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Divorce Solicitor Lauren Sadler, Anna Cross & Catherine Ashton

Family Law and Divorce Solicitors

We understand that facing divorce or separation can be incredibly difficult, and for many people, very traumatic. Our family law and divorce solicitors approach cases with kindness and compassion as we understand that often our clients are grieving from the loss of a relationship as well as facing the uncertainty of what the future holds.

We take a non-confrontational and practical approach, which, coupled with expert advice and extensive experience, helps our clients achieve the best possible outcome.

We are proud to provide specialist legal advice for all areas of divorce and separation including reaching a financial settlement and making arrangements for children, in Essex, Suffolk and London including West/Central London and the City, Colchester, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Witham, Maldon, South Woodford and Wanstead. Our family solicitors offer an initial consultation with no obligation over the telephone or by video call.

Who we are

Lauren Sadler

Lauren Sadler

Senior Partner, Accredited Family Mediator, Senior Solicitor

Lauren has been advising clients in relation to family law since 1999 and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. She realised early in her career that she wanted to specialise in family law and now draws on her broad experience of family matters to offer her services as a Law Society Accredited Family Mediator as well. Lauren has extensive experience of handling divorce, separation, domestic violence and abuse and financial remedy matters as well as dealing with the arrangements for children, including public law, child abduction and special guardianship cases.

Contact Lauren

Telephone: 01245 890224

What Lauren’s clients say:

‘‘I do not have the words to show you how much you have helped me through the last 5 months. You have gone above and beyond which made me feel listened to, supported and you gave me hope when I really needed this. You are a brilliant solicitor and I am so pleased you were mine. You watched my back and made me feel safer at a very vulnerable time in my life. This is priceless.’’

‘‘I wish to thank Lauren Sadler and everyone that has helped me over the last 2 years. I’m sure my son thanks you too for helping us be a family. Fathers don’t get a very good deal in today’s society, but with your help we definitely made some noise.’’

‘‘I was extremely happy with the service all round and felt 100% support was given. Thank you.’’

‘‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making this difficult matter as easy as possible. Your compassion and clear explanations of what was need/happening/being done were very much appreciated.’’

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To make an appointment with Lauren online, please visit our client portal or call 01245 890224.

Anna Cross

Anna Cross

Managing Partner, Senior Solicitor

Anna has been specialising in Family Law for over 14 years having qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Anna undertakes all aspects of Family Law and enjoys the diversity of dealing with a wide range of issues that clients may need assistance with and guiding them to achieve the right outcome for their own unique situation. Anna prides herself on her compassionate approach, always putting clients at ease in what can often be a very frightening and daunting period of their lives.

Contact Anna

Telephone: 01245 890224

What Anna’s clients say:

‘‘I cannot thank Anna enough for what she has done - I really would not have known what to do or where to start. Her compassion and understanding that day has changed my life forever, she was the first professional to believe me and give me hope and the confidence to leave. I will forever be grateful to her. She has advised me and ensured that my son and I are now set up for life, with me retaining my dignity and gaining a bucket load of self-respect.’’

‘‘I just wanted to send you an email regarding the service I received from Mrs Anna Cross. From the first contact to the last, Anna has been excellent. Given the difficult and sensitive situation that I found myself in Anna made me feel at ease, relaxed and worry free - an incredible solicitor, nothing was an issue. I had some pretty serious unfounded allegations put against me from my ex-wife and I started to panic but Anna already predicted this outcome and as soon as I spoke to her she was already in control and knew how to deal with the situation, put my mind at rest and I had no worry after. Every question I had she had the answer. Very approachable, fast and efficient with communication and replies. I would certainly, without any questions be recommending Anna to anyone who requires her services.’’

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To make an appointment with Anna online, please visit our client portal or call 01245 890224.

Catherine Ashton

Senior Solicitor, Partner

Catherine has specialised is Family Law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. She advises in relation to many areas of Family Law including divorce proceedings and dissolution of civil partnerships; financial matters; issues concerning children; financial disputes when unmarried partners separate; and both pre and post relationship agreements/settlements. Catherine previously trained and practised as a family mediator. Whilst she no longer undertakes mediation, she very much adopts the ideals of mediation in her practice. She is very mindful that her clients are in a difficult situation and approaches cases in a pragmatic way, always acting in her clients’ best interests.

Contact Catherine

Telephone: 01245 890224

What Catherine’s clients say:

‘‘It’s hard to put into words, you meet some people in this world who will forever be in my gratitude. You’ll never know how grateful I am for everything you have done. You have helped me and more importantly my children.’’

‘‘I would like to thank you for helping me see my granddaughter. Catherine you have done so much for me, the time with my granddaughter is so special and made life a lot happier for us. We have had a lot of good times. I did not think it was possible to ever see her again but you made it possible, I am so grateful to you.’’

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To make an appointment with Catherine online, please visit our client portal or call 01245 890224.

Connie Hall


Connie qualified as a solicitor in December 2022 and now assists clients with a range of Family Law matters. Connie’s attention to detail is second to none. She is approachable and pragmatic when advising clients and will always work hard to achieve the best outcome for them.

By way of background, Connie started working as a legal secretary in 2017 at a firm specialising in Residential Conveyancing and Wills & Probate and brings with her a depth of knowledge in these areas that often assists clients with their financial matters on separation. Alongside work, in 2018, Connie achieved a first-class law degree and, in January 2021, she was awarded a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course with integrated Masters at BPP University.

After completing a placement with Sadler Cross Family Law in 2022 as part of her Training Contract, Connie chose to specialise in Family Law and formally joined the firm in January 2023.

Contact Connie

Telephone: 01245 890224

What Connie’s clients say:

‘‘Connie was brilliant – so knowledgeable, helpful, personable and efficient. The entire process was made easy for us, start to finish. Thank you! We will recommend you to anyone who asks.’’

‘‘Connie was very pleasant, efficient and dealt with our enquiries promptly, communicating well.’’

‘‘Very friendly with helpful information.’’

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To make an appointment with Connie online, please visit our client portal or call 01245 890224.

Parmjeet Bhambra


Parmjeet has specialised in Family Law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2001. She advises in relation to many areas of Family Law including divorce proceedings and dissolution of civil partnerships; financial matters; issues concerning children; injunctions and domestic violence and abuse, and pre/post agreements/settlements.

Parmjeet was previously the managing partner of a high street firm. Parmjeet provides a pragmatic and empathetic approach – she is a member of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers who are committed to dealing with matters for their clients by adopting a non-confrontational and amicable approach.

Contact Parmjeet

Telephone: 020 3301 1014

Imogen Surguy

Apprentice Solicitor

Imogen joined us in April of 2022 after completing a gap year following her studies at the Colchester County High School for Girls. She studied French, Economics and Psychology at A-Level and completed an extended project qualification (EPQ) focusing on climate change and the legislation passed in the UK surrounding this. Imogen is currently studying on a degree apprenticeship course with the University of Law and is on track to qualify as a solicitor in 2028. The apprenticeship course is a new way of qualifying for solicitors, meaning that Imogen studies for just one day per week and works with us at Sadler Cross for the rest, gaining invaluable skills to fast-track her career.

Contact Imogen

Telephone: 01245 890224

Claire McCourt

Office Manager

Claire joined Sadler Cross in 2022 to support the team dealing with new enquiries and general office management. She brings a wealth of knowledge from operational roles including spending 5 years at the magic circle law firm, Linklaters. Claire is super organised and personable and enjoys assisting the team and clients alike.

Contact Claire

Telephone: 01245 890224

What we do

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In writing:

Sadler Cross Family Law
PO Box 13018