BPS has been practicing family law with excellence since 1948,
providing advice and support at a sensitive and emotionally pressured time


Our Divorce and Matrimonial Finance Division was founded by Harry Lipson who has over 40 years of matrimonial law experience to offer to our clients.  

The team is headed by Partner Caroline Swain who works closely with Harry making a solid advice network for their clients.  

Both Harry and Caroline are widely recognised as leaders in their field.


With a sympathetic ear and a robust pragmatic, yet personal approach our lawyers advise in a variety of family related areas that including but not limited to

  • Divorce
  • Financial Settlements
  • Pre-nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Enforcement of Interim and Final Court Orders
  • Child related matters
  • Inquests
  • Contested Wills


In addition we represent parents and grandparents who are experiencing difficulties surrounding children of their family including contact, abduction, removal from the UK and local area, financial support and parental responsibilities issues including change of name and change of schools.


We have over 68 years experience our family lawyers are recognised and well respected across the Country.  

BPS Family Law represent client's worldwide.

Beginners Guide to Divorce

Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of divorce? It doesn’t have to be scary – BPS Family Law are here to make it as quick and simple as possible. Divorce, finances, children… It may seem like there’s a lot to consider but it’s important to know what’s what.


We have the compassion and legal expertise to guide families through this turbulent time. Our divorce solicitors are not only experts in their field but are committed to offering a personal service to each and every client.

Children Disputes

At BPS Family Law we understand that no matter how angry or upset you are with your partner or your spouse following separation that your main concern, is your children.

Financial Disclosure

What is financial disclosure and why is it necessary? BPS Family Law LLP is an experienced and trusted law firm with offices in central Manchester and Hale, Cheshire. Speak to a member of the BPS team today on 0161 926 1430

Financial Orders

Experts in Financial Orders.  BPS Family Law is an experienced and trusted law firm with offices in central Manchester and Cheshire.   We can guide you through the range of financial orders available to you and how to achieve the very best results.

Financial Settlements

There are many benefits to reaching an agreement outside of the Court system.   We can provide you with full and comprehensive advice in relation to your legal rights and the terms of settlement which are best for you.    We can advise you of the approach a Court is likely to take which can assist in the early settlement of financial separation.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

So, you have planned the wedding your every child hood dream immersed itself within…the dress, the car, the flowers, the rings…but what about the peace of mind for your future?   Do you want to protect inherited wealth?  Do you want to protect your assets for your own children or pre-marital family?

Civil Partnerships

Ending a civil partnership has many similarities with ending a marriage. Rather than a divorce, it is called ‘dissolution’.  We can guide you through the law and your legal rights to ensure that you obtain the very best outcome to your dissolution and financial settlement.

Co-habitation Disputes

It may come as some surprise that cohabitees do not have the same rights as married couples, even if they have cohabited together for many years.  BPS Family law can assist you in understanding how you should treat your assets and income post separation and the claims available to your ex-partner.

Grandparents Rights

Divorce and separation can cause grandparents to lose what’s most precious to them. The legal system today denies devoted grandparents the right to contact with their grandchildren and overlooks the pivotal role they play.   Contact BPS to understand your legal rights to spend time with your grandchildren and the process available to protect your relationship.


An injunction is an Order of the Court which prevents somebody from doing something. Our experts here at BPS have extensive experience dealing with urgent injunctions. If you would like any further advice please contact us.

Enforcement of Court Orders
Usually once a financial order is in place the parties will comply with its terms. However, if either party does not comply then enforcement action may be required.  BPS have a wealth of experience in enforcing Court Order and committal proceedings.   Contact BPS Family Law if you have a Court Order which has been broken.


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Caroline Swain, Resolution Member - First for Family Law

Family Solicitor in Lymm


At BPS Family Law, we believe in the importance of an open and professional approach with our clients.

We work closely with our clients through every step of their legal journey and help them achieve the best possible outcome.


Caroline Swain
Partner Solicitor

With an unfaltering commitment to her cases and the professional, high level of service she provides to her clients Caroline has become the ‘solicitor of choice’ for representing multimillion pound disputes. She has represented a number of well-known celebrities and high profile clients. As well as representing many local professional men and women Caroline also represents clients from all over the World.

Sefton Kwasnik
Partner Solicitor

Sefton qualified in 1981, and has acquired a wealth of experience from representing clients who face criminal proceedings brought against them or their businesses to representing professional clients who face serious disciplinary issues before their professional body, such as the SDT or GMC. Sefton also specialises in advising family members who have tragically lost a loved one, both at Inquest and in pursuit of civil justice, as well as advising clients who have survived catastrophic injuries as a result of serious accidents.

Harry Lipson
Partner Solicitor

Harry is Senior Partner to a professional, pro-active and successful team of lawyers. Harry is a firm believer that BPS’s Partner led departments offer a level of service and expertise which is becoming extinct in the profession. Harry is well known for reminiscing on how the profession has changed over the years.  Harry’s desire is to continue and maintain the values of a traditional law firm.

Karen Jones

Karen joined BPS Family Law LLP in June 2016. Karen is an expert in Child Law. Karen represents families who find themselves in dispute over parental issues such as contact, holidays, education and religion. Karen routinely travels across the country advising clients and representing them in Court.