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Partner and Head of Family Law, Rugby
Having worked at firms in Buckinghamshire for the past 29 years, practicing exclusively in the area of Family Law for the last 22 years, I am delighted to now join the Family Law team at Brethertons, mainly from the firm’s Rugby office, but also in the Milton Keynes area.
I assist clients in all areas of family law, but my main role is to advise clients on financial settlements in their divorce. This is a complicated area of Family Law, with constant updates on how the law is applied to individual cases. I adhere to the Resolution - first for family law, code of conduct, which requires all members of Resolution to approach every family case in a constructive and cost effective way. Therefore, I explore with every client whether it is possible to reach an agreement by way of mediation, arbitration or collaboration. If none of these avenues are suitable, then I act for my clients in court proceedings.
I believe in the wisdom of cohabitation, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, where these are appropriate, and have advised many clients in relation to these.
I qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX ) in 1996, having trained with CILEX whilst working for a firm of solicitors in Aylesbury.
I became a member of Resolution in 1996.
In 2003, I became an Accredited Specialist with Resolution, with my specialties being Complex Financial cases, and Pensions.
I qualified as a Collaborative lawyer, with Resolution, in 2011.
My aim is always to arrive at a settlement for my clients, as quickly and as constructively as possible, whatever route to settlement has been followed. Achieving that, whilst maintaining the dignity of my client and myself, is hugely rewarding, and is why I am so committed to this area of the law.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. We enjoy together, visiting castles, and art museums and exhibitions.