I trained at Hodge Jones & Allen and was admitted as a solicitor in 2004, qualifying into the firm’s Family team. I have exclusively practised family law since 2004.
I specialise in matrimonial financial disputes including mid to high net worth, matters involving third parties and overseas divorce.
I also have particular expertise where children are involved but I also continue to deal with other areas of family law including those with an international element, civil protection orders in relation to adults and children.
My clients are private individuals and I act for husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and grandparents.
I am a family lawyer mediator. Mediation is a process for couples who have decided to separate or divorce to help them reach their own decisions about future arrangements including the way children are cared for and/or how finances are organised. I therefore specialise in non-adversarial cost effective approaches to divorce and separation including mediation and arbitration.
I am recognised in the Legal 500 UK (2016, 17 and 18).
I am also a Resolution ‘Accredited Specialist’ (Complex Financial Remedies and Children Law Private) and I am committed to Resolution’s Code of Practice to resolve matters in a non-confrontational way.
As a Resolution specialist I work my hardest to make sure my clients stay out of the Family Court.
University of Leicester, BA Law (Hons 2:1)
Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen – 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
I enjoy skiing, salsa, travelling to hot destinations and fashion.
When two people enter into the mediation process it is a voluntary choice and an individual can say no. I discuss the family mediation process here: What is the family mediation process?The voluntary part to family mediation is crucial. It is there so that each person is able to discuss matters freely and without risk or threat of harm. I also decide (through separate meetings) whether mediation will be suitable or appropriate for the individuals involved. If we decide together that mediation can go ahead, I will ask for consent in writing and this consent will also confirm that both parties agree to my acting as their mediator and that they are entering the process on a voluntary basis.
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?