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I have a wide range of experience dealing with all aspects of family breakdowns with particular expertise in divorce and financial matters. I also specialise in dealing with complex children matters, including seeking to permanently relocate with a child abroad and step parent adoption. I am passionate about representing my client’s best interests and providing pragmatic and realistic advice. I'm based in our Chelmsford office, and available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01245 453843.
Ultimately I love helping people. Clients come and see me at one of the most stressful and difficult times in their lives. It is amazing to assist in the transition to their next chapter. I am a kind and empathetic person. I am straight talking and know my stuff. People are very much at ease in my company.
I am a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Panel. This is an assessed accreditation scheme which recognises those with family law expertise and experience. I am also a member of Resolution, an organisation which seeks to deal with family law matters by way of non-confrontation and agreement. I am also a Resolution accredited specialist of Complex Financial and Property Matters and Children Law.
I am a qualified Collaborative Solicitor. The Collaborative approach was created in America and brought to England after its success in providing couples with an alternative way to resolve matters when a relationship breaks down. Simply, the approach is about reaching solutions together. All negotiations take place at meetings face to face (known as four ways). The couple both appoint a Collaboratively trained specialist family solicitor and all work together to reach a resolution. The couple and solicitors sign an agreement that they will work together and that they will not take the matter to court. It is different from traditional negotiations as it focuses on mutual support and encouragement. Please contact me for more information.
My spare time mainly consists of spending time with my young son. We live in the country side so enjoy spending lots of time outside in the fresh air and cooking together in the kitchen. I am a school governor at our local school, St Margaret’s School, Toppesfield. I have found being the Local Authority Governor very rewarding and interesting. It has been an enjoyable way to give back to the community that we live in.
Divorce and Family team
Our divorce and separation team understands that the breakdown of a relationship, particularly if children are involved, can be a difficult and stressful time for all those involved. We listen to the needs of our clients and treat each client as an individual. This ensures we are able to tailor our advice and help guide you through the legal process. We can assist you to make important decisions at a time when you may feel unable to do so.