My work includes all aspects of family law but I have a particular interest in domestic abuse cases and disputes about the arrangements for children, such as which parent they should live with and the non-resident parent’s contact with children. I also advise on divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships and financial arrangements on separation.
I have experience dealing with all types of criminal offences but I specialise in representing clients at the police station and at the magistrates court. I have experience of representing clients in relation to a range of driving offences and I have successfully persuaded the court to impose penalty points in cases where clients have been at risk of being disqualified from driving.
As I work in both family and criminal law, I feel I can offer more rounded advice to clients who are arrested for offences, which could have a major impact on their family life. For example, in cases of allegations of child abuse or neglect, or where an allegation has been made by an ex-partner who then refuses to allow contact with a child. My knowledge of criminal law procedure means I am able to advise clients who have suffered domestic abuse about the protection from violence or harassment available from both the police and the family courts.
I understand that being arrested or coming to see a solicitor for advice about your family can feel stressful and intimidating. It can be difficult to talk about these very personal issues with a solicitor who is a stranger to you. I will try very hard to put you at ease and give clear, practical legal advice that allows you to make informed decisions about your case. My clients have described me as ‘supportive’ and ‘reassuring’.
I am a member of Resolution, the professional group for family lawyers who commit to taking a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law disputes wherever possible. I am accredited with the Law Society as a specialist criminal litigation lawyer.
I obtained my law degree from Durham University and my Legal Practice Course Certificate from the College of Law at York.