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We are a group of lawyers, financial planners and family consultants in Sussex, committed to the model of Collaborative Family Law.

Collaborative Family Law is a new, and increasingly popular, approach designed for resolving relationship disputes without going to Court or for negotiating agreements in advance of forming a marriage or civil partnership.

Our members work together with couples to form agreements and resolve disputes by negotiating constructively, minimising conflict and focusing on what is important to you.

Barry Browning01323 895890
barry@makingcomplexsimple.co.uk

 

In 2007, Barry attended a Resolution training course that focussed on pensions, divorce and the collaborative process, culminating in achieving an accreditation following an examination. He is one of only 102 people in the UK who hold this qualification and is also part of the ‘Linked In’ group, where he can refer questions amongst his fellow professionals to obtain views on specific cases.

 

Barry is the  treasurer of Brightpod.

 

Barry is the proud father of two children, Jessica and Jasmine. When he is not spending time with his family, he is a keen cyclist and enjoys cycling both on and off road. He also enjoys kayaking on the local rivers and sea, five-a-side football, golf, gardening (which he finds very relaxing when you have a head full of figures!) and walking his dog, Trevor (named by his eldest daughter).

 

  •  B-Tec National in Business Studies
  • Banking Diploma, Law & Economics
  • Financial Planning Certificate
  • Advanced Financial Planning Certificate
  • Chartered Insurance Institute G60 Pensions
  • Resolution Accreditation in Pensions & Financial Matters Relating to Divorce
 
Lisa Burton-Durham01273 646907

lisa@familylawpartners.co.uk

 

Lisa Burton-Durham is a Chartered Legal Executive and Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer. She has over 20 years experience in family law.

 

Lisa is a member of Resolution and in accordance with its principles she is committed to working in a constructive and non-confrontational way. This led to her desire to become collaboratively trained. Her aim is always to find positive solutions and outcomes for her clients and their children. Lisa always takes a sensitive approach and has a clear understanding of the emotional difficulties involved in separation for everyone involved. She has a very approachable and reassuring manner.

 

Lisa specialises in collaborative law, divorce, civil partnership dissolution and other relationship breakdowns. Recently, she has advised on a significant number of Pre-Nuptial, Pre-Civil Partnership and Cohabitation Agreements.

 

Over the years Lisa has acted for clients in Brighton, Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford. A regular contributor to a number of publications, Lisa writes advice columns and articles on various aspects of relationship breakdown.

 

Lisa’s passions include photography, travel, food and drink and socialising.

Fiona Connah01273 718512

fionaconnah@howlettclarke.co.uk

 

Fiona qualified as a solicitor in May 1999 and has since practiced exclusively in family law.  She is accredited with Resolutionas an expert family lawyer, and also a Collaborative lawyer.

 

Fiona specialises in assisting divorcing or separating couples who must decide what arrangements should be made for the children and how any financial assets should be divided.  She is a champion of the Collaborative law approach because every individual, couple or family are different.

 

Fiona tries to find the right approach and method that best suits each of her clients in order to help them resolve their specific issues as swiftly, amicably and practically as she can.  She has an effective network of contacts which includes mediators, financial advisers, counsellors and accountants so that once you instruct her Fiona can help you and where necessary refer you to an appropriate specialist who can help to ensure that all matters are resolved.

 

Fiona is approachable and enjoys her work.

Yvonne Cordwell01444 246377
yvonne@ssandp.com

 

Yvonne Cordwell has been in practice as a family solicitor for 20 years and became a partner in Stevens Son and Pope Solicitors in 1999.  She specialises in all aspects of family work and works not only within the traditional court based system but enjoys  working as a Resolution trained mediator, qualifying in 1999 and as a Resolution trained collaborative lawyer, qualifying in 2007.  She is a member of Resolution and the Law Society Family Panel.

 

She believes it is important for separating couples to negotiate their own way through separation and sees her role as providing guidance, support information and advice in negotiating the potential minefield that lies ahead.  Outside the office she enjoys lawn bowls and dancing.

