Helen is a very experienced family and divorce lawyer who as well as acting for private clients works closely with our commercial team especially when businesses are involved in relationship break ups. To complement her practice she is also a Resolution trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.
Helen works with a wide range of clients both in terms of their financial circumstances and their geographic location whether in the West Kent area or further afield, including receiving instructions from overseas clients who have assets in the UK.
Experience and approach
Having been qualified for more than 28 years, Helen is a specialist in in advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown. She has a detailed knowledge of managing complex financial cases, including cases involving overseas assets; family trusts; property held by more than one family member; shares in family companies and farms; and inherited assets. Increasingly Helen is advising couples who wish to protect assets they are bringing to their marriage, or cohabitating relationship, should their relationship end.
Helen regularly advises parents who cannot agree on the arrangements for their children after their own relationship has broken down.
Helen’s preferred approach is to negotiate the best outcome for her clients, as she believes engaging in the Court process is not only a lengthy and expensive way to resolve matters but also damaging to any chance of a working relationship being maintained in the future between separating couples. If, however, the Court process is inevitable, Helen will not hesitate to give that advice.
Areas of expertise
- Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
- Financial Arrangements following marriage and other relationship breakdown
- Children, including applications for permission to permanently remove children from England; applications relating to schooling; and arrangements about where and with whom children will live;
- Advice and agreements between those who wish to live together, or are already cohabiting(Living Together Agreements)
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Advising on protection from Domestic Abuse
- Acting as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer
“Thank you for all your hard work on my behalf but more than that, for making what is, without a doubt, a horrendous process, easier to bear. I was very blessed to have come across you. Your mix of knowledge, insight and experience together with your sensitivity, compassion and kindness helped me enormously.”
Anonymous – Private Client
“Wise, sensible and compassionate”
Quote from 2017 edition of Legal 500
Helen recently advised on protecting farming assets inherited prior to the marriage; the impact on financial proceedings where a separating couple had invested money in a third party’s property without first taking advice on how to protect their money; protecting City bonuses and Long Term Investment Plans; and complex proceedings about children where one parent would not acknowledge the terms of an order of the Court.
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