I was called to the Bar in 2000 and undertook a 12-month pupillage at 1 Hare Court. From 2001 to 2010, I was a tenant at 1 Garden Court, Family Law Chambers (now known as 1GC/Family Law) where I had a very busy and successful practice across all areas of family law. I joined Porter Dodson as in-house counsel in 2010 after relocating from London back to my native Dorset.
I have extensive experience as an advocate in the three main areas of family law: matrimonial finance, private law children and public law children work, representing parents, children and intervening third parties in the very toughest financial and children cases. I undertake work at all levels of the court process across the West Country and often appear in the High Court.
I provide pragmatic advice to clients and will not shy from endeavouring to reach a creative outcome for a case where it meets the needs of a family. I have vast experience of negotiating settlements at every stage of the court process but will represent my clients with an eye for detail and the necessary vigour in those cases that proceed to trial. I have useful experience of the local courts and a keen understanding of the importance for clients of departing the legal process with a workable outcome for the future.
I have a very busy life as an active mother of three children and a cocker spaniel. In the past, I have been passionate about rowing competitively but find Dorset rivers too narrow and windy. Therefore, when time permits, I enjoy the great outdoors with my family and particularly relish time by (or in) the sea.