Kim Crewe01273 711051
kim@thecrescentpractice.co.uk

 

Kim Crewe is a Resolution-trained Family Consultant and Partner at the Crescent Practice in Brighton and Horsham. She has over 20 years experience working locally as a therapist and coach with individuals and couples who have relationship difficulties.

As a Family Consultant, Kim’s role is to pay attention to the emotional aspects of separation and divorce, to create a safe space for individuals or couples to talk freely about their concerns. For clients with children, Kim will keep the children’s needs at the forefront of her mind. Kim is experienced in helping couples negotiate the changes involved in forming a new stepfamily.

As a member of Resolution Kim is committed to working collaboratively to help couples find good outcomes for themselves and their family members. She is approachable and understanding and is happy to discuss potential clients’ needs without obligation.

Julia Dyson01903 791810
jdyson@wannops.com

 

Julia Dyson is a Partner at Wannops LLP and is an accredited member of Resolution (with specialisms in children and cohabitation) and trained as a collaborative lawyer in December 2007. She has worked in family law for the last 16 years and she has a wide range of experience in all aspects of family law.  Julia has been a partner specialising in family law since 2005.  Julia’s approach to family law is non-adversarial whilst ensuring that clients’ reach an agreement which they are both happy with.

 

Anna Glenton01273 662750
 aglenton@edward-harte.co.uk

 

Anna Glenton works for Edward Harte in Brighton. She qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has specialised in family law ever since. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist as well as being on the Law Society’s Family Panel. She has an MA in Socio-Legal Studies (Children) which has given her some understanding of child psychology and of the sociological issues underlying the legal process.

 

Anna became a collaborative lawyer early in 2011. She is married with children, comes from Kent, and has practised law in the East Midlands and North Yorkshire before moving to Sussex.

Gemma Hope01273 646915
gemmah@familylawpartners.co.uk

Gemma is a Senior Associate, Specialist Family Law Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer at Family Law Partners . Gemma is a member of Resolution and is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advance Financial Provision and Children Matters.

Committed to the constructive, cost effective resolution of family disputes Gemma promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family issues and always focuses on solutions that are in the best interests of any children.

After finding herself becoming more frequently frustrated at how an adversarial and litigious approach to dealing with separation was not always suitable for all families Gemma trained and became a Collaborative Lawyer and is now pleased to be able to offer people who are going through the separation process an alternative way of moving forward with their life.

Outside of work Gemma enjoys hiking and rock climbing as well as pilates and yoga. Gemma is also a keen Triathlete.  

Julian Hunt01273 327241
jbh@deanwilson.co.uk

 

Julian was admitted in 1998 and is Head of the Family Law Department. He an ex-President of the Sussex Law Society.

 

Julian is one of the first Solicitors in this area to become a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer.

 

Julian remains the longest golf driving Solicitor in England.

Linda Lamb01273 646901
 linda@familylawpartners.co.uk

 

Linda Lamb is a Director at Family Law Partners who specialises in family law. She is a member of Resolution (First for Family Law) and a Resolution Accredited Specialist (Private Children and Cohabitation), a member of the Law Society Family Panel, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator. In particular, Linda is trained to involve children within the mediation process where appropriate.
Chambers UK 2012 Edition have identified Linda as a leader in the field of family law. Linda was head of the family department at a regional firm before starting up Family Law Partners with her co-Directors Robert Williams and Alan Larkin.

 

Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor (originally in Scotland in 1993 before qualifying in England in 1995) Linda was a District Nurse and Community Midwife in Scotland.

 

Linda has particular expertise in Mediation and cases where issues arise relating to the welfare of children. Her specialism in this area means she has a clear understanding of how to resolve extremely sensitive client issues.  Linda is also a Child Arbitrator.

 

Outside of work Linda is passionate about skiing, enjoys rollerblading with her two children and visiting Scotland.

 

Alan Larkin01273 646902
alan@familylawpartners.co.uk

 

Alan Larkin is a Director at Family Law Partners who specialise in family law. He is a long standing member of Resolution (First for Family Law), Resolution Accredited Specialist (Preparing and Presenting cases in Court and Children Law) and Collaborative Lawyer.

