I trained at Hodge Jones & Allen and was admitted as a solicitor in 2004, qualifying into the firm’s Family team. I have an interest in all areas of family work. My areas of practice include divorce law, pre-nuptial agreements, financial remedies, domestic violence, occupation orders, female genital mutilation and protection orders, child arrangements disputes and all areas of children work including special guardianship orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders and internal and international relocation of children.
I am a family lawyer mediator. Mediation is a process for couples who have decided to separate or divorce to help them reach agreements about future arrangements including the way children are cared for and/or how finances are organised.
I am a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 and have been described as a person who “has ‘a really big heart‘.”
I am also a Resolution ‘Accredited Specialist’ (Complex Financial Remedies 1 and Children Law Private) and I am committed to Resolution’s Code of Practice to resolve matters in a non-confrontational way.
I am a former committee member of Resolution’s Children Committee. I am also head of the Hodge Jones & Allen Domestic Violence Department.
I enjoy mentoring College of Law students and am a keen member of the Hodge Jones & Allen’s Green Team.
Legal Practice Course College of Law, Guildford
University of Leicester, BA Law (Hons 2:1)
Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP – 2009
Admitted as a solicitor – 2004
Trainee, Hodge Jones & Allen 2002 -2004
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“Prompt, compassionate, efficient and very professional.”
Membership & Appointments
Resolution Accredited Specialist
Association of Lawyers for Children
Association of Women Solicitors
Member of The City Or Westminster and Holborn Law Society
I enjoy skiing, salsa, travelling to hot destinations and fashion.
The question to ask is when can petitions for divorce be issued?There is a bar on all divorce petitions in the first year of the marriage - to restrain divorce on impulse.But even when 1 year has passed, a divorce sometimes still cannot be issued. Why?
The answer will always depend on the overall finances of the spouse starting the divorce application - the Petitioner.The current court fee is £550 for an undefended divorce. This is a one-off front-loaded court fee. If both spouses co-operate, the divorce will be undefended. In addition, if both spouses sign and submit documents to the court when they are due, and without corrections, this will be the only court fee to pay throughout the entire process.
Indeed, an understandable question to ask a family solicitor at a first meeting. The answer will always depend on the overall finances of the parties and full case preparation can make the difference whether you are the prospective receiving or paying party.