Ben Twitchen

Partner - Head of Department

Family Law

01582 714609


I am a partner and Head of our Family Law Department. I have advised in cases ranging from modest assets to over £100 million. My practice covers family law work including financial arrangements on divorce, Collaborative Law to help reach amicable solutions, and prenuptial agreements.

I am based in Harpenden and manage our diverse team of family lawyers across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Our team delivers expert advice and assistance to clients going through divorce, separation or child law issues.

I am fortunate to have the support of an excellent team. Amongst the partners we share ideas, case law developments, and strategies. I include junior lawyers on my larger cases so the clients have the extra level of service.

My experience of over 20 years enables me to give my clients the insights they need to make the right decisions at a difficult time in their lives.

I promote a non-confrontational approach wherever possible, keeping the focus on the needs of any children.


Sailing, 41 club and Rotary.


  • I successfully helped protect children from being abducted abroad, reuniting them with their father.
  • I secured a fair share of the marital wealth for a husband who was the victim of domestic abuse.
  • Many of my cases also involve helping wives and mothers protect their children and make their financial claims.
  • Presently I am seeing a surge in instructions for prenuptial agreements, which are becoming increasingly popular.

Joined Taylor Walton in 2010

What our clients say

Ben Twitchen supported and advised me in my divorce proceedings. His advice was well considered and clearly on back of some seriously good experience. I think this helped me avoid many pitfalls such as needless aggro and expense. Highly recommend Ben if you are unfortunate enough to need a divorce lawyer. - 5* Google

"I would like to thank you for all you have done on my case over the past two years. I have been grateful for your expertise and professionalism, for your attention to detail and a calm head throughout. I would not wish my situation on anyone but will recommend you with confidence to any friends in need of top notch legal advice."

"Thank you, especially for the support you showed me during and at the end of my divorce. Knowing I had an outstanding solicitor that guided me through the legal process who gave sound advice, produced outstanding work and conducted himself in a professional manner was a relief. This gave me reassurance that I had you in my corner 100%, ready to come out fighting when I needed help during that difficult time I went through. Once again thank you and your team for the excellent work they carried out for me."

“Both Ben and Natalie were very responsive, supportive, informative and accurate in the advice that they gave. Together, we were able to work through an approach to a negotiation which secured a fair outcome for both my ex-wife and myself. I have to say that this was in contrast to the approach taken by my ex-wife’s solicitors“

"I would like to thank Ben Twitchen, Fay Goodwin, and the team at Taylor Walton for their hard work in bringing my divorce to a conclusion. Their support has been invaluable, and their professionalism is second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending Taylor Walton."

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Matt Hancock – Kiss and Tell

By Ben Twitchen | 28 June 2021

We will all have seen the news that hit the headlines this weekend. Matt Hancock resigned from his position as Health Secretary following the leak of CCTV footage, which showed him kissing his government aide. It has since transpired that Mr Hancock has left his wife of 15 years. The news of Matt Hancock’s kiss…

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By Ben Twitchen | 18 June 2021

Viewers of Coronation Street have recently witnessed the breakdown of the relationship of Fiz and Tyrone, who were once thought of as the soap’s fairy-tale couple and the new Jack and Vera. Initially caused by Tyrone’s infidelity, Fiz allowed her anger following the separation to spill over into discussions regarding their children, Hope and Ruby. …

Bill and Melinda Gates Divorce after 27 years of marriage and estimated £90 billion fortune

By Ben Twitchen | 4 May 2021

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and fourth wealthiest person in the world has announced his divorce from wife, Melinda Gates after 27 years of marriage. Both Bill and Melinda shared identical posts on twitter confirming their intention to end their marriage on Monday 3 May 2021. The divorce of the philanthropic couple is likely to…

Good Divorce Week 2020 – alternatives to Court proceedings

By Ben Twitchen | 23 November 2020

Between 30 November and 4 December 2020, Resolution is holding an initiative to raise awareness of the work its members do by holding a ‘Good Divorce Week’. Therefore, we are pleased to confirm that new clients will be able to receive 30 minutes free advice from a family law solicitor at Taylor Walton LLP during…

The Bank of Mum and Dad phenomenon continues!

By Ben Twitchen | 1 October 2019

With rising property prices it is unsurprising that many children are looking for financial assistance from their parents when purchasing property.  The Bank of Mum and Dad is consequently very much thriving. What should parents and their child consider before making such a decision? • Both parties should seek independent legal advice; • Both parties…