I am a senior family law solicitor with much experience, having dealt with many hundreds of cases, ranging from the straightforward to the highly complex. I am a solicitor that cares, and gives clients support, as well as helpful, sensible and pragmatic advice. I read Law at university, obtaining an LLB Hons and then undertook the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester, obtaining a Commendation. I qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
Having trained and worked in Henley on Thames for a number of years, I moved to a large regional firm to specialise in medium - high net worth finances on divorce cases. As I had two generations of family in Tunbridge Wells, I was delighted to move back to the area in 2006, and have good professional links and contacts here. I help people at what is a very difficult time, in resolving financial and children issues when a relationship breaks down. I understand that everything is at stake for my clients, and assist them in taking brave decisions and ensuring the future for them and their children.
I believe it is important to get to know my clients and the challenges that they are facing. Although having experience in particular circumstances, such as property portfolios, international elements, businesses on divorce, and so on is important, I feel that I can make a difference by taking the time to understand what a client's long term aim is, and supporting them to achieve it. My approach, in all cases, whether relating to financial matters or issues relating to children is always to explain things clearly, and provide logical advice to obtain a good outcome as early as possible, with the minimum of disruption to families.
I feel a great sense of achievement in settling disputes and having clients who can move forwards with their lives. Cases that spring to mind include a client being able to plan for the future in the knowledge that substantial pension funds will remain untouched. Another of my cases resulted in the transfer of the matrimonial home in its entirety to my client following non-disclosure by the other side. In a memorable, and particularly complex case about contact with children, I have a lovely drawing that my client's children made with a thank you letter inside, which I will keep forever.
LLB Hons University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Chester
In this article Solicitor Catherine Blanchard discusses the challenge of dealing with private sector school fees within a divorce or separation. She explains the purpose of a 'School Fees Order' and how payment of school fees may affect child maintenance.Read more