I started working in the legal profession in 1989. I was admitted as a Solicitor in 1994.
Initially, I worked in the field of Education Law, dealing with parents whose child had been diagnosed with special educational needs and who were struggling to persuade the Local Education Authority to provide the support needed by their child. After qualification, I practised in all areas of litigation including Family, Crime, Personal Injury and Tenancy and Mortgage Possessions. I began to specialise in Family Law in 1999 when I became a Partner in a large 6 office Firm based in North, West and East Wiltshire. Within my Family Law practice I specialise in Divorce and Children matters and have a particular interest in Collaborative Law and also in acting for clients who needed the assistance of the Official Solicitor as a result of lacking litigation capacity due to mental illness.
I am firmly committed to the sort of principles involved in Collaborative Law even for those clients who are not formally engaged in the Collaborative Law process because I have seen the benefits to my clients and their family of being able to work in a respectful and constructive way in order to deal with the issues which arise following the breakdown of a relationship. Following one particularly memorable negotiation my client and her former husband agreed that this had been the first time in years that they had communicated meaningfully with each other and although they still went ahead with their divorce they were nevertheless able to communicate much better afterwards.
Away from the office I enjoy travel, reading and watching any form of cricket.