I am a public access qualified barrister who specialises in family law cases involving finance and children.
I have practised in family law for over 20 years and have strong negotiation and courtroom skills. I am committed to fighting for my clients’ best interests and getting the best outcome possible
I pride myself on my friendly and sensitive approach to clients’ needs, providing them with support every step of the way. I have a strong sense of justice and a robust approach to protecting my clients’ interests.
I am happy to advise at all stages of proceedings and I am often available at short notice.
My areas of expertise include:
o Pensions, family businesses and non disclosure
o Experience of cases where clients lack capacity under Mental Health Act.
Public and private law relating to children.
o I have been instructed by parents, grandparents, local authorities and guardians
o I have experience of cases with an international element.
I often share my expertise and knowledge with both professionals and the public. I have spoken on radio and television and lecture on topical issues surrounding Family Law. I live with my family in southern Hampshire and work at court throughout the county and more widely across southern England.
· Final hearing where the husband was working outside the jurisdiction and failing to disclose assets
· Acting for a Director of a multi-national company where substantial assets including pensions had to be divided following a long marriage
· Advising on the involvement of the Official Solicitor where the client had a brain injury
Acting for a company director where the company had complex accounting issues
Public Law Children (individual vs. government)
· Contested adoption where the birth mother was seeking return of the child following placement with the prospective adopters. Successful outcome for the local authority
· Acting for a serving prisoner where expert psychiatric evidence was in dispute. A successful outcome was achieved
· 24 day fact finding in a sexual abuse case. The case involved criminal proceedings against the parents
· 20 day fact finding case involving a non-accidental head injury to a new born baby resulting in life long disability. The case involved concurrent criminal proceedings.
Private Law Children (between individuals)
· Acting for a Grandmother seeking a residence order where both parents had mental health issues
· Acting for a mother who had mental health issues and the children had autistic spectrum disorders. Achieving a successful result for all parties in a sensitive case
· Contact dispute where the children were resident in Australia
· Hague Convention case (where a child is taken across international border away from ‘home’ without the consent of parent with custody rights) acting for a father where the child had been abducted to Australia. A successful outcome was achieved and the child was returned to the UK.