I am a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer with over a decade of post qualification experience in dealing with all aspects of family law. Prior to joining SpainWilliams as a Consultant Solicitor I was a Partner in a large leading firm in Kent for 7 years (2010-2017). I have recently been recognised as a Recommended Family lawyer in the Legal 500; 2017 edition.
In 2014 my dedication and expertise was recognised by the Kent law society and I was shortlisted for the Outstanding Achievement Award acknowledging my energy and determination in assisting vulnerable clients in East Kent; in the same year (2014) I was also shortlisted for the accolade of Family Law Partner of The Year Award in the prestigious National Jordans’ Family law Awards
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As a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer I adopt a constructive and cost-effective approach and I abide by the code of practice. This means I will listen to you and be honest with you and explain all the options available to assist you in making the right decisions.
I will support you and encourage you to put the interests of your children first. I will adopt a pragmatic approach by helping you to balance the financial and emotional costs with what you want to achieve and I will always act with integrity and objectivity
From the outset of your matter I will consider your overall objectives and advise you on the best approach to reach an early settlement and resolve matters proportionately and in a cost effective manner. I will ensure that you are kept informed at every stage of the process so that you have a full understanding of your matter.
I encourage clients to engage in negotiations by way of mediation with a neutral professional, round table meetings or negotiations between solicitors and I will identify the process which will give you the results you want quickly and cheaply. I appreciate not all cases can settle in this manner and I will quickly identify and robustly advise you to take decisive court action when required.
I have excellent advocacy and negotiation skills and a proven ability to consistently use my initiative and persevere, even in the most elusive and trying of cases, to achieve a timely and satisfactory conclusion.
I will manage your expectations by advising adequately on the prospects of success. I have meticulous attention to detail and I provide an excellent standard of service to achieve the best results at all times.
I have excellent working relationships with accountants, independent financial advisors, actuaries and chartered surveyors which are vital to my high net worth divorce and financial practice.
I also have excellent working relationships with s16.4 Guardians, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Refuges, Domestic abuse agencies and the Police which are crucial to my Specialist Children and Domestic abuse caseload
I regularly engage in voluntary work by providing legal advice at the One Stop Shop Legal surgery in Canterbury. I have given presentations on changes in legislation to the Thanet & Dover Domestic Abuse forums and also presented to the Rotary Club Westgate & Birchington. I have also been interviewed on a Local Kent radio station on the issue of domestic abuse.
I have engaged in voluntary work with the International Federation of Women (FIDA). A UN- based NGO which provides advice and support to victims of domestic abuse and acted as a co-mediator in children matters.
I was also one of the pioneering members of the CPS Kent Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel set up to tackle case reviews, and I consistently utilise my expertise to improve transparency and accountability in dealing in all aspects of my family law practice.
Professional Skills Course –BPP – London
Legal Practice Course- College of Law - London
LLB Hons. Coventry University
Member of Resolution
Resolution Accredited Specialist Family lawyer
Recommended Lawyer legal 500 (ed 2017)