I specialise primarily in matrimonial finance. My practice
encompasses high net worth money cases, cohabitation disputes, including
applications for financial relief for children under Schedule 1 of the
Children Act 1989, child maintenance disputes and REMO cases. I have a particular interest in cases involving an international element or
jurisdictional issues in all spheres of family law practice. I am particularly adept in handling cases with complex legal issues or where
robust cross-examination is required
I had a successful practice in
the North East of England and retain strong links there.  I am routinely instructed in complicated cases, particularly those involving
offshore assets, detailed company accounts, nuptial agreements, trusts
or cases involving concealed or dissipated assets. I frequently
undertake work in relation to international maintenance cases.
I am widely considered to give direct, robust advice in an
approachable fashion. I am a qualified mediator and am able to offer
early neutral evaluations in appropriate cases.
In addition to my financial practice, I practise a wide range of
family work including international law, public and private Children Act
proceedings. I am particularly experienced in international child
abduction disputes, cases under the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions and
Brussels IIR and in applications to remove children from the
I have a strong background in public law proceedings and have dealt
with many cases in recent years that have made national news. My recent
workload had included cases concerning Fabricated or Induced Illness,
hypochondriasis, sexual abuse of children, shaken children, cases
involving murder and serious injury to children. I regularly act for
local authorities, parents, interveners, relations and children.  I have considerable experience in representing constabularies in Public
Interest Immunity matters, have acted for the Official Solicitor and for
clients with significant disabilities.
I am frequently instructed in the High Court and Court of Appeal and have appeared in the Supreme Court.
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