Partner

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 and businesses assets. I also specialise in complex private law children work, including national and international relocation of children.

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 my paralegal, Alicia Farran and my secretary, Lynda Collins.


  • I am based in Birmingham

    What I excel in:

    • Application for Financial Orders
    • Applications for Financial Provision for Children
    • Arrangements for children
    • Cohabitation
    • Divorce
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Family Law
    • International Divorce Disputes
    • Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
    • International children disputes
    • National and international relocation of children

    My career highlights

    • I qualified as a solicitor on the 18 April 2006.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Being recognised in Chambers UK.
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    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.

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