I am a public access qualified barrister who specialises in family law. I was awarded a number of scholarships to fund my legal studies and qualified in 2011 having been awarded the highest marks in my law school year group.
My work involves resolving relationship-generated disputes that arise following the breakdown of marriages, civil-partnerships and cohabiting relationships. There are two main parts to this; I provide advice outside of court to help my clients to resolve matters amicably and, where this is not possible, I provide representation at court hearings. My aim is to ensure that my clients’ best interests are met by securing the best outcomes, both in terms of outright results and by minimising conflict. I strive to settle cases where possible but am prepared to fight assertively where necessary.
I am acutely aware that family law disputes are always extremely stressful for those involved and pride myself on providing sensitive, friendly and non-judgmental advice. I am normally available to talk at short notice and like to be actively involved in all my cases to ensure that any issues are resolved as soon as possible.
Whilst most of my work is in London and Hampshire, I am prepared to travel throughout the UK and have undertaken cases in the west country, Wales and the north of England.
Outside of work I enjoy classic cars, spending time with my family, food and drink and justifying the above by walking (and sometimes attempting to run) with my ‘Patter-Jack’ terrier, Paxo.
My areas of expertise include:
Matrimonial finance (divorce)
o I cover all aspects of the division of assets following divorce and have experience of cases involving substantial assets as well as those were funds are limited. Every case receives the same attention to detail, thought and care.
o I have particular experience in presenting cases where the other side have attempted to hide assets from the court and/or have not cooperated in the disclosure process. I have a good knowledge of how self-employed individuals can attempt to conceal their finances from the court and have presented a number of lectures on this topic.
o Recent cases include acting for a director of a multi-national company in a case involving complicated share options and enforcement proceedings in the High Court in a case where the assets exceeded £5,000,000.
Financial disputes between unmarried cohabitants
o I have extensive experience in securing financial provision for unmarried parents and dealing with disputes between former cohabitants about the ownership of property.
o Recent work in this area includes securing the right for an unmarried mother to live in a property owned by her daughter’s father and securing an order for sale for a father in relation to a former family home upon the breakdown of his relationship with his children’s mother.
Private Law (disputes concerning children)
o Much of my work concerns arguments about where children should live and the time they should spend with their other parent.
o I also deal with financial disputes relating to children, for example in relation to maintenance and/or provision for school fees.
o Recent cases include a successful challenge to a CAFCASS recommendation that two children should be permitted to relocate overseas with their mother and the dismissal of numerous allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse made against a father.