What can I do for you?
I’m a specialist in family law, dealing predominantly with high net worth cases. I advise individuals following breakdown of their marriage or relationship.
I am a mediator and trained collaborative lawyer and have built a hugely successful practice on the basis of a no nonsense approach that is aimed at finding solutions at the earliest possible opportunity.
I will concentrate on the big picture and ensure that a solution, if available and it invariably is, presents itself at the earliest opportunity.
I always focus on ensuring that parties separate as amicably as they can, regardless of the reasons the marriage broke down. I also concentrate on prioritising the children’s needs and getting both parties to focus on what is in their children’s best interests rather than necessarily what is in their best interests.
Supporting my client’s objectives
Nobody wants to see a family lawyer but, if they do, they want security or the comfort of having some certainty in an uncertain process. In supporting my clients’ objectives I endeavour to ensure we are client focussed, solution driven and cost effective and consider how relationship breakdown impacts upon all areas of our clients’ lives.
While there are many examples of cases I have been involved in, one case was a £400 million divorce where the husband retained the majority of his capital because of a pro-active approach in resolving matters at an early stage.
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 pride ourselves on giving excellent clear advice tailored to the individual needs of our clients. In addition, Chambers UK describes us as having “established itself as a national player in family work”.
On a more personal note, I have been described as:
A “leading light” in the Birmingham market place – Legal 500
“He is quick to understand a situation and look for the best solutions.” – Chambers
“High levels of sensitivity and empathy.” – Chambers
“He has great energy and dynamism – we felt immediately that he would reach a fair solution.” – Chambers
What else should you know?
I am a former National Committee member and Chair of West Midlands Resolution and a current regional committee member. I chair Birmingham Family Law Group a group of professionals dealing with relationship breakdowns in Birmingham.
The national team runs the website www.divorce.co.uk regarded as the UK’s leading free resource for people seeking information on divorce and family breakdown.