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Brenda Long

Brenda Long

Chairman and Partner, Family Law

+44 (0)118 951 6803

  • Complex divorce and splitting of assets, including property and wealth
  • Cohabitee disputes
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Bristol Polytechnic, LLB and LSF
  • Accredited member, Law Society Family Law Panel
  • Trained collaborative lawyer, Resolution
  • Trained mediator, Resolution
  • Sources say Brenda Long has "a breadth of experience and fantastic judgement. She heads a fantastic team." Her areas of expertise include drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well as post-separation financial arrangements. Chambers UK Guide

    "Blandy & Blandy LLP is ‘a standout firm for family law in the Thames Valley'. Brenda Long is ‘very accurate in her prognosis of a case’s outcome'." The Legal 500

    "Brenda Long knows her stuff inside-out - what she hasn't seen is not worth knowing." Chambers UK Guide

    “Brenda has appeared in front of me on a number of cases of a similar kind. I therefore feel I am in a position to know her qualities. She is at all times assiduously hard-working, extremely competent and reliable, honest and principled, appropriately competitive in advancing the interests of her client.” District Judge

    "Brenda was brilliant from the outset. She dealt with the matter promptly and always advising me of the pros and cons that could result. Brenda's professional support gave me reassurance and alleviated the massive amount of stress I felt under. I would highly recommend her." 

    “Many thanks again for all your assistance and professionalism in steering me through this process.  When I interact with other solicitors and hear friends’ solicitor horror stories it is always clear how good a job you do!” 

    “It was a great pleasure to deal with Brenda Long and I appreciate her high level of professionalism. I definitely will seek for her advice in the future if the circumstances suggest. I would like to thank Brenda very much for her prompt readiness to help me at a remote distance (I live in the Netherlands) and I am grateful to her for her support in a very stressful situation.”

    “Thank you for all of your help and support – you have provided excellent advice and have been a clear step up from the services that other firms provided to me in the past. You have been really pragmatic and simplified everything for me, whilst at the same time also adding real value. I am enormously grateful and you have turned everything around quickly (whilst also helpfully encouraging me to get things done too!) and at a very reasonable fee (within the original estimates provided).” 

    "I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you so very much for your patience in this matter, your quick turn-around time and for explaining everything so calmly and precisely. Your service was exemplary and I will definitely recommend you to others," 

    “Brenda, counsel was great but it is you who guided me through the last terrible 18 months and I will never forget your kindness, support and professionalism. To say thank you feels woefully inadequate but I am so very grateful to you.”

    “It was a great pleasure to deal with you and I appreciated your professionalism. I will definitely seek for your advice in the future if the circumstances suggest. Meanwhile, thank you very much for your readiness to help me and for your trust and moral support in a very stressful situation.” 

    “I have received an excellent service.” 

    “Many thanks to you for your tremendous support and wise council at a difficult time in my life. I have already recommended you, and will continue to do so to anyone who seems in need of advice."

    "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your kind support and professionalism."

    “Thank you for all your kind help.”

    “Rhiannon - I'd just like to thank you and Brenda very much for all of the work you have done on my behalf for now - you have both been amazing and I'm very grateful for all of the excellent service and advice that I have received. I will of course be in touch if I need any further help.”

    “I thought the whole team were brilliant.”

    “Thank you for the work you have undertaken on my behalf. You have given my life back.”

    “Efficient and confidence inspiring, with costs well controlled.” 

    “Many thanks for your super swift service.”

    “Thank you for your calm comprehensive and pragmatic advice.”

    “I am very grateful for the terrific service and advice provided by Brenda.”

"Knows her stuff inside-out - what she hasn't seen is not worth knowing." Chambers UK Guide

Brenda Long is the firm's chairman and a partner in our Family law team, which spans our Reading, Henley-on-Thames and London offices.

Brenda has considerable experience in relation to financial settlements arising out of divorce/dissolution of civil partnership, particularly where there are significant and less straightforward assets, for example, companies, share options, enterprise Investment Schemes and trusts. She is adept at identifying the strengths (and weaknesses) of a case and aims to provide clear and concise advice.

Brenda is particularly experienced at advising on and drafting pre-nuptial agreements, which aim to protect assets on marriage or civil partnership. In addition, Brenda advises on the complex area of law relating to cohabitees. This includes drafting cohabitation agreements and declarations of trust to document the position at the start of a relationship, as well as acting for one party when making or faced with claims by a former partner. She advises on the whole range of issues arising out of new relationships or relationship breakdown, including those relating to care of and financial support for children, enforcement of orders, and variation of maintenance applications.

Brenda is a qualified family mediator and a trained collaborative lawyer. She is a member of Resolution (read 'Why choose a Resolution member?'), a body which aims to resolve family law matters through a constructive approach, and the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. Brenda is highly recommended in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide and is featured in the Citywealth Leaders List. Clients say she has "a breadth of experience and fantastic judgement" and "heads a fantastic team."

Brenda has appeared on national television as a family law expert and has written articles for the Family Law Journal and other leading publications.

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