What can I do for you?
I am a partner in the family team and joined Mills & Reeve in 1988. As a specialist family lawyer with nearly 30 years’ experience, I deal mainly with more complex financial issues (eg, businesses, trusts and pensions) that need to be negotiated or litigated when a marriage sadly comes to an end.
My preference is to use the collaborative law approach to discussions, as that tends to enable an outcome that is both fair and of better quality.
Supporting my clients’ aims and objectives
I always try to listen – actively listen – to what my clients want. No two sets of circumstances are the same, and no two families are the same. Most clients want to look after their families, and get them through the transition with as little legal intervention as possible. I very much respect that. I always look at the wider picture, provide ideas as to how best to resolve issues and try to minimise the conflict. I negotiate, and get to a settlement, quickly and sensibly. While doing so, I keep the client’s objectives at the forefront of my mind.
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 “this firm is becoming a truly national player for family matters” and “as part of a nationwide network of offices, the team has the expertise to handle any and all family-related matters”.
On a personal level, Chambers UK said that “Roger Bamber manages the entire department from the Cambridge office, and is known to be an outstanding strategist as well as a great lawyer." "He is head and shoulders above the other lawyers in the region, and a visionary in the way he promotes family law." Interviewees for Chambers UK praised my "ability to fight my client's corner while being calm and personable at the same time".
What else should you know?
My aim throughout my professional life has been to support my clients, and get them through the process of divorce sensitively and effectively. My reputation is based on getting deals done quickly, even in the most complex cases. I lecture the profession nationally on financial aspects of divorce, and that certainly helps both my standing and my ability to find solutions quickly.
I have always been at the forefront of new developments in family law, not for the sake of novelty, but as a means of improving how as a profession we can help our clients. The legal process is ill adapted for helping families, in my view. I was one of the first mediator lawyers to be trained, and was part of the first group in the UK to train as a collaborative lawyer. I have advocated both ever since.
I set up www.divorce.co.uk in 1998, as a resource for those going through divorce – to let them have as much free guidance as possible. I am a passionate advocate of people being in control of their own lives – making the best decisions for their family and being empowered by having the best guidance. Social justice cannot be done without that.
I am a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, I am a collaborative family lawyer and a mediator. I am a member of Resolution. I am a governor of St John’s College Preparatory School. I am one of only six family lawyers nationally on The Times Law Panel, which is a guide to the leading members of the legal profession. I am the original architect of the National Career Development Plan which has been shortlisted for The Lawyer HR Awards for Excellence in Training.