength in litigation and clients of the family department are assured that the team are fierce in achieving the best outcome for clients in Court.

Marwa, who has been recognised as a leading expert by independent legal directories the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, said:

“It has been a longstanding ambition of mine to be part of something from the ground-up and joining Lewis Denley as they launch their family department is the perfect opportunity for me to help shape this from the start. Having worked in the Horsham market for many years, I understand what clients are looking for and I’m passionate that we have something different to offer. I am looking forward to working with the team, supporting Lewis Denley’s existing and new clients, as well as collaborating with my family law peers in the local community to help achieve the best outcome for individuals and their families”.

Marwa joins Lewis Denley’s Horsham office on 1st February 2021.

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    Marwa Hadi did a first class job.  I would recommend her to anybody.

    Thank you very much Marwa.  I just wanted to say that your efficiency and helpfulness has been of great help to me through what has obviously been a very difficult time for me.  I would be happy to recommend your services to anyone else I know who finds themselves in this situation.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and good solid advice along the way.  I am very pleased with the outcome and feel I can finally start to think about building a new life for me and the children.

    I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I really couldn’t have hoped for a better result and I was so worried. I can only thank you for your kindness. Your response to the pension report made excellent reading and I could tell that a lot of work had gone into it.

    I am very grateful for all the support you have provided me with over this very stressful time and you have always been utterly professional, thank you

    I would like to thank you for all the patience and assistance you have given me during this time and for getting me through to the end with my health, sanity and pension untouched

    Just a quick message to say thank you for all your help in resolving my divorce efficiently. You are a credit to your profession

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for all your efforts over the last year. It has been a very stressful time to be and I’m glad that you managed to achieve what we set out to achieve in that I’m having contact with my daughter