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Maria Steele-Williams

Associate and Senior Legal Executive

Maria is a specialist family lawyer in Brighton & Hove and has more than 20 years’ experience of managing complex divorce cases that often involve high value financial settlements, protection of business and commercial assets, and children issues. Maria’s work spans across Mid Sussex and Kent and she regularly supports clients from the firm’s main office based in Uckfield.

Maria has a particular expertise in handling sensitive domestic violence cases and regularly supports those that have been subjected to traumatic and distressed circumstances beyond their control.

She is a former member of the Family Law Panel, the UK’s top family law and mediation specialists. She is a previous Trustee of North Kent Womans Aid, a charity working together to provide life-saving services and to build a future where domestic abuse and violence is not tolerated.

Maria’s clients

Maria works as a trusted adviser to individuals from all walks of life who want to consider options, or take direct action, following the breakdown of a relationship. Her clients range from those in long-standing relationships who may have children and considerable assets, to same sex couples and those who have recently married.

Experience and approach

Maria’s advice is straightforward and constructive. She is highly responsive and approachable, and has built a reputation for quickly assessing an individuals circumstances and providing them with a range of pragmatic options, without the need to charge.

The result enables clients to make informed decisions without the worry of incurring unnecessary upfront costs, whilst also retaining confidence that their case will be handled sensitively and with complete discretion, if they choose to proceed.

Areas of expertise

  • Divorce, separation and same sex relationship breakdown
  • Financial advice upon breakdown of relationships
  • Children’s Act proceedings including international aspects
  • Domestic abuse cases
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements

What Maria’s clients say

“Maria made me feel at ease and was a great asset to have in Court! Maria took extra time with me to understand my situation – very satisfied, very helpful – would recommend.”
Client quote, May 2019

“Extremely helpful and professional, keep doing what you do. Thank you for all your help in this matter.”
Client quote, January 2019

Maria’s work

Complex overseas financial settlement

Maria recently advised an individual on divorce proceedings that required the resolution of significant assets and financial claims through the High Court. The case was complex in that it was an overseas divorce that involved assets abroad and pensions claims within the UK.