Family Lawyers and Mediators in Brighton

From 4th November 2019 Harney & Wells will merge with Goodlaw Solicitors LLP. And on that date Carol Harney and Sarah Mellish retire.

From Thursday 17th October 2019 Jane Wells and Alison Harbour will be moving to Goodlaw Solicitors LLP with assistants, Nicola Osbourne, Lizzie Simmonds and Jeanette Wells. Please use until further notice contact number for Goodlaw Solicitors of 01273 956270 (and the web site address is However until 4th November 2019 Jane Wells and Alison Harbour still remain part of Harney & Wells.

During 17th and 18th October 2019, whilst systems are being activated, there may be some teething issues.

Please also note that from 21st October 2019 the office of Harney & Wells at Second Floor, Edge House, 42 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD will be cleared.

From 4th November 2019, Carol Harney and Sarah Mellish will be working from Citibase Burgess Hill on a part time basis dealing with the closure and archiving of legal aid files relating to the family contract Harney & Wells hold with the Legal Aid Agency. The telephone number for Citibase Burgess Hill is 01444 240100. The address is The Forum, 277 London Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9QU.

From 1st November 2019 Harney & Wells will no longer have a DX box and address.

All closed/archived files of Harney & Wells will be held through Goodlaw Solicitors and therefore any enquiry in relation to an old file should be directed to Goodlaw Solicitors.

This web site – – will be retained for a while to help in redirecting clients/enquires to Goodlaw Solicitors.

Our Core Values


Harney & Wells have unrivalled experience of family law and mediation in Brighton.  Our partners have been practicing in these areas for between 20 and 30 years each.


The Harney & Wells partners are members of the Law Society’s Children Law, Family Law Advanced and Family Mediation accreditation schemes.

Value for Money

We are aware of the pressures on and the concerns of our clients at these difficult times.  We always aim to keep our clients’ costs at the minimum necessary to meet their objectives.


We will always be completely open with you about your situation and objectives.

Keeping it out of Court

We always prefer to use mediation or collaborative law as these approaches are usually quicker, cheaper and less stressful than going to court.

Divorce & Separation Information

Our website has a wealth of information on divorce and separation including a glossary and a ‘how to’ guide.  Either click on the ‘Information’ tab above or select one of the links below.

How We Can Help

Legal Advice

We can discuss your objectives and advise you on the best route to achieve these minimising time, cost and stress.


Mediation is a divorce or separation process that avoids the need to go to court.  In mediation both partners work with a trained and impartial mediator to agree what is known as a summary of proposals.  The summary of propsals will need to be ratified by a legal advisor for each partner.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is also a divorce or separation process that avoids the need to go to court.  Here, the partners each have their own trained collaborative lawyers. The couple and their collaborative lawyers meet in a number of ‘four way meetings’ to agree a settlement.

Representation in Court

If you do need to go to court for divorce, separation, dissolution of a civil relationship or children matters (access, residence or social services) then we have the skills, experience and accreditations to advise you and represent you.

Family Arbitration