Achieving the best possible outcome for clients and the people they care about is at the centre of what I do as a family lawyer. The decision to seek help and advice about the end of a relationship is often hard. I support my clients through what can be an uncertain time.
With over 35 years’ experience in the family law arena, I have a range of specialisms from financial settlements on divorce – the simple to the very complicated – and expertise in children’s disputes, including acting for children within proceedings.
I am also accredited with Resolution, a community of family justice professionals, and am a member of the Law Society’s children panel.
Outside work, I have four grown up children, geographically spread, whose company I enjoy immensely. I’m also a passionate gardener – I’m currently trying to reclaim a garden that has been left to its own devices for far too long.
Be reasonable and fair – seeking an equitable solution will be quicker, easier and much less painful, giving you more time to get on with your life
Be open-minded – try to remember the good times and focus on your new future. This is especially important where children are involved. A positive mindset will help us develop better long-term solutions
Take time out – it’s easy to let relationship breakdown overwhelm you. Take time out to do whatever makes you happy – it will help you keep a sense of proportion.
Will I win?
There should be no winners or losers – you should be seeking a fair and equitable settlement
Will I have to sell my house?
That depends upon other assets available, but it often is the case that changes have to be made.
Will I get to see my children?
Yes, you will.
Can I use the children to get the settlement I want?
No – these are very separate issues and it is important for children to have a meaningful relationship with both parents.