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I am a Partner specialising in all areas of private family law work. I am based in our Manchester office but have clients across the UK, most notably in London.
I have broad experience of financial matters, ranging from high-net-worth cases, to those cases where the assets are more modest but the issues no less complex or important. I have particular expertise in cases where there are complicated matters, such as those involving international issues, business assets and trusts. I also specialise in cases where there are suspected hidden assets or non-disclosure. I am regularly instructed on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, to protect family or future wealth.
My focus is on settling cases at an early stage where ever possible, as this approach maximises the assets available for distribution. If an early settlement is not possible, court proceedings may be necessary and I adopt a strategic approach to achieve the best outcome for my clients.
I am a Resolution accredited specialist in Complex Financial and Property Matters (High Income Households and Substantial Assets) and I am one of the only specialists in the North West in European and International Law.
I also deal with private children matters. These can range from a dispute about the holidays, to an application by one parent to take a child to live permanently in another country.
I wanted the chance to offer people advice and assistance that makes a real difference to their lives.
I find adding value rewarding, as you can see the tangible difference it makes to people's lives. Also, family law can be very technical and I enjoy getting into the detail of a case. Combining this with a human touch is fulfilling, as we are advising people on decisions that will affect their future.
I try to keep fit and enjoy running home from the office in an evening. It helps clear the mind! However, since becoming a dad, I seem to be running around at home, rather than out on the streets!
I have contributed articles to a number of publications, including Family Law Journal, Family Law Bar Association and the Resolution Review. I have also presented on family law issues.
"Great tactical brain and really knows what he is doing" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"He has always provided calm, thoughtful, well-considered advice and tries to maintain a conciliatory, straightforward approach to negotiations." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"One of the most talented solicitors I have come across in a long time" - Deborah Eaton QC (Joint Head of 1KBW)
"Extremely conscientious, supportive of his clients and has an impeccable judgement" - Legal 500, 2017
"Again, thank you so much. Your advice has been outstanding."
"Can I take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done for me. I believe I am in a lot better position than I would have been without your assistance... and your extremely skilful approach."
Although it may seem like this couple have opted for a ‘quickie’ divorce the process is longer than many probably anticipate.
While divorce is upsetting and often associated with emotional trauma there are lots of cases where couples are able to part amicably and don’t need to attend court.
However, a divorce only becomes final once the Decree Absolute has been granted, which is usually six weeks after the Decree Nisi is issued. Also, divorce is only one aspect of the process of separation.
It is often the case that while the divorce can be relatively smooth, the division of the marital assets can be much more complicated and can take much longer than the divorce itself.
You really don't want to be in a situation where the financial arrangements have not been properly agreed, so it is important to ensure they are finalised - hopefully on an amicable basis.
The law changes and things evolve, so having certainty is the best option and that can only be achieved with a final court order. If you are going through a divorce or perhaps thinking about separation, you should be aware that, unless there is a very good reason, you will have to follow the usual court rules and your divorce will likely take a number of months.
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