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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 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.
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.
"Excellent lawyer who is very committed to achieving a good result for her clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Remarkably down to earth, with a superior aptitude for family work" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"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
“The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have raised such a significant sum for Animals in Distress.”
“We believe in supporting our local communities wherever possible.
The Manchester Central Foodbank supports those who are vulnerable in our community, and we hope that the donated eggs will help to make their Easter a bit more special. There were 143 collected, which is a fantastic amount!”
“The news that no-fault divorce will become a reality and divorce laws will be changed for the first time in fifty years will be considered a welcome move by both the public and the family law community which has been campaigning for this for many years. Taking unnecessary conflict out of the process will undoubtedly benefit divorcing couples and their children.
“However, there is one area of family law in particular that requires far more urgent reform: cohabitation. At the end of the day no-fault divorce modifies an existing law – cohabitees, the fastest-growing household type, have no law whatsoever protecting them or structuring proceedings upon relationship breakdown or death. The Law Commission reported in 2007 with recommendations for reform that have been ignored by successive governments.
“No-fault divorce is a move which while welcome, is not something which is going to hugely benefit those facing financial hardship such as cohabitants, and that is where the focus should be now.”
“I am absolutely over the moon to have been listed in Citywealth’s Top 100 list for International Women’s Day this year. It is always an honour to be recognised anywhere, but this is particularly special as championing women in the law and the workplace is something we all work towards here at Irwin Mitchell.
“I am inspired on a daily basis by the work so many of the women at our law firm – whether they are a solicitor or supporting the business in other ways – do each and every day. As both regional managing partner and national head of family law I’m proud to be able to show other women what can be achieved when it comes to women in leadership positions.
“I’m also proud to work for a law firm that has one of the highest female partner rates in the country and that provides women the opportunities to achieve their goals through mentoring, flexible working and a positive work culture that supports women and builds them up.
“I would like to thank Citywealth for this honour and I will give a thumbs up to Emmeline’s statue when I leave the office today!”
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