Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD FAMILY -

I am man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Hughes Paddison Solic­i­tors, and a so­lic­i­tor deal­ing with all as­pects of fam­ily law, but spe­cial­is­ing, par­tic­u­larly, in sort­ing out com­plex fi­nan­cial cases. I aim to sort mat­ters out am­i­ca­bly and con­struc­tively, and am mind­ful of the cost of fight­ing, both emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially.

What is your ca­reer his­tory?

I trained and qual­i­fied at a cen­tral Lon­don firm, where I was a salaried part­ner, un­til I made the move out of Lon­don in 1994. I have been with Hughes Paddison ever since then, and be­came man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in 2007. The firm has grown dur­ing that time from 17 staff, when I ar­rived, to the 70 staff that we have now.

What ser­vices do you pro­vide?

I am a qual­i­fied me­di­a­tor as well as a so­lic­i­tor, and have ex­pe­ri­ence in all ar­eas of fam­ily law, from pre-nup­tial agree­ments, post nup­tials, all chil­dren is­sues, di­vorce and fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sion, in­clud­ing cases with an in­ter­na­tional el­e­ment. We have eight solic­i­tors and a le­gal ex­ec­u­tive in the fam­ily depart­ment.

What ad­vice would you give to cou­ples/fam­i­lies go­ing through this process?

I would rec­om­mend seek­ing ad­vice as early as pos­si­ble, to en­able you to make in­formed de­ci­sions. Try and re­duce the is­sues be­tween you, and re­mem­ber some bat­tles are worth win­ning and oth­ers are not. It is bet­ter to keep your money for your fam­ily to ben­e­fit, rather than your lawyer.

10, Royal Cres­cent, Chel­tenham, GL50 3DA 01242 574244 | [email protected] | www.hughes-paddison.co.uk

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