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About John Pratley


John went into law after studying philosophy at Bristol University. He completed law school at the University of the West of England, and then trained with leading Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough qualifying in 1992. Since then he has specialised in family law.


In 1993 he joined Bristol firm Foster and Partners, and became a partner four years later. With his partners he took the firm forward to become the leading niche specialist family law firm in the city. In 2014 John and his partners sold Foster and Partners to national firm Simpson Millar. He became a partner of that firm, initially leading the family law team in Bristol and Cardiff, and then going on to become national head of family law, with responsibility for teams across the whole country. He left in 2018 to found Apple Tree Family Law, committed to providing the very best family law advice in a modern, client focused and cost-effective way. 


John is a true expert in divorce and family law. He is particularly recognised and skilled in resolving the financial issues which arise from separation and divorce. Over the years he has advised all sorts of people including farmers and business owners and professionals such as doctors, accountants, lawyers, teachers and dentists.


He is well known, and confidently recommended by other professionals, including solicitors, barristers and accountants, for his knowledge of the law, his skill as a negotiator, and as a calm and persuasive advocate. He has particular expertise in cases involving businesses, professional partnerships and complex pensions.


John is a trained Collaborative lawyer.

Outside of work, John helps his partner to run a small farm. He also loves sailing, riding, bell ringing and good food.


Apple Tree Family Law is a new kind of law firm enabling you to access the very best in family law advice, directly from the most experienced and effective solicitors for a sensible price. We make optimium use of digital technology to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.


Its founder John Pratley left a major firm where he was National Head of Family Law, to set it up.


Apple Tree Family Law opened its doors in Bristol and Exeter October 2018. We hope you will find the information on this web site helpful, but it is not a substitute for legal advice so you should contact us to discuss your own situation.

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