Caroline Swain
Partner Solicitor

Caroline joined BPS in 2010.   She became the first female Partner for the firm (established in 1948) in 2013.  Caroline is widely renowned as one of the most sought after divorce and matrimonial finance lawyers in the UK and has become the ‘solicitor of choice’ for representing ultra-high net worth and complex disputes both in the North and South of the country.

Caroline’s experience in highly complex cases means she has become the ‘go to’ Solicitor for client’s seeking a robust and knowledgeable divorce lawyer.   She has in depth knowledge of dealing with multi-national companies, Trusts, inheritance disputes, overseas properties and inter family financial structures within a separation.  Alluding confidence in the law she has the essential foundations of knowledge which is a must within any strong lawyer.   Clients are very quickly reassured on meeting Caroline that they are in the best possible hands.

Caroline has represented client’s involving Maintenance Pending Suit applications (ensuring  clients have sufficient income to meet their requirements until final settlement), enforcement of Court Orders including Judgement Summons and Committal to Prison for non-payment of maintenance,  claims of ‘Sham’ when client's have believed a spouse has manipulated their disclosure to defeat financial claims,  obtaining expert reports relating to a value of a parties interest in a company when their valuation is not accepted, considering complex Trust arrangements and considering whether a party can access funds held within a Trust.  Caroline has dealt with claims against Inheritance and wider family wealth and is fully appraised in Pension sharing.   

Along with a strong client base in the North of England Caroline represents many clients from the South and regularly appears in Courts across the Country.  Further, Caroline represents clients globally and has a strong reputation across the seas.    Due to her commitment and professionalism, much of Caroline’s work is generated through recommendations,  clients respect her formidable approach to her work.

Central to Caroline’s ethos is that she’s available outside of standard working hours.  Recognising that many family related issues arise outside of these hours she is regularly known to be taking calls and meeting with client’s late at night, the early hours of the morning and weekends.  

Caroline also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Pre-Nuptial Agreements, TOLATA disputes and Child of the family related issues.     Caroline has represented many high profile clients in entering into Pre-Nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements ensuring Agreements are correctly worded and enforceability is appropriately addressed.    She has represented clients seeking both to uphold and withdraw from Agreement's that they have entered into.    

Over the past 10 years Caroline has represented both mothers and fathers who have concerns relating to their children including; the time their child spends with them or the other parent, concerns relating to a parent’s ability to care for a child, issues surrounding a child’s education and internal and external relocation of a child.  

Disputes relating to non-married parties to a separation are complex and require expert knowledge.  Caroline represents clients who require clear advice relating to their legal rights in relation to the rights to assets on separation.

Client has represented clients in the Magistrates Court, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal across the Country.   She has strong relationships with the very best Barrister’s and Queens Counsel in the North and the South which she considers to be invaluable to her clients.   Those relationships enable Caroline to build a case which is hard-hitting from inception to the final days of settlement/Final Hearing.       

Caroline offers bespoke appointments to suit professionals and busy lifestyles.  BPS Family Law hold appointments for clients outside of working hours during evenings and weekends.   First consultation is without charge.   If you would like to meet with Caroline please contact her Hale office, 0161 926 1430.



Sefton Kwasnik
Partner Solicitor

Sefton is a solicitor who ever since he qualified in 1981 has always striven passionately and fearlessly to represent his clients to the maximum of his ability and to achieve the best possible results.

He has acquired a wealth of experience during that time which has seen him represent a large number of Families at complex Inquests throughout England and Wales, and he is the Honorary Legal Officer for The Compassionate Friends.

He also  represents Members of the Medical Profession, and the Legal Profession before their respective Disciplinary Bodies.

Sefton has also represented Companies who face very serious investigations from agencies such as the HSE, Environment Agency, and Trading Standards and business men who have successfully challenged search warrants when their homes and businesses have been unlawfully raided under the guise of an invalid search warrant.

Sefton also represents clients who have been very seriously injured in all forms of accident

Sefton has an unerring eye for detail and undertakes immaculate preparation on all of his cases believing that the vast majority are won in the office before they get into court.

Sefton offers his clients a passionate and dedicated bespoke service which interacts with the client’s own needs. He will deal with matters in the early morning or late evening if this is easier, and offers to speak to and meet clients between 7 am and 11 pm 7 days a week, with adequate planning.

