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Change of Name Solicitors

Family Law Solicitors based in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham delivering advice in London and Nationwide

Changing your name is a big decision. Whether you’re getting married, going through a divorce, or simply want to change your name for personal reasons, it’s crucial to understand the legal requirements and procedures involved in the UK. Our Family Law Solicitors can help you with a change of name deed and provide you with certified copies to update all necessary organisations.

Reasons for Changing Your Name in the UK

There are several reasons why individuals may choose to change their name in the UK:

  • Change of maiden name upon marriage
  • Reverting back to maiden name after a divorce
  • Personal preference
  • Gender reassignment
  • Professional reasons, relevant for actors, performers, or writers who need a stage/pen name
  • Legal documentation and identification purposes, such as updating their birth certificate or driver’s license

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Types of Name Changes

Changing Names For Adults

Changing your name as an adult typically involves completing a legal document known as a change of name deed or through marriage.

Changing Names For Children

With the consent of  each parent with parental responsibility, a change of name deed can be used to change a child under the age of 16’s name. Proof of identity is required in the process, and both parents must agree to the name change.

If one parent does not consent, it would be necessary to obtain an order from the court.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What Happens After Changing Your Name?

After legally changing your name, it is important to update your records with various organisations and inform relevant bodies.

Is Legal Assistance Necessary with a Change of Name?

Seeking professional legal help is crucial for a smooth name change process. Legal assistance can provide guidance, ensure accurate documentation, and offer advice on potential challenges. With a family solicitor’s support, you can navigate the process confidently and minimise errors, providing peace of mind throughout.

How Does Changing Your Name Affect Your Personal Identification Documents?

Changing your name can have implications on your personal identification documents. It’s important to update your passport, driver’s license, and financial records to ensure consistency and avoid any confusion. Informing relevant government agencies and organisations about your name change is crucial for accurate documentation.

Do I Have to Inform My Work About a Deed Poll Name Change?

It is generally a good idea to inform your workplace about a change of name deed. This will ensure that your employer has the most up-to-date information and can update their records accordingly. Additionally, informing your workplace about your name change can help avoid any confusion or misunderstandings in the future. It is recommended to check with your company’s HR department or consult your employee handbook for specific procedures and requirements regarding name changes.

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Our Family Law Team

Our Family Law team represent clients in:

– Sheffield

– Barnsley

– Rotherham

– Other South Yorkshire areas

– London and surrounding areas

– Nationwide (throughout England)

The team also offer a free 30-minute consultation on your first visit, which can be made face-to-face, on the phone or virtually.

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Adult Change of Name Fees

£130 + VAT (£26.00) = Total £156.00

What is covered?
A meeting to enable us to conduct the required ID checks, and if satisfactory, draft the change of name deed and then print it off for you to sign in our presence.

What is not covered?
Advice on children’s change of names or any other linked family matter. We can advise you separately on these matters.


Free Consultation

The family law team offer a free 30-minute consultation on your first appointment, which can be made face-to-face, on the phone or by video call, as well as flexible appointments that can be arranged to fit around lunch breaks or work commitments. Contact us on 0114 2496666 to make an appointment.

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The Family Law Team

The Howells Matrimonial team is one of the best in the country and one of the largest in South Yorkshire. They been consistently highly ranked for family law work in the north by the Legal 500. Howells have over 40 years’ experience supporting families and are ranked high on Review Solicitors where they have a rating of 4.9 out of 5 for their client care. The team are also accredited by Resolution and the Law Society.

Sensitive and compassionate in her client relationships, Alyson Siddal understands that she is not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound by legal process but in real lives. Furthermore, Alyson has been a key part of Howells Solicitors for over 30 years and offers a wealth of expertise and experience. Alyson and the Matrimonial team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 rankingswith specific feedback on Alyson which is “Alyson Siddall is a very experienced matrimonial lawyer who is personable and approachable in addition to being an excellent solicitor”.

Sharon Lockwood is a highly regarded Family Law and Divorce Solicitor in Rotherham, with a specialism at dealing with complex cases involving children and high value assets. Sharon is very active in the local community of South Yorkshire and receives a high amount of praise from her clients and colleagues and has established herself as one of the most distinguish divorce specialists in the region.

John Clegg is a family specialist and covers all aspects of Matrimonial law including divorce, civil partnership and cohabitation breakdown, financial matters arising on separation and divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements and protection from domestic abuse.

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 edition ranks Family as a top tier firm in Yorkshire and Humber, saying “Family head Alyson Siddall, matrimonial specialist Sharon Lockwood and children team head Sarah Walker are the key names at Howells Solicitors. Based in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley respectively, they oversea a team that is particularly well known for high net worth cases with assets ranging from three to six million pounds.

The firm recently expanded its department with the addition of a collaborative law facility. John Clegg is an additional name to note.”

Alyson Siddall

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John Clegg

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Sharon Lockwood

Family Law

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Wendy Bailey

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Caroline Euinton

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Louise Ellis

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Danielle Mahyar

Family Law

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Ramandeep Kaur

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Colin Musgrave

Family Law

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Cody Minshall

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Megan Wright

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Sophie Jensen

Family Law

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Laura Hill

Family Law

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