Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Domestic Violence Solicitors

Domestic violence is a term used to define the controlling, threatening and abusive behaviour exhibited by both men and women in relationships. This abuse does not have to be physical or sexual - it can also be psychological and emotional. Whilst the majority of domestic violence victims are female it is not uncommon for men to be on the receiving end of such abuse.  

Examples may include:

  • Intimidation, emotional abuse - calling you names, playing mind games and humiliating you
  • Isolation - controlling who you may see and what you do on a day to day basis
  • Using your children - threatening to take the children away or to hurt them
  • economic control - preventing you from getting a job, controlling the amount of money you have day to day

One in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse.  The point of separation is usually the time when the most serious incidents take place.

We understand how difficult it is to talk about abuse. 

It is extremely important that you report all incidents to the police as soon as possible.  At the very least keep a detailed diary or confide in a family member.

We are family law specialists.  We advise and represent male and female partners as well as other family relations subject to verbal and physical assaults or harassment .

We are committed to encouraging a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes and can advise on your legal rights regarding the following - getting an injunction against your partner, residence orders, non molestation orders (forbidding assaulting, harassing, pestering or intimidating you), child contact orders and occupation orders (regulating who can live in the family home and restricting your abuser / assailant from coming within a certain distance of the home).

We always recommend such behaviour is first reported to the police. If Court proceedings are necessary, the involvement or lack of involvement of the police would usually be an initial consideration for the Judge.

The Court can make orders to forbid violence and harassment (known as Non-Molestation Orders) and also govern the occupation of the home. A breach of a Non-Molestation Order is now a criminal offence which can lead to arrest and may also warrant a long custodial sentence if proven.

A Power of Arrest can also be granted to the police concerning breaches of an Occupation Order such as may restrain a party from attending at or in the vicinity of the home.

To arrange a free inititial consultation, please contact Lee Marston or Marie Whittaker on free phone 0800 083 0815 or by email or

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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

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

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

"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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

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.

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

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

Comments taken from client satisfaction survey

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.

Testimonial from Mr & Mrs Smith

employee advantage