What can I do for you?
I am joint national head of family law at Mills & Reeve. If you are facing a personal relationship breakdown, my experience of over 40 years may be able to assist you in achieving a fair and cost effective resolution to your difficulties whether divorce, separation or child related. My work includes helping clients whose cases have an international element or where the asset base is complex, perhaps involving corporate structures, family trusts or pension arrangements. Other lawyers regard us particularly as being experts in pension aspects of marriage breakdown.
Pre-marital agreements are an increasing part of our work. I know that this is a sensitive area and believe that, if handled well, these agreements can offer maximum protection for you.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
We believe that most clients wish to reach a negotiated settlement that is fair to both sides. We know that you need to be listened to regarding how your case is approached. We do not believe in a one size fits all approach. What is right for one client is not right for another. Some cases can be resolved through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law; others need the involvement of the court. As far as we are concerned, a great outcome for the client is one in which you are fully involved, having received clear and straightforward advice.
What do others say?
We are very proud of our family team at Mills & Reeve and were delighted when this was recognised at the Legal Business Awards, where we won Private Client Team of the Year 2009. We aim to provide excellent clear advice tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Chambers UK comments that our team "distinguishes itself from its local competitors with its depth of expertise and wealth of resources ... when the team is involved in a case you know that it will be dealt with effectively and expeditiously, and that the client will be well looked after". Legal 500 notes that we are "Efficient, principled and strong in depth, Mills & Reeve has an excellent reputation for family law."
On a personal level, Chambers UK comments that I am a "nationally recognised expert on pensions whilst interviewees say '... what he doesn't know on the subject is not worth knowing.' He is renowned for his technical expertise but 'he wears his learning in a relaxed manner and is able to explain the labyrinth of detail to the lay client"' while Legal 500 says that I am "internationally recognised for his expertise in pensions and family breakdown". I am also included in the Citywealth, leading lawyers, family and matrimonial list.
What else should you know?
I belong to Resolution, which is an organisation of specialist family lawyers which promotes a code of practice aimed at the constructive resolution of family disputes. I am also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers which consists of nearly 600 expert family lawyers across the world. I am currently the Academy’s President.
Our family law team also runs Divorce.co.uk, a divorce law website that is the UK’s premier free resource for those going through divorce or separation. You can visit the site to read more about our team of divorce lawyers in Leeds and view my divorce law profile.