About Us

DEBORAH GIBBINS & CO is a specialist matrimonial and family law practice that has provided this expert service to clients since 1st January 1996.  We are a small firm committed to providing expertise in this area of the law where clients are often distressed, vulnerable and in need of a sympathetic and experienced solicitor to ensure that they receive a fair settlement or outcome in divorce or other family proceedings.  


Deborah Gibbins 


Deborah Gibbins was admitted as a solicitor on the 1st May 1985. She has been specialising in family and matrimonial law since 1984. Before setting up her own business Deborah Gibbins & Co on 1st January 1996 she worked in a small practice in Hockley, Essex where at the age of 26 she became a partner and remained working at that firm for 10 years specialising in family and matrimonial law.  She was the first female solicitor to set up a practice in Basildon and hers was the first practice to specialise exclusively in matrimonial and family law. In December 2010 she re-located to Billericay for 3 years and is now located in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.


Specialist Qualifications and achievements  

Deborah Gibbins was admitted to the Family Law Panel on 1st January 1999 in the very first batch of admissions to this specialist Law Society Panel and remained on the panel for 15 years.  The Panel was created so that clients could be assured that by instructing a member of the Family Law Panel they would be receiving specialist family law advice.   In May 2001 Deborah Gibbins became one of less than 500 solicitors in the country to become accredited by the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) with particular specialism in areas of domestic abuse and advanced financial provision.  She remains committed to providing a quality family and matrimonial law service but also in minimising conflicts that may arise in family law proceedings.   


Deborah Gibbins has written an article entitled ‘Pensions on Ancillary Relief- A Practitioners Guide’ which was published in the Legal Journal Litigation.  


Deborah’s expertise is in all aspects of divorce civil partnership and family law including complex financial and property cases on divorce, unmarried couples’ disputes and property issues, private children residence, contact and parental responsibility cases, including grandparents’ applications and domestic abuse for male and female clients.  Her particular interest is cohabiting couples’ property disputes including those arising upon same sex relationship breakdowns and she had one of the first cases to be heard under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 at the Southend County Court successfully securing a declaration of a 50% interest in a property in the sole name of the opponent.




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What Our Clients say...

Everyone was very helpful.  If there was anything I did not understand it was explained to me in a way I could.  Thank you for your help and support.

Mrs A B – Great Wakering