Meet the Cotswold divorce lawyers

PUBLISHED: 14:39 08 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:28 09 January 2020

Meet the divorce lawyers (photo: grinvalds, Getty Images)

Meet the divorce lawyers (photo: grinvalds, Getty Images)

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Meet some of the Cotswolds most experienced divorce lawyers, here to help and advise you on getting through these difficult times

- Louise Chipchase | Stowe Family Law

Harley House, 29 Cambray Place, Cheltenham, GL50 1JN

01242 362220 | Louise.chipchase@stowefamilylaw.co.uk | www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk

Stowe Family Law is the largest specialist family law firm in the UK, with over 75 divorce lawyers across 22 offices.

We are highly experienced in all areas of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and arrangements for children during a divorce or separation.

What is your career history?

I have practised family law for 14 years specialising in financial settlements arising from divorce or separation. I previously worked in Worcestershire, leading a family team and then heading a family law department, before becoming Managing Partner at Stowe's new Cheltenham office in July 2019.

What services do you provide?

I specialise in divorce and financial settlements, disputes between unmarried couples and pre and postnuptial agreements. My work frequently involves issues around inherited assets, trusts, pensions and business assets. I also regularly deal with issues concerning child arrangements following a relationship breakdown, including relocation.

What advice would you give to couples/families going through this process?

Take early advice, look after yourself and focus on what is important. Early advice will provide you with information, a strategy and some feeling of control. I cannot say enough about the importance of self-care to find the headspace you need to make well-informed, calm decisions about the future.

Stowe Family Law – Louise ChipchaseStowe Family Law – Louise Chipchase

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- James Grigg | Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd

Overross House, Ross Park, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7US

01989 562377 | jgrigg@hcrlaw.com | www.hcrlaw.com

As a partner and family law solicitor, I'm proud to be part of our large and experienced team. Because relationship breakdowns can be incredibly stressful, in fact akin to bereavement, I focus on achieving a fair resolution with dignity - my approach is both sensitive and practical and, when necessary, robust.

What is your career history?

I have worked in Gloucestershire, specialising in family law, for over 20 years. I have represented clients at every level, from the local family court in Gloucester and Cheltenham to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, fighting my client's corner with considerable success.

What services do you provide?

I help couples following the breakdown of their relationship, marriage or civil partnership. I deal with everything that follows, specialising in resolving complex financial issues, including cases involving trusts, businesses and off-shore assets. I also help to minimise the impact of any future separation by preparing cohabitation or pre-nuptial agreements.

What advice would you give to couples/families going through this process?

Take specialist advice from the start. Aim to resolve matters fairly and collaboratively. Adopt a robust yet fair, reasonable and measured approach. Avoid making decisions clouded by bitterness and resentment. If you stand on principle, you may pay the price. Pick your battles carefully - focus on the big picture.

James Grigg � Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd (photo: James Greenoff)James Grigg � Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd (photo: James Greenoff)

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- Beverley Morris | Lodders Solicitors

Glensanda House 1 Montpellier Parade Cheltenham GL50 1UA

01242 228370 | beverley.morris@lodders.co.uk | www.lodders.co.uk

Beverley is an equity partner, collaboratively trained lawyer and head of the Family team at Lodders. She has been consistently recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners over the years in her field of expertise, with the current edition of Chambers describing her as "very hard working and very well respected".

What is your career history?

I have solely practiced in the field of family law. I have been fortunate to have taken a number of cases to the Court of Appeal and last year a case progressed to the Supreme Court. My focus continues to be on the financial aspects that surround the breakdown of a relationship.

What services do you provide?

The team and I cover all aspects of family life. My specialism continues to be financial work. It is of note that the makeup of the family has changed considerably over the years, with the number of cohabiting families continuing to increase year on year.

What advice would you give to couples/families going through this process?

Family relationships remain complex. A very unattractive aspect of family law has become the growth in 'divorce tourism'. Many practitioners have welcomed the recent decision in Potanin v Potanina, where a Russian wife was seeking a divorce settlement from her former husband in the English Courts. Mr. Justice Cohen took a dim view and dismissed the wife's application, saying there was no connection with England and Wales. For many, Court is still an expensive way of resolving matters, and alternative dispute resolution should be pursued.

Beverley Morris � Lodders Solicitors (photo: Dave Warren)Beverley Morris � Lodders Solicitors (photo: Dave Warren)

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- Rashi Gandhi-Dawson | Bower Bailey Solicitors

Willow House 2 Heynes Place Station Lane Witney Oxfordshire OX28 4YN

01993 705095 | rgandhi-dawson@bowerbailey.co.uk | www.bowerbailey.co.uk

I am a solicitor specialising exclusively in Family Law at Bower Bailey Solicitors and work at their Witney office. We are a leading law firm with several offices in and around Oxfordshire.

I am passionate about what I do and aim to achieve the best outcome for my clients.

What is your career history?

I qualified as a solicitor in 2008 with a firm in Oxfordshire. I lived in France for a number of years before returning and joining a firm in Berkshire where I was the Associate Director. I moved to Bower Bailey to join their dynamic team.

What services do you provide?

Together with my team, I advise on all aspects of relationship breakdown including cohabitation, financial disputes, divorce, children issues and pre-nuptial agreements. I often conduct my own advocacy before judges and magistrates.

What advice would you give to couples/families going through this process?

Take legal advice as soon as possible. It is important that you are aware of the legal process as well as your options from the outset. Every case is different so you cannot always rely on the experiences of others. Specialist advice from a solicitor is invaluable.

Rashi Gandhi Dawson � Bower Bailey SolicitorsRashi Gandhi Dawson � Bower Bailey Solicitors

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- Jane Brothwood | Hughes Paddison Solicitors

10 Royal Crescent Cheltenham GL50 3DA

01242 574244 | jsb@hughes-paddison.co.uk | www.hughes-paddison.co.uk

I am a solicitor specialising in family law, and managing director of Hughes Paddison in Cheltenham. I specialise in sorting out complex financial issues, but have wide ranging experience in all areas of family law. I always try to adopt a constructive and pragmatic approach to any dispute, and I will not deliberately aggravate an already difficult situation.

What is your career history?

I qualified at a firm in central London, and worked there as a partner until I moved to Cheltenham in 1994, when I joined Hughes Paddison. I have been managing director since 2008. I have practised exclusively in matters relating to families for over 30 years.

What services do you provide?

I am a mediator as well as a solicitor, and enjoy the challenge of both roles. The family department has nine lawyers and is therefore fully equipped to deal with any issue that might arise, including pre and post nuptial agreements, children, divorce cohabitation. We care about our clients and all aim to guide them through the process feeling supported and protected.

What advice would you give to couples/families going through this process?

Take advice early, to enable informed decisions to be made. Avoid a war of words; it simply runs up your fees. Focus on what is actually important, don't argue over things that don't matter, Untold damage is done through lawyers being unnecessarily hostile and aggressive. We can protect you and get you the best outcome without destroying your family in the process.

Hughes Paddison Solicitors – Jane BrothwoodHughes Paddison Solicitors – Jane Brothwood

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