Catherine Breslin

I am a public access qualified Barrister with over 25 years’ experience in family law.

I have for many years been ranked in The Legal 500, a guide which based on research reviews leading members of the legal profession.  The review this year states that I am “a class act” (Legal 500 2017).

Areas of Expertise

Financial remedies

I practise principally in the field of financial remedies, so dealing with the parties’ finances on divorce. Typically my cases will have one or more complex features which could for example relate to the value of the assets, issues of non-disclosure, non-matrimonial assets, companies or businesses, taxation or pension issues. Sometimes my involvement is necessary mainly because of the unreasonable approach or expectations of the opposing party.

The mainstay of my work is providing advice and representation during court proceedings. I am frequently instructed around the time of separation where a party wants early advice or to have an idea of potential outcome in respect of financial matters. I am often asked to provide a second opinion where some legal advice has already been received.

I am experienced in drafting pre-nuptial agreements for those who want, as far as is possible, to have certainty of outcome in the event that their relationship fails.

I am very used to dealing with financial cases which involve a huge volume of financial information. My view is that a successful outcome whether in negotiations or at court depends on detailed preparation and a mastery of the facts.

I have significant practical experience of company issues, accounts and financial practice and I am a director of an award-winning company outside the legal sphere.

Child arrangements

I deal with disputes relating to child arrangements, so often difficult issues as to where a child should live, or about the amount of time a child should spend with the other parent. I am experienced in cases involving planned national or international relocation.

Schedule 1 Children Act 1989

I also deal with claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 for financial provision for children. These claims typically arise where the parties were unmarried and a party seeks financial provision for a child of that relationship.

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