Cambridge has the largest concentration of collaborative family law specialists outside London.
We are all committed to helping separating couples resolve family problems through the collaborative law process with dignity and respect, focusing on the needs of the couple and any children of the family. The group consists of family lawyers, family consultants and financial experts.
is a partner and head of the family law team at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge. A trained mediator and accredited by Resolution in cases involving substantial assets, pensions and children, Jackie finds job satisfaction in assisting clients in identifying their own priorities and crafting more creative solutions than a court based process allows, particularly where the asset base is complex.
Karen Anker is a partner at Silver Fitzgerald in Cambridge. As a Cambridge graduate she could not bear to leave and has worked in the city as a dedicated family lawyer for 20 years. As such she appreciates the better family relationships that can be sustained through the collaborative law approach. She is experienced in both children and financial matters and is a Resolution accredited specialist in these areas. Living locally, she can often be seen cycling around Cambridge. Karen is a Christian and likes to work with children in her church.
Shoshana Goldhill is a partner at Adams Harrison, with offices in Saffron Walden, Haverhill and Sawston. Head of an experienced family team and practicing family law since 1987 Shoshana is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in finance and children and a Resolution trained mediator. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. A typical New Yorker, she starts her day with a swim and a bagel-but after 30 years in the UK-adds a dash of Marmite!
Paul has over 23 years experience in the financial services sector. He holds the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate; this qualification includes what is known as G60 which qualifies him as a pension specialist. This means that he is authorised by the FSA to advise clients on pension transfers. Paul is a Director of PB Financial Planning Ltd (the Financial Services arm of Price bailey Chartered Accountants); he is an active board member and Compliance Officer for the firm. Prior to joining Price Bailey he was for 13 years a Partner in a local IFA practice.
Caitlin is a Partner at Mills & Reeve in Cambridge. Caitlin has considerable
experience helping people through separation as they address issues relating to
children and finances, including complicating factors such as pensions, trusts
and business interests. Caitlin is a collaborative lawyer and also a Family and
Civil/ Commercial Mediator. Caitlin is also a Fellow of the International
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. When not at work, Caitlin is kept busy
looking after her two daughters and watching Wales attempt to win at rugby!
is a Partner at DMFL. Duane is a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer; member of the Law Society Family Law Panel; and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Duane’s specialist experience is in divorces with business and farming interests and families with sensitive children issues.
A financial adviser in Cambridge since 1996, James is a Chartered Financial Planner with the Personal Finance Society (PFS) and a Certified Financial Planner with the Institute of Financial Planning. He began specialising in pensions and financial planning in 2001 and holds advance qualifications from the PFS including the G60 pension paper. He is registered with the FCA as a pensions transfer specialist. James is an affiliate member of Resolution and has undertaken specialist training in collaborative work as a joint financial expert.
is a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate with Ward Gethin Archer. She specialises in all aspects of Family Law. Karen is a member of Resolution and on the Law Society Family Law Panel.
Karen is on the management Committee of the Cambridge and Ely Contact centre and has been qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer since 2005.
Karen has over 25 years experience in the field of family Law. She is married and enjoys village life and time with her family.
is a solicitor at Fiona McLeman Family Law. She specialises in all aspects of private family law, with a particular emphasis on the financial aspects of separation.
is a barrister specialising in family law, a family mediator and a collaborative lawyer. Although Sally’s chambers are in The Temple, Sally can offer collaborative practice in Cambridge. Sally was brought up in France but educated in England. Sally is married and lives in Cambridge. When time allows, Sally enjoys travelling, swimming, listening to opera, walking, gardening and reading.
is a family lawyer in the niche family law practice of cb4law. She is a member of Resolution and the Family Law Panel of the Law Society. A Cambridge graduate and Law Society Prize Winner, she trained with a Gray’s Inn firm before practising family law and civil litigation. A family career break found her in Germany and Holland where she took the opportunity to study European law and work in tax law publishing. For the last 11 years she has practised in Cambridge.
Gail is a founder member of Cambridge Family Law Practice, a specialist firm dealing only with family law. Gail was one of the first collaborative lawyers to train in the UK and has been practising collaborative law since 2004.
Gail has a wide and varied family law practice which includes cases with substantial assets, and she has extensive experience of dealing with issues relating to children. She also has expertise in dealing with pre-nuptial, pre civil partnership and cohabitation agreements, increasingly important to many people.
Gail was also a founder member of CFDRG which she chaired for six years.
Adam is a Partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice, a specialist firm dealing exclusively with family law issues.
He is an experienced Collaborative lawyer and Mediator. He has been accredited by Resolution as a specialist in both “financial provision” and “private children law” and been appointed to The Law Society’s “Family Law Panel”.
