The experienced family lawyers at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand are committed to dealing with your case in a proactive and professional manner coupled with a friendly approach. Family Law is a diverse legal area where numerous complex and sensitive issues can arise. Instructing our expert family solicitors at the outset of the matter ensures that you have clear and independent advice.

How we can help

We are committed to negotiating the best possible settlement and avoiding the need for expensive Court Proceedings wherever possible. In cases where Court proceedings are unavoidable our specialist Family solicitors are equally comfortable representing you in that arena. We pride ourselves on providing an efficient, professional and proactive approach to you case. Please take a look at our article “The Benefits of Instructing a Family Solicitor on Separation”.

The majority of our work comes from existing satisfied clients and personal recommendations which we believe demonstrates the quality of the service we provide.

We pride ourselves on being a cut above the norm. We are a leading North West regional firm and the service you will receive is one you could expect from larger city firms but with a more personal approach and reasonable costs. By instructing us you will not only benefit from our family team’s years of experience, you will have access to the wealth of expertise in the other departments of the firm, including the region leading commercial team, the highly regarded Wills and probate and property teams and one of the UK’s leading agricultural teams. We have the experience to deal with separations that encompass family businesses, farms, complex property and investment portfolios, pensions and trusts. Access to the expertise within the firm allows us to provide a detailed, comprehensive and complete service to our clients. We are committed to dealing with your matter in an efficient and proactive manner in order to achieve the right outcome for our clients in a timely and cost effective manner.

Fixed Fee Meeting

We offer an initial fixed fee meeting with one of our specialist family solicitors. The meeting can take place at our Lancaster office or our Kirkby Lonsdale office (whichever is more convenient).  The meeting will last for 1 hour and is followed up with a detailed letter of advice tailored to your specific case. The cost is £240.00 (including VAT) which we believe offers exceptional value for money.

Specialist Advice

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Collaborative and Accredited Service

Our department Head, Emma Briggs, is a collaboratively trained lawyer and a Member of the North Lancashire/South Lakes Group of Collaborative Lawyers.

What is Collaborative Law?

All our family team are members of Resolution and follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Emma Briggs is accredited by Resolution as specialists in relation to family matters.


Emma Briggs

Anna Wilkinson

Anna Wilkinson

Siobhan Patten

Siobhan Patten


We work as a single united team with market leading firms around the world and give our clients the highest quality advice possible.