 

Chambers UK have identified Alan as a key individual who is “very low key and a good negotiator” and “very intelligent and easy to deal with”. Alan specialises in finances following a relationship breakdown, whether by separation, divorce, or dissolution of civil partnership and contentious probate work. Alan was integrally involved in the financial management of the regional firm he was with prior to setting up Family Law Partners including financial performance and targets for the department.

 

Before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1997 Alan worked with the Merseyside Probation Service and was the Manager of the Toxteth Victims’ Support Scheme between 1983 and 1987. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 joining a Legal 100 firm in the South East and becoming a partner there in 2004, later becoming acting head of the family team.

 

Alan’s practice also extends to Inheritance Act matters where there are challenges to the financial provision in Wills for spouses or children, and contentious probate.
Outside of work he enjoys time with his family, independent cinema, literature and urban cycling. He also attempts to to blog at www.divorcefinancetoolkit.co.uk

 

Nicole Lawton01273 686811
nicolel@fitzhugh.co.uk

Nicole was admitted as a solicitor in October 1996 and is Head of the family department at Fitzhugh Gates.  She has been a partner since September 2003.

Nicole is a member of Resolution and has trained as a Resolution Collaborative Family Lawyer.  She is also a member of two Law Society accredited schemes, namely the Adult & Children Panel and as an advanced member of the Family Law Panel.

Based in the Brighton office of Fitzhugh Gates, Nicole specialises in high value and complex financial matters upon divorce, separation, civil partnership dissolution and case concerning children.

Nicole takes a personal yet pragmatic approach to the resolution of family cases. Nicole can therefore offer a very comprehensive range of skills and expertise within the collaborative forum where the court arena is replaced by round table meetings and discussion.

Sarah Mellish01273 627512
sarah.mellish@harneywells.co.uk

Sarah Mellish has worked in family law now for over 30 years. She is a member of the Law Society’s Family Panel (advanced member) Childrens Panel and Mediation Panel. As well as being a member of ‘BrightPod’ she also belongs to ‘Lawyers who Mediate’.

Sarah’s wish would be for all family cases to be resolved through the use of mediation and/or collaborative law.

Jackie Mensah01903 229938
jnm@bennettgriffin.co.uk

Jacqueline is head of the family department at Bennett Griffin, dealing with children’s law matters (including representation of parents and grandparents, and international issues also); domestic violence; divorce/dissolution; financial issues upon marriage, civil partnership, or relationship breakdown, and pre-nuptial and co-habitation (living together) agreements.She undertakes pro bono work with Worthing Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Jacqueline has lived in Worthing since 1976, and her great grandfather’s name can be found on the war memorial in Chapel Road.  Jacqueline’s interests include travelling, music and art. She is learning Twi, a language of Ghana.

Peter Moore0345 838 2551
actuaries@bdm-mail.com

 

Peter is the Managing Director of the actuarial firm Bradshaw Dixon & Moore Ltd (BDM), an affiliate member of Resolution based in Rustington, West Sussex.

BDM have been providing expert witness pension sharing and pension offsetting reports as part of divorce proceedings for over 10 years.

Pension sharing can present many challenged in the goal to achieve equitable outcomes.  By using our unique tried and tested market consistent valuation approach a fair comparison of the parties’ pensions is achievable.

Peter is very approachable and is happy to make available his many years of expertise, assisting clients and colleagues to understand the complexities and subtleties of pensions and pension valuation for divorce purposes.

In his spare time Peter can be found at the boatyard getting his Cornish Crabber ready for the next outing along the English Channel or alternatively at home practising his duties as a new grandfather.

Jo O'Sullivan01273 206720 or 07780 676212
jo@osullivanfamilylaw.com

Jo O’ Sullivan’s long held ambition was to try to focus on collaborative practice and now she can.  O’Sullivan Family Law was established to concentrate of collaborative work and to build up a network of professionals who can help those divorcing to recover.

