Meet our team / Chris Lloyd-Smith

Chris Lloyd-Smith


Partner in the matrimonial team

My role

I am a partner in the matrimonial team at Anthony Collins Solicitors. I predominantly deal with divorce and financial matters, as well as associated children issues. I am a resolution accredited specialist, for both financial matters and those involving children, as well as being an accredited family mediator and authorised to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).

My experience

I have particular experience in dealing with complex financial matters arising from divorce, especially those where there are business assets pension or trust assets. With regard to child matters, I have acted in a number of parental alienation cases as well as those where allegation of violence have been made against a parent or child.

As an accredited family mediator I have mediated numerous financial and child-related matters. I receive most of my instructions from other solicitors as well as directly from the court. I have also been elected as chair of Resolution’s West Midlands group.

‘Christopher Lloyd-Smith is doing incredibly well, the firm is a “go to mediation firm” and Chris is a “go to” mediator.’ Legal 500, 2021

‘Chris Lloyd-Smith is a trained mediator as well as a partner in the department. He is able to give his clients clear, focused advice at a very early stage. He is extremely well respected with his peers which means that he strikes up an easy rapport with the other side in cases. His people skills are phenomenal. He will often be able to bring about a satisfactory conclusion in some of the most acrimonious of cases.’ – Legal 500, 2022

“Christopher puts clients at ease but never loses sight of what they need on their particular case, combining his knowledge of the law with a realistic view of the matter.” “He is detailed, pragmatic and quickly gets to grips with the most complex cases.” – Chambers and Partners, 2022

My specialisms

  • Divorce and separation matters
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Pre/post nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Family mediation


My latest articles

Family Mediation Week 2022

Family mediation is one of several options that couples have when resolving child or financial issues that may arise during a separation process.

Relationships during lockdown
Relationships during lockdown

The Government response to the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented. For the first time, the vast majority of the population is being forced to remain indoors for an unknown period.

Civil Partnerships – correcting the current imbalance
Civil Partnerships – correcting the current imbalance

What is a Civil Partnership, and why is it only now that mixed-sex couples have the option of entering into them rather than only same-sex couples?

Acrimonious separation: A guide to Police Information (Harassment) Notices (PINs)

Since the introduction of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the police have routinely dealt with low-level ‘harassment’ by issuing a Police Information (Harassment) Notice (PIN). What is a Police […]

Brexit, Article 50 and Family Law: A cause for concern or an opportunity?

The post-Brexit fall-out has been noticeable by the number of ‘unknowns’ and ‘what-ifs?’. We’re not any clearer on what the UK will look like, nor how our European neighbours will […]

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…or is it?

Finding the right gift, money worries, family problems, and alcohol-fuelled celebrations all add to a cocktail of issues that can cause difficulties within relationships. In recent years the first Monday […]

“We are moving away” – Internal Relocation: A Practical Guide

Traditionally, a parent wishing to relocate to another part of the country could usually do so, unless “exceptional circumstances” existed. Where a parent wanted to relocate abroad, the consideration was […]

The growth of Family mediation and the benefits of ‘Mediators with a legal background’

This has resulted in numerous modifications to legal assistance for separating couples with further changes under consideration. The Civil Partnership Act and same-sex marriages have changed the way relationships are […]

Staying together for the children at Christmas

Evidence suggests that more than one in four parents make an effort to hide relationship problems at Christmas and stay together for the sake of their children. It’s perhaps no […]

The rise of pre-nuptial agreements

What is a pre-nuptial agreement? A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that a couple enters into before marriage which sets out their rights to property, assets, debts and income acquired […]