What can I do for you?
I am a partner and head of the family team in Cambridge. I joined Mills & Reeve in 2003 after spending nine years as a family lawyer at a top firm in London.
My work includes dealing with the financial issues arising out of divorce and separation, many involving substantial assets and complex issues such as trusts, pensions and family businesses (including farms). I also advise on aspects of wealth protection such as pre and post marital agreements, and issues to do with arrangements for children on relationship breakdown. Many of my cases have an international dimension.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
I appreciate that everybody’s situation is different. I adapt my approach and advice to the individual circumstances and wishes of my clients. My approach is client led and client focused, whether that be as a mediator, in collaborative law, solicitor led negotiation or litigation. In whatever way a client wants a case to be dealt with, my approach is always to work with clients to try and find a solution to the issues they face.
Providing my clients with the type of service that they want is very important to me and to my team.
What do others say?
About the team:
"Exemplary team with a broad range of expertise within financial divorce cases, including contentious trusts, pensions and business issues. Outstanding ability across complicated litigation as well as a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods". (Chambers 2017)
"Mills & Reeve LLP is "at the top of its game"". (Legal 500 2016)
"Stellar team which frequently deals with some of the largest and most substantial cases in the market. Well versed in both litigation and ADR" and "They are first rate - there is no question about it". (Chambers 2016)
"Mills & Reeve LLP is "first rate, focused and decisive and it's client care is second to none"" with an "efficient, bright" team. (Legal 500 2015)
“Top notch” Mills & Reeve LLP has “the region’s leading family team, providing Magic Circle firm services at a fraction of the price” (Legal 500 2014)
“An excellent group noted for its work on high net worth financial proceedings, as well as divorce planning and private law children work. Particularly distinguished for its expertise in private trust and tax, agricultural and landed estate issues affecting complex divorces”. (Chambers 2015)
“Significantly better than local competitors, and a match for the top-flight Magic Circle firms”, Mills & Reeve “provides a London-style service”. (Legal 500 2013)
Mills & Reeve is “a top rate firm”. (Legal 500 2012)
"My client received great service and Mills & Reeve will continue to be the first firm I think of for any international family law matters. I will enthusiastically recommend your firm to all of my family law colleagues". (Ellen Stross, US Attorney)
“Mills & Reeve are cutting edge when it comes to divorce law in many ways. They have a national voice and platform”. (Client feedback)
"She has masses of experience in ancillary relief and it shines through to the clients. She leaves no stone unturned yet has a realistic view of outcomes, such that clients are not left disappointed". (Chambers 2017)
"Leading light" who "combines a scary amount of knowledge with a brilliant feel for cases". (Legal 500 2016)
"Not only is she highly intelligent, but she is also very hard-working and with bags of common sense. She has excellent judgement and it was a pleasure to work with her" (Chambers 2016)
"A force to be reckoned with" and Leading Individual (Legal 500 2015)
“Expert strategist” (Legal 500 2014)
“Phenomenal tactician” who draws much praise for her “constructive” and “problem-solving approach” to cases. (Chambers 2015)
“Calm, poised”. (Legal 500 2012)
“An insightful strategic thinker” (Legal 500 2011)
“She has the perfect balance of litigation and negotiation skills to achieve the best outcome for her clients”. (Chambers 2011)
“A highly efficient operator with great interpersonal skills. She is well liked by clients and peers for her no nonsense and practical approach”. (Chambers 2010)
“Mills & Reeve have not tried to make this a more impressive Court case; they have tried to steer things in the right non-combative direction and that is something I have valued and appreciated”. (Client feedback)
“They have made such a difference to my life and I feel confident and supported”. (Client feedback)
“I could trust you implicitly to give me the right advice, and leave you to manage some very problematic questions. Ultimately it was your intelligence and brilliant negotiation skills that won the day for me." (Client feedback)
“I enjoyed working with you. You manage to be kind, sympathetic and funny without taking your eye off the ball!” (Client feedback)
What else should you know?
I am always transparent with my clients about the legal costs of the advice they are seeking and strive to give them clear and understandable estimates or fixed fees as appropriate, at every stage.
I am a member of Resolution and a mediator and collaborative lawyer. I am also a member of the committee of the Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group.
I am one of only three solicitors in the eastern region who are Fellows of the International Academy of Family Law, an organisation of family lawyers across the world who specialise in family law with an international element. (Fellows are invited to join based on their expertise in the field of family law.)
I have lectured both locally and nationally on matters relating to family law and have written articles for the local and national press on family law and relationship breakdown. I am also an adviser on family law issues to the Emmerdale Research Team at ITV.
Within our national team we also run a website called www.divorce.co.uk which offers free advice to individuals on all aspects of relationship breakdown.