Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Lee Marston - Partner

Family Law Solicitor

Find out what our clients have to say about Lee here.

Lee became a partner in 2001 and heads up the Family Law team.

He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in the financial side of divorce and children disputes. He was a founding member of the Family Law Panel in 2005 and has practised solely in Family Law for over fifteen years.

Lee prides himself on being down to earth and approachable.  He also provides support and empathy for his clients. However, he is particularly known for his vigour in pursuing his clients' rights, especially when dealing with financial and parental issues.

He acts for a cross section of people including employees, company directors and the self employed. He often acts for the owners of businesses and companies of all sizes throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.

Lee has a particular expertise in acting for the owners of large businesses and is mindful of the importance of realistic valuations of business/shareholding and problems associated with illiquidity. Lee has expertise in structuring settlements to protect the financial integrity of any business or company.

Lee advises on the potential opportunities and pitfalls the Internet brings in family disputes and delights in unearthing hidden assets as well as preservation of family assets against disposal. He is able to advise people regarding the relevance of family discretionary trust instruments and on reviewing maintenance already being paid. This is in itself a developing area of law and requires particular expertise.

During his career he has often represented or acted against members of the armed forces, police and fire service. His experience is particularly relevant where there are significant pension entitlements; Lee is particularly aware that financial information provided by the pension trustees maybe under-valuing the schemes and is robust in securing proper valuations.

Most of his clients are recommended to him by existing clients or even those against whom he has previously acted.

At Home

Married with two young children, Lee enjoys cars and DIY projects.

Lee read law in London and considered playing pool at a national level. He took his Law Society finals at York and trained with Clough & Willis, qualifying in 1997.

Lee has published numerous articles, some of which can be found on the press release pages of our website or here.

We have been using Clough & Willis for ten years and found them to be very efficient in all aspects of their work. What I like about their firm is that they cover a wide variety of legal services and are very quick to respond to our needs.

Nigel Compsty, Managing Director
H Compsty & Son Ltd

The contact for my name change and divorce was Marie Whittaker who again was completely professional and gave me complete confidence from out first meeting. My divorce proceeded smoothly, quickly and efficiently. I was updated regularly by letters and phone calls.

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"Level of service seems just right. The friendly, helpful staff explained procedures well and made everything clear."

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"The team are a pleasure to work with, friendly but always professional in their dealings. Following the successful sale of my business to Veolia Environmental Services plc, I continue to play a key role in the business. I would recommend Clough & Willis to business owners."

Chris Wright Recycling
H Chris Wright

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, personally, and on behalf of the Directors of SRS for all the time and work you put into the successful MBO. Professional at all times, your advice was client focused and to the point, and we were particularly impressed at your ability to work to a tight schedule, ensuring we completed on our deadline date."

Alex Docherty,
Director Sound Reduction Systems

Throughout the whole process, Clough & Willis kept me well informed and my stress levels to non-existent. I felt completely looked after with the team taking care of my best interests, I felt they had complete control and it was very reassuring.

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From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.

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I was very impressed with your firm at the outset when I first called in November 2009 after my uncles death. All staff from the receptionist and secretary through to the Partners were professional, friendly and helpful and provided the best response out of the 3 Bury firms I called.

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Clough & Willis are very understanding and made me feel valued, they showed me respect knowing I was albeit apprehensive of dealings within the legal profession and their workings

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Besides being professional Clough & Willis are also friendly and kind, making one feel relaxed able to communicate easily about the business in hand which they see to efficiently keeping in contact continually. Thank you for all you did.

Krystyna Bzdega

From reception through secretarial to solicitor the approach and attention to detail in handling my case was professional and gave me confidence that the matter would be handled to my satisfaction.

Mr M Booth

I have dealt with Clough & Willis for years since we moved to the area from Manchester and both my husband and I always appreciated your helpfulness and professionalism. Thank you

Theresa Moreen Woolley

Lorraine, I would just like to say "thank you very much" for all your hard work and assistance in the letting of the above property. The negotiations were somewhat protracted, due to a breakdown on my client's side, and I feel that your persistence and hard work led to the eventual lease completion. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Kind regards, Neil Higson, for and on behalf of Nolan Redshaw Ltd

Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors

We have been impressed with the friendly professionalism of all staff, Rebecca Green has been wonderfully helpful, thorough, patient, kind and supportive. Her reassuring guidance has made some very sad and difficult times easier to bear. We hope Rebecca receives recognition for her excellent service.

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