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Dealing with matters concerning your personal relationships can be difficult and unsettling, whether you are planning ahead and contemplating a pre-marital agreement or you are facing the breakdown of a relationship. This is particularly the case when children are involved. For over 20 years I have been helping people to address these issues and work out a way forward that suits them, their family and their particular circumstances.
I advise people on all aspects of relationship breakdown, from finances to arrangements for children. Many of the cases I deal with have financial issues involving substantial assets and complex issues such as trusts, pensions, family businesses (including farms) and other business interests.
I also advise on aspects of wealth protection such as pre- and post-marital agreements.
I am a partner and head of the family team in the Eastern Region. My clients are based in many places: often in London, Cambridge, East Anglia and overseas. I joined Mills & Reeve in Cambridge in 2003 after spending nine years as a family lawyer at a top firm in London.
I understand that everybody’s situation is different. I adapt my approach and advice to the individual circumstances and wishes of my client. My approach is client led and client focused, whether that be as a mediator, in collaborative law, solicitor led negotiation or litigation. In whatever way a client wants a case to be dealt with, my approach is always to work with clients to try and find a solution to the issues they face.
Providing my clients with the type of service that they want is very important to me and the rest of our team.
I am always transparent with my clients about the legal costs of the advice they are seeking or options they are considering and give them clear and understandable estimates of their costs at every stage.
The legal directories have said the following about me, based on feedback they have taken from my clients and other professionals:
“Exemplary team with a broad range of expertise within financial divorce cases, including contentious trust, pensions and business issues. Outstanding ability across complicated litigation as well as a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods”. (Chambers UK 2017).
“She has masses of experience in ancillary relief and it shines through to the clients. She leaves no stone unturned yet has a realistic view of outcomes, such that clients are not left disappointed”. (Chambers UK 2017).
“Mills & Reeve LLP is “at the top of its game””. (Legal 500 2016)“"Leading light" who "combines a scary amount of knowledge with a brilliant feel for cases"”. (Legal 500 2016)“My client received great service and Mills & Reeve LLP will continue to be the first firm I think of for any international family law matters. I will enthusiastically recommend your firm to all of my family law colleagues”. (Ellen Stross, US Attorney).
"Not only is she highly intelligent, but she is also very hard-working and with bags of common sense. She has excellent judgement and it was a pleasure to work with her." Chambers 2016
"A force to be reckoned with" and leading individual (Legal 500 2015)
“Expert strategist” (Legal 500 2014)
“Phenomenal tactician” who draws much praise for her “constructive” and “problem-solving approach” to cases. (Chambers 2015)
“Calm, poised”. (Legal 500 2012)
“An insightful strategic thinker” (Legal 500 2011)
“She has the perfect balance of litigation and negotiation skills to achieve the best outcome for her clients”. (Chambers 2011)
“A highly efficient operator with great interpersonal skills. She is well liked by clients and peers for her no nonsense and practical approach”. (Chambers 2010)
“Mills and Reeve have not tried to make this a more impressive Court case; they have tried to steer things in the right non-combative direction and that is something I have valued and appreciated”. (Client feedback)
“They have made such a difference to my life and I feel confident and supported”. (Client feedback)“I could trust you implicitly to give me the right advice, and leave you to manage some very problematic questions. Ultimately it was your intelligence and brilliant negotiation skills that won the day for me.” (Client feedback, 2015)“I enjoyed working with you. You manage to be kind, sympathetic and funny without taking your eye off the ball!” (Client feedback, 2015)
I have strong professional and personal links with both Cambridge and London.
I was at University in Cambridge and now live in the city, having been part of the Cambridge family community for almost a decade. I am a member of the local Resolution group and the committee which runs the Cambridge Collaborative Family Law group and was in charge of their training for many years. I am active in the development of mediation locally and have been a Trustee of the Cambridge Family Mediation Service.
I spent the first 10 years of my career living and working exclusively in London, during which time I was a member of the London Regional Group Committee of Resolution and co-founded the Young Solicitors Family Law Associations Group in London, which has now become a national network of young professionals within Resolution. I have retained my professional links and contacts in London, which includes membership of Collaborative Partners, a group of collaboratively trained London professionals.
I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers - one of only three in the eastern region.
As well as being trained as a family mediator, I am also one of only around 12 family lawyers in the country (most of whom practise exclusively in London) who are trained and qualified to deal with other civil and commercial disputes.
I have lectured both locally and nationally on matters relating to family law and have written articles for the local and national press on family law and relationship breakdown. In 2010 I was interviewed on Radio 4's You and Yours programme about the advantages of the collaborative approach to relationship breakdown. I have also appeared on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire several times. I am also an adviser on family law issues to the Emmerdale Research Team at ITV.
I am passionate about helping my clients, as is our whole team. I work hard to understand what it is that a client wants from me and how best I can help them to achieve the outcome that they want.
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