My specialisms give me an opportunity to help someone through an emotionally charged period of their lives and make a real difference to their future.
Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with all manner of individuals in a variety of cases covering divorce, cohabitation, children and nuptial agreements.
A varied legal and social skillset combined with the backing of a well-connected and well-resourced team help me achieve the best for you. I can’t change the past, but I can help inform, shape and empower your present and future.
Outside work, I relish my family and my friends but mostly my dog. Give me a long walk, a good book and a glass of wine and then all is right with the world.
Knowledge is power – always be upfront with me so that I can do the best for you.
Listening to advice if you’re used to giving it isn’t easy, but if you can take a step back it will stand you in good stead.
Always have an end game in sight. Do your utmost to reach an agreement rather than have the court dictate the outcome. Better still, give consideration to a nuptial or cohabitation agreement.
How long, how much and what can I expect to end up with?
A straightforward case will usually take four to six months. You will be provided with full details of terms and conditions and a cost estimation at the outset. You can expect to end up with a fair and reasonable outcome, provided you play by the rules.
What happens to my assets? Can I keep my inherited wealth?
The court distinguishes between matrimonial and non-matrimonial property. The sharing principle applies to matrimonial assets. These typically include the home and other assets built up during the marriage. Non-matrimonial assets include gifts/inheritances received by one party during the marriage and assets owned or acquired by one party before or after the separation. These types of assets may be treated differently by the court as long as the other party’s needs can be met from the matrimonial property.
What will happen to my business?
The court will look at the origin of the business, its capital value and the income it generates. It may well have to be independently valued, and a tax report obtained with the aim of your spouse being bought out. Your spouse retaining or acquiring shares in the business is usually a last resort.