I am a partner and mediator in the family team at Higgs & Sons, offering appointments from our office in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. I have over eighteen years’ experience in family law.
Having witnessed family separation through a child’s eye, I was inspired to approach resolving issues of separation in a constructive and efficient manner.
I adopt an approach to preserve resources for unmarried and married parties. For unmarried parties, I specialise in financial claims brought in respect of children and property, and in drafting living together agreements. These agreements often act as precursors to pre-nuptial agreements. The law relating to trusts is often a large area of this work.
When addressing the financial issues arising out of divorce, I adopt a commercial approach and focus on reaching a timely settlement to ensure parties’ financial aims are legally in place for the future.
I am also a mediator. I believe that the benefit of parents or former couples reaching their own solution cannot be overstated. I have developed an expertise in addressing issues relating to resolving matters involving the arrangements for children and in connection with the relocation of children abroad.
Alongside the Law Society’s Family Section Advisory Group, I have various other interests. I was appointed chair of the family law committee for Birmingham Law Society in January 2011. Other members include the court service representatives, judges, barristers, the local authority, the court child welfare service and mediation providers. The aim is for all professionals working within the family justice system to provide a service of excellence.
I have long-standing experience of representing clients both in terms of bringing and defending inheritance claims. These matters can involve charities, individuals who have lost their spouses, parents or children seeking to resolve the issues of financial provision for claims in respect of a deceased’s person’s estate. I work closely with the firm’s private client and tax teams to minimise the tax liability of settlements.