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Sally Robinson

Partner, Head of Family, Central England Family Law

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

Re C (A Child) (Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order No 4) [2022] EWHC 2501 (Fam)

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

Re C (A Child) (Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order No 3) [2021] EWHC 3045 (Fam)

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)

Heartfelt testimonial for Family Law team following financial settlement

Mrs F separated from her husband and required expert advice on what to do next. She turned to Sally Robinson, Partner and Head of Family in Central England, for guidance and understanding. It was very important to Mrs F that a suitable financial resolution was found in order for her, her children and her former husband to move on comfortably. Sally dealt with the legal matters in such a way so as not to create any unnecessary tensions and guided her client through the process. She also provided counsel on balancing the legal and practical issues with the emotional aspects of the situation. Later in the process, Cat Dabbs, Legal Advisor in the Central England Family Law team, assisted in finalising the divorce and consent order containing the financial agreement both parties had reached. Following the finalisation, Mrs F said: “I’d like to thank you for all your help and support given to me over the last few years. I cannot thank you enough for your true professionalism. I have felt that at every interaction we had that you really understood the impacts to me and my family personally. “You navigated me through a really challenging time at a pace that was right for me. It was hugely important that I had a settled family life, and that everyone was alright in the end and indeed we are! “Please can you also pass my gratitude onto Cat – who was always unfailingly slick in managing the latter stages of the process. She was so responsive which was such a help especially at such a stressful time. I cannot thank you both enough and I just wanted you to know that I am really grateful. I am really glad that there are people like you doing what you do amazingly.”
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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.

Read questions I’m frequently asked

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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