Having practiced as a solicitor for over 20 years, I became a barrister in 1978.
I practises in all areas of matrimonial law, including Inheritance Act and TOLATA cases.
I’m an Accredited Mediation Advocate and a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).
I find job satisfaction in getting parents to put aside their differences and concentrate on the practicalities of childcare and, importantly, the best interests of the children. I have acted in the full gamut of family cases including removal of the child from the jurisdiction, all types of Section 8 orders and cases with a foreign element.
I have been involved in public law cases since qualification and have seen and adapted to many changes. I understand that this is a stressful area especially for parents who often lack the objective insight that is needed.
I act both for local authorities and parents.
I enjoy the practical challenge of understanding family finances and has extensive experience of dealing with high value and complex cases. I am alert to the difficulties of low monetary value cases which can be just as difficult as those with high net worth.
I have acted on and advised in many TOLATA claims and take particular interest in the conveyancing process when acting for unmarried people or for the elderly. I also deal with the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (applications for financial relief following a foreign divorce).
Institute of Family Law Arbitrators
This scheme was inaugurated in 2012 and I qualified as an Arbitrator within the scheme.
The scheme covers: financial disputes arising from divorce; claims on inheritance from a child, spouse etc; financial claims made in England and Wales after a divorce abroad; claims for child maintenance between unmarried parents; disputes about ownership of a property between cohabiting couples and civil partnership financial claims.
While procedure is flexible, arbitrators apply the MCA 1973 and relevant case law.
IFLA developed the arbitration scheme to enable parties to resolve financial disputes more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible and less formal setting than a court room. It is also expected to save court resources and reduce pressure on the already stretched family courts.
I accept instructions as an advocate where disputes are in arbitration and i’m also available either by agreement, or as nominated, to act as arbitrator in particular disputes.
We (members of IFLA) all hope that we can offer a user friendly alternative to those seeking a solution to their dispute. We hope, too, that the flexibility within arbitration can keep costs down and enable a speedier resolution of cases.
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