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I am a Partner at Irwin Mitchell and Head of the national Family Law department. I specialise in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown particularly, but not exclusively, those with larger assets and incomes. I have always been a family lawyer. I enjoy working with, and still gain satisfaction from, helping a client resolve what can be a very emotionally draining experience.
I am a specialist in high-value ancillary relief cases involving substantial assets including pensions, co-habitee disputes (including same-sex) and international issues, as well as pre-marital agreements and private children issues.
I am a former member of the Management Board at Irwin Mitchell and currently sit on the Personal Legal Services Executive Board.
My inspiration came from a desire to be analytical but wanting to be with and help people. I could not have been a medic - I'm not good with blood. I find the practical application of the law (not necessarily the academic study) the most rewarding.
There is no doubt that helping the client is still the buzz. To start with a client who does not know where to turn and does not want to be in the position of having to see a lawyer (a bit like the dentist) and bring that client to a final conclusion where they can get on with their life is the ultimate reward.
Irwin Mitchell is part of me. I have spent more than half my life working here. We are fair employers. We promote and encourage all our people. We are not afraid to be bold. We are not afraid of change. We are successful but we as a group of partners have kept our feet on the ground. We have not forgotten our roots.
My family of two teenage daughters and a wife (who deserves the accolades, not me) are priority number one. After that it is sport and music. I should have played football for Sheffield Wednesday and been the lead singer for Led Zeppelin. Regrettably I have to make do with my dreams.
“We are incredibly committed to putting our clients first at all times and to be recognised for the hard work undertaken by our expert lawyers makes me very proud.
“We have a significant and growing number of high net worth private clients regionally and internationally. Our family and contentious probate teams are working on groundbreaking legal cases, highlighted perfectly by our two successful Supreme Court divorce cases last autumn.
“Our Private Client teams have already built a formidable reputation on a national and regional level and we look forward to building on that in the coming months and years.”
I’m thrilled and honoured to be given a place on this year’s list but my name actually represents all of the great people at Irwin Mitchell and the amazing clients with whom we work.
Although I do a lot of work with clients in London, which I love, I am proud of the fact I’ve been born and bred in Manchester and I’m proud to be flying the flag for family law outside the capital.
We can be proud in Manchester that we have nationally renowned lawyers working on cutting edge cases . People don’t have to go to London to get the very best legal advice.
“We are incredibly proud and delighted that both Ros and David’s excellent work has been recognised in the shortlist.
“Their nominations are a testament to the fantastic contribution they make to both the firm and the wider family law sector, and their continued focus on always working to ensure the very best outcome for our clients.
“We wish them both the very best of luck for the awards ceremony in London in October.”
We see many couples in relationships where they aren’t happy, or don’t really want to be in, but who stick together for the sake of their children.
While it is an understandable reaction for parents to feel that it would be better to stay together to avoid the impact of a relationship breakdown on the children, in some cases doing so may only serve to increase the long term adverse effects on them.
Children can often pick up on things and regardless of how much of a united front you put on, youngsters, particularly older ones, can sometimes see through it. In some cases, children feel ‘cheated’ if, when they get older, they realise their parents were putting on a ‘front’ during their childhoods.
There is help available to parents to work together to ensure that their children are affected as little as possible by a break-up, allowing all to be happier in the longer term. If you are in an unhappy relationship, and if a divorce or separation is handled sensitively by both parents, children can and do prosper more than they might have done, had their parents stuck together, but in an unhappy household."