Lynne Passmore07554 887985
lynne@lynnepassmore.com

Lynne Passmore is a member of Resolution and trained as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in 2007, when she helped establish ‘BrightPod’. Lynne is committed to a non adversarial approach to family law. In her relationships with her clients she is practical, sympathetic and supportive. For those suffering the aftermath of a relationship breakdown Lynne offers the means of dealing with the issues in a dignified, open and honest way.  Acknowledging past issues and hurt whilst finding a way forward taking into account the impact on the entire family and putting the needs of any children first. Lynne’s aim is to encourage parties to reach an agreement which best suits the circumstances specific to them and which allows them to consider factors which a court would not necessarily take into account if a Judge were asked to determine the outcome. Lynne’s overriding principle is to maintain open communication, particularly where a couple have children and will need to work together for the sake of those children for many years to come.

Susan Regi - Mediator07870 227247

sregi@outlook.com

 

I spent the first 15 years of my working life as a science teacher. I later studied law and trained as a solicitor and worked as a family lawyer in the Brighton area for over twenty years. I trained as a mediator in 1995 and developed my work as a family mediator alongside my legal work. My interest in mediation grew and now includes community mediation and work place mediation.

I left legal work two years ago and am now a self employed family mediator. I really believe that with the right support and information, people facing the many problems that relationship breakdown throws at them can find the confidence to make difficult decisions for themselves and their families. I enjoy working with other the other professionals in SFS to find the best team to help support people in their decision making.

I am a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator Ref. 0812A and can therefore conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings.( MIAMs) I am trained to directly consult with children. I also work as a Professional Practice Consultant PPC supporting other mediators in their mediation practice.

I am a member of both the FMA (Family Mediators Association) and Resolution.

Sarah-Jane Riddell01273 205805
Sarah@brightonandhovelaw.co.uk

Sarah-Jane Riddell is a consultant solicitor with Brighton and Hove Law. Sarah has specialised in family law for the last 20 years and is also a family mediator. She is a member of Resolution and of Lawyers Who Mediate. Sarah has worked in a variety of legal environments and her experience has made her very aware that separation can be one of life’s most painful and traumatic experiences for the whole family, especially for any children involved. She sees the role of the family lawyer as working with clients to find the best possible pathway for them and their family through what can often seem an overwhelming minefield of information, enabling them to move forward in a positive direction.

Sarah works with clients to find the most appropriate option to meet their particular needs recognising that every family is different. Overall, she aims to promote non-adversarial ways of resolving disputes on behalf of her clients, such as mediation or collaborative law to find lasting and amicable solutions to all issues surrounding separation. Sarah is also able to draw on a large local network of other like-minded professionals such as family consultants and collaboratively trained financial advisers in cases where such additional expertise would be helpful in finding the best way forward for clients and their families.

Outside work Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, music, swimming and is interested in learning languages and speaks French.

Simon Rowe01273 327272
simonrowe@howlettclarke.co.uk 

Simon is a Partner at Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke and head of their Family Department.  He is married with two children and have lived in the City of Brighton & Hove all of his working career.

Simon has 25 years of experience in helping people to resolve issues following divorce or relationship breakdown. His work often relates to sorting out the division of financial assets, or perhaps issues over the children. He is friendly and approachable and constantly seeks to support his clients at these difficult times in their lives, helping them to reach agreement wherever possible. His aim is always to minimise the stress and anxiety involved in the legal process.

Wendy Ryle01273 604123

wryle@bbc-law.co.uk

 

Wendy Ryle qualified as a solicitor over 30 years ago and has specialised in Family Law for much of her career. She works for the firm of Burt Brill and Cardens who have offices in Brighton, Worthing and East Grinstead. She is able to undertake collaborative law cases at all these offices.

 

Wendy is an accredited specialist with Resolution and a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. She qualified as a collaborative lawyer in 2006 and as a Family Mediator in 2009. She recognises the worry and stress that is caused to clients by divorce and separation and the effects that are also felt by any children involved. She believes that whenever possible, it is preferable for divorcing or separating couples to resolve issues by agreement rather than by Court proceedings. Collaborative law helps agreements to be reached.

 

Away from the office, Wendy’s interests are music, singing and running.

