Therese is a partner and head of the family law team in Kingston. She advises on all aspects of family law and gives constructive and realistic advice in an empathetic and practical manner.
As an accredited mediator, collaborative family lawyer and family litigator, Therese is committed to helping clients match the process that best suits them and their family, reaching a lasting outcome in a practical, tailored and cost effective manner. She has pioneered the way in dispute resolution.
Described by The Legal 500 (2016) as a “brilliant mediator”
She has extensive experience in advising married, co-habiting and civil partnership clients who are facing a relationship breakdown in areas such as financial issues, relationship agreements and children law.
Therese has specialised in family law since 1980 and has practised as a family mediator from 1997.
She was in the first group of 15 UK solicitors who trained to become collaborative lawyers in September 2003.
She regularly contributes practical articles on family law and ADR to appropriate journals.
- Financial issues - assists couples who are married, in a civil partnership or have cohabitated following relationship breakdown in resolving questions regarding income, division of capital, pensions etc. and in establishing a workable parenting plan in cases where children are involved
- Relationship agreements - advises clients in relation to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and co-habitation contracts for couples who reside together. Her renowned experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods is ideally suited to helping clients negotiate pre-relationship agreements
- Children law - experienced in advising couples about the issues relating to their children following relationship breakdown and is mindful of the fact that whilst a relationship may have ended, the client's role as a mother or father has not. She provides pragmatic advice enabling her clients to make informed decisions supporting them through what can be a very emotional time
- Named as a Super Lawyer in the Family Law category (London) in the 'Super Lawyers 2015' publication of top London solicitors
- Member of Resolution and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (ICAP) and is a regular attendee at their annual seminars
- Obtained the first family mediation franchise for a law firm in South-West London in 1999, having obtained the Legal Services Commission Competence Certificate for all issues mediation
- Was Pod Liaison Officer for Thameside Collaborative Lawyers for six years and now shares that role. In this influential role she has had responsibility for arranging and / or presenting successful seminars and training sessions for collaborative professionals including lawyers, family consultants and independent financial advisers
- Chambers UK (2014) recommend her for her expertise in finance cases and that she has "great client care - she is very user-friendly"
- Clients praise her for "strong technical knowledge, excellent communication skills and strong commitment" Chambers UK (2012)
- Recognised as a 'leading individual' in Chambers UK (2011) who comment "she is particularly highly regarded for alternative dispute resolution" and "she deals with a major part of her work through ADR handling both children issues and matrimonial finance"
- The Legal 500 (2014) comments that she is "an innovator and enthusiast".
- Recommended in The Legal 500 (2013)
- Sits on the Dispute Resolution Committee for Resolution, the lead family organisation in UK
- Accredited mediator with Resolution since 2001
- Approved by MOJ and Family Mediation Council (FMC) to provide Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMS) - now required before any family court proceedings
- An FMC accredited family mediator, a standard now required for all mediators since January 2015.
- Trained as a civil mediator in 2011 and so works with both the civil and traditional family models of mediation thus offering a wide variation to suit what clients want both in costs and timer
- Qualified to see children and young people directly in mediation (DCC) if parents decide this would be helpful