Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD FAMILY -

With 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing peo­ple through a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, I am not eas­ily sur­prised. It’s of­ten hard for peo­ple to un­der­stand what’s re­al­is­tic, so I’ll al­ways lis­ten to what you want from the set­tle­ment and ad­vise on what you’re likely to get out of it.

What is your ca­reer his­tory?

I am Glouces­ter­shire born and bred, but af­ter study­ing Latin at univer­sity, I stud­ied law in Ch­ester, qual­i­fy­ing in 1988 – I have prac­tised in Chel­tenham since 1992 with Har­ri­son Clark Ricker­bys, where I lead the Fam­ily Law team.

What ser­vices do you pro­vide?

I spe­cialise in di­vorce and fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments, in­clud­ing pre-nup­tial and post-nup­tial agree­ments. I am trained as a col­lab­o­ra­tive lawyer and am also a qual­i­fied fam­ily ar­bi­tra­tor. My work in­cludes pen­sions, off-shore trusts and share­hold­ings in pri­vate lim­ited com­pa­nies and PLCS. What ad­vice would you give to cou­ples/fam­i­lies go­ing through this process? Don’t have un­nec­es­sary fights – they sim­ply lead to large le­gal fees that you could spend on bet­ter things. If you have chil­dren, try to fo­cus on them – you can stop be­ing spouses, but not par­ents! The court sys­tem is com­mit­ted to fair­ness, so don’t at­tempt a DIY one-sided set­tle­ment.

El­len­bor­ough House, Wellington Street, Chel­tenham,glouces­ter­shire,gl50 1YD 01242 246457 | [email protected]­ | www.hcr­

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