Adrian Silk, who was born and grew up in Portsmouth, has been an accredited specialist family and divorce solicitor for more than 25 years.
The 52-year-old has previously conducted most of his work in Paddington and Maida Vale, with a small office at Lakeside, North Harbour – however he now wants to grow his Portsmouth client base.
Adrian, who lives in Port Solent, said: ‘I would like to expand in Portsmouth, my home city.
‘I am a huge Pompey fan, and I sponsored the team three times before the pandemic.
‘I have built up my business through word of mouth and recommendations in London but now I would like to offer my help locally.
‘I offer a cost effective supportive service – and I am sure that has been the reason for my referrals and my success.’
Adrian, a dad-of-one, went to St John’s College in Southsea before going on to study law in Reading.
He said that family law was the area that most interested him at university.
‘There is so much in family law, obviously divorce is a big part of it, but it was the area I enjoyed,’ he said.
‘It can be very complex, it’s not easy, but for me it’s all about communicating with people. Part of the job is getting to know people, they rely on you at a difficult time in their lives.’
He said that he gives ‘clear, considered advice that is jargon-free and cost-effective.’
And he said that most of his cases end up with a settlement without going to court, saving time, money and distress for his customers.
Adrian said he was hopeful of building his work in Portsmouth, especially after seeing an increase in customers brought about by the pressures of lockdown.
‘It has been a difficult time for a lot of people,’ he said.
‘People have been cooped up together with a lot of stresses and strains such as employment issues, and there has been a huge backlog in court cases as the courts have been closed or locked down.’
Adrian offers a comprehensive range of legal services including divorce, children, grandparents’ rights, powers of attorney, and financial remedy disputes.
He represents clients at hearings including matrimonial, financial aspects of marriage, cohabitation, and children custody or contact hearings – known as child arrangements orders.
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