Meet Our Team

Katy Zikking LLB

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF HARBOUR FAMILY LAW

Katy has over 19 years’ experience of practising all areas of family law, particularly in relation to finances (including property disputes) and arrangements concerning children...

Fiona Greener BA

DIRECTOR

Fiona joined Harbour Family Law as a Director in March 2016. Fiona has practised at a major law firm in Bristol since qualification in...

Hannah Holdaway BA MSC

Associate Solicitor

Hannah joined Harbour Family Law as an Associate Solicitor in November 2016. Hannah has previously worked at major law firms in Dorset and Gloucestershire...

Ros White LLB

Associate Solicitor

Ros qualified as a solicitor in 2001, having trained with an established West Country firm. Ros remained at the same firm for a number...

Lisa Williams

Accounts Manager

Lisa joined Harbour Family Law in April 2019. Lisa practised as an Accountant with KPMG and now brings her extensive experience and skills to...

Anna Powell

LEGAL SECRETARY/PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Anna joined Harbour Family Law in September 2014. With more than 15 years’ experience in family law, at one of the leading law firms...

Kerri Whitelock

LEGAL SECRETARY

Kerri joined Harbour Family Law in December 2015 having worked at previous law firms and having a broad knowledge and experience of legal secretarial...

Charmian Howard

Legal Secretary

Charmian joined Harbour Family Law in March 2019, having had more than 20 years’ experience in many different areas of law with leading Bristol...

testimonials

Find out what our clients have said

Fiona was very precise, thorough and supportive, explaining everything in a clear way during a stressful time. Recommended.

Mr. C – Divorce and Finances

Hannah’s counsel was inestimable in my recent divorce case, not only in terms of her in-depth professional knowledge, but also in her personable and supportive approach to the many challenges that I faced. Her guidance throughout the proceedings gave me great comfort and coupled with her boundless ability of understanding I always knew and trusted that her responses, sometimes immediate, would align with my own. Quick in response and always available, it was a pleasure to have someone like Hannah and her team supporting me. I don’t think I could have achieved the same outcome anywhere else!

Mr. H – Divorce and Financial Remedy

After almost 40 years of marriage, much of it not always very happy, I still did not relish the idea of divorce. I hung on for grim life thinking it would all be too difficult with businesses and complicated pension schemes to unravel and divide. I was recommended through a business acquaintance to have a chat with Katy Zikking at Harbour Family Law. From the very first meeting I knew that I would  be in safe hands and she could navigate me through this terrible time in my life. She has such great empathy, really listens and totally engages with you. Also, Katy has a wicked sense of humour that really helped, especially when we had our court hearings and I was so nervous. I was so grateful for Katy’s excellent choice of barrister to act for me. It was not a straightforward case as there was a lot of deceit and many twists and turns from the other side, but with their combined negotiating skills I came out of it with a very good settlement. It really has been one hell of a journey and I will be eternally grateful to Katy and her team, all of whom are excellent and true professionals. At the end of this two year experience I feel more empowered and stronger than I have ever been in my life.  Divorce is never easy, but Harbour Family Law hold your hand the whole way through. Money well spent! Thank you Katy and team.

Mrs P – Divorce and Financial Remedy proceedings

Ros acted with compassion and sound advice as I navigated my way through my divorce. My ex-husband and I were keen to keep things as amicable as possible whilst completing the divorce as swiftly as we could.  We achieved this through the advice and support of Ros who understood our situation and acted in the best way to achieve this. Our divorce concluded within 5 months and to this day my ex-husband and I remain good friends. I am very grateful to Ros for easing the way through a very difficult time.

Mrs K – Divorce and Financial Negotiation

My divorce has been the most difficult and traumatic time in my life. However, if there is a guiding light, it is Katy. She was able to manage my emotional state, as well as professionally providing the relevant knowledge in order the get the best possible outcome for me.  I would certainly recommend her services.

Mr. D – Divorce and Financial Negotiation client

I would just like to say thank you to Katy and all at Harbour Family Law. I obviously did my research to find Harbour Family Law. Katy and her staff exceed expectation. My divorce was handled very professionally and the collaborative process is certainly to be recommended. I believe my ex-wife and myself avoided acrimony and recriminations and have remained friends. After 30 years I am so pleased that this is the case. I have seen so many friends going through adversarial divorces, I am so glad I avoided this. I cannot recommend Harbour Family Law highly enough. Thanks again.

Mr. R – Collaborative practice

I have been working with Katy on a very intense and subtle case over a period of a year, involving my son who is binational. Katy is an incredible solicitor, very organised, with attention to detail and who put my son’s best interests and well-being first at all times. This is to be valued highly, and is certainly valued by the family Court. Clients who work with Katy will have to trust her and listen to her. I have done so even at times when it was difficult to hear what Katy was telling me, and ultimately we reached a very good outcome. One aspect of working with Katy, which I particularly benefited from, was the communication. Katy always did things when she said she was going to do them, and always answered promptly to my queries, ultimately leaving me with the feeling of being accompanied and well advised all the way through this journey. Another important point is that behind Katy there is a very professional and lovely team, and ultimately a Harbour Family Law “machine” working very well and very efficiently. Had I taken the decision to work with another solicitors firm, or had I not listened to Katy’s sound advice, we probably would not have reached the outcome we did.

Mr. J – Children Act proceedings

Katy acted for me in the Collaborative process. We had tried mediation with another solicitor and taken three long, tedious meetings to come to an outline of the ‘marital pot’. It was clear that the mediator was not the right person to help us with resolving the split of the financial assets, so we changed to Collaborative practice. I met with Katy twice before the meeting, she was with me throughout the day and followed up the conclusions from the discussion. Katy was very much the right person to have with me in the meeting. She is quick to assimilate information and assess the situation. She gave clear, logical advice and briefed me on the process. I went into the meeting feeling well-supported. During the discussions, she was flexible, kept the conversation moving and made practical suggestions on how to address impasses. The conversation was always calm and constructive. At the end of the day we came to an agreement that was better than I could have imagined, plus both my husband and me felt OK with it. A large part of that is due to Katy’s composed guidance and application of her intelligence and creativity in finding solutions. Her support has been vital in giving us a way forward in finishing the marriage – one that we can both see the logic of, and so can justify. I have already recommended her services to friends and will continue to do so!

Mrs. A – Collaborative practice

I approached Harbour Family Law after having received a disappointing service from another Law firm. My case was handled by Katy Zikking, who provided advice that demonstrated a deep understanding of the law surrounding my situation. Her professionalism enabled me to achieve a resolution that I had previously thought was going to cost me a lot more time and money than it has. During briefings Katy quickly assimilates information and gives excellent advice based on that information and her legal knowledge. Whilst being very approachable and friendly to me, Katy showed that she was more than capable of defending me in the face of bullying tactics from her opponent in my case. I would have no hesitation recommending her.

Ms. L – Separation, property and children matters

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Harbour Family Law are Family Lawyers in Bristol, Portishead & Clevedon

From Divorce Proceedings to Financial Settlements, Separation, Children Issues and Collaborative Practice, having many years’ experience within Family Law, Katy Zikking (Founder and Director) is known and recognised as a local specialist within Collaborative and Family Lawyer groups in the Bristol and Portishead area and can provide you with specialist advice concerning your particular case. Harbour Family Law is a modern, forward-thinking Family Solicitor practice in Bristol, Clevedon & Portishead. We understand the particular pressures and difficulties when relationships end.