Michelle is a Senior Associate in the Family team.
Experienced in all legal issues arising from the breakdown of relationships, whether married, in a civil partnership or living together. This includes divorce, financial remedy, financial provision for children and cohabitation disputes, particularly where clients have business and property assets or investments. Michelle advises third parties, when their assets become caught up in a divorce settlement. She also advises parents and other family members such as grandparents on child arrangements (previously known as residence and contact) as well as advising in relocation cases. For individuals with wealth to protect, who are moving in with their partner or planning to get married, she also prepares prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.
Clients include professionals, business owners, directors, shareholders and their spouses.
Recent examples of how Michelle has supported clients include:
- successfully representing a father, in a High Court case, ensuring that his child could stay in the UK and reside with him, rather than relocating permanently to Nigeria with the mother;
- securing a capitalised maintenance order in a divorce settlement acting for a property investor with a developing business who wished to ensure that there were no claims on his future wealth;
- concluding a prenuptial agreement for a same-sex couple prior to their marriage; and
- protecting assets which parents had transferred into their adult son's name to hold on trust, but upon divorce his spouse tried to claim the assets were matrimonial and therefore she was entitled to a share in the value.