Vivienne Middleton

Family law specialist

Short bio:

I am a partner in the Family Law team at Lodders.

I am a matrimonial finance and children law specialist, supporting clients to resolve the most complex financial remedy and children disputes at all stages, from interim applications through to multi-day final hearings and appeals. I specialise in high-net-worth matrimonial finance cases, many of which involve pensions, businesses, farms, landed estates and trusts. I also specialise in complex private law children work, including national and international relocation of children.

I have consistently been ranked in Chambers and Partners and described as, “available to her clients and knows everything about her cases”, “a strong tactician” and “focussed on finding a resolution”.

Legal 500 recognise me as a key lawyer and as, “outstanding” and “another figure who is equally adept at resolving complex financial and children cases”.  

I am an articulate, tenacious advocate with a fierce determination to achieve the best outcome for my clients, through negotiation or litigation. I am highly professional with a warm and empathetic demeanour to help clients navigate the complexities of litigation. I enjoy achieving better than expected results, often in the most difficult of circumstances.

I am a member of Resolution.  I am assisted by Chiara Edmonds and my secretary, Lynda Collins. My hobbies include competition ballroom and Latin dancing. 

  • I am based in Birmingham and Stratford upon Avon

    What I excel in:

    • Applications for Financial Provision for Children
    • Arrangements for children
    • Cohabitation
    • Divorce
    • Divorce and Application for Financial Remedy Orders
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Family Law
    • Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
    • International and national children disputes, including relocation
    • National and international relocation of children
    • High net worth financial provision
    • Cross boarder International Divorce Disputes

    My career highlights

    • I have successfully represented several clients in relation to international relocation of children, including preventing a child being returned to Malta, obtaining the court’s consent to a relocation to Australia and negotiating the arrangements for a child to live in Qatar.
    • I joined Lodders in July 2017 and have worked exclusively in family law for the last 20 years, in increasingly complex, often high value cases.
    • I was successful in persuading the court to award 100% of the marital assets, upon divorce to a vulnerable client who had lost capacity to conduct her litigation in circumstances whereby all of the funds were required to meet her care needs.
    • Consistent recognition in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
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    You have no idea how much you have helped me and my kids. You have played a big role in our lives.

    Client feedback

    Vivienne is astute, efficient and industrious. She is fantastic, absolutely meticulous and really strong in how she prepares her cases for court – her clients all absolutely love her.

    Chambers and Partners

    You have given me a great deal of support and knowing you are there has been enormously important. I now fully understand what you have both done for me and I am very appreciative.


    I would to say a huge thank you to the entire team for all their help, support and advice. Thank you, Vivienne and Alicia, for your patience in what has been a difficult and challenging journey.


    I can’t fault your help and support and I have no doubt that working with you was a very significant part of securing a good outcome


    Thank you so much for all the help and support. I really appreciate it.


    I really cannot thank you enough for all your advice and helping me so quickly.

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