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Turpin and Miller LLP

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Family law in Oxford and Reading

Family problems can be upsetting and difficult to resolve at the best of times. We are here to help you when you are no longer able to manage on your own.

The Department is rated by the 2017 Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession which says the team: Handles some of the most challenging and serious public law proceedings involving children. Experienced in cases involving abuse, parallel criminal proceedings and multiple jurisdictions. Also advises clients on child maintenance and contact orders, as well as international abduction.


  • "They are experts who go the extra mile."

Notable practitioners

Emily Boardman represents parents in care proceedings involving allegations of abuse. She also has experience in adoption and private law cases involving children. One source reports that "she is absolutely meticulous in her preparation and attentive to every detail of her cases. Her standard of client care is excellent."

Ruth Hawkins often represents children and guardians in care matters, and has experience in wardship cases. One market commentator says: "Her dedication to her clients is an example for us all. She deals with matters sensitively and practically, using a constructive approach honed as a mediation expert."

The Department was also rated by the Legal 500 in 2016:

"Turpin & Miller LLP has 'a strong team that can deal with all aspects of family law'. Team head Emily Boardman is 'committed, disciplined and passionate about the work', and Ruth Hawkins is recommended for mediation."

And again in 2017:

"At Turpin & Miller LLP Emily Boardman 'leads the team in a pragmatic, empathetic and focused way', and mediator Ruth Hawkins is noted for her 'good relationship with clients and peers'."

We adhere to the Resolution code of conduct promoting a non-adversarial and constructive approach to family law and Emily Boardman is active on Resolution’s national Legal Aid Committee.

We are pleased to be recognised by The Grandparents Association as solicitors offering expertise in Family Law, and to be recommended by them as solicitors for this area of work. We are part of the Family Law Panel and we support a number of local charities.

The Department has a popular twitter feed found at @turpinmillerfam

We have two teams with specialist expertise:

Private law team

Our private law team includes divorce solicitors and deals with matrimonial issues, disputes between parents in relation to their children, financial arrangements between separating adults (whether married or not), pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and domestic abuse.

Public law team

The public law team deals with all aspects of family law that involve social services - care proceedings, adoption, special guardianship - and child abduction.

Our public law team represents parents and children.


We have family solicitors based in both Oxford and Reading and can also offer appointments at a location convenient for you.