I have an established following not only in Taunton, but also in the Bridgwater and Street areas and much of my work comes from recommendation. (I hold a surgery in Street and can see people there by arrangement).
I am a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer, being an active member of the Somerset Collaborative Law Group where I play an active role in developing collaborative law in the area. Few family solicitors in Somerset have experience in dealing with cases in these two dispute resolution methods as well as the more traditional Court route and therefore I can offer clients the ability to choose the appropriate process for them to resolve their case.
I am a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and was a founder member of the Somerset Branch of Resolution (which is the national organisation for Family Lawyers), and I believe strongly that, where possible, separating couples should try and resolve the issues between themselves as amicably as possible, particularly where there are children. I am an effective and pragmatic negotiator. I always remind clients of the proportionality of costs versus outcome in their cases.
I have been recognised in the “Legal 500” as providing “excellent advice and a sympathetic and understanding approach”. During what is probably the most stressful time of their lives, I have assisted many couples in difficult divorces and separations, resolving issues about finances and children with great care and skill.