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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