Vanessa is a partner in the Family Law team, which she joined in April 2019 from a leading central London firm. Her practice encompasses all areas of family law, with a particular focus on the financial issues arising from relationship breakdown, pre-marital agreements and leave to remove children cases. She aims to reach a negotiated outcome where possible, but also recognises the importance of strategic litigation if the circumstances require it.
As a family law solicitor and mediator Vanessa encourages clients to carefully consider the best approach to their matter. Her particular experience includes:
Pre-marital agreements for couples who expect to inherit or establish future wealth to those with assets in excess of £50 million.
Leave to remove children matters. She has represented many parents on their successful applications to relocate permanently to another country with their children, including China, Germany and Australia.
Divorce and the related financial issues from modest asset cases to high net-worth.
Dealing with high value pensions on divorce, including NHS pensions.
Separation agreements and cohabitation agreements to regulate the financial and living arrangements between couples.
Private law children matters.
Schedule 1 applications for financial provision for children of unmarried parents.
Leave to remove “Thank you so much for your great support and everything you did for me. I am so grateful. I feel a bit sad about the fact that you won’t be around on my daily basis. Thank you again “
Mediation “Thank you for your mediation services. Happy to comment that I found your approach very professional.”
Education and Recommendations
Legal 500 2018 and 2019 for her legal and mediation practice respectively.
Family law associate of the year (silver award) in the City Wealth Awards 2017.
College of Law, London – Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course (commendation and distinction)
University of Westminster – Broadcast Journalism MA (Hons)
University of Bristol – Politics and Philosophy BA (Hons)
Partner at Hodge Jones Allen – 2019
Associate and Senior Associate at Hunters, Lincoln’s Inn – 2015 – 2019
Associate at May, May & Merrimans, Gray’s Inn – 2012 -2015
Trainee and Solicitor at Silverman Sherliker – 2007 – 2012
Memberships & Appointments
Resolution – an organisation for family lawyers committed to a non-adversarial approach. Vanessa sits on their Working Party for Litigants in Person.
Trustee for the West London Centre for Counselling.
A leading family judge has criticised a couple who spent in excess of £500,000 on legal fees when the main asset of the marriage was a flat worth £298,377. Expressing her dismay Lady Justice King said, “This is yet another case where a highly educated couple with young children has engaged in lengthy, destructive and disproportionate legal proceedings. “