Hannah Saxe

Associate

Biography

I provide advice about all legal issues arising from relationship breakdown, including divorce, financial settlements and the arrangements for children. I also advise about protective measures such as prenuptial agreements.

One of my specialisms is resolving disputes about the arrangements for children, including cases involving:

  • Relocation of children, within this country and overseas.
  • Modern family issues (same sex and transgender parents).
  • Allegations of abuse.
  • Applications by grandparents.
  • Parental alienation.
  • Fabricated or induced illness in children.
  • Parents and children with mental health difficulties.
  • Drug and alcohol dependency.

I am also experienced in advising co-habiting couples, both in terms of resolving issues relating to property and securing financial provision for children.

I act for clients with assets of all levels but I have particular expertise in dealing with cases where the family finances are complicated and high value, where emergency measures such as freezing injunctions are required, and those with international elements, for example, financial proceedings in this country after an overseas divorce.

My aim is always to try and help my clients come to a swift and fair agreement without going to court, whenever possible.

What inspired you to get into law?

I decided to become a solicitor because I knew that I would enjoy the problem solving and technical elements of the job. When I first studied family law, it struck me that separating couples were often faced with complex and no doubt daunting legal proceedings at an already very difficult time in their lives. I became a family lawyer because I believe in helping clients navigate those processes as smoothly and with as much understanding as possible, which is why I try to adopt a down to earth approach.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Helping my clients reach a resolution. A recent highlight was helping a father re-establish contact with his daughter after her mother attempted to remove her from the country without his knowledge, and then made very serious allegations about his behaviour, none of which were found to be true by the court.

I also enjoy the fact that no two days are the same and that family law is constantly evolving: one day I can be helping a client reach a financial settlement and on another I can be giving advice about legal parenthood and fertility law.

What do you do away from the office?

I live with my husband and cats (substitute children) in Manchester. Outside of work I enjoy live music, film and travel (recent adventures include backpacking around South America and Northern Spain). I have also recently taken up Indian cooking classes, inspired by a trip to Rajasthan.

I am the trustee of an amazing local LGBT youth charity, The Proud Trust.

Publications

I regularly speak on BBC Radio Manchester’s Saturday morning breakfast show and have appeared on television (BBC Breakfast and ITV Granada Reports) discussing the Supreme Court judgement in Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60.

I have spoken at the LGBT Foundation TransMCR events about a range of legal topics including obtaining Gender Recognition Certificates and fertility law and also provide a legal drop in surgery.

I have also written articles for Family Law and the local press.

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