1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Gillian came to the Bar in 2001 as a second career and has gone on to build a thriving practice specialising in private family and family related work for both married and unmarried clients. Her ability to provide a full service for her clients in both these areas means she is well placed to represent their best, long term interests. She appears in all levels of court.

Gillian is a Resolution trained lawyer mediator and a member of the Family Law Bar Association. She is also a qualified Arbitrator and authorised to conduct Arbitration in children cases.

Gillian accepts Direct Public Access work. 

  • Children (private law)

    Gillian deals with all manner of disputes over children, including child arrangements, schooling choices, holidays and finances. She has acted for parents, grandparents and Rule 16.4 Guardians.

    She has a particular interest in cases involving relocation, both external and internal.  She has dealt with contested removals of children to a variety of countries including Portugal, France, China, Zimbabwe and Israel.

    Gillian has experience in Schedule 1 claims to obtain financial provision for children, both in high net worth cases and cases where finances are strained. She is a contributor to the Family Law book Applications Under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.

    Gillian also has experience in representing clients involved in highly acrimonious disputes over child arrangements, involving allegations of violence, sexual abuse and intractable hostility.  

  • Family finance & property

    Within the arena of family finance Gillian has experience not only in financial remedy cases but those involving cohabitation disputes. She has particular experience in cases where there are interveners, often family members. Her meticulous approach with strong attention to detail makes her particularly sought after in cases where there are allegations of hidden assets.

    She deals with mid to high asset levels and her cases have required business valuations, expert tax opinion and complex pension analysis. 

  • Domestic violence & injunctions

    Gillian has experience in representing clients who are seeking or responding to applications for injunctions or occupation of the family home where domestic violence is a feature. She is valued for her down to earth approach and her ability to think laterally to provide practical solutions to family problems. She is particularly known for her reassuring manner and pragmatic outlook.

  • Arbitration

    Gillian trained as an arbitrator in 2016 and was awarded the grade of MCIArb by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, being of the first to qualify in the field of Children Arbitration. 

  • Mediation

    Gillian has been qualified as a lawyer/mediator with Resolution since 2007. She takes a firm and no nonsense approach which enables most of her clients to reach an agreement and is appreciated by her client’s solicitors. 

  • ENE / Private FDR

    Gillian has experience in directed mediation, in which she combines her mediation skills with an expert view on the likely outcome if the parties take their dispute to court.