Vanderpump & Sykes Solicitors

Vanderpump & Sykes Solicitors
Lough Point
2 Gladbeck Way

Contact: Mark Heselton

Telephone: 020 8367 3999
Fax: 020 8363 7735

Geographical areas covered: London, Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire

Legal aid: No
Mediation: No
Collaborative law: No
Disabled access: Yes
Special Initial Interview Offer: We offer a fixed fee initial interview for just £75 + VAT which is not time limited and Fixed fee divorce at £595 + VAT + court costs (excludes children and financial representation)
Late night: We now offer late night legal advice, by appointment only, on Wednesday's until 8pm.

Head of Family team: Mark Heselton
Family team members: Mark Heselton, Liz Orman, Gary Beecham,
Resolution members: Mark Heselton, Liz Orman

Resolution areas of expertise:
Liz Orman is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Private Children Law and Domestic Violence.

Late night opening: This is also available on Wednesdays until 8pm by appointment only. Contact the family department on 020 8370 2898 or email

Other departments: Company & Commercial, Conveyancing, Debt Recovery, Employment, Family & Matrimonial, Litigation & Disputes and Wills & Probate.

About us

We are a friendly, dynamic and well-respected firm, with a long tradition of integrity, excellence and client commitment.

We offer a fixed fee initial interview for just £75 + VAT which is not time limited.

Our specialist department includes four members of Resolution. To see what our clients say, just visit the testimonial section of our Vanderpumps family website

Headed by partner Mark Heselton, the team of Liz Orman, Marion Foley and Gary Beecham, ensures an approach that reflects clients' wishes and needs. All are members of Resolution, with Liz Orman accredited with the Resolution Specialist status.

Relationship breakdown is an emotional and difficult time when you are also under great pressure to make the right decisions. More than ever, you need expert and sympathetic advice.

It may be that both parties have come to the conclusion that the marriage is at an end for any number of reasons but the only ground for divorce is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. We can help you to ensure that a divorce is obtained as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible and advise you on separation agreements or judicial separation.

Disputes between married and unmarried parents often arise in respect of the children. We are experts at resolving these issues and recognising the needs of all parties, in particular the children.

You may need to discuss financial issues. We will advise on how best to resolve them and attempt to reach a solution via negotiation rather than through the courts. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, we will provide you with expert barristers to represent you.

We offer expert advice in the following areas:

  • Divorce, separation
  • Civil partnerships
  • Finance
  • Child issues, including maintenance
  • Injunctions
  • Adoption and surrogacy
  • Co-habitation and unmarried couples
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • International aspects

Mark Heselton
Mark Heselton

Liz Orman
Liz Orman

'I just wanted to thank you for your fantastic service ... you have managed to save me a considerable amount of time, money and stress by resolving the matter in a few months ... I have been treated with great courtesy and efficiency. I will ... recommend you without hesitation ... Yours sincerely a very happy customer.'  Mr D P of London

Divorce does not have to break the bank
Introducing Marion Foley, whose legal career has come full circle since she qualified in 1997. Marion grew up in North London and her first job was in Enfield. Having spent the past twelve years as a solicitor and partner at an established practice in Barnet , Marion returned to Enfield Town in May 2013 when she joined Vanderpump and Sykes.

In my sixteen years specialising as a family lawyer I have found that when a relationship falls apart most client’s want a speedy and cost effective resolution. How successfully this can be achieved depends on a couple’s genuine desire to settle and the quality of their lawyers.

For couples trying to settle, it is essential to put aside angry and hurt feelings so that you can absorb and process the advice of your lawyer. In my experience, cases that are prolonged and cost more either involve couples who cannot park their emotions OR because the lawyer does not take a pragmatic settlement approach.

I have represented people from all walks of life. My cases have ranged from financially complex divorces involving company structures, partnerships, trusts and overseas assets to the more straightforward break up. Most break ups involve a modest amount of property, capital and income. An experienced lawyer will be looking to settle your case as early as possible. Information gathering can be quick if couples co-operate and once gathered negotiations can begin. Sometimes, going to court is unavoidable. However, for the experienced lawyer it is always the last resort even in the most complex of cases.

My years of practice have not dampened my commitment to and enthusiasm for family law. It remains immensely rewarding to help someone come through a very difficult and painful period in their life. I take great satisfaction knowing that I have played an important part in achieving an outcome that a client can be happy with.

The journey to settlement can be a long one. Many clients are crushed when they first come to see me. Rarely am I believed when I say that time really does heal. It is fulfilling to watch a client recover from the loss of a relationship, to leave the legal process in a much happier state than when they first entered it and to know that I played a part in that.

Further advice on any area of family law, contact our Family Law team on:
020 8370 2898 or by e-mailing .
We offer a fixed fee of £75.00 plus VAT, for first appointments.

We open until 8pm Wednesday evening, by appointment only

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