Elizabeth Taylor01273 662754

etaylor@edward-harte.co.uk

 

Elizabeth Taylor is a partner in the firm of Edward Harte LLP.  She has been qualified for over 30 years and has specialised in the field of Family Law for most of that period. Liz has trained as a Mediator and was one of the founder members of the Brighton Collaborative Pod. She is a member of Resolution and a Committee Member on the West Sussex Resolution Regional Branch and is the local advisor to the Grandparents Association. Liz has basic Sign Language knowledge up to Stage 1 and is also experienced on the subject of educational and social requirements for children with special needs.

 

Outside interests centre on the family and the garden.

Jane Wells01273 684666

jane-wells@harneywells.co.uk

 

Jane Wells is a partner in Harney and Wells Solicitors in Brighton who specialise in Family Law. Jane is also a fully accredited mediator and a member of Resolution and has been involved in family law for over 20 years and has been a mediator for over 10 years. As an experienced mediator Jane is able to bring her mediation skills into the collaborative process.

 

Jane has considerable experience in working with children and has been on the Law Society’s Children Panel for over 15 years. Jane is fully committed in assisting families through a collaborative process.

Colin Wibley01273 662750

cwibley@edward-harte.co.uk

 

Colin Wibley is a partner in the firm of Edward Harte & Co and has been qualified for over 30 years.  He is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, a member of Resolution, and a trained Collaborative Lawyer.

 

Colin believes that Collaborative Law offers a much needed alternative to the traditional law and Court based approach.  He is keen to assist couples to work together to resolve all issues arising from the breakdown of their relationship in a positive and constructive fashion.  He recognises the fact that although a relationship might have broken down, it is nonetheless extremely important that the family unit as a whole should survive intact.

 

Outside work Colin enjoys running, surfing and music.

Robert Williams01273 646903

robert@familylawpartners.co.uk

 

Robert Williams is a Director at Family Law Partners who specialise in family law. He is member of Resolution (First for Family Law), a Resolution Accredited Specialist (Ancillary Relief and Emergency Procedures) and Collaborative Lawyer.

 

Chambers UK identified Robert as a key individual who is “sensible and focuses on the issues”.

 

In 2010 Robert was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Robert specialises in finances following a relationship breakdown, whether by separation, divorce, or dissolution of civil partnership. Having qualified in 1994 with First Class Honours in the Solicitors Final Examinations, Robert was formerly head of the family department and Training Partner at a regional legal firm from 2001-2010 prior to setting up Family Law Partners with his co-Directors Linda Lamb and Alan Larkin.

 

Robert focuses on the strategic issues in each case he works on and ensures that all his clients look at ways of managing the risks associated with relationship breakdowns.

 

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, walking on the Downs, watching football, playing golf, meditation and regular visits to the Himalayas.

Angus Willson01903 214640

AWillson@graftonhouse.net

 

Angus qualified as an Independent Financial Adviser in 2002. Holding the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Financial Planning, and a member of the Personal Finance Society, Angus is currently undertaking the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate to reach Chartered status and already holds the advanced AF3 Pension Planning Qualification which helps him in his work with Family Lawyers.

Angus works at Chartered Financial Advisers, Investment Solutions Wealth Management, in Worthing. The firm, established 26 years, is a member of Solicitors Independent Financial Advisers (SIFA) and has received numerous accolades for its advice and service to clients across Sussex and the South East, with 3 of the advisers named in the top 250 IFA’s in the UK as voted by the consumer ratings website, Vouchedfor.

SIFA is The Law Society and Financial Conduct Authority recognised organisation that supports and promotes Advisers working in and with the legal profession. Investment Solutions is the only SIFA accredited firm in West Sussex.

Angus is an affiliate member Resolution and works alongside other legal professionals working within Family Law.

As an affiliate member Angus brings with him many years of experience working alongside matrimonial lawyers, especially with regard to pensions on divorce. Angus finds that listening, explaining, and keeping matters simple are key components of ensuring that often complex matters are understood by all parties and resolved satisfactorily.

Leisure time is a luxury when you have two young children, but when he does have a few hours off Angus keeps fit playing tennis, swimming in the sea and cycling.