About Us

Friendly and outgoing, yet pragmatic and robust, Lowry Legal aims to change the way lawyers and the law in general are perceived. We’re brave, courageous, and honest in our approach.

Dealing with family law situations can seem like a struggle. You need the assistance of a specialist lawyer that is comfortable with uncomfortable questions and answers, and will do everything they can to achieve the right result. This is where Lowry Legal can help.

As a modern, progressive law firm, we understand that you can’t always find the time to visit your lawyers in person. This is especially true if you’re going through a particularly stressful time. That’s why we offer virtual consultations as standard. We also serve the entirety of England and Wales, so you can rely on us wherever you are.

Our Values

When you instruct Lowry Legal, there are several core values that you can expect. Here are just a few:



If you’re looking for specialist family lawyers, you’ll want someone that is upfront, honest and straight to the point. No jargon, no hassle, just results. This is our speciality.

Transparency is extremely important to us. This is why we talk about fees regularly to give you control over your budget.



Family law cases can be incredibly complex and multifaceted. As a result, you need a truly 360 degree service that can navigate every issue that crops up…not just the legals.

Whether it’s wealth planning, forensic accountancy, mediation, counselling or coaching, we will make sure that you get the expert assistance that you need.


People First

No two family law cases are ever the same. That’s why our clients are treated as whole individuals, not just a set of facts or a snapshot in time. At Lowry Legal, we make everything about you.

We will look at your entire journey, and bring in our specialisms and creative solutions to help you every step of the way. Whatever your situation, we can help.

Our Team

With decades of knowledge and expertise dealing with complicated family law matters, you can rely on our team to help.

Katie McCann
Katie McCannManaging Partner
Katie prides herself on seeing the bigger picture for her clients. She understands that relationship breakdown is not just one distinct point in time. She believes in providing creative solutions for those she acts for, whether that be calling in an accountant, a wealth manager, a tax adviser or other professional. Getting the right answer is top of the agenda.

As a barrister, she has the wealth of experience and knowledge to take a client from initial instructions in the office through to appearance at a final contested hearing if necessary. She is pragmatic and sensible in her approach and actively seeks settlements for her clients, but is a force to be reckoned with if needs be in court.

Katie is the Managing Partner and Founder of Lowry Legal. She created the brand to provide freedom of choice and flexibility for clients in how they access legal services in this post pandemic era.

Katie is regularly instructed by entrepreneurs, business owners, people in the public eye and professionals in the public and private sectors. Her expertise is spread across all aspects of family law but in particular she is focused on achieving financial settlements for her clients on separation and divorce. She also advises on protection of wealth through pre and post nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

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Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory Partner | Northwest and London
Michael has nearly 20 years’ experience advising high-net-worth and high-profile clients on a diverse range of family law matters. He works with each individual client to find solutions tailored to their unique financial and emotional needs.

Michael’s knowledge of family law is comprehensive, and he has dealt with the full spectrum of the complex issues that arise in family law. Clients highly value his combination of legal insight and emotional intelligence.

He rapidly and effectively distils the facts to provide direct, practical advice for clients. His practice is centred around balance and pragmatism, and he weighs up the pros and cons of each situation.

As a Partner at Lowry Legal, Michael advises on all family law issues, with a particular emphasis upon financially complex high-net-worth cases. He regularly deals with divorce and financial settlements, separation, cohabitation issues, nuptial agreements (pre and post), as well as all matters relating the client’s ongoing relationships with their children upon separation.

Michael regularly advises business owners, entrepreneurs, high profile professionals and their families. His work often involves intricate business or family trust structures, sometimes with an international element.

In addition, Michael has extensive experience of advising in cohabitation and same sex cases and welcomes a change in the law governing cohabiting couples who separate and wants to see greater equality for those in alternative family structures.

Michael also has particular niche experience in surrogacy and fertility law and how this rapidly changing and developing area of law is impacting the modern family.

Lesley Smythe
Lesley SmythePartner | Northwest and Yorkshire
Lesley is a proactive and determined family solicitor with 25 years of experience in non-contentious and contentious family law, with specialist expertise in divorce matters, separation agreements, and financial settlements.

Lesley advises on high-value money cases for clients across Manchester and surrounding areas, Cheshire, Liverpool and North Wales., having worked in top rated practices across the North West and Yorkshire.

She is respected for her candid, supportive, and personable approach to clients, attributes which are essential in providing high-quality family law services. Lesley supports families and children through difficult divorces and relationship breakdowns, investing personal care into every matter she handles.

