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I am a Partner in our London and Manchester offices and the National Head of Irwin Mitchell's Divorce & Family Law team. I also 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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."
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
“We’re not surprised to see more women taking financial advice due to divorces and I’d fully anticipate seeing more women seeking advice from financial bodies in the future. What with an increasing number of assets being held jointly or in their own name, it is no longer always the case that family assets should be split down the middle.
“In many cases the needs of each party will remain the overriding factor and the court will be concerned to ensure that those are met. However where there is or is likely to be a surplus, it would be wise for each partner to protect their interests.
“A pre or post-nuptial agreement can clarify how assets should be dealt with on relationship breakdown, and a specialist family lawyer can give guidance on how someone’s particular circumstances may be seen by a court.”
“It’s fantastic to see that Elizabeth’s talent and expertise has been recognised by Legal Week’s re-launched Private Client Global Elite 2017 list.
“Elizabeth remains as a pillar for specialist family and divorce legal advice in London for Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth, and so to see her showcased as one of the top 200 family experts in the world by Legal Week confirms her status as one of the top family and divorce lawyers in London.
“The family team is thrilled for Elizabeth and we believe the award to be thoroughly deserved.”
Every day the experts at Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth work with clients who’ve achieved exceptional feats in their personal and professional lives and we’re proudly celebrating this by sponsoring the Aegon Manchester Trophy.
It is one of the most prestigious sports events in the North and highlights our commitment to the region. We are already one of the biggest private client businesses in the UK and sponsoring the tournament highlights our plans to grow our business in the North of England.
“This judgment confirms that same-sex couples have the same rights under family law as heterosexual couples and is further proof that the family courts will not tolerate dishonesty in divorce or dissolution proceedings.
“It seems that all too often partners whether in marriage or civil partnerships are trying to get out of their obligations to their former partners by being deliberately obstructive or dishonest about their wealth and assets.
“There have been many high profile cases over the past few years where the courts have shown they will not tolerate people trying to hide their wealth in businesses or refusing to pay their settlements and maintenance.
“Ms Roocroft now has the opportunity to potentially set aside her original settlement and open discussions on a fair settlement based on the true disclosure of the assets built up during the couple’s 18 year relationship.”
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