Leading Sussex Law Firm Acquires Family Law Practice in Eastbourne

Posted By: on 31st March 2023 | Category: Divorce, Blog, Family Law, Family and Children

Leading Sussex law firm, Coole Bevis LLP, has announced that it has acquired Fleming & Co Solicitors, a Family Law practice based in Eastbourne.

Karen Fleming, an experienced Divorce Solicitor, founded Fleming & Co in 2017, following an extensive career working in senior positions at law firms across Sussex, including Woolley Bevis Diplock, which was one of the legacy firms that merged with Coole & Haddock in 2016 to form Coole Bevis LLP.

Fleming & Co has a registered office in Eastbourne and specialises in providing Family Law advice to clients across East and West Sussex.

The acquisition will see Fleming & Co’s clients transfer to the experienced team of Family Lawyers at Coole Bevis. The team comprises Susan Knight, Partner and Head of the Department, Julia Dyson, Partner (both trained Collaborative Lawyers) and James Leach, Solicitor, whilst Karen will join as a Consultant.

Karen commented, “I have known Susan and Julia for many years. Our approach to dealing with clients is similar; providing an empathetic ear coupled with a great deal of expertise to ensure the best outcome. I know that my clients will be in safe hands with Coole Bevis’s Family team representing them.”

“I was looking for a like-minded firm that I could trust to take on my client matters. Having previously worked as a Partner at Woolley Bevis Diplock’s Brighton office, I recognised that our firms shared similar values and that Coole Bevis would continue to offer my clients an exceptional level of service.”

Susan Knight, Head of the Family Department said, “The acquisition of Fleming & Co marks an exciting new phase in the continued growth of the Family Department and we are looking forward to welcoming and working with Karen’s clients.”

What this means for Fleming & Co clients

Karen will remain contactable via email. Emails sent to Karen’s former email address will be automatically redirected and still reach her. However, your query or instruction will likely be re-directed to Julia Dyson or an appropriate member of the Coole Bevis Family Law Team for action and support.

Clients with  current matters open with Fleming & Co Solicitors have been sent a letter to confirm the process for transferring engagements to Coole Bevis LLP.

If you have any questions about this exciting news, and what it will mean for you, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Fleming or Alex Bowers, Executive Partner.  We look forward to introducing you to some of our new partners and associates in the not too distant future.

We want to reassure you that we do not envisage any disruption to the existing service you receive and instead, hope to offer wider service and convenience to you.

Please visit the Family Law section of our website to find out more about our Family Law team and the range of services they can offer.

About Coole Bevis LLP

Coole Bevis LLP is a leading Sussex based full service law firm with offices in Brighton, Horsham, Hove, Rose Green and Worthing.  It offers a full range of legal services to clients across the South East of England and beyond.  These range from large companies and SMEs, to private individuals and not-for-profit organisations.

We offer a wide range of legal services including:

We can also offer our clients’ independent regulated wealth management services which include retirement planning, savings and investment advice, personal, and business protection and later life and estate planning via Coole Bevis Wealth Management (our joint venture with Carpenter Box Financial Advisers).



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