I am a Senior Associate solicitor in the Birmingham family law team. I have over 15 years' experience advising clients about all aspects of relationship breakdown. In particular, I specialise in financial matters upon divorce including cases where there are complex property structures, business assets, trusts, and complicated pension issues.
I hold specialist Resolution accreditation dealing with high-net-worth finances on divorce and relationship breakdown for unmarried couples and parents. As well as dealing with relationship breakdown, I am also a specialist in preparing cohabitation agreements and pre- and post-nuptial agreements to protect wealth and assets.
I have a wide range of experience in dealing with children matters and understand the need to deal with matters both sensitively and robustly.
I help people around the Midlands, including Birmingham and Solihull, and nationally, often after recommendations from previous or existing clients.
What inspired you to get into law?
I'm inspired by a desire to find solutions for clients who may be experiencing personal challenges due to a relationship breakdown.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
With an eye for detail and a forensic approach, I quickly grasp the issues at the heart of the matter and give pragmatic and commercial advice.
"Mark Hands & Marie Kilgallen of Irwin Mitchell provided clear advice about what to expect from the divorce process and quickly established the pertinent facts of my case. With their assistance and guidance the process of collating and formatting all of the required disclosure information was efficiently managed by their team. Their experience and professionalism minimised the stresses of the process and mitigated unnecessary fees being expended. Mark and Marie were recommended to me by a friend and after my experience, I cannot recommend them highly enough." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I would like to thank Marie, Jess, Angela and the team for steering me through my Divorce. If I'm honest no one really wants to go through it but unfortunately it happens in life and as I said above I cant thank them enough for guiding me and also answering any questions I sent their way. I highly recommend Marie, Jess and Angela to anyone about to go through this rough time and just to give them a call first to discuss it and see what your options are." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I'd like to thank Marie Kilgallen, who took over from Lucy Todd from Maternity Leave, for dealing with my case. My case involved sorting out finances and divorcing my Ex-partner. Marie shown understanding and helpfulness when patiently explaining things to me. The items have now been sorted and I am happy with the outcome. I hope my ex-wife feels she received a fair outcome. I was lucky enough to have Marie's assistance, especially with her experience and guidance. I would recommend Irwin Mitchell to others who wants a professional and understanding team to work with them." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Thanks to the hard work of Marie Kilgallen and Fiona Farrell at Irwin Mitchell. I was able to reach an excellent and fair (to both parties) outcome. I was impressed by their efficiency of service and the human approach, to what has been a very challenging time for the family. Thank you." -5* Trustpilot review
"Marie and her assistant Jess are truly outstanding, they helped achieve what I thought was impossible, getting agreement with a difficult ex spouse, after the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing failed to reach a compromise. In doing so, I avoided a very costly final hearing and a lot of stress. Both are very thorough and careful in their work and come across as fair, reasonable and highly professional, which is what I believe helped in bringing my matter to a successful conclusion." - 5* Trustpilot review