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I am a specialist family lawyer based in Irwin Mitchell's Bristol office. I work with clients who are experiencing relationship breakdown and help them to deal with the legal consequences.
My work involves helping clients in a range of circumstances, with issues such as divorce, financial matters following divorce, disputes between people who are living together but are not married and arrangements for children. I also advise on pre-nuptial and living together agreements.
I work with my clients to achieve the best outcome for them; this might involve supporting them in the negotiation of an agreement or representing them in court proceedings to reach a resolution.
In addition, I am the professional support lawyer for the Irwin Mitchell's Family Law and Contentious Trust and Probate teams nationwide. This role means that I look after the information and training needs of our lawyers. It is my job to ensure they are up to speed with the latest developments and have access to training, materials and systems that allow for our clients to receive the very best advice and most efficient service.
I qualified and practised as a specialist family lawyer at Charles Russell in London, dealing with complex high net worth and international cases in relation to both financial and children matters. I moved to Bristol in 2010 and spent four years at Jordan Publishing where I developed skills in the provision of legal information, product development and training. I joined Irwin Mitchell in January 2014.
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We welcome and support the inclusion of these new requirements that will ensure expert witnesses meet exacting professional standards. It is another important step to ensure expert evidence is only admitted where it is necessary for the fair conclusion of the issue.
“It is essential expert evidence is of the highest standard and that the court can rely upon an expert to have the right experience and that they can translate their particular expertise into the appropriate cultural and social context of the case.
“However, the new standards need to be implemented carefully, as the number of experts willing to undertake work in the Family Court is declining and it is often not possible to get an expert from the desired pool to complete an assessment or report within the stringent court timetables.
“Therefore, it is important the measures are balanced, preventing the use of certain experts, but enabling new experts to enter the arena to provide evidence in areas they are well-versed in.”
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