Department: Family and Mediation
Position: Consultant Solicitor
Year Qualified: 1981 (Scotland), 1994 (England & Wales)
Additional Qualifications: Collaborative law practitioner, Child inclusive mediator, FMCA accredited mediator
Hello. I joined the firm as a Consultant Solicitor and Family Mediator in May 2016 primarily to set up a Family Mediation Department. I am also an experienced family solicitor dealing with all aspects of Family Law, including divorce, separation, children and financial issues, cohabitation disputes and preparation of pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation deeds. I am a fully accredited Family Mediator and provide Child Inclusive Mediation. I practise collaborative law where couples sit round the table with specially trained lawyers to help them reach solutions which are best for them and their children. I am the Secretary of the Cheshire Collaborative Lawyers and Mediators Group, a member of the Liverpool Mediator Group and I was recently elected as Chair of Cheshire and North Wales Resolution. I am an accredited family law specialist with over 35 years of experience as a family lawyer.
During my lengthy career as a family lawyer and as a mum myself, I promote the benefits to separating couples and their children of having a dialogue together in a safe and supported environment to make decisions that need to be made about money and property and child care arrangements. Divorce is not easy nor is it easy to sit down together and talk about how assets should be shared or how child arrangements should be worked out when emotions are running high. Using Family Mediation and Collaborative Law usually means that agreements are reached more quickly and the uncertainty (and costs) of court proceedings are avoided. I am an experienced litigator in cases that cannot be resolved by mediation or collaborative law. I take pride in being thought of as an efficient, hardworking yet approachable and supportive solicitor who helps people through a very difficult time.
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Away from my desk I like to go to the gym and the lawyer’s fit club, I play bridge and I sing in the Rock Choir. I love socialising with my friends and family. I am also involved in organising events for charity.