3PB Direct

How much experience do you have in this area?

I have over 25 years’ experience as a family barrister.

How would you describe your approach to working with clients?

I have developed a reputation for being thorough, and leaving no stone unturned in advancing a client’s case. I mix gravitas with good humour.

Legal Expertise

I practice in all aspects of family law, with particular experience in financial applications arising from marriage and relationship breakdown, public law proceedings, private law applications, and international child law.

My experience in financial cases involves assets of high value, often involving an international element, as well as the everyday financial disputes arising from marriage and civil partnership, where the assets are more modest. I have a particular interest in cases where assets are held abroad or by a company, where there are issues of serious non-disclosure of assets, and where there are complex family/company arrangements to be unravelled in the context of relationship breakdown.

In terms of my care experience, I represent local authorities, parents, grandparents, prospective adopters and children in complex care proceedings. I often represent local authorities and parents in complex cases involving expert evidence, serious non-accidental injury to babies, cases involving attempted murder, rape, incest, physical violence, FGM, fabricated and induced illness (FII), parents with serious learning disability, sexual abuse, vulnerable parents, and cases with multiple international elements.

My private law experience includes cases involving complex issues of residence and contact. I also have a particular interest in resolving cases where there are issues of psychological and emotional abuse, parental alienation, and children with learning disabilities and conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder.

From an international child law perspective I’ve represented clients seeking to relocate with children abroad, and have obtained injunctions in relation to international abduction cases out of hours in emergencies in relation to a variety of countries, both Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention states. I regularly represent both UK and international clients in relation to disputes spanning international borders.

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