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I have been a solicitor for over 30 years and work with the Child and Parent Law team, representing parents, grandparents and members of the extended family ( often referred to as kinship carers ) in court proceedings. I have a wide variety of clients including parents, grandparents and children. As an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel, I also act for children, via their Guardians in care and other children proceedings.

I advise clients in relation to Care proceedings and PLO meetings , section 20 agreements, Special Guardianship orders (SGO’s) and adoption and other issues relating to children. I also represent clients in relation to Deprivation of Liberty orders known as DoLs. Many of my clients qualify for legal aid to fund their cases.

In each case, I provide positive and practical advice throughout the case and represent clients in court, from magistrates courts, county court and high court where necessary. I am a trustee of Kinship Carers UK and my membership of the Association of Children lawyers means that I can keep up to date with recent case law and ideas.

After a busy day at the office, I like to unwind by playing with the Ledbury Community Brass Band – come and see us if you’re in the area!

“Thank you for helping me set myself free” – legal expertise leads to heartfelt testimonial

Clare Whittaker and Jennifer Lindup-Salmon recently assisted a client with divorce and financial matters. They advised and supported the client throughout financial remedy proceedings in respect of matrimonial finances and brought matters to a successful conclusion. A settlement reached at the financial dispute resolution hearing, avoiding the necessity of the cost and attendance at a final hearing, meant the client could move on to a new chapter in her life. Following the case, their client said: “Clare, I can't thank you and Jenni enough for all your hard work and support. I’ve felt very confident with you in my corner, and that goes a long way.” “I'm over the moon that I can now start the next part of my life, thank you for helping me set myself free, so to speak. You are a fantastic lawyer.”
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Assistance with financial proceedings leads to client testimonial

Clare Whittaker, a partner within the Hereford Family Law team, assisted by Jennifer Lindup-Salmon, a Chartered Legal Executive, regularly assists clients within divorce and related financial proceedings. They provided advice, understanding and support to a client within contested financial remedy proceedings and secured the client a favourable settlement during the Financial Dispute Hearing, avoiding the need for attendance at a Final Hearing. They received the following thanks from the client. “Thanks for all this, Clare: I really appreciate all the hard work that you and Jenni have put into my case over the past two years”.
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“I couldn’t have wished for better representation”: high praise in child contact case

Clare Whittaker recently assisted a client throughout negotiations in respect of child contact arrangements, whereby the father refused to accept the child didn’t want to have contact with him. Clare assisted the child’s mother throughout negotiations and court proceedings, concluding in an outcome which was child-focused, and in line with the child’s wishes and feelings. Her client had the following comments… “I just wanted to send a final email to say thank you so much for all of your help. You've kept a calm head and given clear, concise advice throughout, as well as managing to be humorous and empathic when needed. “My son and I couldn't have wished for better representation and our brilliant final result was, to a large extent, down to your excellent work. I will always be grateful, and whilst I'm very hopeful that we will remain in your archives, you will be the first place I come to should I find myself in need of help again”.
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Guidance with divorce in difficult times

Divorce is commonly a very tough time for those experiencing it, which is why they need knowledgeable support at each step. Clare Whittaker has a wealth of experience when assisting clients throughout every stage of their divorce. She recently received the following from a new client: “Thank you again for everything, you've been like an angel in these really frightening and dark times. I am extremely grateful for the work you've done so far for me, and your great advice and support.”
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Support through divorce delays and frustration

Delays and complications can often make divorce harder, and support through the Covid-19 pandemic, with the full range of divorce issues including financial matters, brought thanks for Clare Whittaker’s work. The client said: “I just wanted to say many thanks for guiding me through this horrible and frustrating process and all the help you provided.”
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Support and expertise for relationship breakdown

Relationship breakdowns are especially hard when children are also involved, and Clare Whittaker’s combination of expertise, experience and sensitivity made a difficult situation easier for her client, who said: I am so glad it went as it did and it's all thanks to your hard work. I thought it would be a hard battle… it has been challenging, but having a good solicitor helps with that.”
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Reducing divorce court stress

Receiving good advice and support throughout the divorce process can reduce the stress and anxiety that a lot of people experience at this difficult time. Supporting clients throughout all aspects of their case, including attendance and support at court hearings, are all part of the job. Clare Whittaker recently represented a client at court and received the following comment: “I just wanted to express my thanks for yesterday. You were amazing!”
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Top Tips & FAQs

Discover my top tips

The more prepared you are, the better. Whenever we meet, make sure you bring any relevant information with you.

Be willing to accept my advice. I’m acting in your best interests, and I know the system very well.

Negotiation can save a lot of time and upset – a day in court will rarely be a good idea and is often costly.

Read questions I'm frequently asked

How long will it take?

The time for a case to be resolved can vary – it depends on how cooperative each person is within the negotiations, and what your lawyers recommend.

Will I have to speak in court?

Not always. I’ll act as your spokesperson, and you may only have to give evidence at a final hearing.

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