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Partner and Head of Family Law, Rugby
I am a Partner within the Family Department and undertake all aspects of Family Law with a particular specialism in International Children Law.
I regularly represent parents and children within International Child Abduction proceedings (Hague Convention), Wardship proceedings and International Relocation cases.
Brethertons LLP is one of the few firms in the UK listed on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit’s (ICACU) specialist panel accredited to deal with child abduction cases. I am named on this panel as a specialist Solicitor at Brethertons LLP, able to carry out this type of work and I regularly receive instructions via ICACU. I am also regularly instructed by parents directly, often from other jurisdictions. I have a wealth of experience representing both parents and children within these types of cases. I am a Resolution Accredited specialist in Child Abduction Law and Children Law, I am also named on Reunites International Lawyer Listings and am a member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association.
I am also regularly instructed to act for parents in respect of European access cases and cases requiring enforcement of European Family Court Orders under the Brussels II Revised legislation.
I have a particular specialism in ‘Leave to Remove’ (also known as relocation cases) and have represented a number of parents in these often complex and protracted proceedings, up to Court of Appeal level.
In addition to International Family Law, I regularly advise and represent parents in respect of private law issues (Child Arrangement Orders, Specific Issues Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and applications for Parental Responsibility). I also advise and represent parents in care proceedings.
I am also regularly instructed in cases involving domestic violence and appreciate the need to deal with such cases sensitively and often extremely urgently. I have over the years built links and contacts with supportive organisations who can often also assist clients and provide support.
I enjoy practising within the very varied field of family law and strive to help clients resolve their legal difficulties surrounding family breakdown/conflict as quickly a possible with minimal stress. I am a member of Resolution and adopt their code of practice.
I studied law at the University of Leicester, graduating in 2004 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law Birmingham in 2005. I commenced a training contract with Brethertons LLP in 2006, qualifying with the firm in September 2008. I became a Senior Associate in 2017.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with my family.
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I needed immediate legal counsel due to an unforeseen urgent matter. Bretherton’s was one of the first firms to contact me. I was put in touch with Gemma Kesley, who from day one was knowledgeable, compassionate and rational in her assessment of the situation. She and her team at Bretherton’s were thorough in organizing my documentation and preparing the seemingly endless court bundles. Poppy who served as Gemma’s paralegal did a fantastic job capturing notes, organizing details and facilitating communication as needed. Gemma’s keen insight and experience with the subject matter helped to reassure and guide me in a an extremely stressful and critical situation. Gemma presented realistic scenarios and provided multiple viable options, to include having connections with experienced barristers. The barrister that Gemma ultimately secured for my matter beyond exceeded my expectations. I always felt well informed and never pressured to make a certain decision as we navigated the proceedings. I could not have asked for a better firm to represent me in the successful outcome of my legal matter.
A big thank you to Gemma Kelsey and her team for looking after my sister so well over the last 5years. A great family solicitor who has been compassionate and professional, once again thank you!
Gemma Kelsey has been my family solicitor for the last 5 years, she has always been very professional and compassionate. I would recommend her to anybody. Thanks Gemma.