Adam is also Chair of Cambridge & West Suffolk Resolution; sits on the domestic violence forum for Cambridgeshire; and is a director of the Cambridge & Ely Children Contact Centres.
Adam lives in Cambridge with his wife and 2 children.
Hannah is a Principal Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP and chair of the Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group. Hannah has experience of advising on a range of complex areas which relate to the financial issues arising out of divorce and separation, for example cases involving trusts and family businesses. She also advise on wealth protection, including Cohabitation Agreements, Pre Marital Agreements and Post Marital Agreements.
Fiona is a Solicitor and Director of Fiona McLeman Family Law, a niche specialist law firm covering all aspects of family law. Fiona’s goal is to provide first class family law services and make them as affordable to as many clients as possible. Fiona’s core values are to be client centric and costs conscientious, the foundation of which is a philosophy of encouraging compromise and resolution wherever possible. Fiona is a Resolution Accredited Specialist.
is head of family law and a partner at Miller Sands. A former engineer, Will has practiced family law for over 17 years focusing on divorce, ancillary relief and private children cases. He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and an enthusiastic and experienced practitioner of Collaborative Law. When not working he likes reading, 10-pin bowling, shooting and playing the pedal steel guitar.
William is a committed commercial and client orientated family lawyer, with a genuine passion for his practice area.
William is a Collaborative Lawyer and an accredited Mediator, dealing both with family law and commercial law. William trains Collaborative Lawyers in this country and in Europe and is a member of the ADR Committee of Resolution. He is also a member of the European Committee of IACP and a Board Member of the Czech Mediation Service, as well as being a member of the European Lawyers Group and of course CFDRG.
Stephanie has been in Financial Services since 1989, and she holds the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate in Pensions, Investments, Taxation &Trusts. She has also taken additional pension exams and has undertaken specialist independent training in Pensions and Divorce. Her spare time is taken up by her two children, and by getting involved in local community projects.
is a chartered accountant specialising in share valuation work and has acted as single joint expert in numerous matrimonial cases and shareholder disputes. He has a special interest in collaborative work and is an associate member of Resolution and a member of “The Academy of Experts”.
He is also non-executive finance director of Dyslexia Action, the national dyslexia charity and a trustee of the local children’s charity Blue Smile.
is a partner at Pellys Solicitors LLP based in their Saffron Walden office. Margaret covers all aspects of Family Law but in particular financial disputes and children matters. Margaret’s hobbies include good food and wine. To counter the effects, she enjoys swimming and walking her two adorable Labradors.
Sylvia is a Senior Associate at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge. She has thirteen years experience specialising in divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and private children matters. She speaks fluent Spanish and Italian, having been born in Venezuela and lived in Rome. She is married with an active son who keeps her on her toes. In her spare time she enjoys zumba, aerobics, cooking, travelling and music.
a Family Lawyer for over 30 years, has set up Collaborative Chambers with other interdisciplinary collaborative practitioners (family consultants, couple counsellor, child specialist and financial professionals) to provide a unique service for her clients. Jane is s Solicititor Mediator an Accredited Specialist in Children’s Law and Cohabitation, a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship and IACP. For relaxation Jane loves skiing with her family in the Alps.
Chris is a director with BDO LLP Accountants and Business Advisers in East Anglia. He has extensive experience of dealing with matrimonial valuations and has undertaken the Resolution training in Collaboration. Chris is a member of ICAEW. When not in the office, Chris is involved as a member in his local church Rushmere Christian Fellowship which is home to a CAP debt centre and can also be regularly found enjoying a game of golf. Chris and his wife Maggie have recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and have two married sons.
Zen Thompson is a family Solicitor/Mediator at Nockolds Solicitors in Bishop’s Stortford. Zen is a Member of the Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme and is experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases. As well as being a Collaborative Lawyer, Zen is a Mediator in family matters as well as neighbour disputes. Having represented clients at Court for over 17 years, Zen can see the benefits of resolving matters in other ways.
Claire Brackley is a Partner at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge. Claire sits on the committee for Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group and also Cambridge & West Suffolk Resolution. She is a Part 1 Resolution Accredited Specialist. She has experience of all areas of family law, and a particular focus on the financial aspects of farming, equestrian and landed estate cases.
Claire is a keen participant in almost any outdoor pursuit, but especially enjoys riding, netball and walking a rather unruly pack of dogs.
is a partner with P B & W Solicitors LLP in Ely. She is a member of Resolution and a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel. She has 24 years experience in Family Law and is especially enthusiastic about Collaborative Law. She lives with her husband, children and black labrador. In her spare time she enjoys walking, cycling and travelling.
is a partner at Charles Russell LLP and handles all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on complex financial and international issues. David is an active member of Resolution, organising events at the annual national conference, and is on both the Resolution London and Cambridge Regional committees. David is a governor of a large sixth-form college in central London. Interests outside the law include football, walking and music.
