Ros Bever

Partner

Biography

I am a Partner in the Family team, based in our Manchester office. I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end – or assist them in planning for the potential consequences of that happening. Pre-marital and post-marital agreements may not be the most romantic prospect, but they can be vital to map out next steps for couples and families in the event that things do break down in the future.

I have a particular specialism in financial provision for children, where the parents were never married. I’m a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. My team has been successfully nominated and short-listed for a number of national legal awards in the past two years, of which we have won several.

I am part of the Private Wealth team and have extensive experience acting in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, frequently involving complex international issues, high value trust structures and pension arrangements. However, I do not exclusively represent these cases and am always passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for my clients, whatever their situation.

The benefits of working as part of a national family team are tremendous. I am part of one of the largest, if not the largest family team in the country. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be beaten by our competitors. As part of a full-service law firm, I have unrivalled support from the firm’s other teams, across all disciplines and I work particularly closely with our private wealth offering.

In recent years, I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, many of which have been reported. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful “landmark” appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside, each of the women successfully securing costs orders against their opponents. I also represented Helen Roocroft, in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

The law is not one size fits all. I will always work to get the result that is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love a challenge, and I thrive on it – though I always prefer to reach an agreement wherever possible. Although the family Court is a difficult place for everyone, I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

People come to us at what is usually a distressing time in their lives. Helping them work through that and achieve a resolution in the face of adversity is very rewarding.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.

Testimonials

"Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

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

Cases I've Been Involved In

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)

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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