I am one of Trethowans’ most experienced solicitors and am head of the firm’s Family Team.
My main areas of expertise are Family Law, Divorce, Separation, Financial Provision, Civil Partnerships and other related issues. I am particularly adept at handling complex, high net worth settlements which involve family partnerships, businesses, farms, foreign property or trusts. I also advise clients on Pre-Nuptial Agreements and all issues relating to children.
I strongly advocate the benefits of a no Court, non confrontational approach to family law – especially in the resolution and mediation of issues which involve both finance and children. I am also a long standing member of Resolution (ADR) and experienced Collaborative Lawyer.
"Bright, Practical and Commercial Lawyer who has the knowledge and ability to take on complex and high value cases."
Areas of Expertise
Represented wife in highly acrimonious, initially, defended Divorce. Complex financial asset base including farm and investment properties. The case involved inherited wealth with a preliminary issue as to the children’s interests. Issues of capacity. The need for professional valuation and CGT calculations. A negotiated settlement was eventually reached enabling the parties to retain their respective properties, but with the sale of farmland to satisfy debts and liabilities thereby avoiding what would otherwise have been a 3 day fully contested Final Hearing.
What others say
Chambers 2018. Team Ranked 2nd as a Regional Practice in the Central South described as having a “robust finance and children practice” which offers both “Collaborative Law and Mediation Services”. The team is also acknowledged for its “extensive knowledge of farming assets and inherited wealth” cases and is noted for its representation of other professionals as well as the military.
I am described as being “pragmatic and excellent to work with” and “combines being a great leader and motivator with being a first class Collaborative Lawyer”. Chambers and Partners (2018) also quote me as being “a bright, practical and commercial lawyer” who has “the knowledge and ability to take on complex and high value cases” and is said to be “excellent with clients”.
In the Legal 500, I am described as being “extremely able, gracious and sensible and a very good negotiator” as well as being “extremely knowledgeable and particularly good on the financial side”.
Away from the office
I am a die hard season ticket holder with Bath Rugby. Previously a competitive swimmer, I still undertake long distance sea swims. I have a passion for live music and can be spotted at numerous festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Together with my wife, Sharon, I own an eventing horse; Platoon de L/Hocre, that has competed as a CCI 3 Day Eventer and own a share in Duke’s Sunny Boy together with Giovanni Ugolotti, an Italian International Event Rider. I also enjoy walking with my three Labradors, Brewster, Archie and Yogi, as well as surfing on the north Cornish coast.