As an Associate in the Family Team, I specialise in complex financial settlements on divorce and asset protection issues, including pre- and post-marital agreements.
I handle cases which involve significant or complex matters, such as income, corporate or trust issues, and international elements. I have a keen personal interest in farming cases and inherited wealth, which bring with them a layer of complexity and need for careful management, on which I thrive.
I regularly deal with cases involving arrangements for children, including contact and residence disputes, relocation both within the UK and internationally, and the financial responsibilities which follow the breakdown of married and unmarried parental relationships. My experience in complex Schedule 1 claims, particularly involving disabled children, is a niche area of expertise in which I offer an analytical yet personal touch for my clients.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and have specialised in family law ever since. I was previously a partner and head of the family team at Bristol-based legacy firm Burroughs Day. I am a keen member of Resolution and I am currently working towards accreditation by Resolution as an expert in complex financial settlements and pensions on divorce. Through Resolution, I lobbied Parliament on the need for No Fault Divorce, which I am thrilled to see passed.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I have always been fascinated by people and the dynamics of a challenging family relationship. Being inquisitive yet respectful of people is, I believe, my greatest attribute.
I pride myself in delivering an expert service to each of my clients, focussing on their individual needs and the specific challenges of their situation. This is only possible when you have an expert hand with the human touch; and genuinely care about your clients.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I will never underestimate the very real challenges which my clients are often facing on the breakdown of their relationship or marriage, and with that comes a sense of loss which is hard for many to bear. I regularly see a client face and then overcome that often unexpected stage in their life. Being able to empower my clients, even a small way and with the support of other professionals, is exceptionally rewarding.
I enjoy the forensic approach needed to assess and sometimes challenge financial disclosure, and the sense of pride in discovering a thread which, when pulled, can lead to undisclosed or hidden assets.
In difficult children cases, I feel the reward comes when a client feels the very best decision has been made for them and their children, even in the most trying circumstances.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
When I am not running around after our fearless young daughter, I am a keen baker and cook - I enjoy nothing more than hosting and feeding up a huge group of friends and family!
My perfect day would be filled with cooking, playing in the sunshine, and an undisturbed night’s sleep – the latter being somewhat elusive with a toddler!
"Marjha has been incredibly helpful, really thorough and so professional with what has been an extremely difficult situation. Her advice has been easy to follow and very useful. I am incredibly grateful to her for all her hard work." - Theresa, 5* Trustpilot review
“Marjha is diligent, sensitive and committed to very high work standards. She is always honest, open and candid. She handles difficult conversations sensitively without soft-peddling the tough issues that have to be addressed.”
I have written legal training guides for LexisNexis and Jordans as a Professional Support Lawyer, providing practice advice and legal insight to lawyers and practitioners.