Sefton’s most recent successes include representing a Solicitor before the SDT who only received a reprimand. He has also represented an eminent consultant before the GMC and preserved his ability to practice, and then successfully obtained the removal of conditions attached to the same.

Sefton has also successfully represented a consultant who was unanimously acquitted by a jury upon a false allegation of a sexual assault, and has also represented  an estranged husband who was acquitted of false allegations of raping his wife twice during an 11 year marriage.

He has also secured damages of almost £750,000-00 for the family who lost a husband and father to two young children in a Fatal road traffic collision, overcoming enormous evidential difficulties and a 5 year battle against the driver’s insurers who refused to negotiate for that whole length of time, until just before the trial.

Harry Lipson
Partner Solicitor

Harry joined BPS in 1973.  Harry became a Partner with the firm 1976 after completing his Articles with BPS.  From being invested in the firm at a young age Harry became Senior Partner in 2001 and has since developed a successful commercial law firm.

Harry is Senior Partner to a professional, pro-active and successful team of lawyers.  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 and is committed to maintaining the values of a traditional law firm.

Harry practises in Matrimonial Finance.   In particular, he has detailed knowledge of complex and high net financial settlements, including matters relating to businesses, pensions, trusts, the hiding and disposition of assets and money held overseas. Harry has represented many high profile clients and has a reputation within the profession as being the divorce lawyer of choice for every high net worth case.  He represents clients across the UK predominately dealing with highly complex cases bringing a commercial approach to achieving a settlement.  Harry’s experience and knowledge of the law and practical knowledge of business and finances allows him to provide clear and concise advice and develop successful solutions for cases other lawyers would shy away from.

Harry has represented a number of high profile clients and reported cases including: –

  •  N v N
  • Hussain -v- Singh
  • Ezair -v- Ezair


Karen McLaughlin

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.    

Her skills are sought after by mother, fathers and grandparents who wish to understand their legal rights and those of their loved ones.    She understands how difficult and emotive issues of family law are for parents and grandparents alike.    Karen has an instinctive caring nature, with the ability to build rapport with clients and support them through what can be a very difficult time.  She approaches her work in a pragmatic and commercial manner so as to achieve the best outcome for clients and their children.

Linda Higgins 
Legal Assistant

Linda joined BPS Family Law in November 2016 after completing the Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University.

She has an extensive background in social care and has worked with children and families for over 20 years.  Linda has been an Independent Children’s Home Visitor specialising in supporting organisations to meet the requirements set out by the Children’s Homes Regulations 2016 and listening to the views and wishes of young people in care.   Her background is invaluable to BPS and the firm's client's in providing expert insight into the criteria the government and therefore the Courts employ when deciding upon the future of children.

Linda  has a special interest in the law relating to children in both private and public proceedings. She is experienced in supporting parents and children through the emotional upheaval that can follow separation and is able to put clients at ease quickly and guide them through the process clearly and sensitively.

Laura Bond 
Legal Assistant

Laura Bond joined BPS Family Law in 2018 and will qualify as a Solicitor in April 2021. She is nearing the end of her training which has been supervised by Caroline Swain; working with Caroline daily assisting with all aspects of family law, including Divorce Proceedings, Matrimonial Finance and Children matters.

Laura is a robust Advocate regularly representing parents and grandparents at Court relating to child arrangements. During her time with BPS Family Law, Laura has expanded her knowledge and experience of Children Act proceedings, representing clients with complex and intricate child related proceedings. Having gained a wealth of practice Laura is fully appraised with confidence in advising and providing clients with the best possible representation in the following areas :
Child Arrangements; resolving disputes between parents as to regular contact patterns, holiday contact, special occasions
and religious occasions;
Finding of Fact hearings; raising and responding to allegations of harm made by one parent against the other parent;
Obtaining expert reports where psychological assessments of a mother, father, step-father and child have been required;
Obtaining expert reports assessing a child needs;
Represented parents who require the Court to decide which school their child should attend;
Emergency applications preventing a parent from removing a child from the UK;
Laura is fully appraised in divorce proceedings both as the Petitioner and the Respondent. Laura is able to provide full advice to clients in relation to drafting documents, costs applications and issues relating to service. Laura works closely with Caroline representing high net worth clients on complex matrimonial financial matters, including cases appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

If you would like to meet with Laura, please contact the Hale office, 0161 926 1430 or the Stockton Heath office, 01925 912277