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Ros Bever



I am a Partner in our London and Manchester offices and the National Head of Irwin Mitchell's Divorce & Family Law team. I am also Regional Managing Partner for the Manchester office and I sit on the firm's Private Wealth Executive Board. 

I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end, or help them plan for the possibility of that happening. This may relate to the process of separation itself, the related consequences for their finances, or care arrangements for their children. I have experience advising both heterosexual and same sex couples, whether married or in a civil partnership; couples who live together, or have lived together; and those who have children together but have never married or lived together.

I have extensive experience in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, which often involve complex international issues, high value trust structures, and pension arrangements. I do not exclusively act for high-net-worth individuals, however, and I'm passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for all of my clients.  

In every case, I will always work hard to achieve the result which is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

Awards & the Team

I am a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. I was also featured on Citiwealth's Top 50 Powerwomen list for 2017-18. My team has won many national awards in the past two years, including being named Family Team of the Year by both the Manchester Law Society and the Magic Circle Awards in 2017. 

The benefits of working as part of a large multi-disciplinary team are tremendous. The Irwin Mitchell Divorce & Family team is the largest specialist family team in the UK, with the broadest geographical reach. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be rivalled by our competitors. 

Previous Cases 

In recent years I've been involved in a number of high profile cases. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful landmark appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside. Both women successfully secured costs orders against their opponents.

I also represented Helen Roocroft in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love and thrive on challenge. I enjoy working out solutions, and the law – especially family law – is the perfect environment for that. You need to identify objectives with an end goal in sight, whilst also addressing challenges on the way and being ready to change your approach. I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Every aspect of the role is rewarding - from winning a case and feeling that justice has been done, to having the intellectual stimulation of case analysis, which means I am always growing professionally. I find it especially rewarding when clients stay in touch after a case has concluded. As one of my former clients told me - "There are no winners but you made it feel like I won."

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.


"She is very insightful and gets to the core issues immediately, and combines this with a genuine approachability and interest in the cases she deals with." - Chambers & Partners, 2018 

"Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

She is in a "league of her own; she is a real class act and her advice and business acumen are always spot on" - Legal 500, 2017

Ros is "simply brilliant" and is "very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail" - ​Legal 500, 2016

She is "very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter," according to interviewees, with a "warm and engaging" approach. - Chambers & Partners, 2016

"She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children's issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: "Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty - and thoroughly nice with it." - Chambers & Partners, 2014

Ros Bever is "incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care" - Legal 500, 2014

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  • 18/06/2018
    Family Law Team Ranked Number One

    “The latest ranking are testament to the success of the team and recognition for the excellent work we do on behalf of our clients on a daily basis around the country. “We have some of the very best family lawyers and are prepared to go the extra mile for our clients and push the boundaries of law. We also have the great support network of Irwin Mitchell behind us where we can draw on the expertise of wills, tax, pensions, and property lawyers as well as wealth management advice.”

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  • 18/06/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Completes Move To One St Peter's Square

    “This is a positive and extremely exciting move for Irwin Mitchell in Manchester and will help revolutionise the way we work and collaborate with each other. “The smaller footplates in our previous building didn’t always facilitate cross-working across all of our teams, but this new building will make a huge difference. “The innovative design reflects the importance we place in our people and I’m confident that not only have we created an appealing environment in which to spend time and interact, but we have a very modern space which will benefit our clients and ensure we deliver the highest quality legal services to them.”

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  • 10/05/2018
    Owens v Owens: The Most Significant Family Law Ruling In Decades?

    “In a keynote speech to the Resolution National Conference this month, Baroness Hale set out the numerous reasons why the current law is unjust, confusing and can make a divorce more difficult and bitter for the families involved,” explained Ros Bever, National Head of Family Law at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth. “However she also pointed out that her opinion will in no way influence the outcome of the Owens case because it is not the role of the court at any level to change the law - it is Parliament’s job to legislate.”

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  • 30/04/2018
    Two Senior Hires For Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth's Manchester Family Team

    “We are delighted to be welcoming Katie and Carole to the team. Both have excellent links in the North West and their arrival places the Manchester team firmly as one of the top outfits in the region for both quality and size. “From a Private Wealth perspective Katie and Carole will work closely with the wider business, including the newly established Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team in Manchester, to provide our clients with a fully comprehensive service that meets their needs. “It’s an exciting time for Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth and the Manchester office as we look to grow into a major private wealth law provider in the region. I am sure the two will hit the ground running.”

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