What do you do?
Since 2005 I’ve specialised exclusively in all aspects of family law including separation, divorce and Children Act matters. Whatever the scenario; unmarried, civil partnerships or married couples separating there will be an element of financial and possibly child issues to agree. I help my clients navigate through what can be a difficult time aiming to get each party to agree arrangements sensibly and objectively. If that's not possible, I represent parties in Court proceedings, but the idea is to try to agree as much as possible away from Court.
How do you work with your clients?
I’m very open with my clients, and I’m approachable. To date I have represented hundreds of clients, and I always empathise, remain objective, act with the upmost professionalism and aim to keep things on a positive track. When you argue with a loved one, or ex-loved one, there is sometimes a lifetime of arguments caught up in what is being said. This can make things seem insurmountable. I am there to tell my clients what the law says to guide them in achieving their end goal. If that's not possible then I either liaise with the other party or issue proceedings. It's about achieving the best outcome in the most constructive way possible.
What motivates you?
In work I'm happiest when I know I’m doing the right thing. That may sound a tad cliché but in a highly emotive area, where you’re dealing with families, finances and children it is easy to become embroiled in bitter arguments which essentially only serve to pile up the costs. Doing the right thing by a client may be different from making the most money for the lawyer, but this is how I sleep at night. I want to make sure that my clients have the right deal for them, and I do this by prioritising their needs.
What makes you laugh?
My siblings make me laugh. Now we're all adults and have professional careers we have less time to be silly, but put us together with a pale ale or four and we have a great laugh.
I love Cornwall and Hawaii. Admittedly I have only been to Hawaii once, but it remains one of my favourite places on earth. Cornwall never changes, I love the relaxed way of life you see there in the summer, which is the same in Hawaii (except Hawaii has the edge on the weather).