Rebecca Harling

Solicitor

Biography

I am a solicitor with comprehensive experience in all aspects of private family law including divorce, financial issues following separation and divorce, child arrangement and financial issues relating to children and pre and post nuptial agreements.  I am fluent in Italian and proficient in French and I work on a number of matters with an international focus.

What inspired you to get into law?

I wanted to use my brain.  I thrive on solving problems and I find people infinitely fascinating. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I enjoy helping my clients fix problems in the areas of their lives that matter the most: their relationships, their children, their possessions and home.

What do you do away from the office?

I am training to become a yoga teacher.  I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga.  I also love sports: winter sports particularly but also running, tennis, squash, cycling and keeping fit.  I have two miniature dachshunds that I adore spending time with.

Publications

I've published various articles for the Family Law Journal and Jordan’s online:

  • Family Law Journal – to be published June 2016 – A Child’s Habitual Residence: Clarification on a Legal Limbo in Re B (A Child) [2016] UKSC4;
  • Family Law Journal – February 2016 – Facing the Music: The Consequences of Material Non-Disclosure and the Approach of the Courts (KG v LG No. 2 [2015]EWFC 64);
  • Ilot v Mitson and the Danger of Inheritance Act Claims – Jordan’s Family Law Online 3 August 2015;
  • Family Law Journal – May 2015 – Domestic Abuse: The Impact of the Legal Aid Cuts on the Family Justice System;
  • Family Law Journal – May 2014 – For Richer for Paw’er – an analysis of the treatment of pets on separation;
  • Family Law Journal - September 2013 – Terminating a Father’s Parental Responsibility: An analysis of CW v SG [2013] EWHC 854 (FAM);
  • Seeds and Saplings – Summer 2012 – Grandparent’s Rights.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 10/06/2016
    Judge Says More Children Should Have Voices Heard In Family Court

    “We welcome the Judge’s view that more children should be given a voice in the family courts but clearly it is important to note the distinction between matters involving child arrangements and divorce-finance cases, where children should be shielded from wrangling over money, houses and possessions etc. “Children should certainly have a voice when it comes to who they should live with or spend time with where appropriate. The Cafcass welfare report is the current tool used to ascertain the child’s wishes and feelings but if the child is emotionally mature enough and expresses a desire to do so, they should have the opportunity to be heard directly, whether via a conversation with the Judge, a letter to the Judge or giving evidence in court. "It is encouraging to see this highlighted by senior family judiciary and is a continuation of the desire to encourage parents to settle any disputes more amicably with children at the heart of any decision-making.”

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