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National law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its family law offering with the appointment of a partner, associate and solicitor.

The new team will be operating as part of Access Legal, the firm's private client arm. The new hires will work with existing family law partner Marika Franceschi, and specialists Claire Christie and Karen Nicol in Shoosmiths’ family law team.
 
Partner Neil Hobden, previously at boutique practice Benussi & Co, will head up Shoosmiths' national family law practice, advising on all aspects of family law and will be based in Birmingham.
 
Associate Chris Longbottom joins Shoosmiths’ Manchester office from Aaron & Partners at the beginning of December. He advises private clients on a range of family and matrimonial issues, with a focus on the high net worth market and complex legal issues.
 
Rebecca Calden-Storr, who has been appointed as a solicitor, was formerly a litigator at Wragge & Co and Mills & Reeve.
 
Hobden says: “We are looking forward to growing Shoosmiths’ national family law capacity and client base. I am planning to use the Shoosmiths office network to provide a range of premium legal services for individuals, and am excited to join an award winning firm renown for its’ client experience.”
 
Richard Follis, head of private client at Shoosmiths, says: “We are very excited by these appointments, which we see as a step toward developing our national family law practice in both Scotland and England. Our clients have often asked us for family law recommendations so we decided it was time to offer this service to meet client need.”

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