As a Partner in the Family Team based in Southampton, I have over 25 years experience dealing with all aspects of family law. This includes divorce and dissolution, private law children matters (to include complex children proceedings and removal from jurisdiction cases), financial cases (to include advising medium to high network clients, cases with trust and taxation elements, business and farming interests, pensions and foreign assets), pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements, separation agreements, co-habitation agreements and disputes & change of name deeds.
I am an accredited specialist in the fields of private child law and higher net worth & substantial financial provision. I qualified as a collaborative lawyer in 2007 and as an all issues family mediator in 2010.
I actively promote alternate forms of dispute resolution, though I am a capable advocate with wide experience in conducting children and financial remedy proceedings. I am an active member of Resolution, a national body of family law professionals committed to dealing with matters in a sensitive, constructive and cost effective way, sitting on Hampshire’s regional Committee.
I am ranked in Chambers & Partners 2020 in Band 2 and described as a “delightful individual who puts his clients at ease and is adept at protecting their best interests in litigation,” and “Throughout the case he has maintained a really personable and understanding demeanour and has continued to drive the process forward.”
"The service I received from Grant was exemplary both legally and personally. I felt he cared about my case and worked hard to find a solution to protect my children and I." - Client
Areas of Expertise
I recently acted for a father in an application for a Child Arrangements Order. The case involved Children’s Services due to serious concerns as to the mother’s care of the child. Although a recommendation was made by Children’s Services that the child should live with the father, the case went to a final hearing as an agreement could not be reached.
As a result of the proceedings, an Order was obtained which provided that the child should live with the father. It was recognised by the Court that it was in the child’s best interests to live with the father who could fully meet the child’s needs and promote his welfare and further for the child to have supervised contact with the mother.
What others say
“a pleasure to work with – a solicitor with a pleasant and easy manner.”
“an astute family lawyer who is prepared to think creatively.”
Away from the office
I am somewhat an amateur thespian; I regularly tread the boards in a variety of dramatic roles, from the sublime to the ridiculous (and sometimes downright hilarious). I am also involved in a range of community-based activities, and spend much of my free time out and about in the countryside.
I also name reading, theatre and cinema among my interests, and enjoy swimming, gardening, cooking and walking. But it’s not all play and no work; I attend the gym on a semi-regular basis to maintain my fitness levels.