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Separating from your partner is recognised as being one of the most stressful experiences you go through in life. It can be particularly difficult if you have children and so have to work out how you and your partner will manage to parent them in the future.
After a period of time, usually the situation becomes easier. The length of time this takes varies from person to person. The level and type of support that you need can depend on where you are in that process.
I aim to understand what stage you are at in the process, and what you hope to achieve for yourself and your children or family, in order to give you the most appropriate advice and support in a practical, calm and professional way. I will apply the knowledge and experience gained from many years of working in family law to help you achieve the outcome that you want and to guide you through the process, and provide you with focused and effective advice or information that meets your needs, whether you are married and so need to divorce, or are/were living with your partner and have a home and/or business together and are separating.
If you are thinking of getting married or living with a partner rather than separating, then I also have particular expertise in drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation contracts. Pre-nups are increasingly effective as a means of protecting assets and are also useful to give couples some reassurance about what may happen if things don’t work out, and cohabitation contracts can be critical if you are living with someone and own property or a business together.
I am recognised as a leading family law specialist in the independent legal directories, partly because I am trained (almost uniquely) as a civil/commercial mediator, family mediator, collaborative lawyer and counsellor as well as a divorce lawyer. I can also meet with your children if that’s appropriate in the mediation process, and I can help you with tricky issues in relation to the arrangements for your children. I have introduced the use of a communication style questionnaire to help improve communication with and for clients, which you will find here.
The combination of training, my recognised technical legal expertise and many years of experience will enable me to help you, and if in mediation both of you, in the most appropriate way – drawing on whichever skills you need most. I am very happy to work effectively with other family law professionals in the area and further afield as necessary.
I am an expert in handling complex cases involving businesses, trusts, pensions, tax issues or, often, with an international dimension. I also provide focused, effective advice in more straightforward cases. I will help you to assess your aims to make sure they are practical and realistic, and help you to find solutions to address any issues. I care about helping you find the right process and outcome for you as an individual, and where appropriate for your family.
I am pleased to share the following comments from my clients:
“I was extremely impressed by the highly professional manner in which my case has been handled – also the level of empathy and compassion shown to me during the course of my case.”
“The service I received was professional, very thorough but most importantly, I felt comfortable and at ease in what could have been a very stressful situation.”
“Everything was very professional and business-like but retaining a friendly personal touch”.
“I have been immensely impressed by the breadth of qualities that you display. Your gifts and sheer application have brought forth the result which I felt I needed for a peaceful, stress-free future.”
“I found myself in an awkward position. In a short time frame (overnight) Alison was up to speed with my case and represented my best interests in negotiating a settlement with my now ex wife in one meeting after weeks of unpleasantness between us”.
“For your professional yet sensitive guidance and support … thank you.”
“I recognise how hard you worked for us and am very grateful for that and all your efforts. Thank you”.
“Very professional, never took sides” (in a mediation).
I have also been ranked as a leading individual by Legal 500 and Chambers for many years.
I am national chair of the Resolution Standards Committee, co-chair the Local Family Justice Board mediation working group, sit on the Pro-Manchester pro-women committee, and am a member of Collaborative Law Manchester, our local Manchester collaborative group, and of the High Peak, Oldham and Tameside Pod, as well as of other professional organisations locally.
I write articles, lecture and contribute to several textbooks and professional guides. I am interested in the future development of family law services and how they can be improved for the benefit of you and the other members of the public that we aim to help.
I spend my spare time with friends and family, and in various outdoor activities locally and further afield. I also try to stay up to speed with social media – LinkedIn, Strava and Twitter.
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