Gemma Thew

Head of Family Law

Contact Gemma Thew

Telephone 01273 734 600


Gemma is a committed family lawyer and is a member of Resolution, an organisation that encourages its Members to always seek agreement by constructive discussion rather than automatically resorting to Court litigation.

Gemma specialises in all areas of matrimonial and childcare law, to include divorce, separation, financial order matters, child arrangements matters, child abduction, domestic violence injunctions, civil partnership disputes, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation matters.

Gemma completed her Law Degree at university in Sheffield and attended the College of Law in London. Prior to joining Crosby & Woods, she worked at a very well regarded and respected London law firm where she acted for the very widest range of clients. Gemma also offers advice and assistance to clients who wish to draft a new or update an existing Will.

Gemma has many years of experience in advising clients on Lasting and General Power of Attorneys and Court of Protection matters. Gemma offers fixed fee initial interviews for all clients and aims to bring a calm and knowledgeable approach to all of her client's cases.

Gemma can be contacted on 01273 734 669 or by e-mail on


"I thought Gemma Thew was very good, very friendly, explained things well and put me at ease. I would definitely recommend her to others." 

Anon- March 2018

"Clear and concise correspondence at all times. I was kept informed and updated. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. Both Gemma Thew and Marie Stock have both acted extremely efficiently, always helpful and they dealt with any issues in a timely manner. '' 

B.T- March 2018

"Just a quick message to say how pleased I have been with the service I’ve received from Gemma Thew, who handled my Divorce & Will. She has by far exceeded my expectations in every aspect."

Anon March 2018

"Many thanks for your attention to detail, and promptness in dealing with all my queries and concerns, and for your honest and expert advice and guidance. I really felt well supported and I am thoroughly grateful for that."

Mrs E – Matrimonial Client - September 2017

"I recently commissioned Gemma Thew of Crosby & Woods solicitors to re-do our old and out of date wills for myself and my husband. Thinking about your will and ultimately thinking about your death or your husband’s death is not an easy or pleasant activity but Gemma’s manner and compassionate professionalism  made the whole experience pain-free. She explained everything clearly and gave helpful suggestions based on our individual circumstances. She also advised on including my business in my will which was something no one else had ever alerted me to. I wholly and highly recommend Gemma and Crosby & Woods to anyone looking at having their wills created from scratch or re-written. 

Thank you to Gemma!"

M.Fenn- May 2017

"Dear Gemma

thank you for the very professional and kind way in which you handled my case.If I or any one I know ever have need of your services I would recommend your firm without hesitation."

Anon- August 2016

"We are writing to say how pleased we were with Gemma's expert and thorough advice whilst recently drawing up mirror wills for us. Gemma explained clearly in plain English the legal terminology regarding our wills plus she was a pleasure to deal with whilst being thoroughly professional but approachable at all times."

Mr J & Mrs R Morales, Hove

"I would like to thank you very much for making this process so simple and quick. I was diagnosed with breast cancer about the same time as dealing with the divorce and so was unable to reply to your letters confirming everything. Once again thank you for your professionalism and advice."           

Mrs C P

"Gemma has been working with my husband and I to draw up our wills. Despite a complicated situation (for example, we both have children from previous relationships and my husband’s children live abroad). Gemma remained patient and professional at all times and I would thoroughly recommend her in the fields of wills and family law. Thank you Gemma!"
Mrs V Smith, Sussex

"Gemma helped me out with my Will and I’m so pleased with what she helped me with and how she went about doing so. Not only is she very knowledgeable and an expert at Will writing and reviewing, she is also incredibly personable, and professional. She is wonderful and I highly recommend Gemma and her firm for any type of legal work but especially Will writing and family law. Thank you Gemma!"

Mrs F

"When I first met Gemma Thew of Crosby and Woods Solicitors, I was feeling vulnerable and run down as a consequence of a negative family situation, with an unreasonable and aggressive ex- partner and with a small child involved. I initially felt nervous of approaching a Solicitor for help, but the relief I felt once Gemma began to facilitate communication and negotiation between myself and my ex partner was enormous. Her involvement created a strong and long overdue boundary. Unfortunately, a reasonable arrangement could not be met between myself and my ex-partner through negotiation, so I took the step of proceeding to court. Gemma always dealt with my family matter, and with me personally, in a sensitive and professional way. There was no judgement from her on my situation and she always offered calm and clear advice. All the work that Gemma undertook on my behalf was delivered impartially, and with insight and understanding. As a result of this professional approach I felt heard and therefore reassured. I would highly recommend Gemma Thew to anyone who is dealing with family breakdown and have reached a point where negotiation fails to exist." 

Ms K

"During the course of my dealings with Gemma Thew I have been impressed with her attention to detail, excellent advice and the professional but friendly way that she has communicated everything to me, whilst dealing with a very unreasonable other party. Gemma managed to organise an agreement for me, negating the need to attend court, with all the additional costs involved. I would strongly recommend Gemma to anyone looking for a high level of service at a very fair price."

Mr M T, Sussex