Mills & Reeve has moved to cement its foothold in the matrimonial market by launching a website for people going through divorce, separation or dissolution of civil partnership.

The firm, which will open in Leeds and Manchester in February after taking on Addleshaw Goddard‘s North West family practice (The Lawyer, 19 November), intends that the website will prepare its clients for the divorce process.

“Other than when buying or selling a house, dealing with a divorce will be the first time many people have had to instruct a solicitor,” said family and matrimonial partner Roger Bamber, who also edits the site.

He continued: “The website itself raises our profile while the information on it ensures our matrimonial clients are more informed.” Bamber said that a simple understanding of the options available and information needed at each stage of a divorce can help individuals get the best out of their legal advisor.

The website provides advice on the legal process and warns of potential pitfalls. It also features guidance notes and checklists for prospective divorcees to prepare for meetings with their solicitors.

In the 2006-07 financial year the firm’s private client team contributed 20 per cent of firmwide revenues, which totalled £56.4m.