I joined Hodge Jones and Allen in 2013, having closed my practice in Bedfordshire. I have specialised in family law since I qualified and have experience of all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on financial issues that arise when couples separate. I also deal with issues surrounding children when disputes arise between parents. I am a Children Panel member and have acted for parents, children and extended members of the family in public law children proceedings. I also have experience of forced marriages.
I am a trained collaborative lawyer and can represent clients through the collaborative process. As a collaborative lawyer I understand the emotional, financial and practical difficulties all clients experience and the inevitable effect upon the children.
I am a forward thinking family lawyer and am committed to the guidelines set down by Resolution to resolve cases as amicably, fairly and as cost effectively as possible. I am fluent in Gujarati and Hindi.
The College of Law, Guildford, Legal Practice Course
Southampton Institute: BA (Hons) Business & Law
Franklins Solicitors, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, Managing Partner, September 2009 to September 2013
Adams Moore Family Law, Bedfordshire, Associate Lead Solicitor September 2008 to August 2009
Office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee, London, Divorce and Family Lawyer – June 2008 to August 2008
Hancock Quins, Hertfordshire, Associate Solicitor May 2003 to May 2008
Hallam-Peel & Co., London, Assistant Solicitor August 1999 to April 2003
Aston Clark Solicitors, London, Trainee Solicitor (September 1997 to 1999)
“I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks for all the work you have put into my case and for dealing with great compassion and humanity and for that I am grateful”.
“I wanted to say a big thank you to you for acting as my solicitor and handling my case through such a difficult time for me”.
“Bharti Shah is well knowledgeable and highly committed to clients.”
“Many Many thanks Bharti for all the help and support.”
“I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. [I] just wish that they were all like you.”
“I should like to thank you for all your assistance over the period and for your advice at key points.”
“I wanted to thank you for all the help and support you have been to me over this period it has been extremely appreciated.”
“I would like to thank you for your service at a time when I was at my most vulnerable and sincerely wish you the best for the future.”
“Your support has been greatly appreciated.”
“Thank you so much for your help. I will never forget this.”
Hertfordshire County Council v M. and Ors  EWHC 2660
Chief Constable, A v YK and ors ( forced marriage) EWHC 2438 (Fam)
Membership & Appointments
Law Society Family Law Panel
Law Society’s Adult and Children Panel
Association of Lawyers for Children
National Association of Guardian Ad Litems and Reporting Officers
Association of Asian Women Lawyers
Society of Asian Lawyers
Hindu Lawyers Association
Personal Interests I enjoy spending time with my family, good food and wine. I also follow the highs and lows of Arsenal.
With increasing cuts in funding of cases and the increasing number of litigants in person on the rise before the family courts, practitioners and advocates have recently received a gentle reminder by Mr Peter Jackson in Re B (Litigants In Person: Timely Service of Documents)  EWHC 2365 (Fam).
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Amal and George Clooney and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are just some of the big name stars to have signed pre-nuptial agreements ahead of their big day. Yet you’d be wrong if you thought ‘pre-nups’ were the preserve of the rich and famous.
One of the truisms of divorce is that it’s often the children who are the real victims. The mix of emotions associated with separation and divorce often sees parents using their children as leverage to inflict a ‘victory’ over their partner.