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Sonia was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1982 and appointed as a Recorder in 1996.
She has particular strength and extensive experience in dealing with Family financial remedies following Divorce, and Children cases. These include issues such as:

FAMILY and FINANCE
 Division of assets following divorce.
 Matters concerning pre and post separation agreements,
 Applications for maintenance before a final order is made. `
 Variation of maintenance after a final order
 Applications for financial provision for children when parents were not married, for
Housing, for Lump sums etc.. (Schedule 1 Applications).
 Division of assets between cohabiting couples, e.g. share of homes.
 High value financial provision cases. Dealing with Pre and post-acquired assets, Pensions, Inherited assets, Reinstatement of disposed assets, Non-disclosure cases, Business assets and Company veils.
 Farming cases.
 Other issues, including complex cases involving matters such as Competing issues of contributions, Needs, The sale of the Former Matrimonial Home, Pension offsets, Cohabitation and ‘Mesher Orders’ (in which a court order postpones the sale of the matrimonial property until a specified triggering event occurs).
 Applications for costs to conduct financial remedy litigation.

FAMILY and CHILDREN:
 Disputes over children between parents or involving Local Authorities.
 Residence and Contact applications,
 Relocation cases both in the UK and internationally.
 Abduction (Removal of a child, or children by one parent without the other parent’s consent).
 Finding of fact disputes when there are allegations of domestic violence or sexual abuse
 Specific issue applications, e.g. education and change of name.

Sonia is recognised as offering sensible and direct, no-nonsense advice. She is good at handling clients in a sensitive but straightforward manner and was described by Chambers and Partners as an experienced “battler”.
She is frequently instructed by members of the Legal Profession for their own cases.

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