Fiona Sharp is an Independent Financial Adviser and Chartered Financial Planner at Almary Green Investments Limited. She is based in Cambridge, but will travel to other locations. Fiona has been a financial adviser since 1995 and she holds the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate in Pensions, Investments, Taxation and Trusts, and Long Term Care. In addition, she is also qualified to offer mortgage advice, and she has undergone specialist, independent training in pensions and divorce. She is Accredited by Resolution as a divorce specialist and has extensive experience as a neutral or implementer in Collaborative cases.
Graham was educated in Cambridge and has worked locally in Financial Services for over 30 years.
He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Financial Planning Certificate.
He has also achieved the profession’s “G60” Pension Qualification, which qualifies him to offer advice on the transfer of pension benefits, and the Mortgage Advice Qualification, which allows him to provide advice in relation to mortgages.
In connection with pensions related issues arising from divorce proceedings, Graham has been Accredited by Resolution, which qualifies him to provide advice to the parties in relation to the sharing of their respective pension benefits.
is a solicitor at Irena Spence & Co, Cambridge.
Deborah, who lives in Cambridge, has for the last 12 years focused on family law and is a highly experienced lawyer and accredited Resolution specialist. When she is not working she enjoys time with her three sons.
founded Thomson Webb & Corfield’s family department in 1996, now a Partner. She is Resolution Accredited Specialist in Private Law children and Domestic Violence and has considerable experience dealing with financial issues on divorce. Alison enjoys travel, music, good food and wine. She relieves the stress of her hectic working life with gym visits and khai bo!
Roger practises as a collaborative lawyer (since 2003) and a mediator (for over 20 years), and is also an Arbitrator. Roger is dedicated to promoting both collaborative law and mediation. He is informal and easygoing, and believes in resolving problems quickly and cost effectively. A partner in Mills & Reeve and a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, in his spare time he rows (badly) and listens to music.
Jane is a Resolution-recognised Family Consultant, a Family Mediator (FMA) and a fully accredited Counsellor (BACP). She also sits on the CFDRG committee.
She works with individuals, couples and their families throughout the divorce process providing support in developing the co-parenting relationship and negotiating how best to help children. She offers insight and observations which help clients explore their options and at times, practical advice and strategies for moving forward as well as helping clients develop or improve their communication skills.
Johnathan is a highly experienced Family mediator with over 20 years working with families in conflict both as a mediator, family therapist and Family Consultant.
A member of Resolution and accredited by BACP and ADRg, his flexible and pragmatic approach to mediation makes the most of his understanding of interpersonal dynamics for the benefit of all concerned.
Recognising there are often many layers to the end of a marriage hindering a successful settlement than first meets the eye, Johnathan applies his wide training and experience to the time sensitive and practical needs of family mediation with consistent success.
Jan is a Resolution-affiliated Family Consultant and Relationship Coach. She works with individuals, couples and their families, providing both practical and emotional support throughout the divorce process, together with the opportunity to reflect upon, understand and come to terms with what has happened in order to be able to move on. At the same time, she supports couples in developing a workable co-parenting relationship based on good communication in order to ensure the future well-being of their children.
Partner with Adlams LLP (St Neots and Huntingdon) specialises in Family law with emphasis on financial and private law children matters. Janice has 28 years experience and is an Advance member of the Law Society Family Law Panel, Accredited Resolution specialist in Children Law Private and Advance Fianncial Provision, Collaboratively trained Resolution member and Committee Member of the Cambridge Family Dispute Resolution Group. Janice is a great enthusiast of the collaborative process. Janice is married with three adult sons and two grandchildren and when not spending every available minute with them enjoys crafting, swimming and good conversation.
Simon Gummer heads the family law Department at Tee Lorimers and has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of family law to include high value and complex financial claims. Simon is married and enjoys watching football, rugby and cricket, reading and cooking.
Carolyn began practice as a family lawyer in 1999 and has gone on to become a highly experienced collaborative family solicitor and mediator. An accredited member of Resolution and the Law Society Carolyn specialises in children issues and finances.
Ever mindful that the justice system is not ‘one size fits all’, Carolyn recognises that the best method for reaching a resolution in family conflict is not always captured in legal framing.
Never losing sight of the family members within every dispute she is able to create the ‘clearing in the forest’ needed to reach lasting and satisfactory outcomes with humanity and precision.
Carolyn is a Resolution Accredited Professional Practice Consultant (PPC), FMC Accredited Mediator and ADRG Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Elisabeth Sneade is a Solicitor at Ashton KCJ, Cambridge. Elisabeth is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in finances and children. Elisabeth has over 10 years experience of family law and has gained considerable experience in the collaborative model.
