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I provide advice about all legal issues arising from relationship breakdown, including divorce, financial settlements and the arrangements for children. I also advise about protective measures such as prenuptial agreements.
One of my specialisms is resolving disputes about the arrangements for children, including cases involving:
I am also experienced in advising co-habiting couples, both in terms of resolving issues relating to property and securing financial provision for children.
I act for clients with assets of all levels but I have particular expertise in dealing with cases where the family finances are complicated and high value, where emergency measures such as freezing injunctions are required, and those with international elements, for example, financial proceedings in this country after an overseas divorce.
My aim is always to try and help my clients come to a swift and fair agreement without going to court, whenever possible.
I decided to become a solicitor because I knew that I would enjoy the problem solving and technical elements of the job. When I first studied family law, it struck me that separating couples were often faced with complex and no doubt daunting legal proceedings at an already very difficult time in their lives. I became a family lawyer because I believe in helping clients navigate those processes as smoothly and with as much understanding as possible, which is why I try to adopt a down to earth approach.
Helping my clients reach a resolution. A recent highlight was helping a father re-establish contact with his daughter after her mother attempted to remove her from the country without his knowledge, and then made very serious allegations about his behaviour, none of which were found to be true by the court.
I also enjoy the fact that no two days are the same and that family law is constantly evolving: one day I can be helping a client reach a financial settlement and on another I can be giving advice about legal parenthood and fertility law.
I live with my husband and cats (substitute children) in Manchester. Outside of work I enjoy live music, film and travel (recent adventures include backpacking around South America and Northern Spain). I have also recently taken up Indian cooking classes, inspired by a trip to Rajasthan.
I am the trustee of an amazing local LGBT youth charity, The Proud Trust.
I regularly speak on BBC Radio Manchester’s Saturday morning breakfast show and have appeared on television (BBC Breakfast and ITV Granada Reports) discussing the Supreme Court judgement in Sharland v Sharland  UKSC 60.
I have spoken at the LGBT Foundation TransMCR events about a range of legal topics including obtaining Gender Recognition Certificates and fertility law and also provide a legal drop in surgery.
I have also written articles for Family Law and the local press.
“A common misconception amongst cohabiting couples is that by living together they are considered to be their partner’s common law husband or wife, and that this will allow them to make financial claims for themselves against their partner if the relationship breaks down. There needs to be greater awareness of the fact that there is currently no such thing as common law marriage under English law, and that cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples.
“In fact, whilst it is possible for unmarried parents to make financial claims against one another on behalf of their children, there is very little legal protection for them as individuals should they separate, which can create injustice and hardship, especially for the financially weaker partner.
“It is time for England and Wales to catch up and bring the law into line with how an ever increasing number of couples are choosing to live their lives, so that cohabiting families are afforded better legal protection on relationship breakdown.
“While organisations such as Resolution campaign tirelessly for a change to the law in England and Wales this is yet to happen, although the Cohabitation Rights Bill, which addresses the rights of cohabiting couples, is in the early stages of being considered by Parliament. Whether this bill will be given the attention it deserves is yet to be seen as Brexit dominates the proceedings.”
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