Lesley is ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2024 guide, where she is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer. She is described as an “experienced, highly capable and client focused solicitor who exudes confidence,” and who “ensures her clients receive an exceptional service.”

Practising since 1997, Lesley’s approach to high-net-worth family law is holistic, taking cases considering business valuations across different sectors, pensions issues, and maintenance payments through all levels of the courts system from District Judges to the Court of Appeal. Her wealth of knowledge and experience allow her to form strategies to be able to give effective and commercial advice throughout.

Lesley also specialises in the intricacies involving with complex farming cases.

Client care is at the heart of Lesley’s work, and she is committed to providing clear and concise advice with the diligence needed to obtain swift and amicable resolutions to complex divorce issues.

Michelle Uppal
Michelle UppalPartner | London
Michelle is an accomplished matrimonial solicitor, mediator, and collaborative lawyer with extensive expertise in divorce law, romantic contracts; pre nups, relocation/ child arrangements, and post-separation finances.

Michelle has almost 25 years’ experience assisting separating couples with a particular history of handling cases where high-net-worth assets and cross-jurisdictional concerns are involved.

As a collaborative lawyer and accredited mediator, Michelle’s modus operandi is to use alternative methods of dispute resolution and to look at a family more holistically to avoid court proceedings and achieve a fair and equitable settlement for both parties. As a litigator she is just as tenacious in the court room as she is around the negotiating table.

Michelle is a Partner at Lowry Legal and advises across the whole spectrum of divorce and relationship breakdown, including on financial assets, emergency applications and enforcement orders, spousal maintenance, and re-opening historic settlements. Her cases often have complex, international dimensions, including trusts and off shore assets. Michelle also advises on negotiating pre- and post-nupital agreements, using collaborative methods to do so.

Michelle is recommended by The Legal 500 2024 guide as a Leading Individual and a Leading Mediator. They write that Michelle is a “calm, empathetic and knowledgeable … she is kind to clients and cares for them, but always gives it to them straight. She is wise and far-seeing – clients like her and will travel with her.”

She is highly regarded by her clients as a pragmatic and professional lawyer and her perceptiveness and compassion is central to her guiding aim of equipping clients to have healthy future relationships, whether through improving co-parenting or divorcing with dignity.

Abi Woodcock
Abi WoodcockSolicitor | Northwest
Abi is a newly-qualified Solicitor with over 3 years’ experience working as a paralegal and then as a trainee solicitor in family law.

Abi has been closely involved in all aspects of family law but has a particular interest and experience in high-net-worth financial settlements on divorce and separation. She runs and assists fee earners on cases, taking on a client-facing role, to achieve the desirable outcome for the client. Abi has experience in working with clients who have obtained financial orders by consent and assisting clients from the beginning to the end of their financial remedy proceedings. She also has experience in representing clients in private Children Act proceedings, preparing clients for hearings both in person and remote.

Abi also has experience in achieving the desired outcome for the client through the use of alternative dispute resolution and has been involved in a round table meeting conducted remotely during COVID-19 for the parties and their representatives on a high-net-worth case. She has also prepared for and attended a private Financial Dispute Resolution hearing taking place at their Manchester office and reaching settlement for the client.

Abi is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for clients and maintains attention to detail throughout every case.

Outside of her career, Abi enjoys running as part of a local club and participates in charity events, most recently a duathlon and the Manchester half marathon.

Olivia Chatfield
Olivia ChatfieldTrainee Solicitor | Northwest
Olivia is a trainee solicitor at Lowry Legal with already considerable experience across matrimonial finances and modern family law. She assists in a range of client matters from start to finish.

Prior to joining Lowry Legal, Olivia was a legal assistant and trainee solicitor in Miles & Partners’ matrimonial team, where she developed particular expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements as relating to financial remedies and surrogacy. A diligent and empathetic practitioner, Olivia is invaluable to her clients.

Olivia graduated from City University with a Graduate Diploma in Law and completed her LPC with Distinction at BPP Law School.

Before entering the law, Olivia graduated with a BA in Youth Work & Community Learning & Development and spent time as a youth worker in the charity sector, helping young people one-on-one in Clapham. She previously volunteered at youth centres in marginalised communities, as well as at the BPP Legal Advice clinic offering family law advice to clients.

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If you require the assistance of lawyers that specialise in a wide range of family law cases, contact us today to see how we can help.

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