Sharman Law LLP

Bedford Office
Sharman Law LLP
1 Harpur Street
MK40 1PF

Ampthill Office
Sharman Law LLP
88 Dunstable Street
MK45 2JR

Contact: Mr Philip Elliott
Telephone: 01234 303030
Fax: 01234 409040

Geographical Regions Covered: Bedford, Ampthill and surrounding towns
Legal aid: No
Mediation: Yes
Collaborative law: Yes
Disabled access: Yes at Bedford office
Special Initial Interview Offer: £250 plus vat or £300 plus vat depending upon which member of the team is seen.

Head of Family team: Philip Elliott
Family Team Members: Philip Elliott, Janet Brown, Jonathan Copper
Resolution members: Philip Elliott, Janet Brown, Jonathan Copper
Specialist panel memberships: Philip Elliott is a member of the Advanced Tier of the Law Society Family Panel. He is also accredited by Resolution to deal with complex financial and property matters in high income households with substantial assets and also in medium and low income households.

Other departments: Civil, Commercial, Conveyancing, Wills and Probate

About us

Sharman Law LLP are a leading firm of solicitors in Bedfordshire with offices in Bedford and Ampthill. We are proud of our tradition in providing legal services for over 200 years. Since 2009 we have held the Law Society's highly regarded Lexcel standard. This award was given as a reflection of our high level of client care.

Without doubt divorce/separation can be a stressful time. Our family law department offers an experienced yet sympathetic and understanding approach to resolving matters. All of our department are members of Resolution which is a body committed to a Code of Practice of dealing with matters in a conciliatory manner which tends to be rather more cost effective for our clients.

We offer a fixed fee of £250 plus vat or £300 plus vat (depending upon who in the team is seen) for the first meeting for all family law clients.  We will then send a letter (by post or email) confirming the main points discussed and that is included in the fee.

Briefing from Sharman Law Advice on lottery winnings
The court recently decided that the lottery winnings of one spouse were not “matrimonial property." As such, therefore, the starting point was not that the winnings should be split 50/50 on

The facts of the case were that in 1999 the wife and a friend won £1m in the lottery and they divided this sum equally between them. Somewhat unusually the wife did not tell her husband
about the win but they did use the money to buy a house together.

They then divorced in 2006.
In the circumstances the Judge decided that the lottery win would not be classed as part of the matrimonial assets. This does not, however, mean that lottery wins are exempt as cases of this
nature will be decided on the basis of the individual facts.

If you are fortunate enough to have had a lottery win or indeed have any other issues in relation to the finances arising from the breakdown of a marriage or other relationship then please contact
Philip Elliott, Janet Brown or Jonathan Copper on 01234 303030.

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