Career History

    • 1976 – 1980 – Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh, Southampton
    • 1980 – 1981 – Anthony Collins & Co., Birmingham
    • 1981 – 1984 – Cooke Matheson & Co., London WC2
    • 1985 – 1991 – Theodore Goddard, London EC1
    • 1991 – 1995 – Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, London EC4
    • 1995 – 2003 – The Family Law Consortium, London WC2
    • 2003 – 2005 – Meyer Pigdon, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    • 2005 – 2007 – Panorama Legal Services, Surrey, England
    • 2007 – –           The International Family Law Group LLP, London WC2

After training and qualifying in Southampton,  I spent 10 years at City of London law firms; a partner in City of London firm Theodore Goddard as head of their Family Law Department and then Frere Cholmonley Bischoff (later Eversheds).  In 1995, I was joint founder of probably the world’s first metropolitan practice to combine family lawyers, mediators and counsellors and with an emphasis on a conciliatory and holistic approach. It was subsequently copied in many practices across the world. From 2003 to 2005 I worked in Sydney for a leading family law firm, qualifying as an Australian lawyer.  I retain my entitlement to practice as a solicitor and barrister in Australia.

I am therefore an English qualified and accredited  solicitor. For  most of my career , I have specialised in financial aspects of relationship breakdown in complex cases involving medium and substantial assets.  Almost all  my cases now have an international element. My clients are from England and abroad, both men and women and from all walks of life although some concentrations in the IT and media/entertainment industries, the professions  and entrepreneurs.

I am a  co-founder with Ann Thomas and partner  in The International Family Law Group LLP, a law firm in Covent Garden, London created in April 2007  set up specifically  to serve the interests of  international  families and their children.  More details at  Although the firm only started in 2007, the Legal 500 immediately called it “the firm to watch”. In subsequent years it has been described as the leading international family law practice. It is described in Legal 500 2019 as: ‘the go to firm for cases with an international element’. We started with five people and now 13 years on, we have over 20.

I undertake specialist advisory work for other law firms in England and  receive instructions from many law firms abroad.  I write opinions of English law for foreign law firms for use in proceedings abroad.  I have been an expert on foreign (English) law for court proceedings abroad

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