Ros Bever

Partner

Biography

Ros is a Partner and heads up the Manchester Family Law team. She has 18 years’ experience dealing exclusively in family law. Her career has been entirely based in the North West and she is a high profile Manchester family lawyer. Her expertise and excellent reputation has resulted in her receiving instructions from clients not only in Manchester and the North West, but from throughout the UK and the rest of the world. In 2015 she was featured on prestigious Spear’s Wealth Management top 500 family lawyers’ list.

Ros was shortlisted for the Jordan’s award of Family Law Partner of the Year. She was the only divorce lawyer outside of London to make The Lawyer's coveted Hot 100 list in 2016.

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She has experience in dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown, including separation, divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and cases involving children. She also assists clients with agreements made before they start to cohabit or marry, known as Cohabitation Agreements or Pre-Nuptial Agreements (or Pre Nups).

Ros has a wealth of experience in cases relating to financial provision for children whose parents have never married, often securing funds from the other party at the outset, without her client having to worry unnecessarily about meeting their legal fees when they are the financially weaker party.

She frequently acts in high net worth or ultra-high net worth cases. Her experience extends to cases involving complex international corporate structures, high value trust instruments, and cases where there are complex pension arrangements. However, she is equally passionate when dealing with cases where more modest assets are involved and does not distinguish between her clients.

Ros has represented clients in a number of high profile cases in recent years, including representing two women in the Supreme Court this year (Sharland and Gohil - which led to victory for both clients), and three clients in the Court of Appeal. These landmark cases illustrate her desire to achieve justice for her clients.

Ros explains more about the cases in Supreme Court, as well as some of the other divorce and relationship breakdown issues that she and her team can help resolve in the video below.

Whilst Ros is a trained collaborative lawyer and is always mindful of the need to approach family law matters sensitively, she is considered to be a skilled and effective litigator and believes that the Court process can, in certain cases, ensure that the right result is achieved for her clients. She is said to be a skilled, strategic and tenacious lawyer and to fight vehemently for the best possible outcome for her clients.

As a family lawyer, Ros feels that it is always important to maintain a degree of objectivity and realism, whilst keeping in mind her clients’ circumstances and objectives and reflecting to the client what she considers the possible outcomes might be. She aims to ensure that her clients always feel informed, supported and empowered. Her personable and understanding approach means that she builds an excellent rapport with her clients and she therefore remains in touch with many former clients after their cases have concluded. The vast majority of clients come to Ros on the recommendation of their friends, family and contacts.

Testimonials

Ros is "simply brilliant" and is "very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail" - ​Legal 500 2016

She is "very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter," according to interviewees, with a "warm and engaging" approach. - Chambers & Partners 2016

"She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children's issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: "Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty - and thoroughly nice with it." - Chambers & Partners 2014

Ros Bever is "incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care" - Legal 500 2014

"Adept at dealing with the complexities of trusts and inheritance claims." - Chambers Partners 2012


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 14/10/2016
    Landmark Victory For Civil Partner In Court of Appeal After Partner Was Dishonest About Her Wealth

    “This judgment confirms that same-sex couples have the same rights under family law as heterosexual couples and is further proof that the family courts will not tolerate dishonesty in divorce or dissolution proceedings. “It seems that all too often partners whether in marriage or civil partnerships are trying to get out of their obligations to their former partners by being deliberately obstructive or dishonest about their wealth and assets. “There have been many high profile cases over the past few years where the courts have shown they will not tolerate people trying to hide their wealth in businesses or refusing to pay their settlements and maintenance. “Ms Roocroft now has the opportunity to potentially set aside her original settlement and open discussions on a fair settlement based on the true disclosure of the assets built up during the couple’s 18 year relationship.”

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  • 05/07/2016
    Civil Partner Takes Dishonest Dissolution Battle To Court of Appeal

    “This is a landmark case as it involves many complicated issues but it seems that all too often partners whether in marriage or civil partnerships are trying to get out of their obligations by being deliberately obstructive or dishonest about their wealth and assets. “There have been many high profile cases over the past few years where the courts have shown they will not tolerate people trying to hide their wealth in businesses or refusing to pay their settlements and maintenance. “Last year’s judgment in the Supreme Court cases of Gohil and Sharland sent out a clear message that dishonesty will not be tolerated, and this should be no different for civil partnerships. “Ms Roocroft simply wants the chance to discuss a fair settlement based on the true disclosure of the assets built up during the couple’s 19 year relationship.”

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  • 27/05/2016
    Amber Heard Files For Divorce From Actor Johnny Depp After 15 Month Marriage

    The wife’s claims after a relatively short marriage of 15 months are going to be limited to need, for a defined period of time. Her ‘needs’ will reflect lifestyle to an extent but will taper off given her age and provide her with a cushion perhaps to get herself back on her feet. A judge may decide to give her a house for example. The parties could have entered into a pre-nuptial agreement which potentially would provide her with greater financial provision than she might otherwise receive, so, after a short marriage. However, it may be of benefit to him that he did not negotiate one as a judge might think she is entitled to less of what he may have offered in a prenuptial agreement. That said, having one in place would save the costs and hassle of wrangling now so often they are a sensible idea- to limit exposure, provide certainty and ensure that the issues are limited. The assets were clearly pre-acquired and the court will recognise that.

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  • 25/01/2016
    Manchester Lawyer Is Only Divorce Expert Outside of London To Be Named On 'Hot 100' List Of 2016

    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.

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