Therese is a partner and head of the family law team in Kingston. With more than 38 years of experience practicing family law, she offers clients a deep understanding of family complexities, and an unwavering commitment to helping families resolve their conflicts constructively.
An accredited mediator, collaborative family lawyer and family litigator, Therese helps clients match the approach that best suits them and their family. She excels at utilising mediation to work with both spouses directly in creating solutions over which they have ownership, and gives them the tools to lead successful, post-divorce lives. Therese also sees children directly in mediation at the request of parents.
Therese serves high level professionals, business owners, senior managers, and family business shareholders and their spouses - clients for whom divorce and financial settlements have far-reaching consequences. She listens attentively to identify her clients’ unique familial, social and financial contexts.
Therese has a keen understanding of her clients’ circumstances and is able to determine what kind of support and intervention will best serve them. She works closely with other professionals, including child and financial specialists to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.
A pioneer in dispute resolution, Therese is adept at successfully managing complex matters, including high-conflict parenting, high-asset financial and transgender cases. She has effectively employed mediation in resolving the complications and sensitivities of these cases. As family dynamics continue to change, Therese provides clients with both the legal expertise and the human skills to navigate their way through today’s family law challenges.
Specialising in family law since 1980, Therese has practised as a family mediator since 1997. She was in the first group of 15 UK solicitors who trained to become collaborative lawyers in 2003. Therese regularly contributes practical articles and webinars on family law and alternative dispute resolution to select journals. She is a member of the Dispute Resolution committee for Resolution.
Clients and fellow lawyers appreciate "her sensible approach" to challenging situations and she has been cited as being "the very best of mediators".
- 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
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as having "decades of experience that she deploys to great effect to ensure that her clients’ cases are managed supremely well." She is "intelligent, rounded and insightful. She puts clients at ease, even those who are reluctant to be present at the mediation." Therese is "intelligent, rounded and insightful"
- 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