YRes & the future of family law – the drivers of change

On 21 September 2017, I chaired the inaugural National YRes Conference, for junior family law practitioners under 10 years qualified, and delivered the opening speech. Below is a copy of the message I gave to our delegates: Welcome everyone to the inaugural National YRes conference. We are delighted to have a full house today and... Continue Reading →

Looking after number one: emotional wellbeing after separation

A separation can be one of the most stressful, distressing and disorienting experiences in life. There are new things to think about, different decisions to make, and steps that have to be taken alone, which can be daunting after years of sharing that burden with someone else. Separation is one of those traumatic events that... Continue Reading →

Resolution Accredited Specialist qualification

I am delighted to have qualified as a Resolution Accredited Specialist in family law, with particular expertise in Complex Financial Remedies and Children Law. This means that I am considered to be one of the leading experts in the field of family law, in particular in relation to finance and children matters, having been through... Continue Reading →

Divorce: how “unreasonable” must your ex be?

The calls for no fault divorce have grown louder this week after an Oxford judge has failed to allow a divorce to proceed. Tini Owens petitioned for divorce on the basis of her husband's unreasonable behaviour. The parties married in 1978 and have been separated two years.  Mrs Owens moved out of the family home before... Continue Reading →

2017… new year, new start?

3 January 2017. The first working day of the new year. Supposedly, one of the “highlights” of every family lawyer’s calendar, when we allegedly see a year-on-year unprecedented increase in new enquiries about divorce and separation. Every year, we will read in the press of one or two law firms anticipating a huge rise in... Continue Reading →

Divorcing with dignity in the digital age

The rapid growth of social media over the past decade has changed the way we communicate with each other, the information that we share and who we share it with. Social media is now an ordinary part of many people’s everyday lives and one inevitable result of this is the impact that it can have... Continue Reading →

Alright, still?

Lily Allen hit the headlines recently after phoning in to LBC Radio in London, stating that she thought "an introduction to divorce" and other topics such as taxes should form part of the school curriculum. Lily's spontaneous call to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty followed an on-air discussion about comments that Lily had made about education... Continue Reading →

Land’s End to John O’Groats

Following a separation, people’s lives can often move in very different directions and this can or will often have huge implications for their children. This is especially so if a new partner or new job means that one parent is looking at moving further afield, perhaps to a different part of the UK or abroad.... Continue Reading →

Resolution National Committee elections

Alongside the day job, I am actively involved in Resolution, the membership organisation for family lawyers. I have been a Resolution member since my student days and joined the Bristol Young Resolution committee as a family trainee. I became chair a couple of years ago and was involved in setting up a national YRes working... Continue Reading →

No fault divorce – family law in need of modernisation?

Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage. For many, marriage is no longer a commitment for life and so divorce is becoming more of a commodity... Continue Reading →

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