Elisabeth is Secretary of the Cambridge & West Suffolk Resolution committee. Elisabeth lives in Cambridge with her husband and two young daughters and considers herself an expert on Cambridge’s parks and play areas which she regularly uses to keep two little people entertained.
Fenella is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant, having worked as a Tax Manager for Price Bailey for 9 years. Fenella has experience in all areas of general taxation, acting as a tax consultant and advising clients on tax planning and consultancy assignments involving family companies, partnership and individuals.
Fenella advises and has lectured on all aspects of taxation including capital gains tax mitigation, general personal tax, inheritance tax mitigation and corporation tax.
specialised in all aspects of family law having qualified as a barrister she subsequently trained as a Solicitor and became senior partner at her previous firm. She is now a Consultant at Cambridge Family Law Practice and helped start the collaborative law movement in England only taking on collaborative cases.She enjoys her children and grandchildren, travel, walking and cycling, reading widely and trying new challenges.
is a founding Partner of Cambridge Family Law Practice. Sue is committed to finding solutions for her clients, if possible, outside the court process. Sue is a trained mediator and has extensive experience in the collaborative law enabling her to work with her clients to consider creative solutions to the issues most important to them. Sue deals with all financial issues and assisting families to restructure the arrangements for the children. She is involved in training Lawyers and devised the Resolution course training financial professionals in the Collaborative process.
Nick is a partner in the Newmarket firm Rustons and Lloyd. He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Private Law Children matters and Domestic Abuse. Nick has over 25 years experience in helping families from all walks of life through their difficulties.
Tricia is a Partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice. She is a mediator and collaboratively trained and specialises in advising on a range of issues arising on family breakdown, including finances on divorce (to include approaches to business, trusts and inheritances), children, pre-marital agreements, co-habitation agreements and parenting arrangements. Tricia is also the Treasurer of the Cambridge and West Suffolk Resolution Committee. Outside of work, she enjoys watching most sports, playing netball and dog walking.
Simon joined CFLP in July 2011. He brought with him a wealth of experience in collaborative practice, as well as from the Court arena. Simon is an ardent believer in client-focused solutions and is an active CFDRG committee member; he also sits on Resolution’s Children Committee and writes and presents articles, seminars and workshops for solicitors and other professionals on its behalf.
Away from the office Simon keeps himself busy through various sporting pursuits, and is required to hone his negotiations skills via his children in the seemingly never-ending hope of trying to avoid sitting through an array of princess DVDs.
George is a Principal Associate at Mills & Reeve. He is a specialist family lawyer and has experience in all family matters. George advises clients on a range of issues including divorce, financial provision for married and unmarried couples, children matters and cohabitation issues. George spends much of his spare time as a referee in non-league fotball.
Relate - The Relationship People
Relate is a counselling organisation with over 60 year’s experience in helping couples or individuals with their relationships. Although an independent charity, Relate Cambridge is a member of the Relate Federation and abides by its professional standards. All Counsellors work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Four of our highly experienced counsellors have been specifically trained to help clients who are going through the collaborative law process - Clients should self refer and mention “collaborative law”.
Caroline is an extremely experienced, highly pragmatic and supportive relationship counsellor, business coach and family consultant. She specialises in helping people face difficult decisions, find effective coping mechanisms and move themselves, their families and their situations forward with maximum understanding and consensus. Her professionalism ensures that individuals’ and couples’ emotional and psychological issues are explored and understood while their options are intelligently and assertively worked through, emphasising children’s needs and realistic co-parenting. Caroline’s approach also makes use of appropriate inter-disciplinary working to benefit clients and support them during and after the numerous issues involved in the separation and divorce process.
Roopa is a Senior Associate at Birketts in Cambridge. Roopa’s practise as a family solicitor covers all aspects of family law. Roopa has previously been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel where she has been able to represent both children and parents in extremely difficult, complicated and sometimes cross-jurisdictional issues. Roopa’s practice also covers premarital agreements to include ultra high net worth as well as complicated financial issues arising on separation where there are trusts, business interests and significant pensions that need to be divided. The outcomes of her mediation or Collaborative Law processes are client-focussed and cost-conscious. Roopa is a member of Resolution and is on the committee for Cambridge Resolution. Outside of family law Roopa is a follower of the Arsenal!
Jeannette is a Tax Manager at PEM where she advises businesses and agricultural clients. Jeannette specialises in Forensic Accounting and is able to provide share and business valuations for matrimonial disputes, as well as advising on the tax issues arising from same.
Through this work, PEM has been appointed the NIFA (National Institute of Forensic Accountants) representative in the region which covers Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk & Essex.
is a Partner at Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. He is a Resolution accredited specialist in private law children cases and in advanced financial provision. Although Roger has substantial experience in all aspects of family law he has a particular interest in financial cases and children and when not working enjoys fell walking, running and gardening.