Maria Steele-Williams

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 also spans into Mid Sussex and she regularly supports clients from the firm’s main centre 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 member of the Family Law Panel, The UK’s Top Family Law & Mediation Specialists, and a previous Trustee of North Kent Womans Aid, a charity working together to provide life-saving services and to build a future where domestic 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 straight-forward 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 and same-sex couples

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.