I have a constructive and realistic approach. I strive to avoid litigation/Court proceedings if at all possible. However I will not hesitate in proceeding with Court if it is in my client’s interests to do so. As a mediator and collaborative solicitor I utilise these skills to the benefit of my clients.
Areas of Expertise
- All aspects of family law and divorce.
- Complex disputes involving children, including leave to remove cases, Special Guardianship and International Child Abduction matters.
- Medium to very high net worth financial cases to include work on pensions and trusts.
- Schedule 1 Children Act cases (finances).
- Co-habitation disputes.
- Civil partnership.
Recent Work Includes
- Acting for a client in achieving a very unusual outcome by using a pension to preserve property.
- An extremely protracted children dispute based on serious allegations against my client which were unfounded.
- Acting on an internal relocation case.
- Mediating on financial disputes and arrangements for children.
- Defending an application where domestic violence alleged.
Professional Associations and Qualifications
- Ranked as a leading family lawyer in the south coast by Chambers UK (a client’s guide to the legal profession).
- Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2016) being described as ‘excellent with clients’ and a 'lead on international child abduction matters'.
- Admitted as a solicitor in 1991.
- Qualified as a mediator in 1997.
- Member of Resolution and twice Chairman of Dorset Resolution.
- Trained and qualified as a collaborative family lawyer in 2007.
- Member of Phoenix Mediation.