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I am a Partner and Solicitor specialising in family law.
Most of my time is spent advising clients who need assistance in resolving financial issues following a relationship breakdown.
I have experience in handling a variety of family law cases, including:
I also regularly work with clients to resolve issues relating to the care of their children and have handled disputes such as children moving to other countries.
Working in law involves many things that I enjoy such as working in a team, communicating with and helping people, analysing and explaining complex legal and financial issues and representing clients in court when this is needed.
The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting to know my clients, seeing them come through a really difficult time in their lives and helping them get to a stage where they feel that they can move forward.
Working at Irwin Mitchell is a real team effort. Our work is all about people and it’s clear to see that people are genuinely at the heart of the business.
I am a keen cyclist and try to get away skiing once a year. When I am being less active I enjoy browsing the art and shops in my favourite city, Florence.
“Although it may be difficult to discuss private and personal history, agreeing to a post-nuptial can often be the most practical way to deal with a difficult situation.
“We know how much of a life-changing impact many forms of abuse can have and it takes a brave individual to be able to talk about their situation with someone close to them and decide what should happen to their compensation.
“Unfortunately, relationships do get strained and the last thing you want when dealing with a separation is to contest a sum of money that has not previous been accounted for and may well be the last thing you want to discuss.
“Many people are aware of pre-nuptials that are signed before a couple marry but not post-nuptials to cover something that took place before the relationship started.
“A post-nuptial can specify exactly how the couple’s finances are divided in the event of a separation and can clearly detail factors such as money received from a specific compensation claim.
“Although it might not be the easiest subject to discuss, it is far better to do it whilst the relationship is strong then try and sort it later down the line when it can easily become an emotionally fraught and challenging legal battle."
We have not seen any fall in the number of relationships breaking down. More often these are cohabiting couples now, however, which reflects that they are the fastest growing family type and the fall in divorce numbers.
As family lawyers, we are often seen as a “distress” purchase. On the contrary we find that in reality the clients who approach us find it a huge relief to get some expert advice on what is going to happen to them as a result of the breakdown of their relationship.
The lack of knowledge of family law is huge and having someone on your side who has the expertise in this can be hugely reassuring. They are often a long way into a difficult journey when we meet them and getting them to a better place is the most satisfying part of the job.
"This is another case where the English Courts have had to grapple with complex jurisdiction issues before getting to the real financial issues.
“While the facts here are unusual and will not be relevant to many other cases directly, they show the Courts in this jurisdiction have immense power to resolve financial disputes between divorcing couples once they end up in Court rather than resolving matters by negotiation.
Today’s ruling now allows his ex-wife to press on with her claims ‘for an appropriate and fair settlement'."
“I’m delighted to join be joining Irwin Mitchell and excited by the prospect of working with a strong national team who share my values in putting their clients first. The team here has been involved in some of the most important family law cases of the past few years and it’s fantastic to be working at such an innovative law firm. With Irwin Mitchell’s resources behind me I look forward to working with my clients to resolve their problems.”