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A bit about me

Helping people through what is often the most difficult time of their life and seeing them come out the other side, is why I have practised exclusively in family law since 2003.

I can be a part of someone’s life for just a matter of hours to sometimes years, but the effects of what they are going through could last their entire life. I aim to empower my clients to make informed choices that will enable them to move on positively, particularly when they have children to consider.

I work with a range of people, including high-net-worth individuals, business owners, medical professionals and senior managers, or their spouses. I provide strategic advice to those embarking on a relationship, or those who are already in one, to protect their wealth and position, which includes drafting nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

I am regularly instructed by deputies on such matters when looking after the interests of individuals lacking mental capacity.

Other specialisms include divorce and associated financial matters, in addition to property disputes for unmarried couples. I also act in many complex cases concerning the arrangements for children. These include where there have been allegations of parental alienation and abuse as well as surrogacy, matters of fertility law, donor conceived children, and disputes arising out of such arrangements.

I am a member of Resolution; an organisation for family lawyers who are keen to promote a constructive approach to family law issues and consider the needs of the whole family. I am committed to achieving the best outcome for my clients and have an eye for detail, but never lose sight of the bigger picture.

My strength is in providing clear and realistic advice and I have been recommended by the Legal 500 for many years, where they reported that clients describe me as ‘professional and experienced with a sensible and pragmatic approach’.

Outside work, I enjoy the theatre, travelling, restaurants and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

Notable cases

I acted for the father in:

Re AZ (A Child) (Recusal) [2022] EWCA Civ 911

Re C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order) [2020] EWHC 2141 (Fam)

Re C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order) [2020] EWHC 2474 (Fam)

Want to know more?

If separating, take financial advice at an early stage and prepare a budget to assist you in considering how you are both going to finance two households.

Think before you post about your former partner or spouse on social media. The consequences could have far-reaching ramifications and your posts could be admissible as evidence in court.

Be respectful in your communication with your former partner or spouse, especially if you have children and consider mediation to assist with discussions.

Will I be able to keep the house?
It really depends. Legal advice on a potential financial settlement, including the division of any property, can only be given once full financial disclosure has been exchanged with your former partner or spouse.

Once exchanged, I will guide you through the law and legal principles that apply to your situation and give you realistic advice on what is possible.

How much will it cost?
Each matter is unique. However, I will provide a breakdown of the likely costs for you early on, tailored to your situation, to help you plan how those costs will be met. Bear in mind that the approach that you and your former spouse or partner takes is likely to affect the overall cost.

Will I have to go to court?
The majority of cases will not end up in court; most settlements are reached outside court through negotiation, sometimes with or without the attendance at mediation. Court proceedings are usually the last resort if matters cannot be compromised, or there is some other overriding need to invoke the court’s jurisdiction.

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