Family Law

The Baines Bagguley Penhale Family Law Team have over 30 years experience of advising and representing clients in relation to separation and divorce.

Meet the Family Law Team

Nicola Codd

Barbara Richardson

Barbara’s mission to resolve disputes with dignity, placing the children’s wellbeing as priority is set in stone. Listening, calmly probing, unravelling emotional histrionics, solution orientated, flexible to change and most of all available…
Ms S

Relationships breaking down and family disputes cause a great deal of heartache for all concerned. At times like this you need expert legal advice and assistance as well as moral support, commitment and understanding.

The Baines Bagguley Penhale Family Law Team, solicitors Barbara Richardson and Nicola Codd, are based at our Niche Family Law Practice at 22 Sun Street, Lancaster, offering appointments in Lancaster, Morecambe and Kendal.

Together Nicola and Barbara have over 30 years experience of advising and representing clients on separation and divorce.

Nicola and Barbara are both members of Resolution, First for Family Law, a group of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution members focus on helping you to achieve an outcome that works for you and for the future of your family. You can find out more about the Resolution Code of Practice at

We specialise in the resolution of financial issues including:


  • pension sharing of both final salary schemes and personal pensions
  • transfer and sale of property including development land and farms
  • family businesses and share transfers
  • spousal maintenance
  • child maintenance
  • prenuptial agreements
  • cohabitation agreements
  • division of assets following separation of unmarried couples

We also regularly consider and help with resolving child maintenance disputes, whether you require advice with regard to the amount of child maintenance that you should be paying or receiving.

We will work with your financial adviser and accountant, where necessary, to make sure that your finances are presented clearly and you receive the best advice.

In additional to financial issues we also regularly assist clients in reaching agreements with regards to arrangements for children, including where necessary representing our clients within court hearings.

Both Nicola and Barbara are trained Collaborative Lawyers, able to help couples reach agreed solutions at round table meetings upon issues arising following separation. For further information in relation to the benefits of  resolving issues arising out of separation or divorce collaboratively click here.

Please note that we do not undertake Legal Aid work. We offer a range of Fixed Fee services to help you keep on top of your costs and will always give a clear indication at the outset of our work of the likely costs and discuss available funding options.

To discuss how we can help you please contact us.

Meet the Family Law Team

Nicola Codd

Barbara Richardson

Recently, when a colleague asked if I knew of a good solicitor for their divorce, I had no hesitation in recommending Barbara.
Ms M of Kendal