Divorce and financial settlement
I have extensive experience of divorce and matrimonial proceedings (financial settlement). I am content to accept instructions from Applicants and Respondents to deal with proceedings from the First Directions Appointment (FDA), to Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Final Hearing. My caseload includes proceedings featuring high value and complex assets including pensions, businesses and property (including property held overseas). I also have experience of dealing with enforcement proceedings relating to financial orders and have dealt with applications to vary long-standing orders due to a material change to the circumstances of one or other party to the order.
Children Act proceedings (public and private law)
I am very experienced in care proceedings, acting over the years for local authorities, parents and guardians. I also have experience of dealing with Adult Social Care matters and Court of Protection Cases. My knowledge of the internal workings of local authorities is extensive. I am known for my detailed approach to any cases I undertake and my ability to relate to and deal with clients on all levels.
Private law applications in relation to Child Arrangements Orders form a significant part of my practice and I have been involved in all manner of proceedings ranging from 'straight-forward' disputes relating to applications for contact and residence through to very complex cases involving parental alienation, child abduction and cases with an international element featuring removal of children from the jurisdiction.
I am frequently instructed to advise and represent clients in relation to fact-finding proceedings. My front line experience of service in the police force allows me to offer a deeper understanding of the serious allegations which are typically investigated in fact-finding hearings. I have extensive experience of dealing with cases involving allegations of substance abuse (drugs and alcohol), domestic violence and sexual abuse. I bring the same experience to bear when instructed to deal with injunctive remedies before the family courts (non molestation and occupation order applications), especially those involving allegations of harassment and intimidation.
As an advocate, I have appeared in all levels of the Family Court in multi-day contested hearings from the Magistrates Court, County Court and High Court. I have also appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of local authorities and a Guardian. I offer a commanding and authoritative court-room presence, capable of both persuasive negotiation and also robust representation subject to the approach demanded by any particular hearing, case, client or opponent.
Specialist Areas of Law include:
Divorce and financial settlement proceedings
Children matters (Care, Adoption, Protection and Child Arrangement Orders)
All aspects of Local Authorities
Injunctive proceedings before the family courts (non-molestation and occupation orders)
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children